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Methadone Mile busts: Boston Police arrest 7, recover illegal drugs

Published: Oct 5, 2020, 7:18 pm • Updated: Oct 5, 2020, 7:20 pm By Rick Sobey Police over the last week have arrested seven alleged drug dealers in the Methadone Mile area and helped more than 25 alleged buyers seek treatment for their drug addictions, the department announced on Monday. Officers over the past six weeks have identified several people who are known to sell drugs in the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard area, police said. The weekslong drug investigation resulted in seven arrests and the recovery of a significant amount of drugs in the Methadone Mile area. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Online messaging indicates Americans turning to drugs to cope with coronavirus pandemic, study shows

A new study analyzing more than 1 million Reddit drug-related comment threads suggests Americans are increasingly turning to drugs to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, with sharp increases in conversations about alcohol, hallucinogens, tobacco and cocaine. “The rise/drop in the number of comments or threads in subreddits indicates how much consumers use the related drug,” according to the American Marijuana study. A review of comments and threads on drug-related subreddits from January to July revealed a sudden, strong rise in references to all types of drugs beginning in March. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Northern California police seize more than 1,700 pounds of processed cannabis, five suspects arrested

Published: Jul 10, 2020, 12:45 pm • Updated: Jul 10, 2020, 12:48 pm By Red Bluff Daily News RED BLUFF — A cannabis bust on June 25 led to the arrest of five people and law enforcement seizing more than 1,700 pounds of processed cannabis. Officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife served two search warrants near the west end of Vassar Road off State Route 36W, about 18 miles northwest of Red Bluff, said Information Officer Janice Mackey. The first warrant yielded 5,041 illegal cannabis plants and 608.7 pounds of processed cannabis. A total of nine Fish and Game Code violations were documented. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

How a Colorado hotel owner got Ice-T to produce his documentary

Chris Chiari is a character. As owner of the Patterson Inn in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, he runs one of the city’s most recognizable historic buildings (also known as the Croke-Patterson Mansion) and recently welcomed Travel Channel crews from the “Portals to Hell” series to document its haunted mythology. Before becoming a hotelier, the 46-year-old cancer survivor (diagnosed with melanoma at age 27) was also a cannabis advocate, CONORML board member and dispensary owner who took an active role in Colorado’s embrace of marijuana culture. His LinkedIn page lists still-active gigs at American Millennium Investment Corp. (where he’s president) and King of Quality Productions (founder), but also work for the Democratic Party (he’s run for elected office in Colorado and Florida) and no...

Sheriff: 2 tons of pot, $1 million seized from Chinese operation in California

Two tons of marijuana and $1 million in cash were seized from an organization from China that was running an illegal growing operation in Southern California, authorities said Friday. Nineteen people were jailed on suspicion of maintaining a drug house, theft of utilities, marijuana cultivation, marijuana sales and conspiracy, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. Authorities served 23 search warrants that resulted in the arrests of residents of Hemet, San Jacinto, El Monte, Rialto, Rosemead, Arcadia and Calexico. Search warrants also were served in Corona, Eastvale, South El Monte, West Covina and Lower Azusa. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Coding and cannabis: Santa Clara County to expunge thousands of marijuana convictions

SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County plans to expunge 13,000 minor marijuana convictions that were rendered moot by the state’s 2016 legalization of recreational pot use and sales, two months before a deadline set by the landmark law. But in the South Bay, it’s not just criminal-justice or drug policy story. Keeping in line with the region’s technological lineage, the District Attorney’s Office also made it a coding story. That’s because with the anticipated signature of Judge Eric Geffon in a Hall of Justice courtroom Wednesday, prosecutors are planning to automatically clear those conviction records from local, regional and federal law-enforcement databases with software created in-house by the DA’s technology staff. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Feds bust suspected Pittsburg/Atlanta pot trafficking ring; alleged money launderer arrested in Bay Area

OAKLAND — A man suspected of conspiring with others to ship marijuana from Pittsburg to Atlanta, Georgia, was arrested in the Bay Area last week on an arrest warrant for money laundering charges, court records show. Alhaji Jewru Touray was arrested in connection with a federal conspiracy and money laundering case based in Georgia. The complaint against Touray says that a confidential federal informant confessed to helping Touray vacuum-seal bags of marijuana in a home on Springhill Drive in Pittsburg to prepare them for shipment to Atlanta. During the course of the two-year investigation, authorities seized more than to $400,000 in cash, according to court records. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Man busted for edible marijuana with Cookie Crisp cereal logo: Police

Published: Feb 6, 2020, 8:04 pm • Updated: Feb 6, 2020, 8:05 pm By Rick Sobey A man driving in Boston is accused of carrying several large bags of weed, along with dozens of edible marijuana packets that have the Cookie Crisp cereal logo, according to police. Daniel Keegan, 20, of Weymouth, was arrested on drug-related charges after a traffic stop in downtown Boston Wednesday night, police said. Officers at around 8 p.m. stopped Keegan’s car for an equipment violation in the area of 85 Bedford St. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.