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U.S. Postal Workers in Long Island, New York are accused of stealing packages filled with marijuana and diverting them so that the drugs could be sold later, according to the New York Daily News.

Here’s how the alleged scheme worked:

After stealing the packages, the employees put new address labels on them — called “overlabeling” — so they could be delivered to new destinations in Long Island or Queens where the drugs could be sold.

n-MARIJUANA-large300In all, police said the eight employees stole 263 packages. Federal agents said they seized 129 pounds of marijuana worth up to $930,000.

“The evidence is rather overwhelming,” assistant U.S. attorney Charles Rose said on Wednesday, according to Newsday. “The defendants are public employees who violated the public trust. It’s a very serious matter.”

The workers are charged with theft of mail, conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute.

If only there was some way to avoid illegal alleged scams like this and the lengthy prison sentences they can entail.

Feds Bust Air Traveler Trying To Smuggle Liquid Cocaine Disguised As Rum

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A man carrying what appeared to be four bottles of duty-free rum was actually seeking to smuggle liquid cocaine worth $310,000 into the U.S., federal agents allege.

sinclair1Wilton Sinclair flew last month from Guyana to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was traveling with two pieces of luggage and a pair of duty-free bags, each of which contained two large bottles of El Dorado rum (the “liquid gold of Guyana,” according to its manufacturer).

When Sinclair, 35, was screened at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint, agents noticed that the four bottles contained a “thick syrup-like substance inconsistent with rum,”according to a criminal complaint.

Officers opened the 1.75-liter bottles and detected an unusual chemical odor. Subsequent tests showed that all four bottles field-tested positive for cocaine. Investigators estimated that the bottles held 8.2 kilos of cocaine.

After waiving his Miranda rights, Sinclair, a Georgia resident who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Guyana, told agents that he was to be paid $6000 to get the four bottles into the country.

Charged with a felony smuggling count, Sinclair (pictured above) is free on an unsecured $75,000 bond. According to his Facebook page, Sinclair has served in the U.S. Army.

Drug-sniffing dog snorts cocaine during bust

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A police dog is back on duty in El Cerrito after inhaling a small amount of cocaine during a suspect search last week, police said Monday.

An El Cerrito police K-9 named Koda and its handler were called around 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday to assist in a traffic stop on a car near the El Cerrito-Richmond border, according to police.

Police said during a search of the car, Koda found a small amount of a substance believed to be cocaine and inhaled some of it. The dog was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic, where it tested positive for the presence of a stimulant, according to police.

The animal was treated, recovered and was able to return to full duty the next day. Police said an occupant from the car where the narcotics were found, identified as 29-year-old Mone’ Sellers of San Pablo, was arrested.

In a statement, police said that “while every effort is made to ensure the safety of the canines, the discovery of suspected drugs can lead to this situation.”

El Cerrito police said Koda, one of two K-9s used by the department, is cross-trained in handler protection, searches and drug detection.

Savannah Turachak Accidentally Dropped Cocaine On Police Station Floor

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Authorities say a woman being cited for public drunkenness in Pennsylvania accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor.

n-CRACK-COCAINE-large570Uniontown police say 23-year-old Savannah Turachak, of Lemont Furnace, was patted down for weapons but not otherwise searched when she was brought to the station Nov. 19. That’s because police were just citing and releasing her.

But police say Turachak returned moments later to report being harassed by someone and, in the process, fluffed her shirt to straighten it out — and the drugs fell out.

Surveillance video shows she tried to pick up the bag but instead left it when three other people walked in. Police found it a short time later and charged her.

Driving down the road smoking crack with a child in the car is no way to go through life…substance abuse treatment center manager

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A manager of a Birmingham substance abuse treatment center faces charges after authorities said she was driving down I-65 smoking a crack pipe with a young child in her car.

bari-joy-williamsjpg-c0b81fd150b735e6Bari Joy Williams, 44, of Gardendale, is charged with chemical endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, said Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector. Williams was arrested Nov. 20, and released from the county jail after posting $12,500 bond, records show.

Police and court records provide this account of what happened: About 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, a man called police to report a woman driving erratically on Interstate 65 southbound and told police he thought the driver was smoking crack cocaine while she was driving. The caller told police there was a child in the car.

Officers on patrol found the car and followed it to a parking lot in the 1500 block of Montgomery Highway. The officer walked up to the car and saw Williams holding a crack pipe in her right hand. The bottom part of the pipe was wrapped in a washcloth to prevent lip burns.

The officer knocked on the window, and the woman inside tried to hide the pipe. Once she rolled down the window, the officer said the “smell of burnt crack cocaine was overwhelming.”

