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cultivation of cocaine-producing coca plant rises to record in colombia


bogotá, colombia—cultivation of the cocaine-producing coca plant rose to a record here last year, u.s. figures showed tuesday, putting pressure on colombia’s government to implement ambitious programs to wean farmers off illicit crops.the area of land dedicated to growing coca rose 18% from 2015 to 726 square miles (188,000 hectares) last year, giving traffickers the potential to produce nearly 710 metric tons of cocaine annually, the white house office of national drug control policy said. in 2012, before a dramatic...






20 indicted in federal crack cocaine conspiracy case


twenty people from gary were indicted in a federal crack cocaine conspiracy case, the u.s. attorney's office for the northern district of indiana announced tuesday.according to the u.s. attorney's office, those indicted and their charges include:• antonio walton, aka "buck," 40: conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine• yahtzee harris, aka "black," 38: conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime• claude tate, 49: conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, two counts of distribution of crack cocaine• dujuana dubose, 44: conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine• john tyson, 55: conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine






report: man gets 16 years in prison for cocaine trafficking


richmond, va. (ap) — a panamanian man who authorities say ran an international cocaine trafficking ring has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.the richmond times-dispatch reports that 48-year-old javier king ariano apologized at friday’s sentencing hearing and said he “committed a great sin.”authorities say ariano led an operation that brought cocaine aboard ships into u.s. ports. judge henry e. hudson said the defendant was responsible for bringing 125 pounds of cocaine into the u.s.prosecutors said ariano shipped more than 40 kilograms (85 pounds) of cocaine to charleston, south carolina, last march. authorities replaced 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) with tracking devices before the drugs could be delivered to couriers. the drugs were seized in virginia.most read storiesunlimited digital ac






racing in cocaine valley |


omar is a soldier in the peruvian army, but his true passion is racing motor-rickshaws in the vraem, a remote valley he comes from at the foot of the andes. while many know it as a lawless jungle region producing about 70 percent of peru's cocaine, few are aware of its vibrant local traditions including motor-rickshaw racing.like omar, many young coca farmers escape from the fields to compete in huge races, attended by thousands of spectators.the biggest race of the year is coming up and omar has decided to overstay his military leave to participate, working on his family's coca farm to earn the money needed to soup up his bike.he knows he will be in big trouble when he eventually returns to the army. but for omar, racing brings a deep sense of pride in representing his community and it's






'blocker' could help fight cocaine addiction


andrew norman, uc college of medicine professor, in his laboratory.(photo: provided) 97 connectlinkedinemailmorecincinnati — university of cincinnati researchers have developed an immunotherapy that could be the first fda-approved medication to block the effects of cocaine.cocaine has increasingly played a role in the opioid and heroin epidemic nationally. it's often a secondary drug choice of those who use heroin and prescription painkillers, which are synthetic opiates.andrew norman, a professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the uc college of medicine, has led the development of an antibody that can block cocaine's effects on users.do you tell your kids about your past drug use?"this will not be a magic bullet," norman said. but, he added, the injectable antibo






'blocker' could help fight cocaine addiction


andrew norman, uc college of medicine professor, in his laboratory.(photo: provided) 104 connectlinkedinemailmorecincinnati — university of cincinnati researchers have developed an immunotherapy that could be the first fda-approved medication to block the effects of cocaine.cocaine has increasingly played a role in the opioid and heroin epidemic nationally. it's often a secondary drug choice of those who use heroin and prescription painkillers, which are synthetic opiates.andrew norman, a professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the uc college of medicine, has led the development of an antibody that can block cocaine's effects on users.do you tell your kids about your past drug use?"this will not be a magic bullet," norman said. but, he added, the injectable antib






