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  • Asia’s Meth Wars: Speed and brutality in Myanmar’s borderlands

    11/14/2015 5:51:14 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    GlobalPost ^ | November 12, 2015 | Patrick Winn and Mark Oltmanns
    MYITKYINA, Myanmar — Methamphetamine has become Asia's drug of choice. From Bangkok to Manila, these little pink pills are destroying countless lives across the region. Most of it is produced here, in the lawless borderlands of Myanmar. GlobalPost traveled to the heart of the meth trade, Myanmar's northern frontier, where narco-militias crank out speed pills with impunity. Our investigation there uncovered a startling truth: The government of Myanmar, recently emerging from decades of global isolation, supports and profits from this billion-dollar business. In the borderlands, meth is so cheap and pervasive that the region suffers from one of the highest...
  • Homeless emergency declared in Hawaii

    10/18/2015 12:29:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 17, 2015 | Greg Botelho
    (CNN)Hawaii is a place many go to kick back, relax and enjoy the good life. But for others, it's a land of struggle. That's why its governor on Friday signed an emergency proclamation to tackle homelessness in the state, saying the measure will help turn around the lives of young and old. "Homelessness remains a serious issue in every county throughout the state," Gov. David Ige said in a press release.Hawaii has an estimated 7,620 homeless people, said the governor's spokeswoman Cindy McMillan, citing a 2015 statewide count. This may not seem like much compared with other places -- to...
  • American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release

    10/07/2015 6:49:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 07 Oct 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release October 30 will see 6,000 drug dealers freed from American jails as the country struggles to cope with the world's largest prison population By Harriet Alexander, New York 07 Oct 2015 Six thousand drug traffickers are to be freed from American prisons at the end of this month, in the country's largest-ever mass release of prisoners. The men and women will be freed as part of a plan to reduce overcrowding. America is the world's biggest jailer, and a quarter of the whole world's prison population is in the...
  • Midwest meth-making down, but Mexican imports fill the void

    09/13/2015 11:50:51 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2015 | im Salter
    The manufacture of methamphetamine is sharply down in certain Midwestern states that have had the most trouble with the drug over the years, but it remains as popular as ever with users due to an influx of cheap Mexican imports, according to experts.
  • Cop Tried to Cook Meth at Government Science Lab Heres His Lawyers Explanation (Exploded)

    08/19/2015 7:03:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 19 | Dan Morse
    A former police supervisor at a federal laboratory complex in Maryland has been charged with trying to make meth at the complex, where an explosion erupted last month during what his attorney described as an attempt by the officer to learn more about the drug. He was conducting an unauthorized training experiment, which failed, said Steven VanGrack, an attorney for the officer, Christopher Bartley. The latest twists in the case the charge by federal authorities, the response by the officer were revealed Tuesday. VanGrack said he expects his client to plead guilty by the end of the week....
  • Coast Guard announces record drug seizures

    08/10/2015 11:36:55 PM PDT · by familyop · 6 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Aug. 10, 2015 | Gretel C. Kovach and Lyndsay Winkley
    Over the last 10 months, the U.S. Coast Guard and partners from the Navy, federal law enforcement and allied nations worked together to apprehend 215 suspected smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and more than 119,000 pounds of cocaine. The drugs have an estimated street value of about $1.8 billion...The impact of the seizures will be felt far from U.S. streets, however. "The cultivation, trafficking and distribution of narcotics fuels violence and instability throughout the Western Hemisphere, leaving a path of destruction directly to the door step of the U.S. We must continue to make progress in our effort to...

