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Latest news: 8-28-2009

U.S. buys $64 billion in drugs from Mexican cartels 

Mexico City, Mexico - Drug cartels currently take in $64.34 billion from their sales to users in the United States, Mexico’s public safety secretary said.

Genaro Garcia Luna cited the figure during a speech Wednesday at the international forum organized in the northern border metropolis of Ciudad Juarez by the OCDA, a federation of center-right parties in the Americas.

Full story, Latin American Herald Tribune

Arrests for meth activity total 32   

Falmouth, KY - State police have arrested 32 people after an undercover investigation of a methamphetamine-making ring.

The Thursday arrests in Pendleton and Grant counties in northern Kentucky also included trafficking in controlled substances, including prescription painkillers.

State police at Dry Ridge say the investigation lasted eight months. Officers also found an active meth lab in Pendleton County; six of the arrests were tied to the lab.

Full story, Lexington Herald-Leader

Former police officer accused of meth distribution

Fairfax County, VA - A former Georgia police officer was caught by Fairfax County police carrying more than a pound of methamphetamine, a gallon jug of the substance commonly known as the date rape drug and a loaded handgun in a bag with "Police" on the side, court documents said.

Gregory McGhee has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute the 1.5 pounds of meth and faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced Friday in Alexandria's federal court. His attorney has requested McGhee be placed in a drug and alcohol treatment program near Washington so he can be close to home with his family.

Full story, The Washington DC Examiner

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