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  • Narco planes fly past Peru military

    10/17/2015 4:17:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Buenos Aries Herald ^ | Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Frank Bajak; Associated Press
    With millions in payloads, drug trafficking rife in worlds number one coca-growing valley MAZAMARI, Peru It happens about four times a day, right under the nose of Perus military: a small single-engine plane drops onto a dirt airstrip in the worlds number one coca-growing valley, delivers a bundle of cash, picks up more than 300 kilos of cocaine and flies to Bolivia. Roughly half of Perus cocaine exports have been ferried eastward on this air bridge, police say, since the rugged Andean nation became the worlds leading producer of the drug in 2012. Perus government has barely impeded the...
  • 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...
  • Black Kids Get Less Pain Medication Than White Kids in ER

    09/14/2015 4:06:24 PM PDT · by don-o · 98 replies
    NBC ^ | September 14, 2015 | Maggie Fox
    Black children with acute appendicitis -- a clearly painful emergency -- are less likely than white children to get painkillers in the emergency room, researchers reported Monday. And nearly as troubling, only about half of any of the kids got painkillers, even though they're strongly recommended in cases of appendicitis, the researchers found. "Black patients with moderate pain were less likely to receive any analgesia, and black patients with severe pain were less likely to be treated with opioids," Dr. Monika Goyal of the Children's National Health System in Washington and colleagues wrote in the Journal of the American Medical...
  • The Mexican Drug Cartel Reveals A Major ISIS Style Mess Infiltrating The United States

    07/17/2015 5:19:18 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 11 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 17, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    When Western commentators have characterized ISISs crimes as unique, and no longer practiced anywhere else in the civilized world, they tell a myth. Fact is, next door to the U.S., is a major narco-terrorism problem. While their goals are different from ISIS, methodologies contrast greatly. And while authorities across North America embark on an epic manhunt for Joaqun Guzmn Loera, the kingpin better known as El Chapo, experts say an even more dangerous figure is on the loose named Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes nicknamed El Mencho. The two narco-terrorist kingpins, El Chapo and El Mencho, are just as dangerous as Ayman...
  • Rite Aid says personal information, prescriptions stolen in Baltimore looting (175,000 units)

    06/04/2015 12:23:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 3, 2015 | Scott Dance
    As looted prescription drugs flood Baltimore streets, fueling a surge in violence, pharmacy chain Rite Aid warned customers Wednesday that their personal medical information could be on the streets, too.. Store officials said the labels on prescriptions stolen during the late April riots included patient names, addresses and the names of medication, but not other sensitive data such as Social Security numbers or credit card numbers. The alert nonetheless raised concern among privacy advocates who said the information could be used for fraud. Rite Aid has hired a risk management firm to help protect customers from identity theft. The risk...
  • The founder of the Silk Road drug marketplace has been sentenced to life in prison without parole

    05/30/2015 9:30:40 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 33 replies ^ | 5/29/2015 | Natasha Bertrand and Michael B Kelley
    The convicted mastermind behind the world's largest online narcotics emporium has been sentenced by a federal judge to two terms of life in prison and three lesser sentences, USA Today reports. The judge also ordered Ross Ulbricht, 31, to forfeit $184 million dollars. The website made over $187 million before it was shut down in 2013. The government estimated that roughly $1.2 billion in illegal drug transactions took place on Silk Road. The judge said it was a "demand expanding operation" and that what Ulbricht did was thoughtful, as opposed to just being an economic experiment. She added that he...
  • A Look At KratomFear mongering and regulatory zeal to beat the band

    05/29/2015 8:48:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/29/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    According to Google Trends, interest in the search term Kratom has increased sharply from 2011by a factor of three. Insider blogs note that it trends higher than many other supplements. Whats more, vastly conflicting descriptions of its benefits and side effects are all over the Web, along with troubling reports of adulterated versions of the substance being sold online. Not surprisingly, eager beaver regulators have jumped into the fray. But what, exactly, is Kratom? Formally known as Mitragyna speciosa, it is a tree that grows from 3-20 meters (10-66 ft) tall, native to Southeast Asia. The plant is a member...
  • Thomas County Narcotics Commander Arrested (Georgia)

