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.
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.
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.
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.
California movie fans may be interested to learn that the 24-year-old son of Sean Penn and Robin Wright was taken into custody for alleged drug possession on April 4. The incident took place in Nebraska.
On March 26, two California men were arrested on drug and gun charges after police pulled over their vehicle for reckless driving. The incident took place in Solano County.
Despite extensive efforts to conceal a cache of cocaine, two California individuals were arrested in connection with possession of illegal narcotics. Beginning with a traffic stop, law enforcement officers uncovered cocaine with a street value of over $8 million.
On March 11, two California men were arrested on drug and weapons charges after police responded to reports of shots fired in Santa Cruz. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on the 100 block of Myrtle Street.
On March 12, a California man who pleaded guilty to trafficking nearly $1 million in cocaine was sentenced to five years of mandatory supervision. The 31-year-old man's co-defendant, a 30-year-old man, had pleaded guilty to the same charges and was given the same sentence in late February.
Being charged with drunken driving is no laughing matter, even in a circumstance where a California driver was stopped for unwittingly driving down the wrong side of the road. The driver's night only got worse after he was arrested for both drunken driving and possession of cocaine.