Archive for the ‘Drugs’ Category

No(t enough) ganja, No Crime…

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’:

A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week.

Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.

They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana.

Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.

No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.

In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.

District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree.

Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands.

A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections.

“I thought, ‘Geez, I don’t know if we can seat a jury,’ ” said Deschamps, who called a recess.

How not to destroy seized ganja

Monday, September 20th, 2010

N.Zealand burn-off sends dope smoke over school

Police in New Zealand burning off seized cannabis were left red-faced when a change in the wind sent smoke billowing over a primary school, it was reported Tuesday.

Officers in the South Island town of Picton were destroying cannabis and shredded paper in an incinerator at the local police station when the incident occurred, the Marlborough Express newspaper reported.

It said St Joseph’s School principal Peter Knowles noticed the smoke on Friday morning and complained to police, who immediately extinguished the fire.

Tyrone starts out the New Year in fine form

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Police report: Beer in hand, he backs into 2010

A Memphis man went to jail New Year’s Day on a rash of charges after police found him drinking a 40-ounce beer while driving backward down a city street with a marijuana plant on the front seat.

At about 9 a.m. Friday, officers responded to a complaint that Tyrone Buckley, 51, was driving drunk around a parking lot in the 1000 block of Court in the Medical Center area.

According to an affidavit, officers spotted Buckley driving backward on nearby Waldran Boulevard.

According to police, Buckley smelled of alcohol and had a box on the passenger’s seat holding a marijuana plant.

‘This was an inevitable decision after his latest ill-judged contribution to the debate.’

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Drug tsar who claimed ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than alcohol is sacked

The UK’s chief drugs tsar sacked over his controversial views today launched an extraordinary attack on Gordon Brown and warned the Government’s whole advisory board could quit.

Professor David Nutt, fired last night for claiming cannabis, Ecstasy and LSD are less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes, turned both barrels on the Prime Minister. He declared that the Government had gone too far by defying his and other experts’ advise on cannabis and Ecstasy and claimed ministers were acting before they had even consulted their own advisors.

‘He [Gordon Brown] is the first Prime Minister, this is the first Government, that has ever in the history of the Misuse of Drugs Act gone against the advice of its scientific panel,’ he said. ‘And then it did it again with ecstasy and I have to say it’s not about (me) over-stepping the line, it’s about the Government over-stepping the line.

Not too brite in PA

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Police: Pa. Man Busted With Weed Stuck To Forehead

Police in central Pennsylvania say they’ve nabbed a real pothead. They say an officer spotted 29-year-old Cesar Lopez inside a convenience store with a bag of marijuana stuck to his forehead.

Investigators say Lopez was seen peering inside his baseball cap early Saturday morning in Lebanon, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

 When Lopez looked up, the officer noticed a small plastic bag appearing to contain marijuana stuck to his forehead.

Police say the officer peeled the bag off Lopez’s forehead and placed him under arrest. He has been charged with drug possession. Police do not know whether Lopez has an attorney.

Kids these days…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Drug trends: Find out where your kids could be hiding them 

Experts have an alert for parents as the school year begins: there are brand new ways kids are taking and hiding drugs.

 ”Drug use typically triples between 6th grade and 8th grade,” according to Stephanie Siete of Community Bridges, a Valley substance abuse, treatment and detox center.

 From her own collection she reveals the hiding spots for drugs, including water bottles and energy drinks that twist open to reveal a hidden compartment for storage.

But she said the latest trends include “snorting vodka shots.”

More graphic yet, she said teens are doing anal beer bongs and soaking tampons in vodka.

Drug gangs continue their house cleaning in Mexico

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Pollie shot dead, severed heads found

THE leader of congress of Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero was shot dead in his car, while three human heads showed up in ice coolers elsewhere in the state, officials said today.

Guerrero is home to beach resorts including Acapulco, but is also a drug trafficking hub which has seen brutal killings and beheadings linked to the country’s powerful cartels in recent years.

Leftist politician Armando Chavarria Barrera was found with bullet wounds to his head and stomach in state capital Chilpancingo, a public security ministry statement said.

The motive for the crime was unclear, it added. Members of his PRD party said the killing was a political crime, and told a Mexico City news conference that 25 of the party’s members had been assassinated in 2009.

Police today, meanwhile, recovered three human heads in ice coolers, and their body parts stuffed in bags, in a small town in the mountains of Guerrero, the public security ministry said.

Frying on your honeymoon not too brite

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Hiking Newlyweds Who Took LSD Rescued After Wife Has Bad Reaction

A newlywed couple who took LSD during a honeymoon hike had to be rescued after the bride reacted badly to the drug.

Police said the 20-year-old bride from Crestwood was airlifted Tuesday to a suburban St. Louis hospital where she was listed in serious condition.

The rescue happened in a conservation area near Fenton. Investigators say the husband called Tuesday saying his wife of just three days had fallen and hit her head.

He later admitted that the two of them had used LSD and she got very sick from it.

God loves stoners, but not Caesar

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Fayette drug task force raids area church:

In what some officials were calling one of the most significant drug busts in Fayette County history, four teams of law enforcement officers raided the Church of Universal Love and Music in Bullskin Township Saturday.

During a weekend event dubbed “Funk Fest” at the eccentric and eclectic church, multiple units from the Fayette County Drug Task Force raided the compound, sending shocked parishioners literally running from the grounds.

“At this point, we have confiscated a large amount of contraband and made multiple arrests,” Fayette County District Attorney Nancy D. Vernon said Saturday night, as multiple police vans loaded with suspects arrived at the Uniontown Police Department shortly before 10 p.m.

“There have been at least 20 arrests made and we have multiple truck loads of confiscated drugs and paraphernalia.”

During the raid at the church on Bear Rocks Run Road in Acme, Vernon said that officers discovered “pounds and pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms, tons of marijuana and more than 1,000 smoking devices.” She said it will take time for officers to make an accurate inventory of the confiscated items.

Officers had to attach tow-behind trailers to police cruisers to remove the contraband. She said four separate “head shops” at the church where drugs and drug paraphernalia were being sold were also raided.

Stoner lounge at work not too brite

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

State parking garage workers busted for smoking, selling pot


Two state workers are off the job tonight after police say they set up a party lounge in a state parking garage and allegedly smoked and sold marijuana.

 A maintenance worker at the OGS East Garage on Madison Avenue between Eagle and Philip Streets in downtown Albany has been charged and his boss is accused of being in on a drug ring that ran on the taxpayer’s dime.

