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Latest news: 10-11-2010

National meth training center receives vital funding

IA - Despite a positive national reputation, securing funds has been a struggle for one law enforcement facility. Sioux City's National Meth Training Center has been around for 13 years, but after closing for six months in 2007, financing continues to be an issue. 2011, looks to be bright, though. Each year the National Meth Training Center depends on annual federal grants to train officers. This year, they have been able to lock-down $800,000 worth of funding. That money will be used to train at least 500 new officers next year.

Full story, KTIV - TV

ZeroMeth campaign educates youth

TN - Employees in the Lauderdale County Courthouse dressed identically Thursday to heighten awareness of the growing problem of methamphetamine production. “We are constantly seeing more and more meth labs,” said Tim Glover, director of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force. “Drugs usually go in cycles, but meth is not a trend — it’s an epidemic.” Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said Thursday’s orchestrated event, which is part of the statewide ZeroMeth campaign, will hopefully open some eyes to the dangers of meth. “The problem with meth is that once you use it, you’re hooked. It’s not a gateway to something else,” Connolly said. Glover said task force agents are seeing more and more “shake and bake” or “one-pot” labs. The labs involve pouring ingredients to make meth into a plastic bottle and shaking it until the drug is thoroughly mixed and ready for consumption.

Full story, The Times Daily

Bang leads to bust

OK - An active meth lab was discovered late Sunday night after police went to investigate a suspicious banging noise. It happened at about 9:40 p.m. on East Archer Street between Utica and Lewis. Police were called to investigate the suspicious banging noise coming from an upstairs apartment and when the occupant opened the door, officers could smell an active meth lab. Three men were inside the apartment, two of which were arrested quickly. A third ran into a bathroom and police later found him hiding in a closet. The active meth lab was discovered in the bathroom.

Full story, KTUL-TV

Baby found in mothers mobile meth lab

IA - Coralville police charged a woman with allegedly manufacturing meth in her car in the presence of her child. Amy Dlouhy, 28, address unknown, was charged Oct. 8 with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of pseudophedrine, and child endangerment. Police allegedly found a meth lab in Dlouhy’s vehicle on July 27. Dlouhy reportedly had her 20-month-old child with her at the time. The Iowa Department of Human Services found the child scored 11 times higher than the standard for the presence of meth..

Full story, The Daily Iowan

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