    02/26/2015 3:36:45 AM PST · by Ken H · 2 replies
    WCTV ^ | Feb 23, 2015 | Alicia Turner
    THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- The Thomasville narcotics division director found himself on the other side of the law following a DUI arrest Sunday night. Commander Kevin Lee is a 20 year law enforcement veteran. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain lanes. The Thomas County Sheriffs Office says Lee has been placed on suspension without pay while they determine what action will be taken.
  • New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and the VA

    02/21/2015 6:27:24 AM PST · by pabianice · 37 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2/21/15 | Wax-Thibodeaux
    Craig Schroeder was injured in 2006 while serving with the Marines in Iraq and suffers from traumatic brain injury and pain, for which he has been on a steady regimen of opioids. WASHINGTON New federal rules that make it harder to get narcotic painkillers are taking an unexpected toll on thousands of veterans who depend on these prescription drugs to treat everything from missing limbs to post-traumatic stress. The restrictions, adopted last summer by the Drug Enforcement Administration to curb a national epidemic of opioid abuse, are for the first time, in effect, forcing veterans to return to the...
  • 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.
  • 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. Its a senseless move, which is why it was done very quietly. The only real way to discover that the Justice Departments 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,...
  • HHS shock: 1 in 12 Americans uses illegal drugs, could fill all MLB stadiums 19 times

    10/03/2014 10:16:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 2, 2014 | 4:24 AM | Paul Bedard
    America is doped upand drunk. According to a shocking new report from the Health and Human Services Department, there were 24.6 million people aged 12 or older who used illicit drugs during just one month last year. Thats enough people to fill every major league baseball stadium in the U.S. 19 times, said the report. There are 30 MLB stadiums. Even worse: Of the 24.6 million dopers, 2.2 million were adolescents aged 12 to 17.
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign Launches - Introductory Letter

    09/30/2014 6:04:31 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 10 replies
    Right Side News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Qatar Awareness
    To the American Public: In light of the wars and violent turbulence that currently engulf the Middle East and parts of Africa, a coalition of concerned citizens, journalists, and activists are launching a campaign to expose a most infamous and pernicious sponsor of Islamic terror: the Gulf state of Qatar. Qatar, (pronounced cutter, or "gutter"), is, per capita, the richest country in the world ($93,352 in 2013). This is partly due to the fact that they control the third largest natural gas reserves in the world, the North Dome field in the Persian Gulf. It is also because Qatar has...
  • Drug Smugglers Pretend To Be Federal Government Agency (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

    06/04/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 4, 2014 | Yahoo! News
    Drug smugglers pretend to be federal agency TUCSON, Ariz. It looked like a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck. But the U.S. Border Patrol says it was actually the latest in a long line of creative attempts by smugglers to get illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S. Agents spotted the white truck with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decals along a boundary fence in Douglas, Arizona, on Monday, while responding to reports of possible drug smuggling. When agents tried to contact those inside, the vehicle suddenly stopped and two people fled into Mexico. Agents say they found 3,200...
  • Convicted murderer Jerome Ersland pleads guilty to possession of contraband

    04/18/2014 6:16:37 PM PDT · by wideawake · 5 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 4/14/2014 | Nolan Clay
    Jerome Ersland, who is serving a life sentence for killing Antwun Parker, 16, during a robbery attempt at an Oklahoma City pharmacy in 2009, received two years more in prison Monday after he was found guilty of having fentanyl in prison.
  • FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

    10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 132 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • VIDEO: Naked man surprises motorists on Prince William Parkway

    04/19/2013 8:04:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies ^ | April 19, 2013 | InsideNoVa
    Commuters got quite a distraction from rush hour traffic Friday on Prince William Parkway near Interstate 95 a naked man jumping on the hood of a car. Yes, you read that right. Police said the man was on the I-95 overpass near the commuter lot, and was quickly arrested. One witness on InsideNoVas Facebook page said others drivers couldnt miss it. He was bouncing up and down and I swear smacking the middle of his chest, the witness wrote. Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said the man was under the influence of narcotics and acting irrational. The...
  • Fearing abuse, FDA blocks generic OxyContin

