In the News
Bad cops, no drugs
Federal agents posing as high-stake drug dealers circulated fake narcotics throughout San Antonio, Texas and paid local police for protection and assistance with transportation. A San Antonio patrol sergeant, seven patrol officers, a Bexar County deputy sheriff, and a former Bexar County reserve deputy constable were charged with attempted possession and distribution, conspiracy, theft and firearms violations that ended an investigation beginning in 1997. Because the defendants believed that real drugs were being distributed, the fact that no drugs were involved has no relevance in the case. Eight law enforcement officers, entrusted to protect and serve, invoked the power of their guns and badges to ensure unencumbered distribution of what they had hoped to be millions of dollars of profit. - Source/Philadelphia Daily News
Too thin and white for prison?
Paul Hamill violated his parole on a previous cocaine conviction
and was sent to a drug treatment center and given two years probation.
Judge Florence Foster said that sending a "small, thin,
white man with curly, dark hair" to the Florida state prison
system would be "cruel and unusual punishment." Law
professor Susan Rush (University of Florida, Gainesville) believes
the judge's remarks were racist. Professor Bruce Rogow (Nova
Southeastern University of Davie, Fla.) praised Foster for recognizing
that Paul Hamill is a drug addict whose life could be endangered
behind bars by sexual predators.
When smuggling gets tough, smugglers get creative
As necessity is the mother of invention, the demand for drugs
is mother of inventive smuggling. The guards at the Albuquerque
jail must have wondered how many burritos had previously passed
through security that were beans, cheese and heroin after one
hungry guard helped himself to the Mexican specialty en route
to inmates. While noshing on the south-of-the-border treat, he
noticed something crunchy as he gulped down his pilfered snack.
On closer inspection, he noticed that most of the frijoles had
been replaced with black tar heroin. After a medical inspection
it was determined the guard was fine and a trip to the Betty
Ford Treatment Center would not be necessary.
Executive job wanted
The Toronto National Post ran an employment ad for Brian O'Dea
in February 2001 that touted executive skills that had his phone
"ringing off the hook", reported the paper two weeks
later. Conversant in three languages with "security"
experience and prior management of 120 employees in a $100-million
enterprise are rare qualifications, indeed. Not all companies
are comfortable with a high-level marijuana smuggler in upper
management, though his dossier is undoubtedly impressive.
Crack baby myth exposed as drug war rhetoric
An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association dated March 28th debunks the entire "crack baby" phenomenon. Alan Leshner, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure "are not nearly as dramatic as people initially thought," among a lot of other things. An accompanying editorial by Dr. Wency Chavkin of Columbia University said the crack baby "has become a convenient symbol for an aggressive war on drug users because of the implication that anyone who is selfish enough to irreparably damage a child for the sake of a quick high deserves retribution." Hasn't it ever! - (Thanks to Breeze in Madison for this item.)