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Authorities Break Up U.S.-Canada Drug Ring

October 5, 2008

Late last year, Nathanael Lineham got a panicked phone call, prosecutors say. An associate working with Lineham to bring the drug ecstasy to California from Canada told him a shipment of 85,000 pills had been seized. Lineham was calm. After all, the deals were struck using coded e-mails -- on encrypted BlackBerrys from Lineham's own company.

Gang Injunction Splits a San Fernando Valley Community

October 4, 2008
This summer, law enforcement officials enacted an injunction targeting San Fer. It is the 37th gang injunction in Los Angeles and the largest yet, covering nearly 10 square miles in Sylmar and San Fernando, and it has left a troubled community deeply divided.

NYPD Dumps Barack Obama Campaign Ads from Website

October 3, 2008
The NYPD yanked a free news service from the department's internal Web site yesterday after cops and union leaders complained its ads promoted Sen. Barack Obama.

Four NYPD Officers Contract HIV On the Job

October 3, 2008
Four NYPD cops have contracted the deadly HIV virus in the line of duty and were granted disability pensions, the Daily News has learned.

Four Month Nationwide Gang Sweep Nets 1,700 Arrests

October 3, 2008
Operation Community Shield mostly targeted Latin and Central American street gangs, including Surenos-13, MS-13, 18th Street Gang, and the Latin Kings.

NYPD Lt. Who Ordered Fatal Tasering of Psychiatric Patient Commits Suicide

October 2, 2008
Lt. Michael Pigott, a 21-year veteran, shot himself to death just before 6 a.m. after reporting to work at the Emergency Services Unit headquarters at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, police sources said.

Phoenix PD Expands Patrol Rifle Inventory

October 2, 2008

Phoenix council members on Wednesday approved a request for the police department to purchase 60 Bushmaster AR-15 rifles from Clyde Armory at a cost of $44,813.28. Officials anticipate having the order fulfilled in time for the first set of 20 officers to train with the rifles in early November.

Maine Lawmakers Push for Law to Grant Oversight of Drug Forfeiture Proceeds

October 2, 2008

Members of the Maine Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee say they will push for a law in January requiring legislative approval before state law enforcement agencies can spend money forfeited by drug dealers, a move triggered by Maine State Police recently purchasing a new airplane at a cost of $345,000.

L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Charged in Sexual Torture of His Wife, Her Alleged Lover

October 2, 2008
After tricking his wife into introducing him to her lover, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy held the couple captive overnight at an Irvine apartment complex where he beat them, forced them to undress at knife point and ordered the woman to castrate her younger suitor, authorities alleged Wednesday.

Soros-Backed California Ballot Proposition Would Overhaul Sentencing of Drug Offenders

October 2, 2008
The Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act, funded in part by billionaire George Soros, would be "the most ambitious sentencing and prison reform in U.S. history," according to the Drug Policy Alliance Network, a primary sponsor.
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