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February 3, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is bringing attention to the growing use of heroin in the U.S. as well as an alarming rise in drug-overdose deaths. The cause of death for Hoffman, found in his apartment Sunday, isn't official, but police say officers found packets of heroin near his body and a hypodermic needle in his arm. Hundreds of thousands in the U.S. are turning to the drug in increasing numbers.  It's at "epidemic proportions," a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman told the L.A. Times.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 102% increase in fatal overdoses from 1999 to 2010.  Check out our graphic below, which shows how the availability of the drug has increased in the United States over the last several years.  Follow me at @AmyTheHub
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors unveiled indictments Thursday against 57 members of an alleged drug trafficking ring that authorities said smuggled cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico to Los Angeles, using concealed compartments and PVC piping. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested 18 of the alleged traffickers, whose drug distribution network stretched from the Mexican border to truck yards in Wilmington and South Gate and suburban homes in Sun Valley and Sylmar. During the course of an investigation that started in early 2011, authorities seized more than 2,400 pounds of methamphetamine, 30 kilograms of cocaine, 16 kilos of white heroin, 20 kilos of brown heroin and more than $1.2 million in cash from suspected narcotics transactions.
WORLD
November 19, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The availability of heroin and methamphetamine in the U.S. is on the rise, due in part to the ever-evolving entrepreneurial spirit of the Mexican drug cartels, according to a new study released by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The report, which analyzes illicit drug trends through 2012, also notes that cocaine availability was down across the United States. It offered various possible reasons for the decline, including cartel versus cartel fights over drug routes in Mexico, declining production in Colombia and various anti-narcotics strategies that have put more heat on the groups that control production and shipment of the product.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Glee" star Cory Monteith died of a "mixed drug toxicity" involving heroin and alcohol, according to results released Tuesday by the British Columbia Coroner's Service in Canada. The investigation is continuing, according to the release , but it went on to say the 31-year-old actor's death appears to be accidental.  "It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most-tragic accident," the service, which performed the autopsy and toxicology test on Monday, noted in a statement.
NEWS
August 22, 1986 | Associated Press
Felix Mitchell, a convicted California drug ring leader serving a life term at the federal prison here, died early today after being stabbed, prison officials said. Mitchell, 32, was found wounded in his cell by prison staff members about 3 p.m. Thursday and was taken to a local hospital. The Oakland man was convicted last year on charges of conspiracy to sell heroin and operating a continuing criminal enterprise.
NEWS
April 16, 1987 | United Press International
A Nigeria Airways captain, his pockets and luggage bulging with an estimated $8-million worth of heroin, was arrested Wednesday by federal agents who impounded the jumbo jet he was trying to board, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said the captain, John Billy-Eko, 47, was not piloting the plane but arranged to be aboard as a crew member so he could pass more easily through customs. Assistant U.S. Atty.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
New Jersey's heroin was found to be the purest in the nation for the second year in a row, a dubious distinction that has sparked concern in the medical and law enforcement communities. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration tests of heroin samples obtained from New Jersey streets showed 71.4% purity in 2002, nearly twice the national average. In the 2003 report, due out soon, the state again will hold the top spot, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne told the Star-Ledger of Newark.
NEWS
January 25, 1990
Eight people were arrested Wednesday on drug charges at a house that was allegedly used as a heroin distribution center. Inocente Rivera, 44, Sergio Sanchez, 21, and Jose Beltran, 22, all of La Habra, were arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics with intent to sell after police searched a house in the 100 block of North Marian Street, La Habra Police Lt. Terry Ramell said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1985 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
A dose of heroin triggered comedian John Belushi's death in the midmorning hours of March 5, 1982, a pathologist testified Wednesday. Dr. Michael Baden, a deputy medical examiner for New York City, was called as a prosecution witness in the fourth day of a preliminary hearing for Cathy Evelyn Smith. Smith, 38, is charged with second-degree murder and 13 counts of drug furnishing in connection with the comedian's death at Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood. Deputy Dist. Attys. Michael J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996
An airline passenger was accused of trying to smuggle luggage packed with black tar heroin in one of the largest drug busts at John Wayne Airport, authorities said Tuesday. Juan Carlos Loya-Vallejo, 34, of Mexico was being held at Orange County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, said Lt. Tom Garner, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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