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He Pleaded Guilty, Got 15 Years. Then the Lab Results Came In

Turns out Cody Gregg wasn't carrying 45.91 grams of cocaine

(Newser) - After nearly two months in the Oklahoma County Jail, Cody Gregg had enough. And so the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to cocaine possession with the intent to distribute in a bid to get out of that jail. He was sentenced last Tuesday to a 15-year prison term. But by Friday, his... More »

The Cocaine Saved Them. Then It Got Them Busted

Suspected drug smugglers found clinging to bales in Pacific after boat overturns

(Newser) - They can thank their drug bundles for both saving their lives and possibly ruining them. ABC Australia reports that three men from Colombia were plucked out of the Pacific over the weekend after spending hours in shark-filled waters. The alleged drug-runners, who were said by authorities to have departed from... More »

Vine Founder Texted 'Candyshop' Before OD Death

6 charged with conspiring to distribute drugs in NYC

(Newser) - Six people who allegedly operated a drug delivery service called Mike's Candyshop have been arrested in connection with the overdose death of Vine founder Colin Kroll. The suspects, ages 25 to 38, each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison on a charge of conspiring to... More »

Coroner's Report: Cocaine, Not US Tourist, Killed Handyman

Anguilla man had taken lethal dose

(Newser) - Connecticut banker Gavin Scott Hapgood is accused of killing a hotel handyman in Anguilla earlier this year but cocaine could have been the real culprit, according to a revised autopsy report. The coroner says the level of cocaine in Kenny Mitchel's blood was twice the level usually considered fatal,... More »

Mexico Judge Legalizes Cocaine—With a Catch

Ruling applies to 2 people, and must be approved by higher court

(Newser) - Recreational cocaine could soon be legal in Mexico on a case-by-case basis. A May ruling, which must be approved by a higher court, would allow two unidentified claimants to "possess, transport and use cocaine," but not sell it, in what Mexico United Against Crime calls a "historic... More »

Star QB Cleared After Cops' Drug-Test Mistake

Officers insisted white stuff on Shai Werts' car was cocaine; he said it was bird poop

(Newser) - Cops claimed the white substance on Shai Werts' car was cocaine. The starting quarterback for Georgia Southern University said it was bird poop. "I play football, so I don't do cocaine," the 21-year-old told officers July 31 as he was pulled over for speeding in South Carolina.... More »

Is That Your Real Hair, or Are You Smuggling Drugs Under a Bad Toupee?

$33K worth of cocaine was quickly spotted on nervous guy arriving in Spain

(Newser) - A nervous-looking man flew from Colombia to Spain with what authorities there describe as an "oversized" toupee beneath his hat. Beneath that hairpiece was roughly a pound of cocaine bundled up and stuck to his head, according to police in Barcelona, who shared before and after images of the... More »

Dwight Gooden Faces Drug Charges

Retired pitcher was pulled over in New Jersey

(Newser) - Retired baseball star Dwight Gooden was arrested in New Jersey last month and charged with cocaine possession. Police pulled him over on June 7 for erratic driving and having tinted windows that were too dark, the New York Post reports. Officers said they found plastic bags with suspected cocaine in... More »

In Wild Video, Coast Guard Member Leaps Onto Drug Sub

'This is as satisfying as it gets'

(Newser) - Stunning video shows just how far the US Coast Guard will go to stop suspected drug smugglers. The minute-long video released Thursday shows a member of the US Coast Guard Cutter Munro jumping onto a semi-submersible vessel carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth $232 million in the East Pacific... More »

Trail of Cocaine-Laden Ship Leads to JPMorgan Chase

Bank fund owns the MSC Gayane, but doesn't have operational control

(Newser) - The cargo ship seized in the Port of Philadelphia last month with nearly 20 tons of cocaine aboard isn't owned by a ruthless criminal gang hiding out somewhere, or by organized crime bosses pulling the strings from their prison cells. It's owned, more or less, by JPMorgan Chase.... More »

He Was to Fly With Brazil's Prez —Then Came Luggage Search

Airman accused of smuggling cocaine into Spain ahead of G20

(Newser) - A promise to curtail drugs and crime helped Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro get elected last year—hence why NPR reports the arrest of a member of his G20 party is so embarrassing. Brazilian Air Force Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues—serving as flight steward on a military plane en route to... More »

246 Bags of Cocaine Found in Dead Passenger

Plane made emergency landing after he had seizure

(Newser) - A Japanese man returning to his homeland from Colombia with 246 bags of cocaine inside him died en route. Authorities in Mexico say the man, identified as 42-year-old "Udo N," began having a seizure after the Aeromexico flight from Bogota to Tokyo made a stopover in Mexico City,... More »

'Cocaine Mitch' Wants You to Join His 'Cartel'

He's selling campaign T-shirts with cocaine dust

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is embracing the "Cocaine Mitch" nickname given to him last year, going so far as to sell T-shirts featuring a faceless man (ostensibly McConnell) beside a dusting of white powder. "A year ago, a legend was born. Own your piece of history. #CocaineMitch," McConnell's... More »

Study of Shrimp Has an Unwelcome Surprise

Every one tested in UK study had traces of cocaine

(Newser) - How's this for an unwelcome surprise in a study of freshwater shrimp: Every one tested in a study of 15 different sites in Britain's rural Suffolk County had traces of cocaine, reports the Guardian . Oh, and traces of the drug ketamine were widespread. Also showing up: a long-banned... More »

Biggest Drug Bust in 25 Years Made at NYC-Area Port

'Dried fruit' shipment held $77M in cocaine

(Newser) - Customs agents have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine recovered at the ports of New York and New Jersey in 25 years. US Customs and Border Protection says 3,200 pounds of the drug in 60 packages were seized at Port New York/Newark on Feb. 28, the AP reports. The... More »

Florida Fisherman Hooks 60 Pounds of Cocaine

The angler spotted the package beneath a dock in the Keys

(Newser) - A Florida fisherman recently found something fishy beneath a dock in the Keys. Per ABC News , the angler was in Islamorada on Saturday when he spotted a mysterious package. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be upwards of 60 pounds of cocaine wrapped in plastic. According to the Sun-Sentinel... More »

Cocaine and Bribes: How Atlanta Letter Carriers Went 'Corrupt'

16 USPS employees sentenced in drug trafficking scheme

(Newser) - Federal officials say postal workers in metro Atlanta weren't just delivering mail but also cocaine on behalf of drug traffickers in exchange for bribes as low as $250. When the gavel came down Tuesday, a mail clerk and 15 letter carriers had been sentenced to between three and nine... More »

She Was Called a Dead Reality Star. That's Not Quite Right

The 'New York Times' looks at the life of Lyric McHenry

(Newser) - Lyric McHenry was found dead hours after celebrating her 26th birthday in Manhattan, and the coverage of her death "reduced [her] to the facts as written in a hurried police report: black woman, pregnant, possible cocaine, deserted street in the Bronx," writes Zoe Greenberg for the New York ... More »

Someone Just Donated $18M of Cocaine to Texas

There was a surprise tucked amid 2 pallets of bananas donated to Department of Criminal Justice

(Newser) - "Sometimes, life gives you lemons," begins the Facebook post from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect!" The unexpected came amid a donation of 45 boxes of bananas that were donated to... More »

This Could Be a Novel Way to Conquer Cocaine Addiction

Scientists devise a genetically engineered skin graft that works in mice

(Newser) - Could a skin graft help cocaine addicts get clean? Scientists at the University of Chicago say their novel approach has worked in mice, reports New Scientist . And if this translates to humans, it could be a game changer, though the remedy is specific to cocaine addiction. In a new study... More »

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