    04/16/2013 9:31:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2013 7:25 PM EDT | Matthew Perrone
    Federal health regulators will require generic versions of the best-selling painkiller OxyContin to include recent formulation changes designed to make the pill harder to abuse. The Food and Drug Administration said late Tuesday it would not approve any generic versions of OxyContin based on the original formulation because it poses an increased potential for certain types of abuse. OxyContin has long been one the nations top-selling prescription painkillers with sales of more than $2.8 billion last year, according to prescription tracker IMS Health. A time-release version of the narcotic oxycodone, the pill was hailed as a breakthrough treatment for...
  • Zapping the brain with magnets could cure cocaine addiction

    04/04/2013 1:36:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:04 EST, 3 April 2013 | Anna Hodgekiss
    Cocaine addicts could be cured using a technique that stimulates the brain with magnets. Experiments on mice addicted to cocaine found they were weaned off the drug after laser beams were used to change neurons in a particular part of the brain. Scientists who report their study in the journal Nature say a similar strategy using magnets could work on human drug abusersand clinical trials should start soon to see if it works. They showed by stimulating a region called the pre-frontal cortex with light they could wipe away addictive behavior in the lab animalsor conversely turn non-addicted rats into...
  • Mr. Prager, You are Wrong on Marijuana

    03/18/2013 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 84 replies ^ | March 18, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    In his column of March 12, 2013, my beloved friend wrote on the issue of legalized marijuana in the state of Colorado. On his radio show, he justifiably bemoaned readers of his column who had written comments questioning his sanity and their relationship over this one issue despite years of being Prager groupies. I will not do any of that. But for only the second time in our long relationship, Mr. Prager, you are dead wrong on a topic but I still love you. We Baby Boomers grew up in a generation where marijuana made the jump from the...
  • Highland Park man charged with Taliban weapons deal

    02/19/2011 1:13:45 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2011 | Sue Ter Maat and Erika Slife
    A 52-year-old Highland Park father is one of two U.S. citizens charged with agreeing to sell missiles and other weapons to the Taliban for their use against American troops in Afghanistan, according to a complaint unsealed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan last week. Oded Orbach, born in Israel, was among seven men arrested in an international sting operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Paid informants posing as Taliban representatives conspired with the men to ship narcotics through West Africa with a portion intended for the United States and to use the proceeds to buy weapons for protecting Taliban-owned...
  • Police: Kennedy was swaying after NY auto accident (accidentally dropped the wrong pill)

    07/17/2012 1:58:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Xfinity News ^ | July 17, 2012 | Jim Fitzgerald
    Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was swaying and slurring her speech when police found her after her car hit a tractor-trailer on a highway, police said in a court document. [Snip] Kennedy, 52, failed a standing-on-one-leg test and a walk-and-turn test, was swaying and demonstrated impaired speech and motor function, the officer wrote.
  • 19 arrested on drug and weapons charges in Venice gang sting - (Los Angeles)

    05/04/2011 5:07:42 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 4, 2011 | Andrew Blankstein
    At least 19 people -- many of them alleged Westside gang members -- were arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of firearms and narcotics offenses observed at a Venice storefront run by undercover agents. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives carried out "Operation Villainz Ink" with the Los Angeles Police Department, targeting members of the Venice 13, or Venice Trece, gang. ATF will aggressively pursue these violent gangs that occupy our communities and will continue to work with our partners to ensure that they know we are coming for them, said John A. Torres, special agent...
  • Senators Propose To Make Bath Salt Illegal

