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Latest news: 9-08-2009

Mexico's attorney general replaced

Mexico City, Mexico - President Felipe Calderón on Monday replaced his longtime attorney general, one of the key figures in his government's effort to bring Mexico's powerful drug cartels to heel, as the country's drug violence continues to spiral.

In a short speech, Mr. Calderón said Arturo Chávez, a former attorney general of northern Chihuahua state, was replacing Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora. Chihuahua's largest city, Ciudad Juárez, has become the epicenter of Mexico's drug violence. Just last week, gunmen took over a drug rehabilitation center there and executed 18 patients, marking a new and grisly milestone in the country's drug violence.

Full story, The Wall Street Journal

Grant to fund database tracking of meth activity 

Murphysboro, IL - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office can continue the fight against methamphetamine now that it received a roughly $123,000 federal grant to re-hire Crime Analyst Amy Etherton and purchase a subscription to a vast crime database called Lexis Nexis.

Etherton, who Sgt. Mike O’Leary described as an indispensable asset to the department’s war on meth, could have been forced to leave due to lack of funding, but with the grant she can continue her work for another two years.  Etherton maintains databases that help the department find trends and connect people to crimes.  One of the most useful ways this helps in the war on meth is pin pointing who’s “smurfing.”  Smurfing is buying more than the legal amount of Sudafed, a key ingredient in meth, by purchasing them from store to store.

Full story, Murphysboro American

School combines academics, rehab for teen addicts 

OK - Kyle’s only 17 years old.

Already, he has a life lesson to share for anyone tempted to try methamphetamine.

He started smoking marijuana when he was 13 years old. That led to other drugs. At age 15, someone offered him methamphetamine. Kyle took his first hit. He kept hitting it for four days.

Full story, The Oklahoman

How dad ended up funding teen's meth addiction     

Vancouver, Canada - No father should ever face the choice that confronted Rob Watt. His sweet, bright, flute-playing daughter, Roberta, was 14 and addicted to crystal methamphetamine.

She would disappear from their upscale Vancouver home for days at a time. He would cruise the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the city core, stopping beside groups of huddled street kids, asking if they'd seen his daughter.

Full story, Canada.com

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