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Latest news: 9-22-2009

Traffic stop on Louisiana interstate nets $4.2 million in meth

Hammond, LA - A weekend traffic stop in eastern Louisiana yielded what state police are calling the agency’s third-largest ever seizure of crystal methamphetamine — 172 pounds, with an estimated street value of over $4.2 million.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, on Interstate 12 in Tangipahoa Parish, state police say 34-year-old Heriberto G. Saenz, of McAllen, Texas, was pulled over for a traffic violation.

Spokesman Louis Calato said in a statement that the trooper who stopped Saenz got consent to search his truck after Saenz gave what he considered to be inconsistent stories about his travel plans.

Calato said the drugs were found in the bottom of an external fuel tank in the truck’s bed.

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Men given decades in prison for woman's meth chemical death    

MO - Benjamin T. Clarkson, 39, and John D. Williams, 30, both of Kansas City, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs on Sept. 14 for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine, which resulted in the death of a Liberty woman.

Clarkson was sentenced to 30 years and Williams was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole, according to Matt J. Whitworth, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Full story, Sun Tribune

Members of $2 million meth ring to be sentenced 

MN - Sentencing began Monday in Duluth and will continue through the week for members of a Northland drug ring that local, state and federal law enforcement officials spent more than three years investigating, ending in the arrests 29 people and the seizure of more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine worth more than $2 million.

According to court records, the dealers brought the meth from Mexico, shipping it through the Twin Cities and into the Twin Ports and to the Iron Range.

Full story, The Pioneer Press

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