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Latest news: 10-05-2010

Former officer's decline into meth and murder for hire

CA - Former California Highway Patrol officer Ruben Salgado has pleaded no contest to three counts, including solicitation for murder. Salgado was arrested in May on charges of using methamphetamine, then rearrested in July on charges of trying to hire a hit man to a kill a witness preparing to testify against him in the drug case. In addition to the solicitation count, he also pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine while armed and driving under the influence of drugs. Salgado was sentenced to three years in state prison starting immediately. He can't count as credit time he's already served while waiting for trial.

Full story, KCRA - TV

1.3 million dollars of meth seized in Tex.

TX - More than a million dollars worth of cocaine and methamphetamines are seized at one of Laredo's ports of entry. It happened at the World Trade Bridge when a twenty-four year old man driving a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up truck was taken in for secondary inspection. Officers inspected the trailer he was hauling and found twelve bundles holding 73 pounds of meth and two packages holding seven pounds of cocaine.

Full story, KGNS - TV

Top investigator says pseudoephedrine database will backfire

MO - One of the region’s top methamphetamine investigators says Missouri’s latest effort to reduce meth production will backfire. Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jason Grellner says that when Kentucky introduced a statewide cold pill sales database, the number of labs increased 46 percent, and is still going up. Grellner says the real solution is simple make pseudoephedrine available only by prescription.  Something pharmaceutical companies don’t like.

Full story, KMOX - TV

Good boy destroys mothers drugs, calls police

UT - A Salt Lake mother has been charged with child endangerment after prosecutors say her 12-year-old son destroyed her meth and then called police. Officers responded to the 35-year-old woman's residence on the 900 South block of Main Street on Aug. 31. The boy told police it was the second time he's had to destroy his mother's methamphetamine that she kept in a safe in a cupboard next to the fridge at their residence, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court on Monday. The woman told police she was "angry" at her son for destroying the meth.

Full story, Deseret News

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