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Khalifa performing at Under the Influence of Music Tour 2012 in Toronto via Wikimedia Commons.

Cameron Jibril Thomaz, who’s better known as hip-hop/rap superstar ‘Wiz Khalifa‘, was arrested on the morning of May 25 for possession of marijuana while attempting to fly from El Paso to Dallas, Texas.

According to reports, a Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) agent at the El Paso airport pulled the 26-year-old rapper aside for a pat down because Khalifa failed to provide proper identification. Upon searching Khalifa, the TSA agent discovered a small “canister” with a green, leafy substance that was believed to be marijuana.

Khalifa was in El Paso, Texas to headline at a music festival the Saturday prior to his arrest. It’s unknown why he was heading to the Dallas.

The TSA worker held Khalifa until the El Paso police arrived and took him into custody on a single charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Soon after being taken into custody, Khalifa tweeted a photo of himself sitting in an El Paso jail cell along with the caption: “I wanna drop 28 Grams but they got me locced up. Soon as I get out, the tapes comin out. XXXX that,” Note: “28 Grams” is the name of Khalifa’s upcoming album. The album was scheduled for release on May 25, 2014, but it was pushed back due to Khalifa’s arrest.

Khalifa followed up by tweeting the following from his Twitter account: “They’re tryna figure out how many grams I had. “How ironic.” Several media agencies report the star was taking advantage of his arrest to bring more attention to his upcoming album.

So, how much marijuana was Khalifa holding during the time of his arrest? According to police reports, Khalifa has roughly 0.5 grams of marijuana on his person’s while attempting to travel through the El Paso airport.

Khalifa posted his $300 bail and was released from the El Paso jail. Other than the rap star’s tweets, there’s been no official comment on Khalifa’s marijuana arrest.

Khalifa isn’t a newcomer to marijuana possession charges. In 2012, the rap star was arrested twice for possession of marijuana: one incident occurring in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and other occurring in Nashville, Tennessee. Two years prior, in 2010, Khalifa was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana during his “Waken Bake” tour at East Carolina University.

bb28-year-old Cory Flenory was arrested and charged with suspicion of mayhem following a road rage incident in Stevenson Ranch that left a woman with a severely injured eye.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSP), Flenory got into a verbal altercation with a 22-year-old female photographer in Walmart parking lot on Saturday night. Flenory proceeded to follow the woman and her boyfriend to the intersection of Old Road and Pico Canyon Road, at which point he rolled down his window and fired a single shot towards the driver-side window with a BB gun.

The victim’s boyfriend, Blake Hipp, said the Flenory chased them down in a Mazda SUV, bumping into them at one point during the altercation. When Flenory attempted to ramp the couple a second time, the victim and her boyfriend swerved out of the way, only to find Flenory pointing a BB gun at their direction just seconds later.

When the BB gun was initially fired, Hipp assumed it was a gunshot while the victim thought she had been hit with a bottle.

“I heard a big pop right away. Instantly, I thought it was a gunshot. She actually thought a broken bottle hit her in the face,” said Hipp

The victim underwent surgery to remove shards of broken glass that were embedded in her eye. The medical staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centere are doubtful that her vision in her right eye will remain.

Officers say Flenory was uncooperative when they arrived at his home early Monday morning. In order to subdue the alleged road rage perpetrator, officers were forced to use pepper spray. And when Flenory was placed in the back seat of a cruiser, he allegedly kicked out a window while shouting and screaming profanity.

According to Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin, Flenory was currently under parole at the time of his arrest. His bail has been set at $100,000.

He was taken into custody about 8 a.m. While he was taken into custody, unfortunately, this individual chose to kick out the window of our sheriff’s department radio car and, unfortunately, deputies had to use pepper spray to take him into custody,” said Josh Dubin with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with infromation about this case are being urged to contact the Angeles County Sheriff’s Santa Clarita Station at (661) 255-1121.

