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Businessman was leader of drug ring

Several Spokane businesses were fronts for a multimillion-dollar marijuana distribution ring busted after a four-year investigation that involved tens of thousands of taped phone calls and a car crash that …


UI student dies; no foul play suspected

Police say a 27-year-old University of Idaho student appears to have died from alcohol poisoning and drug use. No foul play is suspected.


Mexican drug lord arrested

MEXICO CITY – A Mexican drug cartel kingpin accused of dissolving victims in barrels of lye and waging a terror campaign that turned Tijuana into one of Mexico’s most dangerous …


Details emerge on international drug ring with Spokane ties

An international drug ring that led to a young man’s suicide in the Spokane County Jail was headed by four Canadian men, authorities allege, one of whom offered to cooperate …


Canadian drug ring details emerge

An international drug ring that led to a young man’s suicide in the Spokane County Jail was headed by four Canadian men, authorities allege, one of whom offered to cooperate …


Report on teen drug use offers a mixed outlook

The federal government’s annual report of alcohol and drug abuse by children seems reassuring: Compared with recent years, marijuana use is down in 2009, use of hallucinogens is way down …


U.S. lags on aid in Mexico’s drug battle

MEXICO CITY – The United States has spent a fraction of the money pledged – just $24 million of $1.3 billion appropriated – to help Mexico in its bloody three-year-old …


Drug runner gets six-year sentence

A drug runner arrested in the investigation of a smuggling ring that used helicopters to fly marijuana, cocaine and other narcotics throughout the region was sentenced during a secret proceeding …


Drug runner sentenced in closed proceedings, attorney says

A drug runner arrested in an investigation of a smuggling ring that used helicopters to fly marijuana, cocaine and other narcotics throughout the region reportedly was sentenced during a secret …


Drug web snagged many

Snow covered the ground and the wind howled furiously as a young Canadian man approached the Colville National Forest, piloting a helicopter packed with marijuana. Federal agents say Samuel Jackson …


Pilot’s story sought for big, small screens

Samuel Lindsay-Brown’s popularity in the sport of extreme mountain-biking led to wide attention when he committed suicide in Spokane County Jail in February. Since then, Lindsay-Brown’s story has been told …


Cartels stretching tribal police

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Matt Haney, police chief of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has two officers by day and three by night to patrol the 2,275 square miles of reservation under …


Tribal police: Cartels drive reservations’ drug problems

Matt Haney, police chief of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has two officers by day and three by night to patrol the 2,275 square miles of reservation under his jurisdiction.


Arrested Canadians toted pot in duffels, agents say

Two Canadian men face drug charges in U.S District Court after being caught near the border this week with what federal agents described as eight duffel bags of marijuana. William …


Drug raids targeting Mexican cartel nab 300-plus

In the largest single strike at Mexican drug operations in the U.S., federal officials on Thursday announced the arrests of more than 300 people in raids across the country, including …


Sophisticated pot fields a growing problem in Washington

Some of the most innovative farming techniques in the Northwest are being applied to a cash crop that isn’t wheat, apples or grapes. It’s a low-tech but high-stakes, high-risk venture …


Spokane police seize 40 pounds of pot, $70,000

A huge marijuana bust this morning uncovered an international operation that shipped duffel bags of pot down the Kettle River, according to the Spokane Police Department.


Vaccine-like shots help fight cocaine addiction

CHICAGO – Vaccine-like shots to keep cocaine abusers from getting high also helped them fight their addiction in the first successful rigorous study of this approach to treating illicit drug …


Escalating drug violence leaves 30 dead in Juarez

MEXICO CITY – A rash of multiple slayings rocked the border region of Ciudad Juarez this week, killing at least 30 people in what analysts describe as the late stages …


The ‘golden goose’ fund

Spokane police spent $5.3 million on cars, travel, gasoline, weapons, training, clothing, electronics and office equipment over two decades, using a private account operated by the department’s Special Investigations Unit …


Mexico allows possession of drugs for ‘personal use’

MEXICO CITY – Mexico enacted a controversial law Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging free government treatment for drug dependency. The …


Pot operation busted in Lincoln County cornfield

Nearly 2,000 marijuana plants averaging five feet in height were uprooted last week by authorities from an irrigated corn field north of Reardan, the Lincoln County sheriff said today.


Experts advise lower acetaminophen doses

ADELPHI, Md. – Government experts called for sweeping safety restrictions Tuesday on the most widely used painkiller, including reducing the maximum dose of Tylenol and eliminating prescription drugs such as …


Pot’s legal ambiguity clouds enforcement

A thief kicked in his door, ransacked his kitchen and stole his 8-ounce marijuana stash. So the victim called police. But the difference between this Spokane man’s story and a …


40,000 marijuana plants found on tree farm

BURBANK — A southeast Washington narcotics team has seized about 40,000 marijuana plants in Walla Walla County.


Mexico drug wars creating new set of asylum-seekers

MEXICO CITY – Mexican immigration to the United States has been almost entirely an economic issue for the past few decades. Politicians have fine-tuned their positions around what to do …


Drug suspected in death

Health officials suspect that contaminated cocaine has killed one Spokane woman and sickened three others in the area. A muted response by the Spokane Regional Health District – which knew …


Prolific pot seed seller feels U.S. pinch

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Psychedelic rock booms through The Vapour Lounge. In the store, young and some not-so-young people smoke pot through a variety of devices. And owner Marc Emery stands …


Mexican officials arrested for alleged ties to drug war

MEXICO CITY – Mexican security forces swept into President Felipe Calderon’s home state of Michoacan on Tuesday and arrested 27 government officials, the largest operation to target politicians in Mexico’s …


Man found guilty in scheme to dispense 200 pounds of meth

FARGO, N.D. – A man accused of leading a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in North Dakota, primarily through the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, is facing life …