Latest news: 11-20-2009
New system tracks meth chemical sales
Louisville, KY - Gov. Steve Beshear made a stop in Louisville Friday to talk about a new stop tactic in the fight against methamphetamine production.
The program goes by the name Meth Check, but with its new national availability it's being rolled out as NPLEX -- the National Precursor Log Exchange Policy.
Pharmacies simply swipe a customer's license, entering the data into the portal and the information is immediately transferred to a database.
It's meant to be beneficial for retailers as they keep track of sales of the medicines, but especially helpful for law enforcement agencies as it provides them with a log of purchases and other intelligence.
"With the advent of new electronic log technology, law enforcement can now more effectively locate and arrest those involved in this type of crime behavior," said Drug Committee Chairman Keith Cain of the Kentucky Sheriff and National Sheriff's Association. "As with most initiatives, however, it's an ongoing, evolving process. We can't declare victory and go home. It's a day-in, day-out battle."
Man sentenced to prison for trying to establish meth market
TN - A Mexican man accused of attempting to establish a methamphetamine market in Obion County was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.
Adolfo Ortiz-Alcazar is to be imprisoned for 87 months in a federal prison as close to the West Tennessee area as possible. The judgment sheet noted that Ortiz-Alcazar was born in 1982 and has a mailing address in Michoacan, Mexico.
Ortiz-Alcazar pleaded guilty Aug. 6, 2008, to a single charge of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamines. An additional charge of possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamines with intent to distribute was dismissed.
After serving his prison term, Ortiz-Alcazar will be placed on supervised release for five years. The release period will be downgraded to "unsupervised" if he leaves the United States and does not return. During his release period he must participate in drug and alcohol testing and treatment programs and provide DNA samples. He also was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
He and eight other Obion County residents were indicted Nov. 19, 2007, for allegedly developing a market for the illegal drug in Obion County. All nine have pleaded guilty; five are awaiting sentencing.