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Move Over Missouri, Indiana Is The New Meth Capital of America

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Congratulations Missouri! You’re no longer the nation’s meth capital! Missouri’s decade long distinction of being the state with the most methamphetamine busts has come to an end.

Indiana has outranked Missouri and is now the new meth capital of America with more than 1,700 methamphetamine seizures in 2013.

Meth IncidentsIn fact Missouri’s not even in second place anymore. The Show Me state dropped to No. 3, behind both Indiana and Tennessee. In Missouri, methamphetamine busts plummeted 25 percent from 2012 to 2013. But this doesn’t necessarily mean Missouri’s love affair with meth is over. The drop in drug busts could be due to changes in enforcement, new laws and more potent meth being imported from Mexico.

“It should not be any indication that the war on meth is dwindling,” said Cpl. Chris Hoffman, who leads the Jefferson County Municipal Enforcement Group, a drug task force.

Meanwhile, over in Indiana, state police say they are not surprised by the numbers.

“They’re making more meth and more often,” said 1st Sgt. Niki Crawford, Commander of ISP’s Meth Suppression Section.

And the police are catching more and more of them.

But Ralph Weisheit, a professor of criminal justice/resident meth expert at Illinois State University says that despite the increase in drug busts, the core of the problem still remains: addicts need meth and will do anything to get their scabby little hands on it.

“How do you tell people to stop using something that makes them feel really good?” said Weisheit. “That’s the real challenge.”

Well, they could start by showing them a series of before and after photos. Why not start with this one?

Meth is a hell of a drug

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Happy Meals Can Be Addictive – Especially If They Contain Heroin

Happy Meal Heroin

A McDonald’s drive-thru employee was arrested Wednesday after undercover cops in Pittsburgh caught her selling heroin via a Happy Meal box.

Shania Dennis, 26, was arrested after undercover law enforcement officials conducted a drug buy. According to the officers, “the way that the deals would happen is that the customer looking for heroin was instructed to go through the drive-thru and say, ‘I’d like to order a toy.’ The customer would then be told to proceed to the first window, where they would be handed a Happy Meal box containing heroin.” Better than the side of apples!

When the undercover cops asked for a toy with their Happy Meal, Shania naturally added the heroin, and being the nice girl that she is, included the actual toy as well. The undercover officers recovered 10 stamp bags of heroin inside of their Happy Meal box and recovered 50 more bags after searching her. She was immediately arrested.

Luckily, the drugs recovered Wednesday do not appear to be related to the fentanyl-laced lethal batches of heroin that have been blamed for 22 overdose deaths in southwestern Pennsylvania – so you can continue ordering Happy Meals without worrying about any health consequences.

As for Shania Dennis, she is now charged with two counts of possession, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of prohibited acts of delivery, one count of possession with intent to deliver, and a bunch of counts of selling junk food to junkies. But in Shania’s defense, McDonald’s did tell its employees to get a second job

Via: USA Today

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Mexico Legalizes Vigilante Groups and Captures Cartel Leader

Mexico militias take on drug cartels

The only way to combat gang violence is with more gang violence! The Mexican government has decided to incorporate armed, civilian “self defense” groups into the country’s old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps.

This new vigilante endorsement will give the armed civilians the authority to pursue (whoever they deem) criminals. Drug cartels beware: vigilante groups estimate their numbers at 20,000 armed men.

Vigilante groups have been popping up over the last year in the Michoacan region in response to the Knights Templar drug cartel. The vigilantes accused the government of not doing enough to protect locals from extortion and violence so they took things into their own hands. After they began doing a better job than the actual police force at combatting the drug cartel, President Enrique Pena Nieto felt compelled to makes these vigilante groups legit by giving them government approval.

The official announcement came right after the “self defense” security forces captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel. Dionicio Loya Plancarte, known as El Tio (The Uncle), was one of the country’s most wanted drug lords and had a $2.25m bounty on his head.

Under the new agreement between the vigiliante leaders and the government, the groups will be deployed temporarily and as needed.

“These units will be temporary and will be under the control of the authorities,” the federal government said in a statement, “to cooperate with the troops in the activities that these carry out and when required by the military command”.

Vigilante leaders will have to submit a list of their members to the Defense Department and will be allowed to keep their weapons as long as they register them with the army. And then some corrupt government official will leak their names to the drug cartels and it’s goodbye vigilantes…. Viva Mexico!

