See the update on Page 2 about more than $1 million worth of meth, heroin and cocaine being seized Wednesday. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 29, 7:05 A.M.: U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente checkpoint are giving Orange County law enforcement at their various sobriety checkpoints a run for the ... More >>
The California Court of Appeal appears to have just handed a major victory to medical marijuana dispensaries that follow state law. Until now, dispensary operators targeted by police have faced the prospect of trying to defend themselves in court without being allowed to argue a so-called affirmati ... More >>
Remember how $330,000 worth of methamphetamine was just found at the San Clemente border checkpoint on Aug. 6? Perhaps it was part of a great big drug convoy because two busts at the same border stop last week uncovered more than a half-million dollars worth of meth, marijuana and cocaine, according ... More >>
2012 was a busy year for marijuana. It began with what looked like the beginning of the end of the medical marijuana industry in California and ended with the legalization of recreational weed in both Colorado and Washington State. Looking back through the posts in Navel Gazing's Cannabis Chron ... More >>
How creepy is this? A Capistrano Beach man is accused of hiring a woman to work for his tire business from her home, with a computer he supplied--and then used it to spy on her remotely.Shane Chris Christensen, 41, is facing charges of eavesdropping, computer fraud, videotaping without consent and, ... More >>
A 31-year-old Garden Grove man arrested last year by federal and state police in Massachusetts for allegedly piloting a plane loaded with 74 pounds of marijuana pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, according to news reports.Using police drug sniffing dogs, officials claim they found three duffel bags load ... More >>
Approaching a green Chevrolet Z71 that had just been pulled over for unsafe lane movement on an Indiana toll road Monday night, a state trooper says he noticed a tarp inside the vehicle had shifted to expose what to his eyes appeared to be a bundle of marijuana. By the time the stop was over, 64- ... More >>
I have a medical marijuana recommendation, and since my apartment is non-smoking I have to smoke outside, which as I understood from my doctor and collective is legal anywhere tobacco is legal. I try my hardest to be discreet by puffing on small side-streets, but the other night, a bit after midn ... More >>
Mark Moen, the former owner and operator of Lake Forest's 215 Agenda medical marijuana dispensary, has pleaded guilty to 73 counts of money laundering, four counts of selling marijuana, two counts of possessing it with the intent to sell, and one count of possessing more than $100,000 in cash fro ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 15, 10:54 A.M.: Parents of Santa Margarita High School students received emails from school officials this morning announcing the Eagles' head football coach Harry Welch was reinstated after a three-week suspension: "As you may be aware, Coach Harry Welch has been on administrative l ... More >>
Oh Texas, you're a real buzzkill. We just heard Snoop Dogg was arrested in Texas on Saturday for a misdemeanor drug charge, after a real snoop dog (oh, the irony) sniffed out the marijuana on his tour bus. According to TMZ, agents claimed they found a red prescription bottle with several joints ... More >>
Not that Bledsoe...Parolee James Ernest Bledsoe was a registered sex offender and sported crooked teeth, Dumbo-sized ears and a bowl haircut. But some women in Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa bars couldn't resist Bledsoe. The 30-year-old managed to get more than 30 women to leave local drinking h ... More >>
A La Habra man headed a notorious Crips street gang drug ring that sold marijuana across the country and held meetings on the same Compton block where a second Crips operation sold pot and moved prescription drugs to Louisiana, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.Deverick Desha ... More >>
There's an interesting little story on the Long Beach Press Telegram website today about what has to be the biggest marijuana bust on Catalina Island in recent memory. "Deputies arrested one man and seized 1,500 pounds of marijuana on a Catalina Island beach, authorities said today," the story sa ... More >>
Last night, Santa Ana police and Orange County sheriff's deputies raided a warehouse in southeast Santa Ana, where they discovered a 6,000-square-foot marijuana-growing operation. While officials haven't said how many plants they found, they estimated the grow could produce "$120,000 worth of mar ... More >>
State troopers in the Midwest are discovering a common thread among drug mules and alleged drug mules pulled over along Interstate 80: Orange County residency.Check out our lineup after the jump . . .
At about 8 a.m. on Aug. 12, more than two dozen Santa Barbara County narcotics detectives raided a 50-acre property just above the 101 Freeway near the Dos Pueblos Ranch. Inside nine large greenhouses they discovered between $40 million and $80 million worth of marijuana plants and anoth ... More >>
Courtesy of U.S. Border PatrolTrunk full of skunk weedMissed this one earlier, but U.S. Border Patrol agents earlier this week seized 230 pounds of marijuana stashed in the trunk of a sedan at a San Clemente rest stop.
Illustration by Simon DavisonRemember last October's arrest of a Los Alamitos man for having 62 pounds of pot and four pounds of hashish in his car after getting pulled over in Nebraska?The hammer has come down on 50-year-old Gerard Maddox.
As a Lake Forest medical marijuana dispensary owner and manager were being convicted today of selling and possessing cannabis, a Mission Viejo law firm was announcing a federal lawsuit aimed at barring authorities from denying patients access to Costa Mesa and Lake Forest dispensaries.
Carona: Tried to fake history with a lapdog deputyOver at the Friends For Fullerton's Future blog, Travis Kiger has posted a copy of the controversial California Attorney General's report on the Greg Haidl pot bust incident that I first broke in December 2003. The AG's six-year-old report has bec ... More >>
If a family that plays together stays together (or is it "prays together"? Whatever), what are we to make of a family that's caught holding 66 pounds of marijuana?That can be asked of Cynthia F. Bruckner, 62, and her son Scot A. Christensen, 42, who were arrested Wednesday near Lincoln, Nebraska, ... More >>
Brenice Lee Smith: Welcome Home, Now go to Jail.Wow, that was fast.Yesterday I blogged that a judge denied a request by Gerardo Gutierrez, the lawyer for Brenice Lee Smith, the onetime member of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love who has spent the past three decades living in a Nepalese monastery, t ... More >>
I thought people went to Taco Bell after toking the doob, not in search of it. The following story shows how much I know. From southwest Florida:The manager of a Cape Coral Taco Bell has been arrested after allegedly selling marijuana to undercover deputies on four separate occasions, three in the v ... More >>
I thought people in Maryland gorged themselves on crab cakes? From the Old Line State: Two occupants of a vehicle parked at the Taco Bell in Solomons on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. were found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. DFC James Smith subsequently arrested Derek Craig Bradley, 20, and B ... More >>
Courtesy of the state Dept. of Toxic Substances Control... Orange County Polluter Sentenced to 16 Months in State Prison Westminster - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced today that an Orange County Superior Court sentenced Steven Craig Booth, of Anaheim, to 16 m ... More >>
How the Brotherhood of Eternal Love Became OCs Hippie Mafia
Audio tape reveals cover-up of drug bust involving a sheriffs son already on trial for a videotaped gang bang