U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

  • News

    April 14, 2011

    Steele Smith: Prophet of Pot?

    C3 Patient Association's head fancies himself a truth-teller in OC's medicinal-marijuana communtiy. And because of that, he just might be its most hated member

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    A Year of Navel Gazing: The Virtual Orange County

    Looking back at 2010 on our news blog, one Top 10 List at a time

  • Columns

    November 11, 2010
  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Prop. 19: More Than a Nickel Bag of Opinions

    Six leading OC medical-marijuana and pot-legalization advocates leave no turn unstoned in examining the ballot initiative

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Prescription Drug Take Back Hauls in 2,700 Pounds of Meds in OC

    ​We previously reported Nadya Suleman hauled in $2,600 at her Saturday garage sale in La Habra.The same day, local law enforcement agencies collected prescription drugs voluntarily given up residents. If cops got a dollar for each pound of medicine they took in, they would have beat Octomom.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Cops Want What's in Your Medicine Cabinet

    ​UPDATE: We missed probably the biggest collection point of all (updates throughout) . . . Local police want what's in your medicine cabinet today.No, government budget cuts have not been so deep that the forced confiscation of citizen medications has replaced cops' prescription drug plans. This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Feds See a Red Door, Want to Paint It Black

    ​When Mick Jagger saw a red door, he wanted to paint it black, as is widely acknowledged (by me) in the greatest Rolling Stones song of all time (any girl who claims otherwise gets cut!).So, the federal investigation of the San Gabriel Valley-based Red Door gang--which just ... More >>

  • News

    August 26, 2010

    Asylum Denied

    Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Kent Kelley, Laguna Beach Shopkeeper, Arrested in "Largest" Marijuana Raid in Santa Barbara History

    ​​​​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Feds Bust Massive OC-Related Ecstasy Pill Ring

    DEA agents now have lots of party favors​The price to party without inhibitions in Southern California likely just went up.Federal law enforcement officials announced this afternoon that a grand jury has indicted 15 individuals in Los Angeles and Orange County for conspiracy to possess and distrib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Reality TV Brings Crime to the Real OC, Says Study; But so Do Our Reality TV Criminals

    ​Guns don't kill people, only you can prevent forest fires and Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County causes crime to spike in Laguna Beach: the real Orange County city. The latter bit is wisdom comes from two Occidental College professors who crunched the crime data and now say rapes ... More >>

  • News

    May 20, 2010

    Will This Pot Case Get Weeded Out?

    The change from Bush to Obama allows an OC couple to use Prop. 215 as a defense against federal drug charges

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    The Crucifixion of Juarez

    On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    The Day in Pot: 3/25/10

    ​An initiative to legalize marijuana has made the November ballot, according to state election officials. Polling shows a majority of California voters favor marijuana legalization. The pot-position (how about Prop. 4/20?) would allow adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of weed for perso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Nick Schou Scores "Orange Sunshine"

    ​Nick Schou sits one cubicle away from mine at OC Weekly. And yet, I interviewed him about his new book, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, from my home while he was on the road to his home in Long Beach. Complicating matter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Orange County Snowfall Averted

    ​Three separate busts over the past couple weeks in Orange County prevented cocaine authorities say was worth $20 million from reaching their destinations.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Crime Time: Rapers! Robbers! Wife Killer! Bad Cops! And a Real Bozo!

    It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--a day late and many dollars short of paying off the creditors who won't stop calling! Top photos courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department A BOZO NO-NO: Here's the original suspect description Crime Time received for the Oct. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Feds Finally Lighten Up on Those Who Light Up

    Flickr user theskywatcher​In a move that will likely increase President Obama's favorable rating even here in conservative Orange County, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered federal drug agents to stop prosecuting cases involving medical marijuana users and providers who obey state laws legalizin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    TV Reporter Wrangles "Cannabis Cowboys" Tonight

    John Larson accompanied Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (C.A.M.P.) strike forces as they descended on illegal marijuana farms in Riverside County--and damn if he didn't have a camera crew along with him.   See, Larson is a correspondent with the KCET/Channel 28 prog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Crime Time: An Especially San Clemente/ Huntington Beach Edition

    It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--with an especially heavy emphasis on San Clemente and Huntington Beach. MONDAY, OCT. 5 He died for your remote. Who's the Patron Saint of Stupidity Again? A 50-inch Viso plasma TV was stolen out of the beer tent erected for the weekend F ... More >>

  • News

    September 24, 2009
  • News

    August 28, 2008
  • Columns

    January 3, 2008


    'Save the music, y'all'

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2007

    What Did the DEA Know & When Did They Know It?

