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1US CO: 'Hug Drug' Intoxicating DenveritesSun, 27 Feb 2000
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:McPhee, Mike Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:02/28/2000

As the drinking crowds continue to grow in LoDo each weekend, an alternative counterculture is developing in the empty warehouses just north of Coors Field.

Sipping nothing stronger than bottled water and fruit juices, the mostly younger crowd gathers, not to preen and strut, but to dance the night away. To them, appearances are less important than the experience.

Dressed in baggy pants and T-shirts, adorned with tattoos and piercings, this crowd is content to gather in industrial settings on concrete floors, the more remote the better. They don't care for fancy bars and elegant seating. What they're looking for is a deafening sound system and a hip disc jockey with his own collection of industrial "electronica" music.

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2 US CA: Sloppy LAPD Evidence Rules Let To Coke TheftSun, 27 Feb 2000
Source:Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) Author:Barrett, Beth Area:California Lines:206 Added:02/28/2000

Donning a 99-cent-store disguise, dirty cop Rafael Perez nonchalantly stole cocaine from an LAPD evidence room for several months without arousing suspicion, only to be caught because of his own carelessness and arrogance, the Daily News has learned.

Perez made one severe error in March 1998, following his largest narcotics heist -- he failed to replace the dope he had taken with household flour as he had done in the past.

According to confidential transcripts of Perez's testimony to investigators and several sources close to the corruption investigation, Perez had used the flour scam at least three times before, eventually stealing a total about $1 million worth of cocaine from the Los Angeles Police Department.

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3 US CO: Cops May Face Uphill Battle In HiringMon, 28 Feb 2000
Source:Denver Rocky Mountain News (CO) Author:Sprengelmeyer, M.E. Area:Colorado Lines:107 Added:02/28/2000

New Zero-Tolerance Policy For Cocaine Use Could Reduce Recruit Pool 30%, FBI Warns

Denver could have trouble finding enough police applicants under a new zero-tolerance policy on past cocaine use, an FBI official has warned.

The FBI has found that of the more than 1,200 Denver-area applicants the bureau gets each year, 30 percent have used cocaine or other hard drugs, a spokesman said.

Jane Quimby of the FBI said only about 30 percent to 40 percent have never used any drugs.

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4 US NJ: Drug Case Haunts Latino AppointeeSat, 26 Feb 2000
Source:Bergen Record (NJ) Author:Davis, Maia Area:New Jersey Lines:83 Added:02/28/2000

A week that started on a high note for Paterson Latino activist Juan A. Torres ended on a low one.

Torres was named by the county's ruling Democrats early this week as their top choice to become personnel director of Passaic County government. The $59,000 job would make him the highest-ranking Latino among the county's 2,400 employees.

By Friday, however, the 49-year-old Torres was facing questions by the county freeholders about why he had not disclosed an arrest for drug possession in 1993. The case was dismissed in Paterson court.

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5 US CA: Doctor's Visit To Red Bluff Draws FireSun, 27 Feb 2000
Source:Redding Record Searchlight (CA) Author:Benda, David Area:California Lines:92 Added:02/28/2000

RED BLUFF -- Dr. Tod Mikuriya never thought he'd write medical marijuana recommendations in a room full of stuffed animals.

But the Berkeley psychiatrist, who treats patients from San Diego to the Oregon border, was in the bedroom of an east Red Bluff home Saturday after being evicted from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall the day before.

Mikuriya, who testified in the marijuana trial of Redding mother and son Jim and Lydia Hall, saw about 20 patients inside the home Saturday. Many of them were members of the Humboldt Cannabis Club in Arcata, between 20 and 50 years old and suffering from chronic pain. They brought medical records to back up their claims.

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6 US CA: Home-Grown PotSun, 27 Feb 2000
Source:Arizona Daily Star (AZ)          Area:California Lines:137 Added:02/28/2000

(SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif.) (AP) - They were spotted from the air, as conspicuous as sharks in a school of guppies: Three plots of land, seemingly stripped of the towering oaks and manzanitas that shroud this patch of Southern California forest.

These were not natural formations. They were entirely man-made - and entirely illegal.

A week after the August sighting, a helicopter returned with two dozen Forest Service agents and sheriff's detectives. They cleared a landing pad and cut a trail into the site, coming first to a makeshift reservoir. Six hoses, filtering water from a creek, ran in one end; several more snaked back out the other.

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