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Grandmother pleads guilty in New York drug ring caseupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 17:57:00

A little grandmother has pleaded guilty for her role in a big New York drug ring.

Former Puerto Rico officer sentenced to 40 years in corruption stingupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 20:47:00

A former Puerto Rico police officer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for his role in providing security for drug deals in an FBI sting in which he received $2,000 per transaction, authorities said.

Official: Hong Kong drug operation hauls $98 million worth of cocaine updated: Sat Jul 07 2012 21:09:00

A joint drug investigation in Hong Kong hauled a record cocaine shipment worth an estimated street value of U.S. $98 million, customs officials said.

Report: Houston found face down in tubupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 12:28:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes over the revelations revealed in Whitney Houston's autopsy report, which was released Wednesday.

Whitney Houston drowned in a foot of hot water, autopsy saysupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 12:28:00

Whitney Houston drowned face down in a tub of "extremely hot water" about 12 inches deep, the final autopsy report on the singer's death said.

Coroner: Whitney Houston drownedupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 06:04:00

Heart disease and cocaine use were also listed as factors in Houston's death.

Cocaine, heart disease contributed to Houston's drowning, coroner saysupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 06:04:00

Whitney Houston died from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub, but the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" were contributing factors in her death, the Los Angeles County coroner said in an initial autopsy report released Thursday.

NFL player faces federal drug chargesupdated: Sat Dec 17 2011 15:01:00

NFL player Sam Hurd faces federal drug charges and has been cut from the Chicago Bears team.

Bears waive player arrested on federal drug chargesupdated: Sat Dec 17 2011 15:01:00

The Chicago Bears waived wide receiver Sam Hurd on Friday, two days after federal authorities arrested him on charges of conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine.

NFL player arrested on federal drug chargesupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 18:18:00

NFL player Samuel Hurd has been arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Thursday.

Brooke Mueller changes mind, enters rehab centerupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 17:18:00

Brooke Mueller has reconsidered her decision to undergo at-home drug rehab. Instead, Charlie Sheen's ex-wife has checked into an in-patient treatment center, her spokesman said Tuesday.

Brooke Mueller seeks 'different approach' after drug arrestupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 15:51:00

Brooke Mueller, the ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, will undergo drug rehab at home while caring for her young twins, her spokesman said Monday.

Sheen's ex-wife arrested in Colorado, charged with assaultupdated: Sat Dec 03 2011 17:42:00

Brooke Mueller, the ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, was arrested early Saturday in Colorado and charged with assault and cocaine possession, police said.

In Australia, a major cocaine bust updated: Tue Nov 15 2011 05:57:00

Law enforcement officials seized 300 kilograms of cocaine from a yacht in a coastal town off of Queensland, the Australian Federal Police said.

Crops ruined by cocaine fumigationupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 17:59:00

CNN's Rafael Romo reports on the plight of Colombian farmers who grow legal crops that are ruined by cocaine fumigation.

Documentary shines light on farmers displaced by accidental fumigationupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 17:59:00

Abelardo Joya's life and livelihood vanished in a matter of seconds. When a fumigation plane flew over his farm in September 2010, mistakenly targeting his crops with coca eradication chemicals, his small cacao, yucca and plantain plants didn't stand a chance. Brown and crisp, they can no longer produce food.

Bolivian road project pits indigenous groups against President Moralesupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 11:35:00

Bolivian indigenous leaders vow to keep fighting a road project through a national park on their ancestral homeland even though President Evo Morales said he would suspend construction pending a national dialogue.

The history of cocaineupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 18:21:00

Long before crack, drug wars and celebrity addicts, cocaine was touted as a miracle drug by doctors like Sigmund Freud.

Suspected drug kingpin arrested in Los Angelesupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 22:57:00

A suspected drug kingpin on the "15 Most Wanted" fugitives list has been arrested in Los Angeles, the U.S. Marshals Service announced Thursday.

Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra jailed on new chargesupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 20:33:00

Lenny Dykstra, a three-time major league All-Star outfielder who played for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies, was charged Monday with multiple counts of allegedly leasing cars using phony businesses and credit information, and with drug possession, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office announced.

People.com: Paris Hilton Prosecutor Arrested on Drug Chargesupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 14:56:00

David Charles Schubert allegedly bought crack cocaine as the law looked on

Deputies injured in shooting will recover, agency saysupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 15:44:00

Two U.S. marshals who were shot while carrying out an arrest warrant in West Virginia are expected to make a full recovery, a spokesman said. A third marshal, Derek Hotsinpiller, was fatally wounded in the incident.

