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Latest news: 9-24-2009

Two N.D. counties get money to fight meth

Bismarck, ND - Two North Dakota counties are getting federal money to fight methamphetamine.

The state’s congressional delegation said Mercer and McLean counties are to share nearly $790,000 for a two-county narcotics task force.

From The Jamestown Sun

6 arrested as 33 lbs of meth seized

Omaha, NE - More than 30 pounds of methamphetamine has been seized in two separate Nebraska cases. Police say 23 pounds being transported from Denver to Omaha was seized after an investigation by Omaha officers and federal agents.

Daniel Zendejas and Maria Elena Valencia of Riverbank, Calif., and Jose Tomas Lopez of Denver were arrested. Other details were not released.

After a traffic stop along Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska, three people were arrested and 10 pounds of meth confiscated on Tuesday.

The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers arrested Ruben Torres of Avondale, Ariz.; Connie Sanchez of Glendale, Ariz., and Silvestre Garcia-Sanchez, who is from Mexico. All three are suspected of possession with intent to deliver.

From the San Jose Mercury News

Child turns in mom's meth    

Richvale, CA - The discovery of methamphetamine inside a jacket led to the eventual arrest Tuesday of two adults in Richvale.

Deirdre Ann Shinault, 47, and Daniel "Brian" Thomson, 52, both of Richvale, were arrested by Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force after investigating a report from Gridley police that originated from a local school.

Full story, Contra Costa Times

Task force halts drug ring with Mexico connection   

CO - A drug cartel with links to Mexico that is accused of shipping methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana into Weld County and across the Front Range has been busted by the Weld County Drug Task Force and federal drug agents.

Lt. Mark Jones of the Weld County Drug Task Force said Wednesday that officials began their investigation into the drug shipments almost a year ago. It led to the arrests of four men and the seizure of $240,000 worth of illegal drugs, Jones said. One of the men, whom police identify as the leader, is being held on a $5 million bond. Jones said more arrests may be coming in the case.

Full story, Greeley Tribune

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