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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:14 am, Wed Jun 27, 2012.

An award-winning reporter from the Amador Ledger-Dispatch will visit the Lodi Public Library on Sunday to discuss his new book.

Scott Thomas Anderson, author of "Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime Is Eating At the Heart of Rural America," will be at the library on July 1 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to talk about the relationship between methamphetamine addiction and spiking crime rates in Northern California.

Between May 2010 and November 2011, Anderson spent 18 months as an embedded reporter with law enforcement agencies battling the meth epidemic across the state.

At the Lodi Public Library event, Anderson will discuss that experience as well as drug trafficking trends connecting San Joaquin County to California's meth pipeline from Mexico.

Special guest speakers at the event will be former meth cook Matthew Learned and meth expert Stacy Wells.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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