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May 2018 Archives

BART board member wants to send public drug users to jail

A board member for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System wants to change California law to stop rampant drug use inside transit stations and elevators. Under her proposal, individuals caught using hypodermic needles within the transit system could be charged with a felony and sentenced to up to 18 months in jail.

Californian convicted in $2.8 million embezzlement scheme

A 61-year-old San Mateo man was convicted of several felonies for his role in an embezzlement scheme, local prosecutors said on May 14. The man reportedly collaborated with the manager of an upscale condominium complex in San Mateo to embezzle $2.8 million.

California city places DUI checkpoint at accident hot spot

Civil rights groups have questioned the constitutionality of DUI checkpoints, but they remain permissible under California law. Police departments say that high visibility enforcement techniques such as DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols deter irresponsible behavior and make the roads safer, and these arguments are supported by studies revealing that such checkpoints, when they are well-publicized, have been found to reduce drunk driving accidents by as much as 20 percent.

Bam Margera receives plea in DUI case

Actor Bam Margera was taken into custody in Los Angles in January 2018 after a traffic stop conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Authorities had originally stopped him for driving while on his cell phone. However, after making contact with him, they noticed an odor of alcohol. His poor performance on field sobriety tests resulted in being charged with two counts of DUI.

Man pleads guilty to selling drugs on dark web

A 39-year-old California man entered a guilty plea in federal court on May 2 for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of illegal drugs by offering them on the so-called "dark web". The man also admitted to laundering illicit drug money by purchasing cryptocurrencies. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to forfeit millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies.

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