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Latest news: 11-30-2010

Gwinnette County cops uncover $44 million meth stash

GA - Gwinnett County police on Monday busted a methamphetamine lab set up in a Norcross house, seizing nearly a half ton of meth with a street value estimated at more than $44 million.
"This is believed to be one of the largest methamphetamine confiscations in the United States," Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.  Gwinnett police requested assistance from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Norcross police and the Gwinnett fire department's hazmat team, due to the "extremely hazardous situation," Ritter said.

Full story, Atlanta Journal-Constitutiion

Missouri governor backs anti-meth legislation

MO -- Gov. Jay Nixon will stop in  three cities today to announce what his office is calling "a significant proposed step in the state's fight against methamphetamine." The governor will be joined by Attorney General Chris Koster and Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Earlier this year, state regulations took effect that require pharmacists selling pseudoephedrine-based medicines to enter details about the buyers into an electronic database. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in meth, a highly addictive and illegal stimulant.

Full story, St. Louis Dispatch

Child abuse charges filed against suspected meth user

NE -- Authorities have charged a York man with child abuse, saying he took methamphetamine while he was supposed to be caring for three children. The York News-Times says one of the children, a 12-year-old, had called 911 early one morning and said the man was having trouble breathing.
The 26-year-old man was arrested after he was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with meth intoxication. Officers found two more children, ages 7 and 6, in the home. Officers described the home as filthy, with "dirty and moldy laundry strewn about." The children's heads had been shaved because of head lice.

Associated Press

Mexican cartels get around meth-ingredient laws

Exploiting loopholes in the global economy, Mexican crime syndicates are importing mass quantities of the cold medicines and common chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine - turning Mexico into the No. 1 source for all meth sold in the United States, law enforcement agents say.
Nearly three years ago, the Mexican government appeared on the verge of controlling the sale of chemicals used to make the drugs, but the syndicates have since moved to the top of the drug trade.
Cartels have quickly learned to use dummy corporations and false labeling and take advantage of lax customs enforcement in China, India and Bangladesh to smuggle tons of the pills into Mexico for conversion into methamphetamine.

Full story, The Washington Post

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