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Drug Crime

Tigran Martinian Interviewed on NBC Discussing Drugs and Driving

With the increasing number of drugged driving arrests on California roads and highways, law enforcement and prosecutors are beginning to take notice. Currently, California law lumps drugged driving together withdrunk driving, but that may soon change. Law enforcement officers are being trained in tactics that will help better identify drugged drivers during traffic stops. Drugged driving arrests are leaving much more to officer…

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Eric Holder Proposes End to Mandatory Minimums for Low-Level Drug Offenders

Many nonviolent and low-leveldrug offenders will no longer have to fear mandatory minimum sentences, Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday. Mandatory minimums have been controversial since they were implemented in the 1980s as part of the “war on drugs.” This series of laws requires judges to sentence drug offenders to mandatory minimum periods of incarceration if caught with certain amounts of illegal drugs….

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Men Charged In Connection With the Death of Coast Guard

On Sunday December 2nd, a patrol plane noticed a boat in the Channel Islands. The boat raised suspicions because it was out on the water in the middle of the night and did not have any lights on. Not only that, but the boat was a panga, a boat commonly used by smugglers in the area. These are fairly small boats with an…

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Man Arrested After Bath Salt-Induced Attack on Neighbor

Bath salts are one of the newest types of substances to emerge into the drug abuse scene. Known as Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, and Vanilla Sky, this drug is made up of other synthetic substances like methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone. They actually have no connection with real bath salts, but were given the name in order to market them and avoid them…

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TSA Screeners Arrested for Letting Drugs Through Security

In what is being called a betrayal of trust, four LAX Transportation Security Administration screeners have been arrested for taking bribes. Rather than carry out their responsibility, they instead accepted cash to turn a blind eye to drugs that were being smuggled through security. It is estimated that they took $2,400 in cash in return for allowing suitcases of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamines…

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High School Football Player’s Overdose Leads to Four Arrests

The son of a former NFL quarterback was found dead on October 30th of this year. G.F. was eighteen years old and a quarterback of Thousand Oaks High School’s football team. Reports state that he was usingheroin at a friend’s house when he began foaming at the mouth. Instead of seeking medical attention, they dragged the unconscious boy to the house in hopes…

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Bill Signed to Increase Access to Syringes

Governor Jerry Brown of California has signed two bills that will make it easier for drug users to purchase sterile needles. Currently, individuals are required to have a prescription in order to purchase a syringe. Although this bills sounds as if it is encouraging drug use, it is actually an attempt to curb the spread of hepatitis C and HIV. He also signed…

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Explaining Drug Crimes

Drug crimes and their corresponding penalties vary depending upon the type of drug, the quantity and what the drug was intended for. They can range from simplepossession for personal use, to manufacturing, todistribution, to trafficking. Some drug crimes are prosecuted as misdemeanors, while others are prosecuted as felonies. Certain drug crimes are “wobblers” in the state of California, meaning they can be prosecuted…

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