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Latest news: 10-18-2010

State plans to join others tracking pseudophedrine sales online

AL - Local law enforcement are hopeful a state law expected to be fully implemented by the start of next year will curb the amount of methamphetamine manufactured and used throughout the state. How effective the law will be, however, is yet to be determined. By January, pharmacy sales in Alabama of pseudoephedrine — a decongestant drug like Sudafed that can be used as a precursor chemical to make meth — are expected to be tracked online through an electronic database. The goal is to cut off the supply of a key ingredient in methamphetamine, which the federal Drug Enforcement Agency called the number one drug threat in Alabama for the second year in a row.

Full story, Los Angeles Times

Police say meth rip-off is tied to a murder

CA - Methamphetamine is to blame for a rise in crime in Merced. That’s what the Sheriff's Department says. They added a murder earlier this week. It's tied to a drug rip off. The county is one of the top meth producers in California. The Merced County Sheriff's Department says that body found in a Gustine orchard on Wednesday was related to a meth rip off. The victim was apparently involved in stealing almost 20 lbs of the drug. Tom McKenzie, the Public Information Officer of the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, says, “So here you have meth and crystal meth. They are the exact same drug; they have the same chemical properties.”

Full story, KGPE - TV

Meth: a family tradition

OR - Police have arrested several members of a family on charges of dealing methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine. Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team officers served a handful of search warrants over the past week at homes in Medford, Ashland and Central Point. The busts began on Thursday when MADGE officers arrested Victor Valencia, 26, and Dalia Valencia, 22, at the Target parking lot on Crater Lake Highway in Medford. The Valencias allegedly were in possession of 4 ounces of methamphetamine at the time of their arrest. Victor Valencia was charged with manufacture, delivery and possession of cocaine, manufacture of methamphetamine near a school and delivery and possession of methamphetamine. He remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail late Saturday on $490,000 bail.

Full story, Mail Tribune

Cop injured in meth lab raid

OK – A Tulsa Police Officer was taken to a local hospital after inhaling fumes from two meth lab operations at a Tulsa hotel Saturday night. Parts of the Tulsa Select hotel at I-44 and Yale was evacuated just after 7 p.m. Police say they were working a separate investigation when they learned of the meth labs at the hotel. Police found five suspects "cooking" when they arrived. The five were taken into custody.

Full story, KOTV - TV

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