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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 …


Grand jury indicts ex-Cougar Leaf

CANYON, Texas – Former Washington State University and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been indicted by a Randall County grand jury on drug and burglary charges. The indictment handed up …


Two men wanted in prescription pill burglary

An overnight prescription pill heist at a Spokane health clinic may have been solved partly because of a stolen cell phone left near a broken pharmacy door.


Ring used copters to ferry drugs

SEATTLE – A significant drug trafficking operation that used helicopters to fly cocaine north into Canada and marijuana south into Washington state and Idaho has been dismantled, authorities said Tuesday. …


U.S. ramps up help in Mexico drug war

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help Mexico fight its drug war by cutting off the cartels’ supply of guns and profits, while resisting the Texas governor’s call …


Illegal drug trade using ultralight aircraft

Farmworkers who arrived at a San Luis, Ariz., lettuce field the morning of Nov. 17 found a grisly scene: the wreckage of an ultralight aircraft and the body of the …


Warrant covered strip search, city says

Looking at the prospect of paying more than $1 million in damages, the city of Spokane and its Police Department tried Monday to persuade a federal judge to reverse his …


Teaching perils of drug use

As a mother, I get some of my best material from headlines. Every Hollywood princess in rehab, every celebrity death by overdose, and every pregnant teen from Bristol Palin to …


Police bust opium operation in Grant County

Investigators found what could be Grant County’s first known indoor opium growing operation during a raid this week just south of Ephrata.


Spring break alert issued for Mexico

PHOENIX – The U.S. State Department and universities around the country are warning college students headed for Mexico for some spring-break partying of a surge in drug-related murder and mayhem …


Hundreds arrested in cartel probe

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Wednesday that authorities have arrested more than 730 people across the country in a 21-month investigation targeting Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel and its infiltration …


CdA businessman faces federal cocaine charges

A prominent Coeur d’Alene insurance agent and school booster charged with possessing cocaine this month is part of a larger criminal conspiracy investigation involving at least a half a kilogram …


Army says teen death at Fort Lewis possibly drug-related

The death of a 16-year-old civilian girl at a Fort Lewis barracks is drug related, Army investigators say.


CdA civic booster busted on cocaine charge

A prominent Coeur d’Alene insurance agent and school booster spent the weekend in jail after being arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession. Investigators raided a storage center behind Jerry S. …


Idaho Meth Project: Teens see greater drug risk

A new survey by the Idaho Meth Project shows that more teens believe it’s risky to use methamphetamine than in 2007, but that belief doesn’t yet appear to be changing …


In-the-buff defecators? Case solved

Spokane police officers don’t make enough money. I know. That’s not the sort of sentiment you’re used to hearing out of my mouth.