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  • NJ Assemblyman Looks To Ban Organic Herb That Produces Heroin-Like High

    04/24/2015 12:46:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 24, 2015
    A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban an organic herb fueling the latest drug craze among teens. As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, Kratom gives a high similar to heroin. The substance is legal and kids can buy it, Adams reported. The plant is related to coffee; it is native to southeast Asia and has long been used as an herbal pain reliever. But it is also psychoactive and can cause hallucinations and addictions, says New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer, who wants to make the substance illegal. “According to the FDA, there is a known toxicity in multiple organs that...
  • Bayonne woman and daughter died of accidental drug overdose, authorities say

    04/24/2015 2:25:17 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | April 23, 2015
    BAYONNE -- A woman and her daughter who were found dead in their Bayonne home earlier this year died of an accidental drug overdose, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said yesterday. "The medical examiner has determined that the cause of death of both Melanie Polito and Ashley Baez ... was drug overdose, and the manner of death for both was determined to be (an) accident," Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino said. Polito's overdose involved multiple drugs, including heroin and Oxycodone, while Baez's overdose involved heroin
  • Serving All Your Heroin Needs

    04/17/2015 8:06:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 41 replies
    ny times ^ | 4-19-2015 | SAM QUINONES
    Most of our heroin now comes not from Asia, but from Latin America, particularly Mexico, where poppies grow well in the mountains along the Pacific Coast. Mexican traffickers have focused on a rudimentary, less-processed form of heroin that can be smoked or injected. It is called black tar, which accurately describes its appearance. Cheaper to produce and ship than the stuff of decades past from Asia, heroin has fallen in price, and so more people have become addicted. The most important traffickers in this story hail from Xalisco, a county of 49,000 people near the Pacific Coast. They have devised...
  • Rural Indiana county’s HIV outbreak tops 100 cases (Scott County)

    04/10/2015 8:37:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2015 11:19 PM EDT | Rick Callahan
    More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles, and officials said Friday they’re trying to combat unfounded fears among drug users that they could be arrested if they take part in a needle-exchange program created to stem the spread of the virus. The state’s Joint Information Center said there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak as of Thursday. That’s up from last week’s 84 confirmed HIV cases and five preliminary positive cases. […] Indiana’s largest-ever HIV outbreak...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. jumps into California vaccine debate

    03/17/2015 5:50:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 03/16/2015 | Laurel Rosenhall
    The California Legislature’s debate over whether to make childhood vaccines mandatory has attracted another high-profile personality: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. senator and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.
  • Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom

    02/02/2015 12:31:29 PM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    AP ^ | February 2, 2015 | Mark Stevenson
    Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing.
  • Heroin problem: 'We're not going to arrest our way out of this'

    01/20/2015 10:24:15 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 241 replies
    The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus [IL] ^ | January 18, 2015 | Rachel Warmke
    Local law enforcers, such as Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee and Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Director Kevin Winslow say the solution to the heroin problem is to stop the dealers. "We don't focus on addicts and users," Mr. Winslow said. "I think law enforcement as a whole wants to get the source of the problem." In 2014, local officials filed their first case of drug-induced homicide against Jamil Steward, 26, of East Moline, who was accused of selling heroin that caused the overdose death of Michael Reid, 26, of Silvis. Mr. Steward entered an Alford plea on Dec....
  • What Could Go Wrong? Obama Frees Nuclear Terrorist from Gitmo

    01/01/2015 12:23:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jim Holt
    What could go wrong? Barack Obama released a nuclear terrorist back to Afghanistan this month. Mohammad Zahir was in possession of uranium for use in making an atomic bomb when he was captured. Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Magazine reported: If Obama has a red line when it comes to releasing terrorists, we haven’t seen it yet. There appears to be no threat that a terrorist can pose and no crime he has committed too severe to prevent him from getting a plane trip out of Gitmo at taxpayer expense. The last releases saw terrorists rated as high risk freed by...
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • RFK, Jr: 'We have so much to learn from Cuba'

