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Drug enforcement agency urges use of hot line

November 30, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

In observation of today's National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, the Hagerstown chapter of the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to remind the public of its anonymous meth tip hot line.

Kyle Williamson, resident agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Hagerstown, said that those who have information about methamphetamine activity may leave anonymous tips at 1-866-305-3016.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Web site - www.dea.gov - today is the first National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, which is intended to spread awareness of the dangers of meth.

President George W. Bush issued a proclamation Monday declaring today as the national awareness day.

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal or ice, is manufactured in a variety of ways, but often includes a chemical mix of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient of Sudafed, and ingredients found in common kitchen cleaners and other toxic products, Williamson said.

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Williamson said the DEA and Maryland State Police established in June the Western Maryland Meth Initiative. The group has representatives from state law enforcement agencies in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties, he said.

The group has developed a lab team that has undergone specialized training to dismantle labs used to cook the drug and to clean up those labs, he said.

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