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Latest news: 10-9-2009

Panama City Beach unanimously approves Meth Check

Panama City Beach, FL - The Panama City Beach City Council unanimously approved a new weapon in the war against meth Thursday night. Bay County Commissioners already approved the Meth Check system, but each city also needs to give their approval before the program can begin in local pharmacies. Meth Check would electronically link the records of local pharmacies so they can track who is buying illegal levels of the cold medicine used to make the drug.

Captain Faith Bell made a compelling presentation to the Panama City Beach City Council members showing them why the meth check system is so necessary. Since January, 43 meth labs have been found in Bay County, that is the most of any county in the state. "We've been working this hard simply because so many lives are at stake. Everybody is affected even if they say they aren't affected by meth. It has some affect on everyone," said Bell.


Officer finds 14 lbs of crystal meth during traffic stop

Nashville, TN - A million dollars worth of crystal meth was off the streets Friday morning after a traffic stop.

A Metro officer found 14 pounds of ICE after stopping a rental car for following too closely on Interstate 40 near Bellevue Tuesday. The 13 wrapped bricks were found hidden in the car after the driver consented to a search. The driver told police he was returning to North Carolina after vacationing in New Mexico.

The driver and two others identified during the investigation have been charged, but their names have not been released.


Meth lab site hit for second time in 6 months

Long Beach, MS - For the second time in six months, officers have dismantled a meth lab at a home on Alexander Road, resulting in two felony arrests, Police Chief Wayne McDowell said.

Detective Chad Kiser made the arrests after a traffic stop outside the home. Inside the vehicle, police said, were Leesa Carol Barnes, 40, a resident of the home, and Donald Ray Ladner, 50, of Pass Christian.

Kiser seized about 1.5 grams of meth hidden inside. Authorities then searched the home and discovered an active meth lab.

Barnes and Ladner were charged with possession of meth. In addition, Barnes was charged with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture meth. Judge Gene Dedeaux set bond for Barnes at $100,000. Ladner’s bond was $50,000.

Police said an active meth lab was found at the same home six months ago.

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