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Latest news: 11-11-2010

Police say meth problem continues to grow

KY - Within the last few days, police officers in Harlan County have dealt with four meth related cases. On Tuesday night police arrested four people ..including an escapee... outside the CVS Pharmacy in Harlan for manufacturing meth. Police found ingredients to make methamphetamine in their car. Those arrested first told police they were at the store to buy soft drinks, but later confessed they were there to buy Sudafed. "The trend has hit Harlan and it's something we have to deal with," said Harlan County Sheriff, Marvin Lipfird. While police say their skills have improved when it comes to tracking the the labs, they do admit the problem is getting worse in the region.

Full story, WKYT - TV

Suspect sites meth use as reason he rammed patrol car

AZ - A man has been arrested after he allegedly stole a truck, led sheriff's deputies on a chase, and rammed a marked patrol vehicle in Pinal County. 27-year-old Justin Rackley is accused of stealing a landscaping truck from Ironwood and Ocotillo in San Tan Valley. When a deputy located the vehicle and tried to stop it, he allegedly stopped, reversed and repeatedly drove into the patrol vehicle. The driver then fled and led deputies on a chase until they were able to block it in and take Rackley into custody.

Full story, KSAZ - TV

Meth awareness group closes due to lack of volunteers

CO - By a near unanimous vote, the Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse board voted Wednesday to dissolve the organization by Dec. 31. The vote was 9-1 in favor of disbanding and dispersing its assets to other community groups. Board member Ron Schaeffer was the lone vote in opposition. Schaeffer declined to comment on why he voted against dissolving the organization. COMA, a local organization designed to eradicate methamphetamine use, was established in 2003. For almost eight years, the volunteer effort has raised meth awareness in the community through education, outreach and advertising.

Full story, Craig Daily Press

Special delivery: man accused of sending meth via FedEx

FL - A Fort Myers man was arrested Tuesday after deputies say he tried to send methamphetamine through Federal Express. Jason A. Vanlaningham, 35, is facing a charge trafficking 14 or more grams of methamphetamine. Investigators were contacted by a confidential informant a package arrived at the distributor showing indicators of containing drugs, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report. A K9 unit was brought in to inspect the package and indicated there was an odor of a controlled substance. Deputies made contact with Vanlaningham and he gave them consent to open the package and admitted he shipped the package containing crystal methamphetamine, according to the report. The package had a tracking number and Vanlaningham’s address as the return address.

Full story, News Press

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