Sinaloa Cartel May Resort to Deadly Force in U.S.

Authorities say Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the reputed leader of the Mexican cartel, has given his associates the OK, if necessary, to open fire across the border. By Josh Meyer May 6, 2009 “The reputed head of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel is threatening a more aggressive stance against competitors and law enforcement north of the … Read more

Heroin Catches On In Suburbia

Sunday, May 3, 2009, 3:36 AM By Holly Zachariah THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH “Ciara is the country’s new face of heroin: a young, white suburbanite whose addiction began at 15 with prescription painkillers her boyfriend stole from his father’s medicine cabinet. Statistics from publicly funded treatment centers show the number of people seeking treatment for opiate … Read more

Americans Most Dangerous Gangs Working for Mexican Drug Cartels

Michael Webster, Investigative Reporter May 04, 2009 “American gangs are operating throughout the country representing the Mexican Drug Cartels (MDC´s). They represent the MDC´s by collecting millions owed by U.S. street dealers. They also act as enforcers for the cartels whenever the cartels feel they have been ripped off or someone owes the cartels money … Read more

Shorter Sentences Sought for Crack

By GARY FIELDS “The Obama administration said it favors shorter jail sentences for crimes involving crack cocaine, a stance likely to spark a debate with law-enforcement officials who have opposed easing the penalties. Under current law, a person caught with 500 grams of powder cocaine gets the mandatory minimum sentence of five years, while it … Read more

OxyContin Abuse Prompts New Drug Testing

By COLLEEN MENSCHING – Staff Writer “New drug-testing practices are one-way officials hope to learn more about what they believe is a growing problem in San Diego County —- abuse of oxycodone. The expensive, potentially addictive synthetic opiate is prescribed to treat pain but is abused for the heroinlike high it gives. While officials believe … Read more

Recovery High School A ‘Soft Landing’ For Post-Rehab Teens

By Saundra Young CNN Senior Medical Producer “The main difference between a recovery high school and a public high school is we’re the true safe and drug-free zone — I mean zero tolerance. As long as there are drugs you’re gonna need a recovery high school. Until you’ve eradicated drugs, then you can stop having … Read more

Two Pr. George’s County Employees Arrested on Drug Charges

Two city employees were charged with intent to deliver prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), Adderall and hydromorphone (Dilaudid). Stashes of the prescription drugs were found in a county vehicle that the employees had been using. By Aaron C. Davis Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, April 2, 2009; 12:41 PM “Two Prince George’s County public … Read more