Minnesota authorities and defense attorneys are welcoming the federal government’s plans to ease up on mandatory drug sentences, pointing out that the state already has one of the country’s lowest incarceration rates because it’s been practicing what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been proposing for some 30 years.
The Bemidji police chief says no charges will be issued after someone posted a Facebook ad for marijuana. Someone had offered, “WEED FOR SALE!!!” last week on a page called “Bemidji Area Online Sale.”
One of Hennepin County’s top ten most wanted criminals has been arrested in Chicago. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, 31-year-old Devon McFerrin was driving when he was pulled over by Chicago Police. Police say McFerrin, a prolific drug dealer, sold heroin to a man who later died from an overdosed in a Hopkins apartment in 2012.
A 27-year-old Stockton man has been charged with conspiring to deal more than 500 grams of meth. Gabriel Orion Lowther was charged with one count of conspiracy as his indictment alleges that from August 2012 to June 2013, he aimed to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine.
Minnesota lawmakers are considering tough new laws to fight what they call the growing epidemic of dangerous “designer drugs.”
A Mayo Clinic study suggests that more Americans are currently taking prescription drugs than not. The results say that about 7 of 10 Americans are currently taking at least one prescription medication, and over 50 percent are on two different prescriptions.
Authorities said Thursday they have seized hundreds of pounds of cyanide, steroids, opiates and other mislabeled or unlabeled drugs from more than 15 vendors at a Hmong market in St. Paul.
Big changes are in store for a program meant to help law enforcement take impaired drivers off the streets. State leaders are revamping the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) training program after allegations of misconduct during the Occupy protests at Peavey Plaza last spring. Witnesses posted videos online, and claimed an officer was offering drugs to protesters to get them to participate in the program.
A 43-year-old Minneapolis man has plead guilty to forcing a woman to give him oral sex last May, but he says he doesn’t remember breaking into the woman’s home and committing the crime due to being high on ecstasy, Xanax and embalming fluid, among other things.
A former blockbuster diabetes drug is going under the FDA’s microscope again. New research suggests Avandia may be safer than first thought, although critics aren’t buying it. The FDA panel is looking at a new analysis on the drug, which shows it’s just as safe as older diabetes drugs.
In Monday’s Health Watch, a new study shows more kids are getting accidentally poisoned by prescription drugs.
St. Paul Saints pitcher Mark Hamburger has, perhaps, the best name in baseball. In fact, he was in a YouTube video contest for it. “I lost to Rowdy Hardy, which I don’t really like because Rowdy’s his nickname” Hamburger said. “If I was using nicknames, my nickname is “Cheese.” So if I was “Cheese Hamburger” you know I would’ve won.”
A new study finds that chemicals from household products, prescriptions and illegal drugs are common in Minnesota lakes. MPCA scientists chose 50 lakes at random and tested the water for 125 chemicals. The common insect repellent DEET was found in 76 percent of lakes.
The family of the late Derek Boogaard has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL.
The owner of a head shop who’s facing drug charges has found a new way to promote his business — paying for tattoos for customers willing to advertise his store on their bodies.