January 7, 2004
Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield died from cocaine use, according to an autopsy report. The report, released by Michigan's Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner's office on Monday, states that Hatfield's cause of death was "acute cocaine toxicity." The 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer was found dead in his Kalamazoo hotel room Nov. 5, less than an hour before he was scheduled to kick off a Midwest tour with partner Bill Medley. Initial reports said he died in his sleep of a heart attack.
December 2, 1994
"Cocaine County" is what school authorities call Harford County because of the high level of drug abuse by high school seniors in this county compared to the rest of the state.And it's not just cocaine that sets Harford apart: County adolescents report a higher use of virtually every controlled substance, except heroin, than the statewide averages.Those are the findings of a state survey of middle- and high-school students in 1992, a survey that will be repeated this month in Maryland schools.
July 19, 2006
Howard County police announced yesterday that they have arrested nine members of a drug ring they believe sold between $200,000 and $300,000 worth of cocaine per month in Columbia during the past year. Authorities said they were seeking three more suspects. The arrests of one woman and five men from Columbia as well as three Baltimore men took place between Friday and Monday and culminated a 10-month undercover investigation into what police said was a drug organization operating in the villages of Harper's Choice, Long Reach, Owen Brown and Wilde Lake.
October 27, 1991
Four Columbia residents are facing cocaine-related drug charges following their arrest Tuesday night by county police.Police charged Phillip E. Barrows, 37, of the 5100 block of Brookway and Ronald Tyrone Johnson, 29, of the 6500 block of Fretchie Row with possession of paraphernalia and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; and Mary Elizabeth Warren, 25, and James Kevin Nelson, 29, both of the 10500 block of Cross Fox Lane, with possession of...
December 4, 1993
Colombian cocaine king Pablo Escobar died as he lived, in a hail of gun fire as presidents rejoiced and the poor people ofMedellin mourned the murderous thug who used some of his drug millions to play the role of a peasant Robin Hood.It is the stuff of fiction but also the real-life story of a vicious criminal who killed hundreds of people, maimed thousands more through drug addiction, amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune, defied U.S. authorities and shook Colombian society and its government to its foundations.
October 23, 2010
basketball Smith shot at Bowie home, police say; cocaine found Former Georgetown and NBA player Charles Smith was shot Thursday at his Prince George's County home, according to a police official familiar with the case. Police are still investigating a motive in the shooting, according to the police official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information had not been publicly released. Police said a man found with a gunshot wound at the home in Bowie was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.
September 23, 1994
A 26-year-old Severn man who was stopped early Wednesday for running a stop sign at New Freetown Road and Whitaker Road was charged with drug violations after Eastern District officers searched his car, county police said yesterday.The officers stopped a man driving a 1987 Plymouth shortly after 12:30 a.m. for running the stop sign.When the man opened a fanny pack to get his driver's license, the officers noticed a plastic bag used for packagings, police said.The officers found an ounce of suspected cocaine in the bag, suspected cocaine in a vial and packaging material, police said.
November 7, 2000
A Baltimore man was arrested on cocaine and other drug charges after Westminster city police searched a home on South Center Street, authorities said. Leroy Williams Jr., 31 of Bland Avenue was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was released from the Carroll County Detention Center after posting a $10,000 bond, police said. Detectives from the Westminster drug unit seized crack cocaine, weighing scales, manufacturing materials and drug paraphernalia during a search of the home Friday evening, police said.
July 26, 2008
A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to more than 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. City police officers searched the home of Damon Kimbrough, 34, in May 2005 and found a gun, approximately 13 grams of cocaine and glass vials, used for packaging cocaine for distribution, according to a release from the office of Rod J. Rosenstein. During the search, Kimbrough indicated that the gun, drugs and vials were his. U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Kimbrough to 130 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
October 6, 2009
Vaccines to help people recover from such addictions as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines appear scientifically and medically achievable after doctors reported Monday that a vaccine to treat cocaine dependence had produced a large enough antibody response to reduce cocaine use in 38 percent of addicted individuals. Those results come on the heels of last week's announcement that the federal government will fund a large clinical trial of a nicotine vaccine based on earlier promising studies.