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Latest news: 12-22-08

Wisconsin's top drug cop worries about Methamphetamine

Newly appointed Wisconsin Justice Department  Narcotics Bureau director David Spakowicz lists methamphetamine among the state's continuing drug problems in a recent Q&A with the Associated Press.

Q: What would you say is the number one drug problem Wisconsin faces?
A: There’s just not one overall problem, I think. A lot of it is situational. Like in southeastern Wisconsin, we’ve seen an increase in the abuse of heroin and other opiates, namely OxyContin and Vicadin. There’s a continued problem with crack cocaine and the associated violence that continues. Up in northwestern Wisconsin, we see a continuing problem with methamphetamine. ... The mainstays, if you want to call it that, unfortunately is still marijuana and cocaine throughout all areas of the state of Wisconsin.

Full story in Wausau Daily Herald

Traffic stop yields $300,000 drug bust including meth

SALINE COUNTY, KS -- A sheriff deputy checking on the welfare of a motorist stopped on the side of the road ended up discovering a large amount of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and drug money.

Undersheriff Dave Dunstan says that at around 2:38 Saturday morning, a deputy came upon a truck parked on the shoulder of the road at the on-ramp on Interstate 135.The truck's motor was running, and a bag was hanging out the window.

The deputy became suspicious while talking to the driver, and requested help. After a drug dog hit on the vehicle, officers discovered 36 pounds of marijuana hidden underneath the extended cab of the truck. Street value of the marijuana is estimated at $300,000.

Officers also found 177 grams of methamphetamine, 74 grams of cocaine, and seized $2,611 in suspected drug proceeds.

Officers arrested 45-year-old Patrick Carter of Apache Junction, Arizona. He was booked into the Saline County on multiple possible felony drug charges.

As for the bag that was hanging out the window of the truck, Carter was using it to keep ice cream cold.

From KASL News Radio

Suspect jailed after six pounds of meth uncovered

SANTA ROSA, CA -- A man was arrested in Santa Rosa on Friday morning one day after detectives searched his house in the community of Monte Rio and found more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.

James Harper, 44, was not at home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday when detectives attempted to serve an arrest warrant at his house on the 9600 block of Bohemian Highway in unincorporated Sonoma County, according to the sheriff's office.

Officers from the Sheriff's Department Narcotics Task Force were called when a search of Harper's property resulted in the seizure of more than 100 ounces of methamphetamine, which was given an estimated street value of more than $120,000, according to the sheriff's office.

Full story ABC7 TV in the Bay Area

Child neglect among charges facing couple

HARTFORD CITY, IN — Two Hartford City residents face drug-related and child neglect charges stemming from an alleged methamphetamine lab in their home.

Mark Wayne Justice, 37, and Monica Y. Bellis, 31, both of 508 N. Cherry St., are charged in Blackford Circuit Court with dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, and neglect of a dependent.

Justice is also charged with receiving stolen property. Authorities said stolen guns were found in the Cherry Street home.

Justice already faced drug-related charges in Jay County, where he was arrested in July after police said they raided a meth lab in Dunkirk.

From the Muncie Star-Press

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