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  • Violent crime rates surged across Boulder County over past 5 years [ Colorado ]

    10/21/2019 2:52:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Daily Camera ^ | October 19, 2019 | Kelsey Hammon
    Violent crimes cases across Boulder County surged from 2013 to 2018, a trend that corresponds with a rising number of felony case filing across the state. According to Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, state felony case filings spiked nearly 45% in five years. In Boulder County, the majority of new felony case filings were for violent crimes, which saw a 32% increase from 2013 to 2018. ... Violent crimes include cases that involve assault, robbery, vehicular homicide, crimes against at-risk individuals, bias-motivated crimes, murder, attempted murder and stalking. In Boulder County, Dougherty said domestic violence is the county’s most...
  • A Drug Cartel Just Defeated The Mexican Military In Battle!

    10/21/2019 8:00:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/21/2019 | John Daniel Davidson
    The southwest U.S. border might be quieter now than it was this spring at the height of the migrant crisis, but south of the Rio Grande the Mexican state is disintegrating.Last Thursday in the city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, a battle erupted between government forces and drug cartel gunmen after the Mexican military captured two sons of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The elder son, Ivan, was quickly freed by his men, who overpowered government forces and secured his release. Ivan then launched an all-out siege of the entire city in an effort to...
  • ‘Game-changer’ breath test for marijuana knows if you’re stoned

    10/19/2019 1:48:44 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 50 replies
    Providence JOurnal ^ | Oct 19, 2019 | Sam Wood
    PHILADELPHIA — When New Jersey lawmakers debated earlier this year whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the Garden State’s police organizations were adamantly against it. The cops said legal weed might lead to an explosion in the numbers of impaired drivers operating under the influence. And the police would be caught flatfooted trying to tell whether drivers they pulled over were high. “With alcohol, if you have over 0.08% in your blood, there’s the presumption that you’re intoxicated,” said Christopher Leusner, head of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. But because marijuana stays in the bloodstream...
  • Mexican president says El Chapo’s son released to avoid ‘war’ with drug cartel

    10/18/2019 9:49:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/18/2019 | By
    Mexican authorities briefly detained the son of jailed drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — and then released the younger Guzmán back to one of the world’s most powerful drug cartels after gunmen took to the streets. The events Thursday were a remarkable display of the state’s inability to take on organized crime. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained Friday that El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán, was released “to protect the lives of the people” after the cartel deployed across Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, and neighboring towns, taking over key highways. Residents took videos of the chaos in...
  • Autopsy shows judge died of fentanyl, heroin overdose

    10/17/2019 10:28:18 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2019 | Associated Press
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An autopsy report shows a North Carolina judge died of a fentanyl and heroin overdose. The News & Record of Greensboro reports District Court Judge Tom Jarrell was found unresponsive on the bedroom floor of his home in High Point on Aug. 3. The report from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also says the 56-year-old Jarrell had alcohol in his system. According to the report, Jarrell had a medical history with an irregular heartbeat, but police found a plastic bag with a powdered substance in his pocket. The autopsy found that there was...
  • U.S. Coast Guard offloads $92M worth of smuggled cocaine

    10/17/2019 10:10:22 PM PDT · by familyop · 22 replies
    UPI ^ | October 17, 2019 | Darryl Coote
    The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded more than 6,900 pounds of cocaine in San Diego that was seized from drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, officials said. Offloaded Wednesday, the cocaine, which is valued at more than $92 million, was seized from drug smuggling vessels between July and October by the crews of three Coast Guard cutters including the Alert, the Robert Ward and the Seneca off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America,...
  • The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring

    10/16/2019 7:58:44 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 Oct 2019 | Alex W. Palmer
    Fentanyl is quickly becoming America’s deadliest drug. But law enforcement couldn’t trace it to its source — until one teenager overdosed in North Dakota. Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, Laura and Jason Henke awoke with a start at their home in Minot, N.D. Their dog was barking wildly. At the door, in the early morning shadows, they found a police officer and, behind him, a pastor. The officer asked to see Laura’s ID to confirm that he was at the correct address. Then he told them that their 18-year-old son, Bailey, was dead. The officer didn’t have...
  • Three Indiana Judges Face Discipline After Wild Night Ends With Fighting And Gun Shots Outside(T)