Via: CBS News

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Sweden’s Justice Minister Beatrice Ask: Marijuana Kills!

Swedish minister of Justice Beatrice Ask

Sweden’s version of Sarah Palin, Justice Minister Beatrice Ask, made a fool of herself this week by posting a satirical article about marijuana-related deaths on her Facebook page along with comments about her zero-tolerance against drugs.

Beatrice Ask, who belongs to Sweden’s ruling Moderate Party, posted a link to the Daily Currant’s satire article, which claimed (falsely) that marijuana overdoses killed 37 people in Colorado on the first day of legalization. The article also included fabricated quotes from local hospital staff:

“It’s complete chaos here,” says Dr. Jack Shepard, chief of surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, “I’ve put five college students in body bags since breakfast and more are arriving every minute.”

“We are seeing cardiac arrests, hypospadias, acquired trimethylaminuria and multiple organ failures. By next week the death toll could go as high as 200, maybe 300. Someone needs to step in and stop this madness. My god, why did we legalize marijuana? What were we thinking?”

Beatrice Ask FBBeatrice Ask must have been smoking some pretty strong weed when she read this because apparently she believed it and tried to tie it back to her anti-drug stance. Above the link she wrote:

“Stupid and sad. My first bill in the youth wing was called Outfight the Drugs! In this matter I haven’t changed opinion at all.”

After she was criticized for passing on a fabricated news article, her press secretary attempted to back-track, insisting the minister was aware the article was fake and was simply trying to shame the website for poking fun at such a serious issue. Right… and Sarah Palin knows that being able to see Russia from your house doesn’t necessarily make you a foreign policy expert.

Via: The Local

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Colorado Catnip

Current Event Cat - Colorado Marijuana

Just in time to numb everyone’s New Year’s hangover, the world’s first state-licensed marijuana industry opened for business yesterday in the state of Colorado.

The change approved by Colorado voters went into effect with the new year, and roughly two dozen stores in Colorado have already begun selling weed to residents 21 or older.

Hordes of customers hoping to get Rocky Mountain High braved the cold, snowy weather and lined up outside the various marijuana outlets. Colorado residents can buy up to 1oz (28g) of pot, while those from out of the state can only purchase 0.25oz. And the drugs must be kept within the state’s borders. The Denver airport has already put up signs warning travellers not to smuggle the weed into the rest of the country. The cannabis can also only be smoked on private property with the owner’s permission.

First Colorado PurchaseSean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from two tours in Iraq, was the first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Colorado today. Azzariti, seen in the photo already looking high and somewhat terrified, purchased an eighth of an ounce of pot and some chocolate truffles laced with marijuana for $59.50.

Azzariti, who has campaigned to legalise marijuana, said the drug helps to ease his symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

I couldn’t be happier,” he told US media. “It’s a huge stepping stone for other states as well, so it’s a huge honour, to say the least.”

Colorado has now officially become the first place in the world where marijuana will be regulated from seed to sale. Next up: Washington State… and Uruguay.

Via: BBC News & Current Event Cats

Thai PM Survives No-Confidence Vote Amid Angry Protests… And Other News

Yingluck Shinawatra No-confidence

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survived a no-confidence vote in parliament but might not survive the tens of thousands of protesters out to destroy her.

After a no-confidence motion was brought by the opposition Democrat Party, Thailand’s parliament decided in a 297-134 vote to keep Yingluck in power. But the Thai people apparently have no-confidence in her. Yingluck’s government is dealing with the biggest demonstrations to hit Thailand since the violence of 2010. The protests, which began in Bangkok on Sunday, are being led by a former opposition party lawmaker. Demonstrators say that Yingluck’s government is controlled by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who fled in 2008 before being convicted of abuse of power. Well, it’s been nearly four years. Time for another coup? BBC News

