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Murders spiked in 2020 in cities across the United States

9/27/21--The year-to-year increase in homicides from 2019 was the largest since national record-keeping began in 1960. But overall, major crimes declined last year. Overall, the toll of some 21,500 people killed last year is still well below the record set during the violence of the early 1990s. Still, several cities, like Albuquerque, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee and Syracuse, recorded their highest homicide numbers ever, according to the report. Read

Up in smoke: New weed law leads to drop in gun busts, NYPD sources say

5/11/21--New York’s recent decision to legalize marijuana has led to a decrease in gun arrests, yet shootings are simultaneously surging across the Big Apple, the New York Post reported. NYPD statistics show that there were a total of 1,409 gun arrests — or an average of 108 a week — from Jan. 4 through April 4, and t the same time, shootings during April skyrocketed 166 percent — to 149 from 56 during the same month in 2020, according to NYPD CompStat data. Read

Portland marijuana farm linked to Texas scheme trafficking LSD, meth and fentanyl to college kids: feds

12/6/20--Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 13 people, including current and former University of Texas students, were charged in connection to a massive LSD, fentanyl, and methamphetamine trafficking and money laundering scheme meant to peddle drugs to college kids in the Austin metropolitan area that was supplied, in part, by a marijuana farm in Portland. Read

Seven bodies, nothing stolen: Were killings at Riverside marijuana grow ‘a message’?

10/28/20--According to a Los Angeles Times article, Riverside County’s worst mass killing in recent memory remains cloaked in mystery. Yet what facts have emerged illustrate a brutal point: Violence haunts California’s illegal marijuana market, which, law enforcement authorities concede, dwarfs its fledgling, legal counterpart and comprises a sweeping array of players. Read

Three pot growth busts worth over $600,00 in Calaveras County

10/24/20--Three pot grow busts over two days with a value of over $600,000 also netted two arrests, over 85 plants and three guns — one an AR15 rifle. Read

Drug use in local arrestees reaches 20-year high

10/22/20--Drug use reached a 20-year high among men and women arrested and booked into San Diego County detention facilities in 2019, according to a report released Thursday by the San Diego Association of Governments. According to the report by SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research Division, nearly four in five male arrestees (79%) and 82% of female arrestees tested positive for at least one of the following drugs: marijuana, methamphetamines, opiates, cocaine/crack and PCP. Read

Woman, 73, pushed onto Brooklyn subway tracks during fight with stranger over cigarette smoke

10/20/20--A pot-smoking stranger shoved a 73-year-old woman onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn Monday after her grandson and husband demanded he stop smoking on the platform, police said. Read

$8M worth of heroin, cocaine, pot seized in massive Atlanta drug bust

8/5/20--Authorities said they recently made the largest heroin bust in Georgia history, preventing 374 pounds of the illegal substance from making it to Atlanta’s streets. The DEA said agents believe the drugs were headed for “The Bluff,” a section of northwest Atlanta notorious for heroin availability. Read

Border Patrol agents seize over $500K of marijuana in less than 24 hours

6/5/20--Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents arrested four smugglers, seized over 650 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles in three separate incidents. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity. Read

Cannabis dispensaries stunned by wave of violent burglaries

6/3/20--Over the weekend, one or more large groups of armed men targeted and robbed a long list of Bay Area cannabis dispensaries in what looks to most observers like a long-planned spree. Although unconfirmed, a couple of sources said that every single pot retailer in Oakland. Read

5,191 illegal marijuana plants found during drug raids in Siskiyou County

5/30/20--The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office and Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team conducted a series of counter-drug raids. The teams collected 5,191 illegal marijuana plants, starter clones, process cannabis product and four firearms in the Big Springs and Mt. Shasta Vista area. An arrest was also made during one of the raids. The Sheriff's Office is estimating the 5,191 illegal marijuana plants are worth about $46.7 million on the East Coast illicit drug market. Read

Carbon County parents charged in accidental shooting death of 2-year-old son

5/28/20--Authorities say that a 2-year-old Carbon County boy accidentally shot himself in the head with a handgun he found in a basket along with toys and a children’s book. Now his parents are facing involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges following the boy’s death last weekend and the discovery of two more loaded and easily accessible guns in the couple’s East Penn Township home. Read

CEO of Vermont medical marijuana backer iAnthus Capital resigns amid financial scandal