    From the Dec. 23, 1993, issue of Roll Call magazine in Washington, D.C.: Folks seem to have trouble getting Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) name right. Things started to go bad for Craig back in June, when he not-so-inadvertently referred to President Clinton in a floor speech as President Carter. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Pampering Predators

    To Catch--and Pamper!--a Predator: Where the hell is Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC? Why do I ask? Well, in Orange County, authority figures--particularly cops--nabbed for outrageous sexual conduct either get re-elected, promoted or pampered. The latest example is Jason David Rosewarne. The marr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2007

    Schou Mug Shot Hits LA Times

    Yes, OC Weekly investigative reporter Nick Schou got his mug shot in today's Los Angeles Times. No, he wasn't participating again in a riot, peeking inside an undercover DEA 18-wheeler or even driving solo in the HOV lane. A year or so ago, Schou thought it'd be fun to perform his normal work duti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Curb Your Cynicism, Pt. 3

    In which the music editor pithily enthuses about new releases and reissues he thinks will enhance your life and erode your cynicism about the state of music, circa now. Mikkel Metal Brone and Wait (Echochord; available through Forced Exposure) Release date: April 17, 2007 Mikkel Metal (Copenhagen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007

    ND Beats CA

    If, as the governor recently asserted, California is both the new Athens and the new Sparta, where the future of America is busily being created, then what the hell is North Dakota? Because in one patch of the future, North Dakota is set to leave California in the dust. The state best known for fro ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 7, 2006


    'Im so sorry you were bored in the Tridentine mass. Im bored in Bishop Browns chintzy rock band masses with aging hippies doing modern dance in the aisles.'

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    Fight the War Against the War on Drugs

    Protest the failing war on drugs at noon on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. Yesterday in Modesto the DEA raided the California Healthcare Collective, a medicinal marijuana dispensary. From the Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a pro-medipot NPO: The Modesto medical cannabi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2006

    Bad Medicine

    Fullerton is certainly full of something these days. Last month the Fullerton Planning Commission approved a resolution to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in their city. In fact, all the resolution woul accomplish is a violation of California law; that and a major buzz-kill to Jay's Paradise, the ... More >>

  • Film

    July 27, 2006

    Undercover of the Night

    Violent shoot-outs and dangerous love in Manns visceral cop series update

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2006

    Chuck DeVore on Hemp

    Last week there was a rumor goin' round that Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard and a Republican, was co-author of a bill to legalize industrial hemp. Not only that, but he was doing so with none other than Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the ope ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2006

    Bluehair Woodstock

    Welcome to America's Mazatlan

  • News

    March 10, 2005

    Indictment Imminent?

    DA to forward case involving federal agent who killed South County rapper to grand jury

  • Music

    March 10, 2005
  • News

    April 1, 2004

    The Ecstasy Factor

    Bad science slandered a generations favorite drug. A new study aims to undo the damage.

  • Features

    September 5, 2002
  • Columns

    June 20, 2002
  • Culture

    April 25, 2002

    Tweekers Ball

    This is your art on drugs

  • Columns

    April 25, 2002
  • Columns

    March 28, 2002
  • Columns

    March 21, 2002

    Felony Foods

    Bushs DEA criminalizes hemp foods

  • Columns

    November 29, 2001
  • Features

    July 5, 2001

    True Lies?

    Ken Bucchi says he was a drug-running spook. The CIA says hes an impostor

  • Columns

    January 11, 2001
  • Columns

    October 12, 2000
  • Culture

    May 4, 2000

    Let the Bastards Burn!

    Wait a minute: Thats us in Birks war between the Californias

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    A Gray Area

    OC judge is wild card in Citizens Drug Inquiry

  • News

    April 29, 1999

    Message in a Baton

    OCN tags along for troubling police raid

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