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Feds Temporarily Ban Chemicals Used in 'Bath Salts'
October 21, 2011
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued an emergency order banning three chemicals used to make street drugs known as "bath salts" and "plant food." The chemicals will be illegal for at least 12 months, and could be banned for another six months.
Federal Funding Cut Cripples Meth Enforcement
August 11, 2011
Police and sheriff's agencies have curtailed their enforcement of methamphetamine because they can no longer afford the clean-up costs associated with the labs, concludes an investigative report by the Associated Press.
Florida Officer of the Year Allegedly Distributed Meth
July 6, 2011
The Boynton Beach (Fla.) Police Department's 2010 Officer of the Year has been indicted in a federal drug probe alleging he distributed more than 500 pounds of methamphetamine.
Cartel Operators Used Indian Reservation As Smuggling Pass-Through
May 19, 2011
Acting in coordination with a southwestern Arizona Native American tribe, the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 27 of 46 suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel who smuggled illegals and drugs through reservation land.
Philadelphia Cop's Wife Sentenced In Drug Conspiracy
May 18, 2011
A federal judge today sentenced the wife of a former Philadelphia police officer to more than 10 years in prison for her role in a heroin conspiracy that included two police officers.
NYPD Helps Seize $10 Million In Hydro Weed
March 31, 2011
A strike force of NYPD officers, DEA agents, and Sullivan County police coordinated the Wednesday bust. Each plant seized could produce a pound of pot worth anywhere from $600 to $1,200 on the street.
Nationwide DEA Sweep Nets 541 Arrests, $11 Million
February 25, 2011
The DEA declined to give specific locations, yet Arizona, Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver, Detroit, San Antonio, San Diego, Chicago, Newark and Miami are key areas.
DEA Cuts Off Meth-Lab Cleanup Funds
February 25, 2011
The DEA informed states this week it would no longer foot the bill for meth-lab cleanup. View this report from Kosciusko County, Ind., where the Indiana State Police have been relying on the funds to cover the $2,500-per-lab cleanup bill. Source: WANE.com.
Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing
February 24, 2011
Mexican President Felipe Caldéron called President Barack Obama to tell him about the capture of Julian Zapata Espinoza, a reputed Zetas cell leader nicknamed "El Piolín" (Tweety), who is allegedly responsible for the homicide of Special Agent Zapata.
Mexican Drug Cartels Flush With Proceeds From Medical Marijuana States
February 21, 2011
Border seizures of the cash crop jumped 44% between 2005 and 2009, and cartels now derive as much as 26% of their profit from the drug.
Ex-Philly Cops Plead Guilty To Heroin Conspiracy
February 7, 2011
Two former Philadelphia Police officers have pleaded guilty to a heroin conspiracy involving their plan to rob a dealer, and then distribute the drug to another person they believed to be a dealer and money launderer but who was an undercover officer.
Addicted Thieves Increasingly Target Pharmacies
February 7, 2011
In Maine, one pharmacy began using a tracking device on prescription bottles so police could quickly locate the thieves. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, provided training to officers with the Biddeford (Maine) PD on how to investigate pharmacy thefts.
Blood Brothers: Roots of a Cartel War
December 29, 2010
Like the evolution of the Italian Mafia in U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago, Mexican smugglers or "contrabandistas" evolved from crude thuggish beginnings to more criminally sophisticated organized crime groups.
DEA: Houston PCP Seizure Is Largest Ever
December 2, 2010
The arrests came at the climax of an 18-month investigation dubbed Operation Scratch Off; DEA agents seized 57 gallons of the PCP in the bust.
Half-ton of Meth Seized In Georgia 'Superlab'
December 1, 2010
The Atlanta Field Division of the DEA sent its Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team in white "bunny suits" to collect evidence at the site prior to clean up.
Tunnel Near San Diego Yields 20 Tons of Marijuana
November 4, 2010
Approximately 30 tons of marijuana with a street value of $20 million have been seized in the U.S. and Mexico and linked to the tunnel, which is equipped with rail, lighting and ventilation systems.
CVS Pharmacy Admits It Sold Meth-Making Chemical To Criminals
October 14, 2010
Retail pharmacy CVS agrees to pay a $77.6-million fine after admitting to unlawfully selling pseudo-ephedrine to criminals. It's the largest civil penalty under the federal Controlled Substance Act, according to the DEA.
Glock to Donate $70,000 at IACP
October 12, 2010
A donation of $50,000 will be presented to the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Charity, and $20,000 to Drug Enforcement Administration Survivors Benefit Fund (DEA SBF).
DEA's Prescription Drug 'Take Back' Nets 240,000+ Pounds
October 6, 2010
In Troy, Mo., a man brought his kitchen drawer full of medication to the collection site to empty. At another site in Jacksonville, Ill., a woman brought in nearly 50 years' worth of medicines for disposal.
DEA's 'Take Back' Initiative Collects Prescription Meds
September 24, 2010
Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, according to the DEA.
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