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August 2011 Archives

Designer drug 'bath salts' banned in New Jersey

A bill to ban the designer "bath salts" drug was signed into law recently by Governor Chris Christie. Known as "Pamela's Law," the law will criminalize the manufacturing, sales, distribution and possession of six chemical compounds commonly found in the synthetic drug. These chemical compounds including mephedrone and MDPV. The chemicals commonly used in bath salts will now be labeled Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances in New Jersey.

Sex assault charges dropped against Strauss-Kahn

Prosecutors have decided to drop the sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The charges were filed after a hotel maid accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her last May. Prosecutors decided to drop the charges because they began to doubt the credibility of Strauss-Kahn's accuser.

FBI to crack down on health care fraud in New Jersey

Health care fraud cost taxpayers in New Jersey around $8 million dollars in 2010. Now, the FBI in New Jersey has begun a new campaign aimed at white collar crime that seeks the public's help in recognizing and reporting incidences of health care fraud in order to make more fraud arrests and crack down on health care scams.

Strauss-Kahn could have sex assault charges dropped soon

Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have the charges of sexual assault dropped next week. Prosecutors are still deciding whether to continue to pursue the charges at trial or to drop the charges, and they will decide by Tuesday when a court appearance is scheduled. Prosecutors have been unsure whether to pursue the charges because the credibility of the only witness besides Strauss-Kahn -- the woman who says she was sexually assaulted -- has been undermined during the investigation.

OutKast's Big Boi charged with drug crimes

One half of the Grammy-winning hip hop group OutKast was arrested recently following a cruise and is now facing drug charges. Antwan "Big Boi" Patton was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after he disembarked from a cruise ship. Some media outlets have reported that the cruise ship was the Carnival Valor. According to USA Today, Carnival would not say whether Big Boi was riding on that cruise.

'The Wire' actor pleads guilty to drug crime

An actor from "The Wire" has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, 31, was charged with the drug crime during a March crackdown called "Operation Usual Suspects." Sixty-four people were arrested during the operation. Pearson was accused of allowing heroin that had been purchased in bulk to be stored at her apartment prior to distribution on the streets. She also allegedly let the drug distributors store cash at her home.

Redmond O'Neal facing felony drug charge

Redmond O'Neal, the son of Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett, is currently facing charges of felony heroin possession as well as gun charges. Redmond O'Neal was arrested on Tuesday following a traffic stop. He was pulled over by law enforcement for allegedly running a red light. After he was stopped, police searched his car and found heroin. Later, police searched his apartment and found a .9mm handgun.

Federal crackdown results in 72 charged in online child porn ring

Seventy-two people have been charged with sex crimes in a federal crackdown on an online child pornography ring. The Justice Department has arrested 52 people in the U.S. and abroad in this investigation. U.S. authorities are still looking for 20 people who have been charged and remain at large. These people have not been identified beyond online pseudonyms. Thirteen of the people who have been arrested so far have pleaded guilty to the sex crimes.

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