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  • Legalization threatens Oakland drug dealer revenue

    05/21/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2015 | by David Downs
    California might be ready to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over, but some members of the Oakland community are worried it will be a job-killer for their street dealers. Support for legalization proved mixed at a public meeting of the ACLU’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Legalization in Oakland this week. "Street-level drug dealers who are now selling to 17- to 25-year-olds could see legalization cut their market in half," said Robert Dousa. “Many of these dealers are doing it to support their families — they need to make money,” Dousa said.
  • Narcotics cops ordered to stop arresting suspects over 40

    05/20/2015 5:42:59 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    nypost.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel Prendergast, Shawn Cohen and Jamie Schram
    The city’s narcotics cops are being told to stop arresting suspects over the age of 40 — a major strategy shift designed to target younger dealers, who are more likely to carry guns and use them, The Post has learned. Top brass issued a directive that makes it all but impossible for cops to bust older drug suspects, in order to combat a spike in shootings — which are up 7 percent in 2015 compared with the same period last year and 12 percent over the last four weeks, police sources said. The new policy was laid out in a...
  • Home-Brew: Scientists Tweak Yeast to Grow Morphine

    05/19/2015 8:16:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 5-19-15 | Maggie Fox
    Researchers have figured out how to get yeast to produce morphine, codeine and other similar drugs and have immediately urged regulators to control these drug-brewing yeasts before people start trying to make them at home. They genetically engineered simple brewer's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and came up with a strain that can make very complicated plant compounds that include opioid drugs such as morphine, as well as some antibiotics and muscle relaxants. It's an important technical step, because now these drugs have to be synthesized directly from plants—an inefficient process. The yeast process isn't that efficient yet, either, but once it's...
  • Cleric's followers have hopscotched around California

    02/04/2002 10:32:56 AM PST · by veronica · 25 replies · 1,349+ views
    Knight Ridder/San Jose Mercury ^ | 2/3/02 | SEAN WEBBY AND BRANDON BAILEY
    The name of Sheik Mubarik Ali Gilani has been little-known in California, except to a small number of African-American Muslims who follow his teachings, and to law enforcement authorities who have tracked their movements across the state. But two other names are prominent in the history of Gilani's followers here. Abdullah Baqi was once described by law enforcement authorities as the West Coast leader of a dangerous group they called Ul-Fuqra. And an analysis of public records indicates that Baqi was married to the woman now called Khadijah Ghafur, who later founded the community outside Fresno known as Baladullah. ...
  • Going to Pot?

    05/17/2015 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Bill Bennett, a great American and a great Republican was all over television promoting his new book Going to Pot co-written with Robert A. White. This is a topic I have followed for years and previously written about so I thought I would read the book and hope for an interview with Dr. Bennett. I was unable to land the big fish, but did interview his co-writer for an hour discussing the issue of whether the legalization of marijuana should continue. I have previously written that the experiment of legalization should go forward in Colorado and Washington and let us...
  • Trade agreement could limit access to medicines

    05/16/2015 2:49:13 PM PDT · by blueyon · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 5/15/15 | Rebecca Trager
    A leaked draft of a trade agreement under negotiation among 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US and Japan, contains language that could delay the entrance of generic competition for much-needed medicines and keep pharmaceutical prices high, according to the Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR), an international non-profit headquartered in New York. The organisation is lending its voice to those expressing similar concerns, like humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders. Although details of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been kept confidential, leaked texts of the treaty have offered some clues, such as its embrace of intellectual property protections that go...
  • Sen. Rand Paul will meet with black lawmakers on justice reforms

    05/09/2015 5:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 8, 2015 | Lauren French
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will host a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus next week to discuss criminal justice reform. The libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky has long been an outspoken advocate for changing how the American criminal system prosecutes and sentences. Now he’s teaming up with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and other black lawmakers, to craft a strategy for advancing legislation as law enforcement issues have taken center stage following the death of several unarmed black men at the hands of police. “Not only is Senator Paul the [S]enate co-sponsor of the Justice Safety Valve Act, which...
  • New, Scary Street Drug Called Flakka or ‘$5 Insanity’ on Rise in U.S.