    01/05/2015 7:38:36 AM PST · by rktman · 69 replies ^ | 1/5/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    No, apparently this is not a spoof, the scion of the man who was responsible for the Cuban blockade is full of awe for the Cuban dictatorship. Sure, it’s a dictatorship, but other than that, it’s just ducky, apparently. Writing in the South American news agency MercoPress, Robert F. Kennedy avers, after admitting the dictatorship and lack of a free press: Despite its poverty, Cuba has managed some impressive accomplishments. Cuba’s government boasts the highest literacy rates for its population of any nation in the hemisphere. Cuba claims its citizens enjoy universal access to health care and more doctors per...
  • RFK, Jr.: We have so much to learn from Cuba (Ike's fault!)

    01/05/2015 1:56:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Merco Press ^ | January 3, 2015 | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
    In early December, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration. The move has raised hopes in many quarters – not only in the United States but around the world – that the embargo itself is now destined to disappear. This does not detract from the fact that Cuba is still a dictatorship. The...
  • Five adults overdose on heroin with three kids in the house

    12/25/2014 7:08:29 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 70 replies
    wcpo ^ | 12 24 14
    FLORENCE, Ky. – Briana and Kaitlyn Himes said they feel lucky they're not planning a funeral for their parents after five adults overdosed on heroin at their parents' mobile home Saturday. While the adults got high and passed out, three children they were supposed to be caring for – ages 1, 11 and 12 - were in the house with them, according to a Boone County deputy's report. The Himes sisters said the adults might have died if their uncle, Michael Young, hadn't arrived just in time to save them.
  • Obama eliminated the NDIC, Agency that monitored terrorism, drugs on border.

    07/12/2014 4:08:23 PM PDT · by mgist · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2014 | Judicial Watch
    Obama quietly eliminated the NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER, that was monitoring terrorist activity on the border. Mexican cartel violence is at an all-time high along the increasingly porous southern border yet the Obama Administration has shut down a critical intelligence agency dedicated to identifying, tracking and severing the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism. It’s a senseless move, which is why it was done very quietly. The only real way to discover that the Justice Department’s 19-year-old National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) has been closed is by trying to visit its website. It simply says that on June 15, 2012,...
  • Heroin, guns, swords and a GRENADE LAUNCHER

    11/14/2014 10:51:14 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 28 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | November 14, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Full Title: Heroin, guns, swords and a GRENADE LAUNCHER: Troubled ex-NBA star Robert Swift 'found with an arsenal of weapons and drugs in his bedroom' A former NBA player has been charged with a gun crime after a police raid on the house of an alleged drug-dealer where he was staying uncovered heroin, meth, guns, a grenade launcher and several prostitutes.
  • [Blogger pieces together a long story and makes claim that:] 90lbs Of Cocaine Found On Ship Owned By

    11/03/2014 6:37:10 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 31 replies Blog, The Nation via zerohedge ^ | Posted Thursday Oct 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Michael Krieger
    (Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog) ********************************************************* Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s because, like many international shipping companies, Chao’s firm is shrouded from public view, concealing its identity and limiting its legal liability through an array of tax shelters and foreign registrations. Registered through a limited liability company in the Marshall Islands, the Ping...
  • One Easy Way to Blow $7.6 Billion: Try eradicating Afghanistan’s poppies

    10/24/2014 6:13:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 23, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    The U.S. military learned the hard way not to interfere with Afghanistan’s thriving production of poppies, the colorful flowers that are the source of opium and, by extension, heroin. Now we know the cost of that lesson—a cool $7.6 billion. On Oct. 14, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction—a.k.a., SIGAR—alerted the Defense, State and Justice Departments to this latest dollar figure for poppy-elimination efforts. And here’s SIGAR’s kicker. Despite the nearly $8 billion America has spent on eradication efforts, today the Afghan opium trade is booming. At 400,000 acres, the poppy crop in 2013 was the biggest ever.
  • $7 Billion in Drug-War Spending Later, Afghan Poppy Cultivation in Full Bloom