    01/17/2011 6:22:25 AM PST · by Abathar · 80 replies ^ | January 16, 2011 | uncredited
    JACKSON, Miss. -- Authorities said Sunday a new drug that can be bought in stores is circulating the streets of Mississippi. This new drug, known in the streets as "ivory wave" or "scarface," is actually a form of bath salt, authorities said. The director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Marshall Fisher, said the drug has gained popularity in the coastal and northeast part of the state. It can be snorted, injected or smoked, authorities said. Senate leaders said they have already proposed a bill to get this new street drug off the store shelves. If passed, possession and use...
  • Cuban intelligence nexus with Mexican narcos

    06/11/2010 11:20:59 AM PDT · by detective · 127+ views
    CUBAPOLIDATA ^ | June 5, 2010 | Armando F. Mastrapa III
    The detention of Gregorio Greg Snchez Martnez (a leftist candidate for the Quintana Roo state governorship in Mexico) for money laundering and trafficking in illegal immigrants has exposed the nexus between Cuban intelligence and Mexican narcotraffickers, reports SIPSE. El Financiero cites Jos Antonio Prez Stuart, an expert columnist on intelligence matters, who believes that the objective of the political association between Cuban intelligence and narcotraffickers is the penetration of Castro agents in Mexican territory in order to infiltrate Mexican politics, control government positions and utilize them to their benefit. Behind the international campaign against the 2010 Arizona Immigration LawSB1070 are...
  • Nato, Russia clash over Afghanistan drugs (Western allies fear antagonizing the local population)

    03/25/2010 3:05:39 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 9 replies · 441+ views
    Nato and Russia clashed over how to tackle the drug problem in Afghanistan, where Western nations have been fighting a Taliban-led insurgency for eight years. The country is the world’s largest producer of poppy seeds, a key ingredient in the manufacture of heroin. Russia is keen to pursue an aggressive eradication strategy, while Western allies fear that such an approach risks antagonizing the local population, who rely on selling poppy crops to survive. The different points of view came to a head at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council attended by the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Agency (FSKN),...
  • ‘Nazi speed’ being smuggled here in ever-larger amounts

    02/02/2010 3:14:19 AM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 565+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 2, 2010 | Yaakov Lappin
    Police seize 5,000 amphetamine-based ‘Yaba’ pills, often referred to as "Hitler's drug," at Ben-Gurion airport; “It allows Thais to work for two days straight,” senior police source explains. A dangerous and addictive drug that was originally developed by Nazi scientists to boost the endurance of Axis soldiers, and which causes users to become aggressive and violent, is being smuggled into Israel from Thailand in ever-larger amounts, The Jerusalem Post has learned. In Thailand, the methamphetamine-based drug is known as “Yaba” (crazy medicine), and in the West, it is often referred to as “Nazi Speed” or “Hitler’s drug.”
  • Full-time Guardsman volunteers as Pulaski County sheriff's deputy

    07/30/2009 11:59:46 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies · 300+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/30/2009 | Matthew J. Wilson/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (July 30, 2009) Assisting others is a way of life for 1st Lt. Nathan Looper. As a member of the Missouri Air National Guard, Looper, 31, has served on the 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team on post for more than seven years. In that same span, he has spent his spare time volunteering as a reserve deputy/K-9 officer with the Pulaski County Sheriffs Department. I enjoy helping other people and thats the biggest reason that Im in the military doing this job or my civilian law-enforcement life, said Looper, a Lynchburg resident....
  • Combined Forces Target Afghanistans Taliban-Narcotics Connection

    06/15/2009 4:45:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 150+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2009 U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan are targeting narcotics traffickers and drug labs that bankroll and support the Taliban insurgency, a senior Defense Department official said here June 12. Since fall, NATOs International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has had expanded authorities to go after counternarcotics targets that directly support the insurgency, the so-called narco-terrorism network nexus, where they fund or otherwise support the Taliban insurgency, the senior official, speaking on background, told Pentagon reporters. Over the past few months, the official said, ISAF has conducted a number of successful operations against drug labs and...
  • Incursions of border by cops, troops rising

