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Judge Sentences Meth Dealer, With an Unusual Request

Judge TS Ellis III asks prosecutors to find way to reduce mandatory 40-year term

(Newser) - A 37-year-old resident of Washington, DC, got busted last year for dealing meth in a major undercover sweep . And though it was Frederick Turner's first serious criminal offense, he received a mandatory 40-year sentence on Friday. As the Washington Post reports, the judge who imposed it isn't happy... More »

'We've Arrested 27 People for Homosexuality'

Being gay is illegal in Bangladesh

(Newser) - Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested 27 men in a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the Muslim-majority country, and plan to charge them with drug possession, an official tells the AP . A commander of the elite police unit that made the arrests says the suspects, mostly students aged 20-30... More »

After Son's Murder, Mom Helped Killer Hide the Body

Breanna Arnold kept body in dresser before it was burned: police

(Newser) - The mother of a 3-year-old boy whose burned body was found in a wooded area in Indiana has been sentenced to 20 years in prison—though not in relation to his death. Breanna Arnold, 22, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison with 2.5 years suspended on Tuesday... More »

4 Students Charged in Wesleyan 'Molly' ODs

At least 2 people still reportedly being treated after overdoses

(Newser) - Four students are facing charges after 11 students at Wesleyan University were hospitalized with overdoses of MDMA, or "Molly," this weekend. Zachary Kramer, Eric Lonergan, Rama Agha Al Nakib, and Andrew Olson, all aged 20 or 21, were arrested yesterday; they were also suspended from their studies, NBC... More »

Man Jailed for Months for Possession of ... Vitamins

Lab tests finally clear him, just before trial

(Newser) - Joey Burrell got pulled over on Nov. 14 because he was driving out of a supermarket parking lot without his lights on. Then his luck got worse: Police in Mankato, Minn., found a bag of powder in his car, and a field test suggested it might be meth, reports KMSP-TV... More »

Guy Who Won Breaking Bad Contest Busted for Drugs

Months after watching finale with stars of the show

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Florida man won a trip to Hollywood in September to watch the Breaking Bad finale with the stars of the show about a meth kingpin ... and, months later, he was busted on drug charges. Investigators searched Ryan Lee Carroll's San Carlos Park home Tuesday, and Carroll was... More »

Pair Spends Month in Jail for Having Bag of ... Soap

Lawyer calls it a case of racial profiling

(Newser) - Soap and cocaine are easy to confuse ... right? Apparently so: A young man and woman just spent a month in a Pennsylvania jail for carrying two kilos of soap that police mistook for cocaine, reports Reason via The Morning Call . A trooper pulled over Annadel Cruz, 26, and Alexander Bernstein,... More »

US Forces Guilty Pleas on Drug Defendants: Group

Human Rights Watch puts spotlight on mandatory minimums

(Newser) - Defendants in federal drug cases are getting unfairly sentenced, thanks to mandatory minimums and unchecked power wielded by the Justice Department, according to a Human Rights Watch report. Prosecutors basically "force" defendants into pleading guilty with threats of lengthy sentences and stacked-up charges if the case goes to trial,... More »

'This Isn't Toronto': Florida Mayor Faces Drug Charges

Arresting sheriff takes a shot at Rob Ford's troubles in Canada

(Newser) - This might be the unkindest cut of all for residents of Toronto: Now police in Florida of all places are looking down on them thanks to Mayor Rob Ford's many, many troubles . "This isn't Toronto," said Bradford County's sheriff after arresting the mayor of the... More »

Bernie Goetz of Subway Fame Busted on Drug Charge

Cops say he tried to sell pot to undercover officer

(Newser) - Subway vigilante Bernie Goetz, who ignited a national furor over racism and gun control after he shot four panhandling youths on a train in the 1980s, has been arrested on drug charges, police said today. Goetz was nabbed in a sting operation in Union Square park yesterday afternoon for selling... More »

Natalie Wood's Daughter Busted for Heroin, Cocaine

Arrest follows gunshot at Courtney Wagner's Malibu home: TMZ

(Newser) - Natalie Wood's 38-year-old daughter has been busted at her Malibu home on suspicion of felony possession of cocaine and heroin, sources tell TMZ . Police discovered the drugs when they responded to reports of a woman screaming and a gunshot, said the sources. An unidentified man at Courtney Wagner's... More »

Judge Nearly Doubles Douglas Sentence

Actor's son gets extra 54 months for smuggling drugs in jail

(Newser) - Telling Cameron Douglas he was the most reckless defendant he'd ever had in his courtroom, a federal judge has nearly doubled his five-year prison term. Michael Douglas' 32-year-old son confessed to having heroin and pills smuggled into the prison where he was serving time for drug dealing . Judge Richard... More »

Car Kills Man at Home, Exposes Dope Operation

Neighbor's accelerator jammed as she backed out

(Newser) - A woman plowed her Mercury Grand Marquis into a neighbor's house outside Chicago yesterday, killing him and exposing his marijuana-growing operation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The 63-year-old's accelerator apparently jammed as she was pulling out of the driveway. The victim, Zachary Isenberg, 28, walked to his window just... More »

Vegas Drug Prosecutor Learns How Other Side Feels

Former deputy district attorney David Schubert bought cocaine: cops

(Newser) - The tables have turned on an ex-prosecutor who handled drug cases against Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars in Las Vegas—instead of doling out criminal charges, he is facing four of his own. David Schubert, former Clark County deputy district attorney, didn't appear in court today, but his lawyer... More »

Workers Accused of Stealing 48 Pounds of Pot—From Cops

They were installing a vent in the evidence room

(Newser) - They just couldn't resist: Two construction workers in Florence, Alabama, stole 48 pounds of marijuana from a police evidence room they were working on, authorities say. The men were hired to install a vent in the room (so drug fumes could escape) and allegedly stuffed the confiscated pot into their... More »

Michael Douglas' Son Sentenced to 5 Years

Cameron Douglas faced up to 10 years on drug charges

(Newser) - A New York judge has sentenced actor Michael Douglas' son to five years in prison on drug charges, calling it his "last chance to make it." Federal Judge Richard Berman announced the sentence today after hearing Cameron Douglas apologize and admit that he had squandered a lot of... More »

Douglas Son Busted for Meth

(Newser) - Michael Douglas' son has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a large amount of crystal meth with intention to sell, authorities told the New York Post. Cameron Douglas, 30, was busted last week at a Manhattan hotel in an undercover operation that allegedly nailed him with some $18,000 worth... More »

Build-a-Bear Toys Stuffed With $33M in Heroin

(Newser) - Bronx cops discovered that cute Build-a-Bears that children are supposed to fill with stuffing were packed instead with some $33 million worth of heroin, reports the New York Daily News. The brown teddy bears held glassine envelopes of brands of heroin with names like "Barack Obama," "Swine... More »

UN Backs Off Hard Line on Drug Crimes

Today's report marks significant change in attitude

(Newser) - The United Nations did a 180 today on its drug decriminalization stance, praising the policy Portugal instituted in 2001 and asserting it has “not led to an increase in drug tourism” as had been feared, the Huffington Post reports. The annual drug policy report opposed full legalization while conceding... More »

Fawcett Son Sprung to See 'Gravely Ill' Mom

(Newser) - In a sign that Farrah Fawcett's condition may be deteriorating, her son Redmond O'Neal received a get-out-of-jail pass this weekend to visit her, E! reports. “A judge signed a removal order,” a Los Angeles Sheriff’s spokesman said. “It happens sometimes for a funeral or if someone... More »

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