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Teenagers and Prescription Drugs

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Teenagers abusing prescription drugs is not a new thing. It seems we hear more about the problem now than what we used to, but students have been busted in schools for having possession of prescription drugs for many years.

For instance, in 1998 a student from a Southern Ohio high school was made to attend an alternative school for a week after she offered Vicodin to another student who had an injury. The student who had the Vicodin did have a prescription for it after having an appendectomy, but did not see the harm in offering it to the other student for her injury. However, the student who offered the drug was not aware that it was a narcotic.

The difference between then and now is the fact that most students are aware that painkillers such as Vicodin are narcotics and they know more about what they can do. They also know that they can make money off of them by selling them to other students or exchanging them for something else.

This shows that the drug problems today are not like they were a decade ago when the coolest way to get high was sniffing white-out or permanent markers. Prescription drugs are also becoming a growing issue in students as young as middle school age. This has resulted in many school systems looking to implement programs that help curb the exchange and consumption of prescription drugs by teens and pre-teens.

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Started as a Domestic Dispute and Ended in a Drug Bust

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What started as a domestic violence call ended up being a drug bust. Now the couple is behind bars on suspicion of growing marijuana because two grow rooms were found within the home. Also found was 8 ounces of freshly harvested marijuana.

The police were responding to a call that the wife had hit her husband’s hand with a hammer. There were also a number of acids and bases that were stored improperly, but the chemicals were owned legally because the husband’s occupation was given as a chemist.

In the police report it says that the couple is charged with marijuana cultivation and possession of more than 8 ounces. Having possession of more than 8 ounces is a felony. They have also been charged with child abuse because they had their 5-year-old daughter in a dangerous home with chemicals improperly stored.

As for the wife, she is suspected of domestic violence, second-degree assault, and false imprisonment.

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16 People Nabbed in Pennsylvania Drug Bust

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16 more drug dealers are off the streets after the Pennsylvania State Police concluded phase two of their “Operation Failing Grade.”

All sixteen of the suspects were apparently distributing approximately $250,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, and marijuana in the Tioga County area and they have been distributing drugs in the area for approximately two years.

Luckily, all sixteen of the suspects were arrested on felony drug charges and will be arraigned in Tioga County court. However, for now they will remain behind bars and off the streets where they cannot distribute anymore drugs to others.

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Ever Hear of an Accidental Drug Bust?

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Police thought they had the right address, found out they had the wrong address, but ended up finding out that they were in the right place all along.

Does that make sense? Probably not, but this will:

Police had received reports that there was a drunk prowler in someone’s garage, so they decided to go check it out. However, the address had been miscommunicated and they entered the wrong garage. They didn’t find a prowler, but what they found was quite surprising.

They found 145 marijuana plants and growing equipment.

The plants were very young, but would have been ready for outside planting in approximately three months. Police also found 2 ounces of marijuana in small bags. And they found the man responsible for it. What is even more disturbing is that they found his five children in the residence as well.

The man will be arraigned on May 2nd for charges of production and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

But what about the prowler?

It just so turns out that the police had a great night between an accidental drug bust and nabbing the prowler. They also graciously thanked the prowler because it was him who started the whole thing.

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A Whopping 400 Pounds of Marijuana Nabbed in Tulsa

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We’ve heard of large drug busts, but this is one of those large drug busts that certainly takes a piece of the pie…a big piece.

Agents in Tulsa have reported that they seized $711,000 in Marijuana, which translates into roughly 400 pounds of the drug. They also found computer equipment, weapons, and approximately $75,000 in cash.

Unfortunately, the bust is not complete because no one was home at the time officials entered the home. That means that no one has yet to be arrested.

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5 Arrested in Garner, NC for Drugs

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Garner, North Carolina nabbed itself five more from the drug world by seizing 5 grams of marijuana and 3.8 grams of crack.

It was a joint effort by the Drug and Vice Unit of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Garner police.

Of those arrested were Clyde Gulley, 63, Lottie Smith, 58, and Donnell Smith, 39. All three of them were residents of the property at 106 Smith Drive. All were charged with possession and the intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance.

The other two who were arrested were Lolita Smith, 41, and Brandon Collins, 21. Neither one of them live at the residence, but were present on the property during the raid. Both were charged with the intent to sell a counterfeit controlled substance.

In the case of Clyde Gulley and Lottie Smith, this goes to show that even senior citizens are not immune to the lure of drugs on the street.

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Drugs Around the World: Another teen busted for drugs

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This time, the big drug bust for the day is in Australia and involves a 16-year-old boy who was busted in addition to a 28-year-old and a 54-year-old.

On the property where the bust took place, there was cannabis, equipment used to produce illegal drugs, and a rifle.

The 16-year-old has been charged with possession, production, and for supplying dangerous drugs. It has not been specified when he is to appear in Children’s Court, but it has been said that it will be in the near future.

Both of the adult men have been charged with the same counts and will soon be appearing in Caboolture Magistrates Court. However, the 54-year-old is facing two weapons charges instead of one.

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Elementary school principal took teens to motel for sex and drugs

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In Spring Grove, Illinois, an elementary school principal has been fired after being accused of taking two teenage girls to a Milwaukee motel room for a weekend of sex, pornography, alcohol, and marijuana.

The school board had a closed meeting that lasted around an hour on Tuesday April 15, 2008 to discuss what should be done about Daniel Markofski, which had been principal of the school since fall 2007.

A police officer had smelled marijuana coming from his hotel room on April 5 and arrested the 47-year-old principal of Richmond, Ill.

The two teenage girls, aged 15 and 16, were taken to the motel room after he had met one of the girls on a chat line.

Markofski is scheduled to appear before a judge on April 18th in Milwaukee.

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Teenager possibly involved in drug shooting

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In Poinciana, Florida, a 16-year-old boy stole a handgun that belonged to his sister, a sheriff’s deputy, and shot another teenager during what was believed to be a drug deal, according to authorities.

Here’s how the story goes:

Young Joshua Brown stole a 9mm semiautomatic Beretta from his sister’s home, and lured 16-year-old Darwin Jose Rivera to an empty house in Poinciana on April 11, 2008 for a possible drug deal. However, Brown’s intentions were apparently to rob Rivera, so he pulled out the handgun and, when Rivera turned to run, Brown shot him in the back.

Rivera was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries to his small intestine and two vertebrae. As of April 13, he was in stable condition.

As for Brown, he has been charged with first-degree murder, several drug charges, and robbery with a firearm. He is currently residing in the Polk County Juvenile Detention Center, awaiting his hearing in front of a judge.


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Gotta love hotel room drug busts

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Believe it or not, drugs are in Canada too.

On April 11, police received a tip that some people staying in a hotel were in possession of drugs. Not only that, but they had firearms on them as well. As a result of this tip, two individuals were arrested after a search of the room uncovered 65 oxycodone tablets, 35.8 grams of cocaine, a small amount of crack cocaine, cash, materials used to package drugs, drug paraphernalia, and three sets of digital scales. The drugs valued around $4,900.

Of those arrested was 32-year-old Heidi Debassige and 29-year-old Gary Saunders. Debassige had no known address, but Saunders is a Sault, Michigan resident. He was charged with a single count of possession of a controlled substance. Debassige was charged with two counts of possession with the intent of trafficking a controlled substance. She was also charged with two counts of resisting arrest and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Thanks to the tipsters, there are two more drug dealers off the streets.

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