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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 »

Puppy Treated for Drug Addiction Tested Positive for Heroin, Meth

'This strikes me as pretty horrible'

(Newser) - A puppy who was found to be under the influence of meth and heroin had to undergo drug addiction treatment, CNN reports. California police served an arrest warrant on 40-year-old Joshua West at a motel in March. Inside the motel, they found drugs, used needles, and a terrier mix named... More »

She Had the Perfect Pregnancy. Then, a Drug Test

Maggie Downs writes of testing positive (falsely) for meth while in labor

(Newser) - Maggie Downs had suffered a miscarriage, so during her pregnancy with her first child, she behaved in a saintly manner: no wine, no deli meat, organic produce only. She writes on Narratively of suffering through a toothache with only clove oil for relief (she turned down even Tylenol), wary of... More »

Dad, Son, Mom Arrested in Bizarre Case of Kidnapping

Woman, 4 daughters abducted, say police

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man and his parents have been arrested after the alleged abduction of a woman in Utah and her four teen daughters. The latter five managed to escape and alert authorities, reports NBC News . Police say Dereck Harrison, 22, and his father, Flint Harrison, 51, knew the Utah mother... More »

'Dedicated' Ex-Chemist Was High at Work for 8 Years

No one noticed until the end that Sonja Farak was heavily abusing Mass. lab's drugs

(Newser) - Even Walter White knew not to sample the wares, a lesson that could have served Sonja Farak well. The now 37-year-old former chemist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts State Police was arrested in 2013 and sentenced in 2014 to 18 months in jail for getting... More »

Cops: Auto Shop Gives Meth as Employee Bonuses

'Least now we know why the work was so fast'

(Newser) - Police are investigating after a Minnesota auto body shop gave its employees methamphetamine "bonuses," the Smoking Gun reports. Police say 40-year-old Jesse Seifert, owner of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato, held a meeting this week and had his girlfriend, 39-year-old Nancy Loehlein, hand out a half... More »

2 Busted After 4 Kids Test Positive for Meth

The North Carolina children range in age from 4 to 12

(Newser) - A young North Carolina couple is in trouble with the law after the four children living with them were tested for drug use—and all four tests came back positive, FOX Carolina reports. Kimberly Dawn Lowery, 29, and Nathan Todd Vallini, 27, were arrested and slapped with four counts each... More »

4 Men Raped 9-Year-Old While Mom Got High: Cops

Alleged crime happened on Easter Sunday

(Newser) - "I want justice." That's what a woman is seeking for her 9-year-old granddaughter, who allegedly endured a brutal Easter Sunday attack by four men while her mom got high on meth in a friend's garage, KTSU reports. The men are accused of raping, sodomizing, and threatening... More »

Americans Name Drug They Fear Most—and It's Legal

Alcohol causes 88K deaths a year

(Newser) - The second deadliest drug in the US after tobacco is similarly legal, and claims more lives than all illicit drugs combined with 88,000 deaths a year. Alcohol is also the drug that has Americans most concerned, reports the AP and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the... More »

Cops: Waffle House Worker Spiked Guy's Drink With Meth

He's still in a hospital almost two months later: police

(Newser) - Authorities say a former employee of a Waffle House in north Georgia has been arrested and accused of spiking a male coworker's drink with methamphetamine, leaving the worker hospitalized. A Dawson County sheriff says 43-year-old Sonserea Dawn Evans—since fired—is facing felony aggravated battery and drug charges over... More »

$900M in Meth Found in Bra Inserts

Australian police make huge bust

(Newser) - In one of the biggest drug busts in Australian history, law enforcement agencies discovered $1.26 billion Australian dollars ($900 million US) worth of methylamphetamine hidden in imported boxes of silicone bra inserts and art supplies, officials say. Four Hong Kong passport holders were arrested in Sydney last month over... More »

Cops: Woman 'Consumed Everything She Could' in Walmart

Josseleen Elida Lopez tells police she knew it was wrong

(Newser) - From psychosis to tooth decay, the ravages of meth are well documented. Here's a new one: Police say a 25-year-old woman told them she shot up meth, after which she allegedly drove a motorized shopping cart through a Florida Walmart while gorging on purloined grub and guzzling five-finger-discount wine,... More »

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