SAN DIEGO

Seizures of meth soar at California-Mexico border

Seizures of methamphetamine soared at the US-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014, accelerating a trend that began several years ago as new laws that limited access to the drug’s chemical ingredients made it harder to manufacture it in the U.S.

Meth seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s San Diego field office accounted for nearly two-thirds – 63 percent – of all the meth seized at all ports of entry nationwide in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported Sunday.

Almost all of the meth consumed in the U.S. was once manufactured domestically, with San Diego as a known production hub.

But a crackdown in the U.S. on the precursor chemicals used to make the synthetic drug has pushed its manufacture south of the border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show a 300 percent increase in meth seizures at California ports of entry from fiscal 2009 to 2014.

LONG BEACH, Calif.

Girl, 3-weeks-old, missing from scene of shootings

A 3-week-old girl was missing Sunday from a California home where the baby’s mother, father and uncle were found shot, police said.

Long Beach police were seeking an adult male in the shooting but have not said if the man is related to the missing infant..

The 10-pound baby girl, named Eliza Delacruz, is the focus of an urgent police search.

SAN FRANCISCO

Irritated travelers land safely after 28-hour flight

Hundreds of air travelers landed in San Francisco, safe but irritated after a 28-hour overseas flight they say included 12 hours on a tarmac in the Middle East without food or accurate flight information.

Tempers grew short on Etihad Airways Flight 183 when fog in the city of Abu Dhabi delayed takeoff for a half-day, passengers told San Francisco broadcaster KGO.

“No one was angry about the delay itself. If it’s unsafe to fly, we don’t want to fly,” passenger Ravali Reddy said. “It just didn’t seem to make any logical sense why we had to stay on the plane.”

– From news service reports