    10/22/2014 8:33:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 10/21/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The U.S. is losing the “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, with more than $7 billion invested in counternarcotics efforts since the fall of the Taliban yet poppy-growing at an all-time high. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued a report today detailing how the opium suppliers are flourishing thanks to better farm technology and more arable land, defying wipeouts from agricultural disease and interdiction programs to produce bumper crops.
  • Police: 4-year-old took heroin to day care

    10/08/2014 11:09:37 AM PDT · by illiac · 19 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 10/7/14 | YahooNews
    SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl mistakenly took hundreds of packets of heroin to her day care center and began passing it out to classmates, thinking it was candy, Delaware State Police said Tuesday. Several children who received the packets Monday morning went to the hospital as a precaution, police said. But no packets were opened, and all of the kids were released after being examined. Police say the child unknowingly brought the heroin to the center when her mother gave her a different backpack because the girl's regular backpack had been ruined by the family pet. Police say...
  • Delaware Mom Arrested After 4-Year-Old Daughter Gives Heroin to Kids at Daycare: Police

    10/07/2014 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | David Chang
    A Delaware mother was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter brought over 200 bags of heroin to school and passed them out to other children at a local daycare, thinking they were candy, police say.
  • Police: 4-year-old brings heroin to daycare, mom charged

    10/06/2014 8:21:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    WPVI ^ | October 06, 2014
    SELBYVILLE, Del. (WPVI) -- A mother of a 4-year-old was arrested after her daughter brought heroin into a daycare and began passing it out to other children, Delaware State Police say. Troopers were called to the Hickory Tree Child Care Center located at 2 Hickory Tree Lane in Selbyville around 11:45 a.m. Monday after daycare workers observed some children with small bags of an unknown substance.
  • Police: 19 bags of heroin found on man after violent crash in Wilmington

    10/03/2014 9:32:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WPVI ^ | 10/3/2014
    Officials say two people fleeing police crashed into another vehicle in Wilmington, Delaware Thursday night. The incident happened at the intersection of East Lea Boulevard and North Market Street. It was 9:08 p.m. when a Delaware State Trooper was dispatched to the parking lot of the Miller Road Shopping Center on the 3600 block of Miller Road. A concerned citizen reported possible drug activity taking place inside a Ford Mustang parked in the parking lot. When the Trooper arrived on the scene he exited his vehicle and approached the Mustang on foot to investigate. As he approached he observed the...
  • Sad Video: 9 Year Old Boy Slaps The Heck Out Of His Mom After Finding Her High On Heroine

    09/15/2014 9:04:55 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies ^ | september 1, 2014
    A 9 year boy who found his mom high on heroine on the street, slapped the heck out of her in a shocking video that was posted on instagram. The distraught little boy can be heard screaming "Mommy, wake up. Can you talk to me? Wake up" while the woman stares blankly at him, making him slap her again and again.
  • 42 indicted in massive Camden drug bust (Mexican Cartels)

    09/13/2014 6:37:03 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 09/12/2014 | Alex Wigglesworth
    A New Jersey grand jury indicted 42 alleged drug dealers Friday in connection with a series of arrests last November that prosecutors are calling the largest drug bust in Camden in more than a decade. Prosecutors said the 56-page indictment, which stemmed from a takedown dubbed “Operation North Pole,” takes aim at a violent narcotics network with ties to Mexican cartels whose participants dealt millions of dollars in cocaine and heroin each year.
  • Decriminalize, Regulate Heroin, Cocaine, Commission Says

    09/11/2014 11:09:05 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 93 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 8, 2014 | José de Córdoba
    A commission composed mostly of former world leaders will recommend Tuesday that governments move beyond legalizing marijuana and decriminalize and regulate the use of most other illegal drugs, including heroin and cocaine. The international drug-control system is broken, says a report to be released Tuesday in New York by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Governments should be allowed wide latitude to experiment with the regulation of drugs, except for the most lethal, says the commission, whose 21 members include former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, and former presidents such as Brazil´s...
  • Kenya: President Kenyatta Witnesses Destruction of Kshs 1b Heroin Haul

