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FBI asked Sony for data on user who used PlayStation network to sell cocaine

“Forbes previously reported on ostensibly the first known instance of Sony providing PlayStation data to a government” reports vice.com. In May 2017, the FBI applied for a search warrant asking for user data in a terrorism-related investigation.In October, the FBI applied for a search warrant compelling Sony to provide data on a PlayStation 4 user who was allegedly part of a cocaine distribution network, according to court records reviewed by Motherboard.”The Provider is hereby ordered to disclose the above information to the Government within 14 days of service of this…

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FBI pulled PlayStation 4 data to break up an alleged cocaine ring

“A recent case in Missouri involving an alleged cocaine dealer has brought to light an often overlooked aspect of video game console ownership” writes Michael Mcwhertor for polygon.com. As the narrative goes, an FBI source reportedly requested nine ounces of cocaine via the PS4 messaging client. Agencies have also utilized so-called National Security Letters, which request similar information in secret and prevent companies from revealing to users that their data is being investigated. Source: polygon.com

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City parking official sold crack cocaine in uniform, feds say

“It employs 49 workers and operates an annual $6 million budget with revenues from parking enforcement” writes Jatmonavage Njadvancemedia Com for nj.com. Anthony Mack, the executive director of the parking authority, said Green was suspended and later terminated after his arrest.Instead, the parking enforcement officer was allegedly selling nearly 50 grams of crack cocaine for $2,250 to an unknown individual in March 2017, authorities said. Source: nj.com

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The Coast Guard seized 209 tons of cocaine last year and started this year with another narco sub bust

“US Coast Guard personnel unload bales of cocaine from a “narco sub” in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, October 23, 2019″ writes Christopher Woody for businessinsider.com. US Coast Guard personnel unload bales of cocaine seized from a “narco sub” in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, October 23, 2019.The amount of cocaine removed by the Coast Guard is the sum of all cocaine physically seized by Coast Guard personnel and all cocaine lost by smugglers due to Coast Guard actions, according to a Homeland Security Department Inspector General report for fiscal year 2018. Source:…

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Death toll from tainted cocaine rising across the country

“Deaths are rising most precipitously among African Americans, who are more likely to use cocaine than whites and fatally overdosed at an 80% higher rate” writes Kaiser Health News for nbcnews.com. Overdoses involving cocaine killed 3,554 African Americans — although categories overlap because deaths may involve more than one drug.Another challenge: There’s less in the treatment arsenal for cocaine addiction. Source: nbcnews.com

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A pack of feral hogs in Italy reportedly destroyed $22,000 worth of cocaine hidden in the woods

“A pack of feral hogs found and destroyed $22,000 worth of cocaine hidden in a forest in Tuscany by a gang of suspected drug dealers, Newsweek reported” writes Lauren Frias for businessinsider.com. Four suspects were arrested in connection with the cocaine bust, Italian newspaper Il Tirreno reported, two were taken to jail and two were placed under house arrest. Source: businessinsider.com

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40 lbs. of cocaine, $119K seized after cops finding hidden compartment in car, police say

“The two men face charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, money laundering, conspiracy and possession of cocaine” writes Nj Advance Media for nj.com. Police seized 40 pounds of cocaine and $119,000 in suspected drug money after State Police found hidden compartments full of cash after a vehicle stop Monday on Route 46 in Bergen County, authorities said.Police also searched a hotel room in South Hackensack where the men were staying and found nearly 40 pounds in cocaine, $75,562 in cash, a money counting machine and money…

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Former coal executive who coined the ‘Cocaine Mitch’ nickname announces third-party presidential run

“Former coal baron Don Blankenship, who ran an unsuccessful 2018 bid for Senate in West Virginia, is running for president on a third-party ticket” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Blankenship shares many of President Trump’s policy positions, including his desire to “flush the swamp,” but said that Trump hasn’t been effective. “President Trump means well, but he simply cannot get it done because he is too busy mending his self-inflicted wounds and tripping over his ego,” Blankenship said, adding that he wants to “tightly secure our borders and end welfare and other benefits…

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26 people convicted in West Michigan cocaine trafficking conspiracy

“KALAMAZOO, MI — A total of 26 people have now been convicted in a West Michigan cocaine trafficking conspiracy, with the latest four just convicted following a nine-day trial in Kalamazoo federal court” writes John Tunison for mlive.com. The four people convicted in Kalamazoo obtained cocaine from Mayfield, prosecutors said, and redistributed it to buyers in powder form or as crack cocaine.Prosecutors say the organization distributed kilograms of cocaine in and around Grand Rapids between April 2017 and May 2018.Federal prosecutors say the four were part of a drug-trafficking organization…

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