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DEA Increases Amount of Marijuana for Federal Government to Grow for Research

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government plans to significantly increase the amount of marijuana it manufactures for research.

The U.S. News reports that the DEA increased production from 46.3 pounds to 1,433 pounds.

Before making the decision, the DEA sought public comment and received one remark in favor of the production increase.

“The DEA appreciates the support for this adjusted 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana which will provide for the estimated scientific, research and industrial needs of the United States,” a Tuesday notice in the Federal Register says.

The DEA didn’t approve enough marijuana for research last year, the U.S. News reported.

“Due to the manufacturing process unique to marijuana, including the length of time and conditions necessary to propagate and process the substance for distribution in 2014, it is necessary to adjust the initial, established 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana as soon as practicable,” the DEA said. “Accordingly, the administrator finds good cause to adjust the aggregate production quota for marijuana before accepting written comments from interested persons or holding a public hearing.”

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DEA Office Evacuated, Employees Quarantined After Suspicious Letter Found

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A threatening letter containing black powder prompted the evacuation of the DEA’s office in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood Thursday, the New York Daily News reports.

The DEA evacuated a floor of its offices and quarantined three employees after the letter was opened at 9:15 a.m.

Police, firefighters, medics and the FBI responded to the scene.

“Right now, the area is being investigated and analyzed,” Mulvey said Thursday afternoon. “The three individuals exposed look to be fine, but we are still evaluating.”

The DEA said the letter was not addressed to anyone in particular.

 

 

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DEA Cracks Down on Painkillers by Making it More Difficult to Get Them at Pharmacy

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is cracking down on narcotic painkiller abuse by restricting how patients can receive the medication, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The DEA plans to reclassify hydrocodone combination drugs like Vicodin, a move that will require people to receive a new prescription for painkillers every 90 days. Currently, painkiller users can get prescriptions for 18- days, with up to five refills.

Patients also must present a prescription for the pills and can no longer rely on having the drugs phone-in by doctors.

The change takes effect in 45 days.

“Today’s action recognizes that these products are some of the most addictive and potentially dangerous prescription medications available,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

Lawsuit Claims DEA Informant Improperly Monitored Albuquerque Man Who Snapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque man last year was an active DEA informant despite his criminal background, according to a lawsuit filed against the agency, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit claims the DEA did not properly supervise Jason Estrada, who was killed when he confronted a man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

The man, 31-year-old Edward Quintana, is charged with killing Estrada and criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

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DEA Paid Amtrak Insider $854,000 for Passenger Data It Could Have Gotten for Free

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA forked over $854,460 to an Amtrak secretary for confidential information the agency should have gotten for free, according to an internal investigation.

The DEA paid the employee to be an informant despite the agency’s right to obtain the information at no cost as part of a joint drug enforcement task force, the Associated Press reports.

The payments were made over a two-decade span, the investigation found.

The Amtrak secretary provided passenger information without the proper approval, but the information was available through the proper channels, the inspector general found.

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MLB Wants Names of New Baseball Players Accused of Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Baseball fans, brace for another wave of disclosures about players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.

ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is urging the DEA to identify the players in an attempt to begin an investigation.

Now the feds are trying to determine how they are going to honor the request after discovering previously undisclosed players suspected of using the drugs by Biogenesis, a clinic accused of providing the concoctions to baseball players.

MLB wants the names to begin disciplining the accused players.

The DEA said it expects more arrests and accusations to surface.

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Founder of Company That Provided Performance-Enhancing Drugs to Baseball Players Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The founder of a company accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to more than a dozen professional baseball players is expected to be indicted soon by a Florida grand jury after he was arrested Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis, surrendered to DEA agents at the bureau’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Bosch’s associate also were arrested on conspiracy charges.

The case has prompted speculation that more baseball players will be outed for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Feds said more players could be implicated.

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DEA Leadership Blasted In Report On Student Left In Cell For Days

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By Ryan Reilly
Huffington Post

WASHINGTON – The leadership of the Drug Enforcement Administration comes under fire in a report issued by the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General on the near-death of a college student left in a holding cell for five days. The review finds that DEA leadership “violated Department of Justice and DEA policy” and delayed a proper investigation into the incident by not reporting it to the inspector general’s office immediately.

While a summary of the IG report on Daniel Chong’s hellish ordeal while in the custody of the DEA had previously been released, a redacted version of the full report was just released to The Huffington Post in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The report indicates that DEA Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan planned to discuss the situation with Administrator Michele Leonhart in the days after the incident. DEA leadership subsequently made a decision to have a review conducted by a district attorney instead of immediately reporting the incident to the Justice Department inspector general’s office as it should have.

“DEA management’s decision to conduct a management review instead of ensuring that the matter was promptly referred to the OIG was troubling,” the report stated

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