Ty Dollar $ign arrested over drug possession

Ty Dolla $ign has reportedly been arrested - but not yet charged - after cocaine and marijuana were found in his car.

The 33-year-old rapper - whose real name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr. - was detained by police in Atlanta today after his limousine was pulled over by police just outside the Busy Bee Cafe and sniffer dogs led them to the hidden stash.

The Or Nah hitmaker was reportedly travelling with six other people at the time - thought to be heading to a concert at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood - and, although they were all pulled out for the search, they were released without charge.

An eyewitness has told TMZ that several officers and drug dogs - who were barking like crazy - surrounded the vehicle before Ty Dolla was placed in handcuffs.

A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department has confirmed that both cocaine and marijuana were found in the vehicle but the rap star is yet to be officially charged.

This is the second time Ty Dolla has run into trouble over the past few months as back in June he landed himself in hot water when he tried to get a blind woman moved from her seat on board his flight to Ottawa because he was "allergic" to her guide dog.

Ty Dolla was on board an Air Canada flight from Montreal at the time when he allegedly asked the unidentified woman, who was sat behind him, if she could move further back because the fur from her assistance pooch made him sneeze.

The woman reportedly offered the Love U Better hitmaker an allergy pill to help with his itchy nose, but he refused and claimed he had to perform on stage later that day.

Staff on board the aircraft attempted to calm down the situation by asking Ty Dolla if he had spoken to medical at the desk prior to boarding about his allergy, but he hadn't.

However, because the blind woman had got approval to take the dog on board when she booked her tickets, the flight attendants said she didn't have to move.

They did, however, offer the rapper a seat at the back of the plane, but he reportedly turned it down because he had paid extra for the place he had been allocated.

Ty Dollar $ign. Source: Bang Showbiz

Versions of synthetic cannabis in New Zealand up to 10 times stronger than strain that saw US 'zombie outbreak'

Experts are warning there are deadlier versions of synthetic cannabis available in New Zealand which are much more potent than the one which caused the so-called zombie outbreaks in the US.

The Government's been told two deadly types of synthetic cannabis are so potent they should be classified as class A drugs.

One of these drugs has been linked to a well-known case that rocked the United States in 2016.

"The concentrations we're seeing in New Zealand are much more potent than what we saw in the Zombie outbreak in New York," Health Minister David Clark says.

In some instances, the drugs found here were 10 times stronger.

The news comes after synthetic cannabis was linked to the deaths of at least 45 people since June 2017.

"I don't think we ever anticipated we'd get new synthetic drugs that would lead to so much harm," Drug Foundation Executive Director Ross Bell told 1 NEWS.

Synthetic cannabis is already illegal - but the maximum punishment for dealers is two years in prison.

Making synthetic cannabis a class A drug would put it alongside methamphetamine, cocaine, magic mushrooms and lsd.

This would mean the police would have more power and the penalties would be significantly tougher for dealers and users.

The Government says it will make a decision on synthetic drugs in the coming weeks.

They're calling for the drug to be classified as Class A – the most harmful and dangerous. Source: 1 NEWS


Reality show doctor and woman allegedly used 'good looks' to lure victims into California drug rapes

A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said today there could be many more victims.

Orthopedic surgeon Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, of Newport Beach and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, of Brea were arrested September 12 after being charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anaesthesia or controlled substance, and other crimes, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told a news conference in Santa Ana.

Investigators were meticulously going through "thousands and thousands of videos and images on Robicheaux's phone, many also including Riley," Rackauckas said.

Some videos show women who "appear to be highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist, and they're barely responsive to the defendant's sexual advances. Based on this evidence, we believe that there might be many unidentified victims out there," he said.

The district attorney showed reporters video of Robicheaux from a now-cancelled Bravo TV show called "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" in an episode titled "Three's A Crowd."

"We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey," Rackauckas said, releasing an array of information about many locations and events associated with Robicheaux and Riley.

The defendants, who were released on $US100,000 bail, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Grant W. Robicheaux and Cerissa Laura Riley. Source: Associated Press


Rihanna asks for Jacinda Ardern's help in tweet - 'Its been a big year for you'

Popstar and fashionista Rihanna has reached out on Twitter to try and enlist the help of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for one of the singer's charitable causes.

Rihanna started out by congratulating the PM before asking for help. 

"Kia ora @jacindaardern! It's been a big year for you & NZ - congrats!

"I hope you & @MFATgovtNZ agree that educating every child can change the world!" the singer wrote before linking to the Clara Lionel Foundation which she started in 2012.

The tweet also contained a link to a piece Rihanna wrote for The Guardian yesterday, calling for more support for young students in developing countries. 

Rihanna and Jacinda Ardern. Source: Associated Press

Over 20 vehicles vandalised overnight in suburb on Auckland's North Shore

More than 20 vehicles have been damaged overnight in an area on Auckland's, North Shore.

Police say a number of vehicles' tyres have been vandalised in Birkdale's, Tiri Tiri Road and Woodhams Street area.

Anyone who has had their car damaged is urged to report it to police if they haven't already done so.

Police are making area enquiries and conducting scene and forensic examinations and are interested to hear from anyone who may have information.

John Healy says people drastically underestimate the risks of leaving kids or pets in their car.
Source: 1 NEWS