    05/07/2015 7:18:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 93 replies
    Q13Fox ^ | David Rose
    A dangerous new drug is on the streets — it is called flakka or gravel or “$5 insanity.” And there’s a reason it has that last nickname. The drug spikes a user’s body temperature to dangerous levels, gives them paranoid hallucinations and makes them incredibly strong. In one case, a man in Florida ran naked down the street and then tried to have sex with a tree before being arrested. He told cops he was Thor — yes, the mythical god of thunder.
  • Parents accused of giving kids drugs as ‘bargaining tool’ (FL)

    05/07/2015 9:06:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2015 11:39 AM EDT | Tamara Lush
    A couple gave their teenage daughters cocaine and marijuana if they went to school and did household chores, authorities said. Chad and Joey Mudd, of Largo, a suburb in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, gave their daughters, ages 13 and 14, drugs as a “bargaining tool” for school attendance and doing chores, Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives said. They were arrested Monday. According to an affidavit, the mother said she smoked pot with her daughters five times and the father snorted cocaine with the teens and one of his daughter’s boyfriends in his truck. …
  • DEA to traveler: Thanks, I’ll take that cash

    05/06/2015 4:29:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 47 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 6, 2015 | Joline Gutierrez Krueger
    Maybe he should have taken traveler’s checks. But it’s too late for that now. All the money – $16,000 in cash – that Joseph Rivers said he had saved and relatives had given him to launch his dream in Hollywood is gone, seized during his trip out West not by thieves but by Drug Enforcement Administration agents during a stop at the Amtrak train station in Albuquerque. An incident some might argue is still theft, just with the government’s blessing. Rivers, 22, wasn’t detained and has not been charged with any crime since his money was taken last month. That...
  • British Grandmother Prepares for Execution in Indonesia

    05/05/2015 9:04:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Mon, May 04 2015,
    A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. "My execution is imminent and I know I might die at any time now. I could be taken tomorrow from my cell," Sandiford wrote in British newspaper the Mail on Sunday. "I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family." Sandiford,...
  • Scott Walker Is Making MASSIVE Changes To Welfare – Will Impact Freeloaders Harshly

    05/04/2015 12:17:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    US Herald ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ryan Brown
    Under Governor Scott Walker's leadership, Wisconsin will join eleven other states as the newest state to require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before they can receive state welfare funds. While some liberals and liberal-minded religious groups have called out Walker for "targeting" the poor and those with addictions, Walker's response has been spot on: if they're receiving funds from the state, the state should be able to make rules for these people to live by before they can receive a dime. But Walker's drug test isn't simply a play to restrict the number of people who will be...
  • The "War on Drugs" is dinosaur technology

    05/03/2015 7:59:56 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 187 replies
    Huffington POst ^ | 03/22/2015 | Johann Hari
    Nearly fifteen years ago, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe, with 1 percent of the population addicted to heroin. They had tried a drug war, and the problem just kept getting worse. So they decided to do something radically different. They resolved to decriminalize all drugs...
  • 2 Dead in Aizona Desert in deadly drug dispute

    05/01/2015 12:11:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Borderland Beat ^ | April 30, 2015 | By Lucio R
    The search continued for several suspects who shot and killed two men and wounded two others in a gun battle six miles east of Gila Bend. The shootings occurred a high-traffic corridor known for human and drug smuggling. The bodies of the two men were found by Maricopa County sheriff's investigators in a cave about six miles east of Gila Bend Monday afternoon. Two other men who were seriously hurt were airlifted to the West Valley Hospital in Goodyear. “We're hoping one will be able to talk and give us more information,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a...
  • Fox’s Bob Beckel Undergoes Addiction Rehab

    05/01/2015 10:01:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 89 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 30, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Over the past several months, Mediaite has produced a handful of posts asking the question: Where is Fox’s The Five co-host Bob Beckel? ... In our first report, we noted that Fox told us Beckel was out receiving and recovering from back surgery. However, our own sources at the network indicated there was more to the story, including possible addiction (as cable watchers know well, Beckel is open about his drug history). And now Fox confirms that there is, indeed, an addiction therapy element to the story after all.
  • Why turn drug smugglers into heroes for our kids?