'blocker' could help fight cocaine addiction


andrew norman, uc college of medicine professor, in his laboratory.(photo: provided) 104 connectlinkedinemailmorecincinnati — university of cincinnati researchers have developed an immunotherapy that could be the first fda-approved medication to block the effects of cocaine.cocaine has increasingly played a role in the opioid and heroin epidemic nationally. it's often a secondary drug choice of those who use heroin and prescription painkillers, which are synthetic opiates.andrew norman, a professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the uc college of medicine, has led the development of an antibody that can block cocaine's effects on users.do you tell your kids about your past drug use?"this will not be a magic bullet," norman said. but, he added, the injectable antib






'blocker' could help fight cocaine addiction


andrew norman, uc college of medicine professor, in his laboratory.(photo: provided) 96 connectlinkedinemailmorecincinnati — university of cincinnati researchers have developed an immunotherapy that could be the first fda-approved medication to block the effects of cocaine.cocaine has increasingly played a role in the opioid and heroin epidemic nationally. it's often a secondary drug choice of those who use heroin and prescription painkillers, which are synthetic opiates.andrew norman, a professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the uc college of medicine, has led the development of an antibody that can block cocaine's effects on users.do you tell your kids about your past drug use?"this will not be a magic bullet," norman said. but, he added, the injectable antibo






'blocker' could help fight cocaine addiction


andrew norman, uc college of medicine professor, in his laboratory.(photo: provided) 94 connectlinkedinemailmorecincinnati — university of cincinnati researchers have developed an immunotherapy that could be the first fda-approved medication to block the effects of cocaine.cocaine has increasingly played a role in the opioid and heroin epidemic nationally. it's often a secondary drug choice of those who use heroin and prescription painkillers, which are synthetic opiates.andrew norman, a professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the uc college of medicine, has led the development of an antibody that can block cocaine's effects on users.do you tell your kids about your past drug use?"this will not be a magic bullet," norman said. but, he added, the injectable antibo






'blocker' could help fight cocaine addiction


andrew norman, uc college of medicine professor, in his laboratory.(photo: provided) 92 connectlinkedinemailmorecincinnati — university of cincinnati researchers have developed an immunotherapy that could be the first fda-approved medication to block the effects of cocaine.cocaine has increasingly played a role in the opioid and heroin epidemic nationally. it's often a secondary drug choice of those who use heroin and prescription painkillers, which are synthetic opiates.andrew norman, a professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the uc college of medicine, has led the development of an antibody that can block cocaine's effects on users.do you tell your kids about your past drug use?"this will not be a magic bullet," norman said. but, he added, the injectable antibo






man sits in jail when drywall powder is mistaken for cocaine


oviedo, fla. — a florida man spent 90 days in jail after police officers who stopped him for driving without headlights said white powder found in his car was cocaine.but karlos cashe walked out of jail last week after lab results determined the powder in the handyman's car was actually drywall.cashe tells wftv he repeatedly told officers in oviedo the substance was drywall. but after running a check they found he was on probation for marijuana and cocaine charges in 2015. cashe says a k-9 alerted on his vehicle and an officer's field test was positive for cocaine.court records show he was denied bond because he was accused of violating probation.it took nearly three months for lab test results, which were negative for cocaine.






man sits in jail when drywall power is mistaken for cocaine


oviedo, fla. (ap) — a florida man spent 90 days in jail after police officers who stopped him for driving without headlights said white powder found in his car was cocaine.but karlos cashe walked out of jail last week after lab results determined the powder in the handyman’s car was actually drywall.cashe tells wftv he repeatedly told officers in oviedo the substance was drywall. but after running a check they found he was on probation for marijuana and cocaine charges in 2015. cashe says a k-9 alerted on his vehicle and an officer’s field test was positive for cocaine.court records show he was denied bond because he was accused of violating probation.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.it took nearly three months for lab test results, which were negative for cocaine.






