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  • Bay Area cartel probe nets 22 arrests, 500 lbs. of meth

    10/20/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Nearly two dozen suspects have been arrested in recent months, and 500 pounds of methamphetamine siezed, as a result of a Contra Costa County takedown of members of the Sinoloa drug cartel in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.
  • Did The Creator Of The Experimental Ebola Drug Joke About Culling 25% Of The World's Population?

    08/07/2014 12:38:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 8/7/14 | tyler durden
    Charles Arntzen is the Regents' Professor and Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Chair of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Dr. Arntzen is known as a pioneer in the development of edible plant-based vaccines, and he has also been a key collaborator on what appears to be a promising new Ebola drug. The Washington Post recently reported that: It took nearly three decades of tireless research and countless millions of U.S. government dollars to produce a few grams of the experimental Ebola drug that may have saved the lives of two U.S. missionaries stricken by the virus in West Africa....
  • Should Obama, Holder and Kerry be on the State Dept. Blacklist for Human Trafficking of Children?

    06/20/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT · by Graewoulf · 33 replies
    Graewoulf | June 6, 2014 | Graewoulf
    The US Department of State released their World-wide Blacklist for Human Trafficking. Not listed are Obama, Holder and Kerry all of whom have played key roles in encouraging over 40,000 innocent children to be transported through the hostile Nation of Mexico to the US/Mexico Border.
  • Drug Abuse News

    England has seen a 10% fall in the number of opiate and crack [the top 2 illicit drugs abused] users since 2005 with the largest reductions being seen in the last few years. This also includes a significant fall in the number of people injecting these drugs: from 93,401 in 2010 to 2011, to 87,302 in 2011 to 2012. THE DIFFERENCE: England approaches the issue as a "public health" issue. In the USA we approach substance abuse as a "legal" issue. Until we fund treatment adequately, attacking demand, law enforcement attempts to shrink supply will just make profit margins greater...
  • I want to preempt any no-knock raid by my LEO in my county

    04/16/2014 7:39:20 PM PDT · by George from New England · 61 replies
    self
    I am running computers at my Florida farm that use ten-fold the electricity I used a year ago, this time of year. I read freeper threads about the LEO, no-knock, drug suspected raids, that occur all across the states when electricity usage is flagged as abnormally high. How would you go about contacting the county sheriff and what to say as well as what not to say with regard to high electric usage. I don't want to wake in the middle of the night to LEO activity on my property that I suspect is a burglary or other criminal activity....
  • Man executed with controversial drug despite lawyer's appeal

    04/03/2014 9:33:01 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 75 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 3 April 2014 | By Associated Press
    A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers' demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished pentobarbital that Texas prison officials obtained to replace an expired supply of the powerful sedative. Sells declined to give a statement. As the drug began flowing into his arms inside the death chamber in Huntsville, Sells took a few breaths, his eyes closed and he began to snore. After less than...
  • S.F. homeless youth count nears 1,000 despite spending ( $165 million a year )

    03/12/2014 2:40:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2014 | Heather Knight
    San Francisco spends $165 million a year on services for homeless people, but all that money hasn't made a dent in the homeless population in at least nine years. And in fact, the city's homeless tally may have long been underestimated. In addition to the 6,436 homeless adults counted during one night last year, a separate daytime count specifically of homeless youth found 914 children and young adults living in San Francisco without parents or guardians and without a roof over their heads. These findings are part of a new report by Harvey Rose, the budget and legislative analyst for...
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Drug dealers didn't kill Philip Seymour Hoffman -- Hoffman did

    02/06/2014 5:33:55 PM PST · by grundle · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 6, 2014 | Dr. Keith Ablow
    New York Police officers arrested four men Tuesday night on suspicion of having a connection to drugs. Police acted after receiving a tip that the four had sold heroin to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead from an overdose of the drug on February 2. Drug dealers are far from my favorite people, and the arrests are welcome, but no drug dealer killed Philip Hoffman. Only one person is, ultimately, responsible for his death: Philip Seymour Hoffman, himself. Mr. Hoffman was the one who procured the drug, injected the drug and kept injecting the drug. Mr. Hoffman was...
  • Drug dealer slain after bragging about $125K stop-frisk court win

