Drug Enforcement Administration

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    10 Possible Houston Rap Tourism Destinations

    Despite the flood of people arriving here for the first time every day, Houston has never been a tourist town. Ask anybody: the skiing sucks, the mosquitos are packing heat and the traffic is stressful enough to put one off the very concept of travel for life. As an added bonus, the weather is too u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Texas Children's is Studying a Seizure Drug Derived from Marijuana

    Houston now has an unlikely new pot dealer. Well, sort of. This month, Texas Children's Hospital will break new ground in medical marijuana research, starting an FDA-approved clinical trial of Epidiolex, an experimental marijuana-based pharmaceutical used to treat seizure disorders. The clinic tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    The 11 Best Draped-Up Dirty South Songs Ever

    Draped up and dripped out, know what I'm talkin' 'bout? Much like Bun B, who wrote those lyrics, you do know what I'm talkin' 'bout. And you also know that all things draped up and dripped out are badass, especially when they are songs from the dirty south. Whether it's swangin' and bangin' or s ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    "Reeferendum": This Election Season's Most Confusing Political Ad Yet

    We - and, judging by the email, nearly every other newspaper in the state - got a very perplexing message in our inbox yesterday from a brand new political action group calling itself the "Medical and Personal Freedom PAC." The message starts by pointing out how Texas feels mighty far behind on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Houston Man Gets 20 Years in Synthetic Drug Case

    The supposed mastermind behind a Houston-based synthetic drug distributorship linked to the deaths of two teens in Minnesota and North Dakota has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Charles Carlton, sentenced in a North Dakota federal court August 28, was the 15th defendant sentenced in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Know Your Neighborhood Gangbangers by Their Tattoos

    It's a fine line between striking fear into the hearts of your enemies and signing a confession of criminal activity on your face. But in a fast-paced city like Houston with little patience for extensive introductions, some large Gothic letters on your forehead could save everybody a bit of time and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Congress Votes to End War on Medical Marijuana

    Medical marijuana patients, rejoice. The federal government is no longer in fear of your (state-legal) reefer. Late last night, Congress voted to essentially end the federal war on medical marijuana by approving a measure that prohibits the Department of Justice -- which includes the DEA, by the wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Houston's Best Internet Radio Stations

    Much like newspapers, radio has been irrevocably changed by the rise of the Internet. With broadband broadly available, there are fewer and fewer reasons to flip on the dial, so even giants like Clear Channel have added Web-based platforms like IHeartRadio to replace lost terrestrial listeners, offe ... More >>

  • Film

    August 1, 2013

    2 Guns Is Too Much of the Same Thing

    2 Guns is every movie you've seen before.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Nabbed By A Phone App: Two Guys Growung $2.5 Million Worth Of Weed. Nabbed By A Website: 35 Gang Members

    The somewhat bold, almost new world of phone apps has now become a main player in fighting the sorta-scourge of weed. A tipster used the iWatchHarrisCounty to point officers to two houses that ended up housing more than $2.5 million worth of marijuana when they were raided this week. HCSO and Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Horror for Bath-Salt Buffs: DEA Acts Against Synthetic Stimulants Used in Vanilla Sky, Bliss, Ivory Wave & Purple Wave. Oh, They Acted Against Fake Weed, Too

    The Drug Enforcement Administration took steps today against synthetic stimulants and cannabinoids So if that little froggie pictured above used synthetics to get the sly semi-smile look some drug users get when they finally figure out the world (only to eventually forget what it was that had occur ... More >>

  • News

    March 14, 2013

    Breaking Bad: Digital Drug Sales, Analog Drug Deaths

    The feds and a prosecutor say a Houston company selling synthetic drugs on the Internet is responsible for the deaths of teenagers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

  • Film

    January 17, 2013

    The Selling of Schwarzenegger, 2013

    Arnold returns - but do we still need him?

  • News

    October 4, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Here's the Screwed Up Click Take on ZZ Top's "25 Lighters" Cover

    Rocks Off is a huge fan of DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click. We also love and adore ZZ Top. So when ZZ reimagined the DJ DMD classic "25 Lighters" as "I Gotsta Get Paid" for their new record La Futura, we had to reach out to the DJ Screw protégé, the great DJ Lil' Randy SUC, for comment. Rewind: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Houston 101: Opium-Addled Hookers in Old Houston's Red Light District

    Drug busts on the Mexican border are nothing new. At the El Paso / Juarez crossing in 1910, the feds seized a huge shipment of Texas-bound opium, at least some of which was believed to be headed to Houston. That was the theory of George McCann, at any rate, one he expounded on at length in an April ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2012

