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Latest news: 09-15-2010

Castaway kids: When parents use meth, kids become casualties

Crossville, TN - They come to school with chemical burns and can recite Mom and Dad's recipe for methamphetamine along with their ABCs. Diapers, baby bottles and crayon drawings mingle with blister packs and shake-and-bake bottles at dump sites and burn piles. Officers sometimes have to step around toys and bicycles on the way to serve warrants or batter down doors. "You can't imagine it if you've never been in the jail at 2 or 3 a.m. and seen these kids waiting on somebody to come get them," Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess said. "When you see the places where these kids are coming out of and what they're being exposed to, it makes you sick."

Full story, Knoxville News Sentinel

14 arrested, 145 pounds of meth seized

Yuma, AZ - Fourteen suspected drug traffickers have been arrested and over 300 pounds of illicit drugs seized in a major 14-month operation in Yuma, state and federal officials announced. Operation "SMASH," a joint partnership between the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Yuma, was launched in 2009 with the goal of investigating and dismantling a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization operating in the Yuma area.

Full story, KNXV-TV

Drug court helps meth-affected family reunite

Englewood, TN - Joni Martin lives with three strangers - her husband, her son and her daughter. The family barely knew each other for years. Husband and wife turned from each other to drugs - methamphetamine for her, meth and prescription drugs for him. Martin lost her job. She divorced her husband. She gave up her children. She went to jail. She nearly died. "I threw it all away for the drugs," she said. "That was the most important thing in my life. Nothing was that important to me - not my husband, not my children, not my job. I was breaking into houses. I was stealing from my family and from people I didn't know. We put our kids through hell.

Full story, Knoxville News Sentinel

Man gets 20 years for trafficking meth

AL - A Taylor man pleaded guilty to a half dozen felony charges on Monday, including a trafficking meth charge. Court records show Jason Slaughter, 29, of Alabama State Highway 52 West, pleaded guilty in front of Circuit Court Judge Larry Anderson to the following felony charges: two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of a short barreled shotgun, possession of an altered firearm, first-degree receiving stolen property and trafficking meth. Records show Slaughter received a 20-year prison sentence for the drug trafficking charge, and a 10-year sentence for each of the other charges, all of which are to run concurrent with the 20-year sentence.

Full story, Dothan Eagle

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