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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.

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.

Federal prosecutors announce Bay Area crime crackdown

Federal prosecutors in California announced on Aug. 7 that 17 law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service will be teaming up to curb rampant drug use, robberies, gun sales and other crimes in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. The crackdown is expected to last for at least a year. A representative from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California said the multi-agency operation was being launched to improve the lives of local residents and not to harass the area's large homeless population.

Routine traffic stop leads to jail for California man

A routine traffic stop that took place early in the morning on July 9 led to a trip to jail for a 30-year-old California man. The police officer who made the stop took the Los Angeles resident into custody after finding several pounds of marijuana and $116,000 in cash in the trunk of his vehicle. While the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the Golden State, individuals can still face serious charges for cultivating and selling large quantities of the drug.

Man sentenced to 15 years for meth "burritos"

One California man is facing significant prison time after he was allegedly caught distributing methamphetamines in creative packaging. Police say that the 48-year-old man, accused of being a member of a street gang in Los Angeles, was found with thousands of dollars in meth. The drugs were packaged to look like 14 foil-wrapped burritos in order to draw attention away from the items. However, after being convicted on federal drug and gun charges, the man was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was also ordered to five yeas of supervised release and a mandatory assessment of $300.

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