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Latest news: 12-29-2009

Wyoming conference focuses on meth, substance abuse

Casper, WY - A recent car crash in Casper is an example of how an innocent family suddenly can be victims of crime related to drugs.

A woman who moved to Casper suffered serious health problems and learned that her new home was the site of a busted methamphetamine lab and was filled with toxins.

Full story, The Casper Journal

Florida county sees crackdown on meth labs 

Lake County, FL - The number of meth labs busted in Lake County nearly doubled this year because deputies say they are cracking down on the problem.

In 2009, Lake County's drug unit dismantled 54 methamphetamine labs compared to just 24 in 2008.

Full story, WFTV-TV

How to determine if house was meth lab

As the highly addictive drug methamphetamine grows in popularity, so does the chance you could end up buying a “meth house” when you go shopping for real estate.

Making or even smoking meth leaves behind a stew of chemicals that saturates walls, ceilings, floors and carpets with meth as well as mercury, lead, iodine, lithium and poisonous solvents. For each pound of drug, meth “cookers” dump, flush or leave behind 5 to 6 pounds of poisonous waste.

Full story, MSN

Mother, son sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

St. Louis, MO - A central Missouri man has been sentenced to six years in prison and his mother to four years of probation for their involvement in a murder-for-hire plot.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap says 42-year-old Roy Cameron and his 59-year-old mother, Elsie, both pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire. Both were sentenced on Tuesday. Both are from Rolla.

Reap says that between March and July, the Camerons were involved in a plot to have one or two other men killed so that they would not testify in a methamphetamine case against an acquaintance.

From the Belleville News-Democrat

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