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Latest news: 9-16-2009

Mexico's police take on new role in drug wars    

Urupan, Mexico - One of the main doors of the police station here is riddled with bullet holes. Shrapnel from grenades scars nearby walls. Inside, a makeshift shrine to the Virgin Mary honors three local officers who died in the past year fighting Mexico's drug traffickers.

So far, it's been a one-sided battle. The police force in Uruapan, a city of 280,000 that sits astride a major smuggling route in the Sierra Madre mountains, doesn't have a single detective. Mexican law prevents local police from questioning witnesses, doing undercover work or searching homes. The department is so poor that officers must buy their own bullets, at about 75 cents a pop, for target practice.

Full story, USA Today

Teens will be a focal point of anti-meth plan  

CA - Kern County supervisors called for a strategic plan Tuesday to battle the local methamphetamine scourge.

Mental Health Services officials were directed to come back with a report launching a draft of that plan in two months. Supervisor Ray Watson said meth is one of the most destructive problems in Kern County and a solution needs to be developed swiftly. His colleagues agreed.

Full story, The Bakersfield Californian

More people turning to 'shake and bake' meth    

OK - The recession may have hit the illegal drug industry as new evidence surfaces showing users are making meth from home instead of buying it off the streets.

The shake and bake method was a popular way of creating meth for personal use back in the 1980s and now the method is resurfacing.  It's created using a plastic bottle or container making the illegal substance in a small quantity for the use of only one or two people. 

Full story, KTEN-TV

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