    08/09/2015 3:16:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Popular Science ^ | August 7, 2015 | Claire Maldarelli
    The major hurdle in treating addiction is enabling a person to not return to the abused drug or substance. This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs--methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA--relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of the drugs effect is too strong for that person to resist. But researchers are the University of Florida have come up with a way to in essence, erase the memory of the drugs effect from the brain and thus help...
  • Man on Meth Claims to Be Tarzan, Tries to Enter Monkey Exhibit: Cops

    08/07/2015 10:31:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 6, 2015
    A man who claimed to be Tarzan has been arrested after he allegedly climbed a tree and tried to get into the monkey exhibit at a Southern California zoo. A zookeeper called 911 Tuesday morning to report that a shirtless man plastered in mud had climbed about 20 feet into a tree at the bird exhibit at the Santa Ana Zoo
  • Man throws chainsaws at deputy during East Texas chase

    08/04/2015 8:32:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies ^ | 7-3-15 | unattributed
    Police in Lufkin say an East Texas man is in custody after he was involved in an hour-long chase that involved eight law enforcement agencies, covered three counties and included chainsaws being tossed at an officer by the fleeing driver. Authorities say 27-year-old Richard Kay finally was caught after troopers shot out two of his tires and the radiator of his pickup truck. The chase where speeds reached 100 mph started late Sunday afternoon in Lufkin when police tried to pull Kay over for speeding. Police says that at one point he threw chainsaws, believed to have been stolen in...
  • N. Korea: Drug diet fad emerges among elite

    08/03/2015 3:41:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-08-03 | Kang Mi Jin
    Drug diet fad emerges among elite Kang Mi Jin | 2015-08-03 17:48 The repressed appetite and heightened sense of stimulation offered by crystal methamphetamine, otherwise known as crystal meth, has made it an increasingly popular option for dieting among the wives of Party cadres and trade workers in North Korea. The growing practice has led to mounting concerns about substance abuse problems within the country, Daily NK has learned. More wives of cadres and traders these days are purchasing methamphetamine, a source from Yanggang Province told Daily NK. Those who are already addicted use them for pleasure, and there has...
  • Suspected Meth Lab Explodes In U.S. Government Building

    07/24/2015 12:44:12 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 51 replies
    Popular Science. ^ | July 23, 2015
    Suspected Meth Lab Explodes In U.S. Government Building Yesterday, Congress requested more information about a July 18 explosion in one of the buildings operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology outside Washington, D.C. Theres reason for Congress to raise an eyebrow; based on evidence collected at the scene, investigators suspect that the room was being used to develop illegal methamphetamines. The explosion occurred in NIST Building 236, far from the majority of the labs, so it didnt damage any research endeavors. It happened in a room that had been emptied of equipment, as one experiment had recently ended...
  • Meth entrepreneur tells Arresting Officers: I make meth Work for Me

    07/21/2015 2:04:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    WTKR ^ | JULY 21, 2015 | Doris Taylor
    An accused drug dealer told his arresting officers that the very thing that got him thrown in jail is actually working out really well for him. I make meth work for me, is the statement 27-year-old Stephen Jackson made to police as he was getting arrested on narcotics charges according to Jackson was found with individual bags of meth that he planned to sell, police say. He also had scales, a syringe and a glass pipe with residue.
  • 'Breaking Bad' Actor Runs for Bernalillo County Commision Seat

    07/21/2015 1:44:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 7/21
    "Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, told The Associated Press on Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he's seeking the Bernalillo County Commission seat. The 52-year-old actor and comedian says he's joining in the race because he feels someone like him can make a difference in the district which includes the historic Hispanic South Valley and an area where developers are seeking to build new homes. At least three others...

    07/13/2015 5:49:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Cocaine, it's a hell of a drug. Obama just set this guy free. And a whole bunch of his friends. Cocaine, it's a hell of a drug. And Obama, who wrote of using it in the past, still seems to have a soft spot for its dealers even though he no longer imbibes. His "pardons" mainly focus on cocaine dealers. Of his 46 pardons, 41 involved cocaine. Despite the lefty obsession with racial inequality in crack cocaine sentencing, only a minority of the pardons involved crack cocaine. Crack was not Obama's drug of choice. But just to be fair, he...
  • Man, Nephew Win Meth Lab in Auction for Storage Unit

