Tag Archives: Illegal drug trade

Court Review of ATF Reverse Stings–LA Times

A California Appeals Court is reviewing a case where defendants were arrested in the a “reverse sting.”  Agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives proposed a robbery of an imaginary drug stash house. When the suspect … Continue reading

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Fashion District Money Laundering Raid

In mid-September, there was a large raid in the Los Angeles Fashion District focused on money laundering from drug cartels. The numbers: 1,000 law enforcement officers, 75 locations, $65 million siezed Here is an excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek on the … Continue reading

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Doctors and Risky Narcotic Users–LA Times

The Los Angeles Times recently had an article looking at the role of doctors in supplying narcotics to risky users. A few excerpts: “Doctors are fueling the epidemic of prescription drug addiction and overdose and represent the single largest supplier … Continue reading

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FBI on Los Angeles Gangs

On their official website, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a multi-part story on Los Angeles gangs. A few days ago, they posted their fifth part that touches on how law enforcement agencies are evolving with the gangs. Excerpt The … Continue reading

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Changing Sentencing: Crack versus Powder Cocaine

One of the big impacts of the crack cocaine epidemic was in the courtroom:  crack offenders were imprisoned for much longer sentences that for equivalent amounts of powder cocaine.  This was changed in 2010 by the Fair Sentencing Act. Here … Continue reading

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Decrease use of cocaine and crack: Public Radio

National Public Radio had a good story on the decreasing usage of cocaine and crack.  They cover several different aspects of the drug trade:  consumers, culture, producers, and law enforcement. One change in the overall trade is how the Colombian … Continue reading

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Urban PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is most commonly associated with war and combat.  More and more, symptoms of this disorder are seen by survivors of other emotional traumas. There was an excellent radio story on This American Life.  Journalist Alex … Continue reading

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