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Latest news: 10-04-2010

Study on meth ads may not of looked deep enough

ID - A recent study claimed that a notable prevention campaign has not discouraged methamphetamine use, but professionals on the frontlines disagree. The study, written by D. Mark Anderson, a University of Washington economics graduate student, used national youth surveys to claim that declines in meth use would have happened without the “Not Even Once” ad campaign. Anderson used data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which asks school children to voluntarily disclose participation in risky activity and is conducted every other year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He concluded meth use was declining in Montana before the ads began and would have continued to decline without the ads.

Full story, Times-News

15.5 pounds of meth seized

CA - West Covina police found three pounds of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop Saturday, leading investigators to discover another 12.5 pounds of the drug stashed at a La Puente home, authorities said. Police estimated the street value of the bust at about $186,000. Samuel Lizarraga, 44, of La Puente was booked on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sales and transportation of narcotics, West Covina police Lt. Alan Henley said. Officers stopped Lizarraga just after 5 p.m. at Valinda and Temple avenues in Valinda because his car displayed expired registration, the lieutenant said. "During a search of the vehicle, they found three pounds of methamphetamine in the car," Henley said. When authorities searched Lizarraga's home in La Puente, they found another 12.5 pounds of methamphetamine, he added.

Full story, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Meth lab explosion ruins relaxing weekend

IA - An explosion disrupted Antuan Wilson's relaxing Saturday night at home. "You could feel it shake the entire building," Wilson said Sunday. "I thought someone had fired a doggone cannon in their apartment. Something like mortar shells. And you wonder, 'What is going on?' " Wilson's apartment is adjacent to the scene of a suspected methamphetamine lab explosion that left two men with serious burns Saturday night. The detonation damaged the fourth-floor apartment at 700 E. Fifth St. that was the site of the blast, but left the other units mostly unscathed. Wilson said the wall between his place and the explosion experienced some bulging, but he said he's lucky. He said if what he's heard about meth lab explosions is true, the entire building could have been lost.

Full story, Des Moines Register

Speed and speed doesn't mix

CA - A Vallejo man who'd been smoking methamphetamine led Petaluma police on a chase in town late Sunday, running red lights and speeding before he was caught, police said. Already in custody and on his way to jail, Vincent Rones Jr. kicked out a side window of a patrol car, Sgt. Andrew Urton reported.
Rones, 20, remained in Sonoma County Jail Monday morning. An officer tried to pull him over at about 9:50 p.m. after seeing the man run a red light, Urton said. The driver wouldn't stop and drove 50 mph in the 25 mph zone through downtown. The driver ran two more red lights with the officer in pursuit with lights flashing and siren blaring. Rones also drove into opposite traffic on East Washington Street. As officers closed in at Washington Street at Howard, he tried to make a u-turn but was stopped by officers with guns drawn. The driver appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant and admitted to smoking the drug, Urton said. A glass smoking pipe and small amount of drugs was found in his car.

Full story, Petaluma Argus-Courier

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