    07/12/2015 8:07:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A man and his nephew in California got a little more than they expected when they won an auction for an abandoned storage unit. At Cubesmart in Rancho Cordova, units are auctioned when renters default on them for longer than 45 days, according to NBC affiliate KCRA. Some people buy these units and resell them for a profit. The two men won one of the units with an $80 bid, according to the station. However, it contained a box full of hazardous, old-fashioned equipment used to make meth. Narcotics officers told the station that the material was so toxic, hazmat...
  • DEA: Liquid Meth No. 1 Drug Smuggled Across the Border

    07/08/2015 8:52:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/8 | Jessie Degollado
    Report: 350 percent increase in seizuresEasier to smuggle and harder to detect, methamphetamine in liquid form is now the No. 1 drug entering the Southwest border, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Mexican cartels have figured out a very effective way to massively produce very low cost, inexpensive methamphetamine year-round, said Wendell Campbell, spokesperson for the DEAs Houston division. He said the price has dropped by 50 percent, from $21,000 per kilo in 2010 to $10,000 last year. He said the agency has seen a 350 percent increase in seizures over the past few years. Campbell said the...
  • Employee 'admits' murdering couple... 'while high on meth' [Maricopa, Arizona]

    07/02/2015 3:54:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Reporter
    An Arizona man charged with killing a married couple who went missing more than a week ago 'essentially confessed' to shooting them dead during a suspected drug deal gone wrong and then burying the bodies in his backyard, authorities revealed this afternoon. Jose Valenzuela, 38, of Maricopa, was arrested early Thursday morning on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Michael and Tina Careccia. The couple, who have five children between the two of them, were last seen alive leaving their Maricopa home on the morning of June 22. Mr Careccia's 17-year-old son reported them missing that night...
  • Program Offers Meth Pipes to Drug Users For Free in Seattle

    05/18/2015 3:25:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KOMO ^ | May 17, 2015
    Volunteers behind a needle exchange in Seattle are now handing out meth pipes to drug users for free. The program is offered 5 days per week off an alley next to a church in Seattle's University District. It was launched by a group called The People's Harm Reduction Alliance about 2 months ago. The demand for the free meth pipes has been growing ever since, the alliance's executive director said. "People kept coming to our program and saying that they were getting syringes because they didn't have access to a pipe," said Shilo Murphy. About 25-30 meth pipes are handed...
  • Australian Man Jailed for Beating 9 Puppies to Death in a Meth-Induced Frenzy

    05/04/2015 11:41:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Time ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sabrina Toppa
    The court was told that the culprit had not slept for three days A 25-year-old Australian man, Nathan Thompson who brutally bludgeoned to death nine puppies in March while high on meth has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a court in the eastern state of New South Wales. Thompson will serve at least a year of his sentence, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. He is also banned for life from owning animals.
  • GOP Senator's Aide Admitted Trading Drugs for Sex: Report (Meth & Thad Cochran)

    04/26/2015 10:24:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015
    A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) admitted to distributing methamphetamine and another drug in exchange for sexual favors, according to a report in The Washington Post. Customs and Border Patrol officers in Cincinnati found a package of gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) addressed to Fred Wesley Pagan, according to a court document. Homeland Security agents searched his house in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington D.C., on Thursday and found a substance that tested positive for meth in plastic bags, the court document states. The Post reports Pagan is a long-time employee of Cochran and currently serves as his office manager. Pagan allegedly...
  • Mexican Cartels Try to Create a Market for Meth in New York City

    04/25/2015 11:12:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/21/15 | VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
    Law enforcement agencies have long wondered why methamphetamine, which ravaged so many American communities from the 1990s until the mid-2000s, didnt take hold in New York City. Because the New York City metropolitan area is the largest illegal drug market in the country, and because demand has been so high elsewhere in the U.S., the citys law enforcement for decades has always been anticipating a meth outbreak, explains James Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administrations New York Division. Weve just never seen it take off to the same degree, Hunt tells Newsweek. Try Newsweek for only...
  • 'Breaking Bad'-style meth found inside car near the Holland Tunnel

