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December 10, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Demi Lovato may have been shy a few years back about her reasons for going to rehab, but these days she's holding nothing back, telling all about the drug and alcohol abuse that saw her hitting bottom when she was only 19 years old. Cocaine every half hour and a Sprite bottle full of vodka were the toxic cherries on top of her eating-disorder sundae, she told " Access Hollywood " in an exclusive interview she did Monday accompanied by her...
December 4, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Oh dear. Nigella Lawson, a star of ABC's competitive cooking show, “The Taste,” was forced to admit in a London court Wednesday that she has used cocaine and pot. The confession came during the fraud trial of two sisters who worked in Lawson's household for years. Elisabetta Grillo, 41, and her sister Francesca, 35, are accused of helping themselves to more than $1 million of Lawson's money to live a life of luxury that was patterned, apparently, on that of their oblivious mistress.
November 19, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican from Florida, was charged Tuesday with possession of cocaine, according to court documents. He is scheduled to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday.   The felony charge stems from an Oct. 29 incident involving an undercover buy, according to a law enforcement source who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to comment publicly. Radel, 37, came to the attention of the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration this fall.  Radel, who was not formally arrested, could face a maximum of 180 days imprisonment and a fine of $1,000.
November 14, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made a jaw-dropping, lewd comment today, offered a fresh apology, and now we find out he has a new TV show coming. The whirlwind of drama around Toronto's mayor has hardly abated since his Nov. 5 admission of having smoked crack cocaine. On Wednesday, accusations from police interviews revealed claims that Ford chugged vodka and drove drunk, associated with prostitutes, snorted cocaine, offered jobs to women he smoked pot with, and more. Colleagues have been pushing for him to take leave, which he has refused to do. And after apologizing profusely for his admitted crack cocaine use, the mayor now seems fed up. He has reportedly denied the new allegations , threatening to sue former staffers.
November 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - At his peak, Mexican drug lord Juan Juarez Orosco allegedly oversaw the distribution of 8 tons of cocaine every month from Colombia to the United States, making him one of the most wanted narcotics traffickers in the world, authorities said. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors revealed that the 64-year-old Juarez, known as "El Abuelo," or "the Grandfather," was in U.S. custody after his arrest in Panama and extradition to New York. Charged in U.S. federal court with running an international cocaine network, Juarez faces life in prison if convicted.
November 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- A top leader in the Mexican drug trade, who at his peak oversaw the distribution of eight tons of cocaine a month, has been captured by authorities in Panama and secretly extradited to the U.S., law enforcement officials said Wednesday. The cocaine trafficking of 64-year-old Juan Juarez Orosco, known as “El Abuelo,” or “the Grandfather,” allegedly began two decades ago -- long before the cartel wars exploded in recent years. Considered one of the most-sought-after drug lords in the Western Hemisphere, he is accused of using smuggling routes from Central America along the Atlantic coastline of Mexico and then north into the United States, officials said.
November 11, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Cocaine use may not make you a better dad, but it may make your son a bit more resistant to addiction, says a new study conducted on rats. Compared with the pups of rats who got no cocaine, the male offspring of rats that were allowed to self-administer cocaine for two months behaved very differently under the influence of the drug. When they got repeated doses of cocaine, rats sired by undrugged fathers responded with an escalating frenzy of movement - in rats, a sign of incipient addiction.
November 5, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine "in one of my drunken stupors," six months after reports of a video depicting him puffing on a crack pipe. At an impromptu news conference on the steps of City Hall, Ford admitted the illegal substance use but denied he was an addict. Ford confronted the mass of reporters outside his office with another claim that he has never seen the purported video but called on the press to again pose the question it had asked him in May, after reports of the crack-smoking incident first circulated.
October 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed legislation that would have allowed prosecutors to charge possession of heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Brown said the bill, which was opposed  by law enforcement and prosecutors, was premature because the state is about to conduct a comprehensive review of the sentencing structure for all crimes. “We will do so with the full participation of all necessary parties, including law enforcement, courts and treatment providers,” Brown wrote in his veto message.
October 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
State agents arrested four men involved in a suspected drug trafficking organization in San Bernardino County and seized more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and nine pounds of cocaine, authorities said Wednesday. The four reputed members of La Familia Michoacana were involved in an enterprise that distributed drugs across California, according to the state Department of Justice. Agents with the department and other members of a special task force launched a month-long investigation that led to an undercover officer buying 10 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday night.
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