4/29/20--Hadley Ford, CEO of iAnthus Capital, the company behind one of Vermont's five licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, immediately submitted his resignation after a special investigation uncovered $160,000 in personal loans from a managing member of one of the company's lenders, iAnthus announced on Monday. Read

Authorities chop 14,601 marijuana plants in Anza, Aguanga; 3 arrests made

4/29/20--Authorities served 10 marijuana-related search warrants in the unincorporated communities of Anza and Aguanga, chopping down more than 14,000 plants and arresting three Aguanga residents, sheriff's officials reported Wednesday. Read

El Paso County breaks up three illegal marijuana grows

4/30/20--Three illegal marijuana growing operations were uncovered and raided in El Paso County on Wednesday, with more than 700 plants, worth an estimated $700,000, seized. Investigators also seized $28,000 and five firearms while serving search warrants at three locations, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Read

Ohio AG announces testing for quantitative analysis of marijuana

4/30/20--Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Thursday announced the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has implemented the quantitative analysis of marijuana in drug evidence seized by law enforcement. Read

Playboi Carti arrested in Georgia following traffic stop

4/4/20--On Thursday, The Clayton County Sheriff’s Department announced it had arrested rapper PlayBoi Carti after a traffic stop. In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said members of an “elite” enforcement unit pulled over a Lamborghini with an allegedly expired tag and discovered 12 bags of marijuana, 3 guns, Xanax, codeine, and oxycodone. Read

19 charged after cops find $284K in semi’s hidden compartment, $3.8 million in cocaine in separate location

3/13/20--Georgia police say that they’ve broken up a major drug ring after they discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stashed in a semi truck during a traffic stop earlier this month. Nineteen people were charge in connection with a large scale drug ring that allegedly distributed cocaine and marijuana throughout central Georgia. Read

Federal prosecutors investigate California marijuana companies in wide-ranging probe

3/3/20--Federal prosecutors have launched a probe of cannabis companies in California, seeking a batch of records held by a startup that functions as a Yelp for marijuana dispensaries, according to a grand-jury subpoena reviewed by MarketWatch. Read

Fresno man charged after using orange grove to hide marijuana plants

2/14/20--A federal grand jury charged Diego Garcia Lua with illegally raising marijuana plants. According to court documents, Lua used his orange grove to hide the presence of over 6,300 marijuana plants. He was charged with "cultivating marijuana and maintaining a drug-involved premises." If convicted, Lua faces life in prison and over $10 million in fines. Read

Large-scale marijuana operation with Mass. ties shipped drugs in golf cart boxes, Feds say

1/19/20--William P. Murphy and Claudio Cardaropoli, co-conspirators in a $20 million nationwide marijuana trafficking ring, often shipped drugs in boxes purporting to contain golf carts, according to an FBI agent who testified at a hearing in U.S. District Court. Both have been charged with marijuana trafficking conspiracy, money laundering, and drug distribution. Read

Border Patrol seizes 200 lbs. of marijuana

11/2/19--Border Patrol Agents, working in southern New Mexico, disrupted a smuggling attempt, while agents in El Paso, Texas, identified a criminal attempting to illegally enter undetected. The total weight of the marijuana seized was approximately 234 pounds. Read

Study: Legalized recreational marijuana has little effect on crime in two states

10/17/19--A study by researchers at several universities finds that crime statistics haven’t changed much in two U.S. states that legalized recreational marijuana use and sales. The study focused on Colorado and Washington, the two first states to legalize recreational marijuana, and looked specifically at property-related and violent crimes. Read

Denver lawyer Robert Corry arrested on suspicion of DUI, his third arrest since June

10/2/19--Prominent Denver attorney Robert Corry was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence last week, his third arrest since June. Corry, who represents the Texas truck driver charged in April’s deadly Interstate 70 crash, was also cited for failing to report an accident, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, according to a Denver police probable cause statement. Read

American Airlines flight diverted to Denver after unruly passenger reportedly smokes weed on board

9/22/19--An unruly passenger forced an American Airlines flight from Arizona to Minnesota to make an emergency landing on Friday after the suspect allegedly told people he was on cocaine before locking himself in the airplane bathroom and eventually lighting up marijuana in the cabin, according to a report. Nearly an hour into the flight from Phoenix to Minneapolis, the pilot announced that there was "a security issue in the back," which required the flight to be diverted and land in Denver, Colorado. Read