    04/12/2015 3:47:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    AM NY ^ | Alison Fox
    More than two dozen kilos of "Breaking Bad"-style blue-tinted methamphetamine was found inside a man's car near the Holland Tunnel, authorities said on Thursday. Mario Hernandez, 33, was pulled over in his Hyundai Sonata by the corner of King and Hudson streets at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. The car had New Jersey plates. He was found with 25 kilos of the drug inside the trunk, a spokeswoman with the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and charged with both second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The blue meth was hidden inside stone tile boxes,...
  • Police: Woman hides forged checks under seat in patrol car

    03/19/2015 11:31:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | THURSDAY , MARCH 19, 2015
    A 26-year-old North Ogden woman tried to hide 12 stolen checks under the seat of a patrol car, according to court documents. Kerri Roean Tennant was arrested by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper early Wednesday morning. At the time of her arrest, Tennant had given officers a false name, according to the probable cause statement filed in 2nd District Court in Ogden. She was later identified and troopers learned she had a warrant issued for her arrest out of Morgan County. Troopers found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an altered Utah drivers license on Tennant, according to the document. A second...
  • Walmart Meth Lab Suspect Arrested at Taco Bell

    03/18/2015 10:56:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The man suspected of leaving a backpack meth lab inside a Muncie Walmart last week was arrested Monday night. Tyler Armstrong, 25, was arrested at a Taco Bell in Muncie around 8:30 p.m. by members of the Pendleton District Meth Suppression Squad. Investigators had narrowed their search down to that neighborhood, and saw Armstrong as he walked into the restaurant. Police say Armstrong tried to resist arrest when they identified themselves, but they were able to subdue him and take him into custody. Armstrong is charged with aiding in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, dumping controlled substance waste and criminal recklessness...
  • Meth Lab Discovered Inside Walmart Bathroom

    03/13/2015 12:51:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    KFOR ^ | MARCH 13, 2015
    Police found a meth lab inside a Walmart restroom in Muncie, Indiana, on Thursday night. Employees called police around 11:30 p.m. after discovering a suspicious backpack in the mens restroom, according to WXIN. When troopers arrived, they found an active meth lab inside the backpack. Investigators dismantled the lab and removed the chemicals from the store. Police said the mens and womens restrooms would have to be thoroughly decontaminated before being reopened to customers. Investigators are still working to identify the person who left the backpack inside the restroom.
  • Man Busted Selling Energy Drinks Containing Meth

    03/10/2015 6:28:55 AM PDT · by Abathar · 32 replies ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Uncredited
    Boone County resident, Jasper June, 72, was arrested today on felony charges of manufacturing and distributing homemade energy drinks containing the powerful stimulate methamphetamine. The Boone County drug task force raided Junes tree fort (June lives in 200 sq. ft. tree fort on his brothers property) to find Jasper wearing only an adult diaper and reading an Arabic pornographic magazine. meth-energy-drink2 Police seized approximately 25 2 liter bottles of Junes energy drink found in a cinder block pump house on the property. The bottles tested positive for methamphetamine. June came under suspicion when he sold four bottles to several high...
  • Witnesses detail boys fall in alleged Wal-Mart getaway

    03/03/2015 1:29:44 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 3, 2015 | Prisca Pointdujour
    A 5-year-old boy was screaming his lungs out Sunday as he came flying out of the door of an SUV during a botched theft of a flat-screen TV from a Falmouth Wal-Mart by his mom and her boyfriend, according to police reports released yesterday. Eyewitnesses said they ran to help as the crying boy fell out of the car onto the ground and then got up and started to chase the SUV.
  • Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study

    02/25/2015 11:28:41 AM PST · by Wolfie · 109 replies
    The Verge ^ | Feb. 23, 2015
    Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study Marijuana is roughly 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to recent findings published in the journal Scientific Reports. Of the seven drugs included in the study, alcohol was the deadliest at an individual level, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, methamphetamines, and marijuana. Previous studies consistently ranked marijuana as the safest recreational drug, but it was not known that the discrepancy was this large. The researchers determined the mortality risk by comparing a lethal dose of each substance with the amount typically used. Not only was...
  • Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death

