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Latest news: 09-08-2010

Ind. legislators seek solutions to combat meth production

IN - Today, the Indiana State Legislature's Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee is holding a hearing on how the state can improve its policies for preventing the illegal diversion of pseudoephedrine (PSE) - a key ingredient in leading cold and allergy medicines - for methamphetamine production. The panel will hear a range of policy options, from requiring a prescription for currently accessible medicines like Advil Cold & Sinus, Claritin-D, Sudafed, and Mucinex D, to implementing an electronic tracking system -- at no cost to the state -- to block illegal sales of PSE.

Full story, The Sacramento Bee

Meth takes toll on Okla. city

Muskogee, OK - A dramatic rise in methamphetamine labs prompted a drug roundup netting 18 arrests and additional charges on 12 in jail, police said. District Attorney Larry Moore issued 99 arrest warrants, and law enforcement served about a third of them Wednesday, said Lt. Andy Simmons, Special Investigations Unit supervisor. More people will be arrested in "Operation Papa Smurf," he said. The operation was so named because "Smurf" is street slang for someone who buys pseudoephedrine and takes it to meth cooks, Simmons said. ''We've recovered 88 meth labs so far this year," Simmons said.

Full story, Tulsa World

Teen meth smugglers arrested at border

CA - Five teenagers, one as young as 15, were arrested at the border over the weekend as they tried to smuggle drugs into the United States by car or strapped to their bodies, federal officials said. Friday morning, a 15-year-old U.S. citizen was stopped at the San Ysidro pedestrian crossing with 1.35 pounds of marijuana taped to his body. A Customs and Border Protection officer with a narcotics dog stopped the teen and turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Saturday morning, Customs officers at Calexico in Imperial County stopped three Mexican teens, ages 16, 17, and 18, in separate smuggling attempts. Officers with a drug dog roving the pedestrian crossing caught all of them with packages of methamphetamine totaling 3.65 pounds taped to their legs, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Luis Angulo said. He said the meth was valued at $65,736.

Full story, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Toddler tests positive for meth

NM - Drug Task Force members wore special suits to enter a suspected meth lab at California and Zuni in Southeast Albuquerque on Tuesday. Those suits included protective boots and breathing equipment; Task Force members don’t take chances when they work with meth. The same can’t be said for a 3-year-old girl found living with her father in the home where the meth was discovered. Authorities say the little girl tested positive for the drug. CYFD officials say she received medical care but that it’s hard to know what the long term health consequences of the exposure might be. The girl is now in a foster home. Bernalillo County sheriff’s officials say her father, Michael Lollis, is currently facing a probation violation because he didn’t show up to probation and parole for over two months. Lollis will now additionally be facing drug charges.


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