Tag Archive: California

A U.S. Coast Guard Officer has died following an encounter with drug smugglers off the California coast.

Two Mexican nationals — Jose Meija Leyva and Manuel Beltran Higuera — face charges of killing a federal officer while the officer was on duty.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, 34, died Sunday after he was struck in the head by the suspects’ vessel, near the Channel Islands, west of Los Angeles.

Horne is the first law enforcement official to die off California since a spike in illegal activity began several years ago, said Ralph DeSio, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman.

As the Coast Guard cutter approached the small vessel, the suspects hit the motor, ramming the boat.

Horne fell, hit his head, landing in the water.

Crew members quickly retrieved Horne and began to treat him. He died from his injuries a short time later.

It’s tragic that an officer had to lose his life because of the drug smuggling.

While the chargers did not confirm whether or not drugs were on board the small vessel, the Coast Guard needs to remain relentless to stop these criminals.

Our hearts go out to the family of the fallen officer.

According to the a new survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety we are seeing a tilt in the balance of DUI cases showing that drugged driving may be more prevalent than drunk driving.

The studied showed that more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

I am not sure how these samples were analyzed, but at a recent prescription drug abuse conference in Fountain Valley, California, a member of the Orange County Crime Lab spoke about the testing of drunk vs. drugged drivers.

She indicated that drugged driving will always be underrepresented because if a driver is both using alcohol and drugs prior to arrest, the test will only screen for drugs when the driver is under .08. If a driver has an alcohol level of .08 or above, they are considered legally under the influence, and no drug information is sought.

If that level is less, then run a drug screen to see if there are additional factors that may be causing problems for drivers to put them under the influence.

As with medicinal marijuana, more people may be driving under the influence now.

Some people in Colorado and Washington, where the voters just legalized marijuana, have raised concerns of the potential increase in drugged driving.

Those laws will not take effect for a while, and the federal government has not indicated whether it will step in and overrule on those voter approved measures.


Marijuana smokers nationwide had more than the Presidential race on their minds last night.

Three states had marijuana legalization on the ballots last night. The measure went up in smoke in Oregon. But Washington and Colorado voters jointly came together to approve the measures in those two states.

So what happens next?

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, in a statement. “This is a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug ,so don’t break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.”

Well smokers may not be fixing for snacks yet, but they want access to their weed.

Federal authorities may have another idea; an appeals process that may head straight for the Supreme Court.

The concern here among treatment professionals and counselors is what message did these voter backed measures send to kids?

If marijuana is legal, it must be safe, right?

That’s the message many teens may develop in the wake of the voting. But as we’ve said here, what may be acceptable for adults is not the case for minors.

Studies have shown a loss of IQ over long periods of use when an adult started at a younger age.

The concern here is the children. What adults do in the privacy of their home with legal intoxicants like alcohol and marijuana is up to them.

Hear that marijuana activists? This isn’t a pot is evil rant.

This is a message of concern for the young children who begin to experiment with marijuana, because they think of it as a legalized product.

How many kids begin abusing prescription drugs, because they see them as legal medications?

When in fact, the pills are highly addictive opiates that can often turn teens towards a downward spiral of heroin use.

These laws may not be in the state you live in, but it’s necessary to take notice.

Should the federal government allow, or lose the right to control this law, and it proves as a successful tax raising law, many other states will follow.

Don’t think states in debt, like California, will not turn to marijuana legalization if they see Colorado and Washington raking in the tax money.

In the golden state, Governor Brown’s prop 30, which raises taxes to help support the state, passed with a slim majority.

Don’t think voters won’t turn towards marijuana as a solution in 2 or 4 years if they see a successful model in those other two states.

Voters will especially like the idea of legalizing marijuana if it drops their sales tax or state income tax by a pretty penny.

This may be an opportune time to discuss with your teens the marijuana laws passing in Washington and Colorado.

There’s no doubt teens will be talking about it at high schools and middle schools today.

Parents can remind their kids, that although adults legalized the drug for adults, marijuana can have damaging long term effects on adolescents.

Three pharmacists are facing charges for trafficking Oxycontin in Orange County, California.

According to the OC Register, prosecutors charged the three with defrauding medicare and medi-cal of nearly $9 million dollars.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that phony patients were paid to visit a Los Angeles clinic where they were prescribed large amounts of the pain killer.

The pharmacies billed the patients insurance.  When they picked up the pills at various pharmacies, the drugs were turned over for illegal sale on the street.

The pharmacists arrested were from the communities of Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley.

It’s a small crack in the armor of thousands of pill operations in America.

California’s lawmakers in both the house and the senate have approved a new law giving immunity to 9-1-1 callers who report an overdose.


Introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill, Assembly Bill 472 provides that neither the overdose victim nor a person who seeks emergency treatment for him shall be charged with the crime of drug possession, being under the influence of drugs, or drug possession, provided the drugs are for personal use.

Other similar “Good Samaritan” bills are on the books in nine other states.

In asking his colleagues to vote for the measure, Ammiano noted that more people die from drug overdoses than car crashes.

“This is not going soft on crime,” said Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Irvine). While he added that he does not condone drug use, he said it was necessary to “overlook some indiscretions for the greater good.”

“It’s critically important to save lives,” said Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto). “This bill doesn’t condone drug behavior.”

Excellent work in California.

The key to remember is trying to send out the anti-drug message before teens and young adults get to the point where they are overdosing on medications.

Sending drug dealers to prison doesn’t necessarily stop the flow of drugs into the hands of our children.

A federal indictment charges that 40 people were part of a Indiana prison smuggling ring ran by two inmates, housed at two different prisons.

The indictment alleges that the inmates ran a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine and heroin thanks to cellphones smuggled in by guards.

These inmates were apparently conference calling each other to figure out who they could pool their financial resources to score discounts on heroin.

17 of the accused appeared in court yesterday.

The indictment details a series of alleged phone calls the two men placed to people outside the prisons, including to oversee the purchase of ‘‘large amounts’’ of heroin from a source in Chicago. They also instructed people how and where the drugs should be sold, prosecutors allege.

‘‘Once acquired, the heroin was brought from Illinois to Indiana by the use of couriers where it was, in turn, distributed on the streets to various places’’ in central and southern Indiana, the indictment states.

Meth was acquired from sources in California, while other drugs, including PCP, were also involved, according to the indictment.

In at least one call in May 2012, one of he men stayed on the phone with a woman ‘‘throughout the duration’’ of a drug deal as she sold about 20 grams of heroin at an Indiana truck stop  for $2,500.

The Indiana Department of Corrections issued a statement saying it has been cooperating with the FBI since the investigation began.

With the midwest having such a problem with heroin along the so-called “heroin highway”, it’s good to see that the FBI is cracking down on drug distribution there.

It is disturbing though to see that guards may be helping these drug dealers continue to work their action from behind bars.

Why should parents care?

This isn’t a case of junkies working from behind bar to sell to other junkies.

This is a criminal masterminded operation that keeps a free flowing drug supply on the streets, which ultimately fall into the hands of minors and young adults.





The Teensavers team had heard about “Overtaken,” a movie produced by two Orange County moms, but we hadn’t had a chance to see it until now.

The driving force behind the film are Jodi Barber and Christine Brant.

Jodi lost her son Jarrod to a powerful drug cocktail. He died on the couch while watching a movie. His friends thought he was sleeping.

Overtaken is a movie that can open the eyes of children and parents, as these first-hand accounts of these survivors will show you that drugs can affect any family.

You can watch the movie on the production company’s website by clicking HERE.

If you want to know who is making the effort to save lives not only in Orange County, but across the country, look no further than these two women.

It doesn’t matter where you live, there are addicts all around you.    Millions of people are struggling with drugs.   They are good people who started off making a bad decision.

It’s not just adults abusing drugs.  While 40 people die each day from painkillers, more teens are experimenting with pills.

Teensavers wanted to alert you to a story done by the California Watchdog.   Please view it.


The DEA spread out across 100 cities Wednesday and Thursday to find and seize synthetic drugs.

Reports surfaced from Pittsburgh, New York, and California that the raids were carried out.

The government is on the offensive against the toxic chemicals since President Obama signed a ban on the substances a few weeks ago.

Synthetic drugs are known to have PCP like effects, ranging from hallucinations to uncontrollable shaking.


We’ve seen some pretty crude tunnels created to transport drugs from Mexico into Arizona or California, but now law enforcement says that they’ve found one of the most sophisticated and extraordinary tunnels they’ve ever seen.


They say this isn’t just the work of diggers, this has the blueprints of engineer work.

The shafts descend 57 feet and are tall enough to allow a 6 foot man to walk through.

You can read about the discovery in the Los Angeles Times by clicking HERE.

Every one of these tunnels discovered cuts off another artery of drug smuggling. But you can bet as one is uncovered and filled, another several are being built.

Agents don’t know how much drugs were moved through this tunnel but the discovery was made in a recent bust where $39 million dollars of methamphetamine was confiscated.

These cartels aren’t just moving marijuana into America. They are sending in cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

We know we will never cut off the supply of drugs reaching our neighborhoods, which is why it is important that parents talk to their teens about the dangers of drugs.