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Federal authorities dismantle huge drug trafficking network

CA - Federal authorities boasted that they practically dismantled an entire drug trafficking network in the Los Angeles area after a three-year, multi-agency investigation that resulted in dozens of arrests Thursday. More than 800 federal and local agents took part in the massive take-down, which came after a federal grand jury returned six indictments that name a total of 61 defendants. The targets of the operation, known as "Red Rein," were major methamphetamine and cocaine suppliers to street gangs based in Los Angeles, Long Beach and La Puente, the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said.

Full story, CNN Justice

Man gets life sentence for meth distribution

MO - Wendell D. Kopp was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, who also ordered him to forfeit just over $5,000. Kopp faced the mandatory life sentence because he had at least two prior felony drug convictions. He was found guilty in June of conspiracy to possess meth for distribution, possession of meth for distribution and two counts of possessing guns in furtherance of drug trafficking. Cebull held Kopp responsible for distributing almost three pounds of meth in the last half of 2008.

Full story, Great Falls Tribune

Meth addiction contributes to foster care crisis

AR - Thousands of children are in Arkansas foster care, and more continue to come into state custody because of abuse or neglect. The problem is there aren't enough homes to take them in. "With meth on the scene, it has driven the children into care." Susie Bunch has been a foster mom for 30 years. "We get sibling groups of 4 & 5 and of course they like for them to be together but at this point we're having trouble getting a child in a home," she explained. Recent numbers in the river valley show 779 children are currently in care, but there are only 143 foster homes. That number would require at least five children to be placed in every home, and that's simply not realistic.

Full story, KFSM - TV

Football fans support Montana Meth Project

MO - While MSU's colors may be blue and gold, many will be wearing black this weekend in support of the Montana Meth Project. The event, known as Black Saturday, will help spread the word about the risks of methamphetamine use to a broad audience of teens, parents and young adults. This event is part of Montana State's partnership with the Montana Meth Project this football season. They are asking Bobcat fans to wear black to this weekend's home game against Northern Colorado which starts at 1:05 pm.
Marketing director with MSU athletics, Drew Ingraham, feels this is a great opportunity to use sports to help spread this important message.

Full story, KBZK - TV

Meth summit attracts a crowd

CA - Del Norte County’s sixth annual Meth and Other Drugs Summit drew more attendees than anticipated, event coordinators said.  More than 200 people showed up at Tuesday night’s forum, which was presented by the Community Action Prevention Alliance (CAPA). Participants walked around wearing buttons that said “I am Responsible” while gathering educational materials from more than 10 organizations. Information booths were set up in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Del Norte County sheriff’s Deputy Richard Griffin kicked off the event by discussing the history of methamphetamine and its prevalence in the county. “Crystal meth, or ice, is the most commonly seen (form) in Del Norte,” Griffin said. “Sales and possession are on the rise.”

Full story, The Daily Triplicate

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