    10/16/2019 7:05:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 10/15/2019 | Timothy Meads
    Full header: Three Indiana Judges Face Discipline After Wild Night Ends With Fighting And Gun Shots Outside Strip Club This story comes from The weekend of May 1, Adams, Jacobs, and Bell attended the Spring Judicial Conference. After checking into their hotel, the trio downed a few Seagram Escapes, some scotch, and eventually a few beers. They went around bar hopping. They ate dinner, had some wine, played some cornhole, and tossed a few game of darts. It was the type of stuff you'd expect to occur at bars, but perhaps not from this group. They had themselves a...
  • Ohio Doctor Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Distribution of Opioids

    10/15/2019 7:05:37 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 16 replies ^ | 10/15/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Ohio Doctor Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Distribution of Opioids The owner of a Cincinnati-area medical practice pleaded guilty today for illegally distributing opioids.   Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.Raymond Noschang, M.D., 59, of Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty...
  • Border Patrol Seizes Deadly Combination of Narcotics [enough fentanyl to kill more than 5 million]

    10/12/2019 4:46:28 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    USCustoms and Border Patrol ^ | Oct 12,2019 | USCustoms and Border Patrol
    TEMECULA, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man near Temecula with fentanyl and cocaine hidden inside his car Wednesday afternoon. On Oct. 9 at approximately 5:15 p.m., agents stopped on a 2009 Ford Escape and conducted a canine sniff prompting agents investigate further. Agents searched the vehicle and noticed the headrests of the backseats were unusually solid. Further inspection revealed two metal boxes fixed in the headrests. Inside the boxes were 12 plastic wrapped packages were nine packages of fentanyl, weighing 22 pounds. This quantity contains enough doses to kill more than 5 million people. The remaining three...
  • Guns and Cannabis: The Insidious Creep of Tyranny

    10/11/2019 7:41:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies ^ | 10/11/2019 | John Klar
    In 2004, Vermont implemented a medical marijuana registry, promising patient confidentiality on its state website. Then, in 2018, Vermont legalized recreational marijuana use and imposed a universal background check on gun-purchasers. Here's the rub: the federal government was not consulted, and the ATF maintains that anyone using marijuana will be denied clearance to purchase any gun. This was already the case prior to Vermont's recreational cannabis legalization — those who were on the state's marijuana registry were not allowed to buy guns from federally licensed dealers, as the state of Vermont provided the list of registrants surreptitiously to the federal...
  • APD's Problem Oriented Policing Unit arrests 10 people in undercover Walmart operation (California)

    10/10/2019 7:19:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    ABC 7 KRCR News ^ | September 17, 2019 | Adam Robinson
    ANDERSON, Calif. — On Monday, the Anderson Police Department's (APD) Problem Oriented Policing Unit arrested 10 people after conducting an undercover enforcement operation at the Anderson Walmart to target retail theft and criminal activity. During the operation, 10 total arrests were made for theft, possession of stolen property, fraud, drug paraphernalia possession, illegal narcotic possession, and active warrants. The following is a summary of the arrests made by APD's Problem Oriented Policing Unit: Paige Poor, 27 of Oroville, was seen stealing pants from inside the store. Poor was found to be on searchable probation and in possession of stolen property...
  • Suicide and the 'Opioid Crisis'

    10/08/2019 6:33:33 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 42 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 10/03/9 | Red Lawhern PHD
    The continuing exodus of healthcare providers out of pain management is especially obnoxious in light of the fact that no less an authority than the American Medical Association has repudiated the central logic of the 2016 CDC Guidelines, used widely as an excuse for restricting patient access. We must also recognize that America’s opioid and suicide crises are much larger than just prescribing or even street drugs. The factors which cause people to be increasingly vulnerable to addiction and suicide are largely socio-economic.
  • Johnson & Johnson reaches tentative $20.4 million settlement in massive opioid case