    08/20/2013 5:35:57 PM PDT · by South40 · 75 replies
    LATimes ^ | 8/20/2013 | Andrew Blankstein
    Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of "traumatic injuries" as a result of the accident and had traces of drugs in his system, Los Angeles coroner's officials said Tuesday. Hastings, 33, died June 18 in a single-vehicle accident. His car burst into flames and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana. Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.
  • Autopsy Shows Journalist Michael Hastings Had Meth, Pot In System At Time Of Fiery Auto Crash

    08/21/2013 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 20, 2013 | The Smoking Gun
    The family of journalist Michael Hastings was trying to get him into drug rehab at the time he died in a fiery Los Angeles car wreck, according to a coroners report released today.
  • Obama calls for regs on drones

    01/27/2015 3:27:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Tuesday said the U.S. needs to create a regulatory structure for the domestic use of drones one day after a small, unmanned quad copter was discovered on the South Lawn of the White House. There are incredibly useful functions that these drones can play in terms of farmers who are managing crops and conservationists who want to take stock of wildlife, Obama told CNN. He noted that companies like Amazon are experimenting with using drones to deliver packages. But we don't really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it, he added. The president...
  • Drone Carrying Meth Crashes Near San Ysidro Port of Entry

    01/22/2015 12:26:19 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 53 replies ^ | 1/22/2015 | Laura McVicker
    A drone carrying methamphetamine crashed in Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Tuesday night. The unmanned aircraft hauling more than 6 pounds of crystal meth in six packages fell from the sky into the parking lot of a supermarket in Tijuana just before 10 p.m., according to Vicente Calderon, a Tijuana-based freelance journalist for NBC 7.
  • Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up

    01/17/2015 3:22:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Jack Healy
    When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning their kitchens and basements into Breaking Bad-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves on fire in the process.
  • Wisconsin pursuit ends when suspect loses prosthetic leg in fence

    01/15/2015 8:40:44 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-15-15 | Anne Jungen
    Fuselier continued into Trempealeau County at speeds that reached 80 mph until officers lost him on Gilmeister Road and found his car in a ditch, the complaint stated. Authorities from both counties followed footprints into a wooded area for more than one mile and across a creek before a deputy found Fuselier on the ground unable to get up because his prosthetic leg was stuck in a fence, according to the complaint. Police found meth and a pipe in his car.
  • Troopers: False rape accusation led to killing in Fairbanks [ Alaska ]

    01/09/2015 2:18:22 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | January 8, 2015 | Dorothy Chomicz
    A false accusation of rape allegedly caused a Barrow man to beat his cousin to death in a Fairbanks hotel room Wednesday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers. Abraham S. Stine, 39, was charged Thursday with one count of second-degree murder for beating Wesley Lord, 37, to death at the Extended Stay Hotel on Old Airport Way. His girlfriend, Dominique Natalie Vasquez, 31, also of Barrow, was charged with one count of second-degree murder for her actions during the incident. According to charging documents, Vasquez had been smoking methamphetamine and drinking alcohol with Lord and two other men one...
  • 49 Tremendous Things That Florida Men Accomplished This Year

    01/01/2015 8:41:05 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    News.Mic ^ | 12/30/14 | Sophie Kleeman
    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect caricature of America's wildest, bawdiest and most unintelligible impulses than Florida Man. As the Internet's most notorious citizen, Florida Man isn't a single person, let alone a single resident of Florida. He's an amalgamation of the characters who populate the ridiculous news stories that often trickle out of the Sunshine State. Florida Man is a raunchier version of the Onion's mild-mannered Area Man, a caricature, with a wink and a nod, to our fellow Americans. Florida Man is best known for his outlandish conduct, which ranges from the bizarre (carrying a meth...
  • Chinese meth bust smells a lot like Breaking Bad

