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Many domestic violence deaths linked to meth

San Diego, CA - Methamphetamine use is playing a significant role in domestic-violence fatalities, local health authorities said as they encouraged potential victims to seek help immediately.

Nick Macchione, director of the county Health and Human Services Agency, said 55 percent of domestic violence deaths during the past three years involved current or past use of meth.

Full story, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Member of meth ring sentenced to 22 years

MO - A California man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for his role in a conspiracy to distribute millions of dollars worth of meth in Barton County and elsewhere, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Matt J. Whitworth.

Jose Lopez, also known as David Cerpa, 40, of Ontario, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to 22 years and six months in federal prison without parole.

Full story, Springfield News-Leader

Mexican military finds 6,000 pounds of meth during raid

Tijuana, Mexico - A U.S. citizen was among four people in custody yesterday after a military raid on a residence in the suburban seaside enclave of San Antonio del Mar.

Ricardo Valenzuela Lizarraga, 21, who was born in Los Angeles, was being held at Morelos Military Base with three Mexican suspects arrested late Monday.

The soldiers also seized more than 6,000 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 18 weapons, including a fragmentation grenade, according to a military statement.

San Antonio del Mar has about 300 full-time residents, a mix of Mexicans and Americans, said Al Rosen, president of the homeowners association.

“Both the federal police and the military have had occasion to remove people from the community, but no one has been hurt or injured as a result of that,” Rosen said. “Our feeling is that we welcome law enforcement.”

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

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