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A Plant Is Turning Afghanistan Into a Meth Producer

'Washington Post' says the country is experiencing a meth boom

(Newser) - Afghanistan's poppy fields have helped make it a leader when it comes to opium production. Now another plant is transforming the country into a leading meth producer, report Susannah George and Joby Warrick for the Washington Post . The native plant is locally known as oman, but it's also...

Guy Who Jumped From Plane Allegedly Smoked 'a Lot' of Meth
Guy Who Jumped Out of
Plane at LAX Hears His Fate
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Guy Who Jumped Out of Plane at LAX Hears His Fate

Mexican national Luis Armando Victoria Dominguez will see 18 months behind bars in federal prison

(Newser) - Update: A Mexican national who jumped out of a plane at Los Angeles International Airport last summer has found out the consequences of his actions. KTLA reports that a judge on Wednesday sentenced Luis Armando Victoria Dominguez, 34, to 18 months in federal prison for the incident in June, in...

What You Know as Meth Is Tame Compared to 'New' Meth
Meth Isn't Meth Anymore
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Meth Isn't Meth Anymore

P2P meth is a whole different ballgame

(Newser) - Meth isn't meth anymore. That's the upshot of an excerpt of Sam Quinones' new book in the Atlantic . It hasn't been for quite some time. As Quinones details, the way we commonly think of methamphetamine being made—using ephedrine, the active ingredient in Sudafed—started giving way...

Researchers Say Trout Can Get Hooked on Our Meth
Meth Users May End Up
Harming an Unlikely Victim
new study

Meth Users May End Up Harming an Unlikely Victim

Fish, finds a new study

(Newser) - If you're wondering whether brown trout can become meth junkies, science has an answer for you. Czech researchers sought to determine whether the drugs used by humans—which end up in waterways because wastewater treatment plants aren't built to remove methamphetamine—could turn fish into addicts. The short...

Murder Charges Dropped Against Mom Who Had Stillbirth

Calif. judge says not enough proof Chelsea Becker knew her meth use might harm fetus

(Newser) - In September 2019, 26-year-old Chelsea Becker, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, delivered a stillborn baby. Two months later, she was arrested and charged with murder, accused of taking meth just days before her stillbirth. Those charges have now been dismissed, with a California judge ruling that prosecutors didn't...

Prosecutors: NJ Cops Found Meth Lab in Officer's Home

Christopher Walls could get up to 20 years in prison

(Newser) - Christopher Walls has been with the Long Branch Police Department in New Jersey for 19 years. Charges filed in connection with an alleged meth lab at his home could send him to prison for a similar amount of time. Prosecutors say that when Long Branch officers were called to the...

Motorbike Crash Turns Into Much, Much More

Man in Kansas City suffers three accidents at once

(Newser) - There's crashing your motorbike, and then there's this. Police say a man racing his bike in Kansas City on Thursday managed to crash, shoot himself, and get hit by another vehicle at roughly the same time, KCTV5 reports. According to police, "a weapon in his waistband discharged"...

From a High-Rise Window, a 'Heavenly Rain of Bank Notes'

Cops in Chongqing, China, say man in 'trance' from drugs was throwing cash out of 30th-floor window

(Newser) - Commuters in China got an unexpected windfall earlier this month, though not everyone leaves this story with a happy ending. Police in Chongqing, located in the southwestern part of the country, said that traffic was brought to a halt on Oct. 17 when a man on the 30th floor of...

Cops Find 37 Pounds of Meth in Spare Tire

Suspect was driving in a 'careless manner'

(Newser) - Law enforcement officers who pulled a driver over for a traffic violation in Mississippi allegedly discovered about 37 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a spare tire stashed in the vehicle, the AP reports. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Flowood Police Department stopped a pickup truck along an...

AG Sides With Defendant on Stillbirth Murder Charge

California woman was charged after an autopsy found meth in her child's system

(Newser) - A woman awaiting trial on a murder charge has received unexpected support from California's top prosecutor. Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a brief with the court calling for the case against Chelsea Cheyenne Becker to be dropped, CNN reports. Becker gave birth to a stillborn child last September...

Cops Describe Seizure as 'LOTR Meets John Wick'

This was no regular traffic stop in Michigan

(Newser) - The Bath Township Police Department in Michigan has a "wildly popular" Facebook page , per MLive.com , and the department's latest confiscation shows just why that may be. On Jan. 27, during an early-morning traffic stop, cops there found a "very odd combination" of drugs (methamphetamine, specifically) and...

Mighty Ducks Actor Found in California Man's Garage

Cops say Shaun Weiss was on meth when he broke into car

(Newser) - A homeowner in Marysville, Calif., called in a report of "an unknown male inside his garage that did not belong there" early Sunday morning, specifically sitting in a car parked in that garage. Police say the male in question had broken the passenger window and was "filtering through"...

As Meth Makes a Comeback, Opioid Funds Redirected

It's already the most lethal drug west of the Mississippi

(Newser) - Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill passed by...

Naked Man Bites Dog. Yes, in Florida

And yes, police say there was meth involved

(Newser) - If your idea of a good time involves meth, mangled attempts at bird calls, running around in your birthday suit until the law gets called, and then becoming an old headline-writing cliche, well, we bring you the case of Donald Watts, who, yes, is from Florida. As Action News Jax...

Cops: 'OK 2020, It Only Took You 4.5 Hours to Get Weird'

Oklahoma police say man, goat taken on terrifying 3-state drive

(Newser) - A man stole a pickup truck with a sleeping passenger and a goat inside it and drove it all the way from Missouri to Oklahoma before releasing the terrified victim and animal and eventually being arrested, authorities say. According to an arrest report, two men in the truck parked outside...

Troopers Searched the Fish Box. There Wasn't Fish Inside

Cenen Placencia accused of trying to smuggle $400K of drugs in spoiled goat intestines

(Newser) - An Alaska man found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport has been arrested. Per the AP , Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested Wednesday at Anchorage’s international airport, authorities said. Investigators with Alaska State Troopers searched a large fish box the 71-year-old...

South Dakota Takes Ribbing Over New Meth Slogan

'Meth. We're on it'

(Newser) - South Dakota’s new anti-meth campaign featuring people of different ages and races saying "I'm on meth" is prompting online guffaws. Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday launched the nearly half-million-dollar campaign to increase awareness of South Dakota's methamphetamine epidemic. The campaign includes a new TV ad, billboards,...

Chemistry Professors Arrested in Meth Probe

One had said 'Breaking Bad' was a boon to recruiting

(Newser) - Two chemistry professors in Arkansas have been accused of breaking bad, and have been arrested on suspicion of making methamphetamine. Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, have been on administrative leave since Oct. 11, the Democrat-Gazette reports, days after a chemical odor was reported in the science...

Case of Stillborn Baby Ruled a Homicide

Mother Chelsea Becker is charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - A California woman has been charged with the murder of her own baby, a stillborn whose system reportedly showed toxic levels of methamphetamine. Chelsea Cheyenne Becker, 25, was arrested Tuesday after a coroner described the Sept. 10 case as a homicide and police issued a warrant on a charge of...

Pregnant Woman Tests Positive for Meth, Figures Out Why

Elisha Hessel discovered that her home used to be a meth lab

(Newser) - When Tyler and Elisha Hessel had standard prenatal testing done, they were happy to find out the baby they're expecting in January is healthy—but they were shocked to find out Elisha had tested positive for amphetamines. They had recently purchased their Jefferson County, Missouri, home, and after getting...

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