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Latest news: 12-18-08

Dealer sentenced for trafficking, arranging for paid killing

A 39-year-old St. Paul man who dangled a fancy SUV as payment for the killing of his prosecutor's wife has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for hatching the murder-for-hire scheme and for a host of drug and firearms crimes.

Michael Scott Wahlstrom was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis on charges of dealing in methamphetamine, possessing a firearm in carrying out drug-trafficking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

Full story, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Meth labs increase as producers find loopholes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A dangerous homemade drug is making a comeback.

Local and state authorities have been making some headway against methamphetamine production, but they said there has been a recent surge in lab busts.

Full story, msnbc.com

Former child star accused of meth relapse

Actress Jodie Sweetin has been limited to supervised visits with her eight-month-old daughter after she was accused of abusing drugs and alcohol at an emergency custody hearing called by her estranged husband.

Sweetin, 26, filed for legal separation from Cody Herpin, 31, on November 19 in Orange County, Calif., seven months after she gave birth to the couple's first child.

Full story, San Francisco Chronicle

City plans watch parties for meth documentary

EDMOND — Next month, Edmond residents will have an opportunity to fight back against the dangers of crystal meth.

On Jan. 13, a 30-minute documentary called "Crystal Darkness” is scheduled to be broadcast simultaneously on several local television stations and many Edmond groups, schools and organizations will host watch parties.

Full story, The Oklahoman

Major lab found in suburban middle class neighborhood

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - More than 100 federal agents and local officers fanned out across the metro area early Wednesday to bust what the FBI called a major meth ring hiding in middle-class neighborhoods.

The officers wielding search warrants raided 11 homes and businesses and took the suspected ring's leaders into custody.

Full story, KRQE News 13

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