    04/30/2015 6:38:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 1st May 2015 | Piers Akerman
    THE nauseating canonisation of executed convicted heroin smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was well under way before their corpses had been returned to their families. At Castle Hill High, the words “merciless”, “barbaric”, “futile” and “weak” were plastered on the noticeboard on Wednesday by principal Vicki Brewer after students ­expressed horror at the executions of Chan and Sukumaran, and six others in Indonesia. “I think it’s affecting students and staff, they’ve been chilled by it, haunted by it and there’s been certainly a good deal of reflection and discussion about the ethical and moral dilemmas this has caused,” she...
  • FDA Follies, Part 1

    04/29/2015 9:24:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/29/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Regular readers of this column are aware that I am no fan of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Let’s examine the agency’s official mission… Here’s the first paragraph: “FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.” Good stuff. But now, take a look at the second paragraph: “FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping...
  • Court docs: Senate staffer planned to exchange drugs for sexual favors

    04/24/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 44 replies
    WTOP News Radio ^ | April 24, 2015 | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate staffer is facing a federal charge after court documents say he bought drugs from China with the intent to exchange them for sexual favors. Senate staffer Fred W. Pagan is facing the federal charge of possession with intent to distribute after court documents say he shipped drugs in from China. Pagan is a staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
  • West Virginia VA Hospital Switched Antipsychotic Meds with Older Drugs to Cut Costs

    04/22/2015 3:44:26 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/22/2015 | CJ Ciaramella
    A Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia switched out patients’ prescribed medications with older drugs to cut costs, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced in a letter to Congress and the White House Wednesday. . . . The investigation also found that hospital’s pharmacy and therapeutics committee was chaired by a non-physician, another departure from VA policy.
  • Ted Cruz WON’T order a pot crackdown in states where it’s legal if he’s made president...

    04/20/2015 3:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 20, 2015 | Francesca Chambers in Nasua, New Hampshire
    Ted Cruz is personally against the legalization of marijuana but the Republican presidential candidate said this weekend that he believes states have the right to put decriminalization laws on the books if they want - even though they directly conflict with federal law. Cruz implied during a conversation with Daily Mail Online on Saturday that if he ascended to the highest elected office he wouldn't make his attorney general enforce federal laws pertaining to marijuana in states that have approved sales and consumption of the drug. The position stands in contrast to the views of at least three of his...
  • 'Breaking Bad'-style meth found inside car near the Holland Tunnel

    04/12/2015 3:47:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    AM NY ^ | Alison Fox
    More than two dozen kilos of "Breaking Bad"-style blue-tinted methamphetamine was found inside a man's car near the Holland Tunnel, authorities said on Thursday. Mario Hernandez, 33, was pulled over in his Hyundai Sonata by the corner of King and Hudson streets at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. The car had New Jersey plates. He was found with 25 kilos of the drug inside the trunk, a spokeswoman with the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and charged with both second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The blue meth was hidden inside stone tile boxes,...
  • Correction: Police Officer-Fatal Shooting story (Walter Scott - Michael Slager)

    04/11/2015 10:43:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | April 10, 2015
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In stories April 7 and 8 about the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Walter Scott was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard. Scott was granted a lesser discharge, known as a general discharge under honorable conditions, because of a drug-related incident.
  • Rand Paul calls for repeal of drug laws; reaches out to minority voters

    04/11/2015 9:38:43 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-7-2015 | Jason Russell
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., formally launched his presidential campaign Tuesday with a speech in Louisville. Among the notable quotes from Paul's speech was a comment seemingly meant to raise minority support by calling for reform of federal drug laws that disproportionately lead to incarceration of black Americans. "I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally and any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed," Paul said. Paul went on to address other topics without expanding much on what kinds of laws he meant. But given his past comments, it's not hard to guess he was talking...
  • Puerto Rico exports its drug addicts to Chicago

    04/11/2015 5:51:50 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 14 replies
    WBEZ ^ | April 10, 2015 | Adriana Cardona-Maguigad
    It all started about a year ago when I began noticing more homeless men in the Chicago neighborhood where I work. Back of the Yards is a community that faces some of the city’s toughest problems: joblessness, crime, drug use. Many of these men would be sitting in doorways or shuffling along, many times asking for money. One day, I asked one of them: “Where are you from?” He told me a story that I later heard again and again and again. The men told me they were from Puerto Rico. They were addicted to heroin and they ended up...
  • Missouri to Change Food Stamp Policy: Welfare Leeches Won’t Like it One Bit

