U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Celebrating Big H.A.W.K.'s Legacy With Bun B & More

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday (or thereabouts), Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Paul Wall, Lil O, Starch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    ACLU: When Facing Death, Lizards Are Treated More Humanely Than Humans

    Does Cleve Foster deserve a death at least as humane as that of a lizard? The ACLU thinks so.​The pets of those on death row would be treated more humanely than their owners, if the animals were sitting in the execution chamber instead of them. According to a report released by the American C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Houston's NORML Chapter Pees on the DEA in Protest

    It's not likely to rank up there with the great protests of all time, but it has been documented forever. Members of the Houston chapter of NORML gathered outside the regional offices of the Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday to protest what they say is the agency's habit of killing pets while makin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Texas Is a Lying Junkie When it Comes to Buying Death-Penalty Drugs, Inmates Say

    Anything for a fix, man.​You know those guys who are masters at faking prescriptions or massaging paperwork in order to abuse their drug of choice? Texas might be a member of that club. Two TDCJ inmates are complaining to feds that the state's paperwork shows the mandatory DEA registration n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Gerald Ratinov: Busted for Running Big Pill-Mill Operation

    Bye-bye, Abundant Life and Weight Loss Center.​A doctor with the Bond-like sinister name of Gerald Ratinov, along with 18 others, has been arrested in connection with a major prescription painkiller operation, District Attorney Pat Lykos and the local branch of the federal Drug Enforcement Age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Last Night: Ozzy Osbourne At Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse​Ozzy Osbourne Toyota Center January 18, 2011 See pics from last night's show, featuring Ozzy and opener Slash, in our slideshow. For metal fans like Aftermath, Ozzy Osbourne's now 42-year-long career represents a platinum standard of evil cool. You start with Black Sabb ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Cover Story: K2 Ban Comes As Our Story Goes To Press, And We Are Kinda Happy

    K2: We test-drove before the ban​I have to say, I kind of wondered when the Drug Enforcement Agency was going to crack down on K-2 and other THC-simulating substances. What's more, although I am pretty Libertarian when it comes to drugs, I was relieved. It was easy to predict the DEA ban for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Biggest PCP Bust In DEA History Is Houston Proud

    We're the biggest!​Houston is all about being the biggest and best, so if anyone should hold the record for biggest PCP bust in the history of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, it's us, dammit. And now we do. Eight Houstonians have been arrested and 57 freaking gallons of PCP confiscated, Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

    ​If there's one musician whose advice is worth heeding, it ought to be Johnny Cash. But when the Man in Black sang "Don't Take Your Guns To Town," a whole lot of musicians must not have been listening. Perhaps they were tuning in one of Cash's other songs that takes a different point of view - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    What's My Crime 2: Bad Girls Edition

    1. Gemma Lambino​Welcome to the second installment of What's My Crime?, a contest wherein you, dear Hair Balls reader, get to try to match a mugshot to a crime.We're changing things up a little this time around. First, we've shortened the list from ten mugs to five.We're also including a sixth que ... 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

    February 12, 2010

    HISD Rejects Another New Source of Revenue, For Now

    Photo courtesy HISD​Is the Houston ISD Police Department about to expand its drug interdiction efforts to include the seizure of teachers' and students' cars and trucks? No, HISD has no plans for that, a laughing district spokesman Norm Uhl said this morning. Last night the board approved two m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown: Clearing the Table and Tying Up Loose Ends

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Or we were. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to Well, it's over. We stretched it out just about as long as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    A Shake-Up At BARC, For Better Or Worse

    ​BARC went through some housecleaning yesterday -- in a big way.In addition to the firing of veterinarian Eunice Ohashiegbula-Iwunze, other BARC personnel issues Wednesday included the resignation of Administrative Supervisor Dorian Strickland and a "disciplinary procedure in process" for vet tech ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    More BARC News: The Hammer Comes Down On Two Vets

    Photo by maarjaara The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has fined BARC Chief Veterinarian Eunice Ohashiegbula and former BARC vet David Rundell for violating U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Texas Veterinary Licensing Act requirements. In Texas, veterinarians who dispense cont ... More >>

  • News

    September 11, 2008

    Gangsters in Bacliff

    The unincorporated town is up to its elbows in youth gangs, poverty and crime

  • News

    February 14, 2008

    Mescaline on the Mexican Border

    Texas is the only state in the country where peyote is sold legally. Really.

  • News

    March 8, 2007
  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Rants About Stuff

    A Bevy of Bad News

  • Film

    July 27, 2006

    Undercover of the Night

    Violent shootouts and dangerous love collide in Mann's visceral Vice

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    RIP, Syd. And RIP, 'Cid.

    A psychedelic pioneer and the drug that helped do him in are both sorely missed

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Fool's Gold

    Desperate clients hand over thousands of dollars for a chance at a job

  • News

    December 9, 2004

    The Last Ride

    The HSPCA has tightened controls on its lethal "blue juice." But it's too late to matter for Anthony Helzer.

  • News

    November 20, 2003
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    October 30, 2003

    Stoner Science

    Our staff risks all to determine if a plant will get them high or if it's just another Internet lie

  • News

    April 17, 2003

    High Scores

    Students are using drugs illegally not to party down, but to get better marks on exams

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2003
  • Film

    March 27, 2003

    Pap Fiction

    Travolta unloads another awful bomb in Basic

  • Music

    December 5, 2002


    Saturday, December 7

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    The Cannabis Caper

    How a citizen's donation to NORML got routed to the DEA

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Curiouser and Curiouser

    Ex-congressman Stockman is labeled a co-conspirator in prescription fraud

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Dead Man Talking

    Ben Guillory helped the DEA bust some east Houston dope dealers. But he says the agency's cavalier approach has left him a marked man in his old neighborhood.

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Lean & Mean

    Those who drink codeine syrup call it lean because of its most obvious effect: a loss of coordination. Those who study the drug call it liquid crack. Those who abuse it can wind up dead.

  • Film

    January 4, 2001

    War Games

    With Traffic, Steven Soderbergh takes an unblinking look at America's drug policies

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    In Arms' Way

    Phil Arms once saved Ron Garner from a life of sin. Garner tried to return the favor when confronted with evidence of the preacher's drug use. But Arms viewed it as just a Judas kiss.

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Here's Johnny

    Reformed and reborn, the man now pushes the word of God, not drugs. So why does it still feel like the Johnny Binder Show?

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Methadone Meltdown

    Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?

  • News

    August 5, 1999
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    April 9, 1998

    The Hotel Six Joker Turns Wild

    A chance encounter and a federal feud endanger the sting

  • News

    April 2, 1998

    In Their Own Words

    Judging by the idle chatter of Hotel Six politicos, the moral barometer at City Hall is in free fall

  • News

    March 19, 1998

    Take the Cash and Talk That Trash

    The hotel six sting hits the little screen

  • News

    December 11, 1997

    (Not) of Counsel

    In the latest chapter of Snitch Vs. Snitch, two of the city's top defense lawyers are prevented from representing a client

  • News

    August 28, 1997

    Snitch Vs. Snitch

    In the drug world, you can't trust anybody - especially a federal informant

  • Film

    June 5, 1997

    Air Disaster

    Bruckheimer's production shows all his Con-temptible traits

  • Calendar

    February 15, 1996
  • News

    January 4, 1996

    Ritalin on Trial

    While some Houston parents fight what they charge is "a river of Ritalin" running through the schools, one father has gone to court to try to prove that, for his son, Ritalin use is Ritalin abuse.

  • Film

    November 24, 1994

    Hollow Points

    Besson's bullet ballet The Professional is slick, but morally ugly

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