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Latest news: 9-04-2009

Oregon receives $1.5 million to start drug crimes task force 

OR - Attorney General John Kroger today announced that Oregon has received a $1.5 million federal grant to create a drug crimes task force at the Oregon Department of Justice.

"I'd like to thank U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for providing the resources for Oregon to go after sophisticated drug traffickers," Attorney General Kroger said. "I also appreciate the support of Sens. Wyden and Merkley, who helped us obtain this important grant."

Full story, The Oregonian

Head of meth ring given 20 years for money laundering 

Fayetteville, AR - A man federal authorities allege was the kingpin of a methamphetamine ring has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for money laundering.

Juan Carrillo also was fined $50,000 during sentencing Thursday in federal court. He faces deportation after his sentence is complete.

Prosecutors allege the ring brought meth to northwest Arkansas from California and Texas, then sold it through a network of dealers.

Thirteen people were indicted in October 2008 and all pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville. Carrillo was the last of the group to be sentenced.


Meth bust might be largest in north Alabama

AL - Limestone County officials say an investigation into a methamphetamine distribution operation has resulted in the seizure of six pounds of highly pure crystal methamphetamine, the Huntsville Times reports.

The seizure is possibly the biggest such in north Alabama history, Limestone Sheriff Mike Blakely said. Deputies also arrested 67-year-old Bobby Ray Miller of Toney who faces two drug charges and is considered a major supplier in the region, according to the newspaper.

From The Birmingham News

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