    04/29/2009 9:23:49 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 1,022+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2009 | Torrey Meeks
    EL PASO, Texas -- Unauthorized border crossings by Mexican authorities such as soldiers and police spiked more than threefold in 2008, according to an annual report the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency sought to keep secret...."BorderStat Violence, FY 2008 Year in Review" says that 147 foreign government incursions occurred in 2008, a 359 percent increase from the previous year. Only 216 incursions were tallied in the previous nine years.... "Our agents out there are seeing people dressed up and acting in a military-like fashion," he said. "Whether they're in any kind of official uniform or something they bought...
  • Kosovos affairs & the "Narco-statehood"

    03/31/2009 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 260+ views ^ | March 28, 2009 | Ioannis Michaletos
    "The strongest passion in the world is jealousy, but the sweetest is revenge." An old Cossack saying "Do not envy a sinner; you don't know what disaster awaits him." The Bible Kosovo's independence proclamation by the Albanian secessionist administration in Pristina in February 2008, follows a course that was drafted back in March 1999 when NATO started a war against the then Yugoslavia and more specifically against Serbia, who at that time composed more than 90% of Yugoslavia. Although a decade has passed and numerous efforts have been made by the international authorities, along with a tremendous cash-flow of aid;...
  • Vice President Biden’s Daughter Caught Up In Cocaine Scandal

    03/29/2009 1:09:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 4,430+ views
    Radar Online ^ | March 28. 2009
    An explosive video being shopped to media outlets has plunged the White House and Vice President Joe Biden into a cocaine scandal, has learned exclusively. The video shows a woman, who is represented by the seller and his attorneys to be Bidens daughter Ashley, snorting several lines of cocaine. The tape has been viewed by a freelance reporter who confirms the woman looks identical to Ashley Biden. Tom Dunlap, an attorney for Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver in Washington D.C. is representing the seller of the tape in brokering a deal and several news organizations have seen the footage....
  • Judge throws out $2 million worth of drugs, gun as evidence in case against Springfield man

    02/03/2009 7:30:23 AM PST · by joeu01 · 93 replies · 2,921+ views
    The Republican Newsroom ^ | Feb. 2, 2009 | Buffy Spencer
    Judge throws out $2 million worth of drugs, gun as evidence in case against Springfield man called 'big fish' drug trafficker SPRINGFIELD - Saying the actions of a veteran state trooper and a Holyoke police detective amounted to "lawlessness," a judge has refused to allow close to $2 million worth of cocaine and a loaded handgun to be used as evidence to prosecute a Springfield man described as a "big fish" in drug trafficking. The ruling by in Hampden Superior Court marks the third time in a month that judges have thrown out evidence in cases being prosecuted by the...
  • Police bust Sullivan ring dealing 'Obama' heroin

    01/23/2009 2:03:52 PM PST · by Baladas · 8 replies · 250+ views
    Times Herald-Record ^ | January 23, 2009 | Adam Bosch
    THOMPSON Sheriff's deputies and investigators have broken a heroin distribution ring that dished out narcotics across more than half of Sullivan County. A total of five men and women were arrested Wednesday night following a three-month investigation, during which undercover police purchased decks of heroin from street dealers. Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said the dealers were selling heroin in towns that stretched from Monticello to Livingston Manor. The alleged dealers were pushing a variety of heroin that they called "Obama." Chaboty said dealers are known to stamp the glassine wax paper that carries the heroin with brand names like...
  • Florida Biochemist designs a citrus tree with THC

    01/05/2009 8:07:50 AM PST · by BGHater · 70 replies · 2,450+ views
    The Crit ^ | 05 Oct 2008 | The Crit
    In the summer of 1984, 10th-grader Irwin Nanofsky and a friend were driving down the Apalachee Parkway on the way home from baseball practice when they were pulled over by a police officer for a minor traffic infraction. After Nanofsky produced his drivers license the police officer asked permission to search the vehicle. In less than two minutes, the officer found a homemade pipe underneath the passengers seat of the Ford Aerostar belonging to the teenage drivers parents. The minivan was seized, and the two youths were taken into custody on suspicion of drug possession. Illegal possession of drug paraphernalia...
  • Coalition Ships Seize 20 Tons of Drugs

