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Worker Makes $434K Find in Plane Flagged for Maintenance

Yes, that's cocaine

(Newser) - Authorities say 31 pounds of cocaine that was accidentally discovered stashed in the nose of an American Airlines aircraft in Tulsa, Okla., is worth around $434,000. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Justin Green says the plane arrived in Miami from Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday. It was flagged for... More »

Fisherman's $500K Catch Could Get Him Life in Prison

Thomas Breeding chose to sell cocaine bale

(Newser) - When commercial fisherman Thomas Breeding found 45 pounds of cocaine floating in the Gulf of Mexico last January, he says he knew the right thing was to turn it over to police. The Florida man instead opted to sell it, a decision that could land him in prison for life.... More »

On 170 Acres Lived an Ex Cop —With 4 Dead Bodies

Nicholas Tartaglione was arrested on Monday

(Newser) - It's the first quadruple murder the police department in Chester, New York, has ever investigated, as best Police Chief Peter Graziano can recall. The man suspected of doing the killings? A retired cop. Nicholas Tartaglione, formerly of the Briarcliff Manor PD, was arrested Monday; the 49-year-old is charged with... More »

Autopsy: Marlins Pitcher Had Cocaine, Alcohol in His System

Jose Fernandez died in a boat crash last month in Florida

(Newser) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released Saturday. The AP reports it's not clear whether Fernandez was driving when the boat crashed Sept. 25, killing the 24-year-old baseball star and... More »

Huge Cocaine Shipment Found in Coca-Cola Plant

They're not going back to the old recipe

(Newser) - Coca-Cola has been cocaine-free since 1903—unlike its factory in Signes, southern France, where a massive shipment of the drug was discovered this week. Prosecutors say there's no sign that the 815-pound haul of the drug, which is one of the biggest seizures made in French history, had anything... More »

Cops: Trio Brought $23M in Cocaine on Cruise

3 Canadians could face life in prison

(Newser) - Australia has made one of its largest drug busts ever … on a cruise ship. With help from Canadian and US authorities, police searched the Sea Princess after it docked in Sydney on Sunday and uncovered 210 pounds of cocaine, worth about $23 million, in two cabins, reports La Presse... More »

Peace in Colombia Could Be Trouble for American Partiers

FARC responsible for 60% of cocaine coming to US

(Newser) - Now that Colombia has ended its 52-year war with rebel group FARC, what happens to Americans who like to party? The New York Times reports FARC controls most of Colombia's cocaine network and in 2006 was said to be responsible for 60% of the cocaine shipped to the US.... More »

Border Patrol Finds 2 Kids, $460K in Cocaine in Woman's Car

Some women smugglers apparently bring children along to make themselves 'inconspicuous'

(Newser) - On Monday morning, a Border Patrol agent pulled over a Honda Accord cruising north on Interstate 5 in San Clemente, Calif., and the agent's drug dog started giving the sign there was possibly something illicit inside the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reports. Surprise No. 1 when agents searched... More »

One of History's Biggest Drug Dealers Sentenced

Colombian kingpin 'El Loco' gets 35 years in US prison

(Newser) - A Colombian described as one of history's biggest cocaine dealers was sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday by a Manhattan judge who called the scope of his crimes "staggering." Known as El Loco, Daniel Barrera Barrera, 48, was sentenced by Judge Gregory Woods, who rejected a... More »

Cocaine, Meth Can Mess With Your Morals

Stimulant use is particularly prevalent in criminal populations, researchers say

(Newser) - Which comes first, the hard drugs or the criminal behavior? Researchers asked essentially that in a study just published in the journal Psychopharmacology in which they investigate whether cocaine and meth use might hamper moral judgment on a neurological level. The short answer is probably, though further research is required.... More »

Inside a Sparkly Horse Head, NZ's Biggest Coke Bust Ever

$14M worth of cocaine found crammed into statue's neck in Auckland

(Newser) - Go big or go home—or, in the case of a bunch of drug smugglers nailed in what New Zealand is calling its biggest drug bust ever, to the big house (aka prison). Per the BBC , New Zealand police found 77 pounds worth of cocaine bricks—with a street value... More »

The Bad PR Keeps on Coming for Chipotle

Executive busted for allegedly buying cocaine

(Newser) - Chipotle just cannot catch a break when it comes to publicity. In the latest bad PR for the company, which has been struggling since a series of foodborne illness outbreaks, the chain's top marketing executive was allegedly caught during the busting of a cocaine drug ring in Manhattan, the... More »

Cops: Mom Nursed Baby 12 Hours After Using Cocaine

'These are excellent parents,' says lawyer of ex-reporters whose daughter tested positive

(Newser) - An Arizona couple has gone from reporting the news to becoming the news after their 4-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine. Oro Valley police say former Tucson TV reporters Krystin and Somchai Lisaius took their baby to a hospital on May 15 as she was "unable to wake up"... More »

8 Tons of Coke Seized in Colombia's Biggest Bust Ever

'A hit against criminals,' country's president triumphantly tweets

(Newser) - Colombia's Defense Ministry has announced what it says is the country's biggest cocaine bust ever, with 17,500 pounds of coke seized from the nation's most notorious trafficking gang, CNN reports. The multiday operation targeted Clan Usuga, which has been described by the US Justice Department as... More »

'Dedicated' Ex-Chemist Was High at Work for 8 Years

No one noticed until the end that Sonja Farak was heavily abusing Mass. lab's drugs

(Newser) - Even Walter White knew not to sample the wares, a lesson that could have served Sonja Farak well. The now 37-year-old former chemist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts State Police was arrested in 2013 and sentenced in 2014 to 18 months in jail for getting... More »

Americans Name Drug They Fear Most—and It's Legal

Alcohol causes 88K deaths a year

(Newser) - The second deadliest drug in the US after tobacco is similarly legal, and claims more lives than all illicit drugs combined with 88,000 deaths a year. Alcohol is also the drug that has Americans most concerned, reports the AP and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the... More »

Flight Attendant Dumps Cocaine, Flees LAX

She bolted from security screening

(Newser) - Federal authorities are searching for a flight attendant they say bolted from a security screening at Los Angeles International Airport, leaving behind about 70 pounds of cocaine stashed in her luggage—and her Gucci heels. TSA officers stopped the woman at random Friday, and she remained at large Monday, a... More »

Fresh Scars Give Away Airport Drug Smuggler

Woman had $220K worth of cocaine in breast implants: cops

(Newser) - Customs officials report an unusual arrest out of Germany: A 24-year-old Colombian woman was caught carrying $220,000 in drugs in her breast implants at Frankfurt Airport, reports Reuters . Authorities say the woman seemed to be in pain, and they found fresh operation scars below her breasts. They sent her... More »

You Are Most Likely to Get Addicted to These Drugs

Heroin tops the list

(Newser) - Whether it's sipping coffee or shooting smack, people have a penchant for ingesting substances that alter their brain chemistry. And that can lead to drug dependence. But which drugs are most addictive? As Eric Bowman points out in an article in The Conversation , the answer to that question is... More »

Cocaine Makes Your Brain Eat Brains

Researchers autopsied brain cells killed by drug

(Newser) - Much like rampaging zombies, brain cells on cocaine can't stop eating brains, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Scientists already knew that the drug killed brain cells, but "autopsies" on the dead brain cells of mice given '70s-rock-star levels of cocaine revealed that... More »

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