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DEA Keeps Marijuana on List of Most Dangerous Drugs But Allows More Research

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Proponents of marijuana legalization were delivered a blow this week when the DEA said there’s “no currently accepted medical use treatment in the United States.”

DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg went further, saying marijuana can lead to abuse and should remain a Schedule 1 drug like heroin and LSD, NPR reports.

“This decision isn’t based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine,” he said, “and it’s not.”

Trouble is, the federal government has only allowed one research institution – the University of Mississippi – examine the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

But the DEA said this week it’s willing to increase the number of institutions that can research the benefits of marijuana.

Mexico Drug Lord Who Tortured, Killed DEA Agent in 1985 Is Given House Arrest

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug lord Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, who killed a DEA agent in 1985, will serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.

The 86-year-old co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel was in prison until he was transferred to house arrest Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Fonseca will live in his house in Mexico State, which borders the capital.

Federal prisons chief Eduardo Guerrero said he was opposed to the release, but he had to respect the judge’s order of house arrest.

“From the government’s perspective, we believe it is not right that someone who did so much damage to this country is today serving the end of this sentence on the outside. … He did a lot of damage to society and he should still be, according to all the studies, inside a federal prison,” Guerrero said.

Fonseca was convicted in 1985 of kidnapping, torturing and murdering DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

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Man Who Slammed Through Gates of FBI Pittsburgh Office Was Struggling Emotionally

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who rammed a dump truck into the gates of the FBI building in Pittsburgh was looking for emotional help, family and neighbors told WTAE.

“He’s been crying out for help, a lot of help, and he asked me if I could find someone for him to talk to,” a neighbor said of Thomas Richard Ross. 

The neighbor added that Ross was taking painkillers after he had fallen off a roof more than 20 years ago.

“I don’t know what kind of pills they gave him but he got addicted and he’s still in pain,” the neighbor said, adding Ross had been paranoid the government was after him. 

His son, Tommy Jr., also said his father had problems with drugs.

Border Patrol Agents Find $600,000 Worth of Liquid Meth in Texas

These containers were filled with liquid meth.

These containers were filled with liquid meth.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents seized more than $600,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine in Eagle Pass, Texas, while conducting checkpoint operations.

San Angelo Live reports that canines alerted agents to possible narcotics in the vehicle.

“The profit from these narcotics are more important to the criminal organizations than the negative impact they have on communities,” said Acting Del Rio Sector Chief Matthew Hudak. “I commend our agents for their hard work and dedication in removing these drugs from our streets.”

The liquid meth was found in shampoo bottles.

The driver was arrested and turned over to the DEA.

Former DEA Task Force Member Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Cash, Drugs

DEALetterHatBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran narcotics officer who was member of a DEA task force in New Orleans has been indicted on federal charges of allegedly stealing drugs and seized cash.

The Advocate reports that former Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Karl E. Newman is the second member of the DEA task force to charged criminally.

Newman’s attorney declined to comment on the case.

Newman has been in jail since May 13 on a federal detainer.

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Homeland Security Agent Injured Before Fatally Shooting Violent Suspect

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security official suffered minor injuries before fatally shooting a suspect who became combative Tuesday afternoon in Chula Vista, Calif., officials said.

CBS8 reports that members of a federal law enforcement task force were taking part in an undercover narcotics sting at a shopping center.

Mike Carney, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in San Diego, was taken to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries after the suspect allegedly became violent. Carney said he feared for his life before he pulled the trigger.

Federal authorities took several people into custody.

Homeland Security officials have not divulged details of the shooting or the man who was fatally shot.

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DEA: Police May Die from Handling Fentanyl Because It’s So Powerful

Fentanyl tablets

Fentanyl tablets

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fentanyl, the painkiller that killed Prince and is responsible for hundreds of over deaths in recent years, also poses a significant danger to law enforcement, the DEA warned.

The DEA unveiled a new public service announcement that warns officers of the dangers of fentanyl if they encounter it, The Washington Times reports. 

The video features two New Jersey police officers who accidentally inhaled fentanyl while trying to seal a plastic bag.

“A bunch of it poofed up into the air, right in our face, and we ended up inhaling it,” said one of the detectives.

“I felt like my body was shutting down,” said the other detective, describing effects of the drug that made him feel like he was dying.

The DEA reports that more than 700 people have died due to fentanyl use between 2013 and 2014.

Homeland Security Pressured to Adopt Strict Rule about Employee Behavior Abroad

visasBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials have been caught drinking, using drugs and soliciting prostitutes while working outside of the country.

Now the inspector general wants Homeland Security to adopt specific policies to prevent such behavior while abroad, the Federal Times reports. 

The inspector general examined the departments policies for the 1,5000 employees who work outside the country and discovered very few guidelines for off-duty behavior.

“To minimize the risk of misconduct and its potential negative effect on the Department’s ability to accomplish its mission, DHS should ensure it has comprehensive policies specifically addressing off-duty conduct abroad and make certain all employees traveling and working abroad are adequately trained and acknowledge and understand these policies,” the report said.