coast guard unloads $500m in cocaine from 20 seizures


fort lauderdale, fla. — the u.s. coast guard unloaded cocaine in south florida worth nearly $500 million from 20 separate seizures in the eastern pacific ocean.coast guard officials said in a news release thursday the seizures totaled about 18.5 tons (about 18.8 metric tons) of cocaine. the recently seized drugs were brought to port everglades by the cutter hamilton.authorities say the cocaine was intercepted along the central and south american coasts by coast guard cutters and a royal canadian navy ship sailing with a coast guard team aboard. the eastern pacific is a prime smuggling route for cocaine headed to mexico, where it is typically brought into the u.s.numerous suspected smugglers are being prosecuted by u.s. attorneys in california, along the east coast and elsewhere as a result






manhasset dermatologist did cocaine before fatal overdose, defense says


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymanhasset dermatologist kiersten rickenbach cerveny, who died of an overdose in a case that led to charges in connection with her death, used cocaine the night she died, according to a defense letter. (credit: facebook) a manhasset dermatologist traveled with her own cocaine stash and was seen doing lines of the narcotic at a bar and hotel room the night she was found unconscious in the foyer of a chelsea apartment building in october 2015, according to court documents unsealed thursday.the actions of kiersten rickenbach cerveny, 38, in the hours before she died from acute alcohol and cocaine intoxication,...






'cocaine cowboy' who was on lam 26 years set to be arraigned


miami — after 26 years on the lam, a man dubbed by investigators as one of miami's last "cocaine cowboys" is set to enter a plea to drug trafficking charges.an arraignment hearing is set friday for 55-year-old gustavo falcon. he's expected to plead not guilty to a 1991 indictment charging him with taking part in a major cocaine smuggling operation during the 1980s.falcon vanished in 1991 when he, his older brother augusto "willie" falcon, salvador "sal" magluta and others were originally charged. the gang purportedly smuggled at least 75 tons of cocaine into the u.s. and made some $2 billion during the hyper-violent "miami vice" era.falcon was arrested by u.s. marshals in april near orlando, where he lived under an assumed name with his wife.






german customs seize 1,580 pounds of cocaine from caribbean


berlin — customs officials in the german port of hamburg say they have seized 717 kilograms (1,580 pounds) of cocaine, which they estimate would have produced drugs with a street value of 145 million euros ($156 million).the head of the hamburg customs investigation office, rene matschke, said friday that the cocaine — the largest single seizure of the drug in germany to date — had a very high degree of purity, news agency dpa reported. it was seized on jan. 18 after it was found in a shipping container from the dutch caribbean island of curacao.matschke said that an international gang was behind the cocaine shipment and that there was a hostage-taking linked to the drugs in the netherlands on monday.






'cocaine cowboy' who was on lam 26 years pleads not guilty


miami — after 26 years on the lam, a man dubbed by investigators as one of miami's last "cocaine cowboys" has pleaded not guilty to decades-old drug trafficking charges.the plea was entered at a hearing friday by the attorney for 55-year-old gustavo falcon, who stood nearby in shackles. falcon is charged in a 1991 indictment claiming he was part of a major cocaine smuggling operation during the 1980s.falcon vanished in 1991 when he, his older brother augusto "willie" falcon, salvador "sal" magluta and others were originally charged. the gang purportedly smuggled at least 75 tons of cocaine into the u.s., earning some $2 billion during the hyper-violent "miami vice" era.falcon was arrested by u.s. marshals in april near orlando, where he lived under an assumed name with his wife.






lawyer: last 'cocaine cowboy' to plead not guilty


miami — the attorney for a man investigators call the last of miami's "cocaine cowboys" says he'll plead not guilty to drug smuggling after 26 years as a fugitive.lawyer howard srebnick said outside court tuesday that 55-year-old gustavo falcon will formally enter the plea may 11. falcon was arrested this month near orlando, where he had been living under an assumed name with his wife.falcon vanished in 1991 when he, his older brother augusto "willie" falcon, salvador "sal" magluta and others were charged in a major federal indictment. the gang allegedly smuggled at least 75 tons of cocaine into the u.s. and made some $2 billion during the hyper-violent "miami vice" era.gustavo falcon could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on a cocaine conspiracy charge.






