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August 23, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson and Richard Marosi
Mired in a bloody battle with major drug traffickers, Mexico is quietly eliminating jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs. The government of President Felipe Calderon says removing the penalties will help in its fight against traffickers by freeing up law enforcement resources and shifting attention from minor consumers to big-time dealers and drug lords. The law also provides for free treatment for addicts. But critics say decriminalization sends the wrong message amid a drug war that has claimed more than 11,000 lives since late 2006.
July 9, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
NASCAR on Wednesday asked an appeals court to ban Jeremy Mayfield from racing, alleging the participation of "a proven methamphetamine user" could lead to fatal consequences for other competitors and fans. NASCAR wants the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Charlotte, N.C., to overturn U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen's decision last week to lift Mayfield's indefinite suspension after a positive drug test. Mayfield was suspended May 9 for failing a random drug test eight days earlier.
Federal agents said they had busted a drug-trafficking ring that distributed methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico and carried powerful weaponry. The raids resulted in the arrest of 31 people and the seizure of 23 guns, including a semiautomatic assault rifle, and 19 pounds of methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of cocaine, 22 vehicles and $60,000. Arnold R. Moorin, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Seattle office, said the ring was directed by a cartel in Jalisco, Mexico.
March 31, 2009 | Tony Perry
The knife-wielding man who was shot and killed by El Cajon police Friday when he refused to surrender and advanced toward several officers was a longtime methamphetamine user with a lengthy arrest record, police said Monday. Jeromiah Paul Davis, 32, ran a mile up a steep hill in 13 minutes while being chased by police. Three bean-bag shots and a Taser shot failed to halt him as he ran toward businesses and homes, police said. Davis had been arrested for drunken driving, vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.
January 17, 2009 | David Kelly
The chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Friday called for a special meeting next week to discuss ways to oust recently arrested county Assessor Bill Postmus from his job. "After [Thursday's] investigative raids by the district attorney's office and the arrest of Mr. Postmus, it is clear that this intolerable situation has to be remedied immediately," Chairman Gary Ovitt said.
January 16, 2009 | David Kelly
San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus, who said publicly that he had battled but overcome drug addiction, was arrested Thursday on charges that include felony possession of methamphetamine. About 50 agents from the county district attorney's office, armed with 10 search warrants, raided locations in San Bernardino, Highland, Apple Valley, Victorville and Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County.
October 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
President Felipe Calderon sent a proposal to Mexico's Congress that would scrap the penalties for possession of small amounts of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, opium and marijuana. "What we are seeking is to not treat an addict as a criminal, but rather as a sick person and give them psychological and medical treatment," said Sen. Alejandro Gonzalez, head of the Senate's justice committee. Under the plan, people carrying up to 2 grams of marijuana or opium, half a gram of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin or 40 milligrams of methamphetamine would face no criminal charges.
October 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former middle school principal who pleaded guilty to selling crystal methamphetamine from his office was sentenced to two to four years in state prison. John Acerra, 50, apologized to students, teachers and parents at Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, where he was arrested in February after he tried to sell the drug to an informant. "I take full responsibility for my actions," Acerra said in Lehigh County Court.
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