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  • Four teenage attempted robbery victims arrested; allegedly lied to police

    September 13, 2017 5:42 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Four teenage attempted robbery victims were arrested after allegedly lying to police about details surrounding the incidents, according to Ponchatoula Police Department officials. Ponchatoula PD officials said they responded to a call from 18-year-old Nicholas Hanford of Ponchatoula, around 9:45 p.m. on August 18. Hanford allegedly told... more »
  • Local bar apologizes over alleged noose, 'show your pride' cup

    September 11, 2017 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An area bar has released a public apology after a post on social media showed what appeared to be a noose and a cup bearing the phrase "show your pride" at the Tigerland business. A tweet posted Sunday showed the alleged noose hanging in Reggie's, a... more »
  • New Orleans police arrest 42 suspected drug dealers

    September 11, 2017 7:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans police say 42 suspected drug dealers have been arrested after an investigation that lasted months and investigators are looking for as many as 26 more. Superintendent Michael Harrison says in a news release Friday that undercover New Orleans officers worked on the case while Louisiana... more »
  • Geismar man arrested with 23 pounds of marijuana

    September 8, 2017 9:37 AM

    GEISMAR - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a man caught with 23 pounds of marijuana in a plastic container. According to APSO Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, multiple agencies partnered to conduct an investigation on an unspecified residence. Authorities learned that illegal drugs were being transported from Baton Rouge... more »
  • Five men arrested in Tangipahoa Parish drug raid

    August 22, 2017 2:06 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - Multiple law enforcement agencies joined forces to conduct a raid on a Tangipahoa Parish home last week. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says the following five men were arrested in connection to the drug suppression operation. Allen Cook, 49, of Hammond Shelby Snow, 24, of... more »
  • Police: Man admits to smoking marijuana while driving, charged with 3rd DWI

    August 19, 2017 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested in Baton Rouge late Friday night after he allegedly went more than 35 miles over the speed limit after smoking marijuana in his car. According to Louisiana State Police, 30-year-old Pernell Lanaute was pulled over on LA 42(Burbank Drive) near Lee Drive... more »
  • Wife seeks answers after veteran's fentanyl death at VA hospital

    August 6, 2017 5:25 PM

    BROCKTON, Mass. - The wife of a Marine Corps veteran says she's still seeking answers six months after her husband fatally overdosed on synthetic opioid fentanyl at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts. Mississippi resident Jamie-Lee Hasted tells The Enterprise staff at the Brockton hospital told her... more »
  • Pair arrested in traffic stop drug bust

    August 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Crack, marijuana and cocaine were found by Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop recently that resulted in the arrest of two men from Donaldsonville. Johnel Peters, 43, and Todd Garnett, 36, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute various drugs. The... more »
  • Years after charges for grandmother's death, woman asks for help during recent arrest

    July 19, 2017 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The granddaughter of a woman at the center of a disturbing elder abuse case was arrested again this weekend for drugs and admitted to authorities she “had a problem.” Lauren Looney was found with crack cocaine and marijuana in a car on the side of North... more »
  • Denham Springs officers searching for man after several drugs, guns seized

    July 17, 2017 2:09 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The Denham Springs Police Department arrested one man and currently searching for another after several drugs and guns were seized during a search of a Denham Springs home. On July 13, Denham Springs Police Department officers with the assistance of the Livingston Parish... more »
  • Four arrested on I-10 during drug bust

    July 6, 2017 4:22 PM

    PORT ALLEN – An overnight drug bust on I-10 netted the arrests of four people and prescription pills and marijuana being confiscated. State Police said troopers stopped an SUV for a traffic violation and became suspicious. After being told they could search the vehicle, the troopers found 15,000 dosage... more »
  • New documents detail more about federal raids in Livingston, Baton Rouge

