1 in 10 Sober People Have Cocaine or Heroin on Their Fingertips

1 in 10 Sober People Have Cocaine or Heroin on Their Fingertips:

There’s a lot of cocaine and heroin in the world, and there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a tiny bit of it on your body right now — even if you’ve never knowingly touched the stuff.

That’s the conclusion of a new paper published in the journal Clinical Chemistry today (March 22), which found that 13 percent of drug-free study participants had traces of the drugs on their fingertips. The participants, residents of the United Kingdom tested at the University of Surrey, didn’t have enough heroin or cocaine on their fingers for it to be visible, and certainly not enough to get them (or anyone) high. But they did have enough cocaine or heroin on their hands to trip very sensitive instruments called mass spectrometers.

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Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Is Overtaking Miami

Hmmm.

And what kind of drug dealer would kill his customers?

… or is “somebody who must not be named” getting rid of some (what they” are calling) “useless eaters”?

Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Is Overtaking Miami:

The rapid influx of synthetic opioids into Florida is sparking an emergency warning from federal agents who say the deadly substances are seeping into cocaine supplies.

Officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Miami said Friday cocaine cut with fentanyl is becoming a widespread problem throughout the state, particularly in South Florida. State drug labs are finding both fentanyl, a synthetic opioid roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and carfentanil, a fentanyl analog roughly 10,000 times more powerful than morphine used largely as an elephant tranquilizer, reports the Sun Sentinel.

More than 180 samples of cocaine from 21 Florida counties analyzed by forensic scientists in the past two years have tested positive for potent opioids. Miami-Dade by far had the most contaminated cocaine supply, with 69 samples testing positive for opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil.

Cocaine-related deaths have doubled since 2012 in Florida and claimed more lives in 2016 than any other drug. Roughly 36 people died each month in Miami-Dade county from cocaine related issues in 2016.

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Salmon Tests Positive for Cocktail of 80 Drugs, Including Cocaine and Prozac

Salmon Tests Positive for Cocktail of 80 Drugs, Including Cocaine and Prozac:

In a major waterway in Seattle, Chinook salmon has tested positive to a cocktail of 81 different drugs including cocaine and anti-depressants.

H/t reader squodgy.

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$55 Million in Cocaine Was Just Discovered at a Coca-Cola Plant

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$55 Million in Cocaine Was Just Discovered at a Coca-Cola Plant:

Hundreds of kilos of cocaine were found in a Coca-Cola plant in France last Friday, making the seizure of the drug one of the largest ever on French soil.

French officials say the cocaine was discovered in backpacks among a shipment of orange juice concentrate that originated in Costa Rica. The 370 kg of literal coke uncovered at the factory is reported to have a street value of €50 million Euros ($55m) and was referred to as a “very bad surprise” by a local prosecutor.

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Venezuelan President Maduro’s Nephews Arrested After Attempting To Smuggle 800 Kilos Of Cocaine Into The US

Hmmh.


Maduro Nephews Arrested After Attempting To Smuggle 800 Kilos Of Cocaine Into The US:

For those unaware, Venezuela is one of the quintessential examples of what we like to call a Socialist paradise and to be sure, we’ve had our fair share at the country’s expense.

From toilet paper shortages, to images of empty shelves, to hapless President Nicolas Maduro being pelted in the head with a mango by an angry Venezuelan woman, the country never disappoints when it comes to producing absurd outcomes. Years of incompetence have led to inflation on a massive scale, with the black market bolivar exchange rate now so low that a hundred bolivar note will buy you just 14 cents. Needless to say, slumping crude prices haven’t done the country any favors either and as we outlined a few days back, the country has now resorted to selling its gold to make bond payments. 

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CEO Planted Cocaine On Brother Then Paid Police $100,000 To Arrest Him

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CEO Planted Cocaine On Brother Then Paid Police $100K To Arrest Him (ZeroHedge, April 14, 2015):

Mark Knight, former CEO of Knight Oil Tools — where “people make the difference” — has gotten himself into some trouble.

Apparently, Mark thought his brother Bryan, who is Knight Oil Tools’ co-owner, needed to take some time off from work because according to Louisiana state police, Mark paid a Sheriff’s Deputy and a State Trooper more than $100,000 to plant cocaine, methadone, and vicodin under Bryan’s car and then arrest him on drug charges. The plot was allegedly hatched with the help of Knight employee Russell Manual whose text messages and e-mails helped authorities reconstruct the following absurd story.

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90 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Cargo Ship Owned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Father-in-Law

90 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Cargo Ship Owned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Father-in-Law (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 30, 2014):

Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s because, like many international shipping companies, Chao’s firm is shrouded from public view, concealing its identity and limiting its legal liability through an array of tax shelters and foreign registrations. Registered through a limited liability company in the Marshall Islands, the Ping May flies the Liberian flag.