    01/23/2014 2:55:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/22/14 | Kirstan Conley, Larry Celona
    A drug-dealer who successfully scored a $125,000 stop and frisk settlement was shot and killed by a robber on Staten Island Tuesday night after bragging about the windfall, sources said. Kenrick Gray, 34, was brutally blasted in the head around 6:15 p.m. outside 140 Park Hill Avenue in Stapleton after flaunting his riches in recent months, police said. His pal, Noland Whistleton, 41, was also fatally shot in the leg and torso during the botched robbery, cops said. Police collared suspect Darren Brown, 27, cowering in the shower of his girlfriend’s Staten Island home Wednesday afternoon in connection with the...
  • Polis Extends Colorado Cannabis Invite to Obama, Reid [to reinforce their emerging beliefs]

    01/23/2014 2:04:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call - 218 ^ | January 22, 2014 | Matt Fuller
    (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)Rep. Jared Polis wants President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to come see how Colorado is implementing its new marijuana legalization laws. Polis, a Colorado Democrat and cheerleader of his state’s new legalized marijuana laws, told CQ Roll Call he wants the two leaders to “visit a regulated store and a growing operation with me to see our Colorado laws enforced. It’ll only reinforce their emerging beliefs when see what we’re doing in Colorado.” In a letter that will be sent on Thursday, Polis extends the invite and thanks Obama and...
  • The blunt truth — White house drug czar contradicts Obama on marijuana

    01/21/2014 10:12:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Washington Timesw ^ | 1/21/14 | Ernest Istook
    President Obama’s latest claims about marijuana are contradicted by research and official positions of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House. And Mr. Obama’s words have anti-drug leaders worried about negative repercussions among youth. Mr. Obama claimed to The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol and he promoted state efforts by Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. The National Drug Control Policy’s official stance, posted on the whitehouse.gov website, says the opposite of Mr. Obama on all counts. For example, as...
  • N. Korea: Drug Trade Continues to Prove Lucrative

    01/04/2014 4:46:58 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2014-01-03 | Oh Hyun Oo
    Drug Trade Continues to Prove Lucrative Oh Hyun Oo | 2014-01-03 15:51 Drugs manufactured in North Korea are entering Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia by way of Chinese brokers, with North Korea's Escort Command overseeing sales and distribution, a Daily NK source has alleged. Escort Command is the agency responsible for the protection of Kim Jong Eun and his family. Kim Mo (pseudonym), a former employee of North Korea’s Ministry of State Security, spoke with Daily NK on the 2nd: “Escort Command was tasked with managing the illicit drug trade by Kim Jong Il, so that he could maintain...
  • Middle School Girls Caught with Terrifyingly Potent New Form of Meth

    10/11/2013 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 25 replies
    Time ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Madison Grey
    The strange form of the drug is so potent it can be absorbed by touch Officials at a Texas middle school are trying to figure out how a group of young students obtained a liquid form of methamphetamine and are fearful that a strange, more potent form of the drug may have found its way into the community.
  • Study finds link between commonly prescribed statin and memory impairment

    09/25/2013 1:35:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Medical Express ^ | 09-25-2013 | Provided by University of Bristol
    New research that looked at whether two commonly prescribed statin medicines, used to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or 'bad cholesterol' levels in the blood, can adversely affect cognitive function has found that one of the drugs tested caused memory impairment in rats. Between six and seven million people in the UK take statins daily and the findings follow anecdotal evidence of people reporting that they feel that their newly prescribed statin is affecting their memory. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted that all manufacturers list in their side effects that statins might affect cognitive function. The...
  • OUTRAGE: Georgia Police Chief Suspended Without Pay Just for Visiting Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    09/12/2013 7:15:57 PM PDT · by montag813 · 45 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-13-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Chief Doug Jordan meet in Phoenix.- Unbelievable! The Grantville, Georgia Police Chief has been suspended for a week - without pay - merely for visiting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his vacation. Chief Doug Jordan and his wife planned a recent trip to Arizona to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They had honeymooned there 31 years ago. They paid for the trip and its expenses themselves. While there, Jordan thought it would be a great idea to see if he could meet with Arpaio. He was honored when Arpaio agreed to do so.“I meet with...
  • State drug lab scandal widens, 40,323 defendants may be affected (MA)