    June 30, 2017 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Federal authorities stormed a quiet Livingston Parish neighborhood and an apartment complex in early morning raids focused on drugs, WBRZ has learned through sources and new jail records obtained Friday. A day earlier, the Drug Enforcement Agency – a federal law enforcement group that targets drug... more »
  • Federal drug raid in Livingston one of several Thursday Play Video

    June 29, 2017 11:37 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A federal raid early Thursday morning in a quiet Livingston Parish neighborhood was just one of several that happened on the same day, authorities revealed to WBRZ. WBRZ.com first broke details of the operation – reporting witnesses saw agents, some appearing in tactical gear, on... more »
  • LSP: Man does multiple drugs with 2-year-old in vehicle, causes hit-and-run crash

    June 25, 2017 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man after they found several drugs and a young child in his vehicle following a hit-and-run crash Saturday night. According to Louisiana State Police, troopers responded to the scene of a hit and run on Reiger Road around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say... more »
  • Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher's system

    June 19, 2017 12:25 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Carrie Fisher's autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death. The report released Monday... more »
  • Guard, visitor arrested for having drugs at Angola

    June 13, 2017 10:30 AM

    ANGOLA – A guard and a visitor at the notorious state pen are facing charges for, on separate occasions, trying to smuggle drugs into the prison. Details of the arrests were released Tuesday. State prison officials said the smuggling operations were busted within 24 hours – the most recent... more »
  • Dixon prison employee arrested after attempting to smuggle in drugs, cellphone

    June 6, 2017 4:04 PM

    JACKSON – A Dixon Correctional Institute employee was arrested for allegedly trying to bring drugs and other contraband into the prison. During a routine search of 49-year-old Kenneth McManus, investigators found a package containing 35 ecstasy pills, 131 grams of synthetic marijuana, a cellphone and a cellphone charger. McManus... more »
  • Man faces numerous charges after holding victim hostage in Baton Rouge home

    June 4, 2017 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested on several charges after he broke into a home and held a victim hostage early Sunday morning. Officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary in the 2300 block of Delta Street around 1 a.m. Sunday. Police learned that a man,... more »
  • Deputy AG: Push for tough sentences is not reviving drug war

    June 2, 2017 6:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's No. 2 official says a new policy urging harsher punishments for most criminals is meant to target the worst criminals, not fill prisons. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tells The Associated Press that federal prosecutors will sometimes charge lower-level criminals to take down entire gangs... more »
  • Second Angola employee arrested for drug smuggling in less than a month

    May 27, 2017 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An employee at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was arrested after she attempted to smuggle drugs and other contraband into the prison. According to the Louisiana Department of Corrections, investigators arrested 26-year-old Kaelyn Franklin, of Baton Rouge, after drugs were found on her person during... more »
  • Police arrest man after drugs, malnourished dogs found

    May 26, 2017 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man was arrested after officers found several drugs and five malnourished dogs at his home. The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested 42-year-old Rodrigus Holmes on charges of possession with intent to distribute schedule I drugs, possession of schedule II drugs, possession with intent to distribute... more »
  • Trump budget dismays families hit by opioid addiction crisis

    May 26, 2017 8:51 AM

    NEW YORK - President Donald Trump's budget proposal weakens insurance coverage for drug addiction treatment and cuts back funding for research and prevention programs. Some see that as a betrayal of those who trusted his campaign pledge to make the opioid epidemic a top priority. Those most frustrated include parents... more »
  • Free overdose treatments available to La. first responders

    May 20, 2017 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Attorney General Jeff Landry's office has negotiated a $1 million drug company settlement that he says will make an opioid overdose treatment available for free to first responders around Louisiana. Single doses of the overdose antidote naloxone will be provided to first responders who request them.... more »
  • Judge blasts 'ridiculous' 18-year sentence for marijuana

    May 5, 2017 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Is an 18-year prison sentence too harsh for having 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court's chief justice thinks so, and says it's outrageous that her colleagues upheld the punishment. In her dissenting opinion Wednesday, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said it's ridiculous that a lengthy prison... more »
  • US judge won't let El Chapo out of solitary confinement