    04/07/2015 7:42:59 AM PDT · by safetysign · 90 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 04/06/2015 | BARON VON KOWENHOVEN
    re you sick of seeing “welfare leeches” in the grocery checkout line with carts stuffed full of junk food snacks, soda and even porterhouse steaks and crab legs? So is Missouri House Rep. Rick Brattin, who has begun pushing for legislation prohibiting welfare abusers from buying foods that most hard-working Americans can’t always afford. After Brattin heard a food stamp recipient say, “This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing,” he knew something needed to be addressed. “The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original...
  • Obama commutes 22 prison sentences

    03/31/2015 8:34:52 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/31/15 | Arden Farhi
    Following an administration-wide commitment to reform sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenders, President Obama on Tuesday commuted prison time for 22 people convicted of federal drug crimes, many of whom faced decades to life behind bars.
  • Men Dressed as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate, Tried to Ram Past Checkpoint, Officials Say

    03/30/2015 9:13:10 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 74 replies
    ABCNEWS ^ | 3-31-2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland. Two men dressed as women attempted to “penetrate” the entry point with their vehicle when a shootout occurred, officials said. "There are indications they were dressed as females," an official said. At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One perpetrator is confirmed dead on the scene; the other "severely injured” and probably won’t survive, according to one official. The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism. Aerial images...
  • New hepatitis C drugs cost government $4.5B

    03/30/2015 6:19:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    he federal government spent a whopping $4.5 billion on costly new drugs to cure hepatitis C among Medicare patients last year, a steep price that is likely to keep growing, federal records show. Spending on the super-selling drugs – which can cost $1,000 a day – increased more than 15 times compared to the previous year, according to a report Monday by ProPublica.
  • Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript

    03/29/2015 5:14:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 155 replies
    Mirror ^ | March 29, 2015
    Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript 29 March 2015 By Alex Wellman Patrick Sondheimer is heard screaming to his co-pilot "Open the goddam door" as passengers scream in the background The dramatic last moments of the doomed Germanwings flight have been revealed in a chilling transcript of the black box recording that shows the captain screaming at Andreas Lubitz “Open the goddam door”. Patrick Sondheimer, pilot of the traffic plane, is heard frantically pleading with the killer to let him into the cockpit, just seconds before crashing into the Alps. BEA Germanwings CVR Evidence:...
  • America's Cartel Problem, Part II

    03/29/2015 8:45:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Matthew Thomas
    As you begin to look closely into the actual organization of the Mexican cartels operating throughout the world, you quickly learn that they are set up and function much like any fortune 500 company. They are multi-level organizations, having everything from a CEO level down to the assembly line level worker, and everything in between. They have a strict code that they live by for the most part, which has a strong “machismo” factor, and makes their structure and practices look much like the old Italian mafia organizations. The exception being of course that today’s Mexican cartels have crossed all...
  • Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Brand of Weed

    03/27/2015 1:26:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 26, 2015 | James Joiner
    Willie Nelson takes a hit of the cigarette-sized vaporizer in his gnarled hand, exhaling a small cloud, before placing it on the foldout table in front of us. We’re seated in the cool enclave of his tour bus, at the entrance to his sprawling property just outside Austin, Texas, which he has dubbed the town of Luck. Up a hill and around a corner, people are rocking out at Willie’s own Heartbreaker Banquet, an annual fundraiser/music festival held concurrently with SXSW. Now 81, Willie is biding his time before joining the festivities, and we’re talking about why he puts on...
  • Teacher accused of selling heroin is superintendent’s daughter

    03/27/2015 1:19:05 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 27, 2015
    PITTSBURGH — A Norwin High School health and physical education teacher was arrested on charges of dealing heroin, officials said. Agents charged the defendant, 37-year-old Lisa Rodnicki, with one count each of delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of heroin, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said. According to the criminal complaint, agents made a controlled purchase from Rodnicki utilizing a confidential informant, who paid Rodnicki $300 for 45 bags of heroin. According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, Rodnicki is the daughter of the district’s superintendent.
  • Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster Busted on Drug Charges

    03/26/2015 7:55:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    NBC NEws ^ | 3-26-2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    The deputy police chief of Fresno, California, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession and intent to distribute heroin and other drugs, federal and local law enforcement officials said. Keith Foster, 51, was named by the Justice Department as one of four people nabbed in a year-long investigation by the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer confirmed that Foster is the department's deputy chief, who has commanded patrol operations for the city of a half-million people for the past eight years. Foster was charged with conspiracy to distribute and/or possess...
  • Woman Passes out at Taco Bell drive-thru With Two Children in Back Seat

