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Meth lab cleanup a dangerous job

Harriman, TN - Kelly Mynatt steps in when the police step out. The hazardous-materials crew that responds when police seize a methamphetamine lab removes the lab and its components only. Any further cleanup becomes the responsibility of the owner - who turns to a cleanup specialist such as Mynatt. Mynatt spent six years removing methamphetamine labs for Eagle-SWS, which handles most local removals for law enforcement. Last year she started her own company, Eco-Ethics.

Full story, Knoxville News Sentinel

Woman dies in meth lab explosion

Constantine, IN - St. Joseph County authorities say a meth lab explosion in a pole barn in Constantine Township has taken the life of an Indiana woman. The victim was identified as 46-year old Trina Kyle of Bristol. The explosion happened Friday at a residence on Millers Mill Road. Deputies say Kyle and another person in the barn tried to drive themselves to the hospital after the lab blew up but decided to stop first instead at a fire station in Elkhart for help. The one subject whose name wasn’t given out was then taken to Elkhart General Hospital and later treated and released for minor face and arm burns. Kyle was airlifted by Med Flight to Bronson’s burn unit in Kalamazoo, where she died Saturday. The incident remains under investigation.

From WTVB Radio

Authorities shut down drug ring, seize 20 pounds of meth

CA - The Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team with the help of the Attorney General's office and law enforcement agencies in California and Oregon, shut down a drug trafficking ring out of Mexico. 11 people were arrested and over 20 pounds of drugs were seized as a result of the bust. The arrests come after a 6-month investigation focusing on the Santa Maria, led authorities to a suspected meth dealer by the name of Cesar Rodriguez.

Full story, KEYT-TV

Meth problem is focus of Ala. summit

Jefferson County, AL - Whether it causes addicts to hurt others or just destroy themselves, police and prosecutors consider methamphetamine a scourge in our state. The keynote speaker during day one of the 2010 Methamphetamine Summit of the Alabama District Attorneys Association Office of Prosecution Services was a veteran of the border state drug war. Richard Wintory with the Arizona Attorney General's Office says the successful campaign to crack down on the raw ingredients needed to make meth in Alabama is creating a market that drug cartels are only too happy to fill and willing to kill for in Mexico and here.

Full story, WIAT-TV

Border agents find meth hidden in vegetable cans

Pine Valley, CA - A 42-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of attempting to smuggle more than 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in vegetable cans through the Interstate 8 checkpoint, federal authorities said. U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered the man, whose name was not immediately available, at the checkpoint about 1 a.m. Saturday. Agents grew suspicious when he began acting nervous, prompting them to direct his Ford Mustang to a secondary inspection area, the agency said.

Full story, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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