October 31, 2013 |
NORTH PHILADELPHIA With the help of a physician's receptionist and a couple of prescription pads, a Cherry Hill man turned a small doctor's office into one of North Philadelphia's most active drug corners, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors allege that Leon Little, 33, bought and resold more than 380,000 Oxycodone and Xanax pills from a small army of accomplices recruited to pose as patients in severe pain. All told, officials said, his operation raked in more than $3 million in less than two years.
November 8, 2012 |
COLORADO and Washington have become the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But will the Obama administration call off its attack dogs at the Drug Enforcement Administration so that those states - and any that follow - can build a tax-generating pot industry? That's what Chris Goldstein, a marijuana advocate and PhillyNORML board member, wanted to know after Washington and Colorado voters approved ballot initiatives on Tuesday that would allow adults to purchase up to an ounce of weed legally - not just for medicinal purposes, but simply to get high.
June 25, 2012 |
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid near a tiny Honduran town, U.S. officials said Sunday. DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden said it is the first time a DEA agent has killed someone during an operation since the agency began deploying specially trained agents to accompany local law enforcement personnel on drug raids in Latin America several years ago. U.S. Embassy spokesman Stephen Posivak in Tegucigalpa said the agent was working with Honduran National Police, who arrested four other suspects and seized 792 pounds of cocaine during the operation.
May 3, 2012
Man is forgotten, left in cell 4 days SAN DIEGO - A college student picked up in a drug sweep in California was never arrested, never charged, and should have been released. Instead he was forgotten in a holding cell for four days and says he had to drink his own urine to stay alive. Without food, water, or access to a toilet, Daniel Chong began hallucinating on the third day. Four days later, DEA agents opened the door on a fluke and found him covered in his own feces, said Chong, 23, an engineering student at the University of California, San Diego.
June 2, 2011 |
A convicted drug trafficker, who shipped multiple packages of cocaine and methamphetamine from western states to Pennsylvania, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 12 years in prison. Hlateef Darlington, 28, of Whitehall, was arrested in Jan. 2008 after DEA agents seized drugs mailed to Easton, Pa., said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. Darlington pleaded guilty in October to a laundry list of drug counts including conspiracy to distribute and possession of five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams of methamphetamine.
October 29, 2010 |
No one likes paying the utility bill, but one criminal probably wishes he had. A multistate marijuana-growing business was exposed because one operation went up in flames, with the fire caused by pirated electricity through faulty wiring, according to prosecutors. Anthony Bui, 57, of Philadelphia, the alleged owner of a string of marijuana-growing facilities stretching from Connecticut to Florida, pleaded guilty Wednesday to numerous drug and money-laundering counts. According to prosecutors, Bui ran lucrative operations out of houses in New Britain, Conn.
July 30, 2010 |
The warehouse in Philadelphia's American Street industrial corridor looks like many other relics of the city's blue-collar past, but in 2008 and '09, it entered the modern world when it was turned into an indoor marijuana farm with 1,600 plants, authorities say. From April through July 2009, 15 to 22 pounds of high-quality marijuana a month was harvested at the site and sold to drug users in the area, federal prosecutors say. On Thursday, a...
August 12, 2009 |
JENNIFER HUDSON gave birth Monday to her first child, David Daniel Otunga Jr., according to her publicist, Lisa Kasteler, of WKT Public Relations. The boy, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, is named after her fiance, David Otunga, said the Hollywood Reporter. "The baby is beautiful and perfect," said Kasteler. "His parents are ecstatic. " Jennifer had not confirmed she was expecting before announcing news of the birth. Surprise! 'C-Murder' back to C-block Rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder for the 2002 shooting of 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas at a nightclub in Harvey, La. The jury reached the 10-2 verdict about 1:30 p.m. in its second day of deliberations.
June 25, 2008 |
A federal drug agent yesterday traced a web of cell-phone calls that he said linked Kenneth Tuck to the 2006 drug deal in which authorities say Shamari Taylor was kidnapped and apparently murdered. Agent David McNamara told a Common Pleas Court jury how he analyzed cell-phone records of Taylor and others involved in the ill-fated Aug. 26, 2006 cocaine deal. McNamara said the records show a series of phone calls between Tuck - whom the prosecution alleges was one of about six gunmen who kidnapped Taylor - and Kevin "Muhammed" Andrews, 30, the man who was allegedly going to pay Taylor $40,000 for two kilograms of cocaine.
December 29, 2007 |
Bob Sanders' big hits have finally paid off in a big way. The two-time Pro Bowler signed a 5-year contract extension yesterday, a deal that will keep him with the Indianapolis Colts through 2012 and makes him one of the league's highest-paid safeties. The deal is worth $37.5 million and includes $20 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. Sanders' average salary of $7.5 million under the extension is nearly $1 million more than what Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu got in his new deal in July, and the guaranteed money is more than what Ed Reed got when he signed an extension with the Ravens in June 2006.