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Drug Offenses Archives

Can a wiretap order be effective outside its issuing jurisdiction?

If a federal judge in Kansas issues a wiretapping order to federal law enforcement, can they rely on that order when the target travels to another state? Or rather, if law enforcement neglects to get a new order from the new state, is the evidence admissible?

Sessions urges drug crackdown to fight deadly overdose epidemic

Speaking before the annual conference of the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called America's overdose epidemic "the top lethal issue" in the United States. To fight it, he urged social workers and law enforcement personnel to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use."

Justice Dept. appears poised to crack down on marijuana crimes

Over the past decade, the tide on marijuana seemed to turn. Over half of U.S. states, including Arizona, have legalized the drug for at least medical purposes. Eight states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized it for recreational use.

Sheriff's dragnet-style mass search of students spurs controversy

Should law enforcement pursue the War on Drugs by searching everyone they encounter until every hidden cache of drugs is found? Most people would say no; even more if it meant an intimate, under-clothes search of each of our kids. Searching every student because a small minority is involved in drug activity seems absurd.

Will the DOJ push prosecutors toward the harshest possible sentences?

The Associated Press has obtained information about an upcoming policy guidance memo that would urge prosecutors to file the most serious charges they believe they can prove in court. This would be a reversal of the Obama Justice Department's guidance that low-level offenders should not be sentenced to long-term incarceration.

Prince's death investigation finds possibly illegal prescription

A year after the artist Prince's death, documents have been released that offer new details of how the 57-year-old musician died. Most important, perhaps, the documents indicate that Prince's doctor may have prescribed opioid medication to him under another person's name. In this case, a prescription for oxycodone was written for Prince's close friend and bodyguard.

How a high school diploma can help if you are facing drug charges

There have been many stories, discussions and debates surrounding the issue of sentences for drug crimes. People talk about whether they should be harsher, more lenient or focused more on rehabilitation or more on punishment. Mandatory minimums are also a point of great contention when it comes to drug crime sentences.

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