    May 4, 2017 4:08 PM

    NEW YORK - Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman needs to stay in solitary confinement at a New York City lockup to keep him from trying to control his drug-trafficking empire from behind bars, a judge ruled Thursday. In a written decision, U.S. District Judge Brian... more »
  • BRFD: House fire started from woman smoking cigarette on couch

    April 26, 2017 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters put out a house fire that was started when a resident noticed a fire in her sofa. Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1900 block of Tennessee Street around 4:45 p.m. According to Baton Rouge Fire Department officials, the fire was caused... more »
  • Four arrested in drug bust at Nicholson Dr. apartment Play Video

    April 19, 2017 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four were arrested in a drug bust at a Nicholson Drive apartment Wednesday. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Durrell "Trap" Dupard Jr. was arrested at his apartment at Red Stick Lofts on Nicholson Drive. Agents, SWAT, and a K-9 unit executed the... more »
  • Five arrested in drug bust at Baton Rouge hotel

    April 16, 2017 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five were arrested at the Hilton Hotel after police discovered marijuana and a loaded firearm in their hotel room Saturday. According to BRPD, an officer stationed at the hotel on Lafayette Street responded to reports of a strong smell off marijuana and loud music on the... more »
  • Florida sheriff to heroin dealers: 'We're coming for you. Run!'

    April 10, 2017 10:32 AM

    TAVARES - A Florida sheriff is sending a stern warning to heroin dealers: "We're coming for you. Run!" In a video posted to the agency's Facebook page Friday, Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell told dealers his undercover agents have already bought heroin from them, adding that officials are "simply waiting... more »
  • Four arrested, drugs seized following Livingston investigation

    April 7, 2017 5:25 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Several drugs were seized and four individuals were arrested following a month-long investigation into two apartments in Denham Springs. According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies executed search warrants on two apartments located in the 2000 block of Kelli Drive after an investigation into the sale... more »
  • Two arrested in drug search in Paincourtville

    March 24, 2017 11:18 AM

    PAINCOURTVILLE – Deputies say two Assumption Parish men were arrested on various narcotics charges after a search in Paincourtville early Thursday morning. According to Sheriff Leland Falcon, Oscar Davis, 41, and Alex Cedotal,52, was arrested after SWAT teams raided a home that was being used to traffic drugs. During... more »
  • Sheriff: Woman tried to smuggle meth to inmate in Bible

    March 20, 2017 9:27 PM

    TUPELO, Miss. - Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail. A Mississippi sheriff says the jail's property officer noticed a bulge in the back cover of a Bible dropped off March 16 for an inmate convicted of methamphetamine trafficking. Lee... more »
  • Demi Lovato on 5 years sober: 'It's been quite the journey'

    March 16, 2017 7:54 AM

    Demi Lovato is celebrating five years of sobriety. The 24-year-old singer celebrated with an Instagram post on Wednesday. She writes that "it's been quite the journey," adding, "so many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession." Lovato's personal struggles have... more »
  • Nine arrested for drug charges in Ascension Parish

    March 14, 2017 5:55 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested nine individuals for several drug charges. Deputies executed an arrest warrant on Monday on 31-year-old Joseph Babin, wanted for the cruelty charges. Babin was arrested at his home in Gonzales, where illegal drugs were also found. Marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and... more »
  • Man arrested inside sheriff's office for drug possession

    March 9, 2017 11:58 AM

    AMITE – Deputies say a registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday for drug possession inside the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Donn “DJ” Schillage arrived at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to update his sex offender registration requirements. A routine warrant check revealed that Schillage had... more »
  • Elayn Hunt Correctional cadet booked for trying to smuggle drugs, phones

    March 7, 2017 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections fired a corrections cadet for trying to smuggle drugs and cellphones into the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. St. Gabriel Police detectives arrested 29-year-old Jomar Jackson with felony introduction of contraband. Jackson tried to avoid a routine search... more »
  • Prosecutor: Major drug dealer gets 20 years in prison

