Latest news: 10-14-2010
CVS accused of helping to fuel meth production, pays record fine
CA - Drug giant CVS/Pharmacy will pay $75 million to settle a case brought by federal prosecutors involving the sale of a key ingredient at its stores for the making of methamphetamine. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office confirmed the civil settlement, which would close a long-term investigation officials brought under the Controlled Substances Act. In agreeing to the settlement, CVS denied any wrongdoing. According to prosecutors, CVS didn't provide proper safeguards for the sale of cold medication that contained pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in the making of meth. Prosecutors alleged this oversight helped to fuel the meth trade in California and other states.
Police say two produced meth near children
AL:-- Police have charged two local residents with producing methamphetamine with two young children in the home. Officers served a search warrant at 775 Summer Lane late Tuesday night. Charged were Michael Paul Dean, 31, and Crystal Renee Quaite, 25, of that address, Capt. Albert Wadsworth of the Prattville Police Department said. The two each are charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, he said. They were being held in the Autauga Metro Jail on Wednesday under bonds of $25,000 each, jail records show.
Bill requires disclosure of meth lab rental properties
OK - A bill that would require landlords to disclose whether or not a residence was previously used to manufacture methamphetamines to potential tenants will take effect starting Nov. 1. “If a landlord has to disclose it, at least that’s a step forward in the process toward getting them to clean it up,” State Representative Seneca Scott, author of the bill, said. Local landlords willing to comment said they were in support of the law. Cynthia Hagar, property manager at Linden Apartments, said she would have no problem disclosing meth manufacture in a residence she was renting.
Women found in meth house wearing ZeroMeth t-shirt
AL - Jefferson County sheriff's deputies busted a meth lab at a house in the northern part of the county this morning. One of the women found inside the home was wearing a "ZeroMeth" T-shirt, distributed as part of a national law enforcement campaign aimed at fighting and educating the public about the destructive and deadly force of the meth epidemic. "I guess she is trying but just can't get over the hump," said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.