SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Methamphetamine use increased slightly last year among arrestees in San Diego County who consented to being tested, it was announced Tuesday.
"Overall, arrestee drug use remained fairly stable over the last year and was relatively low compared with years past," said Cynthia Burke, director of criminal justice research for the San Diego Association of Governments. "However, data collected in 2009 do raise some concerns when it
comes to methamphetamine use and availability."
According to SANDAG's study, 38 percent of females and 22 percent of males who were arrested locally in 2009 and agreed to be tested were found to have used methamphetamine.
That compares to 31 percent of females and 20 percent of males who tested positive for the drug after being arrested in 2008.
Positive methamphetamine tests among adult arrestees hit a peak in 2005, when 51 percent of females and 44 percent of males had the drug in their system after they were taken into custody, according to SANDAG.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.
Vacationing homeowners were hit by thieves in Mira Mesa, but thanks to a smartphone app, the crooks did not get away with it.
Signs warning people to stay out of the water are once again posted in Imperial Beach after a new spill from Mexico dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River - polluting the South Bay.
Two defense contractors were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that the military had planned to ship overseas to treat injured Marines.