Deputy U.S. marshal gunned down in West Virginiaupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 10:00:00

A deputy U.S. marshal who had been with the service for just over a year was fatally shot while serving an arrest warrant Wednesday morning in West Virginia, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service.

One U.S. Marshal killed, two shotupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 10:00:00

A deputy U.S. Marshal is fatally shot and two others are wounded while serving an arrest warrant. WDTV has more.

Bruno Mars accepts deal to avoid prosecution on drug chargeupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 14:09:00

Singer Bruno Mars appeared in a Las Vegas, Nevada, court Wednesday morning to accept a "deferred adjudication" deal on a drug charge, his lawyer Blair Berk confirmed.

Dutch protest Iran's execution of Dutch-Iranian womanupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 07:02:00

The Netherlands recalled its ambassador from Iran, it said Monday, after Iran executed a Dutch-Iranian woman in spite of Dutch efforts to intervene in her case.

Iran hangs Dutch-Iranian woman for drug smuggling, report saysupdated: Sun Jan 30 2011 18:10:00

The Netherlands froze all ties with Iran Sunday after Tehran hanged a Dutch-Iranian woman a day earlier, calling the execution a "shocking act by a barbaric regime."

Prosecutors: Bruno Mars cuts deal on Vegas drug chargeupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 19:41:00

Singer Bruno Mars can avoid prosecution for a Las Vegas, Nevada, drug arrest if he stays out of trouble for a year, gets drug counseling, does 200 hours of community service and pays a $2,000 fine, according to terms of a deal confirmed by the prosecutor's office Friday.

After 31 years, fugitive arrested at Florida senior communityupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 15:03:00

A man who fled his trial on drug and racketeering charges in 1979 and eluded police in several different countries while on the run was arrested Thursday at a Florida senior living community, U.S. Marshals said.

Coca farmers switch to legal cropsupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 14:02:00

Rafael Romo reports in some areas of Colombia, farmers have switched from coca plants to less profitable but legal crops.

Ivy League drug ringupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 09:39:00

Police say five Columbia University students were arrested for selling drugs from on-campus housing.

Nickel-and-dime crime one of nine to get presidential pardonupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 21:10:00

For 42 years, Ronald Foster didn't know he had a felony conviction for cutting up pennies.

Federal judge pleads guilty to drug chargesupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 02:40:00

A federal judge pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of drug possession and another charge, admitting he had paid a stripper to buy drugs for the two to use together.

Federal judge to plead guilty in drug caseupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 21:54:00

A federal judge in Georgia, arrested after federal agents say he bought drugs for a stripper, will plead guilty to some charges on Friday, his attorney said.

3 suspects accused of trying to smuggle drugs through airportsupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 17:35:00

In a pair of unrelated incidents, three suspects were apprehended at New York-area airports within days of each other for attempting to smuggle $1.4 million worth of cocaine and heroin through customs, federal officials said Friday.

Authorities dismantle alleged cocaine ring with ties to Mexican cartelupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 20:29:00

Federal authorities dismantled a large-scale cocaine trafficking organization in Denver, Colorado, with the indictment of 35 people, officials said Monday.

Paris Hilton avoids jail with plea dealupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 16:33:00

Paris Hilton was placed on probation for a year under a plea deal to settle a cocaine possession charge.

Paris Hilton admits cocaine was hersupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 05:25:00

Paris Hilton entered guilty pleas on two misdemeanor counts in a Las Vegas court and was placed on probation for a year Monday morning under a plea deal to settle a cocaine possession charge.

Paris Hilton to avoid jail with Las Vegas plea dealupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 22:20:00

Paris Hilton will face a Las Vegas, Nevada, judge Monday morning to accept a plea deal in her cocaine possession case, the prosecutor and a source close to the defense said.

People.com: Las Vegas Jail: We Treated Paris Differently from Other Inmatesupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 12:47:00

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Jim Dixon rushed her through to avoid "disruptions"

Hilton facing felony drug possession charge after weekend arrestupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 10:21:00

Prosecutors in Clark County, Nevada, filed a felony charge against Paris Hilton on Monday stemming from her arrest over the weekend on suspicion of cocaine possession.

