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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
2 Guns is every movie you've seen before.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Arnold returns - but do we still need him?
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 >>
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 >>
Need help killing someone? Or cementing a drug deal? This may be the saint for you.
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 >>
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
James "Bull" Durham burned down his mother's house while cooking meth. In Angelina County, the jail is full of guys like him..
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
There's no way this wouldn't workThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Speaking off the toque: Mickey Kapoor
Beyond the Galleria, beyond Target - and sometimes beyond the law - lies Houston's last untamed wilderness of shopping