    March 6, 2017 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Houma man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug charges. The Courier reports prosecutors say 33-year-old Ryan Austin was sentenced after pleading guilty Wednesday to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone. Prosecutor Jason Lyons says Austin, who faced numerous drug... more »
  • Denham Springs Police change policies after trusties confess to stealing evidence

    February 27, 2017 6:41 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- The Denham Springs Police Department is changing procedures after two trustees managed to take counterfeit cash and drugs from the police station. Now, no trusties are allowed in the building. The theft happened weeks ago, but policies are now being changed. "There was an area they could get... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman accused of robbing man during drug sale

    February 24, 2017 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a Baton Rouge woman faces armed robbery charges after they say she robbed a man during a drug deal in October. On Oct. 8, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's investigators report that a man said he was robbed at gunpoint at a home on Mariner... more »
  • Huge Baton Rouge drug bust uncovers narcotics, gun, cash

    February 16, 2017 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has arrested two men after they uncovered large amounts of illegal substances, including drugs and a gun, from two separate apartments. According to deputies, 35-year-old Damar Xavier Coleman and 23-year-old Jules Morris were arrested Friday. Deputies say the two... more »
  • Ex-drug company CEO Martin Shkreli to speak at Harvard

    February 12, 2017 9:33 PM

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Controversial former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli is set to speak at Harvard while out on bail awaiting his federal securities fraud trial. The former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is expected to talk about investing and health care at an event organized by the Harvard Financial Analysts Club.... more »
  • Woman steals car, attempts to sell it for heroin

    February 11, 2017 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies arrested a woman Friday after she stole a vehicle and unsuccessfully tried to sell it for heroin. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, 24-year-old Caitlin Androne of Baton Rouge took the victim's vehicle without permission Sunday. Whenever Androne returned to the victim's home... more »
  • 5 children test positive for drugs; parents arrested

    February 1, 2017 11:36 AM

    BOSSIER CITY - Police have arrested a Bossier County couple after authorities say their five young children tested positive for illegal drugs. News outlets report that 35-year-old Shannon Michael Blake and 30-year-old Victoria Golmon Blake were arrested Monday on multiple counts of cruelty to juveniles. Police say they were contacted... more »
  • Agents find drugs, weapons in home next to elementary school

    January 25, 2017 12:06 PM

    IBERIA - Agents from the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office and SWAT recovered several drugs, firearms and cash while executing a search warrant within 1,000 feet of an elementary school Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff Louis Ackal, agents searched a home on Ann Street occupied by 32-year-old Akia Celestine in... more »
  • Tip to authorities leads to drug arrest

    January 24, 2017 6:01 PM

    CONVENT - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a man suspected of selling heroin Tuesday after they received an anonymous tip. According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, police agreed to meet 35-year-old Irvin Mitchell of Convent at an undisclosed location. Mitchell immediately fled upon recognizing narcotics detectives in the... more »
  • St. Tammany Sheriff addresses rough start to 2017

    January 24, 2017 12:35 PM

    ST. TAMMANY - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith addressed the busy start to 2017 with the release of the office's 2016 Uniform Crime Reports. According to a release from the STPSO, crime is down in St. Tammany Parish, but the overall number of crimes reported has stayed virtually... more »
  • Five arrested for drugs, money laundering operation at Hammond Hotel

    January 24, 2017 11:42 AM

    HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office and the Hammond Police Department arrested five individuals after finding drugs and counterfeit currency in a Hammond hotel room. Police conducted a search warrant of room 205 at the Budget Inn Wednesay Jan. 18 after an on-going investigation revealed criminal activity was taking... more »
  • Pounds of marijuana stuffed in YETI cooler seized in drug bust

    January 21, 2017 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a Baton Rouge man faces felony drug charges after narcotics agents seized three pounds of marijuana stuffed in a YETI cooler at his apartment complex Friday. Arrest records say 20-year-old Brett Labasse was charged with distribution/manufacturing of schedule one drugs. According to the... more »
  • Violent Baton Rouge drug dealer sentenced to 21 years in prison

