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Drug Charges Archives

Temecula man sentenced to federal prison for selling drugs

A 31-year-old California man has been sentenced to state prison for two years for selling cocaine out of his home. He pleaded guilty to multiple charges in December and was sentenced on January 3. Apparently, the plea agreement did not dismiss any of the charges.

Timbs case asks questions about civil forfeiture

California residents may be familiar with the concept of civil forfeiture. When a person commits a crime, authorities may take assets that were used in the commission of that crime. However, the value of the items may need to be taken into consideration when imposing such a punishment. In the case of Timbs v. Indiana, a man had his $42,000 Range Rover taken from him after allegedly selling heroin to undercover police officers.

Federal agents target 92 Osage Legend Crips gang in LA County

Federal agents used multiple search warrants to conduct a sweep in August against alleged gang members believed to be trafficking drugs throughout Los Angeles County. Across Inglewood, Hawthorne and Los Angeles, agents searched locations such as a convenience store where authorities said that gang members refined cocaine into crack and distributed it throughout the area. The early morning searches resulted in the arrest of 10 people suspected of belonging to the 92 Osage Legend Crips gang that operates in California.

California police seize drugs, firearms, body armor in 6 raids

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted the police in Salinas as the department raided six locations. Police arrested seven individuals, including a 24-year-old man dubbed the "Cocaine Cowboy" who had been arrested a month earlier at the California Rodeo Salinas. Law enforcement claim to have recognized him as a known gang member and reportedly found cocaine in his cowboy boot during that arrest.

Victims' rights advocate facing drug trafficking charges

California resident and victims' rights advocate Henry T. Nicholas III was taken into custody on Aug. 9 after police in Las Vegas allegedly discovered large amounts of illegal drugs in his hotel room. Reports indicate that the 59-year-old entrepreneur and his female companion are both facing drug trafficking charges. Nicholas earned his fortune in the technology sector before championing victims' rights legislation. The laws he advocated for are named after his late sister, a college student who was killed by a former boyfriend in 1983.

Study looks at impact of Proposition 47 on racial disparity

In a study that appears in The American Journal of Public Health, researchers argue that if more felony drug offenses were reclassified as misdemeanors, as was the case with California's Proposition 47, many racial disparities in the criminal justice system would be reduced. Furthermore, certain populations would have better health outcomes. Researchers identified a number of other factors that are affected by felony drug convictions as well, including immigration status and financial aid for college along with access to jobs, housing and health benefits.

California man accused of selling drugs online

Federal prosecutors have accused a 38-year-old California man of selling synthetic marijuana worth about $1 million on the internet. The Pacific Beach resident is facing three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted on all counts. A 39-year-old Florida man has also been taken into custody in connection with the scheme. A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York does not reveal what may have brought the men to the attention of the authorities.

Artie Lange sentenced for heroin possession

California fans of comedian Artie Lange might be interested to learn that he was sentenced on drug possession charges in New Jersey on June 2. The 50-year-old received four years probation and 50 hours of community service. In addition, he must complete an outpatient substance abuse program.

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