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Latest news: 12-24-08

San Joaquin Valley meth report offers plan of action

Solving the chronic problem of methamphetamine abuse in the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley will require education, publicly funded recovery services, expanded residential treatment and mobilizing residents to combat the problem, according to a report Tuesday.

The report is based on outcomes of public forums held throughout the San Joaquin Valley in which 758 people participated. It highlights community-specific efforts already in place and describes what programs, legislation and policies are needed to support a comprehensive approach to methamphetamine addiction and other forms of substance abuse.

Full story and copy of report from the Central Valley Business Times

Louisiana family jailed for meth manufacturing

A family of three has been arrested for running a clandestine lab in Jones along with various other charges.

According to Sheriff Mike Tubbs, deputies with the North Louisiana Drug Enforcement Bureau, the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office and Probation and Parole department received information that a family was manufacturing methamphetamine again and also in possession of firearms. These charges would be violations of their probation/parole from when they manufactured methamphetamine last year.

Full story, The Bastrop (La.) Daily Enterprise

California man will be doing 20 years in Idaho

NAMPA - A California man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to deliver nine pounds of meth in Nampa.

Tom Moss, United States Attorney Tom Moss says Eduardo Frias-Cobos, 40, will serve 20 years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking. Frias-Cobos, a resident of Salinas, Calif., was arrested on Oct 30 by the Idaho State Police and DEA as he and others attempted to deliver nine pounds of methamphetamine in Nampa.

A jury later found him and others guilty of participating in meth trafficking conspiracy that delivered several pounds of methamphetamine to Nampa. Frias-Cobos was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the Federal Courthouse in Boise. He was the final defendant of the conspiracy to be sentenced. Earlier this year, the group's leader, Graciano Marquez-Huazo, was sentenced to over 32 years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking.

Frias-Cobos, who was in the United States illegally, will be deported following his prison sentence.

From KBCI Radio

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