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Latest news: 9-18-2009

Meth business booms in Elkhart County, Ind.

IN - There’s one business that’s apparently booming in Elkhart County. It involves the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Statistics from the Indiana State Police show that more meth labs have been discovered and dismantled in Elkhart County so far this year than in any other county in the State of Indiana.

The state police statistics only cover the first half of the year, yet the 71-meth labs discovered in Elkhart County through the first six months of 2009 already tops the 54 labs found in all of 2008.

Full story, KNDU.com

Treatment program gives women new hope   

NM  — In the middle of the desert, in the midst of a red rock, in a little crack, a tiny tree takes root and begins to grow.

That is gist of an engraving on a gold coin given to 10 women who graduated Thursday from the Methamphetamine Detention Treatment Center in Farmington. The coin is aimed to help remind them, especially during tough times, not to turn back to drugs.

"Where people may not see much opportunity or much of a life, things can take root and flourish," said Deanna Cooper, clinical director of the San Juan County Alternative Sentencing Division. "And that is what recovery is like."

Full story, Daily Times

Hilo teacher may spend life in prison for crystal meth conviction

HI -  A Hilo teacher is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 13 in Honolulu for her role in a crystal methamphetamine distribution ring.

Lynn M. Dionise, 51, could be sentenced to life in prison and fined up to $4 million by U.S. District Judge David Ezra. Her case was originally before Judge Helen Gillmor, who retired at the end of June.

Dionise pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of using the telephone to conspire to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Full story, HonoluluAdvertiser.com

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