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  • Drug smugglers tried to move nearly $330K worth of meth in ultralight aircraft near Imperial County [CA]: CBP

    07/14/2020 8:21:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/14/2020
    Agents found a metal basket and a white duffel bag, which had 26 clear plastic containers full of meth, according to the statement. The street value of the haul is $327,375. There was no mention of a pilot flying the aircraft or whether anyone involved in the operation was arrested. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the release.
  • PAPER: Now’s a good time to scrap Civil Asset Forfeiture

    07/12/2020 10:28:59 AM PDT · by RandFan · 31 replies
    LA Daily News ^ | July 11 | Editorial Board
    The killing of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide uproar has rightfully forced needed conversations about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. While Congress has so far fumbled on working toward tangible, passable legislation, Sens. Rand Paul, R–Kentucky, Mike Lee, R–Utah, Mike Crapo, R–Idaho, and Angus King, I–Maine, have reintroduced legislation to limit the use of civil asset forfeiture. Through the practice, law enforcement is able to seize cash and other assets from individuals suspected or accused of criminal activity without so much as a criminal conviction or even bringing criminal charges. The practice of civil asset forfeiture in...
  • Congressman vows vote to stop DC from allowing psychedelics

    07/08/2020 10:19:39 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 8, 2020
    Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris says Washington, DC won’t decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, cacti and plants on his watch. Harris told The Post he’s appalled that drug reform activists submitted on Monday what they say is enough signatures to get an initiative on the November ballot making natural hallucinogens the lowest law enforcement priority. Harris said he will force a House Appropriations Committee vote next week to stop it, using the power of Congress over DC’s budget.
  • New Hope for Civil Forfeiture Reform

    07/06/2020 6:01:39 PM PDT · by RandFan · 24 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | July 2 | Brad Polumbo
    A bipartisan bill in the Senate offers the opportunity for some improvement on the criminal justice front... Amid growing concerns over racial inequality in the criminal justice system, “civil asset forfeiture” is facing renewed scrutiny. On June 25, Sens. Rand Paul, Angus King, Mike Crapo, and Mike Lee reintroduced their bill, the “Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act,” to limit civil asset forfeiture and restore due process rights. Through civil asset forfeiture, federal and state-level law enforcement can seize private property they merely suspect is related to some criminal activity. Examples of seized property include cash, vehicles, and even homes. No...
  • Woman in Jeep arrested on DUI charge after urinating on herself during crash.

    07/05/2020 9:28:59 PM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 45 replies
    Villages-News.com ^ | July 3, 2020 | Meta Minton
    A woman who admitted to urinating on herself when her Jeep crashed into a barbed wire fence was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol. Rebecah Lynn Farish, 27, of Fruitland Park, had been driving a silver Jeep Cherokee at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, when her vehicle left the roadway and hit a barbed wire fence in the area of County Road 466A and Lake Unity Road, according to an arrest report from FHP.
  • Former Colorado Judge Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Task Force Investigation of a Drug Trafficking Organization

    07/02/2020 1:04:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    justice.gov ^ | June 30, 2020 | DOJ
    A former Colorado judge pleaded guilty today to obstructing a federal task force investigation of a large-scale drug trafficking organization.Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn of the District of Colorado and Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider of the FBI’s Denver Field Office made the announcement.Ryan Kamada, 41, of Windsor, Colorado, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of proceedings before a department or agency of the United States before U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez of the District of Colorado.  A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec....
  • Trump Administration Empowers Rural Communities with New Resource to Combat Drug Addiction

    06/24/2020 5:02:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | Jun 24, 2020 | Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
    Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll joined Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway and representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with local officials to launch the Rural Community Toolbox (RCTB; ruralcommunitytoolbox.org). The RCTB is an online clearinghouse created by the Trump Administration with the express purpose of connecting rural leaders with funding, data, and information to combat drug addiction in rural America.With resources from 16 different Federal departments and agencies, the Rural Community Toolbox is a one-stop shop...
  • Seattle to end drug and prostitution loitering law targeting people of color

    06/23/2020 9:32:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2020 | Shawn M. Carter
    The twin bills, passed unanimously by the Seattle City Council Monday, effectively block authorities from arresting someone for loitering in relation to a drug or a prostitution inquiry. Both laws, according to the Chicago-Kent Law Review, have historically targeted people of color...“Today we’re taking a step in the right direction, making sure our laws reflect our values and don’t create additional burdens on our Black and brown community members,” Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis,...
  • [MT] Group Claims Enough Signatures For Recreational Marijuana Vote

    06/20/2020 9:52:03 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 73 replies
    Montana Public Radio ^ | June 19, 2020 | EDWARD O'BRIEN
    A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Montana says it has gathered enough signatures to put the question to voters in November's election. The ballot committee, New Approach Montana, says it has turned in 52,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative to allow retail marijuana sales at a 20% tax rate. Organizers also turned in more than 80,000 signatures for an accompanying constitutional initiative that would allow the legal age buying age of marijuana to be set at 21. The committed collected signatures from all 100 state House districts, spokesman Pepper Petersen said, all while taking precautions to...
  • New border technology helps combat illegal drug, weapon and cash smuggling

    06/16/2020 5:46:02 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2020 | Stephanie Bennett
    A new piece of X-ray technology may help prevent illegal drug and gun smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border. Security technology company Viken Detection created a unique handheld scanner called the HBI-120 for law enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. It’s goal is to help fight drug trafficking, terrorism and other hazardous threats, all with a simple X-ray scan... Officers can quickly find items in compartments hidden in the seats of a car. “No kidding, in ten seconds an officer who has never even put hands on this machine found 8 kilos of meth in a compartment," he explained....
  • Aubri Esters, an advocate for safe drug use on the streets, dies at 35

