A 25-year-old California woman was arrested last week at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, after police discovered $640,000 worth of black tar heroin in a false compartment at the bottom of her suitcase. The woman, who has remained anonymous, had allegedly made plans to transport the drugs from Los Angeles to Minneapolis, police acting on a tip apprehender her, and after searching her luggage discovered the stash of dope, weighing 4.4 pounds. She was arrested for drug possession and handed over to DEA custody.
Leaders from several Latin American countries lashed out against the US yesterday, in a formal declaration against the nation’s drug policy. Mexican President Felipe Calderon was joined by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and others, to voice unified frustration and demand the US legalize drugs if they are unable to curb the appetite of American consumers. “We are next to the largest illegal drug market in the world,” said President Felipe Calderon. “We are living in the same building, and our neighbor is the largest consumer of drugs in the world and everyone wants to sell him drugs through our door and our window.” The anger stems from the enormous social and economic burden placed on Latin countries to stem what they see as an American problem. An estimated 45,000 have been killed in drug related violence in Mexico alone, when added to the astronomical and mounting expense of military and police enforcement, left largely to the transit and production nations, it’s plain to see the root of their frustration. Obama administration officials have said that the frustration is understandable, given that transit countries bare the brunt of combating drug war violence, but claim that the rhetorical attacks are counterproductive. William R. Brownfield, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of International Narcotics said of the war on drugs: “I refuse to accept that there has not been progress.”
- Latin American Leaders Demand 'Rethinking' Of US War On Drugs [Washington Post]
- Notorious Boston Crime Figure Matthew Stewart Died of Coke Overdose [Boston.com]
- Oregon Police Arrest Man After Finding Huge Heroin Stash During Traffic Stop [Mail Tribune]
- Drug-Sniffing Dog 'Tebow' Finds Coke in Orlando Airport [USA Today]
- Canadian Lawyer: "Drunk Driving Laws Unconstitutional" [CTV]
- Connecticut Police Seize 700 Marijuana Plants in Busts [WTNH]
In the 1980s, cocaine partied with the coolest and richest artists and stockbrokers in Lower Manhattan and became the subject of fancy Jay McInerney novels. Today, cocaine lives in a dilapidated split level on the outskirts of Naperville and gets hung up on by all its old club friends. This is according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (in so many words), which shows that cocaine abuse decreased 37 percent in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010. More impressively, the number of workplace positive drug tests for cocaine declined 65 percent during the same period. Why has cocaine become so unpopular? The Seattle Post-Intelligencer lists a number of reasons, from diminished availability to the efficacy of prevention programs. Our theory: people heard about levamisole-laced cocaine and its flesh-rotting side effects and decided to abuse other drugs. Anyway, if you need to reach cocaine she's at home listening to old Tears for Fears records and waxing nostalgic.
Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder also known as the "Hebrew Hammer," was vindicated of his doping charge today; sort of. A confidential source informed TMZ that the positive test for steroid use last week was actually the result of prescribed medication that he was taking to treat a “personal medical issue.” Neither the type of medication nor the ailment have been disclosed, and Braun doesn't say if he knew the medication contained banned substances before he took them. In a text message sent Saturday night Braun proclaimed "I'm innocent", and Creative Artists Agency, which represents Braun, also came to his defense, claiming the positive test involved “highly unusual circumstances”.
Evidently, everyone drinks more during the holidays. However, the reasons men and women drink more are as different as, well, as men and women. One of the most telling (and perhaps least surprising) results of the just-released survey (undertaken by the good folks at Plymouth and Beefeater Gin) is that while women cite "celebrating with friends" as the primary motivating factor for their increased consumption, men mainly attribute family stress. That's not the only point of departure that the survey, which polled 1,000 people, discovered: 30% of men drink hard booze, compared to 9% of women, and three-quarters of the men reported spending over $1000 on booze during the holidays. Startlingly, there is one point on both sexes agree: 70% of all respondents claiming that if given the choice, over the holidays they’d rather cut back on food intake than limit their drinking. Happy new year!