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California drug investigation leads to 85 indictments

Federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials in California announced on Sept. 19 that a major narcotics investigation has led to the indictment of 85 suspects and the seizure of significant quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl. U.S. attorneys say the suspects, most of whom are already in custody according to reports, distributed drugs throughout San Diego County and laundered money for the Sinaloa narcotics cartel.

Alcohol impairment may have caused wrong-way accident

The California Highway Patrol believe that alcohol impairment was likely the cause of a wrong-way crash in Napa County during the early morning hours of Sept. 15. Both the wrong-way driver and the man behind the wheel of the car she struck suffered serious injuries in the collision. The 36-year-old Bay Area resident was placed under arrest after being transported by ambulance to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

New device could be a Breathalyzer for cannabis

As more states like California legalize cannabis for recreational and medical use, questions have arisen about driving under the influence of marijuana. It can be very difficult to assess whether a driver is impaired by his or her use of cannabis. The law prohibits anyone from driving who is under the influence of a drug. Unlike in drunk driving cases, however, there is no clear test that indicates an amount of cannabis that would impair a driver. Therefore, the question of who is under the influence is all too often left to police and prosecutors.

California arrest rates drop 20% following reform

Crime has been steadily dropping across the United States for the past several decades, and California appears to be following the trend. Over the past 40 years, both crime and arrest rates dropped across the state. Analysts believe recent criminal reformation measures may be the cause of the drop.

Accurate measurement of THC, CBD still difficult

The presence of chocolate in marijuana edibles may impact the ability to accurately measure levels of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids in the product. Researchers working in California have found that the more chocolate there is in the testing sample, the less accurate the testing results with regard to cannabinoids, but they don't yet know why. The state of scientific testing around marijuana is still in its early stages, according to researchers, despite increased focus and large gains in understanding.

California X-Games medalist pleads guilty to drug trafficking

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California has reported that a prominent San Diego area skateboarder with four X-Games medals has pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. The 31-year-old man and his 27-year-old former girlfriend are scheduled to be sentenced in a federal court on Nov. 22. Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department gathered evidence against the couple during two searches of the Encinitas residence they shared.

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