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Iowa launches electronic tracking system to fight meth

Des Moines, IA - Law enforcement is taking a new approach to cracking down on meth makers, which will affect all Iowans. A new electronic tracking system goes into effect Wednesday in drugstores across the state to help authorities track drug dealers. The system tracks sales of certain decongestants. Authorities had already required stores to move some Sudafed, Actifed and Clairitin products behind the pharmacy counter after the state passed a law requiring a photo ID for the sale of pseudoephedrine, which is used to make meth.

Full story, KCCI-TV

Meth ring targeted Navajo reservation

AZ - A Flagstaff man pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday for his part in a meth drug ring on the Navajo Nation. Larry Keams Kahn, 42, could be sentenced for up to 80 years in prison for his conviction on possession with intent to distribute meth near a truck stop. Authorities spent a year on an undercover investigation in Tuba City, which culminated in the arrests of 22 people in April. U.S. attorney Dennis Burke said they were the main suppliers of meth to the Navajo Nation. Some of them thought "Indian Country was a safe haven where they could get away with this," he said.

Full story, Arizona Daily Sun

Rapper T.I. arrested on meth charges

Los Angeles, CA - Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was arrested along with his wife on suspicion of possessing methamphetamines, five months after the hip-hop star finished a prison stint on weapons charges. The 29-year-old rapper and his wife, Tameka Cottle, were arrested Wednesday night in West Hollywood after deputies smelled marijuana and pulled the couple over, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. They were released from jail at about 4 a.m. Thursday after posting $10,000 bail each, sheriff's Deputy Luis Castro said. T.I.'s publicist declined to comment.

Full story, MSNBC

Okla. teen died of meth intoxication

Stillwater, OK - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has concluded that a Waukomis girl who died after a family reunion in Stillwater was injected with methamphetamine. An autopsy report for 15-year-old Linda Tucker  states the manner of her death was homicide and her probable cause of death was acute methamphetamine intoxication by injection. Tucker's mother found her having trouble breathing in the back of a vehicle June 26 at Lake Carl Blackwell, where the family was attending a family reunion. Her family drove the girl into the city where medical personnel were waiting. The autopsy also found that the teen had puncture wounds in her neck, bruising on her arms and legs and fine scars on her arms. No charges have been filed.

From The Oklahoman

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