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Cocaine Now Wreaking Havoc on ... Eels

Study shows muscle damage that could affect migration

(Newser) - Humans aren't alone in a battle with illicit drugs, which have penetrated waterways worldwide via wastewater and other means. European eels are feeling the effects, and probably other animals, too, say researchers at Italy's University of Naples Federico II. After previously finding cocaine in eel flesh, the team... More »

She Documented Her Exotic Trip on Instagram, Now Heads to Prison

Mélina Roberge sentenced to 8 years for drug trafficking

(Newser) - "She wanted to be the envy of others," said an Australian judge of Mélina Roberge. There's little to envy now: The 24-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to eight years for drug trafficking, in a case that involved $20 million of cocaine, an exotic cruise, and social... More »

Your Fingerprint Might Have Cocaine in It

Even if you don't do drugs

(Newser) - Even if you don't do drugs, there's a surprisingly decent chance your fingerprints have traces of cocaine and even heroin. Researchers from the University of Surrey in Britain found that slightly more than 1 in 10 drug-free study participants had cocaine in their prints and 1% had heroin,... More »

This Is a Turtle on Drugs*

*Or rather trapped by a pile of cocaine, as Coast Guard saves the day in international waters

(Newser) - Coast Guard officials on a recent patrol managed to arrest 24 suspected smugglers—and save a life. While patrolling in international waters near Central America, officials came across a sea turtle entangled in ropes connected to floating contraband, later identified as 1,800 pounds of cocaine, according to a release... More »

How 101 Feet Added 10 Years to My Husband's Sentence

Had Terrance Davis been 101 feet further from the school, he wouldn't have had that tacked on

(Newser) - Joi Davis' husband was arrested for selling cocaine from their Nashville apartment in 2003, and she sees part of his punishment as entirely unjust. That's because had he sold it 101 feet away from where he did—"in an apartment down the hall, for example"—his 22-years-without-parole... More »

Teacher Busted for Allegedly Doing Cocaine in Classroom

Student says he caught her on video

(Newser) - “When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my English teacher just did cocaine,” an Indiana high school student tells WGN . The junior took a video of his teacher, 24-year-old Samantha Cox, through the window of her locked classroom door at Lake... More »

McGowan Suggests Cocaine in Wallet Was Planted

Actress will plead not guilty to felony charge

(Newser) - Rose McGowan says she'll plead not guilty to felony drug possession in Virginia on the basis that cocaine found in her wallet might have been planted. McGowan tells the New Yorker the wallet was inside a backpack she left unattended while using the restroom on a Jan. 20 United... More »

Why You Don't Bring Cocaine to Your Court Hearing

Juan Jose Vidrio Bibriesca's cocaine fell when he took his hat off

(Newser) - Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge. The Vail Daily reported Wednesday that 43-year-old Juan Jose Vidrio... More »

NFL Coach Snorts Powder in Video, Loses $3M Job

Chris Foerster of Miami Dolphins resigns, says he'll get help

(Newser) - A video meant for one person's eyes has just cost one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the NFL his job, reports ESPN . Chris Foerster, the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, resigned Monday morning after video emerged of him snorting a white powder before a team meeting.... More »

Prosecutors: Husband Bought Cocaine After Killing Teacher

Habit 'wrecked his marriage to Vanessa MacCormack'

(Newser) - Andrew MacCormack had an expensive cocaine habit that was ruining his marriage, prosecutors said as the alleged murderer appeared in court Wednesday. Prosecutors said Vanessa MacCormack, a second-grade teacher in Revere, Mass., had recently threatened to divorce MacCormack and sell their house, the Boston Globe reports. They said MacCormack had... More »

Fugitive 'Cocaine King' Finally Messes Up After 23 Years

He now faces 30-year sentence in Italy

(Newser) - A fugitive Italian crime boss is in custody after 23 years on the run following what seems to have been a major slip-up: Authorities in Uruguay say 50-year-old Rocco Morabito, once known as the "cocaine king of Milan," was found after he used his real name to enroll... More »

Are Energy Drinks the New Road to Cocaine?

Researchers find 'significant' link, call for further study

(Newser) - Energy drinks have been blamed for heart attacks and banned from college campuses , but they're now being studied for their potential to increase one's chances of getting hooked on drugs. And the news is not good: Writing in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence , a University of Maryland... More »

Self-Described Drug Dealer Calls 911, Reports Stolen Drugs

David Blackmon is charged with possession of cocaine

(Newser) - Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn't the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer. But Okaloosa Sheriff's officials wrote on Facebook that 32-year-old David Blackmon did just that on Sunday morning. The post says Blackmon called 911 to report a robbery in... More »

UN: Production of Coca Surges in Colombia

Production at levels not seen in two decades

(Newser) - A new UN report shows that coca production in Colombia has surged to levels not seen in two decades, the AP reports. The report Friday confirms US government findings from March that production is skyrocketing. The culprits are varied and include President Juan Manuel Santos' decision in 2015 to stop... More »

Athletes (Dogs) Test Positive for Drugs (Cocaine) in Florida

The greyhounds' trainer has had his license suspended

(Newser) - At least 12 greyhound racing dogs in Florida have tested positive for cocaine, and their trainer has had his license suspended, the AP reports. It's at least the second instance this year of racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine. The dogs raced at Bestbet Orange Park near Jacksonville. The... More »

Man Held for 90 Days After Cops Confuse Drywall for Coke

'I know for a fact it’s drywall because I’m a handyman'

(Newser) - A Florida handyman was held in jail for three months because police mistook drywall powder for cocaine, WFTV reports. Karlos Cashe was pulled over in March in Oviedo for driving with his headlights off. An officer noticed white powder on Cashe's seats and floorboards, and officials say a field... More »

Police Say Papa John's Had More Than Pizza in Its Boxes

Employees accused of slinging cocaine out of restaurant

(Newser) - "You don’t think, like, 'Is my pizza going to be covered in cocaine today?'" a surprised Papa John's customer tells KIRO . Police in Washington state arrested two Papa John's employees Friday for allegedly selling cocaine out of the restaurant. CNN reports an investigation into... More »

Study Finds World's Safest Recreational Drug

Magic mushrooms resulted in fewest emergency room visits in 2016

(Newser) - A massive drug survey has labeled hallucinogenic mushrooms as the safest recreational drug in the world—though ensuring you're consuming a psychedelic variety of fungi, rather than some poisonous version, is rather important. This year's Global Drug Survey , with 120,000 participants in 50 countries, found that 0.... More »

'Cocaine Cowboy' Arrested After 26 Years on the Lam

Gustavo Falcon disappeared before being indicted for drug smuggling

(Newser) - The "last of the Cocaine Cowboys"—on the lam for almost exactly 26 years—was finally arrested Wednesday while on a 40-mile bike ride with his wife, the Miami Herald reports. During South Florida's "Miami Vice era," Gustavo Falcon allegedly helped his brother, kingpin Augusto... More »

After Husband ODs in Van, News Gets Worse at His Home

Cops say his wife OD'd, too, though both survive

(Newser) - Cops say a 29-year-old Ohio man crashed his minivan—with an infant in the backseat—while suffering a drug overdose, reports Fox 8 . Both survived, but the story then takes a turn for the worse: When officers arrived at Nathan Carroll's Lorain home to tell his wife what happened,... More »

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