    10/01/2019 9:05:54 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 11 replies ^ | 10/1/19 | Washington Post
    Johnson & Johnson reaches tentative $20.4 million settlement in massive opioid case Health-care giant Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that it has reached a $20.4 settlement in principle with two Ohio counties on the eve of a massive federal trial to determine who is responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic. Under the proposed settlement, Johnson & Johnson would pay Cuyahoga and Summit counties $10 million in cash, reimburse $5 million in legal fees and direct $5.4 million to nonprofits for opioid-related programs in those communities. “The settlement allows the company to avoid the resource demands and uncertainty of a trial...
  • Pot Bill Tokes the Line on Public Safety

    09/30/2019 6:31:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | September 30, 2019 | Tony Perkins and FRC senior writers
    When the alarm went off at Jennifer Hrobuchak's work, the 22-year-old district manager didn't think twice. She got in her car in the early morning hours and headed off to the store to investigate. The new college graduate, who had hoped to have a career saving people from drugs, never saw the man run through the red light straight at her. At 82 miles per hour, he slammed Jennifer's car across the road into a building that crushed and killed her. After seven years of telling the story, her mom, Corinne, still gets emotional. And it's no wonder. The man...
  • Indiana county says it won't prosecute basic marijuana possession cases: "Unfair to people of color'

    09/30/2019 1:05:59 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 30, 2019 | Bailey Vogt
    The largest county in Indiana announced Monday it will no longer prosecute simple marijuana possession cases. Ryan Mears, the acting prosecutor of Marion County, which contains Indianapolis, said the end of prosecution against possession is “effective today.” “If it is less than one ounce of marijuana, we are not going to file that charge,” Mr. Mears said, the Indianapolis Star reported.
  • Pennsylvania’s top cop now supports legalizing marijuana

    09/28/2019 2:00:10 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 92 replies ^ | Sep 28, 2019 | staff and wire reports
    Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement officer is joining several other top state Democratic officials in backing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults.Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a Friday statement on Twitter that he changed his mind after months of internal research and discussions with law enforcement colleagues. 🗣️ANNOUNCEMENT After months of internal research & discussions with fellow law enforcement, I am in support of efforts to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana use for Pennsylvanians over the age of 21.— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) September 27, 2019 Shapiro’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Tom Wolf made a...
  • Possible pot brownies, other desserts discovered at a Pittsburgh high school

    09/26/2019 4:45:27 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    WPXI ^ | September 26, 2019
    PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Schools are investigating after possible marijuana-laced desserts were discovered at a high school. Channel 11 has learned marijuana may have been baked into what appeared to be brownies and Rice Krispies Treats at Taylor Allderdice High School. The discovery was made on the same day Gov. Tom Wolf announces his support for legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 18.
  • Indictment Targeting Massive International Cocaine Conspiracy Unsealed with Arrival in U.S..

    09/24/2019 9:06:02 PM PDT · by bitt · 19 replies ^ | 9/14/2019 | DOJ
    LOS ANGELES – A high-level member of a global drug ring arrived in Southern California last night after being extradited from Colombia on charges that he conspired to transport cocaine worth hundreds of millions of dollars from South America to Mexico for eventual sale in the United States. The extradition resulted from a coordinated, international law enforcement operation that has led to arrests of co-conspirators on three continents. In conjunction with the extradition, federal authorities on Thursday arrested seven defendants named in a 22-count indictment that outlines how the organization obtained ton-quantities of cocaine manufactured in South American labs; used...
  • Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Gives Remarks at the West Virginia and tr

    09/24/2019 6:43:12 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies ^ | 9/24/19 | DOJ
    Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Gives Remarks at the West Virginia and Appalachian Opioid Takedown Press Conference Charleston, WV  ~  Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Remarks as Prepared for DeliveryGood afternoon.115 Americans die each day of opioid–related overdoses.  As the opioid epidemic continues to destroy lives and communities, we can and must do better.Moments ago, I heard from a mom from Pinch, WV, named Stacie Archer.  Stacie and her husband Wendall lost their son Joel to addiction at just 24 years old.  Amazingly, they channeled their loss into hope for others -- creating a family connection center to better serve...