new series ‘snowfall’ tells birth of cocaine in los angeles


atlanta (ap) — filmmaker john singleton says a recent drive through a section of south los angeles helped inspire his new fx television series “snowfall.”the oscar-nominated writer-director says seeing security bars on every window and huge metal gates surrounding each home reminded him about when residents in the area first took measures to guard their house to prevent home invasions during the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic.“snowfall’ tells the story of how crack cocaine was birthed in the l.a. inner city in 1983. the first season premieres wednesday on fx at 10 p.m. edt.singleton says crack cocaine caused a negative ripple effect that’s still ongoing problem.most read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.jonathan landrum jr.






heroin, cocaine found in carrie fisher's system; billie lourd reacts


fisher's autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year.        






lamar odom regrets affairs, says cocaine helped end career


los angeles — lamar odom says he's "a walking miracle" after being found unconscious with cocaine in his system in a nevada brothel in 2015.odom tells us weekly he hid his cocaine use from ex-wife khloe kardashian for a while, but she found out about two years before their 2013 split. he also says that he regrets "having multiple affairs with different women" while married to kardashian.kardashian filed for divorce in 2013 but delayed it after the incident at the brothel. he says kardashian helped him regain his memory following the episode. their divorce was finalized in december.odom blames cocaine for helping end his nba career. he says "drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape."odom says he's sober now after finishing a rehab stint in january.






cocaine found hidden inside cookie monster toy: authorities


key west -- authorities found cocaine hidden inside of a cookie monster toy while searching a vehicle in the florida keys, deputies said.cbs miami reports the cocaine was found just after midnight wednesday when a deputy stopped the driver of a black dodge after noticing the license plate was obscured. tinted windows made it too dark to see inside the vehicle. when deputies spoke to the driver, camus mcnair, they noticed a smell of marijuana coming from inside the car. while searching the vehicle, deputies found a backpack with a cookie monster toy inside, but it was heavier than normal.upon further inspection, authorities noticed a slit was cut. two packages of cocaine, weighing about 314 grams, were found inside the toy.detectives found paperwork that belonged to mcnair, which led them t






9-year-old ohio boy's cocaine death investigated as homicide


youngstown, ohio — police are investigating the death of a 9-year-old ohio boy as a possible homicide after tests showed the cause was acute cocaine toxicity.marcus lee jr. died on dec. 26 after being rushed to a hospital by ambulance from his mother's home in youngstown.police lt. doug bobovnyik says the boy apparently ingested cocaine, which was found in his stomach. no cocaine was found at the home when police were contacted after the child died.marcus' father and stepmother tell wfmj-tv that they initially were told his death was likely due to a seizure or other defect.the station reports that marcus' mother now has an attorney and police haven't spoken more with her.prosecutors will decide whether a grand jury should consider possible criminal charges over the boy's death.






after 26 years, last 'cocaine cowboy' back in miami court


miami — the last of the "cocaine cowboys" who investigators say smuggled vast amounts of the drug into the u.s. is due back in a miami courtroom 26 years after fleeing an indictment.court records show 55-year-old gustavo falcon will appear tuesday afternoon. falcon was arrested earlier this month near orlando, where he had been living under an assumed name with his wife.falcon vanished in 1991 when he, his older brother augusto "willie" falcon, salvador "sal" magluta and others were charged in a major federal indictment. the gang purportedly smuggled at least 75 tons of cocaine into the u.s. and made some $2 billion during the hyperviolent "miami vice" era.gustavo falcon faces a cocaine conspiracy charge that carries a potential life prison sentence. he has not yet entered a plea.






