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December 11, 1988 | United Press International
A 20-year-old man who spent $30,000 on a birthday bash last week has been charged with conspiracy to distribute 68 pounds of crack cocaine in what one official said may be the largest crack haul in the United States. Darryl (Little D) Reed "was the most feared drug dealer in Oakland," Russ Giuntini, Alameda County deputy district attorney, said Friday. In three years, Reed rose from street dealer to multimillionaire, according to Oakland narcotics Officer Ken Scott, who headed the investigation.
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April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that the Justice Department will announce new clemency criteria aimed at freeing potentially thousands of prisoners convicted of using crack cocaine. To prepare for the expected flood of petitions, the Justice Department is planning to assign dozens of new lawyers to its small pardon attorney's office, Holder said. Holder made the announcement in his weekly video message , a relatively new feature apparently designed to get the attorney general additional news exposure.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1995
Surely Jesse Jackson has more sense than to join the fray complaining about the alleged "racism" in crack cocaine legislation (Column Left, Nov. 5). The penalties are harsher because of the violence involved in the trade. Period. A white defendant would get the same treatment as a black one. So please, Jesse, stop picking on dummy issues and start addressing the children who are killing each other on our streets. DAN J. CURTIS Los Angeles
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 13-5, on Thursday to slash mandatory-minimum sentences for many nonviolent drug offenses and to make retroactive a 2010 law reducing the sentences for possession of crack cocaine. The bill had support from some prominent Republicans, notably Sen. Michael Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, making it highly likely that it will clear the full Senate. But the committee's top Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, warned sharply against the changes.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that the Justice Department will announce new clemency criteria aimed at freeing potentially thousands of prisoners convicted of using crack cocaine. To prepare for the expected flood of petitions, the Justice Department is planning to assign dozens of new lawyers to its small pardon attorney's office, Holder said. Holder made the announcement in his weekly video message , a relatively new feature apparently designed to get the attorney general additional news exposure.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Nearly two years ago, President Obama signed into law a "fair sentencing" act to reduce the long prison terms meted out to people who were caught with small amounts of crack cocaine. But the law did not make clear whether it should apply to cases that were pending when the measure was signed. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the lighter sentences apply to hundreds of cases in the pipeline when the law was signed on Aug. 3, 2010. The issue is complicated because the Justice Department and Atty.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
August 4, 2011 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
The girl, dazed, disheveled and appearing no older than 12, realized very quickly that she had chosen the wrong time to cross the train tracks running through a favela in Rio de Janeiro. She refused to give her name or any information to the bulky Brazilian social workers and heavily armed police officers who suspected that she was addicted to crack cocaine and living on the street. "I'm not going with you. I'm not going anywhere. I'm just going to my mom's," she said.
NEWS
February 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Police stopped motorists who entered four neighborhoods known for crack cocaine dealing Thursday, wrote down license plate numbers and said they would warn vehicle owners by letter. "Not only does it discourage drug activity here," Deputy Chief Joe Gerwens said, "but I think we have an obligation to the citizens who drive in here to let them know about the dangers of this area."
NEWS
January 5, 1992 | Associated Press
A sheriff who said he made crack to guarantee a supply for undercover operations has been told to stop by a state appeals court. "The sheriff of Broward County acted illegally in manufacturing crack," Judge Mark Polen wrote in Friday's decision. "The police agencies themselves cannot do an illegal act, albeit their intended goal is legal and desirable."
