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Latest news: 8-27-2009

Pharmaceutical association offers to fund interstate database

KS, MO - In Kansas and Missouri, new laws say a methamphetamine cook shouldn’t be able to get enough of his key ingredient to make a good-size batch.

Except that neither state can afford to fund the laws, which are intended to link pharmacy records and prevent multiple purchases of cold medicine.

Full story, Kansas City Star

Drug czar will launch national anti-meth campaign  

Carterville, IL - White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will visit John A. Logan College from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday for a methamphetamine round table discussion.

The discussion will be attended by representatives of law enforcement, drug treatment, drug prevention and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The meeting will be closed to the public. Kerlikowske also will unveil a new national methamphetamine prevention and recovery advertising campaign earlier in the day.

Full story, The Southern Illinoisan

U.S. law enforcement unhappy with Mexican drug law 

Mexico City - Mexico now has one of the world's most liberal laws for drug users after eliminating jail time for small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroin, LSD and methamphetamine.

"All right!" said a grinning Ivan Rojas, a rail-thin 20-year-old addict who endured police harassment during the decade he has spent sleeping in Mexico City's gritty streets and subway stations.

Full story, The Arizona Republic

Major cartel dealt blow by undercover operation

Imperial County, CA - A huge drug infiltration was centered in the Imperial Valley. At a press conference Wednesday morning, California Attorney General Edmund Brown announced 16 indictments and the seizure of 150 pounds of drugs, which he called a "tremendous body blow to the Sinaloa Cartel."

Also seized were $1.7 million in U.S. currency, nine cars, and numerous firearms. Eight people associated with the Sinaloa Cartel have also been arrested as a result of the investigation.

Full story, KYMA-TV

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