Parking garages are pretty ordinary places, except when people who work in them allegedly turn them into essentially a party lounge.

That’s what investigators say 48-year-old OGS cleaner Gary Pivoda and his supervisor 50-year-old Louis Marciano did for months in a maintenance area tucked away in this garage at the Empire State Plaza.

Twitter reaches new highs

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Need Some Weed? Just Check Twitter

Some California pot sellers are living the high life this summer — because high-tech social-networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter are allowing them to legally swap street corners for the Internet.

“Just in! Baby Crunch, Spy Diesel and Critical Mass! Buy a quarter, get a gram,” read the “tweets” listing the strains of pot available from the Los Angeles-based non-profit medical-marijuana dispensary Artists Collective, which also promises “free delivery.”

Who needs drug mules when you’ve got drug sharks?

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Mexico: Almost 1 ton of cocaine found in sharks:

Mexico says it found nearly one ton of cocaine hidden inside frozen shark carcasses.

Prosecutors say hundreds of packages stuffed in the bellies of dozens of dead sharks seized in the Gulf port of Progreso contained 1,965 pounds (893 kilograms) of cocaine.

The Attorney General’s Office says the sharks were found in two containers on Tuesday.

The containers had been shipped from Costa Rica. There was no immediate information on its intended destination.

The 870 packages were found wrapped in plastic and inserted in the sharks.

England’s best and brightest in fine form

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Cambridge students vomit and collapse after wild party

A DRUNKEN Cambridge University student staggers home after a wild party – dubbed Suicide Sunday – ended with revellers collapsing and throwing up.

Passers-by were shocked and disgusted after a notorious end-of-exams party lived up to its reputation with students binge drinking.

The party saw bikini-clad students struggling to stand up and vomiting at midday on a Sunday afternoon. The party was organised by the Wyverns – an all-male Magdalene College drinking society.

It had to be held in a new location for the first time in 80 years after officials banned students from holding the event on university land.

The controversial decision was made after a 23-year-old student was last year arrested during the infamous jelly-wrestling contest for punching a spectator.

Good news for stoners

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Drug Czar’s Pot-Potency Claims Go Up In Smoke:

A newly released report about marijuana potency undermines previous claims by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) that the drug’s potency has hit record highs.

In May, the media ran wild with stories of highly potent pot sweeping the nation, as the ONDCP announced that their testing showed average marijuana potency had topped 10 percent THC-level for the first time ever. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.

“According to the latest data on marijuana samples analyzed to date, the average amount of THC in seized samples has reached a new high of 10.1 percent,” reads the announcement by Gil Kerlikowske, the Drug Czar.

But the full report is now available and it shows that the 10-percent bar is only crossed by throwing hash into the equation. Without hash, the average potency was 8.52 percent. The average potency of hash was 20.76 percent.


The cocaine in Spain falls mainly on the plain

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Spanish study shows traces of cocaine, other drugs in the air in Madrid, Barcelona:

Air pollution has long been a fact of life in Spanish cities, but scientists now say it is not just smog that chokes people as they walk to work or stroll through the park.

A new study has found the air in Madrid and Barcelona is also laced with at least five drugs — most prominently cocaine.

The Superior Council of Scientific Investigations, a government scientific institute, said on its Web site Thursday that in addition to cocaine, they found trace amounts of amphetamines, opiates, cannabinoids and lysergic acid _a relative of LSD — in two air-quality control stations, one in each city.

Secretly dosing people at a bar not too cool

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Austria: Suspect arrested in poisoning of 5 people:

Police in Vienna arrested a man suspected of slipping drugs into drinks at a crowded bar Sunday, causing five people to collapse. Authorities said all five victims were hospitalized in life-threatening condition.

Investigators said they were still trying to determine a motive for the attack, which happened on a sunny afternoon at a small bar packed with up to 50 people enjoying an “after hours” party.

Authorities were called to the scene when customers at a sidewalk ice cream salon across the street from the bar saw the five victims fall to the ground.

“We got an emergency call at 5 p.m.,” or 1500 GMT, said police spokeswoman Iris Seper. She said officers later took the unidentified suspect into custody after witnesses said they had seen a man offering the victims drinks.

Investigators said it was unclear exactly what substance had been added to the drinks, but that it appeared to be some kind of narcotic. Seper said the victims drank freely, apparently unaware that anything was amiss.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

‘FRIEND’ OF BIDEN’S DAUGHTER SHOPPING TAPE OF HER ALLEGEDLY DOING COCAINE:

A “friend” of Vice President Joseph Biden’s daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.

The anonymous male acquaintance of Ashley took the video, said Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer representing the seller. Dunlap and a man claiming to be a lawyer showed The Post about 90 seconds of 43-minute tape, saying it was legally obtained and that Ashley was aware she was being filmed.

The Post refused to pay for the video. The video, which the shooter initially hoped to sell for $2 million before scaling back his price to $400,000, shows a 20-something woman with light skin and long brown hair taking a red straw from her mouth, bending over a desk, inserting the straw into her nostril and snorting lines of white powder.

New terror for ganja smokers

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Cannabis users ’suffering new syndrome’

THERE is mounting evidence to support the existence of a new syndrome afflicting heavy cannabis users, after the world’s first cases were found in South Australia. The condition “cannabinoid hyperemesis” was first identified in a group of about 20 heavy drug users in the Adelaide hills in 2004, and a new case has emerged this time in the US. The syndrome is characterised by nausea, stomach pain and bouts of vomiting – ill effects which, oddly, sufferers say they get some relief from by having a hot shower or bath. The new case, involving a 22-year-old man in Omaha, is published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology where doctors were also told to consider it when treating people with unexplained vomiting.

The old “toss the money out the car window” trick

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Suspects toss thousands out windows during rush-hour pursuit:

Motorists stopped on freeways Thursday and scrambled to collect cash that drug suspects tossed like confetti from their pickup while leading police on a pursuit during the evening commute.

Police arrested two men on Interstate 5 in Carmel Valley while other officers collected more than $17,000 along the pursuit route. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took custody of the money, the pickup and the suspects.

Some civilians who got in on the cash-grab later handed it over to police. A 16-year-old boy turned over $570 at the department’s northeastern division station.

Mexican government can’t handle the truth

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Mexico blasts Forbes for putting drug lord on list

Mexico’s government condemned Forbes Magazine on Thursday for putting the country’s most wanted man, a violent drug lord, on its annual list of the world’s richest people.

Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman made the prestigious business magazine’s list for the first time on Wednesday, sharing the 701st spot at $1 billion in assets. The amount was based on his estimated share of drug shipments to the United States.

Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora accused U.S.-based Forbes of coming to the defense of a criminal and said it was “deplorable” for the publication to compare Guzman with honest and law-abiding business people.

Guzman, who is just 5 feet tall, escaped from prison in 2001 and set off a wave of killings across Mexico in an attempt to dominate the country’s highly lucrative drug trade into the United States.

Please don’t nibble on the elevator doors

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Beach man arrested after putting bite on hotel elevator

A 24-year-old man who claimed to be high on cocaine was found biting an elevator door at the Westin at Town Center and then fought a police officer who tried to arrest him, according to court records.

William Catoe, of the 4000 block of Marlboro Drive in Virginia Beach, was “out of control” early Tuesday when the officer found him locking his teeth on the elevator door on the hotel’s 11th floor, a search warrant affidavit filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court shows.

Officer Brandon Foss tried to arrest Catoe for public intoxication but became Catoe’s next target, and a fight ensued, the affidavit shows.

Cat in Bong not too cool or brite

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Man accused of stuffing cat into bong 

A man who tried to cool out his hyper cat by stuffing her into a boxlike homemade bong faces cruelty charges — and catcalls from animal lovers.

Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call Sunday alleged they saw 20-year-old Acea Schomaker smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to a duct-taped, plastic glass box in which the cat had been stuffed.

“This cat was just dazed,” Sgt. Andy Stebbing said. “She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the humane society.”

God and Drugs in Illinois

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Priest Accused Of Selling Coke From Rectory

A Catholic priest on the University of Illinois campus has been charged with selling cocaine from his church office and rectory. The Rev. Christopher Layden pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church.

Congressional Black Caucus Loves Menthol Cigarettes

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Blacks in Congress Split Over Menthol Cigarettes

Free cigarettes are no longer handed out at Congressional Black Caucus functions. And it has been years since anyone referred to Edolphus Towns, Democrat of Brooklyn, as the “Marlboro Man” for his campaign contributions from the tobacco industry.

But the Congressional Black Caucus has not severed its financial ties to big tobacco. And that can complicate matters when the political discussion involves smoking’s impact on African-Americans.

A rift has opened in the 43-member caucus over a menthol provision in legislation that would enable the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco. To reduce smoking’s appeal to teenagers, the legislation would outlaw flavored cigarettes — except for menthol cigarettes, which are specifically exempted.

With menthol brands making up about 28 percent of the $70 billion American cigarette market, the exemption was seen as a necessary compromise to win broad backing for the legislation.

But menthol has become a politically charged subject in Washington because an estimated 75 percent of black smokers choose mentholated brands.

Yet another reason not to go to Russian Raves

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Ravers lose sight at laser show

Dozens of partygoers at an outdoor rave near Moscow last week have lost partial vision after a laser light show burned their retinas, Russian health officials said on Monday.

Moscow city health department officials confirmed 12 cases of laser-blindness at the Central Ophthalmological Clinic, and daily newspaper Kommersant said another 17 were registered at City Hospital 32 in the centre of the capital.

Attendees at the July 5 Aquamarine Open Air Festival in Kirzhach, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Moscow, began seeking medical help days after the show, complaining of eye and vision problems, health officials told Reuters.

“They all have retinal burns, scarring is visible on them. Loss of vision in individual cases is as high as 80 percent, and regaining it is already impossible,” Kommersant quoted a treating ophthalmologist as saying.

Amnesia for you when you piss off the cops

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Injection Used To Subdue Prisoners

While the Metro police had banned the use of Tasers for a time, they still used a controversial method to subdue unruly people, according to an I-Team report.

The city’s policy to use the method, which calls for the injection of a drug into a person, came as a “total surprise” to people most would expect to know all about it.

For almost two years, Metro police have had the option of calling for a needle loaded with a strong sedative to control the most unruly people they encounter on the street.

The drug is called Midazolam, which is better known as Versed. People who have had a colonoscopy have probably had a shot of the drug for the procedure.

“The drug has an amnesia effect, and we use that therapeutically because one of the nice ways to take care of the discomfort is to make people forget that they’ve had it,” said biomedical ethics and law enforcement expert Dr. Steven Miles.

Mexicans are into decapitation

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

More headless corpses found as Mexican drug wars rage

Three decapitated corpses were discovered in Mexico’s northwestern Sinaloa state Friday, bring to a total of seven headless bodies found and 11 police assassinated in a bloody week of often drug-related violence in the country, officials and news reports said.

The three headless corpses were found in a car in Culiacan, Sinaloa, together with a note critical of one of the Beltran Leyva brothers, heads of a faction of the divided Sinaloa drug cartel, state judicial officials said in a statement.

The Beltran Leyva brothers are in a fight with Sinaloa-based Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the country’s most sought-after drug kingpin.

A message attacking him was found with four decapitated bodies on Wednesday, also in Culiacan.

Cocaine City

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Town where cocaine is the only currency

Guerima, a remote Colombian settlement, wants its Marxist rebels back. With the national army deployed in a stranglehold around the town, there is nobody to traffic the town’s only commodity – drugs.

More than 1,000 people live in Guerima, carved out of the Amazonian rainforest. Its clearings are filled with coca bushes, the basis for cocaine.

This was once the heartland of the 16th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), the Marxist guerrilla movement that has fought in Colombia’s jungles for the past 44 years.

But now the troops of the 58th Counter-Guerrilla Battalion patrol the dirt streets.

Their presence has stirred deep resentment, revealing the complexities of Colombia’s war against Left-wing rebels and drug lords.

Good news for stoners!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Marijuana Potency Increases to Highest Levels in Decades, Study Finds

Marijuana potency increased last year to the highest level in more than 30 years, posing greater health risks to people who may view the drug as harmless, according to a report released Thursday by the White House.

The latest analysis from the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project tracked the average amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in samples seized by law enforcement agencies from 1975 through 2007. It found that the average amount of THC reached 9.6 percent in 2007, compared with 8.75 percent the previous year.

The 9.6 percent level represents more than a doubling of marijuana potency since 1983, when it averaged just under 4 percent.

Amy Winehouse – the gift that keeps on giving

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Amy Winehouse racism video

AMY Winehouse faces ruin after being caught on camera revelling in SEX in a public place, out of her head in a CRACK den and singing an astonishing RACIST chant.

