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  • TPSO: One arrested, two wanted for attempted murder after robbery, shooting during drug deal

    June 26, 2017 1:19 PM

    TICKFAW – One man was arrested and two others are wanted for allegedly robbing and shooting a man after a drug deal in Tickfaw. According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies received a report of someone shot on June 17 at a home on Durbin Road Extension.... more »
  • LPSO: 21 arrested in Walker drug busts

    May 24, 2017 7:09 PM

    WALKER - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the arrest of 21 individuals who were detained in multiple drug busts Tuesday. According to Sheriff Jason Ard, LPSO worked with several other agencies to complete "Operation Wildcat", which involved executing a series of search warrants in Walker. As a... more »
  • Plaquemine Police Department to hold event for prescription drug disposal

    April 24, 2017 11:55 AM

    PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting an event for residents to bring in their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can bring their pills for... more »
  • Baton Rouge drugs traced to deal on I-12 in Tangipahoa

    April 20, 2017 1:40 PM

    HAMMOND – Two individuals were arrested on federal drug charges for allegedly distributing methamphetamine from Baton Rouge to Hammond. Roger David Hammond, Jr., 43, and Charlotte White, 50, were arrested after a joint investigation by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation revealed... more »
  • A year on, few answers from probe into Prince's death

    April 16, 2017 11:40 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Nearly a year after Prince died from an accidental drug overdose in his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him. An official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that authorities still haven't interviewed a key... more »
  • Attorney General Jeff Landry announces plan to combat opioid abuse Play Video

    April 5, 2017 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced a new initiative to help educate the public on dangers and responsibilities associated with opioids. Partnering with the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance, Attorney General Landry created the Opioid Abuse Prevention Fund. The fund will pay for the “End the Epidemic... more »
  • Three arrested after drug bust at Zachary home

    March 30, 2017 4:29 PM

    ZACHARY – The Zachary Police Department arrested three individuals on several drug charges after conducting a month-long investigation. According to the police department, information was received after a traffic stop and a search warrant was obtained for a home located in the 8000 block of Lower Zachary Road. ... more »
  • Coroner: New Orleans drug overdose deaths doubled in 2016

    March 28, 2017 1:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans coroner says that overdose deaths in the city doubled last year. Dr. Jeffrey Rouse says in a news release Monday that 211 people died of accidental drug-related deaths in 2016 as compared to 92 the previous year. Rouse says it's likely the first time... more »
  • Man arrested for drugs, burglary and resisting arrest in Ascension

    March 27, 2017 12:35 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Police say a man faces drug and burglary charges after he was seen roaming around abandoned homes in Prairieville last week. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to Barbara Road on Mar. 24 in reference to a suspicious man roaming around abandoned homes. At the scene, deputies... more »
  • Trio arrested with $20,000 worth of illegal drugs following investigation

    March 20, 2017 10:13 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - Three individuals were arrested with a significant amount of drugs following a multi-agency investigation in Broussard. According to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, on March 13, agents with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, DEA Lafayette Post Of Duty, Louisiana State Police, Lafayette Metro Narcotics,... more »
  • Teen victim's family questions how accused shooter re-entered country Play Video

    March 15, 2017 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The family of a 16-year-old who was shot on his birthday by an illegal alien says they do not believe the accused shooter's story that he was playing with the gun when it went off. In 2012, Octavio Bringas, a Mexican national, was deported following a drug... more »
  • Traffic stop leads to drug bust in Ascension

    March 15, 2017 3:56 PM

    GONZALES – A man was arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop in Ascension Parish on Monday night. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 24-year-old Dexter Brown for improper left turn, illegal tint, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle with a suspended... more »
  • Illegal immigrant sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

    March 11, 2017 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An illegal immigrant has been senteced to six and a half years in federal prison for his role in transporting illegal drugs. A U.S. District judge sentenced 39-year-old Silvestre Gutierrez after he pleaded guilty to attempting to transport six kilograms of cocaine through Baton Rouge in... more »
  • 60 pounds of marijuana seized in Livingston drug bust Play Video

    February 27, 2017 4:46 PM

    LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office executed a drug-related search warrant that led to the seizure of 60 pounds of marijuana. On Feb. 27 around midnight, the sheriff's office narcotics division with the assistance of the sheriff's office uniform patrol executed the search at a home in the... more »
  • Man arrested after traffic stop leads to discovery of 150 ecstasy tablets

