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Latest news: 09-01-2010

'Shake and bake' meth becoming popular in Iowa

Des Moines, IA - Local law enforcement authorities said Tuesday that they are seeing more methamphetamine made in Iowa using a process that is harder to detect. The issue is gaining more attention this week after authorities said a fire at the Willow Park apartments last weekend was sparked by an explosion that resulted from two men making meth. Investigators blame the simpler meth lab process for several recent fires in Des Moines, including last Saturday's Willow Park fire. "The technique has changed. There's a new method of cooking," said David Knutzen, a Des Moines fire investigator.

Full story, KCRG-TV

Meth bust roundup nets 30 arrests

Dickson County, TN - A coalition of several local Dickson County enforcement agencies worked together to serve warrants on more than 100 drug indictments county-wide, among them a Charlotte councilman. After Tuesday’s 23rd Drug Task Force roundup, about 30 suspects had been arrested on various drug charges ranging from production of methamphetamine to distribution. With the assist of the county’s SWAT and tactical teams, the operation also netted thousands of dollars in seized drug funds, 12 firearms and shutdown three meth labs, said task force agent Jimmy Mann.

Full story, The Tennessean

Dozens of Norteño gang members arrested

Salinas, CA - A man Salinas police described as the acting leader of the Nuestra Familia prison gang's operations in the Salinas area and another man believed to be the head of the Watsonville gang network were among those arrested Tuesday in the latest investigation targeted at Northern California's largest gang. In coordinated raids from the central coast to the Central Valley, local, state and federal authorities arrested dozens of suspected Norteño gang members in what was dubbed Operation Street Sweeper. Philip "Sharky" Sparks, 33, of Hollister was one of at least seven suspects with ties to Salinas.

Full story, San Jose Mercury News

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