Our bombshell revelations— based on sickening video footage and over 100 shocking still photos—will stun fans and threaten to torpedo troubled Amy’s rock career.

The damning scenes were filmed by her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is in prison facing trial for GBH and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

We were handed the explosive material by a former friend determined to show the world just what power Blake wields in manipulating the vulnerable young star.

Yet another reason not to visit Juarez Mexico

Monday, May 26th, 2008

E-mail ‘bloodbath’ threat paralyzes Mexican city

Mexico’s northern border town of Juarez, infamous for its history of drug-related violence, has gone into lockdown after an e-mail began circulating warning of an unparalleled “bloodbath” in the coming days.

Shops, bars and restaurants have shut and soldiers are patrolling the streets, giving a surreal and dangerous tone to this city of 1.4 million people which sits just across the US border from the Texan town of El Paso.

Authorities are taking seriously the anonymous e-mail, which menaced “the bloodiest and most violent weekend in the history of Juarez.”

The place is already reeling from a surge in murders that has claimed around 400 lives so far this year, several of them police officers and members of rival narcotics gangs.

The US embassy to Mexico has told US citizens that the message represented a “potential threat” and that public places, nightspots and the main streets in Juarez should all be avoided.

In Juarez, nerves frayed by the rising body count — including at least 20 people killed over the past weekend, among them two policemen gunned down as they finished their shift — have begun to shred in terror because of the much-forwarded e-mail, even though its veracity was unknown.

Turning Corpse’s Head Into Bong Not Too Brite

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

3 accused of using Humble corpse’s head to smoke pot

Two men and a juvenile are accused of digging up a corpse, decapitating the body and using the head to smoke marijuana, according to court documents.

Matthew Gonzalez and Kevin Jones have been charged with the misdemeanor offense of abuse of a corpse, said Scott Durfee, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorneys Office.

Smoking ganja while at jury duty not too brite

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Prospective juror in pot trial caught smoking marijuana

Judge Sherman Ross tried to assemble a jury of peers for a woman accused of possession of a marijuana on trial Tuesday.

But authorities say prospective juror Cornelia Mayo might have taken that concept a bit too far after she was caught smoking a joint outside the courthouse during a break.

The 49-year-old Houston woman was one of 20 people in a jury pool in Criminal Court at Law No. 10.

Ross said he realized something was wrong when juror No. 2, Mayo, didn’t return from a 45-minute break. Before the judge could file a bench warrant for the missing juror, his bailiff got a call from police notifying him that Mayo was being booked on a charge of smoking marijuana outside the criminal courthouse.

Cocaine and Criminal Justice Degree don’t go mix well

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

O.D. death led to huge campus drug sting

Authorities have arrested nearly 100 people and seized guns and drugs in a sting operation at San Diego State University in California, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday.

Among those arrested were 75 students, some of them working toward criminal justice or homeland security degrees. One criminal justice major was charged with possession of guns and cocaine, authorities said.

One student sent a mass text message offering a “sale” on cocaine, the DEA said in a news release.

Campus police and the DEA began their undercover operation after the death of a student from an overdose in May 2007, the news release said. A second overdose death occurred as recently as February at a fraternity house.

“DEA agents infiltrated several student drug distribution cells and more than 130 drug purchases and seizures were made” during the investigation known as Operation Sudden Fall, the news release said.

Drug war in Tijuana

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Mexican Police: 13 Dead in Tijuana Shootouts

Massive gunbattles broke out between suspected drug traffickers who fired at each other while speeding down heavily populated streets of this violent border city early Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding nine.

All of the dead were believed to be drug traffickers, possibly rival members of the same cartel who were trying to settle scores, said Rommel Moreno, the attorney general of Baja California state, where Tijuana is located.

“Evidently this is a confrontation between gangs,” Moreno told reporters.

Eight suspects and one federal police officer were injured in the pre-dawn shootings, none gravely, said Agustin Perez Aguilar, a spokesman for the state public safety department. The suspects are being held on suspicion of weapons possession among other possible charges.

Police recovered 21 vehicles, many with bullet holes or U.S. license plates; a total of 54 guns; and more than 1,500 spent shell casings at various points in the city where the battles broke out, Perez Aguilar said.

Pumping Gas Into Imaginary Car Not Too Brite

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Man Arrested After Pumping Gas Into Imaginary Car

A Frankfort man was arrested on drug trafficking charges early Sunday morning after he was reportedly pumping gas into an imaginary vehicle. According to the arrest report, Metro Police arrived at a gas station at First and Jefferson streets in Louisville and immediately smelled marijuana coming from Joshua L. Moore, who station clerks contend was filling up an imaginary vehicle.

Officers searched Moore and found “two large baggies” of marijuana and a large amount of Ecstasy. Police said Moore also had a cell phone and a large amount of money, which they said was indicative of trafficking.

Classic Career Limiting Move at CNN

Friday, April 18th, 2008

CNN reporter faces drug charge after arrest in Central Park

A CNN reporter was arrested Friday in Central Park with a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket, but he avoided jail time by agreeing to undergo drug counseling and therapy.

Richard Quest, 46, was arrested around 3:40 a.m. on a count of possession of a controlled substance _ a misdemeanor that usually refers to a personal use amount of a drug. He was also charged with loitering; the park officially closes at 1 a.m.

When police saw and detained Quest, he told them, “I’ve got some meth in my pocket,” according to the complaint filed in court. The complaint said he had a plastic sandwich bag containing methamphetamine in a jacket pocket.

Quest, who is British, is a correspondent for CNN International and is known for his reports on business travel. He hosts “CNN Business Traveler” and “Quest.”

Update: More here, including details about “a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals”

Stoned and Spanking at the Library Not Too Brite

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Man arrested; allegedly viewed pornography on library computer

Several times during the last month, a maintenance worker has found what appeared to be bodily fluids in pencil holders and plastic bags around the public-access computer area of the Williamsburg Regional Library.

After the worker told library officials, the incidents were reported Monday to police, who suspected that a man was repeatedly masturbating at the library. On Thursday, library workers saw a man around the computer area and called police. The man initially had his hands down his pants but began fumbling around and acting nervously when police arrived, Williamsburg police spokesman David Sloggie said.

The man was arrested after police determined that he was looking at a pornographic Web site on one of the library’s computers, Sloggie said.

Jeffrey Jay Jones, 22, of Joy Drive in Hampton is charged with defacing public property and possession of marijuana, Sloggie said. Police found marijuana when arresting Jones.

