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Latest news: 9-11-2009

No dramatic change in US drug use  

Washington, D.C. - Fewer people abused prescription drugs last year than in 2007, reversing an upward trend in abuse of potent painkillers such as Oxycontin, a federal drug survey found.

People who once saw little risk in abusing prescription drugs are responding to health reports underscoring dangers of misuse, says Eric Broderick, acting administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which conducts the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health made public Thursday.

Full story, USA Today

Seized meth cash goes to law enforcement agencies 

Lawrenceville, GA - Drug runners inadvertently made a $2.1 million contribution Thursday to two local agencies bent on bringing them down.

Federal officials presented Lawrenceville police and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department with checks symbolizing the fruits of an 18-month, multi-agency investigation dubbed "Operation Grand Finale," which disrupted a major cell of Mexico's notorious Gulf Cartel, officials said.

Full story, Gwinnett Daily Post

Man gets 50 years for possessing meth

Amarillo, TX - An Amarillo man was sentenced Thursday by a Potter County jury to serve 50 years in prison for drug charges, the 47th District Attorney's Office announced.

The sentence was tacked on to a 30-year sentence given to Jammie Lee Moore in December 2008 on a different drug charge. In all, the 37-year-old is sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Moore was convicted of possessing methamphetamine in the amount of 4 grams or more.

According to the indictment, Moore had already been convicted of assaulting a police officer in 1995 and for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2001.

From the Amarillo Globe-News

After crackdown on meth labs, men became area's suppliers

Davenport, IA - Two Davenport men are accused of dealing a large quantity of methamphetamine brought in from Kansas City, instead of being made in local meth labs essentially shut down after change in state law four years ago.

Gerardo Salinas, 49, of 1101 W. 6th St., brought in kilos of methamphetamine, at least some of it a particularly potent form known as "Ice," from Kansas City, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court, Davenport. He then sold the drug to Levi Roe, 33, of 918 N. Harrison St., who turned around and sold it to others.

Full story, Quad-City Times

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