He may be Will Smith's brother-in-law, but Dee Lawrence Downs did not get a very warm welcome to Miami.Downs, who is married to Smith's younger sister Ellen, was arrested last month after he fell into a cocaine trafficking sting operation.
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Earlier this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced that he'll be undergoing cancer surgery for the fourth time in less than two years. Chavez, who has held power in Venezuela since 1999, apparently isn't too optimistic about his chances; he's already named a successor to take his position ... More >>
On July 13, Alexander I. Perez stood underneath a new street sign christening a portion of SE 10th Avenue in front of his Hialeah warehouse as "Banah Sweet Way." A gaggle of local politicos -- including Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, his Hialeah counterpart Carlos Hernandez, and County Commissione ... More >>
Soon after Rudy Eugene gnawed off Ronald Poppo's face near the MacArthur Causeway in May, the media ran wild speculating he was high on "bath salts." Later, commentators suspected LSD, coke, Ecstasy, or PCP. Eugene's girlfriend even insisted a voodoo curse was to blame.Yet when Eugene's autopsy came ... More >>
It's been a bad week for Johnny Law in the 305. The day after the FBI accused a Miami-Dade cop of getting his rocks off by pulling over women and asking about their underwear and breasts, a Miami Beach officer is under arrest this morning on eight felony counts, including fraud and racketeering.Offi ... More >>
Read "Hialeah Gardens Cop Lawrence Perez Shows How Drugs Can Corrupt Police."A Hialeah Gardens Police detective who was helping his pals rip off marijuana dealers got 151 months in federal prison yesterday. Miami New Times profiled Lawrence Perez in June after a jury found him guilty of two felony c ... More >>
Read "Griselda Blanco, Miami's Cocaine Queen Assassinated In Medellin Butcher Shop" and "Michael Corleone Blanco Lives In The Shadow Of His Cocaine Queen Mother."One can only imagine what is going through the mind of Michael Corleone Blanco. On Monday afternoon, his mother, Griselda Blanco -- t ... More >>
Two years after Miami New Times exposed him as a serial plagiarist, Gerald Posner is still getting gigs as an investigative journalist. Last we heard of the disgraced Miami Babylon author, he was lawyerin' for Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother Mahmood. That was five months after we e ... More >>
Back in 2007, the feds indicted a Miami doctor for allegedly writing bogus prescriptions for hydrocodone and other addictive medicines shipped across the country through an online pharmacy. The case was more than solid; in fact, prosecutors gathered more than 400,000 pages of records to bolster thei ... More >>
When it comes to finding a home for your small business, there are a lot of factors to consider: the cost of rent, where your customers are located, how much space you need. But it's also worth trying to figure out if your neighbors run a drug lab full of unstable, highly flammable chemicals that co ... More >>
Yesterday, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced the bust of two rings of airport workers based in Puerto Rico who they say smuggled thousands of kilos up and down the east coast, including into Miami and Orlando. The feds indicted 45 people with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and violations of th ... More >>
I am not going to lie and say I am completely against the tactics used on prisoners at Abu Ghraib, but when similar abuse is suffered by Americans not suspected of, well, anything really, there is a problem.We are human and we do make mistakes, but there are certain situations in which mistakes are ... More >>
Are loads of half-empty hydrocodone bottles clogging up your medicine cabinet? Do you still have that Xanax prescription in your nightstand even though you stopped taking it because you swore it made your crazier? Do you just have so many drugs you don't even know what to do with them?Well, the DEA ... More >>
A pharmacist who ran a pill mill from the lobby of the Miami-Dade County Government Center is pleading guilty for his role in a $55 million medicare scam involving prescription pain killers. Aiman Aryan will give up his pharmacist license and will be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison. ... More >>
The hillbilly heroin hoedown in Florida has ended. The number of pain pills sold by Florida doctors dropped 97 percent from 2010 to 2011 according to the DEA. In 2010, 90 of the top 100 Oxy-prescribing doctors in the country were in Florida. In 2011, just 13 made the list, and none cracked the top ... More >>
Can you believe these extremely irresponsible music fans (read: hippies!) who think it's "radically groovy, man" to buy reduced-price tickets to some floating freak fiesta (say, the Jam Cruise on January 9), stuff their luggage full of dangerous drugs (e.g. marijuana) instead of extra underwear ( ... More >>
photo by Daniel Christensen via Wikimedia CommonsCounty Hall, oxy central?In true South Florida fashion, a pill mill that trafficked thousands of illegal oxycodone tablets was operating right in the heart of Miami-Dade County government, the feds say.Recent charges filed against Robert's Drug Sto ... More >>
Lil Fizz is wildly weedy. Aside from your standard Gucci Mane flareup, the world of hip-hop arrests has been pretty boring lately. Who cares about Ja Rule's back taxes? Thankfully, early 2000s R&B boy band vocalist Lil' Fizz (AKA Dreux Pierre Frederic) is bringing some flair back to notable ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
Rene Sanabria, the man who was once charged with policing Bolivia's drug trade, will serve 14 years in an American clink for masterminding a plot to smuggle 315 pounds of Bolivian marching powder into the country. Sanabria had pleaded guilty to the charges in June after being accused of the crime ... More >>
More than 50 members of the Colombian "Bandas Criminales" (AKA BACRIM) drug-trafficking organization have been rounded up after a joint operation based out of Miami. It's the biggest bust of the emerging drug-trafficking gang since Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern Di ... More >>
Florida is only the fourth most populace state when it comes to people, but we're number one when it comes to marijuana grow houses. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, 818 grow houses were raided in 2010, even more than the 791 raided in all of California.
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