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The Daily Buzz: December 29, 2014

Texas searches for US border patrol agent allegedly kidnapped by Mexican drug cartel; smartphones and social media fuel booming online illicit drug sales; and drunk walking is a deadly New Year's hazard.

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Texas Investigating Claim That Mexican Drug Cartel Kidnapped Border Patrol Agent
On Christmas Day, police dispatchers received multiple calls from a man claiming to have kidnapped a Border Patrol agent and threatening to kill him. Since then, federal officials have been scrambling to track down the 3,000-plus US Border Patrol agents who work in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Surge in Illegal Drug Sales as Gangs Exploit Online Market
Social media and smartphones are apparently driving a huge rise in illegal sales of pharmaceutical drugs, like sleeping pills, diet pills and Viagra, which many people are “too embarrassed” to obtain legally, according to the head of enforcement at Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Last year the agency seized millions of prescription and counterfeit drugs and removed 18,671 YouTube videos directing viewers to purchase these illicit products, but the black market is still booming.

This New Year's Day, walk carefully! Photo via

This New Year’s Day, walk carefully! Photo via

This New Year’s Eve, Mumbai Police to Reward Sober Drivers With Roses
Traffic cops in Mumbai, India, will be coming down hard on inebriated drivers this December 31. But they will also be rewarding good behavior, by giving out thousands of roses to sober drivers. The initiative is meant to discourage drunk driving on one of the most unsafe nights of the year, and will no doubt inspire at least one romantic comedy plot.

January 1st Most Dangerous Day for Drunk Walking
Remember drunk driving is hazardous, even when the vehicle you’re operating is… your own body. January 1 is the day of the year with the highest number of drunk walking fatalities, according to a 2005 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Almost half of these accidents took place between midnight and 6 am, and 58% involved pedestrians who were legally drunk.

Pot Cooking Is Getting More High-Brow
Marijuana edibles are moving into the spotlight, as more states legal recreational pot. According to The New York Times, “cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit” and skilled chefs are leaving respected restaurants and taking on jobs in cannabis cooking.