• Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Fourteen Prison Guards Plead Guilty To Running Inmate-Drug Empire

    We guess the definition of "captive audience" is pretty much epitomized by prison inmates. In Beeville, guards at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit took advantage of the potential customer base and ran one hell of a drug ring, with the aid of inmates. They also smuggled in p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    HPD Officers Arrested for Shady Coke Dealings, Face Life Imprisonment

    The coke game was kind to Houston Police Department officers until Sunday when the two 26-year-olds were arrested when they reported for duty. Emerson Canizales of Kingwood and Michael Miceli of Humble have been accused of accepting $1,000 bribes and smuggling five kilos of cocaine with an intent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Kevin Corley's Murder-For-Hire/Drug Complaint Reads Like Quentin Tarantino Movie

    Kevin Corley was one of a group of men whose arrests were announced today by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, and let's just say the man makes for a good criminal complaint. It reads like a Quentin Tarantino rip-off and has guns, drugs and a murder for hire in which the killer promised to car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Ryan Earl Whitton: Swipes Bar Tip Jar, Racks Up Felony DWI

    Looks like 24-year-old Ryan Earl Whitton was wearing his bad-idea jorts when he hit the bars of Bryan Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Police there say Whitton swiped a tip jar off the bar at Carney's Pub and Grill -- a surefire way to endear yourself to bar staff forever. Numerous witnes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    TCU Football Players Are in a Drug Ring -- "Big Time" Football Hits Fort Worth

    Ladies and gentlemen, your TCU Stoned Frogs​In January 2010, TCU finally made it to a BCS bowl game when they played the Boise State Broncos. The Horned Frogs lost that game 17-10, so any feeling that they hit the "big time" had to be somewhat muted. So the next season, not only did the Horne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Morris "Big Boy" Jones: Luck Runs Out for (Alleged) Westside Fence

    According to court records, police already had Morris "Big Boy" Jones over a barrel when they rolled up outside his Katy home. A criminal complaint shows they had already seized more than $30,000 worth of stolen Palais Royal threads from his storefront way out Clay Road. And when police went to visi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Chicago Bears WR Sam Hurd Has a Ring...a Drug Ring!

    The Stringer Bell School of Entrepreneurship.​I remember former Houston Texans (and now Washington Redskins) wide receiver David Anderson telling me a couple years ago about a program that the NFL offered players in which they could travel to prestigious universities during the off season and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Jeffrey Tomorris Wright : Escapes From Trunk To Tell Cops About Buying Coke With Counterfeit Bills

    Sounds like quite a scene for Houston Police to roll up on last month... According to court records, on October 16, a squad car was dispatched to the scene of a disturbance with a weapon in the 4500 block of Yale, just north of Crosstimbers in Independence Heights. Just as they arrived, they saw 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Dr. Brown: A Look Inside the Weirdness

    ​It was difficult getting people to talk, even off the record, for this week's feature story on Dr. Michael Brown. His latest defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin, was quoted this week in the Houston Chronicle as saying Brown "is not understood by the public," and he's right -- to a point. Fortuna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Gary Robert Watson, Bentley-Driving Alleged Heights-Area Coke Dealer, Goes Down in Target Parking Lot Bust

    The Bentley is gone​Up until September 16, Gary Robert Watson was living pretty large. He had the swanky condo in the Sawyer Heights development overlooking the Heights Target. Every day he drove a 2006 Bentley into the garage, and on his thick wrist the giant of a man rocked a $3K Breitling. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    HPD Sting Snags HBU Cop with Coke

    A three-year veteran of the Houston Baptist University police force has been fired and now faces first-degree felony drug charges after the Houston Police Department caught him in a sting operation yesterday. According to the Harris County District Attorney's office, HPD had received a tip that an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Cops Raid Northwest Side Barber Shop, Find Stupefying Quantity and Variety of Drugs

    This is almost as freaky as Goodfellaz​My oh my the Goodfellaz Master Barber Shop certainly did live up to it's gangster-iffic name, if a court document Hair Balls obtained is to be believed. On August 4, a gang/narcotics investigation culminated with a raid on the North Houston Rosslyn Road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Leslie Aikens: HPD Cop Indicted for Drug-Running, Taking Bribe

    Leslie Aikens: Allegedly dealing coke​The feds unsealed an indictment today against a 19-year veteran of the Houston police force accused of drug trafficking and taking a $2,000 bribe. Leslie Aikens, 46, was arrested at the end of his shift today. He is charged with aiding and abetting the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Katy ISD Cop Dennis Olivier: Boss, Someone Took The Heroin, Coke, Meth & Weed You Gave Me

    No need to lock your truck or anything.​As a K-9 unit cop for Katy ISD, Dennis Olivier tooled around with a white tackle box full of drugs in his squad car. The department-issued narcotics kit was used to train the dog, so that man and dog could do their part in the war on drugs. But in a cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Richard Nutt: Sheriff's Deputy Knew Where To Get The Coke He Allegedly Sold

