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Op-Ed: Federal judges are imprisoning and killing cannabis patients

Davenport - In the fight to legalize cannabis, millions of Americans have become civil disobedients in order to medicate their illness. Those people are at risk to feel the cold back hand of state, whose federal judges deny them the right to fair trial.
In the Media by Ben Morris

Mexican cartel caught smuggling weed in fake watermelons into USA

Tucson - Forget the Trojan Horse — it reportedly only fit 30 soldiers. But a drug cartel's watermelons? Let's just say they held enough weed to knock Wiz Khalifa out.
In the Media by Nora Meszaros

Op-Ed: How the federal government obstructs marijuana research Special

A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance has accused the DEA of obstructing research for marijuana for more than four decades. It is an accusation supported by evidence.
Digital Journal Report by Ben Morris

Republicans slowly embracing marijuana

For years the U.S. House has been turning down proposals dealing with marijuana but this week that all changed when the House approved a new measure.
In the Media by Jessie McMullen - 1 comment

DEA raids on medical marijuana dispensaries may become illegal

The House of Representatives voted 219-189 in favor of preventing the DEA from using federal funds to raid medical marijuana facilities.
In the Media by William Suphan - 1 comment

U.S. DEA cracks down on synthetic drugs

This week DEA agents launched raids in 29 U.S. states, making more than 150 arrests and serving 200 warrants, while also seizing more than $20 million in cash and assets in relation to synthetic drugs.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Russian tycoon to buy RWE's oil and gas production unit

German utility company RWE <RWEG.DE> is to sell its oil and gas unit DEA <RWEDE.UL> to investors led by Russia's second-richest man Mikhail Fridman, giving up a profit...
In the Media by Christoph Steitz and Arno Schuetze (Reuters)

Image on social media leads to marijuana arrest for 17-year-old

As the nation debates federal surveillance of the internet, local law enforcement is beginning to use spying on social media to combat marijuana.
In the Media by Justin King - 2 comments

Forgotten student in jail cell reaches settlement with DEA

San Diego - Back in April 2012, a young Californian college student, Daniel Chong, was left handcuffed and forgotten in a federal holding cell for four days with no food or water. He has now agreed to a $4.1 million settlement over the incident.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

NY soccer mom busted in large marijuana grow operation

Scarsdale - The wealthy divorced mother of two from Scarsdale, New York, was arrested after it was alleged she operated a sophisticated marijuana grow operation from a warehouse in Queens.
In the Media by Arthur Weinreb - 7 comments

Policing war zones: The new jurisdiction of U.S. federal agents

Washington - In recent years law enforcement agents of the U.S. government have traveled to nations in conflict in support of the military and nation rebuilding and stabilization efforts. This new mission has proven extremely dangerous and even deadly.
In the Media by Shawn Kay

Buffalo doctor wrote prescriptions in exchange for toilet paper

North Tonawanda - While doctors improperly selling narcotic drugs is not unusual, Dr.Matthew Bennett is alleged to have illegally written prescriptions in exchange for goods and services including toilet paper.
In the Media by Arthur Weinreb - 6 comments

Pot ring busted-19 arrests made, more than $1 million in drugs

Discovery Bay - Contra Costa County concluded its year-long federal investigation by arresting 19 people and seizing more than $1 million worth of marijuana, weapons and cash this morning.
In the Media by Pratidnya Bhat - 6 comments

Legislators want medical marijuana farming legalized in Minnesota

Saint Paul - House Representatives in the Minnesota Legislature have proposed a bill that will open the door for resident farmers to grow medical marijuana for resale to dispensaries in states which have legalized the use and sale of marijuana for medical conditions.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 2 comments

Marijuana use increases while arrests rise to record high

Washington - Marijuana arrests accounted for more than half of all United States drug arrests in 2009, while its use among by Americans during this same period increased by 8 percent, according to two reports released recently by government officials.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 8 comments

Actress arrested, allegedly smuggled 500 lbs Pot on Private Jet

Columbus - Lisette Lee, an actress and supposed Samsung heiress, was arrested in Columbus Ohio after authorities received an anonymous tip she was allegedly carrying over 500 lbs. of marijuana in 13 suitcases aboard a private plane.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Jamaican drug war continues in firefight with Coke's Shower Posse

