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Percocet Was Reportedly Found In Prince's System When He Died

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We're learning more about what might have happened to Prince.

On Wednesday, Star Tribune reported that a source close to the investigation of the icon's passing has revealed that the artist had Percocet in his system when he died.

While the toxicology and autopsy results aren't quite finished, the insider explained that the late legend has tested positive for the pain killer.

Related: Prince's 911 Caller Could Face Criminal Charges

However, the confidante stressed that authorities aren't sure if the pill's presence had anything to do with the songsmith's death.

Whether or not the drug contributed to the musician's untimely end, sources have admitted that the rocker had been hooked on the opioid for years, and was even supposed to meet with an addiction specialist the day after he died.

Reports have also said that the emergency landing the 57-year-old made the week before his death was so he could receive emergency treatment for an overdose.

Plus, we do know that the DEA and the US Attorney are both involved in the ongoing investigation.

But we won't know for sure how Prince died until his autopsy results come out.

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$98 Million Worth Of Cocaine Seized!!!

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Our Hong Kong Coke Was Seized Oh No What Will We Tell Our Boss

Hole. Lee. Crap.

$98 Million worth of cocaine has been seized in Hong Kong… which, scientifically, is a shizz load!

We're talking 649 KILOS.

For the metric impaired, that's 1,430 POUNDS!

The drugs were caught in a shipping container that arrived at Hong Kong's port from Ecuador. It was probably headed for Southeast Asia or mainland China.

Because we're badasses like this, the container happened to be one that the U.S. DEA flagged for Hong Kong to take a closer look.

Wow, someone is going to be in HUGE trouble over this in the drug syndicate!

We wouldn't want to be them!

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Ed Hardy Model Simone Farrow Arrested For Drug Trafficking

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Australian model turned fugitive Simone Farrow was arrested at a cheap motel in Queensland this weekend after nearly a month on the run.

The 37 year old was wanted for trafficking "ice" or meth into Australia in bags of bath salts and running an "ongoing criminal enterprise" from her swanky Hollywood Hills apartment.

Farrow, who once modeled for Ed Hardy, used at least 19 aliases to stay off the police and DEA's radar and claims she ran because someone was trying to kill her.

Simone is expected to appear in court later this week.

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DEA Investigating Fake DEA Prescription Drug Scam

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is hot on the trail of a group of scammers posing as DEA agents so they can rip off unsuspecting Americans who have purchased prescriptions online.

Impostors call their victims and claim they have been indicted on drug charges for illegally purchasing prescriptions through a website registered in the Dominican Republic.

One such victim was a Hollywood producer who immediately called his lawyer to deal with the charges. One of the "agents" told the lawyer his client could "make the case go away" if he paid a civl penalty.

Fortunately, the lawyer grew suspicious and taped the next phone conversation to hand over to the REAL Drug Enforcement Agency.

It turns out these con artists are using names of actual agents and have already convinced a number of people to send in money in hopes of their "indictment" going away.

Ugh! Such a shame! We hope these guys get caught and get what they deserve!

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U.S. Federal Government Says Marijuana Has No Accepted Medical Use

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Sorry, stoners!

The federal government has ruled marijuana has no accepted medical use and should remain in the same class of drugs as heroin.

Friday's decision comes 9 years after marijuana advocacy groups petitioned the government to reclassify the drug due to the growing research for its ability to treat certain medical ailments. Unfortunately for those groups, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration doesn't exactly agree with the medical benefit marijuana has to offer.

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart wrote in a letter to organizations petitioning legalization:

"At this time, the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits in well-controlled clinical trials that scientifically evaluate safety and efficacy."

Although not pleased with the ruling, pro-pot groups can at least now plea their cases by appealing to the federal courts. Joe Elford, lead attorney for Americans for Safe Access, said:

"We have foiled the government's strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits."

States still maintain the ability to form their own decision on the use of the drug, so don't go throwing out your medical marijuana prescription yet!

In fact, California can expect another vote on general legalization of the substance during the 2012 elections with Proposition 19.

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White House Cracks Down On Prescription Drug Abuse

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With prescription drug abuse surpassing the number of people who overdosed during both the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and the black tar heroin epidemic of the 1970s combined, the White House is finally doing something about it.

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced:

"We are making an unprecedented commitment to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. The government, as well as parents, patients, health care providers, and manufacturers all play a role in preventing abuse. This plan will save lives, and it will substantially lessen the burden this epidemic takes on our families, communities, and workforce."

Let's hope!

Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis will be an effort supported by federal agencies like the FDA, DEA, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Defense and Veterans Affairs.

The campaign aims to to reduce abuse and drug diversion, educate both parents and health care providers, find better ways to dispose of unused pills, and beef up enforcement efforts by clamping down on pill mills and doctor shopping.

The major push against prescription addiction is specifically cracking down on opioids, a class of drugs used to treat chronic pain, which includes OxyContin, Vicodin, Darvon, Dilaudid and Demerol.

Although viewed as medicine, the prescription pain relievers are highly addictive, as DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said:

"When abused, prescription drugs are just as dangerous and just as addictive as drugs like methamphetamine or heroin. The more we can do to stop the abuse of prescription drugs, the more effective we will be in reducing the death, destruction and despair that accompanies all drug abuse."

The sad reality is that almost any drug can be abused by those with addictive personalities, but we hope this new campaign will drastically reduce the number of people dying from accidental overdoses of prescription drugs.

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Brooklyn Doctor And Stripper-Turned-Med-Student Girlfriend Busted For Prescription Drug Ring

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In Park Slope, Brooklyn, Pauline Wiltshire allegedly sold thousands of of Adderall pills to neighbors and online customers.

And she got the drugs from her boyfriend, Dr. Michael H. Gabriel, who was doing his anesthesiology residency at Methodist Hospital. But on his off time, he went to Atlantic City and was quite the gambler.

Turns out he was paying off his debt by having Wiltshire sell the drugs on Craigslist and PayPal!

Many other residents at the hospital were part of the ring and one of the members is now helping investigators.

On September 8th, which was before the indictment was announced, Gabriel pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute Adderall and has been living in Ohio.

And Wiltshire's lawyer sister, Sarah Wiltshire Larkin, was even involved in this mess! An undercover DEA agent sent $200 via PayPal to an account Wiltshire allegedly used under a fake name. Several emails later, Wiltshire indicated that "her sister" would send the pills.

A package was confiscated by authorities that contained 11 Adderall tablets. It was mailed from a post office in Knoxville, Tennessee, not far from the office where Sarah works, but she has not been charged.

The ring allegedly operated between May 2008 and April 2010. Over 11,000 Adderalls were sold and most of them from prescriptions in Pauline Wiltshire's name.

Pauline, who was once an exotic dancer and recently a student at Windsor University School of Medicine in St. Kitts, was arrested in Atlanta on Christmas Day and charged with using medical contacts to illegally sell the prescription drug.

She was released on bail and put under house arrest with her family in Ohio.


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