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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

Watchdog finds DEA was ‘slow to respond’ to opioid epidemic

The Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Tuesday that faulted the agency …


US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine …


Outside View: Congress propelled opioid epidemic

By the time the law passed last year, about 200,000 Americans had lost their lives due to opioid overdoses.


Documents: Police did little to stop Waco biker showdown

Evidence that prosecutors gave to lawyers who are representing the bikers from the Waco showdown shows local and state authorities had overwhelming intelligence that violence was likely on May 17, …


Trump ‘condoned police misconduct’ in remarks about handling suspects, acting DEA administrator tells staff

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said in an email to staff members over the weekend that President Donald Trump had “condoned police misconduct” in remarking to officers in …


DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation’s drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017

Elephant tranquilizer makes lethal entry into opioid crisis

A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is presenting a new and difficult challenge in the nationwide opioid epidemic.


DEA laments that ‘media attention’ is making it tough to put people in jail for pot

In the Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual survey of the nation’s law enforcement agencies, heroin remained the top concern in 2016 – head-and-shoulders above all other illicit drugs – while marijuana …


DEA backs down on plan to ban kratom

In an unprecedented move, the Drug Enforcement Administration said it will withdraw its plan to place an emergency ban on kratom after an outcry from users and scientists who say …


Editorial: Pot policy gaining clarity

Getting the federal government to budge on its outdated policies regarding marijuana has been difficult, but two encouraging developments have occurred in the past week.


Marijuana still has no medical value, DEA says

DEA says it won’t take marijuana off national list of most dangerous drugs.


$86 million counter-narcotics plane still sitting in storage

A specialized plane at the Drug Enforcement Administration to fly missions in Afghanistan that has cost taxpayers $86 million has remained grounded in Delaware for seven years.


DEA agents raid suspected fentanyl lab in Seattle

Federal agents have raided a Seattle home to remove dangerous chemicals used to make the synthetic opiate known as fentanyl.


Feds pay visit to 3 teams

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs –including the Seattle Seahawks – as part of an investigation into former …


DEA agents check at least 2 NFL medical staffs

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced at least one stadium Sunday to check an NFL team’s medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams …


Two arrested in North Spokane bombing of car

Two suspects were arrested on federal charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms in connection to the June 29 bombing of a car in North Spokane.


Greenacres marijuana grow raided by U.S. Marshals; man arrested

Federal investigators seized about 90 marijuana plants in Greenacres on Wednesday after detectives found a Craigslist posting advertising “extra top quality” marijuana. DEA agents believe Paul E. Ellis continued to …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2013

Nine arrested in Spokane raids in connection with alleged West Coast drug ring

Drug raids led to the arrests of nine people in Spokane this morning as part of a larger investigation across the West Coast.


DEA apologizes to college student left in cell

SAN DIEGO — The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an apology today to a California student who was picked up during a drug raid and left in a holding cell for …


Authorities snag escapee in North Spokane

Authorities today arrested a federal inmate that walked away from a scheduled medical appointment on Spokane’s South Hill several days ago. The U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force …


Two face retaliation charges

Three young Spokane men are learning how serious the federal court system can be. Two friends of a 19-year-old suspected Ecstasy dealer are accused of retaliating against the informant who …


Feds: Canadian caught w/ cocaine already on DEA’s radar

A Canadian man arrested near the international border – allegedly toting 71 pounds of cocaine – may be a major drug smuggler who’s been on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s radar …


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 …


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 …