People.com: Paris Hilton Charged with Felony Drug Possessionupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 18:51:00

The heiress had .8 grams of cocaine and a broken Albuterol pill in her purse, police say

People.com: Paris Hilton Arrested for Cocaine Possessionupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 11:27:00

The heiress was booked by Las Vegas police and released after the drug is found in her purse

Georgia cop accused of protecting drug deals, stealing from motoristsupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 17:10:00

A Clayton County, Georgia, police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he took money to protect illegal drug deals, possessed a stolen firearm and stole personal property from drivers during traffic stops, a U.S. attorney announced Wednesday.

Obama signs bill reducing cocaine sentencing gapupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 16:45:00

President Obama signed a bill Tuesday reducing the disparity in penalties for the use of crack and powder cocaine, according to the White House.

DEA: Bust rids Puerto Rico of 'most hard-core' traffickersupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 18:43:00

A sweeping drug bust in Puerto Rico involving more than 500 U.S. drug agents and Puerto Rican police early Friday is being described by officials as the biggest drug trafficking arrest/operation ever conducted on the Caribbean island.

Coca cultivation falls in Colombia, rises in Peruupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 21:59:00

If current trends continue, Peru is poised to overtake Colombia as the world's top producer of coca, the plant used in the production of cocaine, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.

Record haul of cocaine seized in Gambiaupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 18:16:00

Police in Gambia have seized a record haul of Europe-bound cocaine worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a statement from British authorities said Wednesday.

Rapper T.I. released from prisonupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 17:28:00

Rapper T.I. was released from prison on Tuesday after seven months, his attorney confirmed.

People.com: Wife of Pitchman Billy Mays Challenges Autopsyupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 09:47:00

A second post-mortem questions whether drugs played a role in the salesman's death

Study: Cocaine vaccine could help addictsupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 11:01:00

An experimental vaccine for cocaine addicts can help some users kick the habit, according to a new study.

Latin American drug cartels find home in West Africaupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 09:34:00

Colombian and Mexican drug cartels have jumped the Atlantic Ocean and expanded into West Africa, working closely with local criminal gangs to carve out a staging area for an assault on the lucrative European market.

Typo cuts drug offender's prison termupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 10:21:00

A three-letter typo has slashed years off a prison sentence for a repeat drug offender in Ohio.

Behind the Scenes: Life after San Quentinupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 15:39:00

Chris Shurn walked out of San Quentin Prison last June after serving nearly four years of hard time for possession of crack cocaine and a weapon charge. He joined the many men paroled each year in Oakland, California, where the recidivism rate is more than 50 percent.

Growing up is even harder when mom is in prisonupdated: Thu May 07 2009 10:43:00

"Get yourself together." Mary Williams repeated those three words often to her 28-year-old daughter, who served three years in a Kansas prison for a 1988 armed robbery.

Hitmen's bloody reign all about logic, trafficker saysupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 11:22:00

There are no welcome signs on the approach to Camargo.

Study: More whites, fewer blacks going to prison for drugsupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 13:55:00

For the first time since the war on drugs became a national law enforcement obsession in the mid-1980s, the number of African-Americans in state prisons for drug offenses has declined, a criminal justice reform organization said.

Behind the Scenes: Life after San Quentinupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 14:06:00

Chris Shurn walked out of San Quentin Prison in June after serving four years of hard time for possession of crack cocaine and a weapon charge. He joined at least 3,000 men paroled each year in Oakland, California, where the recidivism rate is more than 50 percent.

Justices reject appeal from war vet turned drug criminalupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 13:17:00

Iraq war veteran Patrick Lett admits he made a mistake, one that sent him to jail and resulted in a criminal record.

Commentary: Black Americans should be masters of our fateupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 09:35:00

I was truly honored to participate in the CNN documentary "Black in America."

Time.com: Amy Winehouse Leaves Hospitalupdated: Tue Jul 29 2008 07:00:00

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was released from a London hospital after an overnight stay to treat what her spokesman said was an adverse reaction to medication

People.com: Two Charged with Providing Drugs to Amy Winehouseupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 15:37:00

London police have arrested two alleged drug dealers linked to the singer's infamous video

Releasing crack convictsupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 15:08:00

Some crack cocaine convicts can begin applying for early release. What will the impact be? CNN's Kelli Arena reports.

First of crack convicts freed after sentencing reformupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 15:08:00

At least four federal inmates convicted on crack cocaine charges were freed Monday, a result of federal efforts to close the gap between sentences doled out for crack and for its purer, powder counterpart.

Medical examiner says Ike Turner died of cocaine overdoseupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 23:49:00

Musician Ike Turner died of a cocaine overdose, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday.