    08/20/2013 1:02:59 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 26 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 8/20/2013 | Matt Stout
    More than 40,000 defendants may be affected by the alleged drug tampering of “rogue” chemist Annie Dookhan, a sign the state’s massive drug lab scandal grew beyond initial estimates, according to the near year-long work of the lawyer tasked with determining the scope of the state-shaking saga... Meier found that the actual list of defendants affected grew to 40,323. Of those, 10,000 were in prison, or parole or probation and had been previously convicted of a drug offense in Superior Court. More than 300 state prison inmates have been released, and prosecutors have opted to dismiss or drop more than...
  • Men Cage Girl as Pot Farm Sex Slave: Cops

    07/27/2013 5:55:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 | Ron Rokhy and Jasan Kandel
    The charges include human trafficking, false imprisonment and molesting a childPolice connected a third suspect to two men accused of forcing a 15-year-old runaway from Los Angeles to work in a Northern California pot farm and using her as a sex slave, officials said on Saturday. Eric Edgar, 45, was arrested in LA in May on a sex assault charge after the girl identified him as one of her assailants, said Cmdr. Andy Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department. Edgar is connected to a case involving two suspected pot growers who allegedly sexually abused a girl who was trimming...
  • Man with ties to Boston bombing suspect admits role in 2011 murders; shot during FBI questioning

    05/22/2013 2:31:54 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/22/13 | Richard Esposito, Pete Williams and Matthew DeLuca
    Dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and another man — who was killed by the FBI on Wednesday — murdered three people in Massachusetts after a drug deal went wrong in 2011, law enforcement sources tell NBC News. Sources say that what began as a drug ripoff ended in a triple homicide when Tsarnaev and friend Ibragim Todashev realized their victims would later be able to identify them. Todashev was killed by a federal agent while giving a statement on his role on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The man who was shot, Todashev, 27, allegedly attacked an agent with a...
  • Is The FDA's Caution Hazardous To Our Health?

    05/14/2013 2:19:17 PM PDT · by oxcart · 1 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/14/13 | NPR Staff
    When it comes to approving new medical treatments, the Food and Drug Administration is balancing the need for patient safety against the urgency of making important new treatments available as quickly as possible. Some argue the FDA sets the bar too high, requiring a process that takes too much time and money to carry out. They say that can leave patients waiting longer than necessary for promising treatments or lead to drugs not being developed at all. But others counter that letting drugs on the market before it's known whether they truly help or hurt patients is a serious risk....
  • IS IMUS CRAZY?

    04/11/2013 6:21:02 PM PDT · by chooseascreennamepat · 70 replies
    Imus In the Morning | self
    I was tuning around channels the other morning and tuned into "Imus In the Morning". He had some inane/insane comments and suddenly he went on a rant. He was defending that commie bit*h who said kids should be brought up by the "collective". He also defended the word 'collective' stating it was NOT a communist word. He called Sarah Palin a number of names, he called Rush a fat, pill popping pig plus few other nasty names. His 'sidekick' Colin McShane just sat there and agreed half heartedly (he strikes me as being terminally stupid). He ranted like a village...
  • Magic mushroom drugs could treat severe depression

