Tag: Drug Abuse and Traffic

Shootouts and Street Battles Break Out in Culiacán, Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s armed forces were deployed to the city of Culiacán on Thursday night, as shootouts and street battles erupted in the streets, according to local news reports. On Thursday evening, the government of Sinaloa state issued a warning on Twitter, urging residents to stay calm but “not to go out in the […]

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Drug Giants Pursuing $50 Billion Settlement of Opioid Cases

CLEVELAND — As a critical trial deadline bears down, lawyers for states and the three largest drug distributors in the country, along with two manufacturers, have agreed on a framework for a deal to resolve thousands of opioid cases with a settlement worth nearly $50 billion in cash and addiction treatments. Three people familiar with […]

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Cat Marnell Is Back From the Brink

These days, Cat Marnell wakes up at 9 a.m. — “early for me,” she said. She had been providing examples of her reformed life, including that she does Pilates videos on YouTube and sleeps every night, “for, like, a long time.” She was sitting atop a picnic table in an empty private courtyard in Alphabet […]

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The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring

Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, Laura and Jason Henke awoke with a start at their home in Minot, N.D. Their dog was barking wildly. At the door, in the early morning shadows, they found a police officer and, behind him, a pastor. The officer asked to see Laura’s ID to confirm that […]

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A Young Man Nearly Lost His Life to Vaping

Gregory Rodriguez thought he had the flu when he went to the emergency room on Sept. 18, feeling feverish, nauseated and short of breath. He woke up four days later in a different hospital, with a tube down his throat connecting him to a ventilator, and two more tubes in his neck and groin, running […]

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How a Few Grams of Pot Turned an American-Israeli Into a Geopolitical Pawn

JERUSALEM — Naama Issachar was boarding a connecting flight at the Moscow airport on her way home to Israel last April when the authorities found a few grams of marijuana in her luggage, an amount so small her lawyer predicted it would draw a slap on the wrist. But on Friday, when a Russian court […]

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U.S. Disputes Finding That Airstrikes on Afghan Drug Labs Killed 30 Civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 30 civilians were killed by American airstrikes that targeted drug labs in western Afghanistan this spring, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday, a figure that the United States-led mission in the country quickly disputed. The strikes, on May 5, targeted more than 60 sites in Farah Province […]

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Lil Peep’s Mother Sues Managers Over His Death

Before the rising emo-rapper Lil Peep was pronounced dead from an overdose on a tour bus in Tucson, Ariz., almost two years ago, he was “stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted and physically unwell,” according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday. Rather than getting him help, the suit says, those who were meant to guide him […]

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‘Mike’s Candyshop’: Behind the Overdose Death of HQ Trivia’s Colin Kroll

When police officers entered Colin Kroll’s apartment in SoHo last December, they found the 34-year-old tech entrepreneur known for grinding out 100-hour work weeks, facedown on his bed. Nearby were the telltale signs of drug use: empty vials, glassine envelopes and a powdery mixture. Later, officials confirmed what seemed apparent: Mr. Kroll had accidentally overdosed […]

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Coast Guard Officer Called a ‘Domestic Terrorist’ Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Charges

A Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal gun and drug charges, prosecutors and court filings said. The lieutenant, Christopher Paul Hasson, 50, who was arrested in Maryland in February, had been plotting to kill journalists, Democratic politicians, professors, Supreme Court justices and those he described […]

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A Doctor Who Prescribed 500,000 Doses of Opioids Is Sent to Prison for 40 Years

A Virginia doctor who prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids in two years was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Wednesday for leading what prosecutors called an interstate drug distribution ring. The overprescription of painkillers is one of the roots of the nation’s opioid crisis, and patients of Dr. Joel Smithers traveled hundreds […]

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Ed Buck Is Indicted in Fatal Overdoses of Two Men at His Home

Ed Buck, a Democratic donor and activist already facing charges in the death of one of two men who fatally overdosed at his West Hollywood apartment, now faces charges in the other. A federal grand jury indicted Mr. Buck, 65, on Wednesday on one count of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death for the overdose […]

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Johnson & Johnson Reaches Settlement in First Federal Opioids Trial

Johnson & Johnson became the fourth drugmaker to avoid going to trial in the first federal opioids case, announcing Tuesday evening that it had reached a $20.4 million agreement to settle claims raised by two Ohio counties. Although best known for family-friendly products like baby shampoo and baby powder, the company, through its drug manufacturing […]

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D.E.A. Let Opioid Production Surge as Crisis Grew, Inspector General Says

The Drug Enforcement Administration authorized large increases in the production of painkillers even as the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States soared, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a harsh review on Tuesday. The watchdog office said that the D.E.A. was “slow to respond” to the opioid crisis, adding that more than […]

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Police Crack Down on Vaping, Surfacing Stockpiles of Illicit Cartridges

The tip came to Minnesota police officers in July via a confidential informant: In a suburb in Anoka County, the informant said, a man had been quietly selling thousands of vaping cartridges laced with marijuana from his home. When authorities entered the man’s condominium last week, they found a staggeringly large stash of vaping cartridges, […]

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Dank Vapes, TKO and Other THC Vaping Brands Linked to Illnesses, C.D.C. Says

Vaping cartridges containing THC and labeled “Dank Vapes,” as well as some other illicit brands, are linked to the severe lung disease that has recently emerged among people who use vaping devices and e-cigarettes to inhale THC or nicotine, or both, health officials said on Friday. But they also said Dank Vapes appeared to be […]

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Looming Presence in Drug Conspiracy Case: Honduras’s President

When a former Honduran congressman goes on trial next week in Manhattan, charged with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, his older brother will be absent from the courtroom but will loom large over the case. That older brother, Juan Orlando Hernández, is the president of Honduras, and an ally of President Trump […]

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Ed Buck to Face Federal Drug Charge in Gemmel Moore’s Death, Official Says

LOS ANGELES — Ed Buck, a small-time Democratic donor and political activist, is expected to face a federal drug charge in the death of Gemmel Moore, 26, one of two men who died of overdoses in Mr. Buck’s West Hollywood home since 2017, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. Mr. Buck, […]

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Officer Who Guarded El Chapo’s Wife Is Accused of Dealing Drugs

A New York City officer named Ishmael Bailey had an off-duty job as a bodyguard this year for the wife of one of the most notorious defendants to step inside a courthouse — Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. Officer Bailey had a front-row seat as federal prosecutors unspooled Mr. […]

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A Trickle of Bodies at Ed Buck’s West Hollywood Home, Suspicion and an Arrest

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When the lifeless body of a 26-year-old man was found two years ago in the apartment of Ed Buck, a small-time Democratic donor and political activist, the authorities described it as an accidental overdose. Then, in January, a 55-year-old fashion consultant died in the home the same way. Once again Mr. […]

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