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Major Detroit Drug Dealer Getting New Sentence, 3 Decades Later

He was once described by a judge as "worse than a mass murderer"

(Newser) - A major Detroit-area drug trafficker known as "White Boy Rick" who has spent nearly 30 years in prison could soon be released after a judge ordered a resentencing today. Richard Wershe Jr., 46, deserves a new sentence because he was sentenced at the age of 18 under old law... 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 »

Strange Find in Pocket of Drug Suspect: Tiny Puppy

'Pocket' is maybe 4 weeks old, getting ready for adoption

(Newser) - Police searching the pockets of a suspected drug dealer in Lawrence, Mass., got an unusual surprise. An officer pulled out a tiny pit bull puppy and handed it over to animal control. The little dog was separated from its mother too soon and got sick and dehydrated, but is now... 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 »

Neighbors Praise Crack-Dealing Grandma

Residents say Buffalo neighborhood has gone downhill since she was busted

(Newser) - For a dozen years, Theresa Anderson was the queen of Deshler Street. The unassuming 58-year-old owned five small wooden houses along the poor side street, filling them with her children, grandchildren and other relatives who kept their lots tidy, watched out for trouble, and pitched in with the family business.... 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 »

Waitress Sues Cops for $12K 'Gift' From Diner

Minnesota police confiscated what they say is drug money

(Newser) - A Minnesota waitress who says a customer told her to keep a box with $12,000 in it has sued police who later impounded the cash as suspected drug money. Stacy Knutson of Moorhead filed a lawsuit asking that the cash be returned to her. She said she believes the... More »

Man Pocket Dials 911—While Chatting About Drug Deal

Georgia man accidentally incriminates himself after an unfortunate call

(Newser) - It has happened to the best of us ... but probably not like this. A Georgia man is in hot water after he "pocket-dialed" 911 and was overheard talking about a drug deal. The 911 dispatcher said no one was actually on the call made around 1:30am, but a... 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 »

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