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3 implicated in fentanyl seizure

Three California residents are facing the prospect of spending the rest of their lives behind bars after almost 100 pounds of the deadly opioid fentanyl was recovered by DEA agents in what the agency has described as the largest seizure of the drug ever. The woman and two men were arraigned on June 19. In addition to possible life sentences, the three defendants face up to $10 million in fines.

Authorities seize 4.4 pounds of synthetic heroin

On May 19, California authorities reported that a 26-year-old man who was accused of trafficking synthetic heroin was taken into custody. Authorities said that about 4.4 pounds of the synthetic heroin, which was made from a combination of Despropionyl Fentanyl and Ketamine, was seized.

Man detained on drug charges following plane crash

A California man was taken into custody on drug charges after a small plane that he was in crashed on April 24. Around 1:40 that afternoon, a Cessna 210 hit a fence at Banning Municipal Airport. The FAA reported that although the plane tipped onto its nose, the pilot was not seriously injured. Police did not say whether the man taken into custody was also the pilot.

Couple facing drug charges after allegedly texting detective

On March 24, it was reported that a California couple was charged with multiple drug offenses after they allegedly texted a detective to set up a drug deal. A 41-year-old Citrus Heights woman reportedly texted him to offer him prescription medication without realizing that she had the wrong number.

Lange faces drug possession charges

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.

African-Americans more likely to be wrongly convicted

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.

Obama commuted more sentences than any other U.S. president

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.

Investigation into illegal fish selling leads to drugs

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 truck drivers and false-positive ID tests

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.


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