November 19, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 13, 2013 |
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 11, 2013 |
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 |
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.
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October 12, 2013 |
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.
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October 9, 2013 |
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.
October 4, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - An alleged drug cartel leader suspected of masterminding the June slayings of nine Guatemalan federal policemen was arrested Friday in the southern Mexico border state of Chiapas, officials said. The suspect, Eduardo Francisco Villatoro Cano, became one of the most wanted men in Guatemala after more than a dozen armed men believed to be allied with his drug-running organization stormed a police substation June 13 in Salcaja, a municipality near Quetzaltenango, the country's second-largest city.
October 1, 2013 |
The price of cocaine, heroin and marijuana have fallen over the last two decades while the purity and potency of these illegal drugs have risen, according to new research. In a paper published online recently in the journal BMJ Open, researchers say a review of drug surveillance databases suggests that global efforts to combat illegal drugs have failed to curb supply. After reviewing online drug surveillance databases for governments across the globe, researchers said they documented a clear drop in the price of illegal drugs in major drug consuming nations, as well as a trend toward larger drug seizures by authorities.