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By David Horsey
Toronto's bombastic, bulbous, booze-swilling, crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is a national embarrassment to many Canadians, but the man might be doing his country a small favor. Wildly entertaining news stories about Ford have streamed out of Canada all month. After vehemently denying that he had ever used crack cocaine, Ford had to fess up to use of the drug after a video in possession of Toronto police showed the mayor smoking a crack pipe. Caught lying, Ford had a wonderful explanation for his denial: At the time the video was shot, he said, he was way too drunk to remember the crack.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has provided a steady stream of shock, controversy and dismay over the last six months. With his admissions of drug use, his off-the-cuff foul language and a stubborn refusal to quit his job, he's kept his name in headlines.  On Friday the Toronto City Council surprised no one by voting 39-3 to strip Ford of some of his mayoral powers. The Associated Press has come up with a Rob Ford timeline that hits all the highlights of the last half-year. (Do you remember when he called the media a "bunch of maggots"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
He's not resigning, he's not taking a leave of absence and he's not admitting he has a problem. So what's next for Rob Ford, Toronto's delusional crack-smoking mayor? “There might be a hanger left in my closet,” he admitted Wednesday during a raucous Toronto City Council meeting. Ya think? He's the subject of a police investigation into misbehavior that includes not just cocaine, but possibly prostitutes and drunk driving. (He won't cooperate with the cops, he said, but that's only because he's acting on advice of his attorney.
NEWS
November 7, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is learning that a bad situation can always get worse.  Video has emerged that shows him angry and out of breath, ranting about killing someone. "It's first-degree murder!" "No holds barred. " "He dies or I die. " "I'll rip his ... throat out. " The Toronto Star has the video (caution: there's a lot of profanity), possibly taken with a cellphone. The release of the footage by the news outlet spurred another apology from Ford -- who recently admitted to and apologized for having smoked crack cocaine .  He calls the video "extremely embarrassing" and says he was "extremely inebriated" at the time.
WORLD
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.
SPORTS
February 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
"Drugs had destroyed my body and my mind and my spirit. I could no longer experience happiness or surprise. I couldn't remember the last time I felt spontaneous joy. Why was I even alive?" Josh Hamilton in his autobiography, "Beyond Belief" WESTLAKE, Texas -- It was 2 a.m. when Josh Hamilton, strung out on crack cocaine, his once-robust 6-foot-4, 230-pound body withered to 180 pounds, most of his $3.96-million signing bonus squandered on booze and drugs, staggered up the steps to his grandmother's house in Raleigh, N.C. Homeless, dirty and barely coherent, Hamilton was a few days removed from a suicide attempt -- an overdose of pills -- and in the fourth year of a harrowing drug addiction that caused the former can't-miss prospect to be banned from baseball for three full seasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1990 | CAROL WATSON
Nearly two ounces of crack cocaine with a $10,000 street value and more than $3,100 in cash were seized at a Ventura home, police said Tuesday. Officers were led to the house at 2466 Fernwood Drive by two men whom they had stopped for a traffic violation, Sgt. Steve Bowman said. Officers Ross Nideffer and Jim Cubitt stopped a car driven by Clarence Fisher, 18, of Altadena when Nideffer recognized Fisher as the suspect in a theft reported the week before, Bowman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1990 | Compiled from Times wire and staff reports
People who smoke crack cocaine appear to increase their risk of strokes, and doctors should consider drug abuse whenever treating young people with strokes, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The report found "a strong temporal, if not causal," link between crack and strokes. "We believe that the ongoing crack epidemic will lead to more cocaine-related strokes," said Steven R. Levine and his colleagues at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
SPORTS
November 7, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Brien Taylor, who was the first overall pick of the 1991 MLB draft by the New York Yankees, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison in New Bern, N.C., after pleading guilty in August to distributing crack cocaine. Taylor, 40, told U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan that he was sorry for causing so much pain to his family and his five daughters. Taylor was arrested as part of a sting in March after undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him. Taylor will also have three years of supervised release after his prison term.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2012 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court threw a lifeline to thousands of convicted cocaine dealers who were on the edge of what the justices called a sentencing cliff. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the Fair Sentencing Act, which relaxed mandatory prison sentences for crack cocaine dealers, covers people who were charged but not yet sentenced when the act became law in 2010. One of the few times recently when Congress has shortened rather than lengthened sentences, the act passed with bipartisan support to eliminate a stark disparity between the required sentences for powder cocaine sellers, who are often white, and those who sell crack cocaine, who are disproportionally black.
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