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  1. Cocaine worth over $1.5m found in Canberra home, police say is one of ACT's largest-ever seize

    "Cocaine worth over $1.5m found in Canberra home in what police say is one of ACT's largest-ever seizures" Key points: Shaun Claude Small, 28, is charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs Police say the cocaine was destined for outer-lying suburbs in the ACT Officers have not ruled out more raids or arrests The seizure of five kilograms of cocaine from a home in Theodore is the largest seizure of the drug in Canberra's history, according to ACT police. Officers...
  2. Cannabis crop worth estimated $20m found on property near Mackay, Queensland police say

    Two men have been charged over a major drug bust in north Queensland that police said netted a cannabis crop with a street value of close to $20 million. Police on Wednesday seized more than 8,000 plants and eight kilograms of dried cannabis from a property at Calen, north of Mackay. Detective Inspector Bruce Duck said the crop was destroyed at the scene. "If you look at the size of the area we're looking at, it's probably about two basketball courts," he said. "It's certainly...
  3. Boy opens Lego kit to find $US40,000 of meth

    Key points: The Lego box contained about 1.3 kilograms of meth, much to the disappointment of the boy to received it as a present Investigators believe the drugs were shipped to the wrong address and held as unclaimed property by the postal service It's assumed the box was sold at auction before ending up at the second-hand shop Three US women bought a box of Lego from a second-hand shop while visiting South Carolina only to find that the box was actually filled with about $US40,000 worth...
  4. UK police arrest 586 in drug gang crackdown, freeing adults and children from suspected slavery

    Dozens of suspected slaves have been rescued in a week-long crackdown on illegal drug gangs across Britain that uncovered hundreds of vulnerable children, according to UK officials. More than 500 people were arrested in raids that saw $AU579,000 in cash, $AU324,000 worth of cocaine, as well as significant quantities of crack cocaine and heroin seized in a major coordinated police action. "We know that criminal networks use high levels of violence, exploitation and abuse to ensure...
  5. France - More than 11 tons of cannabis seized by the Mulhouse Police Judiciaire

    Nearly 1.8 tons of cannabis from Morocco was seized in Colmar in 2014. DNA - Philippe MARCHEGAY Archives 11.2 tons of cannabis were seized, Friday, May 10 in the evening by the men of the Mulhouse of the DIPJ (Direction centrale de la Police judiciaire) Strasbourg. The operation took place in two stages with a first wave of arrests on the Ile-Napoléon (Mulhouse-Sausheim) where a ton of cannabis had been delivered. The second wave of arrests took place on the A36 motorway towards Paris, in...
  6. Habitual coffee drinkers really do wake up and smell the coffee

    Regular coffee drinkers can sniff out even tiny amounts of coffee and are faster at recognising the aroma, compared to non-coffee drinkers, new research has found. Habitual coffee drinkers are not just more sensitive to the odour of coffee and faster to identify it, but the more they craved coffee, the better their ability to smell it became. It is the first time evidence has been found to prove coffee addicts are more sensitive to the smell of coffee. The results could open the door to...
  7. Officials warn public after deadly fentanyl-laced marijuana found, suspect arrested

    ONEIDA COUNTY, NY — An upstate New York sheriff’s office is warning the public after marijuana laced with fentanyl was found. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said Friday that an individual who was in possession of the laced marijuana was arrested. “With fentanyl laced marijuana now confirmed to be in New York State, I am extremely concerned for the safety of anyone using marijuana. Everyone needs to be aware that the potential of getting fentanyl laced marijuana is possible and the...
  8. Ohio coroner: 'We have seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana'

    (AP photo/ Mel Evans) WLWT-TV - CINCINNATI, OH (WLWT) -- Synthetic opiates like fentanyl have been found in marijuana, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco confirmed to NBC affiliate WLWT-TV Monday. Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, has been linked to a surge of fatal overdoses across the county. It has been showing up in other drugs across the area. "We have seen fentanyl mixed with cocaine, we have also seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana,"...
  9. Drug use by state-2019 stats

    Drug abuse has a long and storied history in the United States, and we’ve been “at war” with it since 1971 under the Nixon administration. But no matter who is in office, the federal drug budget continues to increase. It’s moved from $23.8 billion in 2013 to over $27.7 billion in 2018. The current administration seems to be taking a hardline approach to drug use. In addition to the issue of drugs crossing the border from Mexico, President Donald Trump has been focused especially on the...
  10. FROM BOOZE TO BUDS: A drunkard's descent into reefer madness

    I found this series of articles in a small local publication known as the Ganja Gazette. It is really about the local I.E. Northern Colorado cannabis scene, but this particular article caught my eye. It is a funny, tongue-in-cheek account of a guy named Kyle Pogue, who is new to the area and the staff of this publication. He is introducing himself and explaining his "descent into reefer madness". Hello, friends. I'm new here, so I will introduce myself. My name is Kyle Pogue. If a man is to...
  11. Canada's Got Cannabis (Just Not Enough Of It!)

    Just three weeks after the sales of recreational marijuana was authorized, Canada is running low on legal pot. This shortage is sending some frustrated consumers back to the black market. Angry consumers from across the country say they are returning to their illegal dealers. In Montreal, several pot smokers have said that their original dealers were taking advantage of this shortage by offering home delivery services as well as lower pricing. Retailers, consumers and the producers...
  12. New Drug Testing Method May Revolutionize the Old Tried and True

    New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past Addiction in the News, Addiction Research, Drug Abuse, Drugs and Society, Drugs and the Law Forget about urine samples or breathalyzers; the future of drug testing is in fingerprints. Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that’s about to...
  13. 2013 - U.S. border officers told a Mexican to drink liquid meth. Family received $1 million

    Cruz Velazquez Acevedo began convulsing shortly after he drank the liquid methamphetamine he’d brought with him from Tijuana, Mexico. The 16-year-old had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid that he claimed was apple juice. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told him to drink it to prove he wasn’t lying, court records say. The teen took four sips. Then, he began sweating...
  14. Denver is voting to become the first city to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms

    Decriminalizing "magic mushrooms," which contain the hallucinogenic compound psilocybin, is on the ballot in Denver. (CNN)As criminal penalties for drug use fall across the country, Denver could be setting another first. "Magic mushrooms" are now on the ballot in the city. Denver will vote Tuesday to sort out two ballot questions, including Initiated Ordinance 301, or the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative. The ordinance's text seeks to "deprioritize, to the greatest extent possible"...
  15. Study: Half of Schizophrenia Diagnoses May Be Wrong

    In a small study of patients referred to the Johns Hopkins Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC), Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that about half the people referred to the clinic with a schizophrenia diagnosis didn't actually have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling disorder marked by disordered thinking, feelings and behavior. People who reported hearing voices or having anxiety were the ones more likely to be misdiagnosed. In a report of the...
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