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Canadian teem faces 60 charges of ‘swatting’

A 16-year-old teen from Ottowa, Canada is facing 60 charges stemming form an illegal activity known as “swatting.” Not to be confused with squatting — which is also illegal, swatting is a hoax in which a person calls 911, the police or fire department to report an emergency at the wrong address. The purpose of swatting is to convince the authorities to target the wrong address, potentially injuring the residents inside.

Authorities believe the unnamed minor is responsible for making 30 hoax calls to various parts of the U.S., many of which deemed a response by SWAT. According to police, the boy would call emergency police lines in various cities — never in Ottowa, however — to report bombs, hostage scenarios, break-ins and more. When the responding officers arrived on scene, they were left with more questions than answers, as they soon realized it was an elaborate hoax.

Ottowa police arrested the boy at his home in west Ottowa after a grueling 2-month investigation. Ottowa police are handling the case along with the help of the FBI, Calgary, Ontario, and Quebec police forces. The boy is being charged with public mischief, mischief to property, uttering death threats, and conveying false information with intent to alarm. Depending on the results of further investigation, the boy could face even more charges. His name is being withheld due to the his age.

Swatting is a term utilized online to refer to engaging emergency services with false calls to affect revenge on an individual or organization by causing the response of armed SWAT teams to active shooter scenarios or bomb threats,” Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Rick Baldwin-Ooms said Friday. “In this case, the subject is a suspect in at least 30 North American occurrence.”

After searching the boy’s home, Ottowa police confiscated several computers, communications equipment, data transmission devices, as well as firearms and ammunition. It’s unclear whether or not the firearms are linked to any specific criminal behavior, but the local authorities viewed it as an “item of interest.”

According to the FBI, each time emergency responders are called to investigate a ‘swatting’ hoax, it costs approximately $10,000 in taxpayer money while placing the lives of officers at risk. Considering the fact that over 60 swatting hoax calls were made from the perpetrator’s home, it’s clear to see the financial toll his criminal activity had on various government bodies.

christmas_lights_street_109044_lFormer New York City Police Department Officer Michael Setiawan, 36, was arrested Sunday on charges of hate crimes in connection with a string of anti-Semitic graffiti in a predominantly Orthodox Brooklyn community.

Setiawan began working for the NYPD back in 2009, but after just 2 years of service, he abruptly quit and went looking for employment elsewhere. It’s unclear exactly how Setiawan has been occupying his time since leaving the NYPD, but investigators believe he’s responsible for a slew of hate-crime graffiti in and around the Brooklyn area.

Investigators working on the hate crime graffiti case were analyzing surveillance footage when they found a connection to the former NYPD officer. The man in the video, whom was on his way to ‘tag’ a nearby vehicle with anti-Semitic graffiti, got out of a car with a clearly identifiable license plate. Investigators searched their database to discover the car was owned to Setiawan, and at that point they knew they had found the perpetrator.

Authorities believe Setiawan was suffering from a mental episode which possibly drove him to commit the hate crimes. During his initial 2-year employment with the NYPD, Setiawan suffered from depression along with other related psychological disorders. Neighbors note that while he was a little off at times, Setiawan was generally a “quiet” and “helpful” person.

After taking Setiawan into custody, investigators began questioning him at the 66 precint. Unfortunately, this didn’t prove to be helpful, as Setiawan reportedly made strange faces and denied the crime, at which point authorities took him in for a mental evaluation.

Police believe Setiawan is responsible for over a dozen hate crime graffiti taggings throughout the Brooklyn area. In total, there were 15 vehicles tagged with anti-Semitic words and an additional 4 buildings. Setiawan is being charged with 19 counts of criminal mischief related to hate crimes, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief. There’s been no word yet on whether Seiawan has sought legal representation.

The graffiti problem was so bad that several students in the area told their parents they were scared of going to school. The increased attention to the area drove investigators to push more time and resources into catching the person responsible for the graffiti. Thanks to the work of investigators, they were able to track down the alleged vandal with the help of a surveillance footage.

“Hate is not a Brooklyn value, and I repudiate any lowlife individual who would spread their prejudiced invective,” said former NYPD officer Eric Adams.