    04/07/2013 10:47:57 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 46 replies
    DNA ^ | Sunday, April 7, 2013 | ANI
    Drugs made from magic mushrooms could help treat people with severe depression, a new study suggests. Scientists believe that the chemical psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms, can turn down parts of the brain that are overactive in severely depressive patients, the Guardian reported. The drug appears to stop patients dwelling on themselves and their own perceived inadequacies. However, a bid by British scientists to carry out trials of psilocybin on patients in order to assess its full medical potential has been blocked by red tape relating to Britain’s strict drugs laws. Professor David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at...
  • One drug to rule them all: Researchers find treatment that kills every kind of cancer tumor

    03/29/2013 1:51:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/29/2013 | By MICHAEL BLAUSTEIN
    <p>Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.</p> <p>The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a "do not eat" signal to the body's immune system, according to Science Magazine.</p>
  • A Viagra follow-up? Drug used to treat glaucoma actually grows human hair

    10/26/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    http://medicalxpress.com ^ | 10-26-2012 | Staff
    If you're balding and want your hair to grow back, then here is some good news. A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal shows how the FDA-approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. It's been commercially available as a way to lengthen eyelashes, but these data are the first to show that it can actually grow human hair from the scalp. "We hope this study will lead to the development of a new therapy for balding which should improve the quality of life for many people with hair loss," said Valerie Randall, a researcher involved...
  • Fast and Furious Scandal: New Details Emerge on How the U.S. Government Armed Mexican Drug Cartels

    09/30/2012 5:15:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez. Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled. Indirectly, the United States government played a...
  • Mexican kingpin implicates Venezuelan army generals in drug traffic

    09/27/2012 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    El Universal ^ | September 26, 2012
    Generals of the Venezuelan Army may have been involved in drug trafficking according to a testimony given by Mexican drug kingpin Sergio Villarreal Barragán commonly known as El Grande (The big one), who was arrested two years ago in Mexico. Villareal, who became one a major drug member of Beltran Leyva cartel, has told the Mexican authorities that Graumman aircrafts carrying as many as three tons of cocaine often departed from Maracaibo, west Venezuela, and landed in Toluca, north Mexico, DPA noted. "Several generals of the Venezuelan Army along with Venezuelan drug lord El Turco were fully aware of the...
  • 2C-I or 'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

    09/21/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing
  • Massive 240-yard drug smuggling tunnel with lights, air shafts and sophisticated support beams

    07/12/2012 7:41:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/12/12 | Staff
    Authorities in Arizona unearthed a sophisticated 240-yard drug-smuggling tunnel stretching into Mexico that included engineered support beams, lights and ventilation. The six-foot-high corridor ran from a store in an abandoned strip mall near Yuma to an ice shop across the border in San Luis Rio Colorado. It provided a direct link to the US for Mexican drug cartels. The Mexican Army also found a second, incomplete, tunnel under a bathroom sink in Tijuana that stretched more than 200 yards into San Diego, California. The diggers had not yet reached the surface when authorities shut it down.
  • Easter Island Drug Raises Cognition Throughout Life Span in Mice

    06/29/2012 7:38:03 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 24 replies
    ScienceDaily.com ^ | 06/29/2012 | ScienceDaily
    Cognitive skills such as learning and memory diminish with age in everyone, and the drop-off is steepest in Alzheimer's disease. Texas scientists seeking a way to prevent this decline reported exciting results this week with a drug that has Polynesian roots. Rapamycin, a bacterial product first isolated from soil on Easter Island, enhanced learning and memory in young mice and improved these faculties in old mice, the study showed.
  • Fourteen mutilated bodies found outside Mexican supermarket

    06/24/2012 5:24:15 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | June 23, 2012 | Reporting By Cyntia Barrera Diaz; Editing by Paul Simao
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Fourteen mutilated corpses and a threatening message aimed at a drug cartel were found inside a truck in the parking lot of a supermarket in a northern Mexico city, local media reported on Saturday. Mexico's attorney general's office could not immediately confirm the reports of the grisly discovery in Mante and police officials in the crime-ridden city were not immediately available for comment. Mexican media said the body parts belonged to 10 men and four women and the message was directed at the Gulf cartel.
  • Prostate cancer drug so effective trial stopped

