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Latest news: 11-04-2010

46 pounds of meth seized

GA - Federal and local authorities say they have arrested 45 people and seized drugs, cash and guns as part of an investigation into a major Mexican drug cartel operating in metro Atlanta. The operation involved the district attorney's offices in the Clayton and Griffin judicial circuits, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said that authorities seized 46 pounds of methamphetamine, 43 kilos of cocaine and 4,120 pounds of marijuana, with a total street value of more than $10 million.

Full story, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Money confiscated from meth dealers funds law enforcement

PA - Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman loves fighting criminals with their own money, and he now has almost $100,000 more to do precisely that. "Any funds you can get are going to be very helpful," Goodman said Wednesday in a press conference at the county courthouse at which federal prosecutors distributed $276,530.57 to five local law enforcement agencies.  That money came from participants in the so-called Schuylkill Ice ring, which prosecutors said conducted gambling operations and distributed methamphetamine, also known as "ice," across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Full story, The Standard Speaker

Child tests positive for meth: Halloween candy suspected

TX -  Levelland police are waiting on lab tests to confirm whether or not Halloween candy given to a four year old was laced with drugs. This investigation is somewhat of a Halloween nightmare for police who are working to figure out how methamphetamines made it into the body of a four year old. "We were so scared because we didn't know what happened," said Jaime Chavez about what happened to his son. The four year old was not himself Friday afternoon. Non-responsive and seizing, Levelland police say Jaime's mom rushed her son to the hospital. The Chavez family had no reason to believe their son was high. "The test came back to show he had meth in his system," said Police Chief Toney Cowan about the investigation.

Full story, KCBD - TV

Alternative to incarceration helps families affected by meth

OK - Geana Hill started using when she was 13. If not meth, it was pills or alcohol, every day until she was 25. Her meth addiction eventually led to her leave her husband and daughter to be with her dealer. "He became a cook and I begged him to make it in the house just so I could be around him," Hill said.  Then she was arrested for endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine in her home and was facing 10 years in prison.  But instead of going to prison, she was put in the Women in Recovery program, an alternative to incarceration for nonviolent female offenders. It includes one year of intensive treatment and provides participants with assistance to successfully return to their families and communities

Full story, Tulsa World

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