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DEA Leads Biggest Meth Bust in New York History

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 New York has had its share of big drug busts.

But when it comes to methamphetamine, the state has never seen a bigger one than the 50 pounds seized from a boardinghouse in Westchester County, CBS New York reports.

The DEA called it the biggest meth bust in New York State history.

About $1 million worth of the dangerous drug was discovered as Mexican cartels try to carve a larger market for meth, CBS New York reports.

The bust netted two arrests, while agents search for the chemist.

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Immigration Agents Capture Alleged Mexican Drug Cartel Operative

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 When authorities arrested Anel Violeta Noriega Rios last week on immigration charges in southern California, they had no idea how big the catch was, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The woman turned out to be Noriega Rios, who was wanted by the Mexican government for her alleged role as a top operative in the La Familia drug cartel working out of the U.S.

Immigration officials said she helped move massive quantities of methamphetamine into the U.S.  from Mexico, according to the LA Times.

Mexican authorities took custody of Noriega Rios on Friday.

Meth Lab Seizures Up; Experts Point to “Shake-and-Bake”

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

According to an AP survey of the nation’s leading states in meth production, lab seizures by law enforcement agencies rose nationally, the AP reports.

In 2011 Missouri was the leading producer, with 2,096 seizures. Missouri was followed by Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and then Oklahoma.

Across the nation the rise in meth lab seizures rose by about 8.3 percent from 2010 to 2011. The addictiveness of the drug and an increasingly popular and very quick method of producing it both contributed to the rise, experts say, according to AP. That method, know as “shake-and-bake,” quickly produces the drug using a soda bottle which, experts say, has created smaller labs but much more of them.

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Meth User Shoots at Police Helicopter, Gets 46 Months

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Originally indicted by a federal grand jury for firing at an in-flight police helicopter, Michael P. McMichael, of Oklahoma City, was slapped with 46 months in prison for being a habitual methamphetamine user unlawfully in possession of a firearm, the FBI announced on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old shot at the police helicopter in Oklahoma City on June 25 or 26, says the FBI, damaging the aircraft. He was indicted for the incident on January 18, 2011 and pled guilty on April 11, 2011 to the charges he was sentenced for.

Prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Randy Sengel, the case was the result of a cooperative investigation by the Oklahoma City police and the FBI.

Dozen-Plus Arrested in Spokane Crime Ring Bust

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

There were some big happenings in snowy Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, where FBI agents executed multiple searches and made more than a dozen arrests in the culmination of the year-long investigation called Operation “Old School,” reports KXLY.

Multi-agency SWAT teams made raids that stretched across Northern Oregon, Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Spokane Thursday morning, Frank Harrill of the FBI told KXLY.

The raids targeted a ring of drug and gun running headquartered in Spokane. “The recovery of scores of illegal weapons, pounds of methamphetamine, a live hand grenade you see the level of sophistication, the potential for violence and the harm to our community that these groups pose on a daily basis,” Agent Harrill said.

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7 lbs. of Meth Seized in Colo. Ski Town

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The mountains aren’t the only way to get high in Colorado Springs, Colo., apparently.

Investigators seized seven pounds of meth and made four arrests in the ski resort town, reports KRDO.

Vincente Martinez,40,  Jovel Cristian, 27, Martin Martinez, 21, and  Rafael Amezcua, 27,  all from Los Angeles, were arrested at a motel in town, according to KRDO.

The DEA Southern Colorado Drug Task Force–a group of DEA agents, local police and the county Sheriff’s offices and ICE–conducted the investigation. The task force has seized 70 pounds of methamphetamine and made 24 arrests since October of 2011.

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DEA Dedicates $16.4 Million Building For Training to Deal With Methamphetamine

DEA Agents Simulate Meth Raid During Dedication/ticklethewire.com photo

DEA Agents Simulate Meth Raid During Building Dedication/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com

QUANTICO , Va. — DEA agents in swat outfits simulated raids on a makeshift methamphetamine lab inside the new-two story building.  A studious-looking man in a white lab coat chatted about the scientific side of the highly-addictive drug made of potentially flammable and explosive chemicals.
It was all part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s dedication Friday for a new $16.4 million clandestine laboratory training and research center in Quantico that has classrooms, labs and a staging area to practice raids on the dangerous meth labs.
John McCarty, special agent in charge of training for the DEA Academy, said the facility will train federal and local law enforcement people around the world to deal with a drug he says is in a class onto itself.
“Hardly anyone recovers” from meth addiction, he said. “It’s one of the most hideous drugs.”

DEA Forensic Chemist Joe Bozenko Explains the Science

DEA Forensic Chemist Joe Bozenko Explains the Science

DEA Agents Show Gear To Protect in Meth Lab Raids/ticklethewire.com photo

DEA Agents Show Protective Gear Used in Meth Lab Raids/ticklethewire.com photo