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Black Market in Prescription Drugs Targets Medicaid Recipients

A massive Medicaid fraud operation was recently discovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI alleges over $100 million in expensive HIV medications and other drugs were sold in the black market. The drugs were supposedly obtained from Medicaid recipients in exchange for cash.

DEA Cracks Down on Synthetic Drug Use

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is stepping up efforts to stop the manufacture and sale of designer synthetic drugs across the nation. One complication faced by DEA officials is the ambiguity tied to the legality of these synthetic drugs. Legislation on this issue is constantly changing, leaving many citizens confused on whether the substances are legal or not.

Supreme Court Set to Make Landmark Decision

This month the U.S. Supreme Court will make a major decision that will affect many involved in the justice system for crack cocaine crimes. Previously, the laws guiding disciplinary actions for crack cocaine were vastly different than those in effect for possession of powder cocaine.

Prescription-Drug Trafficking Sentencing in Florida Has Drawbacks

A man intent on taking his life instead received a 15 years prison sentence. The man brought 31 painkillers and a bottle of Natural Life to Orlando's Cherry Tree Park. An officer caught him drinking the beer and then arrested him for illegal possession of pharmaceutical drugs.

Kentucky v. King Clarifies "Exigent Circumstances" Exception

In May of 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Kentucky v. King that police officers may rely on the exigent circumstances exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement so long as "police do not create the exigency by engaging or threatening to engage in conduct that violates the Fourth Amendment." The Court's decision is a technical one, but it has important implications for how police conduct searches of people's homes.

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