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Latest news: 10-25-2010

Nation's addiction: Meth affliction destroys lives

AZ - Methamphetamine is a potent, addictive, synthetic stimulant drug affecting the central spinal cord and brain, in other words the central nervous system. Crystal meth is no stranger in the United States, including the White Mountains. It has been found to be one of the most addictive and destructive illegal drugs ever to hit the streets of the nation - it's an epidemic. Meth increases physical activity while suppressing the appetite and giving the user a combination of feelings of euphoria, paranoia, anger and depression.

Full story, White Mountain Independent

Department of Homeland Security funds meth training

NJ -The boarded-up windows barely let in enough light to illuminate the small kitchen filled with a strange assortment of glass tubes, beakers and unmarked chemicals. Shattered glass crunched under foot as police officers invaded the cramped, musty trailer, where a makeshift lab was prepped to manufacture illegal methamphetamines. In every corner of the room, hazards were lurking. The wrong move in any direction could mix volatile chemicals or unleash a deadly explosion. It was an elaborate scene created and controlled by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department as part of a two-day emergency response training exercise, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Full story, The Daily Journal

Law enforcement sees rise in meth use and arrests

IN - On a Thursday afternoon in September, police converged on an older house near downtown Gaston with whitewashed clapboard siding. Across the street, Kaylie Starrett watched from her own home, confused by all the commotion. In the 18 months or so that Starrett had lived in the neighborhood, everyone across the street seemed friendly. It wasn't until later that she learned from friends that police suspected her neighbors were manufacturing methamphetamine. "I couldn't believe it," Starrett said in a recent interview on her front porch. "Everyone says it's supposed to smell really bad." Welcome to Meth 2.0.

Full story, BSU Daily News

Youth activist pleads guilty to meth charges

NV - A Reno youth activist has pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine out of his home. The Reno Gazette-Journal says Roberto Nerey awaits sentencing Dec. 15 after entering the plea Friday in Washoe County District Court. He faces from five to 15 years in prison. The 39-year-old Nerey earlier had proclaimed his innocence, saying a man he befriended set him up and that he was a victim of government entrapment. He was accused of twice selling meth to law enforcement authorities in an undercover sting in July. Authorities said he sold 27 grams of meth for $2,800.

Full story, KTVN- TV

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