A new twist on personal shopping

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Theft-to-order ring went from Cleveland to Pittsburgh

The pitch to co-workers or bar patrons, police say, went like this:

“Hey, anybody interested in buying a trailer?”

Somebody was. Big-screen TVs, riding mowers, motorcycles, frozen food and more exchanged hands in what authorities charge was a sophisticated theft-to-order ring in the Rust Belt region stretching from Cleveland to Western Pennsylvania.

Police said the thieves, seeking quick cash for drugs, stole and sold high-demand items for more than 1 1/2 years, often at up to 85 percent discount from retail prices and sometimes to return customers.

“You don’t steal these things unless you have a customer,” said Canfield police Detective Sgt. Andy Bodzak.

Hat tip to Kara!

Drug Gang Charnel House Body Count Up To 33

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Backyard Body Count Up To 33 In Mexico

Mexican investigators found 19 more bodies buried in the backyard of a house in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, increasing the tally of corpses found there to 33, officials said Thursday.

Federal agents began digging in the yard in the La Cuesta neighborhood on March 1, initially finding six dismembered bodies, Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office said in a statement.

The remains date back about five years and all but three apparently are males, the statement said.
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The attorney general’s office did not say how the victims died or who may have buried the bodies. In the initial raid, authorities found 3,740 pounds of marijuana in the house.

Ciudad Juarez has been plagued by violence as Mexico’s crackdown on powerful drug cartels stokes turf wars among traffickers that have been linked to hundreds of killings in the past two years.

Hat tip to Kara!

Do it now before it’s forbidden

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Is salvia the next marijuana?

On Web sites touting the mind-blowing powers of Salvia divinorum, come-ons to buy the hallucinogenic herb are accompanied by warnings: “Time is running out!” and “stock up while you still can.”

That’s because salvia is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana. Eight states have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, including Florida, are considering a ban or have previously.

South America’s Axis of Cocaine Exposed

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The FARC Files

Colombia’s precision air strike 10 days ago, on a guerrilla camp across the border in Ecuador, killed rebel leader Raúl Reyes. That was big. But the capture of his computer may turn out to be a far more important development in Colombia’s struggle to preserve its democracy.

Reyes was the No. 2 leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has been at war with the Colombian government for more than four decades. His violent demise is a fitting end to a life devoted to masterminding atrocities against civilians. But the computer records expose new details of the terrorist strategy to bring down the government of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, including a far greater degree of collaboration between the FARC and four Latin heads of government than had been previously known. In addition to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, they are President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Mr. Chávez is said to have been visibly distressed when told of the death of Reyes, a man he clearly admired. He also may have realized that he played a role in his hero’s death, since it was later reported that the Colombian military had located the camp by intercepting a phone call to Reyes from the Venezuelan president.

Yet another idiot cop falls for strawberry meth myth

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Bungling cop spreads strawberry meth myth

A policeman alerted hundreds of families to the danger-drug Strawberry Meth – despite the fact it does not exist.

Pupils and parents at 80 schools in Oxfordshire were warned of the possible risks of the fruit-flavoured drug, also known as Strawberry Quick, by the unwitting officer.

The spurious alert came after the officer sent an email via a special system connecting police and schools without checking it with colleagues.

“Nobody wanted to play catch a gator”

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Alligators guard drug den

Officers trying to track down a drug dealer in Ohio stumbled across two alligators guarding his back door instead.

The snipping and snapping gators were far from full-sized – one was about two feet long and the other was about four feet long – but were scary enough to make a team of tough federal marshals and Dayton, Ohio police officers call for help.

“Nobody wanted to play catch a gator,” said William Taylor, supervisory deputy US Marshal.

“We haven’t got any Crocodile Dundees on the task force,” he joked, adding that the marshals are having fun putting on fake Australian accents as he made reference to the adventurous croc hunter from the Hollywood movie.

£7m of Coke turns up on Cornish beaches

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Cocaine galore! £7m of Colombia’s finest washes up on Cornish beaches

Frank Partridge is partial to a spot of beachcombing. He likes to pop down to Pentreath Beach on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall and find out what odds and ends have been washed in by the tide.

But rather than the usual hunks of weather-beaten wood and pieces of broken lobster pot, Partridge’s latest expedition yielded a rather more valuable haul – a package of cocaine with a street value of more than £1m.

As a law-abiding citizen – and clerk of the local parish council – Partridge knew he had to had to prevent the drugs from falling into the wrong hands.

“I thought if I didn’t take it, someone who might not go to the police would.” So he dragged the 25kg (55lb) package off the beach and rolled it home in a wheelbarrow.”

Fun With Teacher

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Teacher’s aide who had hotel party quits

A special-education aide at Highlands Senior High School resigned under pressure yesterday and faces possible drug and corruption of minors charges for a hotel party involving high school teenagers.

New Kensington police said they found suspected crack cocaine, empty beer cans and used condoms in a room that Abbiejane Swogger, 34, of Harrison, shared with minors Thursday night at New Kensington’s Clarion Hotel. The room contained drug paraphernalia and a marijuana odor when officers arrived just before noon on Friday to follow up on reports of missing teens, said Detective Dennis Marsili.

Investigators questioned Ms. Swogger at the New Kensington police station Friday afternoon, but did not arrest her. Charges could be filed as soon as today, Detective Marsili said.

Crack-pot tax in NY

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

New York and the ‘crack-pot tax’

Struggling to close a $4.4 billion state government budget gap caused by excessive spending — as is usually the case, revenues continue to rise — Democratic Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer has proposed making New York’s illicit drug dealers pay a tax on their stashes. The new tax would apply to cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and could be paid by buying and affixing “tax stamps” to bags of dope.

The proposal has brought a predictable wave of ridicule.

“I guess if it moves, he’ll tax it,” charged Republican state Sen. Martin J. Golden, who dubbed the proposal “the crack tax.” Other opponents told The Washington Post that because cocaine and weed would be subject to the new levies, it should more aptly be called “the crack-pot tax.”

“How do I explain to my 16-year-old son that we’re giving a certain legitimacy to marijuana, cocaine and heroin?” asked Sen. Golden, a former New York City police officer who represents a Brooklyn district. “Is prostitution next?”

Meth deposits not welcome

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Woman Says She Mistakenly Put Meth Into ATM

An 18-year-old Bremerton woman told police last week that she may have mistakenly placed a bag of meth into a local ATM for deposit into her bank account, according to documents filed in Kitsap County Superior Court.

