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Latest news: 10-06-2010

Public safety concerns prompts warning

IA - Iowa’s drug “czar” Wednesday warned Iowans to be on the lookout for smaller scale, but just as dangerous, homemade meth cooking operations. Gary Kendall, director of the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy, said efforts to curb access to pseudoephedrine as a precursor ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine and other measures have caused some meth-makers to turn to different cooking methods that are no less dangerous in causing lab fires or explosions. Heightened safety concerns prompted Kendall to issue an alert for Iowans to take precautions, especially as colder weather moves in, that could prevent them from becoming victims of meth-related tragedies.

Full story, KCRG - TV

Pseudoephedrine operation nets 17

TN - Madison County authorities arrested 17 people over the weekend as the result of an operation targeting people who tried to buy pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine. Ten of those arrested have been charged with promotion of meth manufacturing, which is a class D felony, authorities said in a news release Monday. The other seven are charged with misdemeanor drug possession, public intoxication or driving-related charges. Information obtained during the sweep also led investigators from the 25th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force to a meth lab in Hardeman County. The operator was arrested and found to be a convicted felon in possession of two guns, the release says.

Full story, The Jackson Sun

Five year old overdoses on meth, parents arrested

CA - The parents of a 5-year-old girl treated for a methamphetamine overdose over the weekend were arraigned in Humboldt County Superior Court on Tuesday. Matthew Scott Cunningham, 26, and Tina Marie Duncan, 25, both pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony child abuse -- charges stemming from two separate cases of abuse for each of the couple's two children. On Saturday, staff at a local hospital contacted the police and reported suspicious circumstances surrounding the couple's 5-year-old daughter, who was released after being treated for a methamphetamine overdose. The girl and her 3-year-old brother both were taken into protective custody by Humboldt County Child Welfare Services

Full story, Times Standard

Child finds meth in mailbox

TN - A child sent to the mailbox at his home on Saturday found no mail, but something dangerous, police said. He found a syringe wrapped in aluminum foil and a plastic bag containing "a cream colored powder believed to be methamphetamine," says a report by Cookeville Police Officer Brian Long. It happened at a residence on Missouri Avenue, and as soon as the mother of the 10-year-old boy saw what had been left in her mailbox, she called police. "The amount of meth was at least five grams, about $500 worth in street value," the officer's report says.

Full story, Herald-Citizen

Meth, blowtorch, gunpowder equals a bad mix

CA - Some might say that smoking meth with a blowtorch near a container of gunpowder is ill-advised. Some will try anyway. John Blanchard, 65, is among them, San Mateo County sheriff's deputies say. Deputies called to a fire Friday afternoon in a storage yard in the unincorporated community of Princeton near the Half Moon Bay Airport found Blanchard standing outside a camper that he had parked there illegally, sheriff's Lt. Ray Lunny said.

Full story, San Francisco Chronicle

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