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Latest news: 09-30-2010

Deputy shot at motel, meth lab discovered

FL - A rookie Escambia County deputy was wounded and a Pensacola man was shot to death at the Motel 6 on Pensacola Boulevard where a meth lab was found. Deputy Jason Ates was in good condition Wednesday at Sacred Heart Hospital. Ates was shot in the upper thigh, and the bullet exited the back of his leg, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ted Roy said. The shooter, Michael Scott Lee, 21, of Pensacola, was killed when deputies returned fire. Wednesday morning's incident began when the Pensacola Police Department received a call from a member of Eric James Sherbutt's family who was concerned for his safety.

Full story, Pensacola News Journal

Narcotics canine sniffs out $600,000 of meth during routine traffic stop

IL – Two California men have been charged with possessing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine in Champaign County. State's Attorney Julia Rietz said an Illinois state trooper stopped a Toyota Camry on southbound Interstate 57 just north of Rantoul about 5 p.m. Wednesday because it was speeding and following too closely. "In the course of the stop, the narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. A secret compartment was found in the undercarriage. Troopers found 6.94 pounds of finished methamphetamine with a street value of $628,764," Rietz said.

Full story, The News-Gazett

New faster way to make meth worries deputies

NC - Deputies in Wilkes County said people who use and sell the drug methamphetamine have come up with an easier and quicker way to manufacture it. During the past month and a half, deputies said they have busted five meth labs in the county. All of the labs share one thing in common: a new method to produce the drug that deputies say is cheaper, easier and faster. "They do it 30 to 40 minutes at the most, and they’re finished. It used to take four or five hours," said Capt. Doug Cotton.

Full story, WXII - TV

Ind. meth tracking website sees results

IN - Whether pseudoephedrine gets banned or not in Indiana, police created a way to find meth users now. Indiana State Police launched a meth tracking Web site called IMIS just last month and they're already seeing results. ISP said public tips continue to come in on the Web site about meth activity going on in their area. Tips leading to several active investigations for police.

Full story, WTHI - TV

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