    January 12, 2017 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal grand jury sentenced a violent drug dealer to 21 years in prison Wednesday for a litany of crimes. Myron Hart, 39, of Baker Louisiana, was faced with significant drug trafficking, racketeering, firearm, and conspiracy charges. This includes allegations of a murder plot, threats to... more »
  • Man faces drug, traffic charges after brief pursuit

    January 8, 2017 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge man faces various drug and traffic charges after he failed to use his turn signal, prompting a brief pursuit Saturday morning. Baton Rouge Police say 40-year-old Rickie J. Carter was charged with aggravated flight, possession of Schedules I and II drugs,... more »
  • New Year's Day chase leads Walker Police to drug arrest

    January 5, 2017 8:28 PM

    WALKER - Walker Police have arrested a man on multiple charges after a traffic stop turned into a chase. Officers say 32-year-old Joshua Harbin of Independence was driving a green Dodge pickup when they attempted to pull him over for failing to use a turn signal turning onto Brian... more »
  • Louisiana sheriff sued over deadly shooting during drug raid

    January 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit claims sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 27-year-old man in his southwest Louisiana home after investigators improperly obtained a warrant to search his residence for drugs. The Dec. 26 lawsuit accuses a Beauregard Parish sheriff's deputy of relying on false and uncorroborated statements from... more »
  • Half a million dollars in cocaine found in Hammond traffic stop

    December 28, 2016 5:15 PM

    HAMMOND – State Police say a traffic stop on I-12 near Hammond led troopers to find nearly a half a million dollars worth of cocaine Wednesday morning. According to Louisiana State Police, the traffic stop happened around 7 a.m. on I-12 east near I-55 in Hammond. Troopers stopped a... more »
  • Man arrested for giving teen drugs and alcohol, raping her in park

    December 25, 2016 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BRPD arrested a man they say gave a teenage female drugs and alcohol and raped her in a park. According to police, Morris Dantzler, 62, offered the 16-year-old victim hard liquor and mojo, a synthetic marajuana, then met her at a park. Officers say Dantzler... more »
  • Couple faces rape, drug charges after search of trailer

    December 22, 2016 3:21 PM

    SLAUGHTER – Deputies in East Feliciana Parish say a couple faces rape and drug charges after a search at a trailer Wednesday night. Clinton W. Villagomez and Debroah Villagomez were both charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs. East Feliciana... more »
  • A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

    December 8, 2016 7:01 PM

    NEW YORK - Health officials say more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. The new numbers were part of the... more »
  • Congress OKs biomedical bill, eyes adjournment

    December 7, 2016 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan bill speeding government drug approvals and bolstering research on cancer and other diseases. It's part of a final burst of legislation for the 114th Congress, which leaders hope to adjourn for the year by week's end. Lawmakers are also working... more »
  • Traffic stop leads to seizure of stolen guns, drugs in St. Mary Parish

    November 21, 2016 2:31 PM

    ST. MARY PARISH – A traffic stop in St. Mary Parish led deputies to the seizure of a dozen guns, drugs and more than $14,000. The seizure came after deputies patrolling US Highway 90 saw a vehicle that failed to signal while changing lanes. Deputies stopped the car and... more »
  • Louisiana State Police accepting prescription drugs for disposal

    October 21, 2016 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana State Police will be accepting prescription drugs on Saturday for proper disposal and to combat drug abuse. State Police along with the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to provide a convenient and responsible way of disposing... more »
  • Six arrested for smuggling drugs into Assumption Parish detention facility

    September 30, 2016 3:20 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE – The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office arrested six people accused of smuggling drugs into the Parish Detention Center. Sheriff's investigators initiated an investigation a few weeks ago after corrections employees reported suspicious activities outside of the facility. The investigation revealed that the contraband was being delivered to areas... more »
  • Federal help for uninsured residents needing prescriptions