An employee at Kitsap Credit Union told police that a bag of suspected methamphetamine showed up in a deposit envelope to be deposited in the woman’s account at an ATM at the 100 block of Washington Avenue.

Oompa-Loompa on the attack

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Woman attacked by man in Carnival garb, police say

A Covington woman was attacked Monday morning by a New Orleans man dressed in
Carnival garb that she met through the Internet, Covington police said Tuesday.

Lawrence Goldstein, 40, 1020 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, was booked Monday with attempted rape, false imprisonment and possession of nitrous
oxide, which is classified a dangerous substance, police said. Sometimes known as laughing gas, the chemical was used
by Goldstein in an attempt to lower the victims defenses, authorities said. Goldstein called the 24-year-old Covington resident
early Monday morning and told her that he had too many guests at his residence and asked if he
could sleep at her place, Covington police spokesman Lt. Jack West said.
The woman, who was house-sitting and had a six-month-old baby with her, told him he
could come over but only to sleep, West said.
Goldstein arrived at the apartment in a purple top hat, a large purple cape and a purple satin shirt, West said. His upper
body was covered in pink body paint and glitter, West said.

Drug Sub Update

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Drug Traffic Beneath the Waves

In the annals of the drug trade, traffickers have swallowed cocaine pellets, dissolved the powder into ceramics and flown the drug as far as Africa on flimsy planes — anything to elude detection and get a lucrative product to market. Now, the cartels seem to be increasingly going beneath the waves, relying on submarines built in clandestine jungle shipyards to move tons of cocaine.

Last year, 13 of the vessels were seized on dry land or stopped at sea by Colombian or U.S. patrol boats — more than in the previous 14 years combined, according to the Pacific fleet of the Colombian navy, which is responsible for interdiction efforts across 130,000 square miles.

Headline of the Week!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Police: Crack Found in Man’s Buttocks

Police searching a downtown home found a man hiding 15 plastic bags of crack cocaine in his buttocks.

Pierre Lynch, 20, of Washington, D.C., was searched after he went to a home on Charles Street Thursday night.

Police had gone to the home after officers saw suspected drug dealing in the area, Sgt. Jim Robison said.

Ganja ATM in LA!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

World’s First Weed ATM

Most of your essentials are already distributed by vending machines: condoms, electronics, luscious 1-calorie Tab… But now, you can finally get what you really need: medical marijuana, from Anytime Vending Machines.

AVMs are 24/7 machines housed in standalone rooms, abutting two dispensaries and protected by round-the-clock security guards — like ATMs for people combating psychological withdrawal with a physical one. After cinching up your doctor’s consultation, hit an AVM location to get your prescription approved, fingerprint taken, and a prepaid credit card loaded with your profile: dosage (3.5 or 7 grams, up to 1oz a week) and strain preference (choice of five, including OG Cush and Granddaddy Purple, the mildly hallucinogenic forebear to Prince). Then day or night, all you do is hit a machine and walk away with enough vacuum-sealed, plastic-encapsulated cheeba to adequately treat your illness, and guarantee your car never smells like new leather again.

Hat tip to Parky!

Ganja and vodka and tigers don’t mix

Friday, January 18th, 2008

San Francisco Zoo Tiger Attack Victim Admits Drinking, Taunting Animal, Police Say

One of the three victims of San Francisco Zoo tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure, police said in court documents filed Thursday.

Paul Dhaliwal, 19, told the father of Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, who was killed, that the three yelled and waved at the tiger but insisted they never threw anything into its pen to provoke the cat, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

“As a result of this investigation, (police believe) that the tiger may have been taunted/agitated by its eventual victims,” according to Inspector Valerie Matthews, who prepared the affidavit. Police believe that “this factor contributed to the tiger escaping from its enclosure and attacking its victims,” she said.

“It glorifies the drug trade,” he said. “There’s really no reason that a product like this should be on the shelf.”

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Police: Hershey candy looks like drugs

New mint packets being sold by The Hershey Co. look nearly identical to the tiny heat-sealed bags used to sell illegal powdered drugs like crack, heroin and cocaine and glorify the drug trade, a Philadelphia police official said.

Ice Breakers Pacs, nickel-sized dissolvable pouches with a powdered sweetener inside, hit store shelves in November. The packets, which come in blue and orange plastic slide-up cases, are similar enough to drug packets that a child familiar with the candy could mistakenly swallow a heat-sealed bag of drugs, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector William Blackburn told the Philadelphia Daily News for an article published Friday.

Good News for Stoners

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows

The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

Yet another cocaine-smuggling submarine seized

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Cocaine-smuggling submarine seized

COLOMBIAN marines have seized a makeshift submarine capable of smuggling up to 12 tonnes of cocaine through the Pacific to Central America, making it one of the largest such craft found.
The nearly completed fibreglass submarine, found in a rural area in south Narino province, had space for four crew members, the Navy said.

Stoners Rejoice!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Marijuana has its positives, study shows.

A STUDY of more than 5000 youngsters in Switzerland has found those who smoke marijuana do as well or better in some areas as those who don’t.

But the same was not true for those who used both tobacco and marijuana, who tended to be heavier users of the drug, said the report by Dr J.C. Suris and colleagues at the University of Lausanne.

The study did not confirm the hypothesis that those who abstained from marijuana and tobacco functioned better overall, the authors said.

Jenkem for shits and giggles

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Are local kids using human waste to get high?

WINK News Now obtained a confidential memo sent around the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. What it showed, sent a shockwave of disgust through our staff.

The question now is, is the new way to get high described in the memo, really being used in Southwest Florida. WINK News Now investigates.

It’s called Jenkem – the ingredients may shock you.

Blackmailing the Royal Family Not Too Brite

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Report: Pair tried to blackmail British royal

The Sunday Times said the pair had approached the unnamed family member and demanded 50,000 pounds ($100,000) not to publicize a video allegedly showing the royal engaged in a sex act.

The blackmailers also claimed to have evidence suggesting the royal had supplied an aide with an envelope containing cocaine, the newspaper said.

Bugs join the War on Drugs

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Smugglers try to use bugs as drug mules

As drug mules, bugs don’t carry much. And they didn’t get by customs in the Netherlands. A customs officer who took a close look at a consignment of more than 100 large, dead bugs sent from Peru to the Netherlands discovered cocaine had been stashed in their backs.

Britney faces impossible tests

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Britney Must Undergo Biweekly Drug Tests

Britney Spears has been ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week, according to court documents in her custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

The order was issued Monday by a judge who required both parents to refrain from drinking and using drugs around their two young children and 12 hours before either cares for them. Only Spears was ordered to submit to testing.