    06/03/2012 12:12:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    sfgate ^ | 6/2/12 | Victoria Colliver
    A new drug for advanced prostate cancer patients has proved so effective that researchers stopped the clinical trial early to give all patients a chance to receive the life-extending medication, according to a UCSF-led study released Saturday. The hormone treatment, Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga, when added to a standard steroid therapy doubled the time it takes for the disease to progress in patients treated with the standard therapy alone, said the lead researcher, Dr. Charles Ryan, associate professor of clinical medicine at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Michelle Obama talks about the President's former drug use (kind of): VIDEO

    05/30/2012 11:13:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    EW ^ | 5/30/12 | Erin Strecker
    First Lady Michelle Obama may have ostensibly been on The Daily Show last night to talk about her new book on healthy eating and vegetables, but Jon Stewart only wanted to talk about the other green stuff—namely, the President’s former drug use, which has resurfaced in the news recently. In the two-segment interview, the First Lady was charming, but clearly was going to stay entirely on-message, touting the President’s record with regard to ending the war in Iraq, health care, and childhood education. Watch part one of the interview, where Obama discusses the famed White House Garden and “vegetable feasts”...
  • Pepsi 'attacked with firebombs -- refused to pay protection money to Mexican drug cartel'

    05/28/2012 7:09:53 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/28/12 | Staff
    A drug cartel lieutenant has been arrested over a series of firebomb attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. The gang-related bombings are believed to be the first time a multinational company has been targeted in Mexico's 5˝-year-long drug war. Experts suggested that the attack may be linked to the company's apparent refusal to hand over protection money to the gangs which have terrorised local residents and businesses.
  • Special Report: Mexico's Zetas rewrite drug war in blood

    05/23/2012 6:53:42 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/23/12 | Ioan Grillo
    Mexican government forces had bottled up a band of enemy fighters in this tiny village late last year, but feared they would escape into the dusty, rock-strewn hills. So more than 600 soldiers and federal police closed in from all directions with armored Humvees and helicopters. The outlaws responded with a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 assault-rifle fire, tearing apart one federal police vehicle. For three days the fighting raged. In the end, according to military accounts of the battle, 22 members of the Zetas drug cartel, two police officers and a soldier were dead, and 20 Zetas were...
  • Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin

    03/26/2012 8:49:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 131 replies · 585+ views
    <p>So just what was his punk-ass doing in that neighborhood that night at that hour? Is George Zimmerman actually a hero?</p> <p>Excerpted from MiamiHerald – SANFORD — Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin was suspended from school in October in an incident in which he was found in possession of women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that a schools security staffer described as a “burglary tool,” The Miami Herald has learned.</p>
  • Was Trayvon Martin a Drug Dealer?

    03/25/2012 7:17:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 224 replies · 44+ views
    Wagist ^ | 3/25/12 | Dan Linehan
    Above is the iconic picture we’ve been become accustomed to seeing everywhere in the media, used to represent the recent Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida. From everything the public has been told, Trayvon Martin was a fresh-faced, innocent looking teenager and the visage of the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, is right out of a booking photo. The media narrative being sold is quite clear, Trayvon Martin is the innocent victim here and George Zimmerman is a horrible bigot who attacked the young man for doing nothing more than buying skittles while being black. Even Barack Obama seems...
  • Another drug shortage

    03/10/2012 10:53:05 AM PST · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 03/10/2012 | Ottawa Citizen
    The most recent shortage came this month after Quebec-based manufacturer Sandoz cut production of crucial injectable drugs such as morphine, hydromorphone and fentanyl while it upgraded its facility to satisfy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Another+drug+shortage/6282508/story.html#ixzz1ok23KKnd
  • Pot-Laden Plane Blows Into Obama's Airspace

