Cannabis to Help You Diet? One Edibles Company Thinks So

An edibles company says one of its products will lead not to the “the munchies” but to weight loss. There’s just one problem: the science.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #clinical-trials, #colorado, #drug-enforcement-administration, #food-and-drug-administration, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #national-institutes-of-health, #science-and-technology, #university-of-mississippi

Haiti’s Leader Kept a List of Drug Traffickers. His Assassins Came for It.

In the months before his murder, President Jovenel Moïse took a number of steps to fight drug and arms smugglers. Some officials now fear he was killed for it.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #haiti, #les-cayes-haiti, #martelly-michel, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government, #port-au-prince-haiti

Le président haïtien dressait une liste de narco-trafiquants. Ses tueurs l’ont saisie.

Dans les mois précédant son meurtre, Jovenel Moïse avait entrepris de lutter contre des trafiquants d’armes et de drogues. Certains responsables craignent aujourd’hui que ce fut sa perte.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #haiti, #les-cayes-haiti, #martelly-michel, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government, #port-au-prince-haiti

Former D.E.A. Agent Sentenced to 12 Years in Drug Money Scheme

Jose Ismael Irizarry took part in a seven-year scheme that used proceeds from drug investigations to buy jewelry, cars and a house in Colombia, prosecutors said.

#cartagena-colombia, #colombia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #frauds-and-swindling

Inside Fentanyl’s Mounting Death Toll: ‘This Is Poison’

While a rise in overdose deaths shows the devastating consequences of the opioid’s spread, less is understood about how the drug has proliferated.

#brennan-bridget-g, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #fentanyl, #manhattan-nyc, #odyssey-house, #opioids-and-opiates, #suffolk-county-ny

Former Shoe Shiner Wins Back Nearly $30,000 Seized by Federal Agents

Authorities at an airport last year seized a bag of cash that Kermit Warren was carrying to buy a truck. It was his life’s savings but prosecutors contended the money was linked to drugs.

#airport-security, #black-people, #civil-forfeiture, #dan-alban, #drug-enforcement-administration, #institute-for-justice, #kermit-warren, #search-and-seizure

That Tainted Halloween Candy Myth Just Won’t Go Away

Despite a lack of evidence, warnings about dangers lurking in treats have been an annual ritual for decades. The newest twist involves weed.

#candy, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #drug-enforcement-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #halloween, #marijuana, #poisoning-and-poisons

At Mexico-U.S. Security Talks, Migration Question Is Largely Avoided

As diplomats from both countries began negotiating a new security agreement on Friday, the focus was on stopping criminal activity while the border crisis was conspicuously sidestepped.

#blinken-antony-j, #central-america, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ebrard-marcelo, #gun-control, #human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico

Discovery of Marijuana Preceded Deadly Tucson Shooting, U.S. Says

Investigators say they found more than five pounds of marijuana and 50 packages of edibles before one of the suspects opened fire on federal agents in Tucson, Ariz.

#amtrak, #arizona, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #marijuana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #tucson-ariz

D.E.A. Agent Is Killed in Shooting at Arizona Amtrak Station

A second agent and a Tucson police officer were wounded in the chaotic shooting, a City Council member said. Amtrak said 137 passengers and 11 crew members were safely evacuated from a train.

#amtrak, #attacks-on-police, #drug-enforcement-administration, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #tucson-ariz

D.E.A. Warns of ‘Alarming’ Increase in Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills

The Drug Enforcement Administration said it had seized more than 9.5 million counterfeit prescription pills so far this year, more than in the previous two years combined.

#counterfeit-merchandise, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #fentanyl, #methamphetamines, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug

William J. Walker, Sidelined on Jan. 6, Has New Job Securing Capitol

William J. Walker has testified about how his requests for approval to deploy the National Guard on Jan. 6 went unanswered. Now it falls to him to prevent another rampage.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-enforcement-administration, #gibson-karen-h, #house-of-representatives, #manger-j-thomas, #national-guard, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #walker-william-j-1957

He Guarded Haiti’s Slain President. And He’s the Target of a Drug Inquiry.

Officials are examining whether President Jovenel Moïse’s killing was tied to the drug trade. The man in charge of his safety was a suspect in a major trafficking case, they say.

#corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #haiti, #martelly-michel, #moise-jovenel-1968, #smuggling

ICE Meant to Capture Drug Lords. Did It Snare Duped Seniors?

