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November 9, 2011 | By Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Forget about rock 'n' roll: When rats are administered the highly addictive stimulant methamphetamine and allowed to engage in sexual behavior while high, all they want is more of both. That's the raw finding of a study published Tuesday by the Journal of Neuroscience. It's important because many who use methamphetamine report that it enhances their sexual experience. But because it also reduces their inhibitions , those abusers are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior , including unprotected sex and anal intercourse.
September 2, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Workplace drug testing data show methamphetamine continues to be a significant problem in the Western states. In data released Friday of U.S. workplace drug-screening tests in 2010, Hawaii ranked first in the highest rates of positive screens for methamphetamine--410% greater than the national average. The rates in Arkansas and Oklahoma were also high, 280% and 240% above the national average, respectively. California's rate was 140% above the average. Overall, positive methamphetamine screens in the workplace stands at 0.10% nationally.
September 2, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A Cal State San Bernardino professor who chaired academic committees, tweeted his concerns about child obesity and lived quietly in a well-trimmed Highland neighborhood stands accused of living a shadow life of a heavily armed biker-gang member and drug dealer. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on Thursday said Stephen J. Kinzey, a 43-year-old kinesiology professor, allegedly led a local chapter of the Devils Diciples Outlaw motorcycle gang and a methamphetamine drug operation that brought in tens of thousands of dollars.
August 18, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
When deputies raided a suspected drug house in San Bernardino County this week, much of what they found was typical: guns, pipes and meth. It's what they found in the backyard that shocked them: about two dozen custom granite tombstones scattered haphazardly across the yard. "It is a bizarre scenario," said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Walker, who was at the scene. "It's not something we come across very often, [or] at all, really. " Authorities believe the residents of the home, who were allegedly selling methamphetamine, dug at least some of the tombstones out from a cemetery in the city of Colton about two miles away.
May 23, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
On the morning of June 29, 2008, Robert Moran made a $4.75-million mistake. He had knocked back a couple of beers hours earlier, dressed for work, jumped into his employer's SUV and headed off on an important assignment. He was drunk and allegedly speeding when he collided with a smaller car, seriously injuring the other driver. Moran, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, was convicted of drunk driving and sentenced to six months in jail. He managed to keep his job with the Sheriff's Department, but his conduct still exacted a costly toll — at least for county taxpayers who have to pay the multimillion-dollar settlement approved by the Board of Supervisors last week.
April 26, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A man convicted of murder after tattooing detailed images of the crime on his chest is now facing charges that he and two family members were part of a ring attempting to smuggle drugs into Los Angeles County Jail. While investigating Anthony Garcia's role in a Pico Rivera slaying, Sgt. Kevin Lloyd of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said he found evidence that Garcia, his brother, mother and two others were conspiring to smuggle in heroin and methamphetamines. All five have been arrested and are facing felony attempted narcotics smuggling charges.
April 20, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
It's well-known that highly addictive methamphetamine wreaks havoc (for an illustration of the drug's ravages, just take a look at these before-and-after portraits from Portland, Ore.) But faces, and brains, aren't the only parts of the body the drug affects, researchers at the University of Illinois in Champaign said Wednesday.  Studying meth exposure in fruit flies, the team showed that meth also alters chemical reactions in the body associated with generating energy, forming sperm cells and regulating hormones and muscles.
January 14, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr. zipped around the hills along the San Diego-Tijuana border pursuing illegal immigrants every day. But his hunt didn't extend, authorities allege, to the illegal immigrant living in his own home ? his father. Manzano's father, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Sr., was known as a Mr. Fix-it in his working-class San Diego neighborhood, who did painting and landscaping jobs for a few bucks. But authorities say Manzano Sr., 46, is a twice-deported illegal immigrant with a criminal record who may have been dealing drugs.
November 30, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Mexican authorities Tuesday said they had arrested a regional boss of La Familia drug gang, which dominates the western state of Michoacan with violence and a cult-like authority. The trafficking group recently hung banners suggesting a truce with Mexican government forces, but authorities dismissed the move as a ploy and said they wouldn't negotiate anyway. Federal police said the man arrested Monday, Jose Alfredo Landa Torres, was recently named to head La Familia's operations in the state capital, Morelia.
October 15, 2010 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times
The nation's largest pharmacy chain will pay a record fine for illegally selling large amounts of a key methamphetamine ingredient to criminal traffickers, a problem that prosecutors say led to a surge in production of the widely abused drug in California. CVS Pharmacy Inc. agreed to pay a $75-million fine and forfeit $2.6 million in profits on the unlawful sales of pseudoephedrine in California and Nevada in 2007 and 2008, according to federal prosecutors based in Los Angeles. The penalty is the largest for a civil violation of the Controlled Substances Act, a 40-year-old law that is more often aimed at street dealers and narcotics traffickers.
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