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Latest news: 10-13-2010

President Obama signs anti-meth legislation into law

DC – Rep. Bart Gordon’s bill closing loopholes in federal law that have been exploited by meth producers was signed into law Tuesday by President Obama. “Every year, Tennessee is one of the top states when it comes to meth production, use and busts,” Gordon (D-Murfreesboro) said. “To combat this epidemic, we have to go straight for the source, making it more difficult for the producers of this drug to get their hands on precursor materials.” The Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act (H.R. 2923) requires all retailers of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine products, products used to make meth, to register with the U.S. Attorney General, and requires distributors of these products to sell only to retailers who are registered to sell controlled substances.

Full story, The Murfreesboro Post

Total of recent border drug seizures in the millions

AZ - In the past several days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis, Ariz., seized drugs worth $8.6 million. The CBP released details of the seizures in a news release Tuesday. On Oct. 7, CBP officers encountered a 45-year-old man attempting to enter the U.S. while driving a Ford Taurus, according to the release. The man was referred to a secondary lot after an interviewer noted discrepancies to the vehicle. According to the release, upon closer examination of the vehicle, the officers determined the front and rear bumpers contained more than 63 pounds of cocaine. The man was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Full story, The Yuma Sun

Get on the bus Gus

NM - One of the city's largest methamphetamine busts in recent history practically fell into the lap of the Santa Fe Police Department over the weekend. Raul Rincon, a 34-year-old bus passenger from Madera, Calif., was arrested Saturday evening at a gas station off Sawmill Road near Interstate 25 and charged with drug trafficking after Officer Daniel Parsons reportedly found 2.68 pounds of methamphetamine taped around the man's ankles.  If the drug is pure methamphetamine — police have not released information on its purity — the approximate street value could exceed $236,000.
Full story, The New Mexican

Former youth coach accepts plea in meth case

IN - A former youth coach in Terre Haute has apparently accepted a plea agreement for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. According to officials,the plea agreement with Othea Scott Jr. calls for a sentence of 96-months or 8 years imprisonment plus supervised release and a fine. Scott was arrested in May of 2010 for his alleged involvement in a Terre Haute meth ring.

Full story, WIBQ - TV

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