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Archive for October 23rd, 2013

Across the Country, the Federal Designer-Drug Crackdown Takes Prisoners, Cash, and a Legal Backlash

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE –– Dev Bahadur Hamal worked behind the counter of the Tobacco Stop in Bel Air, one of those ubiquitous shops that sell legal smokables and accessories for illegal ones, like bongs, hookahs, rolling papers, pot grinders, and glass pipes.

On Sept. 22, 2011, a customer stepped up to the counter and asked whether the Tobacco Stop sold “Hysteria.” Hamal nodded and sold him a 1-gram packet of the stuff, labeled “potpourri” that is “not for human consumption,” for $21.20. The customer held his hand to his mouth while pinching together his thumb and index finger, and asked if “you smoke this stuff.” Hamal said, “Yes.” Pointing out that his pipe wasn’t working properly, the customer asked for rolling papers, and Hamal said the stuff was “very strong,” urging caution if smoking it that way.

Hamal’s helpfulness has been memorialized in numerous federal court documents in the years since, causing no end of trouble.

The customer, it turned out, was an undercover officer working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hysteria, subsequent testing confirmed, was a kind of illegal designer drug popularly known as “K2” or “Spice,” said to mimic the effects of pot. Hamal had unwittingly spawned a cross-country probe into an alleged illegal Spice supply line to Maryland from California.

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Slain Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Implicated in Triple Murder

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

Before Tamerlan Tsarnaez was accused of planting bombs at the finishing line at the Boston Marathon, the slain suspect participated in a triple murder in a nearby town, his friend told investigators, Reuters reports.

The newly filed court records said Ibragim Todashev told investigators that Tsarnaez took part in a triple stabbing.

During that interview, Todashev was killed in a reported confrontation with authorities, who remain tight-lipped about the incident.

Todashev’s father has claimed foul play.

Government Must Get Warrant for GPS for Car, Appeals Court Rules

By Andrea Peterson
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Tuesday that the government must obtain a warrant to attach a GPS unit to a car.

The case involved alleged pharmacy burglaries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland: the authorities suspected a trio of brothers and slapped a magnetic GPS unit to one of their vehicles after consulting the U.S. Attorney’s office — but without obtaining a warrant. Using the evidence gathered from the device, the vehicle was tracked to a recently burglarized RiteAid. Police stopped the brothers shortly afterward, and a search allegedly revealed items from the RiteAid.

In the resulting case, U.S. v. Katzin, the brothers argued that the evidence obtained as a result of the GPS unit should be inadmissible because the police had not obtained a warrant.

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Survey: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana for First Time

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recent survey found for the first time that a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, Gallup reports.

Gallup found that 58% of Americans support making pot legal – a major increase since 2005, when only 35% of the population favored legalization.

The changing attitudes were seen over the past year in Washington and Colorado, where voters approved legalizing marijuana.

“Whatever the reasons for Americans’ greater acceptance of marijuana, it is likely that this momentum will spur further legalization efforts across the United States,” Gallup writer Art Swift wrote. “Advocates of legalizing marijuana say taxing and regulating the drug could be financially beneficial to states and municipalities nationwide. But detractors such as law enforcement and substance abuse professionals have cited health risks including an increased heart rate, and respiratory and memory problems.”

Ex-Secret Service Agent: Obama’s Staff Partied Hard During Overseas Trips

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House staff likes to party.

So says former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino in an upcoming book, “Life Inside the Bubble,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

“The only bad behavior I ever witnessed at these events was by intoxicated White House staff,” Dan Bongino, who is running for office in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

Bongino wrote that White House staff often got drunk during overseas trips.

AG: New Strategies Needed to Respond to Active Shooter Situations

Holder speaks in Philadelphia/doj photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As police increasingly respond to “active shooter” situations, Attorney General Eric Holder said new strategies must be developed to limit the death toll, CNN reports.

Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Philadelphia, Holder said mass shootings are on the rise.

“Although research methods and results vary, it’s become clear that new strategies — and aggressive national response protocols — must be employed to stop shooters in their tracks,” Holder told the police chiefs, CNN reported.

Recent research, Holder said, indicates “an immediate, aggressive response to active shooters” is needed.

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