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Life truly is a fairy tale, my adventure setting sail.

My triumph like Hercules – I brought Goliath to his knees.

What makes victory ever so sweet, is the learning that comes with defeat.

 

Never life’s mamba scares me a way, never a night without a day.

Never known love without a tear; never known courage without some fear.

Never known conviction without some doubt;

Can’t have “with” unless you have “without.”

Never known magic without some rules; never seen things built without some tools.

Never a full moon that didn’t wane:

If there’s a loss, then there’s a gain.

 

I grew an eye to make me the beholder, so beauty is beheld as I get older.

 

I speak of balance – yet don’t hold back!  If it’s a noble cause, the nobly attack!

One day there will come an end; can you say that you were the world’s friend?

 

There is perfection in the number seven;

I walked through Hell, so that I could know Heaven.

– Kabir

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The Maine Department of Corrections has intercepted more Suboxone sublingual film — thin strips of a prescription drug that are easy to hide and can be dissolved on the tongue — than any other contraband smuggled into Maine jails.

Research by Portland-based CBS affiliate WGME’s investigative reporter Marissa Bodnar found that inmates are regularly trying to sneak in and abuse the drug, which can be prescribed as a treatment for opioid addiction.

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce told WGME Suboxone strips have been found in between sheets of cardboard and in the folds of envelopes. Attempts to smuggle in drugs also have prompted the jail to limit contact between inmates and visitors, leaving inmates to see loved ones from behind a sheet of glass.

“We’ve banned cards from coming in,” Joyce said. “We take photocopies of greeting cards.”

Suboxone is a branded prescription drug that includes the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone.

Addiction treatment specialists have said Suboxone can be an effective medication to help those battling addiction to heroin and other opiates and opioids, if used correctly.

Dr. Mark Publicker, a longtime Maine addiction specialist, told WGME that inmates should have regular access to medication and therapy.

“Any of the [federally] approved medications should be used,” he said. “We need to develop systems [to create better access to addiction treatment for inmates] and understand, right now at any given time, the figure is over 80,000 prisoners in state and federal levels have opiate addiction and are not being treated.”

Bodnar found that, in addition to the Suboxone strips, heroin, marijuana, methadone, Oxycodone and tobacco, among other contraband items, have been confiscated by corrections officials in Maine jails.

Lethal Dose Haiku

Hey Circle,

So happy to get a letter from you guys, and I got your last letter and wrote you guys back, but I got out and was about to mail it when I got arrested for driving without a license.  So, the letter sits in my bag in a stamped envelope.  I was only out for about 43 hours.  I had planned on seeing you guys.  So much wanted to get up to Freeport and groove to positive vibrations.

I miss you guys tons and always think about you guys as well.  You are my family!

So.  A book to change your life, after Falun Gong, of course.  It’s:  “Hidden Messages in Water.”  Trust in me and read it, please.  A Japanese scientist and doctor who was the first to figure out how to photograph water crystals.  Did experiments.  Had elementary school kids.  He had different glasses of water and they spoke different phrases like, “I love you.” or “gratitude.”  Then also spoke “Satan’ or ‘You fool’ to other glasses of water.  The result”  the Satan Water crystals were dark, disjointed and ominous.  The “I love water’ was majestic and gorgeous crystals.  We are mostly water, understand the implication?  We, by choice, import and crate our existence!  Also proves how we effect others.

I believe I will do another introduction to Dafa.  I have been practicing a lot.  Life is the practice if have the gumption.  So precious is an opportunity as a human being.  Compassion for everyone.  Soften my heart and connect with people.  So sad is the ordinary person’s existence.  Relying on all false hoods.  I want the best for all.  Guard, inmate, free man.  All beings!  (And, you, my friends!)

I love you dear friends.

My very best,

Kabir

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A Westbrook man died while in custody at the Cumberland County Jail on Thursday night, the sheriff’s office said Friday.

Adam Davis Barnes, 34, was brought in to the jail in Portland around 6 p.m. Thursday after being arrested in Portland, according to the sheriff’s office. He was found unresponsive in his holding cell a little more than an hour later.

The state medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy Friday morning, but the cause of death was not yet clear.

“We are told from the medical examiner’s office that they will require additional studies before they are prepared to rule on cause of death,” Portland Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said during a press conference Friday afternoon. “It does not appear to be suspicious at this time.”

Malloch said the staff at Walgreens on Allen Avenue called 911 on Thursday afternoon to report a man in the store who was behaving suspiciously and might be under the influence of drugs.

Portland officers arrived as Barnes was leaving the store in his vehicle. He did not stop when the officers tried to pull him over, Malloch said, and there was a brief pursuit. On Washington Avenue Extension, Barnes struck a parked and unattended utility trailer, but continued driving.

Shortly thereafter, he stopped the car and was arrested. Police found cocaine and prescription Xanax in the vehicle, but it was unclear how much. There were no field sobriety tests conducted.

