Author: Elks Drug Awareness Program

On January 6, 2022, the Elks Drug Awareness Program State Chairs attended an emergency meeting with the DEA to discuss an emerging drug threat for 2022: Counterfeit Pills. We have attached a recording of our remote meeting to share with you, along with fact sheets on counterfeit pills, fentanyl and emoji drug codes. Download Resources DEA Elks PowerPoint PresentationFentanyl Drug FactSheetCounterfeit Pills FactSheetOne Pill Can Kill FactSheetEmoji Drug Codes DecodedDownload Video

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SAN DIEGO – Kaylar Junior Tawan Beltranlap of San Diego appeared in federal court today in connection with a grand jury indictment charging him with selling the fentanyl that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Coronado High School sophomore on May 12, 2021. Agents and Task Force officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are leading the investigation into the death. The next court date is set for February 4, 2022 for a Motion Hearing/Trial Setting. “Parents: More than ever before, it’s so important to educate your teenager about the dangers of drugs because just One Pill Can Kill,”…

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WHEN GERMAN POLICE took down the dark web marketplace DarkMarket in January, they did more than shutter the largest underground online drug bazaar operating at that time. They also nabbed more than 20 servers in Moldova and Ukraine, infrastructure that contained a host of information about the site’s buyers and sellers. Today, a joint operation of the US Justice Department, Europol, and a host of other agencies revealed the payoff: 150 arrests spread across eight countries; over 230 kilograms of drugs and $31.6 million in cash and cryptocurrency seized, and an apparent shift in law enforcement strategy that puts more focus on dark…

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NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced the indictment of 78 individuals charged with 355 crimes for their roles in two major drug distribution networks that were based in Central New York and transported cocaine throughout New York state. As alleged in four indictments — unsealed in Onondaga County Court today — this two-year investigation resulted in the seizure of 32 kilograms of cocaine, 117 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl, more than $490,000, and 15 firearms, including nine ghost guns. In total, the seizures have an estimated street value of up to $2 million. “Cracking down…

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Brown trout can become addicted to the illegal drug methamphetamine when it accumulates in waterways, according to new research. Researchers led by Pavel Horky, a behavioral ecologist from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, set out to investigate whether illicit drugs alter fish behavior at levels found in bodies of water, according to the study published Tuesday. The team put 40 brown trout in a tank of water, containing a level of methamphetamine that has been found in freshwater rivers, for a period of eight weeks, before transferring them to a clean tank. Researchers exposed 40 trout to…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrdG8Zd5zzg Los Angeles-area authorities seized more than 370,000 marijuana plants and harvested product with an estimated street value of $1 billion, officials said Wednesday. The sheriff’s office said that 131 people were arrested and more than 33,480 pounds of harvested marijuana, or more than 16 tons, was seized in the 10-day operation in the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles. As big as the effort involving hundreds of law enforcement officers was, authorities reached only about 40 percent of the illegal grows officials identified, which highlights the scope of the problem that officials said was linked to organized drug trafficking…

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Electronic cigarette maker Juul and the state of North Carolina have reached a settlement over the state’s claims that Juul aggressively targeted its “highly addictive” products to youth, igniting a vaping epidemic. While still denying any wrongdoing, Juul has agreed to pay North Carolina a total of $40 million over six years. Additionally, the company will adhere to a list of restrictions aimed at blocking any promotion and sales of its products to youths. According to the list, Juul won’t use advertisements that may appeal to youth; it will avoid most social media advertising and the use of influencers; it…

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U.S. track sensation Sha’Carri Richardson, who punched her ticket to the Tokyo Games after winning the women’s 100-meter race last month, has been suspended for one month after testing positive for THC, the chemical in cannabis. Richardson failed a drug test following her Olympic qualifying 100-meter race victory at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, on June 19, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. “Richardson’s competitive results obtained on June 19, 2021, including her Olympic qualifying results at the Team Trials, have been disqualified, and she forfeits any medals, points, and prizes,” a statement from…

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WASHINGTON COURTHOUSE, Ohio (WKBN) – A drug sting in southern Ohio netted 45 drug arrests and put a dent in the drugs circulating around Ohio. A long-standing undercover operation to thwart the sale of opioids and narcotics in four Ohio counties has culminated in the indictment of 45 people on drug-trafficking charges, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth announced Friday. “Operation Red, White and Bust” was conducted by the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, part of Ohio’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission. Twenty-nine of the 45 indicted individuals were arrested this week. They are: Alec…

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