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Latest news: 10-2-2009

Interest groups question Oklahoma cold medicine legislation    

Legislation requiring consumers to obtain a prescription for cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine is the best way to crush illegal methamphetamine operations, which are reaching epidemic numbers in the Tulsa area, the state’s top drug enforcement officer told a legislative panel Thursday.

"The cornerstone is pseudoephedrine,” said Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. "We’re constantly battling folks who want this product.

Full story, The Oklahoman

More punishment for meth lab makers

Charleston, WV - During Thursday's Kanawha County Commission meeting, commissioners vote to crack down on meth lab makers.

Commissioners are strengthening their nuisance ordinance.

Currently the county pays for clean up and boarding of structures with meth labs found inside.

Now, the owners of the property will be forced to pay the cost of the boarding, which could range from $500 to $1500.

According to Kent Carper, the county generally busts 30 to 50 meth labs a year.


Two children sleeping in a meth lab 

Kalamazoo County, MI - Kalamazoo County deputies say they have busted a meth lab in a room with two children sleeping inside.

They went to a home on West Michigan Avenue Thursday to check on a man who was already out on bond for cooking meth.

When deputies searched the home they found an active meth lab with a two year old and eight year old sleeping just a few feet away.

They arrested the man and Child Protective Services took away the kids. The suspect, who is from Mattawan, now faces charges for a second meth lab and child endangerment.


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