November 11, 2007

One Might Think Detoxification Would Be Difficult. In Malibu, It Takes About Two Minutes.

Filed under: Drugs, Funny — omsarti @ 9:53 pm

From the LA Times

Hollywood rehab can produce unhappy endings, even when the patient isn’t named Lindsay or Britney.

That’s what Kelly Logan learned when he sought treatment for a methamphetamine addiction at Promises Malibu, detox destination to the stars.

Logan’s brother, Garfield, says he paid $42,000 up front to admit the former professional surfer for a month at Promises’ canyon-top Mediterranean-style home. Five days later, he says, Promises kicked Logan out for belligerent behavior but kept all the money.

“They’re scam artists,” said Garfield Logan, a plaintiff in one of four consumer-rights, breach-of-contract and unfair-business-practice lawsuits filed against Promises Malibu and its Westside branch in the last year. Promises has denied the allegations.

The suits and state licensing violations reveal a little-seen side to the high-end rehabilitation centers that have become a Malibu cottage industry and — thanks to such patrons as Promises alums Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears — a tabloid feeding ground. (…)

All of the Malibu centers are for-profit enterprises in a field dominated by not-for-profits. With luxury as a principal appeal, many charge far more than the going rate for residential care. (…)

Promises lawyer Gerald Sauer said that when patients leave early, the balance of the month’s payment is retained for their use if they check back in, or the money is sometimes transferred to other rehab centers where the patients seek treatment. “No one is losing any money,” he said.

“If you leave, your money stays,” said Passages co-founder Chris Prentiss, who added that the center immediately resells the vacated bed — the monthly cost is $67,550 — and that returning patients must wait for the next opening. Their payment stays on account, he said.

But former patients and their relatives who have taken Promises to court maintain that the company intended to unjustly enrich itself at their expense by refusing to refund any money, no matter how short the patients’ stay.

“They get people at their most vulnerable point to turn over huge sums of money,” said Michael Parks, a lawyer for a former patient identified only as John Doe, a 50-year-old lawyer and alcoholic who sued in July. “Promises has a double standard of caring for celebrities first, at the expense of regular people.”

The suit accuses Promises of evicting the plaintiff after a week — and keeping the balance of his $49,000 payment — because of false claims that he had made a “sexually inappropriate remark” to an unnamed celebrity patient.

The Promises staff tolerated “racially insensitive comments” by a celebrity, the suit alleges. Promises denied the allegations. A hearing is set for November.


I’m the Weatherman, I Take That Cocoa Leaf and Make That Snow, Sit Back, Watch It Turn to Dough

Filed under: Drugs — omsarti @ 9:52 pm

Preppie Killer Robert Chambers and his longtime girlfriend were busted Monday night on charges of selling enough cocaine from their swank East Side apartment “to levitate Central Park,” police sources said.

Cops said Chambers, 41, struggled with officers who tried to handcuff him on the felony charges. One detective suffered a broken thumb in the fracas.

Chambers, who was freed from prison in February 2003 after serving 15 years for the August 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in the infamous “rough sex” case, could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of the new charges.

Investigators had seen heavy drug traffic at the apartment in recent months, and undercover cops bought a quarter kilo of coke – a little more than a half pound – with a street value, of $20,000, they said.

The couple is accused of making a total of eight sales to cops posing as small-time drug dealers. One sale of at least 68 grams of coke is an A-1 felony, carrying a sentence of up 30 years. (…)

The sensational and divisive Levin case seemed to expose the dark side of young people, many of them privileged, on the upper East Side in the 1980s.

Chambers, who was a troubled student at a number of prep schools, killed Levin, an 18-year-old graduate of the exclusive Baldwin School, in Central Park on Aug. 26, 1986.

Levin’s strangled, semiclad corpse, which had bruises, bite marks and cuts, was found by a bicyclist beneath an elm tree on a grassy knoll near Fifth Ave. and 83rd St. behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The 6-foot-5 Chambers claimed Levin “raped” him, asked for “rough sex,” tied his hands with her panties and hurt his genitals as she painfully masturbated him. He said she was accidentally killed when he freed his hands and pushed her off him.