    February 8, 2017 5:43 PM

    ST. TAMMANY - A man was arrested after deputies discovered 150 ecstasy tablets in his vehicle during a traffic stop. A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy pulled over 21-year-old Dominic Walker of Houston on Jan. 31 after the deputy noticed his vehicle swerving on the shoulder of I-12. The... more »
  • Drug kingpin El Chapo appears in New York court

    January 20, 2017 10:40 AM

    NEW YORK - Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has made an appearance in a New York City courtroom, where a federal public defender entered a not-guilty plea for him. A hush fell over the Brooklyn courtroom moments before Guzman entered Friday. He looked dazed and wore a dark... more »
  • Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' being extradited to the U.S.

    January 19, 2017 6:09 PM

    Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being extradited to the United States. A spokesman for the Mexican Attorney General confirmed the extradition to ABC News Thursday. The spokesperson would not confirm where in the U.S. El Chapo was being transported. El Chapo was recaptured last... more »
  • Drug dealer resists arrest, tells passenger to destroy evidence

    January 18, 2017 1:43 PM

    HAMMOND - Two men were arrested during a traffic stop after Deputies say they found a bag of illegal drugs in their car. According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, a deputy stopped Michael Nelson Jr., 28, of Tickfaw, at the intersection of Wardline Road and Crapanzano Road Saturday... more »
  • Man chokes, binds and beats girlfriend over meth

    January 17, 2017 5:13 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police arrested a man Sunday for attacking his girlfriend over methamphetamine. Police were called to 108 Iris St. after the victim ran to a house on Sanders Street and told the homeowner her boyfriend was trying to kill her. Police arrived and took Michael Globe, 43, into... more »
  • Three arrested after dropping crack pipes in front of police

    January 17, 2017 10:51 AM

    CHARENTON - Three have been arrested for possession of crack cocaine as well as various other charges. Ulysses Lumpkin Jr., 51, Tyrusha R. Charles, 35, and Carol Bowie, 54, were arrested Friday when police found the three sitting in two vehicles on Martin Luther King Road. According to... more »
  • Officials: Unfilled border tunnels in Mexico a security risk

    January 15, 2017 3:18 PM

    SAN DIEGO - U.S. officials say Mexico's inability to fully seal up border tunnels dug by drug smugglers poses a security risk and is an "open invitation" for cartels to carve out new tunnels. On the U.S. side, drug tunnels have been filled with concrete since 2007, after the Los... more »
  • Trial underway for 10 linked to violent New Orleans gang

    January 11, 2017 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal trial has begun in New Orleans for 10 people charged as members of a violent drug trafficking gang. The New Orleans Advocate reports that the 10 are linked by prosecutors to the "39'ers" gang. In opening statements Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Myles Ranier chronicled the... more »
  • Dad faces drug, child desertion charges after leaving child in parked pickup

    December 17, 2016 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a Baton Rouge man faces drug and child desertion charges after leaving his 3-year-old daughter in a pickup truck to meet with a woman. According to arrest records, 34-year-old J.W. Wyre was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana as well as child... more »
  • Mexican drug cartel leader's son arrested in western state

    December 10, 2016 3:19 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican police have arrested the son of a drug cartel leader who was extradited to the United States. Federal Police say via their official Twitter account that the man was arrested Friday in the western state of Jalisco along with four others on suspicion of drug trafficking,... more »
  • Sheriff says more drugs on the street following undercover drug bust, shooting Play Video

    December 7, 2016 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was involved in a shootout with 23-year-old George Pikes after he allegedly sold heroin to undercover officers on Tuesday. The sheriff says the demand for the drug has increased. "I also feel like the reduction in sentencing for heroin... more »
  • Drug makers spend big on Louisiana candidates, lobbying

    September 18, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $1 million to Louisiana candidates and hired an average of 40 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies. The findings are part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and... more »
  • Four arrested on drug and weapon charges after search of Susan Drive home

    September 15, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Four men were arrested Thursday on multiple drug and weapon charges after police executed a search warrant of a home on Susan Drive. On Thursday at 9 p.m. the BRPD Street Crimes Unit was patrolling the Belaire area when officers noticed a white Mercedes parked across the... more »
  • Man charged with murder following heroin overdose

