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Drug Charges Archives

2 accused of selling narcotics to detectives

On March 24, it was reported that a married California couple were taken into police custody for selling narcotics after the wife accidentally texted a detective and offered him prescription pills. According to the report, the woman did not realize that she had used the wrong number.

Radio show personality faces drug possession charges

Five days after being taken into police custody on drug-related charges, a popular comedian, actor and radio show star tweeted about his experience. California fans may be interested in knowing that Artie Lange, who formerly appeared on the "Howard Stern Show", indicated that he is a "flawed person" who hopes that his story ends well. According to media sources , Lange's tweet followed an incident that occurred earlier in the garage of his own home, which is located in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Black defendants more likely to be wrongfully convicted

Caucasian defendants in California and around the country are far more likely to be acquitted than African-Americans facing criminal charges according to research published on March 7 by the National Registry of Exonerations. The University of Michigan-based group studied the cases of 1,900 imprisoned defendants who were later exonerated, and they found that almost half of them were of African-American descent. African Americans make up less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, and the senior editor of the registry put the disproportionately high number of exonerated black defendants down to racial bias and widespread prosecutorial misconduct.

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.

Man accused of organizing synthetic drug ring

A 41-year-old man in California pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to several felony charges related to an alleged drug distribution scheme involving synthetic marijuana. The man was indicted on 16 counts in June 2014 after an investigation that took almost three years. Officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Southern California Drug Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security conducted the investigation.

Civil rights groups closely watching Proposition 64

On Nov. 8, California residents will vote on a number of important ballot measures, and one of them has been widely supported by groups advocating for the legalization of marijuana as well as by civil rights organizations. If Proposition 64 passes, California residents and adults visiting the state will be able to possess up to an ounce of the drug legally, and the measure's passage would also allow judges in the Golden State to revisit the sentences handed down to individuals who have been convicted of marijuana-related offenses made legal by the measure during the last two years.

Report criticizes harsh sentences for minor drug offenses

California residents may be interested in a report released on Oct. 12 by the American Civil Liberties Union that looked at drug possession arrests. It found that significant resources were devoted to prosecuting people for possessing relatively small amounts of drugs and that many people received lengthy prison sentences. The report urged decriminalization of these offenses.

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