“Based on the evidence presented, the court finds that there is a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol” by Spears, Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon said in court documents.

Cokehead cat

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Eastern suburbs cat high on cocaine

A cat in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was taken to a vet high on cocaine and benzodiazepines.

The eight-month-old Himalayan cat arrived at the Double Bay clinic on Monday morning with dilated pupils and a racing heart after being accidentally locked in a cupboard overnight, Fairfax newspapers reported.

It was having trouble walking, was easily startled, paced incessantly and was too anxious to have a thermometer inserted into its rectum, said a report in this month’s edition of Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

The owner was adamant the cat had not been exposed to drugs, mouldy food or toxic plants.

But when the vet phoned the owner’s wife, she admitted the cat could have licked “plates of cocaine” which had been served at a dinner party two days earlier.

Lindsay Lohan is just unstoppable

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Lindsay Lohan doing drugs in rehab

Lindsay Lohan was reportedly caught taking drugs and having sex in rehab and has been warned she’ll be thrown out if she doesn’t stay clean. She was forced to take a drug test by the staff at Utah’s Cirque Lodge rehab facility and the results came back positive. A source says:

“Lindsay got called into the director’s office on August 15 and was questioned about drugs. When ordered to take a drug test, she reluctantly complied but screamed and cursed at the medical director before storming out the room. She was told that if she couldn’t conform to the programme she’d have to leave.”

Grandpa’s a Drug Dealer

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

93-Year-Old Charged With Drug Dealing

A 93-year-old man was charged with cocaine-trafficking Thursday, the same day police netted three other people on charges of possessing heroine, opium and a slew of prescription drugs, police said Friday.

William C. Tinnen, also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, was jailed before being released Friday on $200,000 bond, said Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department.

Yet another cocaine submarine busted

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

U.S. Customs Seizes Sub Full of Coke

A submarine-like vessel filled with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine was seized off the Guatemalan coast, U.S. officials said.

Four suspected smugglers were operating the self-propelled, semi- submersible vessel when it was located and seized on Sunday evening by officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Border Patrol said in a news release Wednesday.

Pineapple-face about to be freed after 17 years in American prison

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Tug of war over Noriega release

AN international legal tussle has broken out over the fate of deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega as he prepares for his release from a Florida prison.

Authorities in France, backed by the US Justice Department, are demanding that the inmate, known as Pineapple Face because of his pockmarked features, be extradited to Paris, where he allegedly bought three flats using illegal drug money.

However, the Government in Panama wants him returned to his homeland to face punishment for the torture and murder in 1985 of a dissident leader whose severed head was discovered in a mailbag.

Noriega, meanwhile, is also fighting to go home, hopeful thatsympathetic elements in the Panamanian leadership will allow him to live out his old age with his family as a free man.

Canadians are bigtime stoners!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Canada Has the Most Pot Smokers in Industrialized World

Canada ranks fifth worldwide when it comes to marijuana usage, but ranks first among industrialized nations, according to the 2007 World Drug Report.

About 16.8 percent of Canadians ages 15 to 64 light up, compared to 12.6 percent of Americans in the same age bracket, according to the report. Canada’s usage is about four times the worldwide average of 3.8 percent, while the United States’ usage is about three times the average.

Marijuana, or cannabis, remains the most commonly used drug in the world with almost 160 million people ages 15 to 64 using it in 2005, said the report, which was put out by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Usage is down slightly from 162 million, according to last year’s World Drug Report, which reviewed data from 2004.

Ganja brownies ok in Indonesia?

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Politician okays marijuana in food

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who opposes legalizing marijuana, doesn’t mind the drug being used in cooking, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“It’s alright to use it as a food seasoning, but it should not be fully legalized,” Kalla was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post daily.

Kalla was commenting on a recent study by two Indonesian agencies dealing with drug abuse that recommended the government review its policy to outlaw the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, the Post said.

Romans really love their drugs

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Cocaine, Cannibis Found in Rome’s Air

Researchers may have figured out what makes la vita so dolce in Rome. A report from Italy’s National Research Council released Thursday found that there are traces of cocaine and cannabis in the air of the Eternal City.

The institute made the discovery during a study of toxic substances in the air of Rome, Taranto, in the heel of boot-shaped Italy, as well as in Algiers. The results found that in Rome, there were traces of cocaine and cannabis — as well as nicotine, caffeine and benzopirene, which is commonly released in cigarette smoke and auto emissions.

“The highest concentrations of cocaine were found in the center of Rome and especially in the area of the University of La Sapienza,” said Dr. Angelo Cecinato, who led the investigation.

Ganja Guru Harassment Update

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

‘Guru of Ganja’ Convicted on Marijuana Charges

Ed Rosenthal, the self-proclaimed “guru of ganja,” was convicted again Wednesday in federal court of illegally growing hundreds of marijuana plants that he said were meant to treat sick people, which state law allows.

Rosenthal was convicted of three cultivation and conspiracy charges after U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer prohibited the marijuana activist’s lawyers from telling the jury Rosenthal was working for a pot club sanctioned by Oakland government officials. The decision underscored the tension between federal law and laws in 11 states that have legalized pot to some degree.

Stupid abuse of Ganja

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Marijuana shipped to school by mystery sender

A school principal received a surprise delivery of 12 pounds of marijuana from a mysterious sender whose address was traced to a vacant lot in California, police said.

The package was addressed to Joan “Pinserton,” a misspelling of the principal’s name, Pinkerton. It was delivered Thursday to the Kent Primary School by Federal Express. Pinkerton was immediately suspicious because of a strong odor from the box.

Cigarettes can be good for your health

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Smoke Break Saves Woman From Falling Tree

Smoking just might have saved Brenda Comers’ life. She said she had just finished washing dishes Monday and stepped outside to smoke a cigarette when an 80-foot oak tree crashed through her roof, landing across the sink where she had been standing just seconds before.

Just when you think you’ve read it all…

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Keith Richards snorted father’s ashes

Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all.

In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine.

“The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,” Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.

“He was cremated, and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared,” he said, adding that “it went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”

Meth millions seized in Mexico

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Mexico meth raid yields $205 million in U.S. cash

Authorities confiscated more than $200 million in U.S. currency from methamphetamine producers in one of this city’s ritziest neighborhoods, they said Friday, calling it the largest drug cash seizure in history.

