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Inmate's Girlfriend Jailed Following Literal Kiss of Death

She passed meth to inmate boyfriend, who died as a result

(Newser) - An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge, reports the AP . Melissa Ann Blair passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into the mouth of Anthony Powell during a long... More »

He Ate a Krispy Kreme in His Car. Now He's $37K Richer

Fla. man wrongly arrested for meth possession now has a hefty settlement for his troubles

(Newser) - Good Samaritan takes a friend to chemo: check. Good Samaritan drives a fellow churchgoer home: check. Good Samaritan arrested and jailed for having crystal meth in his car that turned out to be flakes from a doughnut: Wait, what? This all happened in one day to Daniel Rushing in Orlando... More »

Border Agents Watch as Drone Flies 13 Pounds of Meth Into US

Agents recovered the drone and drugs and arrested a 25-year-old man

(Newser) - Looks like automation is impacting everyone's livelihoods, even drug smugglers. The Los Angeles Times reports Border Patrol agents arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of importing a controlled substance Aug. 8 in California after watching a drone carrying 13 pounds of meth fly over the border fence from Mexico.... 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 »

Huge Amount of Meth Found Stashed in Floorboards

Haul had street value of $680 million

(Newser) - Police in Australia discovered a record-breaking amount of meth stashed under floorboards, but they didn't need to rip up a floor: The 2,000-pound haul was discovered in a shipment of 70 boxes of wooden floorboards in a Melbourne warehouse, the BBC reports. Two Melbourne men, ages 53 and... More »

Family of Teen Who Drank Liquid Meth at Border Gets $1M

It was 'the most inhuman kind of cruelty,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection has paid $1 million to the family of a Mexican teen who died three years ago after sipping liquid meth at the US-Mexico border. Cruz Marcelino Velázquez Acevedo, 16, was traveling through the pedestrian entrance at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Nov. 18,... More »

Priest Arrested on Drug, Child Pornography Charges

Father Christopher King is the vicar of an Episcopal church in Long Island

(Newser) - A New York priest was removed from his parish home Friday evening after police allegedly found meth and child pornography inside, the New York Daily News reports. Acting on a tip, police conducted a search of Father Christopher King's home at St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church in Long... 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 »

After Falling Ill, Family Learns New House Was a Meth Lab

Experts say the contamination should be treated similarly to lead, asbestos

(Newser) - There's a reason people cleaning up former meth labs only enter in head-to-toe protection: the environments are extremely toxic, and drug residues can linger on porous and non-porous surfaces alike for months and even years. That's according to a case study published in a Centers for Disease Control... More »

Customs Busts 53-Pound Snail Statue Stuffed With Meth

'Mexican stone crafts'? Um, no

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection officials say officers in Cincinnati intercepted more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine that was concealed inside a statue of a snail, reports the AP . Authorities say the package, sent from Mexico and labeled "Mexican stone crafts," contained a decorative snail statue that exhibited "... More »

Guy Goes to Jail Over Kitty Litter Mistaken for Meth

Ross LeBeau of Texas wants an apology

(Newser) - A December traffic stop in Texas led to deputies discovering what they thought was nearly half a pound of methamphetamine. Houston 24-year-old Ross LeBeau was arrested and spent three days in jail ... at which time he was promptly released, and the case against him dismissed, because a forensic lab showed... More »

Even the Judge Thinks This Woman's Sentence Is 'Idiotic'

He's now fighting for clemency for Lori Kavitz

(Newser) - Lori Kavitz's 24-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute meth has been called "idiotic, arbitrary, unduly harsh, and grossly unfair"—by the very man who imposed it. US District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett is one of thousands asking President Obama to pardon Kavitz, whose "major mistake... More »

11-Year-Old's New Video Game Came With Illicit Surprise

GameStop says it has no idea where the meth came from

(Newser) - The debate on whether or not video games are harmful to kids continues to rage. The debate about whether or not video games that come with methamphetamine are harmful to kids is probably pretty much settled. KPLC reports an 11-year-old opened the video game he bought Wednesday at a Louisiana... More »

Baltimore Streams Tainted by Amphetamines

Aquatic life threatened by drugs flushed down the toilet, scientists say

(Newser) - Are the nation’s streams tainted with hard drugs? If they're near urban areas, the answer is likely yes based on a new study that found amphetamine polluting water sources in Baltimore, CNN reports. Researchers who tested samples from six streams around the Maryland city found them tainted with... More »

Subway Employee Accused of Drugging Officer's Drink

Tanis Ukena allegedly put THC and meth into the cop's drink

(Newser) - A Subway employee in Utah has been arrested on accusations he put methamphetamine and THC into the drink of a uniformed police officer, the AP reports. A probable cause statement filed Tuesday says the Layton police sergeant immediately felt impaired after getting the drink Monday. He struggled to find the... More »

Mayor of Wealthy DC Suburb Traded Meth for Sex: Cops

Scott Silverthorne was arrested in sting operation Thursday

(Newser) - The mayor of Fairfax, Va., is not having a good couple of years. Richard "Scott" Silverthorne, 50, was laid off from his job with the National Association of Manufacturers in June of last year; his house was foreclosed on months later; he was diagnosed with cancer; and then, on... More »

Cops: Mom Fed Meth to Toddler Who Took Methadone

Natalie Russell allegedly tried to neutralize effects after daughter took drug

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Phoenix mom has been charged with murder after allegedly feeding her toddler meth in a bid to counteract the methadone the little girl had swallowed. Police say 22-month-old Adalynn Russell died on April 14 after consuming liquid methadone she found in her family’s house the night before.... More »

Retiree Arrested When Cops Mistake Doughnut Glaze for Meth

'It's incredible'

(Newser) - "I recognized through my 11 years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic," the Orlando Sentinel quotes a police report by officer Shelby Riggs-Hopkins. Riggs-Hopkins must not have nearly as much experience with doughnuts. The Orlando officer pulled... 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 »

Win for 'the Punisher': Giant $19M Meth Bust

Early victory for Rodrigo Duterte in quest to stamp out drugs, crime

(Newser) - Philippine police have seized about 400 pounds of high-grade methamphetamine worth $19.2 million, officials said Monday, in a major haul for the government of new President Rodrigo Duterte. Nicknamed "the Punisher," Duterte has bluntly promised to wipe out crime and corruption within six months. National Police chief... More »

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