Operation Cocoon aimed to disrupt international drug trafficking rings, but critics say it has left unwitting elderly “mules” in foreign prisons.

#americans-abroad, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #elder-abuse, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Retired FBI Agent Is Accused of Swindling Woman Out of $800,000

The former agent told the woman she was on “secret probation” over drug crimes and at one point proposed marriage, federal prosecutors said.

#austin-tex, #dallas-tex, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #granbury-tex, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #texas, #united-states

Biden Picks Anne Milgram, Former NJ Attorney General, to Lead DEA

Anne Milgram built her reputation fighting crime in the city of Camden.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #camden-nj, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #manhattan-nyc, #menendez-robert, #new-jersey, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Honduran Leader Vowed to Help Flood U.S. With Cocaine, Prosecutor Says

The allegation against President Juan Orlando Hernández came in opening arguments at an accused drug trafficker’s trial.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

The Biden administration will need to rebuild drug-enforcement cooperation after Mexico exonerated Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, discounting U.S. evidence that he worked for a cartel.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #h-2-cartel, #informers, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Mexico Clears Salvador Cienfuegos, Ex-Defense Minister, in Drug Case

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda returned to Mexico last year after the Department of Justice abruptly dropped drug-trafficking and corruption charges.

#cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

Hit Hard by the Pandemic, Mexico’s Drug Cartels Tweaked Their Playbook

The brutal cartels, like legitimate companies, struggled as governments imposed border closures and lockdowns, and had to get creative.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #homeland-security-department, #mexico

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

#bankruptcies, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #practice-fusion-inc, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico’s Ex-Defense Minister, Is Arrested in L.A.

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos was detained at the airport at the request of the D.E.A. and will face drug and money-laundering charges, a federal law enforcement official said.

#defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #los-angeles-calif, #mexico, #salvador-cienfuegos

New York Grandparents Are Kidnapped and Taken to Canada

Their captors demanded the return of cocaine worth $3.5 million. They were freed after the authorities used cellphone data to track them to a house in Quebec.

#brown-graigory, #canada, #cellular-telephones, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #helm-james, #helm-sandra, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #moira-ny, #quebec-province-canada, #surete-du-quebec

An Exhibition Tells the Story of a Drug War Leader, but Not All of It

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s exhibition on Harry J. Anslinger, a founding father of American drug policy, does not delve into criticism that he used racial slurs.

#anslinger-harry-j, #arlington-va, #discrimination, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drug-enforcement-administration-museum-and-visitors-center-arlington-va, #marijuana, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity

Former Angels Employee Charged in Pitcher’s Overdose Death

Tyler Skaggs, who had fentanyl and oxycodone in his system at the time of his death, would not have died if not for the fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

#baseball, #drug-enforcement-administration, #fentanyl, #fort-worth-tex, #justice-department, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #oxycontin-drug, #skaggs-tyler-1991-2019

Cities Say They Want Federal Agents Fighting Crime, Not Protesters

Rejecting the deployment of camouflaged federal agents, big-city mayors said the Trump administration should use its resources to help tackle problems like gun violence.

#bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #chicago-ill, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-enforcement-administration, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

How Mexico’s Drug Cartels are Profiting From the Pandemic

Lockdown exacerbated addiction in the U.S., while in Mexico, cartels dig into their turfs with charity and curfews, and put violent pressure on a vulnerable government.

#drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

Former D.E.A. Spokesman Pleads Guilty to $4.4 Million Fraud

Garrison Kenneth Courtney pretended to be a C.I.A. officer to bilk companies.

#central-intelligence-agency, #courtney-garrison-kenneth, #drug-enforcement-administration, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #national-institutes-of-health

Paralegal for U.S. Attorney Tipped Off Drug Cartel, Prosecutors Say

Jennifer Loya, 30, helped a drug network in San Antonio stay a step ahead of drug enforcement agents through her access to information as a federal employee, according to court documents.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #jennifer-loya, #kimberly-loya, #zetas

Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low

Medicines to alleviate breathing difficulty, relieve pain and sedate coronavirus patients are in very high demand, depleting stock around the country.

#american-hospital-assn, #antibiotics, #asthma, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #premier-inc, #sedatives, #shortages, #stockpiling, #teva-pharmaceutical-industries-ltd, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science