In the News
Britain, U.S. split over Colombian drug war
According to wire service reports, a split has emerged between
Britain and the United States over the anti-drug war in Colombia,
with a top British official criticizing the Clinton administration
for pumping in military aid despite human rights violations of
the Colombian regular and irregular military forces.
After drug buy, detective kills man trying to rob him
An undercover narcotics detective who, minutes before, had
bought $30 worth of heroin in a buy-and-bust operation in Brooklyn
shot and killed a man who tried to rob him, according to a report
from the New York Times. On October 20th police said the man
confronted the detective at 11:50 a.m. in front of 371 Troutman
Street in Bushwick, about half a block from where the detective
had just bought three $10 glassine envelopes of heroin.
How Britain's cannabis debate unfolded
At the Tory Party Conference in early-October 2000 Shadow
Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe announces controversial proposals
to introduce on-the-spot fines of UKP 100 to drug users. Her
comments spark a backlash from drug campaigners and police unions,
saying they are unworkable, brand recreational users as criminals
and will not solve the drug problem.
Cannabis safer than aspirin
Cannabis is a safer drug than aspirin and can be used long-term
without serious side effects, says a book by a leading Oxford
scientist. The Science of Marijuana, by Dr Leslie Iversen of
Oxford University's department of pharmacology, found many beliefs
surrounding marijuana use - such as extreme addictiveness, or
links with mental illness or infertility - are not supported
California breaks record in marijuana seizures
The state's marijuana harvest is in, and law enforcement officers
seized a bumper crop-they seized a bumper crop and know that
operations are growing in size. Working mostly on public lands
and in Central Valley counties, officers harvested 345,207 marijuana
plants - 43 percent more than last year's record - valued at
Are random drug checkpoints legal?
You are in a car heading across town to an important meeting - late, as usual. On the highway ahead, you notice a flashing sign and a police officer waving all the cars off to the side of the road. An officer asks to see your license and registration and says you have been stopped at a narcotics checkpoint. While the officer verifies your paperwork, another officer leads a drug-sniffing dog around the car.
School board votes to test band and debate club members for drugs
Wylie (Texas) school trustees decided October 3rd to extend
the district's new random drug and alcohol testing policy to
include students in band, debate and choir. These groups were
not included earlier when trustees gave final approval to the
plan to randomly test junior high school and high school students
who participate in extracurricular activities. The revised plan
requires all students in grades seven through twelve involved
in extracurricular activities to undergo random drug testing.
Fatal heroin dose traced to contaminated Afghan soil
Scientists who have been tracing the source of contamination
of heroin which has killed 59 drug addicts in Ireland, Britain
and Scotland believe the original source of the (fatal, clostridial)
infection was likely to have been an infected animal in Afghanistan.
Colonel whose wife trafficked drugs fired
An Army colonel who pled guilty earlier this year to charges
of laundering cash from his wife's drug deals while he headed
U.S. anti-drug operations in Colombia has been fired by the Army.
Laurie Hiett pleaded guilty in January to charges she shipped
packages containing $700,000 worth of heroin and cocaine. She
is serving a five-year sentence.
A break for Houston
A marijuana-possession case against Whitney Houston will be
dismissed in three months if she meets certain undisclosed conditions,
according to her attorneys. The petty misdemeanor charge stemmed
from a Jan. 11 incident at Keahole-Kona International Airport
in Hawaii Island, when a security guard seized Houston's handbag,
and police reported it contained half an ounce of marijuana.
Houston and her husband, Bobby Brown, boarded a flight to San
Francisco before police arrived. Houston faced a possible penalty
of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Tobacco firms face smuggling lawsuit
The European Union has filed a civil suit in a New York court
against U.S. tobacco companies Phillip Morris and R.J. Reynolds,
alleging they are involved in smuggling cigarettes into the 15-nation
Federal Prison Camp To Begin Housing Female Inmates
Warden Charles R. Gilkey has announced the minimum-security
Federal Prison Camp, Greenville, Illinois, will experience a
change in mission to house only female inmates. An exact date
for this change has not yet been established, but it is anticipated
that it will occur over the next several months. Male camp inmates
will be transferred to other federal facilities before the Greenville
Prison Camp receives any female inmates.