From the Nation article: Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company

Well this is interesting. Particularly with the Senate Majority Leader (and major Republican establishment crony) fighting for his life in the Kentucky Senate race.

From the Nation:

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Diplomatic Car Belonging To Vatican Stopped At French Border Carrying 4 Kilos Of Cocaine Worth An Estimated £500,000

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Holy smoke: Police found the cocaine hidden in suitcases, along with 150g of cannabis.

Diplomatic car belonging to Vatican stopped at French border carrying four kilos of cocaine worth an estimated £500,000 (Daily Mail, Sep 17, 2014):

  • Two Italian men arrested in grace and favour Jaguar used by cardinal
  • The two men were reportedly given the car to be serviced
  • They believed the diplomatic markings would stop border searches 

A diplomatic car belonging to the Vatican has been stopped at a French checkpoint carrying four kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of £500,000.

Two Italian citizens were arrested in a grace and favour Jaguar allocated to Cardinal Jorge Melia.

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UK Is Cocaine Capital Of The Western World As Number Of Young Britons Using The Drug Shoots Up By 50%

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Alarming: British youngsters have become the greatest consumers of cocaine in the developed world, according to an international study

UK is cocaine capital of the western world as number of young Britons using the drug shoots up by 50 per cent (Daily Mail, Nov 11, 2014):

  • Men are twice as likely to die from cocaine than women
  • One in seven 15 to 34-year-olds have taken cocaine
  • Almost 400,000 coke-users aged under 25

Top ten cocaine countries chart

British youngsters have become the greatest consumers of cocaine in the developed world, according to a major international study.

It found that numbers of young people using the drug in this country have shot up by 50 per cent over five years.

This means Britain has left other countries which face major cocaine problems – in particular the U.S. and Spain – far behind in the league table of those worst-affected.

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Coast Guard In Miami Beach Unloads Bales Of Cocaine With A Street Value Of About $350 MILLION

From the article:

“… were handed over to federal agents and will be destroyed.”

Destroyed???

Oh, sure! 

Flashback:

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24 Tons Of Cocaine Transported By The U.S. Air Force To Miami

The Mena Connection: Exposing The CIA, Bush, Clinton, Iran Contra, And Drug Running (Full Documentary)

Head of DEA Judge Robert Bonner: ‘CIA Are Drug Smugglers’ (Video)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: U.S. Drug Agents Smuggling Cocaine

AND NOW: Federal Agents Allowed Drug Cartel To Smuggle Tons Of Cocaine Into US

Coca-Cola Imports Coca Leaves Which Are Used To Manufacture 333 Kg Cocaine In The United States With DEA Approval


Coast Guard in Miami Beach unloads bales of cocaine with a street value of about $350 million (Miami Herald, April 15, 2014):

Wearing protective gloves and masks, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare carried 127 bales of cocaine — with a street value of about $350 million — off the ship and into a waiting trailer Tuesday.

The 80-pound bricks, which were seized in two separate cases in Southwestern Caribbean waters, were handed over to federal agents and will be destroyed. The drugs are worth about $110 million wholesale. Street value is usually about three times the wholesale value.

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Vatican Cocaine-Filled Condoms Parcel Seized By German Customs Officers

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Package sent to the Vatican from a South American country contained 14 condoms filled with £33,000 worth of liquid cocaine

Vatican cocaine-filled condoms parcel seized by German customs officers (Guardian March 23, 2014):

Package sent to the Vatican from a South American country contained 14 condoms filled with £33,000 worth of liquid cocaine

German customs officials have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine.

A government spokesman said a box packed with 340 grammes of the drug, valued at €40,000 (£33,470), was seized in January at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig.

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Rep. Trey Radel Busted In Cocaine Sting

Rep. Trey Radel busted in cocaine sting (USA Today, Nov 19, 2013):

Freshman GOP lawmaker says he struggles with alcoholism and made ‘an extremely irresponsible choice.’

WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., was caught buying drugs as part of a federal investigation into a Washington, D.C., drug ring last month and is being charged with cocaine possession, according to a senior Drug Enforcement Administration official.

Prescription Drug Deaths Now Exceed Those Related To Cocaine And Heroin Combined


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Deaths from Prescription Drugs Now Exceed Those Related to Cocaine and Heroin Combined (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 8, 2013):

A report released yesterday by the non-profit organization Trust for America’s Health has revealed some startling data on prescription drug abuse in these United States. The results are pretty damning to the prescription drug industry. Specifically, it found the majority of total drug related deaths in the U.S. come from prescription drugs, and they now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

More from Trust for America’s Health:

According to the report, prescription drug abuse has quickly become a top public health concern, as the number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – doubled in 29 states since 1999. The rates quadrupled in four of these states and tripled in 10 more of these states.

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