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Couple &#39;Win&#39; Vacation, End Up as Drug Mules
Couple 'Win' Vacation,
End Up as Drug Mules

Couple 'Win' Vacation, End Up as Drug Mules

Canadian arrested in connection with bogus trip contest

(Newser) - If an all-expenses paid trip to Canada, including accommodations and new luggage, sounds too good to be true, well, hindsight is 20/20. An Australian couple thought they'd won a dream vacation when they were revealed as the "lucky" winners of a contest they'd entered online. It turns...

Iran Botches Man's Hanging, Plans a Do-Over

If at first you don't succeed...

(Newser) - On the laundry list of public despair over government's inability to do anything right, "executing criminals" doesn't usually get a mention—particularly in Iran, which is more than a little practiced at capital punishment . But the Guardian presents the case of Alireza, a 37-year-old drug smuggler sentenced...

Walter White Cost His Neighbors Almost $30K

Study shows meth labs a huge drain on local property values

(Newser) - Don't worry, no spoilers ahead (though Business Insider tells this story through slightly spoiler-colored glasses, if you're up to speed on the show). Breaking Bad's Walter White may have stashed a lot of meth-cash in his home over the seasons, but he's not exactly bringing money...

N. Korea&#39;s Latest Demon: Meth

 N. Korea's Latest 
 Demon: Crystal Meth 
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N. Korea's Latest Demon: Crystal Meth

Country is in throes of 'drug epidemic,' says journal

(Newser) - Illegal drugs are a growing problem in North Korea—and some users are turning to the substances to cure common illnesses, the BBC reports. "The whole of North Korean society is being affected by illegal drugs," a defector tells South Korea's Chosun Ilbo . "Some wealthy people...

Scourge of Crystal Meth? Blame Hitler

Der Spiegel recounts drug's origins in Nazi Germany

(Newser) - Crystal meth may seem to be an unfortunate American invention, but der Spiegel recounts the drug's history and pins it squarely on Hitler's Nazi Germany. The first iteration of meth went on the market there in 1938 as Pervitin courtesy of Berlin drugmaker Temmler Werke. The military quickly...

Breaking Bad Redux? Ailing Teacher Called Meth Dealer

Boston police say tutor with cancer took delivery at school

(Newser) - See if this sounds familiar: A teacher undergoing cancer treatments has been accused of being a meth dealer. It may sound like Breaking Bad, but Boston police say Stephen Doran, 57, is the real deal, reports WHDH . He was arrested after cops say he received a package with nearly 500...

Voice of Elmo Sued Over Meth-Fueled Sex Parties

Sheldon Stephens files lawsuit against Kevin Clash

(Newser) - The original 'voice of Elmo' accuser, Sheldon Stephens, has now officially sued Kevin Clash, alleging the former Sesame Street puppeteer lured him into a sexual relationship when he was underage. Stephens, who originally recanted his claims of sex abuse only to recant his recant amid reports that Clash had...

US Meth Labs Migrating From Country to Cities

Smaller, more portable labs make production easier

(Newser) - Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in US cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about a lethal drug that has long been the scourge of rural America. Data and interviews from an AP investigation found growing numbers of meth lab seizures in cities such as St. Louis; Kansas City,...

15 Tons of Meth Seized in Mexico

Haul's street value a staggering $4B

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have busted a meth superlab and seized a staggering amount of pure methamphetamine—15 tons, more than double the amount of all meth seizures made at the border last year, and more than 100 times the biggest-ever meth bust in the USA. The sheer size of the bust—...

New Meth Recipe Really Explosive
 New Meth Recipe 
 Really Explosive 

New Meth Recipe Really Explosive

'Shake and bake' method filling hospitals with burn victims

(Newser) - A simple and dangerous new method of making meth is filling hospital burn units around the United States with expensive and usually uninsured victims, reports the AP . Making meth has always been a risky job, traditionally requiring bathtubs or sheds and large spaces. But the new technique, sometimes called a...

New Mass Producer of America's Meth: Mexico

6.2 tons seized at border last year

(Newser) - Once the province of domestic drug makers, much of the methamphetamine coursing through the US now originates in Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reports. Through the first half of the year, Mexico’s military found 103 meth labs, 25% more than last year, when a record 6.2 tons of...

Cops' New Job: Cleaning Up Meth Labs

Move will save Tennessee big bucks

(Newser) - Tennessee cops are learning an unusual skill in the name of cost-cutting: how to clean up a meth lab. The state was the nation’s leader in meth lab busts in 2010, with 2,000, and the cost of bringing in certified contractors to deal with the highly toxic and...

Meth Tracking Backfires, Creates Black Market

Tracking creates new market in drug production

(Newser) - Desperate to stanch the flow of meth, several states instituted electronic tracking of the over-the-counter cold medicine used in meth production—but the plan backfired, an AP analysis finds. Tracking was supposed to prevent people from buying more than the legal limit of pseudoephedrine, but it's actually created a black...

Man Passes Out in Cab— Carrying Tons of Meth

Note to would-be criminals: Stay conscious when running your drugs

(Newser) - Today's dumb criminals lesson: If you're going to take a cab ride while loaded down with almost half a million in drugs, stay conscious. A 25-year-old Chicago man found himself in hot water after flagging down a cab on Christmas, chatting on his phone for a while, then passing out....

CVS Fined $75M for Selling Meth Ingredient

Pharmacy chain punished for role in California drug 'spike'

(Newser) - The nation's largest retail pharmacy chain, CVS , is in trouble with the law for allowing customers to buy large amounts of cold medicine containing a key ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine How much trouble? About $75 million worth. Federal authorities ruled that the chain didn't do enough to...

Rehabbing LiLo Tired But OK
 Rehabbing LiLo Tired But OK 

Rehabbing LiLo Tired But OK

Actress just glad to be out of jail

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan is tired but well after her late-night transfer from a Lynwood, Calif., jail to a rehab clinic at the UCLA medical center. “She is in good spirits, but she is extremely tired," a source tells Radar . "Lindsay is just relieved to be out of jail....

Bipolar Lindsay Lohan's Hooked on Meth

Jailbird starlet will enter rehab for addiction

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan will undergo treatment for addiction to methamphetamine and bipolar disorder when she enters rehab after she's released from jail, TMZ reports . Meth and opiates are Lohan's "drugs of choice," a source says. The troubled actress, who's proving to be a high-maintenance inmate as she serves 90...

Michael Douglas' Son Pleads Guilty in Meth Case

Cameron Douglas faces minimum 10-year sentence

(Newser) - Michael Douglas' son Cameron is facing a prison sentence of at least 10 years after pleading guilty to dealing huge quantities of crystal meth and cocaine. Cameron, 31, was arrested at a swanky Manhattan hotel last year with $10,000 in cash and a load of crystal meth. Prosecutors say...

Andre Agassi's Autobiography 'Lively but Narrow'
Andre Agassi's Autobiography 'Lively but Narrow'

Andre Agassi's Autobiography 'Lively but Narrow'

Open has griping, conceit, lots of tennis

(Newser) - Andre Agassi’s autobiography has gotten a lot of hype, thanks to his admission of using both crystal meth and a toupee—but most of Open deals with “tennis, more tennis, the misery of tennis,” writes Janet Maslin in the New York Times. Still, even minutely detailed descriptions...

In Memoir, Agassi Admits Using Crystal Meth

In Open , due Nov. 9, tennis star says he lied to avoid punishment

(Newser) - In a forthcoming memoir, tennis star Andre Agassi admits that he used crystal meth during his career, and even lied about it to avoid penalty for a positive drug test. “I can’t speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you’re using anything...

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