    May 31, 2016 11:50 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man on 2nd degree murder charges in the overdose death of a man from Baton Rouge. The charges stem from the death of Abraham Said, 20, in the 43000 block of R. Daigle Road in Gonzales on May 3rd. During... more »
  • FDA delays high-stakes decision on muscular dystrophy drug

    May 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators will take more time to review a highly-contested drug for muscular dystrophy that has become a flashpoint in the debate over patient access to experimental medicine. Drugmaker Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. said the Food and Drug Administration will miss its goal of issuing a decision... more »
  • Woman who threatened to burn home down with people inside arrested

    May 17, 2016 10:26 AM

    LABADIEVILLE - A woman was arrested after Assumption Parish deputies say she told them she planned to burn a house down with everyone inside. Deputies say they made contact with Ann Thibodaux at her home in Labadieville after her mom and sister reported she was making harassing phone calls.... more »
  • Alleged drug dealers busted in WBR roundup Play Video

    April 20, 2016 4:36 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Nearly 20 suspected drug dealers are behind bars after a drug roundup in West Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday morning. It was part of Operation 4-20. Investigators say the alleged dealers sold drugs to undercover deputies while being recorded with a camera. "It's your local people generally that... more »
  • Troopers seize more than 450 lbs. of pot in traffic stop

    April 19, 2016 12:24 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Louisiana State Police arrested a Shreveport man and made a massive drug bust on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish Saturday morning. Carl Fuller gave troopers permission to search his vehicle after they stopped him on I-10 East near LA-415 in Port Allen. Investigators say they... more »
  • Archive: Crack house one of first in area; ran by BR man whose sentence was commuted today

    March 30, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sitting beneath a skinny pine and healthy oak Wednesday afternoon was a sleepy, unassuming home that upon further inspection has a busy, illegal past. The notion of the previous activity that once unfolded under the roof was only dusted off because of a prisoner's shortened sentence.... more »
  • Document: Ex-NFL star Sharper, US renew plea negotiations

    February 4, 2016 4:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal court documents say former NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and is preparing a trial defense - which could indicate that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off. Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal... more »
  • Sheriff on attack victims' arrest: 'the average individual can connect the dots'

    January 15, 2016 3:51 PM

    GONZALES - The sheriff of Ascension Parish responded Friday to concerns crime victims were arrested on drug charges after reporting a home invasion earlier this week. Clay and Dana Cowart, both 45, and their daughter, Tayler, 18, were charged with various drug offenses after Dana Cowart called for help,... more »
  • O'Brien House expanding to help more women in need

    January 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's more hope and more help for women who are battling alcohol and drug addiction in the capital area. The O'Brien House in Baton Rouge dedicated a new women's dorm Wednesday, creating a lot more space for women in need. The facility extends a helping... more »
  • BRPD say drug dealer arrested, heroin and $20K cash seized

    January 13, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police accused a Baton Rouge man of dealing heroin after they said the man was caught with narcotics and more than $20,000 in cash late Tuesday night. Baton Rouge Police said narcotics detectives arrested 37-year-old Donald Roberson and charged with possessing drugs with the intent to... more »
  • Prosecutor cites drug deal gone bad in shooting

    January 12, 2016 12:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A prosecutor hopes to convince jurors that a 2014 gunfight that left a visitor to New Orleans dead and nine other bystanders wounded resulted from "a drug deal gone bad on Bourbon Street." Assistant New Orleans District Attorney Laura Rodrigue says the only person arrested in the... more »
  • Newspaper photos appear to show Penn monitored

    January 11, 2016 10:33 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Actor Sean Penn says he worried that officials were monitoring his trip to interview fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. He was right; he just didn't know how closely. The Mexican newspaper El Universal has published 10 photographs that appear to show Penn and actress Kate... more »
  • Extradition to U. S. underway for El Chapo

    January 10, 2016 10:58 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities have notified recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman that he is wanted in US, beginning proceedings to extradite him to face charges in America. Guzman was arrested early Friday after a shootout in his home state of Culiacan that killed five and injured... more »
  • GOP candidates call for end to stigma around drug addiction

