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DEA Shows Major Culture Shift in How It Handles Drug Bans After Kratom Reversal

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

The DEA appears to be undergoing a major shift in how it handles the war on drugs.

After mounting public pressure, the DEA backed down on its pledge to ban Kratom, a south-east Asian plant that proponents say is an effective treatment for addiction to opioids.

“This is an unprecedented action. It’s never happened before,” said agency spokesman Russ Bayer, the Guardian reports. “We’ve never withdrawn a notice to temporarily schedule any substance but we want to move through this process in a transparent manner.” 

Bayer said the DEA is changing its approach to drugs under acting director Chuck Rosenberg.

“We have had kind of a cultural, organizational transformation during the past year,” Bayer said. “Our core mission has remained the same. It will always be to go after the biggest, most sophisticated, most violent drug traffickers and organizations responsible for the supply of drugs. But Mr Rosenberg has brought in an added emphasis, an increased awareness of some of the other functions that DEA needs to be engaged with. First and foremost community outreach, educating the public in terms of drug abuse, talking about addiction as being a disease.”

DEA Agent’s Daughter, Dubbed As ‘Adorable Drug Kingpin,’ Has Been Indicted

Sarah Furay, dubbed the "Adorable Drug Kingpin."

Sarah Furay, dubbed the “Adorable Drug Kingpin.”

By Steve Neavling

A DEA agent’s daughter, whose smiling mugshot went viral, has been indicted 11 months after she was arrested on drug charges.

Sarah Elizabeth Furay, 20, was indicted on four charges related to drug dealing, the Houston Chronicle reports. 

She’s charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, methamphetamine and lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. Furay also was charged with possession of marijuana.

Some of the media dubbed Furay as an “adorable drug kingpin” after she was arrested in November 2015.

The DEA confirmed in December that her father, Bill Furay, worked for the agency for more than 20 years and was then a supervisory special agent in the Houston division.

A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

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FBI’s Fight Against Rising Heroin Use Leads to Arrest of Man Linked to Overdoses

800px-HeroinBy Steve Neavling

The FBI’s fight against the rising use of heroin led to the arrest of a man accused of selling the drug to people who overdosed in the greater New Orleans area.

Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sallet said the FBI investigation was in response to a recent rise in heroin overdoses, the Associated Press reports. 

The New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force led the investigation, which resulted in the arrest of 39-year-old Gary Hagan on Friday on a charge of distributing heroin.

As of Sunday, Hagan remained in jail after a $140,000 bond was set.

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DEA to Reduce Opioid Manufacturing by 25% in 2017 to Curb Abuse, Overdoses

Fentanyl tablets

Fentanyl tablets

By Steve Neavling

The DEA’s fight against painkiller abuse has prompted the agency to reduce opioid manufacturing by 25% in 2017.

The cutback will affect drugs such as fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone, the Verge reports. 

The good news is, fewer prescriptions are being written for opioids as doctors are becoming more aware of painkiller abuse and its link to heroin use.

The abuse of heroin and opioids are a major reason that 2014 was the deadliest year on record for drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 60% of the overdoses involved an opioid.

Opioids also have become the second most popular drug for non-medical use after marijuana.

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DEA’s Intention to Ban Kratom Spurs Outrage in Petition to White House

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

The DEA’s plan to ban kratom, a natural substance that is abused and can be dangerous, has spurred outrage from people who say it is an effective treatment, including for people addicted to opioids.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition to urge President Obama to intervene in the DEA’s fight against kratom, the Huffington Post reports. 

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” reads the petition. “This is not true for Kratom, it has been shown numerous times in reports from users to help recovering Opiate addicts, treat pain, combat depression and anxiety, and much more.”

The DEA insists kratom should be banned to “avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.”

Supporters of kratom criticized the DEA for failing to ask for public comment.

“Rather than have an emergency scheduling, why not host a summit meeting with all of the groups and organizations and investors that are out there selling this product and say, ‘Hey, these are our concerns. If you don’t clean this up this is what we’re going to do’?” Susan Ash, founder of the American Kratom Association, a nonprofit that supports kratom consumers, told The Huffington Post last week. “Why not go to the sources that they’re having the problems with?”

Huffington Post wrote:

Kratom is made from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a Southeast Asian tree related to coffee, and has been consumed in Asia for millennia, typically as a tea or powder. The herb contains alkaloids that appear to activate opioid receptors in the brain and reduce pain. Although most opioids have sedative qualities, low to moderate doses of kratom serve as a mild stimulant.

Border Patrol Finds Whopping $3M in Cash Stuffed in Car Trunk

Border Patrol found $3 million in cash stuffed in a trunk, via Border Patrol.

Border Patrol found $3 million in cash stuffed in a trunk, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents are accustomed to finding cash or drugs packed away in vehicles.

But agents in San Diego were shocked when they opened the trunk of a car and found $3 million in cash, CNN reports.

“This is one of our larger cash seizures,” said Ralph DeSio, spokesman for the San Diego office of US Customs and Border Protection.

The bust is a major victory because it hurts the drug smugglers who rely on the cash.

The money was discovered in a Volkswagen Passat.

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Son of Jailed ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Kidnapped in Mexican Resort

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling

The son of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was among six men kidnapped by seven armed men who stormed into trendy restaurant in the Mexican resort Puerto Vallarta.

CNN reports that the Jesus Alfredo Guzman, 29, was kidnapped shortly after 1 a.m. Monday.

Jesus Alfredo Guzman is believed to be involved with the Sinaloa Cartel. At least three of the others who were kidnapped are said to have ties with organized crime.

“At this moment, we have identified four of the kidnapped,” Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said, “one of them being Jesus Alfredo Guzman.”

Almaguer said no one reported the men missing, and authorities have not heard from the kidnappers.

Drug-Sniffing Border Patrol Dogs Help Find Nearly 100 Pounds of Meth

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling

Drug-sniffing dugs for the Border Patrol alerted agents to a massive amount of methamphetamine over the weekend near the El Centro Sector.

The Desert Sun reports more than a combined 100 pounds of meth was confiscated.

The first seizure came Saturday afternoon when a dog alerted agents to the car, which had nearly 43 pounds of meth, which has a street value of more than $170,000. Two U.S. citizens in their 20s were arrested.

On Sunday afternoon, another dog alerted agents to van. An inspection uncovered more than 55 pounds of meth. Two American citizen in their 30s were arrested.