The bloody war in Jamaica continues today with more fires, a rising death toll and gun fire on the streets as the police and Jamaican army battle the Shower Posse drug gang and its' leader Christopher "Duddus" Coke.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Three U.S. DEA agents killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Three U.S. DEA agents were aboard a helicopter which crashed on Monday. Seven U.S. soldiers were also killed while the helicopter was returning from a counter-narcotics operation in western Afghanistan.
In the Media by Salim Jiwa

Farmers Arrested for Planting Hemp on DEA Headquarters Lawn

In an act of civil disobedience led by Dr. Bronner (yes, the soap guy), farmers planted hemp seeds on the lawn of DEA Headquarters.
In the Media by William Suphan - 1 comment

Huge Drug Bust At San Diego State University

Students at San Diego State were living the high life a bit too much. An undercover drug operation arrested 75 students on Tuesday. There were a total of 96 arrests made by the DEA and police. Partying hard is going to cost many more than just bail.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

Former DEA agents sue in NY over depiction in 'American Gangster'

Several retired federal drug enforcement agents have decided to sue NBC Universal because "American Gangster" had falsely made these DEA's look like villains in the story of Frank Lucas played by Denzel Washington.
In the Media by MadMoneyWannabe - 2 comments

Pot Munchie Plant Busted By DEA

In what seems like a scene out of the show "Weeds" the Feds raided a factory that was adding a little extra herbal flavor to it's products. Tainted Inc. was treated to a raid on Wednesday.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 10 comments

Mechanics find $157,000 of marijuana stuffed in gas tank

Moral of the story: If you don't know how to fix your truck if you run into problems, then don't use it to transport drugs.
In the Media by Critical_Conformity - 5 comments
 

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DEA FAST team members make an early morning trek across a desert field while in route to the residen...
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DEA FAST team members make an early morning trek across a desert field while in route to the residence of a corrupt police chief in Afghanistan where they will conduct a raid that will end in his arrest.
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DEA FAST team members in Afghanistan arrest a farmer for cultivating opium poppies during a raid on ...
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DEA FAST team members in Afghanistan arrest a farmer for cultivating opium poppies during a raid on his residence.
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A DEA FAST team prepares to raid a residence in Afghanistan in search of opium. Opium can be process...
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A DEA FAST team prepares to raid a residence in Afghanistan in search of opium. Opium can be processed into heroin, a highly addictive narcotic, which can then be shipped out of the country by the Taliban or al-Qaida to the streets of European cities. Proceeds recieved by the Taliban or al-Qaida from the trafficked heroin may be used to fuel the insurgency against the U.S. and coalition troops or fund future acts of terrorism.
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DEA FAST team member communicating with other members via radio.
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DEA FAST team member communicating with other members via radio.
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Daniel Chong  forgotten in a San Diego prison cell.
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Daniel Chong, forgotten in a San Diego prison cell.
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The size of heroin makes it highly portable and concealable for those dealing it.
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The size of heroin makes it highly portable and concealable for those dealing it.
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A member of the Drug Enforcement Administration's specialized tactical unit known as the "FAST team" searches for additional suspects, weapons, narcotics and other contraband during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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Special Agents with a Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams (FAST team) burns a hashish field in Afghanistan after a joint raid on the location with NATO troops in 2008. The DEA is in Afghanistan supporting nation-building efforts by the U.S. government and military as well as targeting the hashish and opium crops that are believed to generate hundreds of millions in funds for the Taliban and al-Qaida annually.
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DEA FAST team members practice firearms training at a desert location in Afghanistan.
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DEA FAST team members practice firearms training at a desert location in Afghanistan.
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Lisette Lee who claims to be a Samsung Heiress was arrested when a jet she allegedly chartered lande...
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Lisette Lee who claims to be a Samsung Heiress was arrested when a jet she allegedly chartered landed in Columbus Ohio with 500lbs of pot on board.
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DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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