    09/01/2014 6:14:47 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    all Africa ^ | 8/29/2014 | chai
    Photo: Mombasa County Government Drug ship destroyed at Mombasa. By Kazungu Chai Mombasa — President Uhuru Kenyatta today sent a clear signal to drug traffickers that they will not be allowed to continue the illegal trade at the expense of the dreams of the Kenyan youth. He personally led an operation to blow up a ship and destroy heroin worth over Kshs 1 billion. The President - aboard a Kenya Air Force chopper and the Kenya Navy in their modern warship KNS Jasiri - led journalists, security personnel and anti-narcotic officials as the ship and the drugs were blown off...
  • Man Sues Starbucks And Oprah for $15M Claiming Chai Tea Spiked With Heroin

    07/28/2014 7:14:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Newsone ^ | Jul 28, 2014 | Ruth Manuel-Logan
    Why is Vernon Charles Allen Merriweather suing talk show maven Oprah Winfrey and Starbucks for discrimination and harassment to the tune of $15 million? Well, the man claims that the tea bearing Oprah’s name and sold at the famed coffee chain was not only laced with heroin but Ambien and hallucinogens as well, according to TMZ. The Buffalo, New York, resident allegedly filed a federal lawsuit stating that when he applied for a job at Starbucks, he was told in no uncertain terms, “We don’t hire ni****s!” The suit then claims the baristas referred to themselves as members of the...
  • Sheriff to investigate heroin deaths as homicides

    07/17/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    springfield news sun ^ | 7/17/14 | AP
    <p>TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio sheriff says his office will begin investigating heroin overdose deaths as homicides and pursue murder charges against dealers who provided the drugs.</p> <p>Lucas County Sheriff John Sharp has dedicated three full-time and one part-time detective to investigate overdoses in his county, where heroin deaths have jumped from eight four years ago to 80 last year.</p>
  • Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin

    07/12/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT · by mgist · 26 replies
    Banderas News ^ | 7/12/14 | PVNN
    Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin PVNN More Sharing ServicesShareShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on googleShare on myspace Mexican cartels have established business alliances with gangs operating in places like Afganistán and Turkey, in order to obtain and smuggle drugs to supply Europe and North America, according to investigator Edgardo Buscaglia, a fellow at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Buscaglia confirmed that Mexican narcotraffickers operate like multinational emissaries "to establish contacts and place operatives that can deal with the Turkish and Indian criminal organizations in order to facilitate the production and sale of...
  • Obama's real border issue: a heroin surge

    07/12/2014 6:54:45 AM PDT · by RC one · 11 replies
    Americans are misfocused on the surge of children crossing the US-Mexican border. The bigger border issue is the rapid rise of heroin trafficking, driven by young Americans switching from prescription painkillers.The big debate in Washington this summer is the surge of children from Central America crossing illegally into the United States. President Obama and Congress still seem far apart on a solution for this immigration crisis. But they may find it easier to agree on another surge across the US-Mexican border, one that is far more costly.Since 2008, the quantity of heroin seized along the border has jumped nearly fourfold....
  • Prostitute 'injected married Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin (Partial title)

    07/10/2014 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 102 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9 July 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A high-priced prostitute injected a married Google executive with a fatal dose of heroin before callously stepping over his dying body to finish her glass of wine, police have revealed. Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested on Friday in the death of Forrest Hayes, a 51-year-old father-of-five and former Apple exec, aboard his yacht in Santa Cruz, California last November. Tichelman, who met her clients through a website called Seeking Arrangement, had exchanged texts and emails with Hayes and met with him a few times before the deadly November 26 encounter. That day, they met on Hayes' 50-foot yacht, Escape, at...
  • Prostitute accused of killing yacht-owning client with heroin

    07/10/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kale Williams
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Police arrested a prostitute on homicide charges Friday after they say she administered a lethal dose of heroin to a client and left him to die on a yacht in Santa Cruz last year. On Nov. 23, police were called to investigate the suspicious death of an unidentified 51-year-old man on a sailboat in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor.
  • Report Details Central Asian Governments' Involvement In Drug Trade