    06/14/2020 7:03:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Boston Globe via MSN ^ | 6/14/20 | Bryan Marquard
    Aubri Esters treated with compassion those whose lives many consider disposable, such as drug users she sometimes could save - and sometimes couldn’t. “I have lost a lot of friends to overdoses, many in front of my eyes,” she once said during an academic panel discussion as she pushed for safe injection facilities that could reduce risks for those coping with addiction. Informed by her own experiences using drugs and living on the streets, and fierce when necessary, she let her eloquent voice ring out in City Hall, on a state commission, and in groups advocating on behalf of those...
  • Portland plans to stop using marijuana tax revenue to fund police

    06/13/2020 10:13:30 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 19 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | JUN 12, 2020 | BRENDAN BURES
    <p>Police benefit from marijuana legalization in ways you probably don’t expect. Research shows no longer enforcing marijuana policies allows cops to redirect their attention to solving more pressing crimes, including burglary, theft, and property crimes. But multiple states and municipalities also allocate legal marijuana tax revenue to police budgets. That could change following nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.</p>
  • Weed Dispensaries, Destroyed and Looted in Late-Night Unrest, Face Uncertain Future

    06/11/2020 11:04:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    rolling stone ^ | June 11, 2020 | Mary Jane Gibson
    Cannabis shops that were broken into during the last weekend of May in the wave of civil unrest following the brutal killing of George Floyd are reeling from the financial toll. Though several have said they supported the protests, the burglaries and looting perpetrated by a number of individuals has left some business owners worried about whether their operations can survive. Dispensaries were hit hard; Leafly reports that 43 businesses in California and Oregon were ransacked. Boston’s Pure Oasis — the first minority-owned adult-use dispensary on the East Coast — reportedly lost $100,000. Chicago’s Mission Dispensary South Shore was “mostly...
  • Princeton Professor: Talking About The War On Drugs Or Getting Tough On Crime ‘Racial Dog Whistles’

    06/09/2020 10:15:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/9/2020 | David Krayden
    Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. dismissed law-and-order policies and the war on drugs Tuesday as “phrases” and “slogans” that have been used as “racial dog whistles.” When asked if the spate of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody was producing a unique political environment in the United States, Glaude told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that it was. “I think so. It does feel different to me,” Glaude said, adding that the country is “at a crossroads.” “For our entire lifetime we have dealt with a frame of policing that has been overdetermined by calls for...
  • People who regularly smoke cannabis 'are nearly three times more likely to be violent', study finds

    06/06/2020 5:33:41 PM PDT · by kevcol · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2020 | Stephen Adam
    People who regularly smoke cannabis are almost three times more likely to commit a violent offence as those who abstain from the drug, new research has found. Scientists involved in a landmark study of almost 300,000 teenagers and young adults believe that over time, prolonged cannabis use profoundly alters the brain, making the user less able to control their temper. In addition, the research found addicts may also suffer from withdrawal symptoms, making them irritable and prone to lashing out.
  • Police Killing of Breonna Taylor Fuels Calls to End No-Knock Warrants

    05/24/2020 2:05:54 PM PDT · by Theoria · 75 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 24 May 2020 | Arian Campo-Flores and Sabrina Siddiqui
    Growing outcry over the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency-room technician, in her Louisville, Ky., home is stoking calls to end the use of no-knock warrants like the one officers secured to raid her apartment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday it was opening an investigation into Ms. Taylor’s death. The same day the Louisville police chief, Steve Conrad, said he would retire. Earlier this month Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged state and federal investigators to review the Louisville Metro Police Department’s internal investigation of the shooting. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Thomas...
  • Joe Biden: ‘I Know a Lot of Weed Smokers’

    05/22/2020 10:49:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    CNSnews ^ | May 22, 2020 | CNSNews.com Staff
    “Because they are trying to find out whether or not there is any impact on the use of marijuana, not in leading you to other drugs, but what it effects—does it effect long-term development of the brain,” said Biden. “And we should wait ‘til the studies are done. I think science matters.” Charlamagne responded: “I think we got, I think we got decades and decades of studies from actual weed smokers." “Yeah, I do,” said Biden. “I know a lot of weed smokers.”
  • Scientists believe cannabis could help prevent and treat coronavirus

    05/21/2020 7:03:27 PM PDT · by sam_whiskey · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/21/20 | Lee Brown
    They have high hopes for a coronavirus breakthrough. A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent and then treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study.
  • Bay County’s(Fla) opioid epidemic turns to fentanyl

    05/21/2020 12:26:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    MY Panhandle ^ | May 21, 2020 / 11:03 AM CDT | Miabelle Salzano
    Bay County’s opioid epidemic turns to fentanyl by: Miabelle Salzano Posted: May 20, 2020 / 03:34 PM CDT / Updated: May 21, 2020 / 11:03 AM CDT BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Removing a mountain of fentanyl from the streets is a major victory but it’s far from the last battle. On May 13, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office seized 235,000 milligrams of fentanyl from the street. However, Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said the problem will return. “It’s all like a roller coaster,” Ford said. “When we take off a major source of supply, which I would consider this...
  • Kentucky fires entire cheerleading coaching staff, cites hazing, public nudity, alcohol abuse

    05/19/2020 4:04:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 18, 2020 | Jason Owens
    The University of Kentucky cheerleading team has fired its entire coaching staff after an investigation uncovered incidents of hazing, public nudity and excessive alcohol use among cheerleaders. The university announced the news on Monday in a detailed release. Head coach Jomo Thompson and assistants Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix were all fired. The school also cited “lax oversight and poor judgment” by adviser T. Lynn Williamson, who resigned after the investigation started following four decades with the team. Williamson had been barred from having contact with members of the team.