    August 24, 2016 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Federal health officials announced Wednesday that the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program has been activated for the areas affected by last week’s historic flooding. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program pays for prescription medications for anyone without health insurance who was... more »
  • Judge: Big Freedia must live in halfway house, drug-tested

    July 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled bounce musician Big Freedia must live in a halfway house and submit to substance abuse testing after repeatedly testing positive for illegal drugs. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk determined after a hearing Wednesday that the entertainer, born Freddie Ross Jr., ran afoul... more »
  • Lawsuit against NFL by former players will go to court

    July 1, 2016 8:30 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - More than 1,500 former players claiming that NFL teams and their training staffs dispensed powerful drugs while misleading them about the health risks will get their day in court. Federal judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California denied a motion Friday to dismiss the players'... more »
  • Livingston Sheriffs Office seize over $8k in drugs

    June 15, 2016 7:04 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Deputies in Livingston Parish announced multiple drug arrests that took place this week and resulted in $8,500 worth of drugs seized. On Monday, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Deangelo Williams of Denham Springs after deputies learned he was selling drugs out of a motel room in... more »
  • Deputies find drug lab after fire in West Feliciana

    June 11, 2016 7:26 PM

    WAKEFIELD – Deputies in West Feliciana Parish say they found what appears to be a drug lab after a fire at a trailer park Saturday morning. Deputies responded to the Sinclair Trailer Park in Wakefield around 8 a.m. Saturday. At the scene, deputies discovered “what appeared to be a... more »
  • Study: Cancer drugs less affordable in poor nations than US

    June 6, 2016 4:29 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Cancer drugs predictably cost much more in the U.S. than in poor countries and even other wealthy nations, but a study shows they are less affordable in some developing countries despite the lower price. Relative to their ability to pay, the research released Monday shows cancer... more »
  • Edwards signs penalty drop for drug paraphernalia charges

    June 1, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to lessen the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia, to conform with reduced marijuana penalties passed last year. Someone caught with the drug supplies will face up to 15 days in jail and a fine up to $300... more »
  • Man arrested for forcing 8-year-old to smoke weed

    May 26, 2016 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge man was arrested after he forced an 8-year-old to smoke marijuana. According to Baton Rouge Police, on Feb. 25 around 3 p.m., officers responded to a public assistance call for an 8-year-old. The child told officers that he saw 29-year-old Jason... more »
  • Lawmakers cut penalties for people caught with drug supplies

    May 12, 2016 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to cut the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia to conform with lessened marijuana penalties passed last year. Someone caught with the drug supplies will face up to 15 days in jail and a fine up to $300 on a first... more »
  • Expert questions doctor's handling of Prince

    May 4, 2016 4:28 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS - An expert on treating addiction has questioned whether a California doctor responded appropriately when he was called to help Prince. Speaking without direct knowledge of Prince's case, addiction medicine expert Dr. Stuart Gitlow questioned why Dr. Howard Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, on a flight to Prince's... more »
  • Police: Stop calling drug dealer's phone so we can search it

    May 4, 2016 4:22 PM

    ALLIANCE, OH - Police in Ohio say their search of a suspected drug dealer’s phone was repeatedly interrupted as they couldn’t get prospective drug purchasers to stop calling the device. WCMH-TV reports Alliance Police arrested Steve Notman Tuesday night after they said he was captured on video selling methamphetamine.... more »
  • Fundraiser for top Arizona Republicans accused of running meth lab

    April 27, 2016 11:22 AM

    PHOENIX - An Arizona woman who worked for top Republicans in the state and is now a political fundraiser is facing several felony drug charges after sheriff’s office deputies raider the home she lives in with her boyfriend and two children. A sheriff’s spokesman says 35-year-old Emily Pitha was... more »
  • Second Elayn Hunt cadet arrested for smuggling drugs to inmates Play Video

