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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 »

Cops: We're Worried About Zika in Your Meth. Let Us Test It.

Police department in Louisiana gets a little snarky in Facebook post

(Newser) - 'Tis the season for cheeky police departments, and this Sunday we present you with the fine officers in Harahan, La., who are apparently very concerned that your meth might be contaminated. "If you have recently purchased meth in any area of Louisiana it may be contaminated with the... More »

Inmates Freed Thanks to Allegedly Crooked Deputy

Zachary Wester is accused of planting meth on unsuspecting drivers

(Newser) - A former Florida deputy was allegedly so corrupt that dozens of people arrested by him are going free, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Zachary Wester, a Jackson County deputy from 2016 to 2018, reportedly planted methamphetamine on unaware drivers during needless traffic stops—and that's how it appeared to at... More »

Cops: He Left Meth on a Plate. Then Son, 8, Sought Breakfast

Boy died of overdose after suffering for hours: police

(Newser) - A hungry 8-year-old ingested crystal meth, perhaps thinking it was cereal, and died as his father refused to seek help, police say. Curtis Collman III died June 21 in Crothersville, Ind., with 180 times the lethal dose of methamphetamine in his system, reports BuzzFeed . Court documents show Curtis had awoken... More »

She Breastfed Her Child, and Officials Say It Killed Him

Bucks mother charged after infant found to have died from ingesting meth, methadone

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mother's 11-week-old son died in April, and she has now been charged in his death. The Morning Call reports Samantha Jones, 30, is in Bucks County Jail after failing to make her $3 million bail in connection with the homicide charge. A probable cause affidavit reveals the... More »

Wynonna Judd Daughter Serving 8-Year Sentence

She violated probation by leaving rehab

(Newser) - Wyonna Judd's troubled 22-year-old daughter has landed in prison again, and she might be almost 30 by the time she gets out. Radar Online reports that Grace Pauline Kelley is serving an eight-year sentence at West Tennessee State Penitentiary for breaking probation on drug charges. Kelley—the daughter of... More »

Meth Worth $90M Found in Truck's Fuel Tank

The liquid methamphetamine could be converted to 454 kilograms of crystal meth

(Newser) - A semi-truck in North Carolina was discovered carrying an estimated $90 million worth of liquid methamphetamine. The Harnett County Sheriff's Office seized the truck Saturday and allegedly found the substance in the driver's side fuel tank, per WTVD . The reported 120 gallons of liquid meth could be converted... More »

Inmate's Girlfriend Jailed Following Literal Kiss of Death

She passed meth to inmate boyfriend, who died as a result

(Newser) - An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge, reports the AP . Melissa Ann Blair passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into the mouth of Anthony Powell during a long... More »

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