After the trial but before he was sentenced, a tabloid TV show broadcast a home video showing Chambers cavorting at a party, amid four lingerie-clad young women, choking himself with his hands while making loud, gagging noises.

Twisting a Barbie doll’s head off, Chambers is heard saying in falsetto: “My name is… Oops! I think I killed it.”

I Hear Rumours That We’re in Trouble, It’s Just Not True

Filed under: Drugs, Funny — omsarti @ 9:51 pm

new orleans craigslist
my coke for your pot
Date: 2007-09-23, 10:59AM CDT

I have two 12-pack cases of Coca-Cola professionally chilled to 38 degrees F in a white Kenmore 25.1 cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with push button filter.

Looking to trade for your pot. A Kitchen Essentials® from Calphalon® Pro Series Nonstick 6-qt stock pot with cover would be ideal.

Is There a Word for the Act of Inserting an Illegal Street Drug in One’s Rectum?

Filed under: Drugs — omsarti @ 9:49 pm

This was rather funny;
From Panther House

A former top narcotics officer, credited with over 800 arrests in eight years, is now selling a DVD that shows marijuana users how to avoid arrest when traveling with a stash. Law enforcement officials are outraged.

The DVD is called Never Get Busted Again, and these pictures (drug dogs jumping into the backs of pickups, hidden cameras in hotel rooms…) are from Barry Cooper’s previous life. That’s what gives him his unique credibility. As a narcotics officer in West Texas, Cooper was a law enforcement star. That was partly due to his work ethic: Stopping 30 cars a day on the highways was routine for Cooper and his K-9 companion.

“We would pull over cars that had college bumper stickers, because we knew college kids often partied with marijuana,” Cooper says. “We would pull over ‘Vietnam Vet’ plates, because a lot of our vets developed a habit over there.

“I feel bad about it,” he admits. “I would look for Mexicans. I would look for black people. It works.”

When Cooper was invited to train other police departments, he made a game of it. After two days of training, Cooper would ride along on a shift with one of their officers. If he didn’t make at least one drug bust during that time, the cost of the training was on him. He never paid a dime. (…)

But when Cooper left West Texas and moved to Upshur County in East Texas, things began to turn. First, Cooper arrested the mayor’s son for possession of methamphetamines. He then arrested a city councilman for driving with a bag of pot and a gun. Busting long-hairs on the highway was one thing, but the aggressive narcotics officer was not endearing himself to important people in East Texas. After four years, Cooper left law enforcement behind. He then discovered a little of what life is like on the other side of the police baton.

“I used to break into houses at three o’clock in the morning with 10 other men, after throwing a flash grenade through the window,” Cooper says. “I would drag Mom and Dad away and send the kids to the department of human services — over a bag of pot — and totally ruin that entire family. I started reaping what I had sown.”

Without the cloak of being a police officer and in the middle of a contentious divorce, Cooper was on the wrong side of small-town politics. He was arrested for returning rental movies late and for unlawfully carrying a gun. His ex-brother-in-law, a constable, showed up with an order to remove his two girls. They put up such a fight, the effort was abandoned.

All of the charges against Cooper were eventually reduced or dismissed entirely, but he was angry. So he figured out a way to hit back — and make money doing it.

Cocaine found hidden in postcards

Filed under: Drugs — omsarti @ 9:47 pm

From theLocal

Four people are to face trial for smuggling cocaine into Sweden using specially-made postcards sent from Peru. Police say that between the picture side and the back of the postcard the smugglers had hidden a receptacle full of the drug.

The postcard is described as very well made. The drugs could only be seen when the picture was peeled off.

“They must have been ordered from a postcard manufacturer,” said Marcus Carlsson at Swedish Customs in Gothenburg.

At least 30 of the cards were sent from Peru, with six grammes of narcotics in each card.

The cards were detected by sniffer dogs at Arlanda airport in the summer. Customs officers were then able to intercept a number of further deliveries. The postcards were addressed to ten people from the Gothenburg area. Prosecutors say that four of them are now to face trial.

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