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Latest news: 12-15-2010

Authorities thwart Mexican drug cartel

DC - A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., has indicted nine people on charges of conspiring to sell large quantities of crystal methamphetamine in the nation's capital as part of a drug smuggling operation directed by cartel bosses in Mexico, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Wednesday. The indictments were returned Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia following the arrests of eight of the nine suspects at various locations in Atlanta and Winston-Salem, N.C. The ninth person remains at large.

Full story, Washington Times

Million dollar meth bust

CA - The U.S. Border Patrol in El Centro makes a million dollar drug bust. It happened just before 10:00 AM Tuesday at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 near Calexico. A canine team alerted agents there was something suspicious inside a truck. When the truck was moved to secondary inspection agents found a hidden compartment in one of the wheel wells.

Full story, KSWT - TV

System tracking pseudoephedrine sales is working

IA - Creeps who want to make methamphetamine labs may never be stopped completely. But a new computerized system is helping take a byte out of crime. More than 10,000 people statewide who attempted to purchase products containing pseudoephedrine — a prime ingredient used to make meth — were stopped by the new computerized pseudoephedrine tracking system in its first few months. It went online in September and appears to be performing as designed.

Full story, The Globe Gazette

Meth Arrest Sheds Light on Child Danger

TN - A recent methamphetamine arrest in Covington, TN, brings to light another danger when it comes to the explosive drug. Tipton County Sheriff's deputies are not only arresting people for manufacturing meth, but also looking at its potential effect on children. Investigators swab children's' toys, clothes, diapers and furniture to see if the chemicals used to make meth have absorbed into the kids products.

Full story, WREG - TV

Alleged meth addict falls through ER ceiling

KY - A 27-year-old Louisville man was arrested Tuesday night after he fell through the ceiling at Jewish Hospital Medical Center Southwest while trying to escape from police, who were questioning about burns he’d come in to be treated for. Nicholas Fultz is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in meth, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and giving police a false name.

Full story, Courier Jornal

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