Fight against mugshot sites yields little success


Mike Anderson was an 18-year-old freshman at Texas State University when he was busted with less than a gram of weed. Police arrested him, took his mugshot and he spent the night in jail.

The legal consequences for being caught with such a small amount of marijuana – just enough for a joint or two – were minimal, but expensive. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if he attended a drug program and did community service, and he could later get the record of his arrest expunged for about $500, wiping the history of his arrest from public view.

“After I got it expunged, I thought it was pretty much a done deal,” he said of the order granted earlier this year.

But the next time he Googled his name, he realized the ordeal was far from over. His arrest photo was posted on Mugshots.com. The page was one of the top results for anyone who might be looking for him. And as Anderson applied for internships – a graduation requirement for mechanical engineering majors – recruiters who initially seemed interested would offer the spot to someone else.

“It wasn’t right,” said Anderson, a junior, who asked that his real name not be

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Major drug bust in affluent Georgia homes yields $7M in marijuana, 9 arrests, officials say


The basements in six Georgia homes were converted into indoor greenhouses for marijuana production, cops say.

 (Hall County’s MANS)

Georgia police discovered a “highly” sophisticated indoor pot operation in a Gainesville home, where a basement was converted into a greenhouse holding more than 500 marijuana plants, officials told Fox News.

“The photos really don’t do it justice,” Lt. Dan Scalia, who is in charge of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, told Fox News on Thursday. “Some

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