    07/02/2014 3:17:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    Eurasia Net ^ | 7/2/2014 | Joshua Kucera
    Report Details Central Asian Governments' Involvement In Drug Trade July 2, 2014 - 3:12pm, by Joshua Kucera The Bug Pit Afghanistan Tajikistan Uzbekistan Ties between Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbors to the north, in spite of years of encouragement by Western officials, remain at a very low level, with the conspicuous exception being the cross-border drug trade. That's the conclusion of a comprehensive new report, Between Cooperation And Insulation: Afghanistan's Relations with the Central Asian Republics. "The trans-border narcotics trade between Afghanistan and Central Asia – supported, managed and/or protected by government officials and security forces on both sides...
  • New York Lawmakers, Gov. Cuomo Announce New Plan To Combat Heroin Use

    06/18/2014 3:30:56 PM PDT · by mgist · 24 replies
    CBS local ^ | 6/18/14 | NA
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a tough new plan Wednesday to address the heroin problem in New York. Just one day before the Legislative session ends, New York lawmakers struck a deal with Cuomo on a series of bills that take aim at the growing heroin crisis, WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reported. New York Lawmakers, Gov. Cuomo Announce New Plan To Combat Heroin Use The governor said the first step in dealing with the drug problem “is to admit the reality, right? Denial is not an option.” And the reality is “New York has a much more...
  • A Third of Afghan Heroin Goes to Russia

    06/16/2014 10:33:05 AM PDT · by mgist · 6 replies
    RIA novosti ^ | 2/14/14 | Na
    MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – About a third of heroin produced in Afghanistan enters Russia, a Kremlin official said Saturday. The drugs are either sold in Russia or pass through the country en route to other destinations including Europe, Zamir Kabulov, the presidential envoy to Afghanistan, told Ekho Moskvy radio. Kabulov complained that US troops stationed in the Central Asian country as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were not doing enough to battle the drug trade there, an accusation Russia has repeatedly made against the United States. “The Americans make excuses, saying that these tasks [of...
  • Permission to Board? Challenges to seizing drugs at sea in the Indian Ocean

    06/14/2014 9:45:59 AM PDT · by mgist · 13 replies
    global Initiative ^ | 4/2015 | NA
    In the four months to date for 2014, warships from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 150 (CTF 150) have seized in excess of 2,000 kg of heroin being trafficked in dhows via the Indian Ocean. The most recent seizure was of 1,032 kg by an Australian warship on 26 April - African’s highest drug seizure ever – and 130kg by a Canadian warship on 7 April. In 2013, warships operating with CTF 150 seized more than 2,000 kg of heroin being shipped via the Indian Ocean. The heroin appears to be of Afghan origin, and is generally of...
  • Heroin seized at YVR, two men arrested (not just coming from Mexico)

    06/12/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by mgist · 12 replies
    news 1130 ^ | 6/11/2014 | sonia Aslamq
    Heroin seized at YVR, two men arrested One of the men worked in the cargo warehouse Sonia Aslam June 11, 2014 1:03 pm RICHMOND (NEWS1130) - It’s one of the largest drug seizures at Vancouver International Airport in recent history. Two men have been arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking after 35 kilograms of heroin were seized. The drugs were hidden amongst other goods. The investigation was a coordinated effort between the RCMP, Vancouver Police, and the Canada Border Services Agency. One of the men worked in the cargo warehouse at the airport but police won’t...
  • Iraq: The New Heroin Route (It's ALL about the drug trade)

    06/12/2014 9:54:20 AM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    Banderas News ^ | 6/2014 | Arnaud Aubron
    Arnaud Aubron - Libération Losing war on drugs: Iran is on the heroin supply route from Asia to Europe. Opiates - and cannabis - produced in Afghanistan transit through Iraq before being distributed in Europe. Their consumption is growing in Baghdad and elsewhere. Repeat yet again. Although Washington took the lead thirty years ago in the global anti-drug war, narcotics seem to stubbornly want to surge through the wake of the American Army. Thus, in 2001, following the prohibition of poppy cultivation by the Taliban, Afghanistan had seen its opium production fall by 185 tons... to shoot up to 3,200...
  • First graders taken to hospital after classmate brings drugs to school

    06/10/2014 3:59:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/10/2014 | Kristen A. Graham
    An entire first-grade class was bused to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for monitoring Tuesday after a 6-year-old was spotted with packets that police said likely contained heroin. The incident happened when a teacher at John Barry Elementary at 59th and Race Streets in West Philadelphia noticed one of her students playing with small plastic packets she had brought to school.
  • Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox?

