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Million Dollar Santa Maria Drug Bust Nails Six

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After a six month drug investigation, the investigation is now over. As a result, six have been arrested and $1 million in hashish and marijuana was seized

Participating in the investigation was the Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team, the Narcotic Suppression Team, and federal officers. Together, this large drug bust was possible and more drugs were taken off of the street, keeping them out of the hands of young people and saving lives in the process.

Cash and weapons were also seized and the six Santa Maria men were taken into custody. However, another man from Santa Maria and one from Santa Barbara escaped being captured.

Police Chief Danny Macagni says that search warrants had been served on March 13 and that the drug bust was announced on March 26. At this time there is an ongoing investigation regarding the ties of one of the suspects to a Santa Barbara medical marijuana facility.

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3 People face over 30 charges in drug bust

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It seems like drug busts are becoming a more frequent thing. That is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because more drugs are being taken off the streets. However, it is a bad thing because that means there are still plenty of drugs on the streets.

In Chatham, North Carolina, three people were arrested and they are not facing approximately 34 charges. Those busted are Christina Marie Smith, 31, Michael David Sutton, 54, and Marcus Arnel Craven, 37. Twenty-eight of the charges that have been filed against them are felony charges. The charges include cocaine delivery, selling cocaine and conspiracy to sell and delivery cocaine.

A total of 68.6 grams of the drug was found.

Smith is in jail under a $140,000 bond and both Sutton and Craven are in under an $85,000 bond.

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Bladen County Drug Bust Nabs Six

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Six people didn’t have a very good Easter when they were busted with 20 pounds of cocaine that has a street value of more than $1 million.

The group that spend the holiday behind bars were charged with bringing cocaine into the area on March 20th in Bladen County North Carolina. The Sheriff, Steve Bunn, said that he has never seen a cocaine seizure of this size in his 30 year career. He has also said that he is not sure of the MO as to why the drugs were brought into the county, but what he does know is that the cocaine was distributed widely in the area.

Also seized were cars, four-wheelers, and a tractor that are destined to be sold to benefit the community. A percentage of the money is transferred over to the community to be used for purposes outside of the county’s budget.

It is hoped that crime in the area will decrease since drugs seem to be the driving force behind the crime rate in both Bladen and Columbus Counties. It is also felt that this bust will save a number of lives. There have been a lot of people on the street hurt by this drug bust because they were expecting to have the drugs delivered to them over the weekend.

As for the six who were arrested, it is currently being investigated whether or not they were in the country illegally because it appears that they are all Mexican natives.

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Largest Drug Bust in King City History

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King City police accomplished the largest drug bust that their police department has ever encountered. As a result, they seized the drugs and the two men responsible for it. It is said that they are part of a bigger drug ring.

The raid that took place at 4:00 a.m. found 23 ounces of methamphetamine, $16,000 cash, and five ounces of cocaine. Three vehicles have been impounded because they were suspected of being the way in which drugs had been transported by the pair. The two men, Fujencio Aqino Anaya, 35, and Leogerio Sanchez medina, 28, were taken to Monterey County Jail.

The pair has also been charged with child endangerment because of the drugs being in plain view of young children.

Check out the news video below for more about this drug bust:

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Madonna Once Experimented with Drugs

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Madonna was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008 and, during her acceptance speech, she admitted that she once experimented with the drug ecstasy. During the speech, Madonna shared some stories from the early days of her career.

The stories included such tales as when she once smoked a joint with her publicist Liz Rosenberg.

She also talked of the time that she had shared the ecstasy tablet with a music executive that was listening to her very first demo. Madonna, now 49, then changed her voice to sound like that of Michael Jackson and said she later went on to steal Jackson’s manager.

As for the drug use, indulging such information at her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction may not have been a wise decision since young people still hail Madonna as the Queen of Pop. Surely, she would not encourage others to indulge in these drugs, but in a generation that is impressionable by celebrities, the difference is sometimes difficult to see.

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Aberdeen Drug Bust Finds Kids and Drugs

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Drug busts are bad enough, but throw kids in the mix and the problem becomes even worse.

That is what happened in Aberdeen yesterday. A lethal combination of children and drugs were found and 27-year-old Ardeen McGarry and 52-year-old Fausto Gonzalez were arrested for it.

The children, ages 2, 5, and 9, live in the home where they were in the company of $15,000 worth of cocaine. Some of this cocaine was within reach of the 2-year-old.

Both Gonzalez and McGarry are charged with several drug charges as well as three counts of contributing to abuse and neglect or minors.

The amount of cocaine found in the bust is a little unusual for Aberdeen, but the city definitely has a problem. A lot of its drug use has to do with Marijuana and meth. Cocaine isn’t all that unusual either, but heroin is starting to make a more frequent appearance within the city.

Police expect to see a population influx as the population changes, which means more drug use that will result in more drug busts.

As for the children of the Aberdeen cocaine bust, they are currently in protective custody.

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U.S. Water Contaminated By Drugs

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Although this is not your typical “drug bust” or teenage drug use blog, this one touches us all a little closer to home. Since yesterday, it has been in the news that water supplies are contaminated with drugs. These tests revealed contaminated water affecting areas from L.A. to Louisville, Kentucky.

The findings affect 24 major metropolitan areas in which heart medications, antidepressants, steroids and sex hormones were found. Apparently what is happening is that the drugs emitted from our bodies in the form of waste end up in the environment, therefore they end up in the water supplies. It just so turns out that the drugs are not filtered out by water filtration plants and is landing in water supplies.

The consequences are unknown at this time. However, it is believed that even the most minute of these drugs that cannot be detected; they still cause issues with animals and possible cellular alterations within humans. Research is being conducted now, but what little research has been done shows that the drugs have an effect in the endocrine disruptors of fish and has turned entire male populations of fish and turned them into hermaphrodites.
Right now, the EPA is concentrating on detecting the chemicals in the water supply. In the meantime, clutch your bottled spring water for dear life.

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If drug issues were not bad enough, a huge marijuana growing operation was taking place just a few feet away from an Elementary school in Nashville, Tn.

What police found were 5 “mother” plants that were being cloned in order to produce other marijuana plants. The man who lives in the house, Ari S. Williams, 36, was not inside the residence when police made the bust. He has yet to be found.

Due to the house’s close location to the school, the drug charges against Williams will be enhanced, which is probably a good thing and will set an example for other marijuana growers.

A total of 228 marijuana plants were seized and over 7 pounds in processed marijuana. Also found were a track lighting system, grow lights, and plant nutrients.

As far as any children being solicited by Williams, that has not been determined.

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Ex Basketball Pro Found with Heroin

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Curtis Rowe, a former Pistons forward was arrested on Detroit’s west side Wednesday at around 5:25 p.m. after he was witnessed buying drugs from a building on the 1000 block of Lee Place.

When he was arrested, he was found with a bag of what was believed to be heroin.
Rowe was born in Alabama and attended college at UCLA. He was a first-round pick with the pistons and 11th overall in the NBA draft of 1971. He stands 6 foot 7 inches tall and played for the Pistons from 1971 to 1976 and the Boston Celtics from 1976 to 1979.

The 58-year-old’s arrest is just one of several sports star related drug arrests in recent weeks. His arraignment was held yesterday, but it has not yet been released as to what occurred within the court. This latest arrest could result in jail time for the former star.