    03/26/2015 4:07:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Fox59 ^ | 3 | Kylee Wierks
    A mother who was allegedly on drugs was arrested Saturday night after passing out at the Taco Bell drive-thru window. Amber Ford, 33, of New Castle is charged with two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of public intoxication.
  • Marijuana Edibles Blamed For Keystone Death

    03/26/2015 10:14:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 129 replies
    Denver CBS ^ | 03/25/2015 | Brian Maass
    ... When the young men got back to Keystone, Fowler said they began ingesting the edible pot. He said his cousin favored some peach tart candies, each piece of candy containing 10 mg of the active ingredient in marijuana, the recommended dose for an adult consuming an edible. But when Goodman consumed several and experienced no immediate effects he kept gobbling them up. “Luke popped two simultaneously” after the first two didn’t seem to do anything, said Fowler. Then he said Goodman took a fifth candy, five times the recommended dose. His mother says her son likely didn’t see the...
  • Obama: I'll Use Clemency Power 'More Aggressively'

    03/21/2015 6:08:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 21, 2015 | Ryan J. Reilly
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) President Barack Obama plans to grant clemency to federal offenders "more aggressively" during the remainder of his presidency, he said in a sit-down interview with The Huffington Post on Friday. Obama has faced criticism for rarely using his power to grant pardons and commutations. In December, he commuted the sentences of eight federal drug offenders, including four who had been sentenced to life. That brought his total number of commutations to 18. Obama said he had granted clemency so infrequently because of problems in the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney. The former head of that office, who...
  • Grassley, Tillis: Illegal Alien With Drug Charges Got DACA Amnesty Before Allegedly Murdering Three

    03/20/2015 9:39:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 20, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- An illegal alien and known gang member who has been charged with first-degree murder in North Carolina was granted deferred deportation under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), despite having been placed in removal proceedings for drug charges in 2012, according to a press release from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez. (Police mugshot.) Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, was charged in February with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three people in Charlotte, N.C, including a 19-year-old former America’s Next Top Model...
  • EBT Cards Used To Buy Drugs, IRCSO Says

    03/20/2015 4:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS12 ^ | Monday, March 16 2015 | Jana Eschbach
    Taxpayers fund food benefits for the poorest families among us. Tonight, CBS12 investigates why those food stamp cards are becoming a common currency for purchasing illegal drug deals. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says career criminal Anthony Wheeler, 44, is not the first accused drug dealer detectives found taking payment for drugs with taxpayer-funded electronic benefit cards. But the Sheriff says the abuse of the benefit cards seems to be getting worse, and the cards are too easily transferable from person to person. "Primarily you are looking at taxpayers’ dollars that provide EBT cards, that are ultimately buying drugs,"...
  • FBI Agent Charged With Falsifying Records, Selling Stolen Drugs

    03/20/2015 2:30:29 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    NBC - Washington DC ^ | March 20, 2015
    Fueled by an addiction to prescription painkillers, an FBI agent abused heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botched dozens of cases involving suspected drug traffickers in multiple states, according to details that emerged Friday. Matthew Lowry, formerly a special agent with the agency's Washington field office, tampered with hundreds of grams of heroin seized during drug investigations in 2013 and 2014, keeping it in his car for weeks or months, and periodically using it, according to charging documents filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
  • Police, Doctors Warn Against New Synthetic Drug "Flakka"

    03/20/2015 1:23:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Law enforcement officials and medical personnel are warning people about the risks of a dangerous new synthetic drug that is growing in popularity in the streets of South Florida. Just last month, a man was caught on surveillance camera attempting to kick in the hurricane glass doors of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department headquarters. It was later determined that that man, 50-year-old James West, was high off of Flakka, a synthetic street drug mix with a base of bath salts that can result in paranoia, anxiety, psychosis and hallucinations. According to police, West was hallucinating and believed that 25 cars...
  • Bill Clinton Murders [with a side of Hillary]

    03/20/2015 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 121229 | Christie Peterson
    A survey of Bill Clinton's murders in Arkansas, and some of Bill and Hillary's other crimes.
  • Madison teen killed by police had taken hallucinogenic drugs

