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Mexico seizes 'tons' of meth chemicals 

MEXICO CITY — Two raids by security forces have netted the largest seizures of methamphetamine precursor chemicals in Mexico's history, federal officials announced Friday.

Agents seized 20 tons of chemicals used to produce methamphetamine at Manzanillo port in the Pacific coast state of Colima and 17 tons the border city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office said in a news release. The agency did not say when the raids took place and officials did not immediately return phone calls asking for more details.

Mexico is a leading producer of methamphetamine, according to the U.S. government. The seizures are part of a national crackdown launched in 2006 against drug gangs.

-- Associated Press

Kentucky State Police bust two meth labs in an hour

LONDON, KY (AP) - Kentucky State Police have arrested eight people after discovering two methamphetamine operations in Laurel County on the same day.

Troopers found a meth lab late Saturday night as they served a criminal warrant in the Cornett Subdivision.

Ronnie Lockaby, Randy Collier, Whitney Goodin and Stephanie Walters - all of London - were charged with first-degree methamphetamine manufacturing. Three others in the house face other charges.

KSP spokesman Don Trosper at the London post said that acting on a tip and just over an hour later, troopers arrested James Cawood of London after smelling a strong chemical odor around a house on U.S. 25 South in the Lily community.

The 36-year-old Cawood faces a number of drug charges, including meth manufacturing.

From WAVE-3-TV

Complaint lands four in jail on meth charges

WHEATLAND, IN — A Wheatland couple and two men from Washington were arrested on Sunday after police went to a residence on Old U.S. 50 to investigate a complaint of illegal drug activity.

The homeowners at 13245 Old U.S. 50, James Coy, 40, and Autumn Coy, 28, were arrested for dealing methamphetamine and various other charges. As troopers were still in the residence collecting evidence, Jeffrey Gray, 47, and Mark Hopkins, 43, both of Washington, arrived at the residence to allegedly sell ephedrine to the Coys.

They were all taken to the Knox County Jail.

When the troopers entered the residence they found about 6 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, several firearms, electronic scales, a small amount of marijuana, and other materials commonly used to make meth.

Full story and photos from the Washington Times-Herald

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