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1 year 3 months ago

Feds fine St. Louis drug maker $3.5 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A St. Louis-based drug maker is paying $3.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit that it illegally paid doctors to prescribe out-of-date antidepressants and sleep aids to Medicare and Medicaid patients. The U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco announced the settlement Thursday. Prosecutors say a former...

2 years 6 months ago

Leader of heroin ring facing decade in prison

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A leader of an international heroin smuggling ring that ran large amounts of drugs from Ghana through Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia is facing at least 10 years in prison. Sixty-two-year-old Edward Macauley was arrested in his home country of Ghana last year and extradited...

2 years 8 months ago

"Bath Salts" could become illegal in CO

DENVER (AP) - Selling or manufacturing synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" would be illegal in Colorado under a bill in consideration at the state Legislature. Lawmakers will hear a proposal Tuesday that would make it a felony with a civil penalty of up to $500,000 for distributing or...

2 years 9 months ago

Pueblo starts new year with rash of robberies

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say Pueblo businesses and individuals have already been hit 12 times by robbers this year, and four of the victims were banks. The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the other victims were three convenience stores, two fast-foot restaurants, a music store and two individuals. Three men...

2 years 9 months ago

Police bust sophisticated drug ring

A Colorado Springs couple is behind bars tonight. This after investigators found what basically amounts to an illegal drug store inside their apartment. Peter Mattaroo and Kristine Bauer are the two investigators believe ran the drug business inside their apartment on Lionstone Drive near Platte and Murray. Through various tips...

2 years 10 months ago

Teen drug abuse study has ups and downs

Teen habits towards alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are taking dramatic changes. "We are seeing significant decrease in alcohol drinking behaviors since 1996 when it was very high," says Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute of Health. The annual study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows...

3 years 2 weeks ago

Nursing home man jailed for cocaine use

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A 50-year-old nursing home resident is in jail after staff members found a canister of cocaine hidden in an air vent in his room. The Pueblo Chieftain reports Marlin Hosey Rollins was arrested Tuesday at Trinity Life Gardens Assisted Living. Police had gone to...

3 years 1 month ago

Drug bust in Colorado Springs

DEA, along with several Colorado Springs and Pueblo law enforcement agencies, as well as the K9 unit, confiscated between three and four pounds of methamphetamines and a large amount of cash from an apartment complex on the 800 block of Circle Drive around 1pm this afternoon. A DEA agent...

3 years 1 month ago

9 pounds of meth seized in traffic stop

A Pueblo County Sheriff's Officer stopped a vehicle on a traffic violation Wednesday afternoon and found several pounds of methamphetamine inside. The stop happened about 20 miles south of Pueblo on I-25. With the help of a K-9 dog, officers found a compartment that contained approximately 9 and a...

3 years 2 months ago

Rapper Big Boi arrested on drug charges

MIAMI (AP) - Grammy-winning OutKast rapper Big Boi has been arrested in Miami for possession of drugs including ecstasy and Viagra pills. The rapper, whose real name is Antwan Patton, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia...

3 years 2 months ago

Medicare prescription premiums unchanged for 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it has good news for seniors: The average monthly premium for Medicare's popular prescription plan won't go up next year. Medicare will share in the bonanza as a number of top-selling brand name drugs get generic competition. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen...

3 years 5 months ago

Lone gunman robs drug store early Sunday

Shortly before 4:00a.m. Sunday morning a lone male walked into the Walgreens store at 920 N. Circle Drive and jumped the pharmacy counter demanding prescription medications while brandishing a hand gun. Before officers could arrive, the gun man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of drugs. While officers gathered...

3 years 5 months ago

Prescription drug disposal day planned

The Drug Enforcement Administration will coordinate a one-day Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative this week. This is a statewide event and will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement for destruction. The event will operate from 10:00 a.m. to...

3 years 6 months ago

Local drug bust nets drugs, weapons and cash

Colorado Springs Police Department, Metro Vice and Narcotics Unit spokespersons have released a statement detailing a month long investigation. On Friday April 15th, VNI detectives concluded their investigation with a drug buy sting and search warrants that led to the arrest of three suspects involved in distribution of Crack Cocaine...

3 years 8 months ago

Safe 2 Tell may lose funding

Safe 2 Tell, a popular school resource designed to keep your students safe may hit the financial chopping block. The program has been in Colorado schools since 2004. Through its website, phone number and text system, students can anonymously report problems at school ranging from bullying and drug use to...

3 years 9 months ago

Alert Citizens help nab mail thieves

Colorado Springs Police tell NewsFirst5 that alert citizens reported activity deemed suspicious in the Shadowglen area of Colorado Springs which is located near N. Academy and Flintridge Drive. Officers were alerted by citizens who witnessed two suspects in a Honda Civic access private mailboxes and leave. Following the report...

3 years 11 months ago

Man arrested on drug charges

Pueblo County Sheriff's Officers stopped a vehicle on a traffic violation on I-25 near 13th Street in Pueblo Wednesday and eventually discovered drugs in the car. The driver was identified as Mario Hernandez-Dominguez, 29. Officers found meth and cocaine and $1,100 in cash. Later at a search of his...

3 years 11 months ago

DEA warns of extortion scheme

The Drug Enforcement Administration says there is an international extortion scam operating, which may victimize unknowing Americans. Criminals are posing as DEA agents or other law enforcement personnel. They call a victim, who in most cases has previously bought drugs over the Internet or by phone, and tell that...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Meth smuggled in car batteries

Nine people have been indicted for smuggling methamphetamine into Denver and northern Colorado inside functioning car batteries. Among those indicted were Gabriel Farias-Chavez, 27, and Ramon Chavez, 30. This drug ring was suspected of moving up to 50 pounds of meth per month into the Denver metro area and...

4 years 1 month ago

FDA gives approval for new MS drug

U.S. government health regulators have approved the first pill to treat the underlying causes of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating nervous system disorder that has traditionally been treated with injectable drugs. The Food and Drug Administration approved Swiss drugmaker Novartis' treatment Gilenya to reduce relapses in patients with multiple sclerosis,...

4 years 1 month ago

Man shot on CSU campus in Fort Collins

Authorities are investigating a shooting at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. CSU says a man was shot in the arm early Wednesday morning after being approached by a teen or young man for drugs. The victim isn't a student. He drove to Broomfield after the shooting and reported...

4 years 1 month ago

Bone drugs may raise risk of throat cancer

A new study suggests that people who take bone-strengthening drugs for several years may have a slightly higher risk of throat cancer. The findings contradict another recent study that used the same database of 80,000 patients. It concluded that there was no link between drugs to prevent or treat...

4 years 5 months ago

Actress Murphy's husband found dead

Police say the husband of deceased actress Brittany Murphy has been found dead, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sgt. Louie Lozano of the Los Angeles Police Department tells the paper that screenwriter Simon Monjack was found dead Sunday night at his home in the Hollywood Hills. Lozano says...

4 years 5 months ago

US drug war has met none of its goals

Forty years and $1 trillion later, the U.S. drug czar says the war on drugs hasn't been successful. Gil Kerlikowske says that, if anything, the concern about drugs and drug problems has "magnified, intensified." President Barack Obama this week announced a new policy to treat drug use as...

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