    12/05/2014 6:29:27 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies
    GlobalPost ^ | December 4, 2014 | Robert Foyle Hunwick
    BEIJING At the end of a lonely alley, the building had three rooms, no number and just one entrance. Only after midnight would the lights come on, and theyd stay on until dawn.The work inside was smelly and dangerous. Three powerful fans whirred through the night. The floor was stacked with charcoal briquettes to absorb the odor.But the men inside were settling down for a late-night snack they hadnt even put on their gas masks yet when police came through the iron door.The bust that ensued would give "Breaking Bad" a run for its mythic blue meth.
  • The North Korean Walter Whites funnelling crystal meth into China

    11/30/2014 5:55:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 28 November 2014 | Tania Branigan
    The North Korean Walter Whites funnelling crystal meth into China Pyongyang actively produced and trafficked drugs for years, say experts, but there has been a shift towards tolerating smaller scale, privatised operations Tania Branigan in Beijing Friday 28 November 2014 11.15 GMT Just call him North Koreas Walter White: a struggling professor who turned to making methamphetamine, or crystal meth, to supplement his modest income - and who is likely to have found ready conspirators in gangs from across the border in China. Defectors and North Koreans working illicitly abroad say a large-scale drug trade has flooded north-east China with...
  • Mexican meth increasingly supplanting at-home labs

    11/08/2014 6:27:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    SacBee ^ | 11/08/2014 | JIM SALTER
    Mexican meth increasingly supplanting at-home labs By JIM SALTER - Associated Press 11/08/2014 5:41 PM | Updated: 11/08/2014 5:41 PM ST. LOUIS The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.
  • Woman arrested in Laurel Co. for trafficking crystal meth, while wearing "I Love Crystal Meth" shirt

    11/07/2014 12:58:55 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 21 replies ^ | Nov 6, 2014
    One Laurel County suspect is creating a lot of buzz on social media. The Laurel County Sheriff's Department arrested two people, they say, were in possession of crystal meth on Tuesday. 37-year-old Deborah Asher, of Somerset, was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree and possession of methamphetamine. 57-year-old Richard Rice, of East Bernstadt, was also arrested and faces the same charges. Deputies say they conducted a drug investigation on Dolly Miller Road that led to the arrests. The Sheriff's Department shared the arrest on their Facebook page and the post has garnered more than 150...
  • AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd murder plot charge dropped

    11/06/2014 9:59:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 November 2014 | Last updated at 23:00 ET
    The drummer of hard rock group AC/DC, Phil Rudd, has had a charge of attempted to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand. Mr. Rudds lawyer said the charge was dropped because of lack of evidence. Australian Mr. Rudd will still face chargesannounced on Thursdayof possessing drugs and of making threats to kill. [] Mr. Rudds lawyer, Paul Mabey, said the charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid. [] He described the drug charges as minor offenses and said the musician would defend the charge of making threats to kill, which carries a maximum sentence...
  • 'Religious zealot' Christian student 'decapitated 19-year-old friend because he thought he

    10/30/2014 5:31:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 91 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 30 October 2014 | Pedro Oliveira Jr. for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: 'Religious zealot' Christian student 'decapitated 19-year-old friend because he thought he practiced witchcraft' A deeply Christian college student in Oklahoma allegedly nearly decapitated the son of a state trooper with a sword because the victim practiced witchcraft, police say. Isaiah Marin of Stillwater was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the attack that killed 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett a day earlier. The two had been playing cards with a third pal, Marin's brother, when Marin removed the 'large black sword' from its sheath and began swinging it around, court records obtained by MailOnline show. Scroll down for video
  • Bay Area cartel probe nets 22 arrests, 500 lbs. of meth

    10/20/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Nearly two dozen suspects have been arrested in recent months, and 500 pounds of methamphetamine siezed, as a result of a Contra Costa County takedown of members of the Sinoloa drug cartel in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.
  • Like the Nazis Before Them, ISIS Soldiers Often Cranked-Up on Meth as They KILL KILL KILL