    06/10/2014 10:30:00 AM PDT · by mgist · 35 replies ^ | 6/9/14 | MJ Granger
    Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox? While serving at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an Army Captain, and the ranking U.S. Army Medical Department officer with the Joint Detainee Operations Group, in February 2002, I was aware of a detainee we called “Wild Bill” who came to us from Afghanistan a drug addicted schizophrenic. It took us a while to figure out what his problems were. We were distracted by his bizarre behavior: eating his flip flops, hanging objects from his genitals, making strange, random sounds, and, like many other...
  • Gwar frontman David Brockie died of accidental heroin overdose

    06/04/2014 2:03:36 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    Reuters via Guardian ^ | Tuesday 3 June 2014 17.36 EDT | no byline
    David Brockie, frontman for the Grammy nominated "extraterrestrial" metal band Gwar, died of an accidental heroin overdose in March, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office said on Tuesday. Brockie, 50, who gained an international fan base performing as a 43bn-year-old alien vocalist for the satirical band, was found by his roommate on 23 March dead in his Richmond home. Brockie died from "acute heroin toxicity and the manner of death is accident," Arkuie Williams, administrator of the medical examiner's office, said in an email. US deaths from heroin have soared as prescription painkiller abusers turn to the drug because it...
  • The Military Coup in Thailand Is Putting the U.S. in an Awkward Position

    05/24/2014 9:23:08 AM PDT · by mgist · 18 replies
    New Republic ^ | 5/23/14 | shulberg
    In 1961, Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act, Section 508 of which states that the U.S. must cut aid to countries in which a “duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup” until the resumption of civilian rule. On Thursday, in Thailand, a duly elected head of government was deposed by military coup. Two days after instituting martial law, General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared that the military was taking over the government and suspending the Constitution. That means the U.S. must cut aid to Thailand, right? Not necessarily. In a statement later Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry said:...
  • The Netherlands: Heroin Seized

    05/20/2014 6:53:26 AM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 5/19/14 | Rick Gladstone
    Nearly 1,700 pounds of heroin was smuggled into the Netherlands last week hidden in a shipment of Iranian raisins, Dutch police investigators said Monday. The heroin, valued at about $23 million, ........ Iran is a major transit point for heroin from Afghanistan. Iran also is believed to be the world’s third-largest exporter of raisins, behind Turkey and the United States.
  • Russian Official Blames Afghan Heroin For 500,000 Deaths

    05/18/2014 2:08:30 PM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 5/18/14 | NA
    Russian Official Blames Afghan Heroin For 500,000 Deaths Print Share: Russian Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov has repeatedly criticized NATO and the United States for not doing enough to fight drug trafficking in Afghanistan. Related Articles Annexation Bad News For Crimea's Rehab Patients Interview: Warning Sounded Over 'Vibrant' Drug Trafficking In Afghanistan Afghan Opium Production Hits Record High Russia's Heroin Habit TEXT SIZE May 15, 2014 The director of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service says the use of Afghan heroin has killed at least 500,000 Russian citizens in the past 13 years. Viktor Ivanov made the comment at...
  • The horrific toll of America's heroin 'epidemic'

    05/16/2014 2:23:05 PM PDT · by mgist · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/21/14 | ian Pomell
    The horrific toll of America's heroin 'epidemic' BBC News, Chicago Heroin abuse in the US has been spreading beyond inner cities, resulting in a sharp rise in addiction and death. Chicago is a hub for cheap, pure and plentiful heroin, much of it supplied by Mexican drug cartels. Chicago's "L" train green line leads directly to the open-air drug markets on the city's west side. As we travel the route with one of the addicts, Jason, he phones his contact. He wants two bags of heroin, each costing just $10 (£6). The dealer meets us, and within seconds two tiny...
  • Australian warship seizes $123 million in heroin off Somali coast