    Photo courtesy HPDRichard Nutt, HCSO vet, charged with dealing coke​Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Nutt, who we're sure has heard all the jokes he cares to about his name, has been arrested and charged with trying to sell two kilos of cocaine. Only a summary of the case is available, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Maria Ipina: Valley Cops Say Toddler Caught Peddling Weed Door-to-Door

    First rule, kid: Don't take nothing but cash​Even the most grizzled cops in the Rio Grande Valley town of San Juan say this is a new one for them, and that's saying something.They say they have had to remove a four-year-old girl from her home after neighbors complained that the pre-kindergartener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Jaime Zamora: That's No City Park Worker, That's (Allegedly) A Murdering Drug-Cartel Kingpin

    Breeding ground for drug kingpins​Jaime Zamora had a good, steady job in Houston's Parks Department.What could be more exciting than that?Importing millions of dollars' worth of cocaine and murdering rivals, apparently.Zamora, 40, was sentenced today to more than 27 years in federal prison for dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Nikki Araguz: A Life Examined, With Many Twists Along The Way

    Nikki & Thomas fought often in the months before his death​It's going to be a while before the courts sort out whether Thomas Araguz and Nikki Purdue had a legal marriage; and until that happens, the Araguz and Purdue families say they will not be able to properly mourn the fallen Wharton fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Rudy Trace Soliz III: Sweet, Sweet Sex Was Why Border Agent Let Illegals In

    Another victim claimed​Just as jury selection was about to begin in his trail late yesterday, Rudy Trace Soliz III, a former Customs and Border Protection, pleaded guilty to alien smuggling and bribery, the U.S. Attorney's office announced today.Soliz, 28, let a female co-conspirator bring illegal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Jerome Ponette Wrecks Six Cars After Getting 86'd From Strip Club

    Hungover and -- I did WHAT last night?​Wow, helluva night at the strip club for 40-year-old Jerome Ponette. First, he got kicked out of Mirage Cabaret on West 34th Street for allegedly being drunk. Then he got behind the wheel of his Mercedes Benz and went all Mallachi brothers in the parking lot, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Undercover Narc Nails Big Bust At Rural High School

    ​West Columbia is about 45 miles southwest of here; don't feel too bad if you haven't heard of it. The Brazoria County town has about 4,300 residents, 16 of whom are facing drug charges after an undercover operation in the local high school.A school-district cop went undercover at the school in Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Same Crap, Different County: Another Small Texas Town Overpunishes Another Piddly Drug Offender

    Photo courtesy DEAA lot more crack than Melvin Johnson had​Think 35 years for a brick or so of pot is bad?Try this one on for size... In a case one local defense attorney has said showed "shades of Tulia," a Bay City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing 1.3 grams of crack.Melvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Nudity, Crack Pipes & A Double-Murder-Suicide

    The big news this week in Bayou Body Count is the three dead family members League City police are investigating as a possible murder-murder-suicide. Lewis Cantrell Jr. and his wife Gayle Cantrell were found shot to death in their living room on the 2900 block of Chinaberry Park Lane. Lewis Cantrell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The Tango Blast Houstone Gang Takes A Hit

    Local and federal agents in an anti-gang task force charged with waging the much-debated "War on Drugs" have nabbed another round of bad guys, this time more than a dozen members of Texas' largest prison gang, Tango Blast Houstone. Acting Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced today that 14 mem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2007
  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Another Bump

    Ten of the best coke anthems, plus a shortlist for the Cocaine Hall of Fame

  • Film

    December 14, 2006

    Say It with Diamonds?

    Not exactly. Circling the diamond industry, Zwick flick tackles nada

  • Film

    December 7, 2006

    Say It With Diamonds?

    Not exactly. Circling the diamond industry, Zwick flick tackles nada

  • News

    October 5, 2006


    Gary Webb's reporting on CIA ties to cocaine destroyed his life, too

  • Film

    September 14, 2006

    Half Nelson

    Old-school indie turns the inspirational classroom drama inside out

  • Home Entertainment

    April 27, 2006
  • Music

    March 30, 2006


    Reality Check

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    All He Wanted Was a Pabst

    The Nightfly goes out for a quiet Sunday drink and winds up in a Mexican bordello downtown

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Clown School

    Houston Clown School

  • Music

    October 3, 2002


    The Doppler Effect (Opposite Day)

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Con's Con

    A contained experiment in Medicaid finally gets uncovered

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Lost Boys

    Judy Walker saw one son die in prison and his twin sentenced to life for shooting a cop. The prison autopsy says Reginald died of natural causes. But his mother says it was retaliation for Robert's actions that got his brother killed.

  • News

    December 14, 2000

    Tough on Drugs

    Prisons are filled with users who pick jail over probation and treatment. Welcome to Round 42 of the war on drugs.

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Jimmy's Justice

    Years after her son's capital murder verdict, Rachel Moore found evidence that he fired in self-defense. But they're still trying to find a way out of prison.

  • Music

    December 2, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Cop vs. Cop

    Police officers don't complain about other officers -- or else.

  • News

    September 17, 1998

    Bum Deal?

    Politics plays an uncertain backup to this "Gimme Shelter"

  • News

    September 4, 1997