    02/16/2012 6:09:13 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 17 replies
    CBSnews.com ^ | CBS/AP
    WASHINGTON - Two Air Force F-16 fighters intercepted a privately owned Cessna airplane that entered the same Los Angeles airspace as Marine One on Thursday as the helicopter was ferrying President Barack Obama. Police discovered about 40 pounds of marijuana inside the plane after it landed at Long Beach Airport, a law enforcement official said.
  • The war on the war on drugs

    02/03/2012 4:11:23 PM PST · by jpsb · 40 replies
    The Reporter ^ | feb 3, 2012 | jimshi
    Since President Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971 the United States has jailed tens of million of its' citizens. In 2008 alone 1.5 million American were arrested and 500,000 were imprisoned. At a cost of $45,000 per prisoner per year over 22 billion dollars were spent in prison costs alone for just those busted in 2008. I would imagine the costs to the courts, parole officers and police departments are equally large. And then there is the unmeasurable societal cost of a lost income to a community and the breakup of families effected should it be a mom or...
  • Fitchburg woman and daughter 'terrified' as saw rips down door after getting wrong address

    01/31/2012 7:07:49 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 71 replies
    Sentinal and Enterprise ^ | January 31, 2012 | Michael Hartwell
    FITCHBURG -- It was a horror movie come to life. Judy Sanchez woke Thursday to the sound of heavy footsteps in her stairwell, followed by a loud motor. She got to her kitchen in time to see the blade of a chain saw rip through her front door. "It was so crazy," Judy Sanchez said. "I was terrified." Jan. 26 was the day of Operation Red Wolf, a multiagency sweep during which 16 people in Fitchburg were arrested on charges related to gang activity, drug trafficking and illegal gun sales after a two-year investigation by federal, state and local law-enforcement...
  • Government Can't Simply Bar Drug Users from Owning Guns

    01/25/2012 11:02:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    opposingviews.com ^ | 24 January, 2012 | Brian Doherty
    The Federal Criminal Appeals blog reports on a decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding when the government can use drug possession as an excuse to deny weapons-possession rights. In short, it can't just assert that there is a good reason to bar drug users from guns: it has to try to prove it. But the Court also seems to think such proof won't be too hard. Let's take a walk through the decision to see what happened and why the Fourth Circuit decided as it did: Following a police search that uncovered marijuana and firearms in Benjamin...
  • Mexico allowed US agents to launder drug money

    01/10/2012 10:42:23 AM PST · by Wolfie · 14 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Jan. 10, 2012
    Mexico allowed US agents to launder drug money Mexico's government allowed a group of undercover U.S. anti-drug agents and their Colombian informant to launder millions in cash for a powerful Mexican drug trafficker and his Colombian cocaine supplier, according to documents made public Monday. The Mexican magazine Emeequis published portions of documents that describe how Drug Enforcement Administration agents, a Colombian trafficker-turned-informant and Mexican federal police officers in 2007 infiltrated the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and a cell of money launderers for Colombia's Valle del Norte cartel in Mexico. The group of officials conducted at least 15 wire transfers to...
  • Japan: Man 'visited N. Korea to buy bogus U.S. bills'

    01/03/2012 2:45:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Man 'visited N. Korea to buy bogus U.S. bills' The Yomiuri Shimbun An 80-year-old Sapporo man released by North Korea after his arrest last year said he went there with two other Japanese men to obtain counterfeit U.S. currency, according to Hokkaido police. The two other men remain in custody in north Korea. The three were arrested last March for allegedly dealing in drugs. According to the man, the three received extremely realistic-looking counterfeit U.S. bills in North korea. Police believe the bills were "supernotes" in 100 dollars denominations. The police are trying to corroborate the man's story. The man...
  • Mexico, Bewildered and Contested