    12/29/2008 3:38:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 342+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 29, 2008 Coalition warships operating in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden as part of Combined Task Force 150 have seized more than 20 tons of narcotics since October, with an estimated value of more than $100 million, officials said. CTF 150, also tasked with conducting counter-piracy operations, is part of a continual presence in the region committed to creating and maintaining a lawful maritime order. The task force has seized more than 53 tons of narcotics during 2008, officials said. The drugs, seized by U.S. and Royal Navy forces, otherwise could have been...
  • 1st Video of N. Korean Poppy Fields Unveiled (proof of heroin production/trafficking)

    12/09/2008 8:01:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1,012+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 12/09/08
    1st Video of N. Korean Poppy Fields Unveiled DECEMBER 09, 2008 07:45 The first video clip on poppies growing en masse in a district controlled by the North Korean military in Taehung, South Pyongan Province, was unveiled yesterday. The Citizens Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees, a Seoul-based civic group, released the 20-minute clip at a digital video exhibition for North Korean human rights at Gwanggyo Gallery in Seoul, saying it confirms the North Korean military-led white bellflower project as claimed by North Korean defectors. The clip, which the group said it received from a spy...
  • Hugo Chavez's Venezuela 'supplies half of Britain's cocaine'

    06/27/2008 8:16:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 74+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 27/06/2008 | David Blair
    President Hugo Chavez's Venezuela has become the key trafficking route for most of the cocaine sold on Britain's streets, anti-drugs officials believe. Last year, about 250 tons of cocaine are thought to have passed through Venezuela - up to a five-fold increase on 2004. Much of this ended up in Britain. Anti-drugs officials estimate that more than 50 per cent of all the cocaine consumed in Britain has been trafficked through Venezuela - under the "revolutionary" regime of Mr Chavez. The figure could be as high as two thirds. Senior commanders in Venezuela's security forces are thought to be profiting...
  • Challenges Remain in Afghanistan, General Says

    06/13/2008 4:20:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 48+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 13, 2008 Though statistics indicate the insurgency in Afghanistan is not expanding, multiple challenges remain there, the U.S. officer who just finished his tour as commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan said here today. I do not share the view that many do that this thing is spreading; its not, Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. The empirical data doesnt support that, McNeill emphasized. McNeill, who recently wrapped up a 16-month duty tour in Afghanistan as commander of NATOs International Security Assistance Force, shared his experiences and thoughts about his prior...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Police warn gang may stage rear-end collisions, assault motorists (Buffalo NY)

    03/29/2008 5:10:37 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 58 replies · 2,262+ views
    By T.J. Pignataro - News Staff Reporter 03/26/08 A public alert was issued early this evening by Buffalo Police, warning that a gang could be staging rear-end collisions tonight on area roadways and then attacking drivers as part of an initiation ritual. Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson called an emergency news conference at police headquarters just before 6:30 p.m. to make the announcement. He said police received "credible information" late this afternoon suggesting that the initiation ritual could involve gang member recruits intentionally causing rear-end collisions and then robbing or assaulting the other driver. Gipson suggested motorists be aware of their...
  • [Bill]Maher: Why Didnt Rush Die From Drugs Instead of Heath Ledger?

    02/09/2008 1:41:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 225+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 9, 2008 | Noel Sheppard
    The hatred from supposedly compassionate and open-minded Hollywoodans is something to behold, isn't it? After all, just imagine despising a radio talk show host so much that you would suggest, on national television, that he should die of a drug overdose. Alas, such was the case Friday evening when HBO's Bill Maher actually asked guest P.J. O'Rourke, who was talking about Rush Limbaugh's use of the prescription drug OxyContin (video available here courtesy our friend Ms Underestimated): Why couldn't have he croaked from it instead of Heath Ledger? Honestly, can you imagine? MSNBC's David Shuster was suspended on Friday for...
  • Police: Oregon panhandlers raking in the green