lamar odom regrets affairs, says cocaine helped end his nba career – the denver


los angeles  — lamar odom says he’s “a walking miracle” after being found unconscious with cocaine in his system in a nevada brothel in 2015.odom tells us weekly he hid his cocaine use from ex-wife khloe kardashian for a while, but she found out about two years before their 2013 split. he also says that he regrets “having multiple affairs with different women” while married to kardashian.kardashian filed for divorce in 2013 but delayed it after the incident at the brothel. he says kardashian helped him regain his memory following the episode. their divorce was finalized in december.odom blames cocaine for helping end his nba career. he says “drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape.”odom says he’s sober now after finishing a rehab stint in january.






spain: drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine


madrid — spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas.spain's civil guard made the arrests sunday after an investigation was started in november when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas.among the real bananas, police found 57 fake bananas made of resin that were stuffed with 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of cocaine. another 10 kilograms (22pounds) of cocaine were hidden inside the flaps of the cardboard boxes that carried the fruit.the police bust took place in the coastal cities of valencia and malaga.the two men charged with trafficking drugs and belonging to a criminal organization are spanish. police say they are investigating a third man, who is italian.






los angeles day care used as cocaine trafficking hub, authorities say


children played and slept surrounded by pounds of cocaine at a los angeles day care center that a man used as a drug trafficking hub, authorities said."the cocaine was allegedly found in a room next to a child's bed," la city attorney mike feuer said tuesday, describing a scene with "kids taking naps, or playing, and cocaine is right there."felipe talamante is accused of trafficking dozens of pounds of cocaine out of the house that also functioned as an unlicensed day care center for children of all ages.police had previously arrested talamante at the same home two years ago — also for allegedly possessing 20 kilograms of cocaine, according to the city attorney's office. but that case was not prosecuted, feuer said. drug enforcement agents did not return messages asking why.this year, tala






los angeles day care doubled as "large-scale cocaine den," prosecutor says


los angeles -- children played and slept surrounded by pounds of cocaine at a los angeles day care center that a man used as a drug trafficking hub, authorities said. "the cocaine was allegedly found in a room next to a child's bed," la city attorney mike feuer said tuesday, describing a scene with "kids taking naps, or playing, and cocaine is right there." felipe talamante is accused of trafficking dozens of pounds of cocaine out of the house that also functioned as an unlicensed day care center for children of all ages. police found what feuer described in a statement as a "large-scale cocaine den," cbs los angeles reports.22photosdeadliest drugs overdoses are now the leading cause of death of americans under the age of 50, and these drugs are the biggest culprits police had previously a






los angeles day care doubled as "large-scale cocaine den," prosecutor says


los angeles -- children played and slept surrounded by pounds of cocaine at a los angeles day care center that a man used as a drug trafficking hub, authorities said. "the cocaine was allegedly found in a room next to a child's bed," la city attorney mike feuer said tuesday, describing a scene with "kids taking naps, or playing, and cocaine is right there." felipe talamante is accused of trafficking dozens of pounds of cocaine out of the house that also functioned as an unlicensed day care center for children of all ages. police found what feuer described in a statement as a "large-scale cocaine den," cbs los angeles reports.police had previously arrested talamante at the same home two years ago -- also for allegedly possessing 20 kilograms of cocaine, according to the city attorney's offi






manhasset dermatologist did cocaine before overdose, defense says


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjames holder was sentenced to five years in prison for running a drug dealing operation out of his apartment in connection with the overdose death of manhasset dermotologist on oct. 4, 2015. (credit: handout) a manhasset dermatologist traveled with her own cocaine stash and was seen doing lines of the narcotic at a bar and hotel room the night she was found unconscious in the foyer of a chelsea apartment building in october 2015, according to court documents unsealed thursday.the actions of kiersten rickenbach cerveny, 38, in the hours before she died from acute alcohol and cocaine intoxication,...






manhasset dermatologist did cocaine before overdose, defense says


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjames holder was sentenced to five years in prison for running a drug dealing operation out of his apartment in connection with the overdose death of manhasset dermotologist on oct. 4, 2015. (credit: handout) a manhasset dermatologist traveled with her own cocaine stash and was seen doing lines of the narcotic at a bar and hotel room the night she was found unconscious in the foyer of a chelsea apartment building in october 2015, according to court documents unsealed thursday.the actions of kiersten rickenbach cerveny, 38, in the hours before she died from acute alcohol and cocaine intoxication,...