Black market pot entered CannTrust facility, flowed into legal market last year: Sources

9/6/19--Senior operating staff working at CannTrust Holdings Inc.’s Pelham, Ont. facility late last year brought marijuana seeds from the black market into production rooms, leading to some illicitly-grown pot flowing into the legal market, according to internal company documents obtained by BNN Bloomberg and four sources directly familiar with the matter. Read

Cheshire gas station employee sold marijuana to high schoolers

8/19/19--High school students were getting marijuana for vape pens from a gas station in Cheshire, according to police, and a clerk is accused of selling it to them. Cheshire police said it was happening at the Gulf Gas Station at 197 Main St. and they arrested 30-year-old Ayad Nahshal, of Cheshire, Wednesday on a warrant charging him with two counts of sale of a controlled substance. Read

Authorities: Georgia deputy gave alcohol to underage drinkers. Now he faces drug charges, too

8/22/19--David Tyler Gibson, a Georgia deputy, has been fired and arrested after authorities say he provided alcohol to underage drinkers. Following his arrest, Gibson was fired. A search warrant of his home led to additional charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Read

Police dogs can’t tell the difference between hemp and marijuana

8/12/19--Because marijuana and hemp are both from the cannabis plant and smell identical, dogs can’t tell the difference, so both the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Columbus Division of Police are suspending marijuana-detection training for new police dogs to uncomplicate probable cause issues in court. Read

Charlotte men caught with $200,000 in marijuana on Georgia highway

6/13/19--Phetprasong Souriyo, 34, Brandy Souriyo, 28, and Somphone Thongkhamdy, 30, were arrested in Georgia and charged with trafficking marijuana on June 11, 2019. Authorities said they seized about 70 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $200,000. This arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of marijuana along Interstate 85 from metro Atlanta north to neighboring states. Read

97 pounds of marijuana seized, 3 arrested at Atlanta airport

5/10/19--Three people were arrested on drug trafficking charges Sunday after authorities found nearly 100 pounds of marijuana and THC vape pens in their luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the GBI said. There have been a series of high-profile drug arrests at Atlanta’s airport in recent months. In February, four men on a flight from Las Vegas were arrested after authorities discovered 224 pounds of pot in their suitcases. Read

Marijuana grow discovered at Castro Valley fire site

5/7/19--The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office discovered a suspected illegal marijuana growing operation at the site of a home fire. Four people were arrested and booked on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, authorities said. Read 

L.A. County sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty in brazen pot heist

3/4/19--Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Marc Antrim, who led a heist of more than a half ton of marijuana from a downtown warehouse, pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday. Antrim's admitted his role in the scheme during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, who is scheduled to sentence the deputy on June 3. Read

Ending weed prohibition hasn’t stopped drug crimes

12/7/18--A study recently published in The Economic Journal found that after medical marijuana was legalized in California, violent crime fell 15 percent. Yet, authorities in California’s Emerald Triangle, say that ever since California’s 1996 medical-marijuana initiative, violent crime in Humboldt, in particular, has increased. According to Ben Filippini, a deputy sheriff in this jurisdiction, "All legalization did here was create a safe haven for criminals.” Read

Violent crime up 25 percent in Colorado since 2013, latest CBI report shows

9/28/18--All forms of violent crime in Colorado steadily increased over the past five years, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s latest annual report on statewide crime statistics. In 2017, 23,098 violent crimes were reported, a 25 percent increase from 2013, according to the report released Thursday. Read

Colorado Crime Statistics

9/29/18--Colorado Department of Public Safety reports statistics for the number of DUI cases, drug narcotics violations, and drug narcotics equipment violations. Read

Florida teacher sold marijuana to middle schoolers, authorities say

12/9/17--Maria Otilla Rivera-Magana, a Florida substitute teacher, was arrested Friday after allegedly selling marijuana to two middle school students. According to authorities, the students admitted to smoking the drug after complaining of feeling sick, FOX 4 reported. Rivera-Magana was being held on a $90,500 bond at the Hendry County Jail. Read

Maine health officials implement new rules for medical marijuana

11/9/17--Maine is cracking down on the distribution of medical marijuana by allowing surprise inspections and implementing a new patient tracking system. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued new rules that tighten Maine’s medical marijuana market. The Portland Press Herald reports the rules will take effect on Feb. 1. Read

