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Latest news: 10-22-2009

300 people arrested in US for ties to major Mexican cartel  

Reporting from Washington -  In a series of recent raids throughout the United States, federal authorities have arrested nearly 1,200 people who they say are connected to one of Mexico's most aggressively expanding and deadly drug trafficking cartels, known as La Familia Michoacana, law enforcement officials told The Times' Washington bureau.

At least 300 of the arrests occurred today and Wednesday in California, Texas, Georgia and numerous other U.S. locations where the crime syndicate has set up bases to engage in drug trafficking, extortion and other crimes, authorities said.

Full story, The Los Angeles Times

Mexican meth is top drug threat in Ore. 

Salem, OR - Despite a dramatic disappearance of methamphetamine labs in Oregon, Mexican drug traffickers are increasing imports into the state, resulting in meth continuing to be Oregon law enforcement's greatest drug threat, a new report said Thursday

The just-released Oregon HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) 2010 Threat Assessment Report also explains that the methamphetamine being seized by law enforcement has switched from powder to the more potent and addictive form of "crystal meth."

Full story, KTVZ-TV

Meth distributor sentenced to 23 years

Spokane, WA - Spokane Valley man will spend 23 years in prison for helping run a meth ring that distributed more than 33 pounds of the drug, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Washington announced Wednesday.

Daniel A. Flaherty, 36, also will be on probation for 10 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in May.

The family-based drug trafficking organization operated out of the Tri-Cities and led investigators to more than 30 pounds of meth and $700,000. Federal agents found more than 4 pounds of meth in Flaherty’s storage unit in Spokane Valley in October 2008, according to court documents.

Flaherty will give up personal property and more than $23,000 seized from his bank account. He had a prior felony drug conviction that gave him a minimum penalty of 20 years in prison.

From The Spokesman-Review

Prison program helps meth users recover

Carlisle, IN - Thinking positively for a change is just one of the concepts Turner Corn learned in prison. It helped him turn his life around from a drug addict to a law-abiding businessman.

After three successful years in society, Corn felt it was time to return to the facility where he turned that corner, and share his story with the staff and advisory committee at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle.

Full story, Tribune-Star

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