drugs http://wlrn.org en Legislature Wants To Tighten Scrutiny Over South Florida's Multitude Of 'Sober Houses' http://wlrn.org/post/legislature-wants-tighten-scrutiny-over-south-floridas-multitude-sober-houses <p>Rules to govern the so-called "sober houses" that proliferate in Palm Beach and Broward counties have survived one gauntlet of committees in the Legislature and they're ready for a full House vote.</p><p>The bill aims to protect the sober houses' complaining neighbors as well as the recovering addicts themselves. Listen to the full story below.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:27:02 +0000 Rick Stone 30126 at http://wlrn.org Legislature Wants To Tighten Scrutiny Over South Florida's Multitude Of 'Sober Houses' They Got Shorty! But Will Arrest Of World's Most Wanted Drug Lord Bring Change? http://wlrn.org/post/they-got-shorty-will-arrest-worlds-most-wanted-drug-lord-bring-change <p></p><p>Mexico's nightmarish, decade-long drug war seemed to start in 2001, when Joaquín&nbsp;Guzmán escaped from a Guadalajara prison inside a laundry truck.</p><p>So could this weekend's celebrated capture of&nbsp;Guzmán&nbsp;– the world's most wanted drug lord&nbsp;–&nbsp;mark the ebb of that violence?</p><p>Don't count on it&nbsp;– at least not until Mexico addresses more seriously the deep police and judicial flaws that helped make it so hard to collar Guzmán in the first place.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:56:41 +0000 Tim Padgett 28299 at http://wlrn.org They Got Shorty! But Will Arrest Of World's Most Wanted Drug Lord Bring Change? Pilot Program Would Supply Clean Needles For Drug Users In Miami Dade http://wlrn.org/post/pilot-program-would-supply-clean-needles-drug-users-miami-dade <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami-Dade County has another chance at getting a program that would enable drug users to safely exchange their dirty syringes.</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:05:38 +0000 Gina Jordan 27538 at http://wlrn.org Pilot Program Would Supply Clean Needles For Drug Users In Miami Dade How Drug Traffickers Are Returning To The Caribbean http://wlrn.org/post/how-drug-traffickers-are-returning-caribbean <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">More of the cocaine smuggled to the United States is passing through the Caribbean, officials said, representing a shift in which drug traffickers are returning to a region they largely abandoned decades ago.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:57:16 +0000 Ezra Fieser 21626 at http://wlrn.org How Drug Traffickers Are Returning To The Caribbean What $57M In Federal Asset Seizures Might Say About South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/what-57m-federal-asset-seizures-might-say-about-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">In the last year, over $57 million in illegal assets relating to federal cases in South Florida have been seized by the United States government, according to data provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Florida.</span></p><p>$57,321,390.40 to be exact.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:58:01 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21070 at http://wlrn.org What $57M In Federal Asset Seizures Might Say About South Florida How Drugs May Be Helping Miami’s Real Estate Rebound http://wlrn.org/post/how-drugs-may-be-helping-miami-s-real-estate-rebound <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">For 18 months straight South Florida home prices have been rising. One reason is cash. For every 10 homes sold in July in our region, seven were bought with cash: no mortgage, no credit check.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moreover, 90 percent of the cash buyers of Miami condos are foreign, which often means less financial oversight is involved in the purchase.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 19959 at http://wlrn.org How Drugs May Be Helping Miami’s Real Estate Rebound Palm Beach County Expands Drug Take-Back Program http://wlrn.org/post/palm-beach-county-expands-drug-take-back-program <p></p><p>Palm Beach County wants your drugs.</p><p>Actually, the county only wants the medications taking up space in your bathroom cabinet, the ones that might end up in the wrong hands.&nbsp;</p><p>At first glance, the receptacles cropping up all over Palm Beach County look like the donation bins that collect old clothes for charity.&nbsp; But printed on the front of each drop-off box is the urgent instruction to “Deposit Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs Here!”&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:21:57 +0000 Christine DiMattei 17286 at http://wlrn.org Palm Beach County Expands Drug Take-Back Program Have You Talked To Your Parents About Drugs? The Startling Rise Of Baby Boomer Drug Abuse http://wlrn.org/post/have-you-talked-your-parents-about-drugs-startling-rise-baby-boomer-drug-abuse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baby boomers have become addicted to drugs at an alarming rate.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The most recent <strong><a href="https://nsduhweb.rti.org/" target="_blank">National Survey on Drug Use and Health</a></strong>, &nbsp;released in 2012, found illicit drug use among people between the ages of 55 and 59 had increased more than any other group.</span></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Marva Hinton 10748 at http://wlrn.org Have You Talked To Your Parents About Drugs? The Startling Rise Of Baby Boomer Drug Abuse South Florida May Be Source Of Banned Drugs In Major League Baseball http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-may-be-source-banned-drugs-major-league-baseball <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>South Florida may be a source for banned performance-enhancing drugs making their way into major league baseball.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8454 at http://wlrn.org South Florida May Be Source Of Banned Drugs In Major League Baseball Pill Mills Migrate North To Georgia http://wlrn.org/post/pill-mills-migrate-north-georgia <p>Florida's war on so-called "pill mill" pain clinics &nbsp;appears to be pushing the problem into Georgia.</p><p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324478304578173341194754984.html">Wall Street Journal</a>&nbsp;reports that in 2010, there were just 10 pain clinics in the state of Georgia. Today, there are more than 125 clinics &nbsp;and the state's per capita prescriptions of oxycodone has tripled in the last decade.</p><p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 6866 at http://wlrn.org Pill Mills Migrate North To Georgia Bal Harbour Chief Suspended As Cash-Cow 'Task Force' Comes Under Federal Scrutiny http://wlrn.org/post/bal-harbour-chief-suspended-cash-cow-task-force-comes-under-federal-scrutiny <p></p><p>Bal Harbour Police Chief Thomas Hunker remains suspended with pay today in connection with his department's far-ranging anti-drug operations that yielded no prosecutions but kept his officers flush with ready cash.</p><p>Hunker is accused of professional misconduct in a Justice Department review of the department project that sent Bal Harbour officers all over the country to pose as money launderers for drug gangs. The department operated under rules that allowed it to keep up to 80 percent of the cash after turning the rest over to the Justice department.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:21:07 +0000 Rick Stone 6399 at http://wlrn.org Bal Harbour Chief Suspended As Cash-Cow 'Task Force' Comes Under Federal Scrutiny How The Government Set Up A Fake Bank To Launder Drug Money http://wlrn.org/post/how-government-set-fake-bank-launder-latin-american-drug-money In the early 1990s, Colombian drug cartels had a problem: They had more money than they knew what to do with.<p>"They were having a very difficult time with just the logistics of laundering millions and millions and millions of dollars every week," says Skip Latson, who worked for the DEA at the time.<p>So Latson and Bill Bruton, who was a special agent with the IRS, hatched a plan: They'd create a fake, offshore bank catering to the needs of the drug cartel.<p>Latson and Bruton got their bosses to sign on. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:37:49 +0000 David Kestenbaum 5083 at http://wlrn.org How The Government Set Up A Fake Bank To Launder Drug Money