    03/20/2015 5:47:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-20-15 | Mary Spicuzza
    Tony Terrell Robinson was experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs on the day he died, his uncle says. "He had made a bunch of changes. It was going to be the final step that would change his life around," Turin Carter said Thursday, adding that his nephew was "very inexperienced" with the drugs, believed to have been hallucinogenic mushrooms. The experiment ended in tragedy. After a friend and others called 911, Robinson, a biracial teenager, was shot and killed by a Madison police officer responding to the calls. Police have said that Robinson assaulted the officer. Also on Thursday, family members of...
  • Sheriff: Federal ‘EBT’ Cards ‘Ultimately Buying Drugs’

    03/19/2015 12:04:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 17, 2015 - 2:22 PM | Eric Scheiner
    “Primarily you are looking at taxpayers’ dollars that provide EBT cards, that are ultimately buying drugs,” said Sheriff Deryl Loar, of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT) allow individuals receiving government benefits such as food stamps to charge products to the government when they shop. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office tells WPEC-TV that career criminal Anthony Wheeler is not the first accused drug dealer found taking payment for drugs with taxpayer-funded electronic benefit cards. …
  • A Look At Overdiagnosis

    03/18/2015 6:14:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/18/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    The term “overdiagnosis” came into vogue in 2011, with the publication of best seller Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by MDs H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steve Woloshin. As lead author Welch explains in his introduction: “While the term sounds like it means simply ‘excessive diagnosis,’ it actually has a more precise meaning. Overdiagnosis occurs when individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms or death.” Overdiagnosis matters because the health care system has no mechanism in place for distinguishing between a legitimate diagnosis and an overdiagnosis. As such, an overdiagnosed patient will...
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • Not-pot leaf gets 6th-grader in big trouble (VA)

    03/16/2015 1:51:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 42 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Dan Casey
    Some schoolchildren claim another student bragged about having marijuana. They inform school administrators. An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court... There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana.
  • Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Made $38 Million in a Few Months during Last Year’s Immigration Surge

    03/17/2015 11:51:41 AM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 4 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | March 15, 2015 | ILDEFONSO ORTZ
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Gulf Cartel made $38 million smuggling illegal aliens during last year’s immigration surge, taking advantage of the situation to smuggle tons of drugs with little intervention by authorities. The quantification of the cartel’s involvement was made in a report by the top law enforcement agency in Texas. As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had prepared the report to inform lawmakers about the border surge, the potential for terrorists, and the funding needs of the agency. The report had initially been leaked by the Houston Chronicle; however that publication mainly...
  • Freeing Drug Dealers Is Not a Conservative Solution

    03/17/2015 6:55:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/17/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and a number of right-libertarian groups have joined together with the ACLU and the Center for American Progress to form The Coalition for Public Safety. Headed by Obama’s former associate director of legislative affairs for Drug Control Policy, the Coalition seeks to lower prison populations through ‘soft on crime’ reforms. Its libertarian partners argue that spending on the criminal justice system is out of control and that it’s time to go easy on some criminals. While spending on the criminal justice system is high, this is due to the extreme regulatory burdens created by...
  • Elderly couple complains after traffic stop turns into drug interrogation [Georgia]

    03/13/2015 8:13:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 90 replies
    CBS46.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Adam Murphy and Rodney Harris
    A routine traffic stop turned into a drug interrogation for an elderly couple in Walton County. CBS46 began investigating the incident when the couple passing through Georgia complained that a deputy crossed the line. Charles Tharp, 69, never expected that his family vacation would end the way it did. He and his wife had just visited their grandchild in Texas and were headed back home to North Carolina when a Walton County Sheriff's deputy stopped them. “It just seemed a little unusual because we're not speeding and we're always careful drivers,” said Charles Tharp. Tharp and his wife were told...
  • Baldwin talks transparency while keeping her secrets in Tomah VA scandal

    03/11/2015 10:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-11-15 | M. D. Kittle
    The irony cannot be lost on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Can it? The Madison Democrat, whose office dropped the ball on a report last year pointing to serious problems at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, fired off a press release Tuesday night nodding and saying ‘Amen’ to the initial findings of a review that reiterated what Baldwin’s folks have known for some time. “These initial findings substantiate the troubling concerns my office has heard from current and former employees and patients at the Tomah VA,” the senator said in the statement. “As the investigation builds on this...