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Latest news: 08-27-2010

Meth arrests on the rise in southern Ind.

Vincennes, IN - Authorities in southern Indiana are reporting a surge in the recent number of meth arrests. Police say they had noticed a 2 year lull in the number of labs and arrests they made for the highly addictive drug. The drug never went away. Folks just got smarter about making it, but with your help police are now catching on. For almost a decade police routinely conducted raids on meth labs in the Wabash Valley. Then those raids almost seemed to stop.

Full story, WTHI-TV

Mom, gang members face meth charges

CA - A member of the Crips street gang and a Linda woman with a 5-year-old son are the latest suspects arrested for selling methamphetamine in Yuba County, a drug enforcement official said today. After learning that 33-year-old Denise Lemelle was selling meth from her residence in the 1900 block of Sunrise Avenue in Linda, officers served a search warrant there about 7:10 a.m. this morning and had to force their way in, said Mike Hudson, commander of the Yuba-Sutter Narcotic and Gang Enforcement Team, or NET-5. About 2 ounces of meth with an estimated street value of $5,000, a gram scale and a meth pipe were found inside the home. Arrested along with Lemelle was 25-year-old Elizabeth Borja, a member of the Norteños gang, said Hudson.

Full story, Appeal-Democrat

Group helps child victims of meth

Deklab County, IN - When police busted a meth operation in Noble County on Wednesday, they found three young children inside the home. The 4-year-old and 2-year-old twins have been placed in protective custody. In those types of situations, a local organization steps in to help. "Covered with Love" is based out of DeKalb County. The group's mission is to give kids back a little bit of what meth took from them. Brad Harris is the Executive Director. "The belongings, everything in that home is toxic because of the materials in the drug. So the kids get pulled out of the home and they're not allowed to take anything with them," said Harris.

Full story, WANE-TV

Meth defendant goes to court with meth

Port Orchard, WA - A Bremerton man who showed up for a court appearance on a methamphetamine charge was jailed after he was found to be carrying a bag of meth in his pants. The Kitsap Sun reports before making Tuesday's court appearance in Port Orchard the 33-year-old man had to be booked and released from the Kitsap County Jail, a standard procedure. During a pat-down at the jail a guard found a bag of meth in the man's pocket. Now he's facing a new felony drug possession charge.

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