Costco BibleCostco has apologized for (falsely?) labelling copies of the Bible as “fiction” at a store near Los Angeles. A local pastor noticed this “mistake” while he was presumably buying copies of the Bible in bulk and tweeted a picture to his congregation. Once the picture got out, Costco issued an apology: “Costco’s distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution.” But the real question is: who even buys Bibles? And for $14.99?? Just steal them from hotel rooms! TIME

arnon-milchan-isreali-spyIn stranger than fiction news, Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, aka the Pretty Woman producer (among others), has admitted that he was an Israeli spy. Rumours about Milchan’s alleged double life have been circulating for years but now he’s coming clean about the work he did on arms deals and Israel’s alleged nuclear program. Milchan is thought to have worked for Israel’s now-defunct Bureau of Scientific Relations, known as Lekem, which worked to obtain information for secret defence programs. “I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,” said Milchan. Considering Hollywood is pretty much run by Jews, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. CBC News

ny_circumcisionA turtle top will cost you $140 a day in Israel. According to Israel’s Channel 2, an Israeli woman is being fined $140 a day for refusing to circumcise her one-year-old-son. While there isn’t any legal requirement for Jews in Israel to circumcise their children, the mother is going through a divorce and in Israel, divorce is in the hands of the religious courts. The husband appealed to the Haifa Rabbinical Court to get the child circumcised (against the mother’s wishes) and the court agreed that the child should be circumcised. “I’ve been exposed to a lot of information about circumcision and decided not to proceed with the circumcision,” the woman told Channel 2. “I have no right to cut at his genitals and to maim him, and the court has no authority to force me to.” 972 Mag

Raining PotIt’s raining pot! Hundred of pounds of marijuana fell from the sky over San Diego on Monday after some Mexican drug smugglers dropped the bundles out of a plane. U.S. Customs and Border Protection watched the plane as it crossed the border about 4:15 a.m, drop bundles of pot that were tied to a cage and returned to Mexico without landing. Authorities seized more than 260 pounds of marijuana from a field about two miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and arrested two people involved in the illegal pot drop. Raw Story

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Congressman Trey Radel Busted With Cocaine

Trey Radel

Move over Rob Ford, there’s a new crack-smoking politician in town – and he’s stealing your defense!

Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested for possession of cocaine a few weeks ago in Washington, DC. He was charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor cocaine possession and today he pled guilty and was sentenced to one year probation.

The former TV news anchor admitted purchasing 3.5g of cocaine from an undercover agent on October 29 outside of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Once the transaction was made, officers swooped in and Radel dropped the cocaine. Busted!

Following the news of the charges, Radel tried to steal a page from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s book and blame the incident on a drunken stupor. Radel said he had struggled with alcoholism, and this was to blame for his “extremely irresponsible choice”. Note to Trey Radel: that defense didn’t work out too well for Rob Ford, and it won’t work out too well for you.

But there is a silver lining to Radel’s cocaine bust – at least according to Radel:

“This unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Also like Rob Ford, the first term Congressman has given no indication that he will resign from office. So for the time being Trey Radel will continue his work in Congress, which so far has included co-sponsoring a bill to give judges flexibility in mandatory minimum sentences on drug charges and voting in favour of a Republican-led bill that required food aid recipients to undergo drug tests. Perhaps his next goal should be to require all Congressmen to submit to random drug tests…

Via: The Washington Post

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Rob Ford Crack Scandal Back In The News!

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Toronto police Chief Bill Blair has revealed that his team is in possession of a video that allegedly shows Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Looks like Christmas came early to the Toronto Star this year!

Earlier in the year Gawker.com reported that they saw a video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine and making a homophobic slur about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. The Toronto Star, a self-described anti-ford media outlet, immediately jumped all over the scandal but then the video “mysteriously disappeared” and the incident slowly vanished from media attention. UNITL NOW.

Toronto police recovered a video featuring Rob Ford during an investigation into alleged gang activity this summer. The police are being a little vague about what the video entails, but according to Bill Blair, “the video files depict images that are consistent with what has previously been reported in the media.” So… crack?

And to top it off, Chief Blair also announced that police had taken the mayor’s friend and sometimes driver, Alexander Lisi, into custody and charged him with extortion. Lisi is also facing drug charges a previous crack-related incident.

Crack scandals are now old hat for the Toronto Mayor but he won’t take these new accusations sitting down. Well, he will because his weight won’t allow him to stand for very long… but you know what I mean.

“I think everybody has seen the allegations against me today. I wish I could come out and defend myself,” Ford said outside his city hall office on Thursday afternoon. “Unfortunately I can’t because I have to go to McDonald’s it’s before the courts. That’s all I can say.”

