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Latest news: 10-23-2009

DEA targets 'La Familia' cartel, biggest investigation in history 

They didn't knock. They didn't have to. From California's Central Valley to Atlanta's suburbs, they hit hard and fast before dawn - part of the biggest DEA operation in history - against a single Mexican drug cartel called La Familia.

CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports the raids capped a 44-month investigation named Project Coranado. Agents arrested nearly 1,200 people, including 303 in the last two days.

Full story, CBS News

Calif. senator sees link between meth and crime

CA - U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer recently acknowledged the dire nature of Amador's continuing battle with methamphetamine, as well as the harsh impact it's had on area crime and local families.

Boxer's words came in the form of a message sent to media and community organizations on Oct. 9. In it, she said that Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team "faces serious issues" because Amador "is often used to both manufacture and transport methamphetamine." Boxer went on to cite the connection between methamphetamine use and rising crime - including crimes of neglect and endangerment against children - as major reasons law enforcement needed support in fighting its presence.

Full story, Ledger-Dispatch

Extradition sought for accused meth chemical supplier

Mexico City - Mexican officials say he's admitted to selling tons of chemicals used to make methamphetamine. But lawyers for the Chinese-Mexican businessman deny he's admitted to anything illegal.

Police found $205 million in cash stashed in Zhenli Ye Gon's Mexico City mansion in March 2007. While his wife and others were arrested in the raid, Ye Gon was already in hiding in the U.S.

Full story, WEAR-TV

Computer software shows students their age progression on meth

Mobile, AL - The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is changing the way people look.

Using a new software program, department officials plan to show students how they'd look if addicted to methamphetamine, a drug that authorities blame for plaguing portions of the county for years.

Full story, Mobile Press-Register

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