    05/15/2014 5:39:56 PM PDT · by mgist · 15 replies
    SAbahi Online ^ | 5/15/14 | Na
    Australian warship seizes $123 million in heroin off Somali coast 2014-05-15 An Australian warship has seized heroin with an estimated street value of $123 million off the coast of Somalia, AFP reported Thursday (May 15th). The 449-kilogramme haul was found on a dhow, a type of sailing vessel, intercepted by HMAS Darwin 40 nautical miles off Somalia's east coast. The ship's commander Terry Morrison said the seizure "removed a major source of funding for terrorist and criminal networks which included al-Qaeda, the Taliban and al-Shabaab". The drugs were hidden in 20 bags, weighing 20 to 25 kilogrammes each. HMAS Darwin...
  • Russian Official Blames Afghan Heroin For 500,000 Deaths

    05/15/2014 5:29:25 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    Russian Times ^ | 5/15/14 | NA
    The director of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service says the use of Afghan heroin has killed at least 500,000 Russian citizens in the past 13 years. Viktor Ivanov made the comment at an international antidrug conference in Moscow on May 15. He said there had been more than 1 million deaths in the whole of Eurasia caused by the use of Afghan heroin since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. Ivanov said the "intense transit" of drug products from Afghanistan is estimated at some $100 billion a year, contributing to instability and violence in the region. Afghan heroin...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/15/2014 6:44:18 AM PDT · by mgist · 37 replies
    TCS News ^ | 5/4/14 | Randall Stevens
    Obama’s military contracting with Taliban Heroin smugglers in Afghanistan By Randall Stevens TCS NEWS Qatar, NATO, and the NLC Given the Qatari connections to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, terrorism, and the Arab Spring (which was a deliberate program to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda), it is disturbing enough that the American military presence in the Gulf has been adopted by the ruling al-Thanis. But the clear line from Qatar to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and the incredible manifestation of corruption within the US military and NATO is even more glaring. The NLC, the same Taliban heroin...
  • FBI director: Afghanistan withdrawal to worsen heroin problem

    05/12/2014 3:22:26 PM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    TBO ^ | 5/5/14 | Howard Altman
    <p>The increasing flow of pure heroin into Tampa and other American communities will only get worse if the U.S. pulls all its troops out of Afghanistan at the end of the year, FBI Director James B. Comey said Monday afternoon at FBI headquarters in Tampa.</p>
  • Probe: Heroin-related deaths not accurately counted

    05/12/2014 1:26:20 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    Delconewsnetwork ^ | 5/12/14 | By MARYJO WEBSTER and JESSICA GLENZA
    Probe: Heroin-related deaths not accurately counted Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 Elected officials, law enforcement officers and others proclaim there’s a heroin “epidemic” sweeping the country, and it’s taking hold in rural and suburban communities once considered unlikely places to find illicit drugs. But nobody knows how many people have died. Nobody knows how many have overdosed and survived. Nobody even knows for certain where the problem is most severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3,036 people died in 2010 from heroin overdoses, but due to problems with how death investigations are conducted and how those...
  • Nearly 1,000 Bags of Heroin Seized During Greenfield Traffic Stop

    05/09/2014 8:11:48 AM PDT · by mgist · 19 replies
    wggb ^ | 5/9/14 | na
    Nearly 1,000 Bags of Heroin Seized During Greenfield Traffic Stop May 9th, 2014 GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Westfield man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop overnight in Greenfield. Greenfield Police says that just after 12:00 a.m. Friday, an officer saw a car make a turn from Woodard Road to Colrain Street without making a complete stop at a stop sign. The officer pulled the car over a short time later, and identified that the passenger was a suspected Heroin dealer. Following a brief investigation, police say that officers allegedly found 967 bags containing what is suspected to...