Latest news: 9-10-2009
Meth admissions down, treatment for other drugs increases
Carlsbad, NM - Individuals seeking treatment for methamphetamine dependency in Carlsbad have been in decline over the past few years while those seeking treatment for crack-cocaine, heroin and prescription drug dependency have been increasing, said Kirstin Carlson, of Carlsbad Mental Health Center.
Meanwhile, in a parallel trend, federal drug seizures of meth in New Mexico have been reduced from 65 kilograms in 2006 to 35 kilograms in 2008. At the same time, heroin seizures have multiplied from 6 kilograms to 32 kilograms and cocaine seizures have reduced slightly from 672 kilograms to 602 kilograms, according to the DEA.
Last of more than 60 sentenced in Operation Speed Racer
Fargo, ND - The last of more than 60 people charged in a major federal drug conspiracy case has been sentenced in Fargo.
Louis Lopez was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Prosecutor Chris Myers said the 23-year-old Lopez, of Wapato, Wash., helped bring drugs from Washington state to the Red River Valley.
The case called Operation Speed Racer began more than five years ago. Myers said all but two of the 66 defendants have been arrested. The names of the other two have not been released but authorities believe they are in Mexico.
Prosecutors said the conspiracy had ties to a violent drug cartel in Mexico and moved methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana to North Dakota and other states.
Five of the defendants were charged in the 2005 killing of Lee Avila of East Grand Forks, Minn., in a dispute over meth.
Man seriously burned, meth lab blamed
Somerset, KY - Police in Somerset say an explosion of an apparent methamphetamine lab seriously burned a man in his apartment.
A statement from police said 45-year-old Bucky Allen Boula was blown from the bathroom into an adjoining room by the blast on Wednesday.
He was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital for what the Lexington Herald-Leader reported were severe burns to his face, hands and arms.
Police said the explosion shortly after 3 a.m. blew out windows of the apartment.
Authorities said they found several devices used to make meth as well as chemicals used in producing the illicit drug.