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New Jersey raids lead to arrests for designer drug distribution

As reported in previous posts, law enforcement in New Jersey is cracking down on the sale of designer drugs in the state. New Jersey in August banned six chemical compounds found in bath salts and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has banned five chemicals found in synthetic marijuana, sold as incense.

Jack the Ripper case remains unsolved, files to remain secret

The case of Jack the Ripper may be simultaneously one of the coldest and hottest homicide cases that exists. The case of five murdered prostitutes in London's East End has gone unsolved for 123 years, but it remains one of the most talked about and intriguing cases for armchair detectives and the public. A guided walk in the East End that discusses the unsolved murders remains a highly popular tourist activity.

Head shop owner refuses to stop selling designer drugs

A show-down between the owner of a head shop and local law enforcement has been a test case for laws banning designer drugs. The head shop owner has openly defied a state and federal ban on synthetic marijuana and continued to sell it in his shop. He says that the products do not contain any of the chemicals banned by either his state or the Drug Enforcement Administration. He stopped selling the designer drug bath salts, but is considering selling it again in his store.

Actor sentenced to life in prison for torture in 1990 gang rape

A man who had a bit part in the 1997 movie, "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," was sentenced last Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part in a 1990 kidnapping and gang rape. The man played Random Task, one of Dr. Evil's henchmen.

False medical examiner testimony leads to new murder trial

Another case in which false medical examiner testimony may have led to the wrongful conviction of a man for murdering his infant daughter demonstrates that the death investigation system in the U.S. is not without serious flaws. A judge recently granted a man a new trial after he said that false testimony by a medical examiner may have led to a wrongful conviction in 2004 for the murder of his four-month-old daughter.

DEA plans to ban three chemicals in bath salts

As reported in previous posts, New Jersey recently banned several chemical compounds that are found in the designer drug bath salts. Now, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is also poised to impose an emergency ban on three chemicals commonly found in the synthetic drug. The three chemicals are methylone, mephedrone and MDPV. The federal agency plans to impose the ban in about a month.

Police cracking down on designer drugs on Jersey shore

As discussed in the previous post, Governor Chris Christie recently signed a bill into law that bans the manufacture, distribution or possession of the designer drugs bath salts in New Jersey. Law enforcement in the state are now cracking down on the sale of bath salts by retailers. A recent story by CBS News discussed the efforts by police to crack down on retailers who sell banned designer drugs on the Jersey shore.

New Jersey authorities work to stop designer drug sales, seize drugs

As discussed in a previous post, Governor Chris Christie recently signed a bill into law that bans the manufacture, distribution and possession of the designer drug known as bath salts. The drug is packaged like bath salts but is meant to mimic the effects of meth or cocaine through a combination of synthetic chemicals. Most chemical compounds used to create various versions of bath salts are now directly illegal under New Jersey law.

T.I. back in federal custody after another probation violation

Rapper T.I. was taken back into federal custody less than one day after he was released early from a federal prison to finish his probation-violation sentence in a halfway house. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Prisons apparently took issue with the luxury bus that T.I. boarded to be transported to his halfway house. 

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