Authorities raid Spring Valley marijuana dispensary

11/9/17--Authorities raided Exotic Warehouse, an allegedly illegal Spring Valley marijuana dispensary, seizing cannabis and related products, and detaining five people for questioning. According to Sgt. Matt Cook, the operation “was the direct result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens. The personnel seized cash along with a “large amount” of marijuana, cannabis-infused edible items, and drug paraphernalia. Read

Radnor teens treated after ingesting possible marijuana-laced brownie

11/3/2017--Radnor Township officials on Friday were investigating an incident involving possible marijuana-laced brownies given to high school students, which may have involved cheerleaders and at least one member of the football team. No arrests have been made. The brownie will be tested by a lab to confirm if any drugs and what type of drugs it may contain. Read

Police made an arrest and seized almost 1,000 marijuana plants at a home in Los Banos

11/3/17--Los Banos Police say they found nearly 1,000 plants inside of a Los Banos home. Officers arrested 24-year-old Matias Menera Flores after the Merced area gang enforcement team served a search warrant at the home. Read

$1.6 Million worth of high grade marijuana seized in Georgia

11/3/17--Troup County sheriffs seized more than 150 pounds of high-grade marijuana worth $1.6 million on Thursday after a tractor-trailer failed to pull into an I-85 weigh station. The driver, Amaury Izquierdo Mansito, and the passenger, Marco Alfaro, were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana. Read

Colorado budget proposal calls for new task force to target illegal marijuana ops

11/1/17--Colorado aims to establish a state law enforcement unit dedicated to investigating and eradicating illegal marijuana grow operations that have cropped up throughout the state. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s $30.5 billion budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year included the allocation of $1.2 million of marijuana tax revenue toward the assembly of a task force within the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that would “investigate black market marijuana operations across Colorado.” Read

Police make significant marijuana bust in Nixa

10/30/17--Police in Nixa have made the most significant marijuana bust in several years, in which a marijuana grow operation was found, and resulted in the seizure of drug paraphernalia and an estimated 25 pounds of marijuana. Read

MN man arrested with 201 lbs of marijuana in Oregon

10/26/17--Pandy Hout of Minnesota was arrested in Oregon after 201 pounds of marijuana were found in the car he was driving. He has been charged with three felony counts including carrying more than 16 pounds over state lines, possession of marijuana over eight pounds, and unlawful delivery of marijuana. Read

Complaints of illegal pot grows in Sacramento County are soaring

10/21/17--Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department data provided to The Sacramento Bee through a Public Records Act request show deputies responded to 992 calls related to illegal marijuana grows in 2016, up from 511 calls in 2014. The surge in calls regarding illegal pot grows in Sacramento County comes even as the state is poised to permit commercial cultivation of marijuana for recreational use. However, local jurisdictions such as Sacramento County retain the right to decide whether to allow such operations. The county, so far, has said it won’t allow commercial grows. Read

Denver man arrested after marijuana seizure during traffic stop in Indiana

10/21/17--Michael Granados, Jr., 23, of Denver was arrested in Indiana after state police troopers found several packages of marijuana in an SUV during a traffic stop. In total, the packages weighed approximately 33 pounds with an estimated street value of $150,000. Granados faces charges of Dealing Marijuana (over 10 pounds) and Possession of Marijuana (over 10 pounds). Read

He ate marijuana candy and got on a flight. And then the trouble began

10/12/17--The temptation of legal marijuana was too great for Joseph Hudek IV, who found himself sitting in a federal detention center after a mid-air altercation on a flight from Seattle to Beijing. Hudek, 24, consumed candy containing marijuana just before boarding his flight, and an hour after takeoff he became volatile. Hudek has been charged with interfering with a flight crew and four counts of assault and, if convicted, could face anywhere between 20 years to life in prison. Read

Pounds of weed, drugged gummy bears seized in Forsyth

10/13/17--Nearly 40 pounds of marijuana and other drugs — including what were believed to be drug-laced Gummy Bears — were seized recently in what Forsyth County authorities are calling a "significant" bust. Weapons, including assault rifles, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash also were seized during the raid, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Read

Marijuana growers hide $7 million operation in quiet suburban houses

10/12/17--An undercover drug task force in Hall County busted a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in six different neighborhoods between Gainesville, Flowery Branch, and Hoschton. In all, more than 1,500 plants and 300 pounds of processed marijuana were seized, totaling about $7 million dollars. Read

