LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Utah man and a Florida man have been convicted of running a Nevada ring aimed at creating and selling synthetic marijuana known as "spice."
TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — Another former guard has been given probation for smuggling synthetic marijuana to an inmate at a southeast Nebraska prison.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former prison caseworker has been given probation and some jail time for taking drugs into the Nebraska State Penitentiary.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is launching a new effort to fight synthetic cannabinoids.
On Friday Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a multi-agency initiative that includes public...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Madison-area gas station chain owner to spend two-and-a-half years in prison and pay a $1 million fine for selling synthetic marijuana and...
Former guard gets 5 years’ probation in prison drug case
TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A former guard accused of smuggling synthetic marijuana into a Nebraska prison has been sentenced to probation.
Johnson County District Court records say 54-year-old...
Deal near in civil rights lawsuits over prison mail policy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania prison officials said Friday they were close to settling two federal lawsuits over how the system processes mail sent to inmates by their lawyers.
Former prison guard pleads guilty to drug charge
TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A former guard accused of smuggling synthetic marijuana into a Nebraska prison has pleaded guilty.
Johnson County District Court records say 54-year-old Richard Fries, of Lincoln, entered the plea Monday to attempted delivery of a controlled substance. Prosecutors lowered the charge and dropped a second charge in return. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 25.
Man gets probation for trying to take marijuana into prison
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A man caught trying to smuggle drugs into a Kansas prison has been placed on probation.
Leavenworth County prosecutors wanted 56-year-old Charles Anthony Newsome to be sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded no contest to trafficking contraband in a correctional facility.
K2 blamed for more than a dozen overdose cases in Columbia
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police say a type of synthetic marijuana, possibly laced with dangerous narcotics or even rat poison, is to blame for more than dozen overdose cases in Columbia.
The police department said in a news release that five of the cases occurred between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Other overdoses were reported at extended stay motels. Police say no deaths have occurred.
Prison system sued over new policy for inmates’ legal mail
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two federal lawsuits challenge new procedures for handling mail to inmates from lawyers in Pennsylvania's state prisons imposed after dozens of employees sought medical help for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana.
Info on drug use was concealed in report on Hernandez death
BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer representing the family of Aaron Hernandez says investigators concealed information about possible drug use by the late NFL star just before his prison suicide.
Homeless advocate pleads guilty to drug charges
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who was arrested and charged with distributing synthetic marijuana at about the same time dozens of people were overdosing on the drug in New Haven has pleaded guilty.
Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Quentin Staggers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid known as K2.
As many as 100 people overdosed on the drug in the city in August. None died.
Staff drug exposure problem prompts prisons to screen books
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Corrections Department announced Friday it will screen books donated to state prison inmates for drugs as part of its response to a sharp rise in the number of employees seeking medical care for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana.
Man sentenced for selling K2, paid for with food stamps
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The owner of two Independence businesses was sentenced for selling synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, and accepting food stamps as payment.
Haq Nawaz Choudhry, of Kansas City, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to three years and six months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $3,275 in restitution and forfeit $27,443 to the government.
Prisons say changes after guards fell ill have cut smuggling
CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) — Major changes in mail and visiting polices at Pennsylvania prisons have sharply cut the number of corrections officers and employees seeking help for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana, prison officials say.
Appeals court orders resentencing in synthetic pot case
CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court in Chicago has ordered that two people convicted of selling synthetic marijuana be resentenced after finding errors by their sentencing judge.
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Wendy Williams’ new hot topic: Helping substance abusers
NEW YORK (AP) — Talk show diva Wendy Williams feels lucky to be alive after more than a decade of cocaine abuse and now wants to help others be present in their own lives.
Williams has been giving back through the Hunter Foundation, created with husband Kevin Hunter, since 2014. The two recently added a new anti-drug initiative, BeHere.org. Their goal is to raise $10 million in five years to fund such things as drug treatment facilities and research, the latter focused on K2.
Correctional officers accused of smuggling drugs into prison
RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Two correctional officers in South Carolina are accused of smuggling drugs including cocaine and synthetic marijuana into a prison.
News outlets report Shavonia Shara Glaze and Amanda Nicole Wells were arrested this week on charges including furnishing or attempting to furnish contraband to a prisoner.
Wisconsin sees more bleeding cases linked to synthetic pot
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials report more cases of severe bleeding linked to synthetic marijuana containing rat poison.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Tuesday the agency has confirmed 16 additional bleeding cases. That brings the number of people affected in the outbreak to 80.
The latest confirmed case is in Fond du Lac County. Other cases have been confirmed in Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Rock counties.