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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"... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Dem Donor's Legal Troubles Just Got Worse

Complaint: Ed Buck, accused of luring gay men for sex and meth binges, had at least 10 victims

(Newser) - When you're known around town as "Doctor Kevorkian," the implication probably isn't a good one. That's the nickname court records say was bestowed on wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck, 65, who's been accused of luring homeless, gay black men to his home, then plying... More »

He Brought Honey From Jamaica, Spent 82 Days in Jail

Lawsuit coming in case of Maryland's Leon Haughton

(Newser) - "They put me through hell." So says a legal permanent resident of Maryland jailed for 82 days after a false-positive test indicated there was liquid meth in three bottles of honey he brought back from his native Jamaica. Leon Haughton initially thought canines at Baltimore's airport detected... More »

Cops: Guy Busted With $140M in Meth Had a 'Very, Very Bad Day'

Van said to have crashed into parked police cars was carrying a lot of meth

(Newser) - If you're going to be driving around with $140 million worth of meth, what definitely falls under the "you had one job" category is to avoid getting pulled over by the cops—or crashing into a couple of cop cars. This week, one man in Sydney, Australia, allegedly... More »

Cops Warn About 'Meth-Gators'

'We shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do'

(Newser) - The effects of methamphetamine on alligators is not fully understood, per USA Today —though we might soon find out. Tennessee's Loretta Police Department warned people not to flush meth and other drugs over the weekend for fear of creating "meth-gators." "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl... More »

Ex-Police Officer Arrested for 'Disheartening' Crimes

Zachary Wester, former Fla. sheriff's deputy, accused of planting drugs in drivers' cars

(Newser) - For nearly a year, an ex-Florida sheriff's deputy suspected of planting meth and other drugs on drivers has been under the eye of investigators. On Wednesday he was arrested based on their findings. The Tallahassee Democrat reports 26-year-old Zachary Wester, formerly of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, faces... More »

Police Dog Makes Million-Dollar Find

Gunner finds 2 suitcases filled with meth in Washington state forest

(Newser) - Good boy, Gunner. You, too, human partner Sgt. Gene Davis of the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office in Washington state. The pair discovered two suitcases filled with methamphetamine in the 4-million-acre Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, reports CNN . Total weight: 186 pounds. Total street value: $1 million, reports KREM . The discovery of... More »

Cops Applaud 'Courage' of Kid Who Brought Meth to School

Young boy essentially turned in parents

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are praising a young boy for bringing drugs to school—because he did so to get help regarding his parents. The New York Daily News cites a Facebook post from the Kennewick PD that relays what happened Wednesday when the "elementary school-aged child" showed up... More »

44 Pounds of Meth Delivered to 'Quite Elderly' Couple

They received package in error

(Newser) - An elderly couple in Australia who received a large quantity of methamphetamine in error decided to contact police instead of going the Walter White route. Police say the couple mistakenly signed for a parcel sent to their west Melbourne home that turned out to contain around 44 pounds of the... More »

The Hot Gift in North Korea Right Now Is Reportedly Meth

Sources say it's being given as a Lunar New Year present

(Newser) - The Lunar New Year is one of Korea's two biggest holidays, and a pair of reports suggest the hot gift to give is "pingdu"—that is, meth. Radio Free Asia on Friday published an article that cited sources from within North Korea on the trend; one said... More »

They Looked Like Speakers. Agents Found So Much More

Customs and Border Protection stop biggest-ever meth shipment

(Newser) - What looked like a shipment of speakers leaving for Australia contained so much more—a record-high 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, ABC News reports. Customs and Border Protection also uncovered nearly 60 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin in the Jan. 11 seizure at Los Angeles/Long Beach... More »

Autopsy: Meth Killed Man Before Bear Ate Him

Tennessee man was identified through tattoos

(Newser) - A man found dead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was killed by a methamphetamine overdose, not the bear that was found eating his body, authorities say. According to an autopsy released Monday, there were signs of "extensive postmortem animal predation" on the body of 30-year-old William Lee Hill,... More »

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