Williams got out of the car and began yelling that she was a social worker and the pipe belonged to her husband. A search of her car turned up a small amount of crack cocaine.

She later told police she was having family problems and relapsed. The 5-year-old girl in the car with her was taken into the custody of the Department of Human Resources.

Williams told police she was the substance abuse director for Olivia’s House, according to court records. Efforts to reach Williams and Olivia House officials for comment were unsuccessful. A woman who answered the phone at the center said Williams was the clinical manager there.

Court records show Williams is set to make a court appearance on Wednesday.

If you’ve got bongs, crack pipes, and marijuana plants in your living room and manage to lock yourself out of your apartment, it’s probably best not to call 911 for help

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An Iowa City woman faces drug charges after she locked herself out of her apartment and required police help to regain entry.

B9315211938Z.1_20141121121612_000+G1C96OVUU.1-0According to a criminal complaint from Iowa City police, Jailin A. Turner, 19, of 29 W. Burlington St. No. 208, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to affix drug tax stamp and disorderly house.

At 12:23 a.m. Friday, police were called to the address for a report of a female banging on a window, according to the complaint. When officers arrived, they found Turner on the balcony of apartment 208 trying to enter the apartment, yelling and kicking the window. Turner told police she lost her keys, the complaint states.

During the interaction, Turner threw a plastic patio table off the balcony in the direction of police officers, according to the complaint.

Officers unsuccessfully attempted to contact the building’s maintenance and management personnel, and then called the fire department, according to the complaint.

Firefighters ultimately broke in the door to help Turner regain entry to her apartment, according to the complaint. While inside the apartment, officers found two bongs in plain view, along with an electronic scale and grinder, according to the complaint.

Turner gave the officers consent to search her room and other common areas of the apartment, according to the complaint. Officers discovered two potted plants that appeared to be marijuana, with growing lights placed above them, the complaint states.

In total, officers found two bongs, two grinders, an electronic scale, two potted marijuana plants without tax stamps and two growing lights, the complaint states.

New study confirms marijuana kills brain cancer. Far out, man

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The active molecules in cannabis kill brain cancer — another study has revealed.

glioma-by-flickr-griselda-ramirez-306x331Scientists using an extract of whole-plant marijuana rich in pot’s main psychoactive ingredient THC as well as cannabidiol (CBD) showed “dramatic reductions in tumor volumes” of a type of brain cancer.

“High-grade glioma is one of the most aggressive cancers in adult humans and long-term survival rates are very low as standard treatments for glioma remain largely unsuccessful,” according to researchers Katherine A. Scott, Angus G. Dalgleish, and Wai M. Liu from the Oncology Department at St. George’s University of London.

Writing in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics this month, the team recounts how they decided to build on existing research that shows “cannabinoids have been shown to specifically inhibit glioma growth as well as neutralize oncogenic processes such as angiogenesis.”

The researchers wanted to boost the success of cannabinoids, so they investigated using THC and CBD both alone and in combination with radiation in a number of glioma cell lines.

Marijuana kills cancer cells in proportion to its dose and duration of treatment, researchers found, and whole plant cannabis rich in THC was more efficacious than pure, lab-grade THC alone.

Moreover, pre-treating cells with THC and CBD for four hours prior to irradiation increased the cancer-killing effects of radiation.

Scientists think THC and CBD prime cancer cells to commit suicide when exposed to radiation — a process called apoptosis.

Tumors treated this way in mouse models for glioma showed “dramatic” results, with pot-treated tumors shrinking to nearly one-tenth the size of tumors in the control group.

“Taken together, our data highlight the possibility that these cannabinoids can prime glioma cells to respond better to ionizing radiation, and suggest a potential clinical benefit for glioma patients by using these two treatment modalities.”

The federal government states cannabis is a schedule one drug with no medical benefits and a high potential for abuse. However, 23 states have medical marijuana laws, and untold thousands of patients with untreatable gliomas are turning to cannabis not only for palliative treatment of chemo nausea and pain, but as an adjunctive therapy for treating the cancer itself.

Patients who want to learn more about cannabis’ palliative uses can check out the new textbookIntegrative Oncology, written by the head of San Francisco General Hospital’s Oncology and Hematology Department — Dr. Donald Abrams.

Patients who want to use cannabis to cure their cancer are entering uncharted territory with few guides. Dr. Abrams said most doctors do not know about or understand the body’s endocannabinoid system, which was discovered in the ’90s. Americans and their doctors have been “terribly and systematically misled” about pot for decades, Dr. Sanjay Gupta stated this year.