    Santa Muerte: Patron Saint of the Drug War

    Need help killing someone? Or cementing a drug deal? This may be the saint for you.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    24 Arrested, 14,000 Pot Plants Seized In Three-County Illegal Growing Operation

    Two dozen people have been arrested and close to 14,000 pot plants seized in a crackdown on a three-county growing operation, federal officials announced today. Investigators raided nearly 60 properties in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties Tuesday, two-thirds of which contained active hydro ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2012

    Friends Can Also Betray You

    Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Ford Cummings: Enters Jail Armed, Tries To Convince Jailers He's A DEA Agent And Needs An Inmate Released

    Ford Truitt Cummings, 32, is: a) Ballsy b) Dumb c) Perhaps too dismissive of the brainpower of Nacogdoches cops d) All of the above, mixing together in a marvelous piece of East Texas humanity We've got to go with d) here, folks. Maybe your assessment will differ. We do know this, via KTRE: Cummin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Congress Gets Tougher On K2, "Spice" & Other Synthetic Pot

    The Drug Enforcement Agency has announced that the House and Senate have reached a compromise that will make it tougher to get K2, "Spice" and other forms of synthetic marijuana. Twenty-six drugs, most of them used in creating synthetic pot, have been added to Schedule I, meaning they have been fou ... More >>

  • Film

    May 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Rife Kimler, Odd SETX Attorney, Arrested for Harboring Wanted Young Woman

    Photo via 12NewsNowRife Kimler: Only a coincidence that his name rhymes with Himmler.​Criminal defense attorneys are often colorful characters, but few seem as downright eccentric as Rife Kimler of Nederland. Kimler is currently in hot water for hindering the apprehension of an accused thief ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Collins and Gorathy Uwake: Feds Seize Over $1M and Five Fancy Cars in Drug Raid

    Wikipedia CommonsOf the five rides cops seized in their raid, police say that Collins Uwake loved his Titan the best.​With a Missouri City drug raid late last month, agents from the DEA and multiple other local and state agencies closed an investigation into the activities of husband-and-wife ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011

    Texas Tweakers

    James "Bull" Durham burned down his mother's house while cooking meth. In Angelina County, the jail is full of guys like him..

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Obama's War on Weed

    In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    There's no way this wouldn't work​The selection of inspection reports was slim last week, but things have picked up over at the city's website. In the past seven days, inspectors issued eight citations and temporarily closed five more places without issuing citations. The city's gotta pay for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Downtown West U Now Sports A Drug Corner, Chain E-mail Warns

    Omar comin', yo, to West U​"Body Bag! Got that Body Bag right here!" "Yellow Top! Who wants to get up on that Yellow Top!" "Yo, G, want some o' that Sheed Wallace? Got that Sheed Wallace, yo!" If that sounds like a scene from The Wire to you, if you are so naive that you think such brazen d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Bacliff's 4th Street Players Gang Gets Hit With Federal Prison

    As Hurricane Ike threatened the Upper Texas Coast, we went to press with the story of the 4th Street Players, a predominantly white Anglo street gang in the Galveston Bay town of Bacliff. Nine members of the gang, who wore red colors in emulation of LA's Blood gangs, had been arrested in May of last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    One Man's Fight To Legalize It

    As lawmakers scramble to address the surge of violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels seeping into our borders, the question of legalizing drugs has once again been raised -- and not just by a bunch of hippies.  Russ Jones, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), tells Hai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    BARC's Firing Of Vet Doesn't Add Up

    On Tuesday, Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care veterinarian Gil Costas was fired for what Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman Kathy Barton said was not having proper state certification.Barton said Costas did not have "site-specific" Texas Department of Public Safety controlled-substa ... 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

    January 7, 2009

    Now We Know Why Wal-Mart Has That Smiley Face

    The U.S. Attorney's office has just announced the break-up of a major drug operation. It was run by Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, so you know it was convenient and cheap.Wal-Mart Stores paid the Southern District of Texas a $637,000 fine in order to close cases involving Wal-Mart Pharmacy and Sam's Club ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2007

    Getting Authentic

    Craig Larotonda Today's cover story is based largely on court documents and internal government memos, most of which can be found at The NarcoSphere, an online project of the Narco News bulletin. Unlike other publications which have covered the House of Death story, Narco News has not ignored th ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 21, 2000

    Fun with Mick and Mary Jane

    Speaking off the toque: Mickey Kapoor

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    The Cheap Secrets of Harwin

    Beyond the Galleria, beyond Target - and sometimes beyond the law - lies Houston's last untamed wilderness of shopping