    10/07/2014 8:47:00 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Just when you thought theblood-drunk ISIS couldn't possibly become more repellant or damaging to this world, now 'The Islamic State' in Iraq and Syria is producing its own meth (and ecstasy) in recently-captured pharmaceutical plants in order to earn hard-currency from exports, ala North Korea... If it wasn't worrisome enough that ISIS had taken oil fields and captured piles of gold from a Mosul bank, consider that now they're adding lucrative drug manufacture/export- making the group more economically-independent by the day. Human trafficking, sales of sex-slaves, pirating online and off all continue to widen ISIS's base of revenue and...
  • GA woman mistakenly jailed for more than a month after cops confused SpaghettiOs for meth

    09/30/2014 6:16:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 156 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 9-30-14 | Lee Moran
    A Georgia woman was mistakenly jailed for one month after cops confused her SpaghettiOs for meth. Ashley Gabrielle Huff was first detained on July 2 after officers in Gainesville found a spoon with a dried substance baked onto it inside her car during a routine traffic stop. The 23-year-old, from Commerce, claimed it was residue from the canned pasta that she liked to eat in the vehicle. Police, however, believed it to be methamphetamine. Huff, who had no criminal history, was sent to Hall County Jail for two days so cops could conduct crime lab tests on the mysterious texture.
  • Former Metro teacher arrested for making meth again

    08/12/2014 8:54:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    wkrn ^ | staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time in three months, police have arrested a former Metro school teacher for making meth inside her west Nashville home. The condemned home on Illinois Avenue is owned by former Metro school teacher Monica Adkins. Around 11:15 p.m. Monday someone called 911 to report a fire at the residence.
  • A Crime No Man Can Commit:

    07/16/2014 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Given the link between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and birth defects, should expectant mothers who drink be arrested for assault? If not, it is hard to see why Mallory Loyola is in jail. Loyola, who was arrested last week after giving birth to a baby girl who tested positive for amphetamine, is the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes drug consumption by pregnant women. The law, ostensibly aimed at protecting children, is really about punishing what its chief sponsor described as "the worst of the worst": women who not only use arbitrarily proscribed intoxicants...
  • Poltergeist Under Couples Bed Turns Out to Be Meth Head

    07/15/2014 9:29:14 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 12 replies
    Vocativ ^ | 7/14/14 | Vocativ
    A Seattle couple returned home to discover that an intruder had trashed their apartment. It was only after the cops had left that they found the human beast hiding under their mattress with a knife Its been a little hard for Brian ONeill to catch some decent shut-eye ever since he and his wife discovered a monster under their bed. Oh man, I havent been able to sleep very well, the Seattle business analyst tells Vocativ. It was like one of those really creepy movies.
  • MP: I Took Crystal Meth to Improve Performance

    07/10/2014 1:59:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Jul 2014
    A top Social Democrat politician on Wednesday admitted he took crystal meth, but said he only did it to improve his performance at work.The apartment of Michael Hartmann, the interior policy expert for the centre-left SPD (Social Democrats), was searched by police last week in a drugs probe. And on Wednesday the lawyer of the lawmaker from Mainz said his client did buy and consume a small quantity of the drug in autumn 2013. His lawyer said he used crystal meth for around a month, but was not addicted to the drug. The lawyer said Hartmann had hoped to improve...
  • Sheriff: Toddler Tests Positive For Meth After Drinking Grandmothers Laced Tea

    07/01/2014 11:14:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | July 1, 2014 10:17 AM
    A 51-year-old woman faced felony child endangerment charges Tuesday after her 2-year-old granddaughter accidentally drank tea she allegedly laced with methamphetamine. Cynthia Watson, of Oregon, was arrested Sunday for endangerment and possession of methamphetamine, the Riverside County Sheriffs Department said. The investigation into Watson began Monday when deputies were called out to a home in the 31000 block of Pine Street in Garner Valley. Deputies learned the childs mother was trying to put the 2-year-old girl to bed Saturday night, but she would not fall asleep. Her daughter was talking rapidly, scratching her skin, could not sit still and was...