People.com: Coroner: Ike Turner Died of Cocaine Overdoseupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 18:44:00

Music legend Ike Turner died of a cocaine overdose, the San Diego medical examiner’s office confirmed Wednesday.

People.com: DJ AM Opens Up About Suicide Attemptupdated: Thu Jan 03 2008 09:22:00

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein reveals a tortured past – including a suicide attempt – in a new interview.

Crack cocaine sentencingupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 10:06:00

CNN's Kelli Arena profiles a mother fighting to reduce wide disparities in federal prison terms for cocaine offenders.

Justices: Judges can slash crack sentencesupdated: Mon Dec 10 2007 14:15:00

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal judges have the discretion to give "reasonably" shorter prison terms for crack-cocaine crimes to reduce the disparity with crimes involving cocaine powder.

Crack sentencesupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 12:49:00

The debate over why some prisoners serving time for crack cocaine charges should get out early. CNN's Kelli Arena reports.

Lowered crack terms could free 20,000 earlyupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 12:49:00

The U.S. Sentencing Commission is considering retroactive changes that could mean shortened sentences for nearly 20,000 federal prisoners convicted of crack cocaine related offenses.

Time.com: Being Fair to Crack Dealersupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 16:00:00

The use and trafficking of crack have long been treated more harshly than the same offenses for powder cocaine. New federal sentencing guidelines aim to rectify that

People.com: Lindsay Lohan Gets Jail in DUI Casesupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 21:25:00

Lindsay Lohan will serve at least 24 hours in jail in her drunken-driving cases under the terms of a plea deal reached Thursday.

Time.com: Mandatory Sentencing: Stalled Reformupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 13:00:00

The momentum behind changing New York's harsh Rockefeller drug laws seems gone, as lawmakers worry about narcotics kingpins getting out of jail

People.com: Lindsay Lohan Arrested for DUI - Againupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 10:02:00

Lindsay Lohan was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., early Tuesday morning on suspicion of drunken driving after a brief car chase, authorities confirm to PEOPLE.

Time.com: The Way Station for Europe's Cocaine updated: Wed Jun 13 2007 03:55:00

As America's appetite for coke fades, Guinea Bissau has become a key transit point for Colombia's narco-traffickers with an eye on the growing European market

Time.com: Cocaine Sentencing to Be Analyzedupdated: Mon Jun 11 2007 18:25:00

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review whether judges are required to impose dramatically longer sentences for crack cocaine than for cocaine powder

Former champion Tapia in hospitalupdated: Tue Mar 13 2007 05:20:00

Troubled former boxing champion Johnny Tapia is in a critical condtion in a New Mexico hospital after a reported drug overdose.

Pete Doherty fined on drugs chargesupdated: Mon Dec 04 2006 06:32:00

Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was fined £770 ($1,523) for possession of drugs, including crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis Monday.

U.S. indicts 50 Colombians it calls 'narcoterrorists'updated: Wed Mar 22 2006 11:41:00

Fifty leaders of the Colombian rebel group FARC, described as "narcoterrorists" by U.S. authorities, have been indicted in Washington for allegedly exporting more than $25 billion worth of cocaine to the U.S. and other countries, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday.

Then & Now: Marion Barryupdated: Mon May 02 2005 09:23:00

In 1990, the FBI busted Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry for crack cocaine. Today, the 68-year-old self-proclaimed "mayor for life" is back in politics, serving on the D.C. City Council.

Man charged with allegedly staging phony police raidupdated: Tue Apr 12 2005 12:10:00

When William Fairchild's friend traded her car for $70 worth of crack cocaine, police say he helped carry out an elaborate scheme to get it back from the drug dealer.

Fortune: HOW HIGH SCHOOL KIDS SEE THE 1990S They're intimidated by the Japanese, distrustful of today's leaders, updated: Mon Mar 26 1990 00:01:00

IF THE FUTURE has a voice, it is the voice of youth. To learn more about the world to be, FORTUNE asked a diverse group of 20 mostly high-school-age youths around the country about their expectatio...

Money Magazine: Life styles of the Rich and Heinous Ever wonder what the billions Americans spend on drugs actually buy, beyond updated: Wed Nov 01 1989 00:01:00

Innocent bystanders shot down on city streets. Overdosed teenagers dying in emergency rooms. Newborn babies writhing in pain from cocaine withdrawal. The ugliest images of our country's drug epidem...

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