Browsing: Drugs

luggage.thinkstockBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Fying with marijuana is still not okay despite a TSA glitch that briefly suggested otherwise. But a new survey suggests that it’s happening a lot anyway. A report from “the world’s first travel dating website” shows that more than half the respondents have taken cannabis with them on a domestic flight Westword has the story.

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Mention Bal Harbour to a random Miamian, and two things come to mind: an über-luxury shopping mall and one of the most notorious speed traps on A1A. Violent drug-related shootings would certainly not appear on that list.

Yet that’s exactly what Bal Harbour’s small police force — fresh off a house cleaning over a major international money-laundering scandal — has been grappling with for the past two weeks after a 49-year-old man was shot twice in the parking lot of a beachfront condo building.

elevator.hands.gettyBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: “We attempt to mitigate the odor with HEPA [High Efficiency Particulate Arresting] filters in the property section, where evidence and property are stored, but they can become overwhelmed when we receive large seizures,” says the officer in charge of the property department at police HQ. “There is a day or two prior to the marijuana being tested at the lab, when the bulk of the marijuana is stored in an area, that the filters do not have great success.” Westword has the story.

richard.kirk.facebook.large.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Richard Kirk has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for murdering his wife, Kristine Kirk, nearly three years ago, shortly after he’d consumed a marijuana edible. During the hearing at which this punishment was formalized, Kirk implied that the pot candy had spurred the killing, saying, “I had no idea how it would affect me…. I’m so sorry that I became the monster that I was supposed to protect them from.” But a major cannabis business organization maintains that legal marijuana actually reduces crime instead of increasing it. Westword has the story.

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Just after the Houston Police Department announced its largest kush bust yet, the Harris County Attorney’s Office is at it again with another lawsuit filed against an unrelated Alief smoke shop slinging the synthetic drug under the counter.

The county has won a restraining order against Smoke & Tote Shop on Bissonnet, blocking the shop from selling kush, after various Houston police investigations yielded arrests from October to February. Here’s how both busts went down.

littlehavanaMiami-Dade Corrections

Going into debt with a drug dealer is never a fantastic game plan. But police say one Miami man who stiffed his connection out of $500 worth of narcotics ended up suffering far worse payback than he ever could have imagined.

The victim, whom police haven’t identified, ended up kidnapped at gunpoint, locked on a Little Havana back patio for four days, and then shot in the head. Amazingly, he survived the ordeal, and police have now arrested four people behind the bloody payback, including a 21-year-old woman who cops say pulled the trigger
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Twenty-six years ago, the feds busted Miami’s biggest smuggling operation of the Cocaine Cowboys era: a $2 billion pipeline run by high-school pals Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta. It would take another decade of contentious court battles before the pair was finally convicted, wrapping up one of the nation’s most massive drug cases.

But there was always a loose end. Just before the two were indicted in 1991, Gustavo “Taby” Falcon, Willy’s brother, vanished. He hadn’t been seen since — until yesterday, when federal agents found him in a rented home in Kissimmee. Falcon was nabbed as he returned from a bike ride with his wife and hauled off to Orange County Jail in a neon Nike shirt.

jesse-lenz-floating-cocaineThe untold story of Key Largo’s most brutal homicide in 25 years shines a light on a drugged-out Upper Keys underbelly worthy of a Bloodlines subplot and reveals a surprising truth: Every year, dozens of Florida fishermen find square groupers — packages of marijuana or cocaine, sometimes worth millions of dollars — drifting in the ocean. Then they have to choose: Call the Coast Guard? Or chase the promise of riches far beyond what a fishing boat can provide, risking prison time — or, in some cases, unimaginable bloodshed.

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