    January 5, 2016 2:02 PM

    HOOKSETT, N.H. - Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a more compassionate discussion around drug addiction that focuses on substance abuse as a curable disease, not a moral failing. Candidates are gathering Tuesday for a forum on addiction in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary and a state... more »
  • Robert Downey Jr. pardoned for drug conviction

    December 24, 2015 1:55 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's governor has pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a 1996 drug conviction that sent the actor to prison. Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Thursday that Downey was among 91 people receiving pardons. Downey was convicted of felony drug possession after he was arrested on a Los Angeles... more »
  • National group suspends LSU Sigma Chi charter

    December 11, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The international Sigma Chi fraternity suspended the charter of its LSU chapter Friday due to hazing and substance abuse uncovered after an investigation into the frat's activities. The investigation began after an Oct. 17 incident involving drugs and hazing at the Gamma Iota chapter house, according... more »
  • Authorities make 8 arrests in prescription drug fraud case

    December 9, 2015 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Officials arrested eight people, including seven Baton Rouge residents, accused of using fake prescriptions to obtain a total of $45,000 worth of pain medication. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release the suspects are accused of buying and possessing narcotics using prescriptions made to... more »
  • FDA OKs first generic for Gleevec leukemia pill

    December 4, 2015 12:54 PM

    U.S. regulators have approved a generic version of one of the first very effective - and expensive - cancer drugs, Gleevec. The Food and Drug Administration granted a subsidiary of Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. approval to sell generic Gleevec pills, known chemically as imatinib mesylate, in 100-milligram... more »
  • FDA approves Bristol-Myers drug for new use in kidney cancer

    November 23, 2015 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators have expanded approval of a cancer drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat an advanced form of kidney cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says the injectable-drug, Opdivo, is approved for patients with renal cell carcinoma who have previously tried certain other drugs. More than 14,000... more »
  • Baton Rouge mother faces cruelty, drug charges

    November 23, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police arrested a woman on child cruelty charges after they said she had her naked child outside in the cold, and dropped her on the ground. Christine Hussey, 31, faces cruelty to juveniles and multiple drug charges. On November 22 police responded to a call about... more »
  • Sanofi recalls all pen injectors used for allergic reactions

    October 28, 2015 6:23 PM

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Sanofi is recalling hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug. The recall includes all Auvi-Q injections currently on the U.S. market, or roughly 490,000 packs of the devices, the company... more »
  • Oklahoma agrees to hold off executions until at least 2016

    October 16, 2015 10:30 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to not request execution dates until 2016 as his office investigates why the state used the wrong drug to execute an inmate in January. In a joint court filing Friday, the attorney general's office and attorneys representing death row inmates asked a... more »
  • More than a dozen accused of dealing drugs in Livingston Parish Play Video

    October 1, 2015 4:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Authorities arrested more than a dozen people in Livingston Parish as part of a drug roundup Thursday morning, and said they could be back for more. Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies with the LPSO Narcotics Division targeted people selling and distributing drugs as part of "Operation:... more »
  • Meth, synthetic pot found in tased man's system

    September 24, 2015 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Autopsy results showed a Zachary man died from a drug overdose after police said he attacked them and was shocked with a taser. The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said drug screens showed 32-year-old Kevin Bajoie had a mix of methamphetamine, amphetamine, and synthetic cannabinoids in... more »
  • Man accused of dealing drugs at Southern

    September 2, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University Police arrested an Alexandria man on charges he brought drugs to the campus with the intention to sell them. SUPD charged 19-year-old Detavious Treyvon King with having marijuana in a drug-free zone with the intent to distribute it. Police said on Tuesday found... more »
  • Hitman who killed Barry Seal dies at Angola

    August 31, 2015 12:17 PM

    ANGOLA - Corrections officials said drug cartel hitman Miguel Velez, who was convicted of killing drug smuggler Barry Seal in 1986, has died while serving his sentence at Angola State Penitentiary. Pam Laborde with the state corrections office said Velez had been in hospice for some time and passed... more »
  • Man accused of dealing heroin which caused overdose death

    August 28, 2015 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's detectives accused a Baton Rouge man of murder for dealing heroin which caused someone to die from an overdose earlier this year. Deputies charged 24-year-old Brandon Jamal Parker with second degree murder and possession with intent to distribute heroin for the March 7 death of... more »
  • Coroner: Heroin deaths on the rise in Baton Rouge

