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For years, state and local police departments have been piggybacking on federal investigations and statutes that allow for the forfeiture of property derived from or involved in criminal activity. While the law was intended to deprive criminals of the ill-gotten fruits of their illegal labor, too many police departments began seizing cash and property from people who were never convicted or even charged with a crime. (So much so that in 2014, Americans lost more to civil asset forfeiture than they did to burglary or robbery.)

The worst of those abuses, however, may be coming to an end. The Supreme Court ruled that the same constitutional protections that apply to federal asset forfeiture apply to state and local police departments, and attempted to limit their ability to seize private property out of proportion to the crimes alleged.

Not long after we all fell in love with CSI and the science behind forensic evidence, much of that science was called into question. Beyond the accidental errors and purposeful evidence tampering at crime labs and by lab technicians, it turns out that the underlying basis for many types of forensic evidence was flawed.

Now, another long-trusted crime fighting aide is coming under scrutiny. As Radley Balko writes for The Washington Post, it turns out drug sniffing dogs aren't especially good at sniffing out drugs. And this news should have an impact on a big case pending in the Supreme Court.

Plano, Texas is just the latest city to upgrade its 911 system to receive text messages, but as local NBC news reported, not all area counties or cities have the same option. Clearly, the ability to text (rather than call) 911 can save your life, and may be the only option for the hearing impaired. And the more cities and counties that get on board, the better.

But texting 911 isn't available nationwide yet, so here's what you need to know.

This week, drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on 10 counts of drug trafficking and is expected to receive life without parole. But those 10 charges fail to encompass the decades-long career of a man who murdered rival cartel heads, escaped twice from Mexican high-security jails, and amassed an estimated $15 billion dollars in drug revenues.

That got us thinking about other notorious drug traffickers, so here's our list of five of the biggest kingpins of all time, and how they were brought to justice.

Drug Lord El Chapo Found Guilty on All Counts

While there were a few twists and turns, it appears that the saga of the El Chapo trial is over for now. After about 34 hours of deliberation, a jury found El Chapo guilty of all 10 federal criminal counts against him. The federal criminal charges included the use of firearms, international distribution of drugs, money laundering, and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. While all of these are serious charges, he's facing a mandatory life sentence for his criminal enterprise conviction.

Despite Alabama prisons allowing Christian ministers and spiritual advisors to attend executions, and despite a last-minute appeal from a Muslim death row inmate to have his imam accompany him at his execution, and despite the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stay his execution in order to hear his First Amendment arguments, the Supreme Court ordered the man's execution yesterday.

Dominique Ray was put to death last night via lethal injection at a state prison in Atmore, without his imam present.

Do Prison Inmates Get Porn?

Prohibiting people from accessing the internet ain't easy. Even convicted sex offenders can't get banned from social media sites. And current prison inmates used dating sites to run sextortion scams on active duty military personnel.

But do they get porn behind bars?

Not if you're in prison in Iowa, where a state law prohibits distributing "any commercially published information or material to an inmate when such information or material is sexually explicit or features nudity." That's casting a pretty wide net, and 13 inmates at the Anamosa State Penitentiary sued the state, claiming the statute violates their First Amendment rights.

Record-Setting Fentanyl Bust Could Have Killed Millions

Fifty-six million lives were potentially saved this week in a record-setting drug bust near the Nogales, Arizona border crossing. The hero? A drug sniffing dog. Man's best friend sniffed out 254 pounds of fentanyl, along with 395 pounds of methamphetamine, hidden in the lower compartment of a tractor-trailer truck carrying cucumbers across the border from Mexico.

Though 85 percent of trafficked fentanyl comes into the United States near San Diego, a growing number of drug imports are now being seen at the Nogales crossing, presumably because it is nearest the Sinaloa cartel. This tractor-trailer was driven by a 26-year-old Hispanic man, who was subsequently arrested and charged with possessing drugs with the intent to distribute, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Authorities will surely question him to see where he was coming from, and of equal importance, where he was going.

Field Tests on Illegal Drugs Wrong Up to a Third of the Time

Imagine facing 25 years in jail, accused of possessing heroin with intent to sell, and yet having no idea that you even had a scrap of drugs on you. One would think that's a possibility on a vacation in Mexico, but not driving around in your new-to-you used van in Florida.

That's the reality Matthew Crull recently faced, spending Christmas and New Year's in jail, with his family wondering if his not guilty plea was legit or not. All seemed loss, until his 41st day in jail, when he learned that the arresting officer had been making arrests based on erroneously positive field-use tests. Crull has been released, and the arresting sheriff may face criminal charges for false arrest.

As you may have noticed, quite a few states have been legalizing weed lately. And as you should be aware, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance, illegal under federal drug laws. So how does that work?

For the most part, federal law enforcement decided to take a hands-off approach to state weed regulation. That was until Donald Trump was elected and his new attorney general Jeff Sessions blew all that up. But it appears Trump's selection to replace Sessions, William Barr, differs quite a bit from his predecessor when it comes to federal enforcement of drug laws in legalized states.