“He was arrested without incident,” Malloch said. “At that point, he was compliant.”

Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon of the sheriff’s office said Barnes was walking and talking when he arrived at the jail. While he was too aggressive for a full medical screening, a nurse determined Barnes was medically stable to enter the jail and did not need to be transported to the hospital. Gagnon said Barnes needed “light assistance” walking to the holding cell but did not appear to be injured and never asked for medical attention.

Gagnon said there appeared to be “nothing wrong with him.”

“He answered all the questions to the satisfaction of the nurse to be admitted,” Gagnon aid. “There was nothing suspicious. … We have intoxicated people come in all the time that we deal with, and he was of the normal range.”

Barnes had been charged with failing to stop, possession of scheduled drugs, violating bail, leaving the scene of an accident, driving to endanger and falsifying evidence. His criminal record was not available Friday.

Jail officials checked on Barnes every 15 minutes in his holding cell, which Gagnon described as protocol. It was during one of these routine checks that he was found unresponsive, a little more than an hour after he had been brought in. The sheriff’s office said jail officers gave Barnes first aid and attempted CPR, until a Medcu ambulance arrived. The jail said Medcu paramedics also tried to resuscitate Barnes but were unsuccessful.

The sheriff’s office could not immediately say whether Barnes was pronounced dead at the jail, while en route to the hospital or at the hospital.

The death is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, Portland police and the state medical examiner’s office.

“As far as we can see right now, everything was done with protocol,” Gagnon said.

Dear Circle,

Thanks for the letter.  It was very uplifting.  I will be back out soon, although I prefer my P.O. doesn’t know; I really don’t want to see her until Wednesday check in, although I’m probably going to call her when I get out, as it’s the right thing to do.  Ugh… she really didn’t have to have me arrested, but, I kinda knew she would.  She’s very by the book.  Not good!

So, I can’t wait to see you guys!  I took a thirty day set back.  I wasn’t even able to get to court til, like, 18 days in, so I figured what was another week at that point.  This time has been good for reflection.  I have to remain clean or I will end up doing the rest of the year hanging over my head.  And, I would really prefer not to do that.  I’ll have 8 months left when I get out.  I’ve got to get myself locked on to the right path.  I’m ecstatic to be finally fully clean from suboxone.  I never realized how tough it could be coming off of it.

I hope this letter finds you doing well; I miss you guys (and Bella) terribly.  Can’t wait to see everyone!

One love,

Kosmo

PS. As for Dafa: to be always truthful, compassionate and to have tolerance in our hearts and actions for all of God’s creations.  To do this in the face of adversity, to stick to the principle of the universe – zhen, shan, ren – is to cultivate our true character, our “shing shing.” This is what is truly correct for our truth in the nature of the cosmos!  This is cultivation!  Love, K.

Today,

No way –

Such a magic day..

With your hand in my hand, how I love your face.

Your so

beautiful, so lovely, so wild and sexy,

Outside of lust insight of love –

(Did you just text me?)

 

Euphoria… I assure you

Adoria… I want more of you..

Euphoria

 

My eyes met your eyes while I played little wing.

That I’d be yours and you’d be mine,

Some simple special thing

 

Euphoria… I adore you, (I do)

Euphoria… I want more of you..

Euphoria

 

Cumberland County Jail, 2/10/15

For Tessa

Hi. Your letter got sent back, because the letter was too big. So here is one with my name.  Send me a letter.

How is all of you?  I have been in for 3 1/2 months.  I be out in April or May.  Miss you guys.  I have money now.  Tell the guys I said hi.  Thanks for the Christmas card.  The Goblin was in here two times.  What is Rage’s real name?

Someone come visit me.  Wednesday: 830pm, Saturday: 545pm.

I am doing pushups every day.  Walking.  I gained 20 pounds since October first.  I wrote new songs.  I have my own cell.  I got turned down for a work release.

Well, write me.

Star Blanket

How are you?  I ended up being told you sent me something a few days ago.  Sorry, the jail did not let me have it, for it was longer than 5″ X 7″.  If you could send it in a smaller envelope I would be able to get it.

Father D.

I have been wondering.  Brothers, all I know, when I get out in August, sometime.

I can still remember being in Windham.  When Jason, Rage and I were lifting weights, we had some fun and got big.  What’s been going on with Father Dudley?  I don’t hear from him anymore.  We had a lot of fun in Windham, even when we went to the pow wows in Windham.

Well, brothers, I will sign off for now and write me.

I haven’t forgot about Spain, and I still want to go over there and I want to go somewhere else also like Hong Kong or Asia or even go to Alaska, so I can drive truck, make a lot of money, you know.

Brothers, I’m gonna wrap this up.  Everyone have a good day.  Peace brothers.  Aho my red brothers.

John Redcorn

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