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Latest news: 12-20-2010

Child advocates request drug treatment funding

KY - Child advocates and the head of the state's child protection unit are urging lawmakers to spend more money on drug treatment for parents of children who are abused and neglected. The request comes just days after a judge released thousands of previously secret documents related to the state's protective oversight of a teen mother and her 20-month-old son. Kayden Branham died after drinking drain cleaner in May 2009 that was allegedly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. His mother, Alisha Branham, was 14 at the time of her son's death. The documents detailing social services' involvement with the girl and her baby show a family struggling with addiction and a social service network with too few resources and money to treat them.

Full story, Lexington Herald-Leader

80-year-old man gets ten years for distribution of meth

WA - An 80-year-old man arrested after trying to ship 23 pounds of methamphetamine from Washington state to Alaska by car has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute the drug, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The conviction came despite Ronald Hall’s plea that he “did not want to die in prison.” Prosecutors say that in the late 1990s, the Bellflower, Calif., man was convicted of meth trafficking and sentenced to five years in prison. He told the court then that he had cancer and only a year to live. But he completed his term and returned to drug dealing

Full Story, The Olympian

Garbage truck meth lab

AL - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tells CBS42 that an active methamphetamine cook was found inside a garbage truck. About 4:30 Friday afternoon, a Sergeant with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was patrolling along Mt. Olive Road when they observed a garbage truck driving recklessly. The driver crossed the double yellow line in to oncoming traffic and then jerked the vehicle back to the right. The Sergeant activated their emergency lights and siren to signal the truck to pull over. Instead of pulling over, the garbage truck increased speed to about 50mph. As the vehicle began to climb an upgrade it started to slow. The driver finally stopped in the 6000 block of Mt. Olive Road. The pursuit only lasted a little more than a mile.

Full story, WIAT - TV

Child left in cold car tests positive for drugs

NM - Roswell police say a 2-year-old girl left alone in a vehicle in 38-degree weather tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine.The child's 19-year-old mother, Veronica Meraz, was arrested Nov. 29 after the toddler was left with possible drug paraphernalia within the child's reach. An anonymous caller reported her inside the car parked outside an apartment complex. Roswell police spokesman Travis Holley says what caught officers attention was the child was playing with a digital scale, which police say is commonly used to weigh narcotics.

Full story, KWES - TV

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