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At This Burger King, 'Extra Crispy' Was a Code

It signaled a drug deal at NH location: police

(Newser) - For drug buyers, this alleged scheme was a pretty sweet deal, allowing them to satisfy their cravings for marijuana and munchies in a single step. Two Burger King employees in New Hampshire could now pay the price. Manager Garrett Norris, 20, and employee Meagan Dearborn, 19, face charges after allegedly... More »

They Starved Her, Kept Her in a Dog Crate—and Then She Died

The short, tragic life of 3-year-old Crystal Reyes, and how her cold case got reopened

(Newser) - "Dig deeper." Those were the last two words Anna Reyes said to Avelino Tamala before the tiny body of her daughter, Crystal, was lowered into the ground in April 1997, and a chilling glimpse into the tragic life and death of the 3-year-old at the hands of her... More »

How One Guy 'Hooked' a Small City on Heroin

Clean-cut Ory Joe Johnson changed life in Laramie, Wyoming

(Newser) - Laramie, Wyoming is a little city of about 31,000 known for its scenic location and good schools—so how did it and nearby towns fall victim to the nation's heroin trend? You can "thank" one guy, GQ reports: A high-IQ, clean-cut over-achiever named Ory Joe Johnson, who... More »

Why LA Gangs Are Fading Away

Pacific Standard looks at surprising decline in gang activity

(Newser) - Seven years ago, Simon Tejada tried selling his house in a gang-ravaged part of Los Angeles. But the three-bedroom appraised at $350,000 only drew a $150,000 offer: "Your house is fine," said the guy making an offer. "The neighborhood's awful." Last year, however,... More »

Cops Find Meth Lab ... in Retirement Community

Neighbors say 64-year-old kept to himself

(Newser) - Ah, retirement, the golden years when you can relax, play some golf, and cook a little meth. At least, that's allegedly what it's been like for 64-year-old Robert Short. Police pulled over the senior citizen for a routine traffic stop on Saturday night, only to discover that he... More »

Ill-Advised Selfie Leads to Guy's Arrest

He was bragging about what a good drug dealer he was, and then...

(Newser) - Pro tip: It may not be a great idea to post selfies on Facebook that show you dealing drugs ... particularly if you were doing so next to sheriff's deputies. That's what Taylor Harrison, a 21-year-old South Florida man, allegedly did before he was arrested last week, First Coast... More »

Woman Busted Peddling Heroin —From Her Hospital Bed

She allegedly admits injecting it in own IV, too

(Newser) - Lori Sullenberger allegedly wasn't going to let anything get in the way of her drug dealing—not even a stay in intensive care. Police say the 38-year-old Pennsylvania woman went into the hospital April 14 for an unrelated medical problem, and hospital staff noticed, as a hospital spokesperson puts... More »

'Preppy Drug Ring' Busted in Affluent Philly Suburbs

11 members allegedly wanted to keep elite high schools stocked

(Newser) - After a four-month investigation, authorities yesterday busted 11 alleged members of a drug ring—a drug ring notable because some of its members were students and alums of pricey prep schools living in the leafy, affluent "Main Line" suburbs outside Philadelphia. Their goal, police say, was to keep five... More »

Cops Find Heroin Sold in Happy Meals

Shania Dennis caught in undercover sting

(Newser) - A burger, fries, a toy—all things you'd expect to find in a McDonald's Happy Meal. But heroin? That's not usually on the menu. Police in the Pittsburgh area said yesterday they caught 26-year-old Shania Dennis distributing heroin through her job at a McDonald's drive-thru during... More »

Guy Tweets Pot Request, Cops Tweet Him Back

'Awesome! Can we come too'

(Newser) - Twitter, it seems, might not be the best place to conduct your weed-related transactions. A worker at an auto shop near Toronto has lost his job after tweeting for pot to be brought to his workplace. "Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr.... More »

Why Cops Can (and Do) Take People's Stuff

'Civil forfeiture' fills law enforcement coffers every year

(Newser) - A drive through Tenaha, Texas, can cost you thousands of dollars—because police in this sleepy town are known for pulling over out-of-state cars and confiscating anything they want. Highway robbery? Maybe, but it's called "civil forfeiture," a legal practice that allows police to take money or... More »

ATF's Favorite New Tool: Iffy Drug Stings

'USA Today' finds that questionable strategy has locked up more than 1K in decade

(Newser) - The good news from a crime-fighting perspective is that the ATF has locked up more than 1,000 criminals—often with sentences spanning more than a decade—who were caught trying to rob drug houses over the past decade. The questionable news? Those drug houses didn't actually exist. All... More »

Behind Boston Bombings: Drug Money?

Tsarnaev's father coming to US, will aid in probe: reports

(Newser) - A raft of new information is emerging in the Boston bombing probe. Authorities are investigating whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev used money from drug deals to fund the plot, an insider tells CNN . Meanwhile, the Tsarnaev brothers' parents have spoken to US and Russian officials, and the father is headed to the... More »

Cameron Douglas Fails Drug Test, Sent to Solitary

Latest in long line of prison struggles for Michael Douglas' son

(Newser) - The troubles continue for Michael Douglas' son Cameron: He's currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for drug dealing, yet even while on the inside he was busted for doing drugs. He failed a urinalysis earlier this month and was sent to solitary confinement, a source tells the New York ... More »

Feds Bust Online 'Farmer's Market' for Drugs

'Farmer's Market' storefront matched buyers, sellers

(Newser) - Eight people have been arrested and a "Drug Dealing 2.0" operation has been shut down after a global sting operation, reports the LA Times . Prosecutors say the "Farmer's Market" operation sold more than $1 million in LSD, marijuana, and other drugs over three years to buyers... More »

NYC Busts Drug-Dealing Ice Cream Truck

Oxycodone sellers licked

(Newser) - In New York City's Staten Island, oxycodone addicts were more enthusiastic than little kids about the arrival of the Lickety Split ice cream truck: Some 31 people have been indicted for running a drug ring that investigators say used the ice cream truck to sell the addictive prescription painkiller—and... More »

Jay-Z: I Shot My Brother at Age 12

Rapper, publicizing new memoir, talks about rough childhood

(Newser) - Jay-Z has sold more than 50 million albums, won 10 Grammys, and is the head of an über-successful business empire. But his childhood was a rough one—and he discusses it at length with the Guardian , speaking publicly for the first time about an incident when, at just 12,... More »

87-Year-Old Granny Jailed for Dealing Crack

Ola Mae Agee will turn 88 in prison

(Newser) - Meet Ola Mae Agee, perhaps the world’s oldest drug dealer. The 87-year-old grandmother was found guilty last week of selling cocaine from the living room of her Florida home after an undercover police officer bought $20 worth of crack from her, the Pensacola News Journal reports. Agee, who served... More »

Cops Confront Snake Guarding Cocaine

(Newser) - Before police in Canada found bears guarding a marijuana grow-op, Italian police astoundingly found a snake doing the same, but with cocaine. When police entered a flat in Rome, they were greeted with a 10-foot hissing albino python coiled around a 200-gram cache of the white powder. After feeding the... More »

Cops Crack $1 Million Craigslist Drug Ring

Bought in California, sold in Brooklyn

(Newser) - The list of Craigslist crimes keeps growing. Police have now busted a $1million dollar drug ring operating through the site. The group allegedly shipped drugs like Vicodin and Adderall from California to Brooklyn where web-savvy wholesalers pawned the pharm off to neighborhood yuppies, reports the New York Daily News . The... More »

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