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57 Meth Producers Arrested in Escambia County

 

 

 

 

 

 

This boggles my mind – 57 people producing meth in a city with a population of around 50K. These people are driving cars, shopping in grocery stores, all mildly deranged, at best, by the drug they produce. I am delighted they have been arrested and I am appalled to know they were on the streets:

 

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Eric Heisig
 

 

Fifty-seven people allegedly involved in two major meth organizations in Escambia County were arrested this week, federal and state authorities said.

The results of the mass arrests, the result of a seven-month investigation, were announced during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Seventy-six people on various meth-related charges were sought, Sheriff David Morgan said, and more arrests may be made.

Those arrested, many of whom were rounded up by 60 state and federal law enforcement agents that went out Thursday morning, were targeted as part of two major meth cooking and distribution networks located in north Escambia County, sheriff’s narcotics Investigator Kenneth Tolbirt said.

One is called “The Village Group,” is based at Lakeview and Forrest avenues in Cantonment, while “The Ayers Group” is based on Ayers Street in Molino, Tolbirt said.

The organizations had roles ranging from cooks to dealers. Many of those arrested in the past two days work as “smurfs,” and go purchase pseudoephedrine, a medication used to make meth, from drug stores, authorities said.

The bust comes in the wake of 12 people being indicted in federal court on Tuesday for conspiracy to possess and distribute pseudoephedrine.

Morgan refused to say what was confiscated in Thursday’s bust, citing the ongoing need to prosecute the cases.

State Attorney Bill Eddins said he has assigned two assistant state attorneys to oversee the prosecution of the cases.

 

Bravo to the Escambia County Sherrif’s office for the careful, painstaking work it takes to craft an operation like this and to execute it.

April 20, 2013 Posted by | Crime, Financial Issues, Health Issues, Law and Order, Pensacola | Leave a comment

Shams I; Huge Solar Plant in Abu Dhabi

Today – from WeatherUndergroundNews:

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Behold — a way to capture a maximum amount of solar power in one of the sunniest regions on the planet.

Located in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates that cozy up to the Persian Gulf in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi announced the opening of the Shams 1 solar plant last month. Shams 1, which translates to “the Sun” in Arabic, according to the BBC, utilizes more than 250,000 mirrors to capture and harness the power of the sun.

Officials in Abu Dhabi hope the new plant will save 175,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year, reports an NPR blog. That’s the equivalent of removing 15,000 cars from the road, they say, and several more of these mega-plants are in the works.

The other reason for building the Shams 1? The country will be able to export more of their vast natural oil reserves instead of using it within the country. It will lead to even more profit for the UAE, says Bloomberg. The plant cost $750 million to build, but according to the report, it’s just the first step in a plan to generate one-third of the country’s energy from solar power by the year 2032.

April 20, 2013 Posted by | Environment, Experiment, Financial Issues, Home Improvements, Interconnected, Technical Issue | , , | 3 Comments