    11/30/2011 10:31:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Nacla ^ | November 29, 2011 | Fred Rosen
    The Mexican president in the Dock? Well, not yet, but charges of “crimes against humanity” were filed last Friday in the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands against President Felipe Calderón, the Secretaries of Mexico’s Army, Navy, and Public Safety, and notorious drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. The International Criminal Court (denhaag.nl)The charges were filed by human rights lawyer Netzaí Sandoval, supported by 23,000 citizen signatures, and allege, among other things, that the Mexican state bears direct responsibility for crimes committed by federal agents in the context of the war against organized crime. The charges detail 470 cases of...
  • Border Agent Sentenced to 2 Years for Abuse of Immigrant Who Claims he Received No Injuries

    10/27/2011 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 1+ views
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly handling a teenager he had handcuffed the boy, a smuggling suspect. Prosecutors claimed agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz was responsible for the bruises sustained by a 15-year-old boy during an October 2008 arrest near the Ro Grande in Texas. Diaz, 31, was charged with depriving the teenager of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force when he lifted the boy improperly by his arms, and put his knee in his back. Diaz’s attorneys said that no injuries were sustained from a...
  • Why closing NDIC would be foolish

    10/07/2011 6:50:52 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 5 replies
    The Johnstown Tribune Democrat ^ | October 7, 2011 | Pedro O.Vega
    At the end of World War II, the U.S. defense and national security apparatus faced a variety of challenges left over by the conflict. One of the most important was the formulation of a process to collect, collate, evaluate, analyze, produce and disseminate strategic intelligence to guide decision-makers in the formulation of national policy. Implicit in this search was the need for a professional cadre of analysts able to carry on this process with impartiality and with full awareness of their own psychological limits, able to forge strategic intelligence products with minimal institutional bias – thus the Central Intelligence Agency...
  • Five severed HEADS found in sack outside Mexican school in latest threat from drugs cartels

    09/30/2011 8:39:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/29/11 | Laurie Whitwell
    Five severed HEADS found in sack outside Mexican primary school in latest sickening threat from drugs cartelsBy Laurie Whitwell Last updated at 12:17 PM on 29th September 2011 Mexican police have found five severed heads stuffed in a sack outside a primary school in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. The gruesome discovery comes after drugs gangs threatened to attack elementary school teachers if they did not pay half their wages to the drugs cartels. The extortion demands forced around 130 schools in the city to close earlier this month, after administrators and parents decided it was not safe enough...
  • Safer Than It’s Ever Been! Really![Tex-Mex Border]

    09/29/2011 9:02:09 AM PDT · by thouworm · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | Sept. 29, 2011 | Mark Krikorian
    Safer Than It’s Ever Been! Really!By Mark Krikorian September 29, 2011 9:46 AM Both the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal agree that, since illegal crossings are down at the Mexican border, it’s time to proceed to amnesty and huge increases in immigration (9 percent unemployment? Who cares!). The border is safer than it’s ever been, in the words of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. The only thing left to do is dig a moat and fill it with alligators, joked President Obama.Well, someone didn’t tell the two retired generals who’ve just released “Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment”: During the...
  • Bodies hanging from bridge in Mexico are warning to social media users

    09/14/2011 3:04:18 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 98 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/14/2011 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Two bodies dangling from a pedestrian bridge in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, created an image as gruesome as any in the four years of the country's offensive against the drug cartels. A man and a woman, both in their early 20s, were left hanging like cuts of meat. The woman was hogtied and disemboweled, her intestines protruding from three deep cuts on her abdomen. She was then hung from the bridge by her feet and hands, topless. The bloodied man was suspended next to her by his hands, his right shoulder severed so deeply you...
  • Ms. Napolitano, Show Us the Border

    09/12/2011 5:34:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2011 | Katie Kieffer
    Out of sight is out of mind. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano can give the impression she’s doing her job and keeping Americans safe when Americans are unaware of the dangers lurking next door. Napolitano can’t stop natural oppressors like tropical storms, hurricanes or earthquakes but she can impede the drug cartel violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. Nevertheless, Napolitano refuses to publicly acknowledge the extent of border violence from drug cartels. She also refrains from pressuring the media to cover the preventable destruction and bloodshed on the border as much as it covers natural disasters. Between 35,000 and 40,000...