Native Americans move into pot business

Feb 15, 2015

Native Americans move into pot business

What is now a damp plot of bright green grass next to a Native American greenhouse in Northern California could soon set the burgeoning marijuana industry on fire. An initial state-of-the art greenhouse measuring 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) is to be erected ...

Feb 12, 2015

Afghan Taliban smuggling drugs and gems like mafia: U.N. report

Afghanistan’s Taliban Islamist movement is increasingly financed by criminal enterprises including heroin laboratories, illegal ruby and emerald mines and kidnapping, making negotiated peace harder, according to a report for the U.N. Security Council. The report said there was a new “scale and depth” to ...

Feb 10, 2015

Taliban boosting ties to organized crime: U.N. report

In a worrying development for Afghanistan’s new leaders, Taliban militants are increasing their dealings with narcotics traffickers, illegal mining rings and kidnappers for ransom, a U.N. report said Monday. “They are increasingly acting more like ‘godfathers’ than a ‘government in waiting,’ ” a report ...

Mexico judge frees drug 'Queen of the Pacific'

Feb 8, 2015

Mexico judge frees drug 'Queen of the Pacific'

A Mexican woman whose links to drug traffickers earned her the nickname “Queen of the Pacific” and inspired a soap opera was released from prison Saturday after winning an appeal. Sandra Avila Beltran, 54, was freed after a judge ordered her immediate release, saying ...

Boyfriend under investigation in Houston daughter drowning: media

Feb 8, 2015

Boyfriend under investigation in Houston daughter drowning: media

Police have opened a criminal investigation of the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, U.S. media reported, one week after the 21-year old daughter of late singing legend Whitney Houston was pulled unconscious from a bathtub. CNN and TMZ reported Saturday that a criminal investigation ...

Feb 6, 2015

Police used wiretaps in 10 investigations in 2014

Police last year intercepted telecommunications during investigations of 10 cases, leading to 72 arrests, the Justice Ministry said Friday. In all, police sought 26 court orders under a communications intercept law that took effect in 2000 and all requests were granted, the ministry said. ...

N.Y. jury finds accused Silk Road mastermind guilty

Feb 5, 2015

N.Y. jury finds accused Silk Road mastermind guilty

The creator of shadowy online marketplace Silk Road faces a lengthy prison sentence after a New York jury convicted him of masterminding the criminal website dubbed the “e-Bay of drugs.” Ross Ulbricht, 30, was shown to have amassed a fortune of $18 million from ...

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Feb 4, 2015

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

A Colorado proposal to require warning signs aimed at pregnant or nursing women at shops selling marijuana was rejected Tuesday, but the suggestion renewed debate about how to approach maternal marijuana use. The bill would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about “dangers ...