I have no reason to resign, I’m going to go back and return my phone calls, gonna be out doing what the people elected me to do and that’s save taxpayers money and run a great government,” an angry Ford continued.

Translation: My reasons for resigning have yet to be made public. I’m going to go back and eat my Big Mac, smoke some crack and run a great government.

Via: CBC News

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Canada Introduces Medical Marijuana Program… And Other News

Medical Marijuana in Canada

Dazed and confused in Canada.

The Conservative government is launching a $1.3 billion dollar medical marijuana program, effectively becoming the world’s biggest pot dealer. Under the new plan, small-scale, homegrown medical marijuana is out and large-scale, big business medical marijuana is in – you know, to keep everything standardized, legal, and… profitable. There are currently 37,400 legitimate medical marijuana users in Canada but that number is projected to increase to as many as 450,000 people by 2024. Since the profit potential for medical marijuana is pretty big, over a hundred firms have already applied for producer and distributor status. Pot for everyone! (with a letter from their doctor….) Globe and Mail

Iran AirThat was quick. After chatting with Barack Obama over the phone, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is now looking into resuming direct flights between his country and the U.S – a first since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. While Iran’s immediate goal is to get this nuclear program deal under control, they also appear keen to expand communication with the west. That must have been one hell of a phone call. Associated Press

ClintonThe epically awful Princess Diana movie made it to theatres but the Hillary Clinton documentary will never see the light of day. The film’s director, Charles Ferfuson, announced that the Clinton doc is cancelled because he wasn’t able to obtain access to anyone with personal knowledge of the potential 2016 presidential candidate. Which loosely translates into: The Clintons threatened to destroy anyone who talked to him. According to Ferguson, when he approached people for interviews he found that “nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration.” Maybe try a Ted Cruz miniseries next? America loves a good train wreck! The Atlantic Wire

Saint PopeThe popes are about to get holier! In breaking news from the Vatican, Pope Francis has announced that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints in April 2014. The double sainting will be the first in history – and is thought to be a way to unify Catholics. The two popes were as different as popes could be (so not that different); John Paul II is seen as a conservative, while John XXIII is seen as a hero for progressive Catholics. And how does a pope go about getting a sainthood? By performing at least two disease-curing miracles of course! Pope Benedict better get moving. BBC News

Train Ukraine SexHave you ever “failed to overcome your natural passion when walking home” from a party and decide to have sex on train tracks? Well, don’t do it again because a train might run you over. That’s what happened to a drunk thrill-seeking Ukrainian couple in the city of Zaporozhye on Saturday morning. According to the Ukraniaian Interior Ministry, the couple ‘wanted to experience an extreme sensation near the railroad tracks.’ Mission accomplished. The woman was killed instantly; her boyfriend survived but lost both of his legs. The Daily Mail

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Another Colombian Cocaine Smuggling Fail

COLOMBIA-CANADA-DRUGS Cocaine

A Canadian woman has been arrested in Colombia after trying to board a flight to Toronto with a fake pregnancy bump filled with cocaine.

This wasn’t just some pillow case stuffed under a shirt, this was a realistic looking belly made of latex. Unfortunately (for the smuggler) it wasn’t very realistic feeling. When a policewoman Fake Bumpasked 28 year-old Tabitha Leah Ritchie her how far along she was, she reacted aggressively. Well, that made everyone a little suspicious so they went on to search her. When the inspector went to touch her belly, she realized it unusually cold and hard. That’s when police discovered it was a fake and gave her an emergency C-section (c for cocaine of couse). Inside they found 2 kilograms of cocaine hidden behind a pocket of latex in the fake pregnancy prosthetic. Creative? Yes. Stupid. Oh yes. She should have at least invested in a softer prosthetic with internal heaters.

Needless to say the social worker (yes, the social worker) did not make it on the Air Canada flight to Toronto.  Instead the Torotonian will be charged with drug trafficking, possession and production and could be sentenced to between five and eight years in prison. Good thing too – the last thing Toronto needs is more crack addicts. We already have Rob Ford.

This year, nearly 150 people (a third of whom were foreigners) were caught with drugs at Bogota’s airport, often with creative disguises. Just ask those three nuns that were caught back in May. Colombian officials say 874 foreigners are currently held in the country’s jails, mostly stemming from drug charges. Make that 875!

Via: The National Post

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