Don’t let Sessions turn back the clock on medical marijuana

10/12/17--U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is urging Congress to make medical marijuana programs illegal in Maryland and the 30 other jurisdictions that have approved legislation shielding use of the drug for medicinal purposes from criminal prosecution. According to an op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun, Sessions' impulse to revive discredited policies of the past is part of a more general backward-looking understanding of his office, which he sees as an instrument for rolling back the progressive reforms of his predecessors. Read

Subway restaurant sold marijuana along with sandwiches, Michigan police say

10/13/17--Police busted what they say was a marijuana selling operation inside a Subway restaurant in Highland Park, Michigan. Police used a tracking dog and found a small amount of pot inside the manager’s car outside. The dog also found a big stash inside. The restaurant was closed after the arrests. Read

More illegal marijuana grows seized in Yolo County

10/8/17--Yolo County sheriff’s deputies confiscated $778,000 in cannabis and arrested four people last week in its continued crackdown on unlawful marijuana grows. Previously, the Sheriff’s Office seized about $14 million in marijuana that had been grown without a required permit in multiple rural areas spanning from Dunnigan to the Capay Valley. Read

Police seize 55 pounds of marijuana from home

10/12/17--Following an investigation, police seized more than 50 pounds of medical marijuana and 31 marijuana plants at a Minden Township home. The investigation was a follow-up on violations of medical marijuana laws discovered during a separate criminal event in May, and resulted in a search warrant for those same properties located in the 8000 block of Maurer Road. Read

Deputies seize 1,650 plants, more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana from Merced County house

10/6/17--A person has been arrested after deputies say 1,650 marijuana plants, several firearms, ammunition, and more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana were found in a house. The Merced County Sheriff's Office says this comes after a 10-day long investigation into a large stash at a house in the 16000 block of Oak Street in Delhi. Read

4,000-plus marijuana plants, 4 arrests in raid on elaborate grow in Colorado national forest

10/6/17--Agents and deputies from several federal and county agencies arrested four immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally, seized 4,213 marijuana plants, and dismantled an elaborate grow operation constructed in the San Isabel National Forest. According to an account by Fremont County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Megan Richards, the suspects set up an elaborate illegal marijuana grow operation south of Salida that was complete with irrigation piping and pesticides. Read

Marijuana extraction lab explosion at Adelanto home sends man to hospital

9/17/17--Authorities say an explosion at home in San Bernardino County sent one man to the hospital with second-degree burns, and led to the arrest of a second man. Officials say authorities had seized evidence they allege relate to a THC extraction lab, including 11 pounds of marijuana, concentrated cannabis, assault rifles, and a handgun. Read

Children forced to work at cannabis factories as slaves, warns charity

9/8/17--A leading charity, NSPCC, has reported that children are being forced to tend cannabis factories and commit street crimes in the UK. A team set up by the organization 10 years ago to provide advice in child trafficking cases has received nearly 2,000 referrals, with babies among those reported as potential victims. The NSPCC said the secretive nature of modern-day slavery means this number is likely to be a fraction of the true scale of the problem. Read

Oregon ER doctor arrested in raid, accused of making cannabis oils illegally

9/1/17--An Oregon county narcotics enforcement unit arrested emergency room doctor, Mark Craig, and five other people while conducting raids on two houses. The doctor is accused of turning marijuana into an oil form, which makes the plant much more potent. Rose faces two counts of manufacturing marijuana items, two counts of delivery of marijuana, and two counts of possession of more than 4 ounces (113 grams) of marijuana. Marijuana is legal in Oregon, but it is not legal to turn the plant into oil without a license. Authorities say the suspects also had more marijuana than state law allows. Read

Cannabis farmers accused of offering California sheriff $1M bribe

9/1/17--Two Northern California marijuana farmers and siblings, Chi Meng Yang and Gaosheng Laitinen, have been charged with offering a sheriff $1 million to turn a blind eye to their cannabis-growing operations. The Siskiyou County Sheriff alleges one of the marijuana farmers offered to donate the money to any charity or cause the sheriff desired in exchange for shielding 10 large-scale pot farms from raids. Allegedly, Yang and Laitinen intended to sell their crop in Missouri, where efforts are underway to legalize marijuana in that state. Read