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Monday, June 27, 2005

Sheriff conference addresses meth epidemic

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The message about methamphetamines was simple for sheriffs from around the nation who gathered to exchange ideas about curbing production: Law enforcement needs help.

Sheriffs from across the nation went to the National Sheriffs Association's annual conference, which began on Sunday, to discuss such topics as meth and the ongoing battle with prescription drug abuse.

Later Sunday, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales instructed the sheriffs to spread the word about the usefulness of the Patriot Act, which gave law enforcement officers more ways to detect and combat terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.

"I know how important the tools of this act are to the war on terror," Gonzales said. "No one has provided me with evidence that the Patriot Act is being misused or abused."


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