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Latest news: 11-5-2009

Network of meth traffickers dismantled

Sioux City, IA - Federal prosecutors are touting what they claim is the dismantling of a network of crystal methamphetamine traffickers in northwest Iowa.

According to US. Attorney Matt Dummermuth, 21 defendants have been convicted and sentenced to federal prison or probation as a result of an investigation that began in February 2007. Authorities say the investigation involved a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Dummermuth said in a statement Thursday, the coordinated investigation had a significant impact on the meth trafficking problem in northwest Iowa.

Authorities say the center of the meth network were Storm Lake, Spencer and Dow City. They say distributors received the drug from a Mexican source in Omaha, Nebraska.

As part of the investigation, authorities seized over six pounds of crystal meth, $250,000 in cash and several vehicles.


Meth lab found at day care 

MS - Drug task force agents raiding an Ocean Springs home that doubled as a child day care found methamphetamine lab equipment and ingredients Tuesday night, according to the task force leader. The agents arrested four people.

Eight children attended the Stennis Avenue day care, while a ninth child lived at the home.

Full story, The Mississippi Press

Investigation nets 11 arrests for distribution

NJ - Authorities arrested 11 people and confiscated more than $10,000 worth of crystal meth, following an investigation that spanned several counties and stretched into Eastern Pennsylvania.

Two of the defendants were accused of being the primary suppliers in a crime network that consistently distributed the drugs to individuals throughout Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Union counties, said Chief Dan Hurley, spokesman for the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

Full story, The Star-Ledger

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