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Archive for September 26th, 2012

Doctors for San Diego Padres, Chargers Did Not Abuse Prescription Drug Laws

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has stopped investigating team doctors for the San Diego Padres and Chargers over the handling of prescription drugs to players, the USA Today reports.

The investigation was part of a wider effort to track the dispensing of potentially addictive drugs to professional baseball and football athletes, the USA Today said in a story today.

The newspaper said suspicions were raised after authorities noticed the doctors were writing an excessive number of prescriptions to themselves.

Turns out, a clerical error was to blame, and the doctors were not using the drugs themselves, the DEA announced Tuesday.

The DEA has demanded a better system for keeping information on prescription drugs.

Ex-DEA Agent: Pot Will Become Legal As Attitudes Change

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

While some former federal agents are calling for the government to crack down on marijuana laws, at least one ex-DEA agent said it may be a lost cause because pot legalization is only a matter of time.

In a Houston Chronicle column written by Gary Hale, former chief of intelligence of the Houston Field Division of the DEA, the author said the public’s relaxed attitude toward marijuana will lead to legalization.

Hale doesn’t take sides in the debate but said lawmakers and federal agencies should begin preparing for ways to regulate the drug once it becomes legal.

That will include taxes, commercial trade, driving laws and wrongful death suits, he writes.

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Unusual Rift Between ATF, Justice Department Draws FBI, DEA to Help with Firearm Cases

atf file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and DEA have stepped in to help investigate weapons cases after federal prosecutors in Nevada stopped working with the ATF, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

But the newspaper said neither agency is probing firearm sales or trafficking cases, leaving the state with little protection.

Gun data obtained by the Gazette-Journal shows that fewer illegal firearms were recovered last year.

In an unusual move, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Reno said it would not prosecute ATF cases until unidentified problems are resolved.

So ATF agents left the Reno office because they couldn’t get cases prosecuted, the Gazette-Journal reported.

Family of Missing FBI Agent Pleads for Help from World Leaders on NYC Billboards

 Steve Neavling 
ticklethewire.com

 Nothing yet has worked for the family of a former FBI agent missing since traveling to Iran five years ago.

So the family of 64-year-old Bob Levinson, with the help of the FBI, rented billboards in Times Square and subway entrances near the United Nations with an urgent plea to the visiting world leaders, the New York Daily News reports.

“Please encourage the Islamic Republic of Iran to work with the United States Government to bring Bob home,” one message reads.

The message appears to have gotten through to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who on Tuesday suggested the husband and father was still alive, according to the Daily News.

“This is the first time he’s said anything about Bob,” wife Christine Levinson said. “We are hoping he will follow up and get the job finished so we can get him home safely.”

FBI Reduces Backlog of Forensic DNA Tests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Forensic DNA tests are notoriously backlogged.

But an increase in staffing and the use of automated technology have contributed to reduce the FBI lab’s backlog by 87% from 2010 to March of this year, the Associated Press reports.

The lab and timely tests are incredibly important because DNA evidence taken from crime scenes can make or break a case.

Most reductions came in the nuclear DNA Unit, which analyzes blood, fluids and semen, according to the AP. Also experiencing a reduction in caseloads was the mitochondrial DNA Unit, which examines bones, teeth and hair fragments.