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Latest news: 12-16-08

Domestic meth production expected to exceed 2007 levels

WASHINGTON, Dec 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), a component of the Department of Justice and the nation's principal center for strategic drug intelligence, has released the National Drug Threat Assessment 2009, detailing drug trafficking and abuse trends within the United States. The assessment identifies the primary drug threats to the nation, tracks drug availability throughout the country, and analyzes trafficking and distribution patterns of illicit drugs within the United States. It evaluates the threat posed by illegal drugs, comparing availability, production and cultivation, transportation, distribution, and demand.

Full story, MarketWatch

Crystal Darkness Campaign set for Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Tulsa leaders are joining with other leaders statewide to promote Childhelp Crystal Darkness Oklahoma, a campaign aimed at tackling methamphetamine abuse in the state. The campaign’s co-chairs, Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry and former Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane, said a 30-minute documentary will air on television stations across Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

Full story, Greater Tulsa Reporter

Teachers fired for alleged meth production

Elkhart, IN - Elkhart Community Schools fired two teachers that were arrested last month for methamphetamine production.

The ECS board of trustees voted unanimously to terminate the contracts of Michelle and Maria Stancati during a business meeting this morning.

The Stancatis were suspended last month based on allegations of inappropriate conduct related to alleged meth production and use.

On Friday ECS Superintendent Mark Mow sent a memo to board members recommending the teachers’ employment be terminated.

From The Elkhart Truth Newspaper

Man sentenced for improper meth lab disposal

Spokane, WA. -- Robert Wayne Webb was sentenced to a year in prison for improperly storing hazardous waste from meth labs in Rathdrum, Idaho, and a Spokane home.

A federal judge in Idaho also sentenced Webb to pay $71,246.79 in restitution and serve three years probation. Webb pleaded guilty last Sept. 29.

Webb's company, Aalliance Environmental Inc., performed meth lab cleanups throughout the Pacific Northwest under various federal contracts. A federal investigation found he failed to properly store the wastes. An EPA investigation found 71 containers of hazardous waste inside a garage in Spokane.

From Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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