Latest news: 9-21-2009
Indiana No. 2 in meth lab incidents
IN - Authorities say a 2005 Indiana law limiting cold medicine sales led to a decline in homegrown methamphetamine labs, but abuse of the drug is still a significant problem in the state.
Indiana ranks second in the country for meth lab seizures and incidents reported to the Drug Enforcement Agency. It was one of 16 states recently targeted for an educational campaign by the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The new educational campaign began Sept. 1 and highlights addiction recovery and meth use prevention.
Indiana State Police say the state had an all-time high of 1,115 meth lab incidents in 2004, but the number dropped to 992 in 2005 after the cold medicine law took effect.
Reported meth labs continued to fall in Indiana in 2006 and 2007, with 766 and 820 labs, respectively. But the number rose to 1,059 in 2008.
Authorities worry about 'shake and bake' meth in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new formula for methamphetamine using a two-liter bottle, cold pills and some common household chemicals has made its way to Iowa.
State drug authorities say they've seen signs that so-called “shake-and-bake” meth is being produced in Iowa. The method produces small amounts of the addictive drug with only a relatively small number of pills of the decongestant pseudoephedrine — an amount easily obtained under even the toughest anti-meth laws.
NASCAR seeks court-ordered examiniation of suspended driver
NC - NASCAR asked a federal judge Monday to order a mental and physical examination on suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield to determine if he has a substance-abuse problem and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The filing in U.S. District Court includes three affidavits and one deposition from four different people who claim to have witnessed Mayfield using methamphetamines multiple times since 1999.
Meth trafficking conviction nets 20-year term
WA - A Seattle-area resident with a history of drug trafficking was sentenced in federal court to 20 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, following a intense investigation, according to a report submitted to the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
Andres Hernandez-Vargas was convicted by a federal jury in May 2009. According to testimony at the trial and court documents in the case, he was moving methamphetamine -- a drug that stimulates the central nervous system -- north from California to Washington.