Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz. | Photo by Elise Amendola/AP
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is usually a rabble-rouser when he delivers a stump speech on the campaign trail. Thursday night at a church in Hooksett, N.H., he was anything but as he shared the story of his half-sister Miriam’s drug addiction and an attempt he and his father made to rescue her.
Miriam’s journey from untroubled childhood to addicted adulthood began when Cruz’s father, Rafael, divorced Miriam’s mother — and it ended in a crack house near Philadelphia. Read more »
Lisa Scalia with her daughter (Facebook) / Lisa Scalia mugshot (Atlantic County)
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has announced the death of seven-month-old Ventnor girl Olaia Marie Mejia after her mother allegedly rolled on top of her while she was high. Read more »
It’s Christmastime, which means one thing: The Beatles are in the news.
Usually this is because there is some new Beatles-related product you can buy for people at Christmas. We already have an enhanced 1+ album and DVD of No. 1 singles this year. And this morning music fans awakened to some news: The Beatles would be available on streaming services starting tomorrow, Christmas Eve.
But The Beatles are also in the news because of a Montgomery County police detective. On December 1st, a Lansdale cop arrested a Colmar man for selling him what the alleged dealer called LSD.
The Reporter’s Michael Goldberg describes how that alleged transaction went down: Read more »
Children line up at the Lewis Elkin Elementary School in Kensington (Photo via Google Maps)
Just weeks after the Drug Enforcement Administration released a report claiming that heroin availability is up in Philadelphia when it’s down in most other parts of the country, another branch of the Department of Justice has announced charges against eight people for allegedly dealing drugs in Kensington, including at locations within 1,000 feet of a neighborhood school and playground. Read more »
Drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania counties in 2014 as reported to DEA Philadelphia Field Division.
The Washington, D.C.-based Drug Enforcement Administration has released its 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, and Philadelphia doesn’t exactly come out looking like the Next Great American City. Read more »
Narcan Nasal Spray can be administered in an emergency to reverse the effects of opioid overdose until help arrives.
Heroin usage has reached epidemic proportions in the United States — and families in Philadelphia have certainly been feeling its wrath. In fact, deaths nationally from the drug have quadrupled from 2002 to 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Adapt Pharma Limited, which has its U.S. headquarters in Radnor, Pa., has a drug to help combat the heroin overdose problem — and overdoses from other opioids. On Thursday, it just won Food and Drug Administration approval. Read more »
Image via the Woolwich Township Police Department
Earlier this week, the Woolwich Township Police Department in South Jersey posted this flier on its Facebook page, just having a bit of fun. But as it turns out, their little joke has actually yielded some good tips. Read more »
Today is the first day of fall. So what better time for the Department of Homeland Security to unveil a recent seizure: About 383 pounds of cocaine, found at the Port of Philadelphia. To make things even more autumn-y, the cocaine was found in a shipment of pumpkins and squash. Yes, the McSweeney’s “Decorative Gourd Season” article has finally come true.
The container of pumpkins and squash came on the M/V Santa Maria, which arrived in Philadelphia from Costa Rica last Thursday. The drugs were destined for The Bronx. John Kelleghan, special agent in charge for homeland security investigations Philadelphia, began a press conference about the seizure by saying it was “not connected with the Pope’s visit.”
Not every container that comes into the Port of Philadelphia is inspected for drugs. The DEA Philadelphia Field Division got a tip, however, that drugs were located in the ship. Field agents inspected the shipment and eventually found the drugs in the shipment. No arrests were made. Read more »
Philadelphia and Camden are, jointly, one of five metropolitian areas in the United States receiving federal money to fight heroin abuse, the New York Times reports. Read more »
From left, drug-dealing suspects Alexis Salamon, Gina Collette, Alfredo Negron, and David Nowicki were among last week’s arrests. Photos via Philadelphia Police Department.
Most drug users in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs know that one of the best places to score dope in the Philadelphia area is in Kensington, where open-air drug deals have long been a staple of neighborhood life. Well, the Philadelphia Police Department tried to show that it means business with two operations last week that led to 68 arrests. Read more »