    April 21, 2016 10:44 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - A second cadet at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to St. Gabriel Police. The cadet, 26-year-old Tierra Lewis, was booked on charges of introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and malfeasance in office after... more »
  • Man arrested after using 911 to report police search

    April 20, 2016 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities say a man was arrested after he called 911 to report police were searching his residence. Police say 22-year-old Demetrius Smith was booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm with Controlled Dangerous... more »
  • Thibodaux Police seize over $10k in drugs after two arrests

    April 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    THIBODAUX- Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced two arrests that led to police seizing a gun and $10,000 in drugs. Police arrested 20-year-old Alex Smith and 20-year-old Ariyaun DeJean for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, illegal carrying of weapon in the presence of CDS, possession of hydrocodone and... more »
  • Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry

    April 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - An appeals court has ruled that Mississippi's attorney general can resume an investigation of Google. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned a district judge who had sided with Google. The district judge originally ruled that the unit of Alphabet Inc. didn't have to... more »
  • Personnel at nuke base probed for drug use

    March 18, 2016 3:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense officials say the Air Force is investigating about a dozen airmen at a nuclear missile base for alleged use of illegal drugs. At least some cases involve alleged cocaine use. The airmen are mainly or entirely members of a security force at the 90th Missile Wing, at... more »
  • New Orleans moves away from arrests for marijuana offenses

    March 17, 2016 6:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans city council has approved rules allowing police to issue a summons instead of arresting and jailing people for marijuana possession. The council unanimously approved the new guidelines Thursday. Under the new penalties the police would have the option of issuing a summons and a... more »
  • EBRSO arrest McKinley student for possesion of drugs

    March 11, 2016 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a McKinley High School student, 17-year-old Marquese Beamon, for possession with intent to distribute narcotic drugs, manufacture/distribution of manufactured drugs, and violation of uniform controlled substances in a drug-free zone. Beamon was in the school’s counselor’s office when the... more »
  • Medicare to test new payment model for some outpatient drugs

    March 8, 2016 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Medicare is proposing new ways to pay for drugs administered in a doctor's office, including many chemotherapy medications. Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway said Tuesday that Medicare plans to begin testing its new approach later this year. The government won't be telling doctors which drugs to... more »
  • Medical examiner: Water, drugs led to Bobbi Kristina's death

    March 4, 2016 8:24 AM

    ATLANTA, GA.- A medical examiner says Bobbi Kristina Brown's face being immersed in water, along with drug intoxication, led to her death last year. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office in Atlanta released a statement Friday morning on the death as it prepares to release the full autopsy report. The... more »
  • Police say man sold drugs out of a portable toilet

    March 3, 2016 1:05 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say an undercover drug bust netted an Albuquerque drug dealer who was doing business out of an adult video store's portable toilet. The Albuquerque Journal reports 22-year-old Aaron Gonzales was arrested in the Pussycat Video store's parking lot on Tuesday and is facing drug-trafficking charges.... more »
  • Senate rejects adding $600M to anti-heroin legislation

    March 2, 2016 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Democratic effort to add $600 million to a bipartisan bill targeting heroin and opioid abuse. Supporters of the immediate funding won a majority of the Senate votes. But the 48-47 tally fell short of the 60 votes required for New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne... more »
  • Study: $3B will be wasted on unused portion of cancer drugs

    March 1, 2016 5:22 PM

    High prices for cancer medicines aren't the only reason they cost insurers and patients so much. A study finds waste pads the bill, because infused cancer drugs are distributed in the U.S. in vials that usually contain more medicine than patients need. Most of the time that excess is... more »
  • $10,000 in gear recovered in St. Helena Parish crime ring bust Play Video

    February 26, 2016 6:16 PM

    AMITE - Nine people were arrested in a crime ring bust in St. Helena Parish with deputies recovering more than $10,000 in stolen merchandise. The arrests come through the combined efforts of the the sheriff's offices in St. Helena and Jefferson parishes. Illegal guns, ammo, drugs and cash totally... more »

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