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December 2016 Archives

Driver to fight DUI charge

A California resident intends to contest a 2015 misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. The 36-year-old man was pulled over because he was allegedly driving erratically and cut in front of an officer from the California department of alcohol beverage control who was operating an unmarked vehicle.

Synthetic drugs and narcotics laws

California residents may not know that the federal government places illegal drugs into one of three categories. Substances like marijuana that are not processed or refined prior to consumption are classified as natural drugs while substances such as cocaine or heroin that are processed before being distributed and sold are known as derivatives. However, a great deal of controversy surrounds a third category known as synthetics.

Fish trafficking investigation leads to drug charges

Two men who were under investigation for illegal fishing have been charged with drug crimes. California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel reportedly found marijuana, methamphetamine and thousands of dollars in counterfeit bills while they were investigating the men for unlawful fishing activities.

CHP finds 100 kilograms of heroin in tractor-trailer

According to the California Highway Patrol, a tractor-trailer driving through the Victor Valley was found to be carrying an estimated $11 million worth of heroin. A spokesperson said that an officer stopped the truck's driver for allegedly speeding north on the 15 Freeway in Hesperia around 8 a.m. on Dec. 1.

Field drug test kits shown to be unreliable

Some California law enforcement officers use road-side drug test kits so that they can quickly test substances that they suspect are illegal drugs. These are used around the country as well, and an Arkansas case demonstrates that there are problems with these field tests and that police might want to avoid using them.

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