Latest news: 05-15-09
Multiple children exposed to meth
Nebraska City, NE - Otoe County investigators say adults on a methamphetamine binge in a Syracuse mobile home May 2 exposed five children to the drug.
The mother of four of the children, 28-year-old Nakita Schultz, and the mother of four-year-old boy, 24-year-old Jessica Mikuchonis, have been charged with child abuse.
Man pleads guilty to importing meth ingredient
Muskogee, OK - A Muskogee man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to importing pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine.
U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling announced Friday that 46-year-old Stephen Mounger pleaded guilty in federal court.
Sperling says Mounger and 61-year-old David Robertson of Muskogee were indicted last September after an investigation into a drug trafficking ring. Sperling says Mounger imported wholesale quantities of pseudoephedrine from overseas and Robertson manufactured the meth at his home.
Sperling says Robertson pleaded guilty in November to manufacturing methamphetamine and could face up to 14 years in prison.
Sentencing is pending for both.
Ohio home inspectors add meth check
Cincinnati, OH - Besides helping buyers find the usual termites and leaky basements, some home inspectors now look for evidence a house was used as a meth lab.
Methamphetamine is a powerful and additive drug that can be cooked almost anywhere. Dan Schuerman, a Cincinnati real estate inspector, says the manufacturing of a pound of meth also produces six to eight pounds of toxic waste that can be very expensive to clean up.
Schuerman says motel owners and landlords are the most common customers seeking meth inspections. But foreclosed properties can also present questions about meth for the next residents.
Schuerman says he got into meth inspections after researching how to protect himself from exposure to hazardous chemicals while going over homes.
Suspected gang members face federal prosecution for drug charges
Santa Cruz, CA - Three suspected Salvadoran gang members accused of running drugs will be prosecuted by the federal government, the District Attorney's Office reported Thursday.
Prosecutor Charlie Baum said he dropped charges against Pedro Escobar, 22, German Escobar, 23, and Jose Callejas-Alfaro, 29, all of Santa Cruz, in court Thursday morning because the U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a complaint against the trio.