Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Another Life Foolishly Destroyed

Meth destroys lives, all kinds of lives. Here's the story from the Omaha World Herald of a 50-year-old woman who got caught up in methamphetamine dealing, and probably use, and it led to her death.

A tiny plastic bag was found in the stomach of a 50-year-old Ohio woman who died after Council Bluffs police arrested her on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, the county attorney said Monday.

Claudia M. Crippin died Friday. The 1-by-1-inch greenish-blue bag was found Saturday during an autopsy performed by the Douglas County Coroner's Office.

Officials say they don't know what, if anything, was in the bag. They are awaiting toxicology results before announcing the cause of death.

The tests take about two weeks.

"Assuming there were drugs in the bag," Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said, "if stomach acids eat through (it), it releases (the drugs) just like you swallowed it without a bag."

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