Comedian Artie Lange is facing a number of drug-related charges following an incident that took place near his home in New Jersey that may be of interest to the popular comedian's fan base in California. According to one news source, Lange himself reported the news in a tweet on March 17. His comments included praise for the professionalism of the arresting officers and indicated his intent to follow the advice of his attorney moving forward.
Researchers have discovered that people who are wrongly convicted of crimes in California and around the country are far more likely to be African-American than white. Going over cases between 1989 and 2016, it was discovered that, of 1,900 instances where people were convicted then exonerated, 47 percent were African-American, which is about three times their representation in the United States population.
On Feb. 3, it was reported that two California residents were taken into police custody after authorities seized a large amount of opium poppy seeds. Authorities stated that this seizure could potentially be the largest in California history.
California residents may be aware that President Obama pardoned or commuted the sentences of more federal prisoners than any other chief executive in U.S. history. Obama brought the total number of commutations granted during his eight years in the Oval Office to 1,715 on Jan. 18 when he reduced the sentences of 330 inmates as one of his last acts as president. During his eight years he freed 568 federal prisoners who faced spending the rest of their lives behind bars.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel who were investigating an illegal fish trafficking scheme discovered drugs and counterfeit money when they searched two Fresno homes. Two men were taken into custody on Dec. 8 as a result.
California drivers should be aware of the potential for baking soda to be identified as cocaine during routine traffic stops. Open containers of baking soda could not only be mistaken for illegal drugs, but they may also test positive during chemical tests. Police officers often use cheap narcotics identification kits to test substances they find in vehicles. In some cases, these tests can yield false positive results.
On Nov. 8, residents of California will vote on Proposition 64. If passed, the measure will allow people in the state to purchase, carry and give away up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use. Prop 64 will also allow Californians to grow six marijuana plants in their home and carry as much as 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.
A report points to the need for decriminalizing personal drug use and possession in California as well as in the rest of the nation. The report was released by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Watch organizations on Oct. 12.
On May 21, police from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department apprehended four men in New Cuyama who were attending an event held at the Cuyama Buckhorn Restaurant. According to authorities, the men, who all reside in Bakersfield, face various charges involving drugs and weapons.
A 30-year-old man from California was wearing a jail jumpsuit when he was taken into custody on April 11. Fresno County Sheriff's deputies recognized the man from past incidents when they saw him standing on a median and looking at a parked car. Witnesses had reported that the man seemed disoriented when he was seen walking in the middle of the road.