    August 28, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark says Baton Rouge is on track to see heroin deaths reach record numbers this year. Shane Evans, the Coroner's Office chief of investigations, says the capital city has already confirmed 24 heroin-related deaths in 2015, and three more are pending... more »
  • Another plea deal in courthouse evidence theft scheme

    August 10, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The son of former State District Judge Kay Bates pleaded guilty Monday to malfeasance, possession of cocaine and obstruction related to a case against him where he was indicted for theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in 2012.... more »
  • Hepatitis increasingly goes hand in hand with heroin abuse

    August 7, 2015 11:40 AM

    MACHIAS, Maine - Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to catch up with a dramatic rise in hepatitis C they believe stems, at least in part, from growing heroin use. Hepatitis C affects about 3 million Americans. The number of acute cases grew by more than... more »
  • Man uses scooter in police chase

    July 18, 2015 4:18 PM

    CARSON CITY, Nev. - A suspected drug dealer tried to evade authorities in Nevada while riding a scooter. Joseph Scurti is facing charges including suspicion of a parole and probation warrant and probation violation. Obstruction charges are pending. The slow-speed pursuit began Friday when Carson City deputies tried to pull... more »
  • Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men

    July 13, 2015 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana men were among 46 inmates nationwide whose prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses were commuted by President Barack Obama. On Monday, Obama cut the sentences of Brian Nickles, a 46-year-old man from New Orleans, and James Nathan Walton, a 42-year-old man from Thibodaux. Both men... more »
  • Daycare at center of federal drug probe closed Play Video

    July 2, 2015 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A daycare at the center of a federal drug investigation is closed. A WBRZ news crew found the doors locked, parking lot empty, and the playground in the back quiet even though toys were tossed about Thursday afternoon. Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said... more »
  • Feds announce bust of violent drug ring in BR, Ascension

    July 2, 2015 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities unsealed an indictment Thursday against 39 people who investigators claim were part of a "violent" drug trafficking network which used a daycare to store and distribute cocaine in the Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish areas. The indictments, part of " Operation Third World ,"... more »
  • Two arrested in EBR drug trafficking bust

    July 1, 2015 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested two people and seized drugs, guns and cash Tuesday as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in East Baton Rouge. Deputies charged Dedrick Brown and Louise Vincent with possessing narcotics with the intent to distribute them. EBRSO narcotics agents said they... more »
  • Justices uphold drug used in botched executions

    June 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and... more »
  • Sharper back in court Friday

    May 29, 2015 8:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Former NFL star Darren Sharper is moving closer to resolving charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states. Sharper faces at least nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he distributed drugs with the intent to commit rape in... more »
  • Drug dog finds $800,000 cash haul

    May 27, 2015 5:57 PM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's investigators seized nearly a million dollars in cash after a traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish this week, but made no arrests. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said on May 26 deputies detained two people driving to Houston after the department K9 found $800,000 in cash in their vehicle.... more »
  • Two accused of stealing nursing home drugs for Vegas trip

    May 25, 2015 12:16 PM

    SLIDELL - Police charged a former teacher and a Slidell nursing home director with trying to steal prescription drugs as part of a scheme to sell them and run off to Las Vegas. Slidell Police arrested 36-year-old Patrick Lampard and 46-year-old Bonnie Pritchard for possessing drugs with the intent... more »
  • Clinic director among 27 in EBR charged in massive DEA operation

    May 20, 2015 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities announced more than 280 people face charges for illegally distributing prescription drugs across the south, including the director of a rehab and detox clinic in Baton Rouge. The Drug Enforcement Administration's "Operation Pilluted" spent 15 months tracking the pill trade and involved nearly 1,000... more »
  • 3 people arrested after giving Spice to a teenager

    April 22, 2015 3:13 AM

    PORT BARRE- Three people have been arrested after police say they gave synthetic marijuana to a 14-year-old girl. The girl was hospitalized for a bad reaction to the drug. KLFY-TV reports police were called to a house in Port Barre Monday. They found the girl outside vomiting and incoherent. She... more »
  • Federal indictment details historic EBR drug seizure

    April 14, 2015 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U. S. Attorneys unsealed a federal indictment Tuesday which listed nine arrests and an historic drug seizure for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, all part of an operation to take down what federal agents said was a drug trafficking networking in Louisiana and California. U.... more »
  • Sharper's Louisiana case on drug, sex charges delayed