    02/05/2008 6:03:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 668+ views
    KAFU-TV ^ | February 3, 2008
    COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) - A police survey says panhandlers outside a Wal-Mart here can make $300 a day. Inside, it takes a clerk a week to make that much. Police say people who have a problem with that needn't look to the law--asking for money is considered protected free speech. "We are not going to target panhandlers," said Coos Bay Police Capt. Rodger Craddock, who spoke a recent gathering of business owners about panhandling. "We can't do that. But if they aren't getting money from us, they aren't going to stand on that corner." He said most panhandlers are...
  • Buena High student jailed on drug charges, family deported

    01/31/2008 4:23:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 198+ views
    SIERRA VISTA A Buena High School student is in jail on narcotics charges, and his family has been deported to Mexico, after the student was arrested on campus Monday. Hector Romero Salazar, 18, is being held without bond at the Cochise County Jail in Bisbee, Cochise County Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Carol Capas said. Sierra Vista police Sgt. Daryl Copp said police responded to the high school, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd., Monday afternoon after school security reported a problem needing police attention. On Wednesday, police would not say what the situation at the school was, but did say Salazar...
  • Feds admit smuggler lied in Ramos-Compean case

    12/03/2007 4:03:22 PM PST · by dynachrome · 255 replies · 268+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 12-3-07 | Jerome corsi
    The U.S. government admitted today in federal court that the prosecution's star witness in the criminal trial of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean confessed drug dealer Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila lied under oath. "He told some lies on the stand," Mark Stelmach, the assistant U.S. attorney representing prosecutor U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said under questioning by a three-judge 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans
  • How America Lost the War on Drugs

    12/02/2007 7:00:11 PM PST · by cryptical · 127 replies · 617+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | Novermber 27th, 2007 | Ben Wallace-Wells
    1. AFTER PABLO On the day of his death, December 2nd, 1993, the Colombian billionaire drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was on the run and living in a small, tiled-roof house in a middle-class neighborhood of Medellín, close to the soccer stadium. He died, theatrically, ­ridiculously, gunned down by a Colombian police manhunt squad while he tried to flee across the barrio's rooftops, a fat, bearded man who had kicked off his flip-flops to try to outrun the bullets. The first thing the American drug agents who arrived on the scene wanted to do was to make sure that the corpse...
  • CA: 12 arrested in counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking investigation

    11/08/2007 9:20:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 195+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    More indictments are expected in the probe, which has centered on L.A.'s garment district. A dozen people were arrested Tuesday on charges of narcotics trafficking, money laundering and selling counterfeit goods after a two-year counter-terrorism and drug investigation centered in Los Angeles' downtown garment district. The focus of the federal investigation was Ali Khalil Elreda, 32, who was detained at Los Angeles International Airport last year, accused of trying to smuggle $120,000 in money orders and cashier's checks, hidden in a child's toy, to Lebanon, according to an indictment and an affidavit filed in the case. In 2005, a Los...
  • Following the money trail: Drug Money and Terror

    08/28/2007 9:26:08 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 568+ views ^ | August 28, 2007 | by Laura Mansfield
    I've heard the question asked repeatedly. How is Al Qaeda, which is supposedly relegated to living in caves in stone-age conditions able to create state of the art video documentaries that rival those produced by TV networks and news channels? In other words, where is the money coming from? In the past much of the seed money used to finance Bin Laden's operations came from his personal fortune. But with all of the money controls slammed into place six years ago after the 9/11 attacks, that money has been for all intents and purposes untouchable. Yet this year Al Qaeda's...
  • Narco-Insurrection

    08/11/2007 7:18:36 AM PDT · by Amerigomag · 15 replies · 612+ views
    California Republic ^ | 08-10-2007 | Ralph Peters
    Imagine if our country were so ravaged by drug cartels that the president sent the military into a third of the states to break the terror. That's where Mexico is today. We all pay the price. Narcotraficante infighting took over 3,000 lives in Mexico last year as the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels struggled for turf. With government officials and police officers facing the old choice of "silver - or lead," out-of-control corruption plagued the country. Entire states fell under the influence of the drug lords. Narco-violence spread to previously safe regions, such as Monterrey. By late 2006, Mexico faced its...