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Latest news: 09-07-2010

Meth arrests, lab seizures declining in Miss. county

Pascagoula, MS - A law that took effect in July treating pseudoephedrine as a Schedule III controlled substance -- which makes the drug illegal to possess without a prescription -- seems to be making a difference in Mississippi and Jackson County. Pseudoephedrine -- commonly found in nasal and sinus decongestants -- is the key element in the meth-making process. As of July 1, state law requires that pseudoephedrine be available through a doctor's prescription only. Before July, Mississippi consumers needed only a photo ID to purchase what are now prescription-only medications, including Sudafed, Advil Cold and Sinus, Bronkaid, Primatene, Claritin-D, Aleve-D, Nyquil-D, Mucinex D, Tylenol Sinus and Severe Cold, and Zyrtec-D.

Full story, The Mississippi Press

Calif. county sees gang numbers soar

San Bernardino County, CA - Law enforcement agencies are beefing up gang details in response to gang membership climbing nearly 48 percent in the past three years in San Bernardino County. "They get used to seeing us, as we do them," said police Sgt. Rod Topping, one of two sergeants who supervise San Bernardino's gang squad. "I wouldn't say we're cordial with them, but we're able to talk to them." There are 5,400 to 5,500 gang members in San Bernardino, said Topping. The county had nearly 12,700 documented gang members in 2007. Now that figure has climbed to about 18,600 documented gang members, authorities said. In San Bernardino, the county's largest city and a place where Crips and Bloods sets exist near homegrown gangs' neighborhoods, police have doubled their gang enforcement efforts since late 2009.

Full story, Contra Costa Times

Meth cases, convictions under review in police corruption probe

Tulsa, OK - Following the recent indictment of several Tulsa police officers, the district attorney's office has widened its review of drug cases to include cases that involve eight officers whose names have surfaced in a grand jury investigation. District Attorney Tim Harris' office told the Tulsa World that the number of cases under review has grown exponentially since the indictment of five police officers and the naming of two additional officers cooperating with U.S. Attorney Jane W. Duke of the Eastern District of Arkansas. An eighth officer has pleaded guilty. Duke is a special prosecutor overseeing a grand jury investigation of police corruption in Tulsa. The names of current or former officers whose cases are under review are Jeff Henderson, Bill Yelton, Nick DeBruin, Bruce Bonham and Harold R. Wells (all indicted), John K. Gray (pleaded guilty in the federal probe), and Eric Hill and Callison Kaiser.

Full story, Tulsa World

Colo. community works against meth addiction

CO - When David Peterson was 25, methamphetamine came knocking at his door. Peterson was living in Lake Havasu, Ariz., when several drug dealers came to his house looking for his neighbor. They asked Peterson if he would like to try meth and left him with a bag of the drug. “The next thing I know, I started my crystal meth career,” said Peterson, a 43-year-old Craig resident. Peterson, who grew up in Washington, is no stranger to drug use, however. As the youngest of four, he started drinking on a regular basis at 10, sold drugs when he was in high school, and landed in rehab for cocaine use when he was 20. After trying meth, Peterson was hooked and started using the drug almost daily for the next 10 years. He had three kids and moved to Denver, where he continued to use meth, but it wasn’t until he got on the wrong side of the law that he realized he could no longer live the life he had been.

Full story, Craig Daily Press

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