    April 7, 2015 10:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper has made a brief appearance on drug and sexual-assault charges in a state court in New Orleans, but the case is now delayed until June 15. Sharper appeared Tuesday to answer to aggravated-rape and other state charges. But state District Judge Karen Herman... more »
  • FDA approves new drug for anthrax poisoning

    March 25, 2015 9:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials say they have approved an infusible drug to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax. The Food and Drug Administration approved Anthrasil for use in combination with older antibiotics to treat inhalation anthrax, which can cause serious injury and death. The condition occurs when... more »
  • Ex-NFL player Sharper to begin changing pleas in rape cases

    March 23, 2015 2:10 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Former NFL star Darren Sharper is set to appear in one court in person and another via video to enter pleas as he seeks to resolve rape and drugging allegations involving women in four different states. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Sharper on Monday morning... more »
  • 7 arrested, 1 at large in drug bust

    March 19, 2015 5:31 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested seven people and said one is still at large as part of a drug investigation in Ascension Parish which narcotics said involved an unusual type of narcotics. Deputies said the arrests were made after an investigation earlier this week which also turned up drugs,... more »
  • Man shot while deputies execute search warrant

    February 26, 2015 10:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police said a man was wounded during a shootout with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies who were serving a narcotics search warrant at a New Orleans home. Police say the man suffered a leg wound early Thursday morning. In a statement, New Orleans police say gunfire was exchanged... more »
  • Merck grants free license for pediatric HIV drug

    February 24, 2015 2:06 AM

    KENILWORTH, N.J. - Drugmaker Merck has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus. The Medicines Patent Pool works with brand-name drugmakers to make their HIV medicines affordable... more »
  • 11 students hospitalized with symptoms of 'molly'

    February 23, 2015 2:14 AM

    MIDDLETOWN, CT - Wesleyan University says at least 11 students have been hospitalized with symptoms of overdoses on the drug known as "Molly." Dean Michael Whaley, vice president of student affairs, said in a letter to the campus that one of the students, a sophomore, was in critical condition at... more »
  • Deputies charge man with having drugs around kid

    February 20, 2015 11:34 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish man after investigators said they found drugs in his home around his 12-year-old daughter, and a package full of marijuana which had recently been delivered to his house. Deputies arrested 36-year-old Jeremy Munnerlyn on Wednesday after they said he admitted he... more »
  • 'Operation Wild Wild East' in New Orleans: 111 drug arrests

    January 30, 2015 11:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Law enforcement officials in New Orleans are calling it "Operation Wild Wild East." A joint federal, state and local police operation that targeted violent drug offenders in eastern New Orleans has resulted in 111 arrests. Officials also said the operation resulted in the seizure of numerous... more »
  • State officials looking out for new deadly drug combo Play Video

    January 29, 2015 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new street drug combo has authorities on the lookout as deadly cases show up in the state. Gary Smith told News 2 he's been clean for the last 15 years after suffering from an addiction to cocaine, but the fight against new drug trends in... more »
  • Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

    January 26, 2015 11:07 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious. Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the... more »
  • FDA going after sellers of pure caffeine powder

    December 23, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have... more »
  • FDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers

    December 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. The agency approved Opdivo for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma that cannot be removed through surgery or has spread throughout the body. The approval was based on preliminary... more »
  • Traffic stop leads to four drug, weapons arrests

    November 20, 2014 8:52 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish deputies say they found weapons and drugs in a car after stopping it for illegally parking in a handicapped space. John Johnson, 43, was behind the wheel. According to deputies, he had several warrants for failing to appear in court. When they searched the car,... more »
  • Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits

    November 19, 2014 1:55 PM

    CHICAGO - Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life. The news comes from 20-year follow-up of a study in Scotland that was the... more »
  • Fire chief arrested for having pot

    November 14, 2014 3:16 AM

    GRAND ISLE - The Jefferson Parish sheriff says the Grand Isle fire chief was among 20 people arrested after an undercover operation into drug use on the remote barrier island and recreation spot on the Gulf of Mexico. Fire Chief Aubrey "T-Black" Chaisson was arrested Thursday morning and booked with... more »

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