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Friday
May042012

Woman Discovers Cocaine Hidden in Tampons

File photo. (Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock)(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Utah woman was shocked when she discovered cocaine inside of tampons she purchased. Now police are investigating whether the discovery could be connected to a larger smuggling scheme.

Cindy Davidson, 39, went to an NPS Store in Salt Lake City in search of a bargain. The store is described as "a salvage and freight recovery company" on its website.

On Saturday, while shopping at the NPS Store with her sister, she spotted the box of 16-count Boots tampons for $1.99.

"On Sunday, I went to use one and inside the plastic applicator was cellophane with the cocaine wrapped in it," Davidson said. "I didn't know it was cocaine. It was just white powder to me."

The cotton piece of the tampon had been removed and replaced with the white powder.

"After I examined it, I was thinking, that's so weird. Are these so old that the cotton disintegrated into powder?" she said. "I thought, there's something so strange about this. Then I stopped opening because I started thinking maybe it was a terrorist attack."

Davidson called her sister to tell her what she had found and said she was thinking of calling the manufacturer on Monday. Her sister thought she should call the police, just in case, so she did.

"Hazmat came and did their test and told me they were taking the product," she said. "Later, police knocked on my door and said it was cocaine."

"I was floored. I really didn't know what to think," Davidson said.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the situation and looking into whether the incident could be related to a larger smuggling scheme.

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Friday
Dec162011

Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Jailed After Undercover Sting

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is being held on federal drug charges after allegedly attempting to purchase over a pound of cocaine from an undercover agent, and is alleged to be one of the top drug dealers in the Chicago area.

Police are also reportedly in possession of a list of NFL players who were allegedly supplied with illegal drugs by Hurd.

“Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully. We have complete confidence in him,” said attorney David Kenner.

According to the criminal complaint, Hurd, 26, met with an undercover agent at Morton’s restaurant in Rosemont, Ill., and told the agent that he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana weekly to distribute across the Chicago area.

As the agent and Hurd dined on $300 worth of filet mignon, the wide receiver allegedly said that he and another person were already distributing approximately four kilos of cocaine weekly in Chicago, but needed a new supplier that could meet their demand.

Hurd allegedly told the agent that while his partner handled most of their drug deals, he was responsible for the “higher-end deals.”

Kathy Colvin, spokesperson for U.S. Attorney in Dallas, told ABC News that she “cannot confirm or deny” allegations that Hurd sold drugs to other NFL players, but she points out that such charges are not in the criminal complaint.

According to the charges, Hurd left the meeting with the undercover officer after he agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilo of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana. He said that he could pay for a kilo of cocaine after “he gets out of practice.”

He then walked out of the restaurant with the package and was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Hurd, who spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and signed with the Bears on July 29, was first identified as a potential drug dealer this July when an informant tipped off authorities as the NFL lockout was coming to a close.

Bears Coach Lovie Smith said he was disappointed by the arrest, and called it a “total surprise.” He said that Hurd is still a member of the team for now.

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Monday
Mar212011

Celebrity Drug Case Prosecutor Is Charged with Buying Crack Cocaine

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(LAS VEGAS) -- The tables have turned on a Las Vegas deputy district attorney who earned a name for himself prosecuting high-profile celebrities accused of drug crimes. He has now been arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine from a street dealer.

David Schubert, 47, a veteran prosecutor who pressed charges against Paris Hilton and singer Bruno Mars, was arrested Saturday after police watched a suspected drug dealer hop into his BMW. The police found crack in the car after pulling it over, according to an arrest report.

District Attorney David Roger said he was informed of the arrest almost immediately and Schubert had been "suspended pending termination."

"I am very much surprised by the arrest," Roger said of his colleague. "I never saw anything to suggest he was abusing crack cocaine."

Schubert, who worked at the D.A.'s office since 2002, could lose his job and be permanently disbarred, Roger said.

"David has always been a professional and will have the same rights as anyone else. He is entitled to a fair trial," the district attorney said.

Rogers said prosecution will be turned over the Nevada Attorney General's office to avoid a conflict of interest.

The arresting officer said the man accused of dealing Schubert drugs told cops the attorney had "been coming in the area for approximately six to seven months to purchase narcotics," according to court documents.

The accused dealer, Raymond Streeter, said Schubert "would come by the area three to four times a week and use Raymond to purchase $40 worth of cocaine."

The cop said he saw "a white, rocklike substance" that he believed to be cocaine in plain view.

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Friday
Mar182011

Kids Ingest Cocaine at Washington, D.C. Elementary School

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Four students at a Washington elementary school ingested cocaine brought to the school by a classmate Wednesday, school officials said.

Some of the kids who ingested the cocaine did so orally and others inhaled it through their noses, according to Fred Lewis, a spokesman for D.C. Schools. He said they were hospitalized as a precaution, as was a fifth student who did not ingest the drug.

The children were being examined at the Children's National Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Paula Dart, and all were in good condition. She could not comment on whether they would be kept overnight or when they'd be released.

The pupil who brought the drug to share has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, Lewis said.

The names and ages of the students have not been released.  The school runs from preschool to fifth grade and is located in the Northwest area of the capital.

Parents were told what happened by voicemail and a letter that was sent home with all students, according to spokeswoman Sofiya Simmons.

Parents were staggered to learn the news when they picked their kids up at school. "This is just really shocking to me, I have no words right now," said Myisha Wallace, who has a son in 4th grade. "I'm not going to really lay blame on the school because I love this school, my son has been going to this school for several years, my daughter is a former student at this school, so I'm not going to say that the school is responsible."

Stuart Hovell said he was "disgusted" and was going to take his daughter out of the school. "They told me as soon as I showed up to pick her up, the kids did -- that some kids was dealing drugs. ...I don't know -- it's sad."

"This is not a situation that is typical at Thomson, and we take it very seriously," Principal Albert Dupont wrote in the letter. He said one of the students involved alerted a teacher to the incident, and police were called and confirmed the substance was cocaine.

Parents received another voicemail update Thursday. There is no school this Friday because of previously scheduled teacher meetings, but counselors will come to Thomson on Monday "to educate students about the dangers of drugs," Lewis said.

Police are investigating but would not comment.

The school was recommended to President Obama for his daughters in 2008 in an article in the Washington Post, which called it an "educational gem."

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