Psychoactive Drugs

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Texas Girl Was Taken Away From Parents Because They Smoked Pot, Only To Be Killed in Foster Care

    Little Alex Hill would have been turning four-years-old this Friday. But rather than celebrating their child's birthday, the toddler's parents have only the bitter consolation of seeing a judge in Milam County hand Alex's foster mother a life sentence for murder. The life sentence is a small victor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Proves Promising for Kids from Cannabis Advocacy Group

    The last we'd heard from Renee Petro, the Florida pot advocate whose story was highlighted in our recent feature on medical marijuana refugees, the pint-sized parent was still fighting to obtain cannabis for her son, Branden, a FIRES sufferer. Branden's debilitating seizures were spiraling out of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Texas Man No Longer Faces Life in Prison for Pot Brownies

    Prosecutors have dropped the first-degree felony charges against Jacob Lavoro, the Round Rock teenager who faced life in prison for running a small-time edibles operation. Lavoro's case made national headlines in May after Round Rock police caught the 19 year old with about a pound and a half of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    $1.7 Million Pot Field Raided in Brenham

    A 50-acre pot farm with nearly 3,450 plants and a street value of $1.75 million was raided by municipal, county and state authorities in Brenham Monday. No suspects were located in the seizure, which is the sixth "marijuana growing operation shut down in Washington County since January 2013," accor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Buffalo's Marcell Dareus On The Board Again!

    It's really not hard to make it onto the offseason police blotter. One bad night of drinking, one misstep behind the wheel, one furious temper tantrum, and next thing you know you have a misdemeanor for something or other. It doesn't take very much. However, it takes a special type of bonehead to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
  • 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

    October 1, 2013

    Prescription Painkiller Pill Mills and Corporate Greed

    Purdue Pharma makes Oxycontin. In fact, Purdue has made $27 billion selling the drug since it was introduced in 1996. In case you weren't aware, Oxycontin is a powerful opiate painkiller -- it's twice as potent as morphine -- that is coveted by opiate-lovers in the drug-using community. Indeed: Ox ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Marijuana Legalization Could Come to Texas, and Law Students are Helping Figure How

    Rehman Bhalesha was raised around marijuana. That's not to say that he dealt, or that he pushed, or that he used. He didn't have to. Weed, growing up, turned wherever he went. "Living in South Texas, you really see the substance flood high school and college campuses and neighborhoods, without any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Sheriff's Office Makes Busts at Two Game Rooms

    Harris County Sheriff's investigators seized cash, drugs, weapons, and gambling devices from two allegedly illegal game rooms in southwest Harris County Thursday, according to a press release. Acting on a tip, members of the HCSO's Game Room Task Force (a whole task force, yo!) seized the loot -- w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    An Interlude In Coachella Jail

    Ed. Note: This is part of our sister papers LA Weekly and OC Weekly's coverage of the Coachella festival's just-concluded second weekend. We told you earlier about the ways folks try to sneak drugs into Coachella. Also, we told you about how to avoid trouble with the police. But what if, despite yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jason Hales, Convicted Sex Offender, Busted for Pot Growing Room in House

    Comedian Damon Wayans once said, "I have a friend in jail for something he didn't do. He didn't run fast enough." But, the reality is so many criminals get busted not for an inability to escape, but because they do really stupid things. Take the case of Jason Hales, a convicted sex offender living ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    William Duncan, East Texas Teacher, Busted Peddling Meth in Junior High Parking Lot, Police Say

    First there was a real-life Walter White busted allegedly selling meth in Alabama...And now we have the case of William Duncan, 43-year-old junior high science teacher in Cass County, Texas. According to police in the town of Linden, Duncan sold meth to an undercover cop in the parking lot of his w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Lindsay Ann Grice: Accused Klein Meth Cook Advertises Business on LinkedIn, Faces Arson Charge After Friend Is Burned in Explosion

    New charges have been filed in connection to a Klein meth fire that sent one man to the hospital with critical injuries and two others to jail. Harris County Sheriff's deputies arrested Lindsay Ann Grice, 25, and Thurman Lee Hall, 37, back on May 24 after a pot of what they allege was meth exploded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    7Horse's "Meth Lab Zoso Sticker" Hits Radio Brick Wall

    7Horse playing their AAA Top 40 single "Low Fuel Drug Run" A 20-year member of Los Angeles rock ensemble Dada, drummer Phil Leavitt is no newcomer to the music business. Leavitt and Dada bassist Joie Calio formed their own band 7Horse last year, and dropped the hard-rocking debut, Let the 7Horse Ru ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Bahram Arabpour: Austin-area Realtor Busted Here With Almost Two Pounds of Opium.

