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Is treatment for drug offenders more cost-effective than prison?

In society today, many have the attitude of "lock them up and throw away the key" for those who commit drug crimes. While this may seem like a simple solution to get criminals or drug users off the streets, the reality is that it may not be the most cost-effective way to deal with drug addiction or repeat offenders.

Understanding Arizona's drugged driving statute

As DUI deaths rise across the state, Arizona has turned to some rather aggressive law enforcement tactics to attempt to protect public safety. That means more than just tightening DUI penalties, though. It also means a very vigorous drugged driving statute. This is one statute that every motorist should be aware of because navigating its complexities involves understanding the nature and complications of many prescription drugs, in addition to alcohol and illegal drugs.

Green Bay receiver facing marijuana charges

Arizona NFL fans may be familiar with Geronimo Allison, a rookie for the Packers who has shown strength as a receiver this year. According to news sources, Allison is facing charges of marijuana possession in Wisconsin following a traffic stop. The stop took place on Sept. 4, 2016, and the charges were filed on Dec. 15, 2016.

Synthetic drugs pose a challenge for lawmakers

Media outlets in Arizona and across the country have reported on the growing popularity of synthetic cathinones, also called bath salts, and cannabinoid substances with street names like K2 and spice. These drugs are often formulated using legal substances in order to skirt federal narcotics laws, and they can sometimes be found on the shelves of the nation's grocery or convenience stores. However, the windows of opportunity for synthetic drug manufacturers are generally short as lawmakers usually act quickly to close loopholes.

Drugged DUI in Arizona

When you hear DUI, you likely think of drinking and driving, but "under the influence" has more than one meaning. Arizona has rejected the passage of Prop 205, the law that would have allowed recreational marijuana, but it doesn't remove the instances of drugged driving and allegations of this behavior.

Lab that combined Spice and Fentanyl discovered

On June 21, it was reported that Arizona authorities uncovered a drug lab that was mixing Spice with Fentanyl. While Spice is illegal and can be fatal, Fentanyl increases the risk as a very small amount of the drug can result in an overdose. It appears that hundreds of thousands of doses may have already been distributed to users.

Animal cruelty and drug charges at the Arizona border

Border Patrol agents face challenges in monitoring evening conditions in the Arizona desert. On May 21, night operations in the vicinity of the tiny community of Why allowed officials to observe activity involving nine individuals. These people wore large backpacks as they traveled through the desert in the area, which is a zone that tends to have quite a bit of immigration and drug trafficking activity. The proximity to Interstate 8 is one of the main reasons for this high level of activity.

Cocaine charges in Arizona

People who are charged with a cocaine offense in Arizona may face several different sanctions. There will be several factors involved, including the number of prior offenses, the amount of cocaine found and whether the person was selling or attempting to sell the drug.

Feds to charge foreign military officials with drug trafficking

Federal prosecutors are getting ready to charge officials in the Venezuelan military with cocaine trafficking to the United States, according to someone who knows about the case. It might be surprising to people in Arizona that these officials are generals in the Venezuelan National Guard.

Arizona laws related to marijuana

Arizona is one of the states that has made marijuana legal, at least for individuals who use it for medical reasons. In 2010, residents of the state voted to pass the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which called upon the state to create a medical marijuana program.

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