The seizure reflected the vast scope of an illegal drug trade linking Asia, Mexico and the United States, officials said. Two of the seven people arrested Thursday at a faux Mediterranean villa in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood were Chinese nationals.

The group was part of a larger drug-trafficking organization that imports “precursor chemicals” from companies in India and China for processing into methamphetamine in Mexican “super labs,” authorities said. The methamphetamine is eventually sold in the United States.

Up in smoke

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Van Carrying $20 Million Worth of Hashish Crashes in Netherlands

Three tons of hashish went up in smoke Friday, incinerated by Dutch authorities after a van carrying the illicit cargo crashed and scattered it across the road. Detectives were hunting the van’s driver and a passenger who fled the scene, leaving behind the wrecked vehicle and its $20 million cargo.

That’s probably about a week’s worth of consumption in Amsterdam.

Hat tip to Kara!

Principal selling meth from school

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Pa. Principal Accused of Selling Meth:

A middle school principal accused of selling crystal methamphetamine from his office after school and on weekends was arrested after police found the drug on his desk, authorities said Wednesday.

There was no indication that John Acerra sold the drug to students at Nitschmann Middle School, where he was arrested Tuesday, said Dennis Mihalopoulos, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Police said they began investigating Acerra in early February after an informant told them the principal was using and distributing the drug.

New hallucinogenic herb on the loose in Seattle

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Hallucinogenic herb a problem in Wash. – Health:

Both Washington state and U.S. officials are growing increasingly concerned over the popularity of a legal hallucinogenic herb in the region around Seattle.

An herb from the mint family, Salvia Divinorum has become a popular drug of choice with many Washington teenagers and its reported ability to make its users hallucinate and forget has many officials concerned, Seattle`s KIRO-TV reported.

‘Just because it`s legal, just because it`s not classified, just because it`s not a controlled substance doesn`t mean that it`s healthy and safe,’ DEA official Rodney Benson said.

36 double espressos, 60 Silk Cuts and 20 Red Bulsl a day…

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

What drove Robbie to rehab:

ROBBIE Williams was plunged into depression after his old mates in Take That eclipsed his solo efforts with their hit reunion tour and album. The insecure superstar downed more and more prescription pills to cope as he watched the nation fall in love all over again with the boyband that launched his career. Manic-depressive Robbie was deeply troubled long before he checked into an exclusive Arizona rehab clinic on his 33rd birthday yesterday.

Microgram Update

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Rock & Roll & Cocaine

The DEA Mid Atlantic Laboratory (Largo, Maryland) recently received two electric guitars with compressed white powders concealed in hollowed-out sections in their bases, suspected cocaine (see Photos 2 and 3). The exhibits originated in Mexico, and were seized at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport by Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel (no further details).

Both guitars appeared to be fully operational (not checked), and neither had obvious seams or any external indications of tampering (that is, the paint and an inner, hard plastic layer were apparently added after the drugs were concealed). Analysis of the powder (total net mass 2,878 grams) with GC, GC/MS, and FTIR confirmed 83 percent cocaine hydrochloride adulterated with diltiazem.

Yet another reason not to lose your wallet!

Friday, February 9th, 2007

A 13-year-old’s drug deal business plan:

(Name deleted) owe’s me weed or money

Get — white widdow seeds, Dro seeds, and Regular High mid’s seeds 20$-40$ Dollars

lay low for a while. Don’t bring s— to school cant get Busted or Dead. If I sell, sell out my house And Dont Bring or sell to Anyone I Dont Kno. Always have weed on me start gettin paid start growin weed plants (name deleted) is gonna help me grow plants were gonna grow plants in (name deleted) attic or on a neighbors back porch No one live’s their. Get a gun to carry around wen I have to do business or sell weed or cocaine!

Yet another reason to avoid meth

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Some Meth Addicts Turn to Urine to Get High

Some hard-core methamphetamine addicts will do anything to get high, including collecting and drinking the urine of other users. Police in New Mexico recently discovered meth users running “urine extraction” labs, reported Minnesota’s news station WCCO. The first indication of the new trend came when deputies opened up a smelly rented storage locker where they found 50 1-gallon jugs of urine. Police told the owners to throw away the contents, which made them physically ill.

That’s one way to catch a buzz!

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Inmates get drunk on hand sanitizer

Prison chiefs are wondering whether to switch back to old fashioned soap after inmates have worked out that hand sanitiser makes pretty good jail hooch. One inmate of Maryland prison, in America, was described as ‘loony, ‘red-eyed’ and ‘combative’ after allegedly downing a gallon (four litres) of the stuff.

Irish are cokeheads!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Cocaine on ‘100% of Irish euros’:

One hundred percent of banknotes in the Republic of Ireland carry traces of cocaine, a new study has found.

Good News for Ganja Lovers

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain

A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains. What is more, in rats this cell growth appears to be linked with reducing anxiety and depression. The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain.

This week’s stoner idiot

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Police Pull Over Man Smoking Pot, Find $250K Worth:

A man was caught with a quarter million dollars’ worth of marijuana Thursday evening after he was caught allegedly smoking a joint when police pulled him over on a traffic stop.

‘Shrooms cure obsessive-compulsives

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

UA study positive on psychedelic substance

In a small-scale preliminary study, a UA psychiatrist has found that psilocybin, the active agent in psychedelic mushrooms, is effective in relieving the symptoms of people who suffer from severe obsessive compulsive disorder.

2006 Year in Drugs Roundup

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

 The Year In Drugs: DEA Highlights

From Operation Liquid Heroin which involved drug traffickers using puppies to smuggle heroin to the arrest of notorious drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix, DEA agents have been on the frontlines helping to keep the United States safer for every American.

But would it be so valuable if it were decriminalized?

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Marijuana top US cash crop, analyst says

U.S. growers produce nearly $35 billion worth of marijuana annually, making the illegal drug the country’s largest cash crop, bigger than corn and wheat combined, an advocate of medical marijuana use said in a study released on Monday.
The report, conducted by Jon Gettman, a public policy analyst and former head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, also concluded that five U.S. states produce more than $1 billion worth of marijuana apiece: California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii and Washington.

Meth Nazis!

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Threat gang poses to police examined

They were drawn together by the grinding guitars of the punk rock scene in Long Beach and Huntington Beach. But it was neo-Nazism and methamphetamine that bonded their brotherhood. A highly organized and corrupt leadership helped Public Enemy Number 1 evolve over the past quarter-decade from music fans and casual drug users to a violent skinhead gang that has mauled and killed its way through the methamphetamine trade across much of Southern California.