day care run at la house where cocaine was sold


by christopher weber, associated presslos angeles  — a los angeles man is accused of trafficking dozens of pounds of cocaine out of a house that also operated an unlicensed day care center for young children, authorities said tuesday.when felipe talamante met in may with an undercover agent to arrange the sale of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of cocaine, the agent noticed several kids playing in the home’s front yard, according to a federal criminal complaint filed this month.officers conducting surveillance “observed children of all ages being picked up and dropped off at felipe’s residence,” the court documents said.talamante, 48, allegedly told the undercover u.s. drug enforcement administration agent that a day care was being run at the property just a few blocks from an elementary school i






2 men charged with trafficking cocaine on commercial flight


boston — two men have been charged with trafficking nearly 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of cocaine into boston on a commercial airline.the u.s. attorney's office says juan luis perez garcia, of the bronx, new york, and juan artiles taveras, of lakewood, new jersey, were arrested friday in attleboro and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.authorities say federal agents intercepted a suitcase after it arrived in boston from the dominican republic on a jetblue airways flight. they say the suitcase tested positive for cocaine.authorities say the defendants met a witness and undercover officer to exchange money for the drugs and were arrested.a federal public defender has been assigned to garcia and couldn't immediately be reached monday. taveras' lawyer says he couldn't yet co






state: florida racing greyhounds test positive for cocaine


orange park, fla. — another florida racing greyhound trainer's license has been suspended after officials say dogs tested positive for cocaine.documents from the state department of business and professional regulation show at least 12 dogs in the care of trainer charles mcclellan tested positive for cocaine. the dogs raced at bestbet orange park in northeast florida near jacksonville.in a statement to news outlets, the park said it supports the swift action taken by the state in suspending the trainer's license.in may, the state revoked the license of a st. petersburg trainer, also because dogs were found with cocaine in their systems.cary theil, executive director of grey 2-k usa in boston, a track monitoring group, says this is the largest such case in the united states.






authorities: day care run at la house where cocaine was sold


los angeles (ap) — a los angeles man is accused of trafficking dozens of pounds of cocaine out of a house that also operated an unlicensed day care center for young children, authorities said tuesday.when felipe talamante met in may with an undercover agent to arrange the sale of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of cocaine, the agent noticed several kids playing in the home’s front yard, according to a federal criminal complaint filed this month.officers conducting surveillance “observed children of all ages being picked up and dropped off at felipe’s residence,” the court documents said.talamante, 48, allegedly told the undercover u.s. drug enforcement administration agent that a day care was being run at the property just a few blocks from an elementary school in the highland park neighborhood n






spanish police arrest 24 in bust of colombian cocaine ring


madrid — spanish police say they have arrested 24 members of a colombian drug ring seeking to establish a network for the wholesale distribution of cocaine.police say the arrested members include two of the group's leaders.police on saturday also confiscated six vehicles equipped with secret caches to transport drugs, and raided houses in several parts of spain, including madrid and the northern coast.the ring planned to sell cocaine in bulk to local drug dealers, according to police.






protesters block downtown la streets after reports of socal immigration 'sweeps'


about 100 protesters marched in the streets of downtown los angeles thursday evening, fueled by fear and outrage after reports that federal agents had carried out a series of immigration raids across southern california earlier in the day.civil rights groups said thursday they had been alerted by “credible sources,” including attorneys, that immigration “sweeps” are taking place in the greater los angeles area.the reported raids come as southern california lawmakers and immigration advocates draw battle lines against president donald trump’s hard-line stance on illegal immigration.angelica salas, executive director of the coalition for humane immigrant rights of los angeles or chirla, said they started getting calls just after 11 a.m. thursday.“(attorneys) were reporting that their clients