Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Carfentanil, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid best known as an elephant tranquilizer, has been linked to at least two heroin-related deaths. But an expert on addiction who’s recently helped treat patients who’ve used the substance says it could have played a role in even more fatal overdoses, thereby quietly contributing to the shocking rise of heroin deaths in the state. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rocky Allen, an HIV-positive surgical technician sentenced last year to six and a half years behind bars for allegedly swapping out needles in order to inject himself with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has been ordered to spend an additional year in captivity for taking an unauthorized trip before reporting to prison. Westword has the story.
Breakfast 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.
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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast 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.
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.
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.
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.