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Latest news: 10-19-2010

Nearly 18 pounds of meth seized at border

CA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the U.S. Port of Entry at Andrade, Calif., seized nearly 18 pounds of methamphetamine during a failed drug smuggling attempt Thursday night. “Just because Andrade is considered a small port of entry, it will not be an easy target for smugglers to use,” said Andrade Port Director Ray Nagy. “Our CBP officers remain vigilant and committed to stopping attempts such as this with unwavering dedication.”

Full story, The Yuma Sun

A must-have drug guide for parents

Do you know the drugs that teens are abusing these days?  Our research shows a significant increase in teens that see drug and alcohol use and “getting high” as acceptable in social situations.   In fact, more teens are now using drugs to de-stress from pressures from school and extra-curricular activities than ever before. With this growing number of teens using drugs and alcohol it’s more important than ever for parents to be knowledable and prepared. A great first step is to learn the facts about the drugs that are in your teen’s world.

Full story, Decoder

Police say major U.S. drug operation involves Mexican cartel

MN - The search warrant says one suspect name Gustavo Contreras is a member of "La Familia" and he is a "multi-pound methamphetamine and multi-kilo narcotics trafficker in the Minneapolis area."  The Mexican drug cartel is known for its extreme brutality along the U.S. border. Federal agents say Contreras was stopped once with "$218,000" in his car "hidden in a fake compartment in his car." The warrant obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS indicates investigators believe Amigos Auto Center and Sales on St. Paul's east side is connected to Contreras.

Full story, KSTP - TV

23 one-pot meth labs found in home

AL - The remnants of 23 one-pot-cook methamphetamine labs were found Saturday night after a DeKalb County deputy responded to a trespassing call in the Kilpatrick community. When Deputy Troy Brown responded to the residence on County Road 9055, he discovered Johnny Earl Rutherford, 20, Blountsville, inside, according to a news release from Sheriff Jimmy Harris. Brown found an amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and chemicals used to manufacture meth. The Drug Task Force was contacted, and, after more searching, the remnants of 23 one-pot labs were found.

Full story, GadsdenTimes

The lingering dangers of meth labs

OK – Cleiborne Taulbert isn't a guest at the Tulsa Select off I-44 and Yale, but the thought of what police say they found cooking in two rooms there Saturday is alarming.  "It's dangerous, and I wouldn't want to sit up in a hotel where  there's been a meth lab," he told News Channel 8.  Tulsa Police say the aftermath of the meth lab proved to be too much for one officer.  "Opening the door to that room the fumes were so heavy we actually had one officer transported to the hospital, so even just being in the hallway with these fumes is very harmful," said Officer Sarah Toliver.

Full story, KTUL - TV

Key to meth prevention is to reach youths early

CO –For Shirley Simpson, activities coordinator for Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse, the goal of the organization’s Not Even Once Week is simple, but powerful. “We figured that if we can get the children to understand how horrendous and how dangerous this drug is, if we can prevent them from ever once doing it, then we prevent so many from this horrible life that it presents,” she said.

Full story, Craig Daily Press

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