    More evidence that Houston has arrived as a world-class city: it is now apparently the kind of town where you can get your hands on large quantities of opium. Yes, if Harris County Court records are to believed, Houston is now a market for the same "celestial drug" that in 1822 Thomas De Quincey rh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Justin Summers: Mover Accused of Upskirting, Touching Customer's 5-Year-Old Girl

    A mover has been charged with improperly touching and photographing the five-year-old daughter of a customer while he was working in her house, court records say. Justin Modesto Summers, 21, has been charged with indecency to a child and promotion of child pornography. Court documents say that whe ... 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

    January 26, 2012

    Hammer Time: The Social Network Actor Busted at Border for Pot Brownies

    The Texas border is a rather notorious place when it comes to drugs and people trying to cross into the United States carrying them. In fact, both Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg were busted in the exact same location, Sierra Blanca. Traditionally, these drugs are found in the vehicle of the accused or ... 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

    How Not to Turn Yourself in for Arrest When High

    I turned myself in, for something I didn't do, 'cause I got hiiiiiiiggggh.​If you have a warrant or two for your arrest, it's a good idea to go ahead and turn yourself in. That way you get to pick when you are detained, and not the boys in blue, who might just haul you in at a very inconvenien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Bad Mugshot Bonanza: Five Longview Crime All-Stars Netted in Single Drug Bust

    An expired inspection sticker led to fresh arrests for five of Longview's most frequently busted miscreants Friday. Police say that 48-year-old Howard "Cowboy" Perkins and 47-year-old Clifton Ardry were stopped while riding in a pickup near the home of 54-year-old, Biblically bearded George Cliffor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Darren Aronofsky's Meth Ads: Anti-Drug PSAs That Actually Might Work

    ​Last week, we posted a list of anti-drug commercials that not only didn't stop any children from doing drugs, but potentially encouraged such abusing behavior. The famed PSA one-liner, "I learned it from watching you," probably made more kids of the '80s wish they were rolling doobies with th ... 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

    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

    July 26, 2011

    Feds Bring Down Hammer on Lufkin Meth Trade

    In two distinct actions, federal authorities have indicted 17 East Texans on over 200 counts of crimes related to the crystal methamphetamine trade in and around Lufkin. You just might be hearing this song all over town this week: In the first action, the Lufkin Daily News has reported that a fed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    That's a Whole Lotta Weed, Son: 1,700 Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Ft. Bend County

    "Mike" from the K-9 unit looking awfully smug...or stoned.​So, there you are, rolling down the highway in your tractor trailer filled with weed one minute, just minding your own business, and the next minute, you are busted by a drug sniffing dog. Mama said there'd be days like this. Apparent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    "Driving While Taking Upskirt Pictures" Lands East Texas Pair in Pokey

    Photos Angelina County JailApril Peeples in front of the cameras again.​It sounds like May 17 was a busy day for Angelina County sheriff Kent Henson. While he was at the scene of a meth lab bust, his radio crackled with news of a burglary in progress nearby, so he hopped in his car and sped of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Tania Katrisse Ellington: Sheriff's Deputy's Wife Pleads Guilty to Knowing He Was Helping An Ecstasy Ring

    Husband-and-wife jailbirds​The wife of a former Harris County Sheriff's deputy has pled guilty to knowing about how her husband was helping to run an Ecstasy ring, a lesser charge than the original one she faced of aiding and abetting that enterprise. Tania Katrisse Ellington, 32, admitted gu ... 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 >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Montgomery County Cops Take Down Motel Meth Lab In New Caney

    She's 34...THIRTY-FOUR!​Acting on a tip, Montgomery County Constables took down a "shake and bake" meth lab in a New Caney motel in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Arrested were 34-year-old Kerry Lee Datray, of Cleveland, and 38-year-old Wayne Paul Walters of Lufkin. Each was charged manu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Pot Group Offers $10K Reward For Disproving Weed Is Less Dangerous Than Alcohol

    Less safe than alcohol? Disprove it and $10K is yours​Safer Texas is a group that doesn't like alcohol, at least compared to marijuana.They say they work "to address increasing concerns that our laws prohibiting the marijuana market are sending a dangerous message to the public that alcohol is mo ... 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 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

    July 1, 2010

    Brian Bledsoe And Esther Sustaita: Home-Grilled Meat Spells Doom For Bryan Pair's Alleged Motel Drug Spree

    Photos courtesy BCSOBBQ at the hotel​Brian Bledsoe and Esther Sustaita had made all the arrangements, and their alleged Tuesday evening drug bender was going well. They had rented a room at the Travel Lodge on Bryan's Texas Avenue, and the pharmaceutical cornucopia they had on hand would have (mil ... 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

    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

    December 5, 2008

    Riding To The Rescue Of HISD's Pot-Smoking Image

    The bad news: Another Houston teacher has been busted for pot.The good news: Let's look at the media alert from interim spokesman Norm Uhl -- Based on an anonymous tip, HISD PD's K-9 unit searched the parking lot at Woodson MS. One teacher has been arrested for possession of marijuana. I am on my wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Assistant Principal Puts The "High" In Sharpstown High

    Sharpstown High is mostly known for a scandal awhile back about not counting dropouts, and for being the alma mater of NFL star Joseph Addai. Oh, and for that assistant principal who had a burgeoning grow-pot-at-home hobby with his wife. James Earl Street, 46, and his wife Judith, also 46, have tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    Sad News from the Poor Dumb Bastards

    I received an email from Byron Dean of the Poor Dumb Bastards this morning confirming others I got in my inbox earlier. Guitarist Hunter Ward passed away suddenly over the weekend, amid rumors of drug use. More details to follow. – John Nova Lomax

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    Bong Hits 4 Jesus

    Not only did a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court not find Joseph Frederick’s banner of “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” funny, now they’ve made it tougher for other public school students to exercise their First Amendment rights in a decision announced this morning. Frederick argued that when he unfur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2007

    We Wanted to Get High, So High, But We Didn’t

    Over at Grits for Breakfast, Scott Henson’s talking about a bill banning the use of salvia divinorum by Texans 18 and under. Henson had never heard of the drug before, but HouStoned sure has, as you can see in this article by Margaret Downing.

  • 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

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