Saturday, 22 December 2007

330 lbs of heroin in a truck


German authorities found 330 lbs of heroin in a truck in northwestern Germany in one of country's biggest seizures of the drug, police said on Friday.
The heroin, worth around 6 million $8.6 million according to the prosecutor's office in Muenster, had been stashed in travel bags inside a truck from Turkey.
The vehicle was stopped in Bocholt, near the border with the Netherlands, and the 32-year-old driver was taken into custody, the Federal Criminal Police Office said in a statement.

Paula Richards

Paula Richards, 45, of Bennett Square, Whipton, was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Exeter Crown Court yesterday.
The court heard that Richards was asked to bring heroin into prison by her partner Thomas Smith, 29, because he was being threatened by another person.
A telephone call from Smith to Richards was recorded and, although reluctant at first, she agreed to bring in the drugs and did so on June 9.
She went to the prison and was seen on CCTV removing an item from the front of her trousers and passing it to Smith, who put it down his trousers. Prison officers found it to be 3.25g of heroin with a street value in the region of £200.
Richards was arrested and when she was interview admitted taking the drug into the prison.

Neil Mounce


Neil Mounce was growing cannabis after a raid at his home in Pinwood Meadow Drive, Beacon Heath.Officers found cannabis plants being grown, dried and bagged up for sale, and £4,500 in drugs-related cash. Exeter Crown Court heard Mounce also bred reptiles as a hobby.has admitted: producing 261gms of cannabis over 11 months; possessing 364gms of cannabis with intent to supply when he was arrested; possession of 29gms of cannabis and four sedative tablets and possessing criminal property of £4,500 cash. He also pleaded guilty to charges of supplying class C drugs, involving cannabis and cannabis resin.

A 24-year-old man Dublin

A 24-year-old man has been arrested following the seizure of nearly 40kg of cannabis resin in Dublin this morning.
The drugs, worth an estimated €260,000, were seized by members of the Garda National Drugs Unit following a planned search in Tallaght.
The man is being held at Tallaght Garda Station under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act 1996.

Sergeant David Nyarko, Lance Corporals Dwamena Yabson and Peter Bundorin

Sergeant David Nyarko, Lance Corporals Dwamena Yabson and Peter Bundorin sentenced to two years imprisonment each for corruption by a public official. The sentences run concurrently.
They were charged in connection with the missing cocaine brought into the country on April 25, last year, by the vessel M.V. Benjamin.
The three policemen were alleged to have collected an undisclosed amount in US
dollars from Sheriff Asem Dakeh popularly called Limping Man who is wanted by the police for the importation of 77 parcels of the cocaine, 76 of which were offloaded at the Kpone beach near Tema.

Aleck C. Gayle, Willie Simmons Jr,Jerrell Hodge


El Dorado police recovered marijuana, codeine cough syrup, firearms, and digital scales in three drug busts that resulted in the arrest of three people this week. Aleck C. Gayle, 33, appeared in Union County District Court (UCDC) on Friday on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, three counts, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, failure to keep records (maintaining a drug premises), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gayle, who was arrested Wednesday, was issued a bond of $10,000.
Arrested on drug charges Friday morning were 33-year-old Willie Simmons Jr., and 27-year-old Jerrell Hodge.

Arvy James Flanigan, 23

Arvy James Flanigan, 23, fled in a vehicle with his wife and an associate prior to execution of the warrant and was stopped by Corinth police after a short pur­suit.
During the pursuit Flanigan was observed tossing something out the driver’s window that was later recovered and ident­ified as methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officers recovered 60 grams of methamphetamine, $1,000 in currency and six firearms.
Flanigan was arrested and charged with manufacture or de­li­very of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, a first-degree felony punishable by life in prison or a term of 5 to 99 years, and a fine up to $10,000.

36-year-old former UN worker Bert Tatham of Vancouver.

WARNING DUBIA "criminal penalties for possession, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs, as well as poppy seeds, are strict and include the death penalty." The advisory also warns that the presence of drugs in the body is also counted as possession can also carry a minimum prison term of four years. Bert Tatham of Vancouver.36-year-old former UN worker has blamed his own negligence for his April arrest at Dubai International Airport, where he was found with two poppy bulbs and a small quantity of hashish.
Despite his efforts to explain the poppy bulbs were old and would only be used for educational purposes and that the hashish - 0.06 grams - was residue from handling it daily in Afghanistan as an anti-narcotics officer, he was sentenced to four years in prison.

Dr. Sean Buckingham

Dr. Sean Buckingham guilty on five counts of sexual assault, six counts of trafficking painkillers such as OxyContin and Lorazepam, and one count of assault.
During the two-month trial on 18 charges at the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John's, patients described in explicit detail how Buckingham provided them drugs in exchange for money and sexual favours over a two-year span.
One of the patients broke down in tears when she testified that the 47-year-old doctor sodomized her and whipped her with a twig while she was naked and tied to a tree at a local park.

Konstantin Gagkayev, 25, and Andre Latendre, 21,Jeffrey Jones, 21.


Konstantin Gagkayev, 25, and Andre Latendre, 21, of Windsor, and Jeffrey Jones, 21, of Allan Park, Mich., each face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. Two Windsor men have been charged following a 100-thousand dollar marijuana bust in Chatham-Kent. The OPP pulled over a vehicle on the 401 last night that was exceeding the speed limit and smelled the raw marijuana. About 15-thousand dollars in cash was also seized. Charged are Konstantin Gagkayev and Andre Latendre, both of Windsor and a Michigan man.

Mark F. Frankenthal

Mark F. Frankenthal, 41, of Hawley, charged with four counts of possession with intent to deliver/delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, all felonies; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Judge Rose set bail at $100,000

Lisa D. Bivona

Lisa D. Bivona, 44, of Hawley, charged with eight counts of possession with intent to deliver/delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, all felonies; and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, a felony; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Judge Rose set bail at $100,000.

Ernest J. Lamonica

Ernest J. Lamonica, 21, of Hawley, charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, a felony; and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, a felony. Judge Fischer set bail at $100,000.

Diana H. Mason

Diana H. Mason, 22, of Rowland, charged with delivery of a controlled substance, methadone pills, a felony; and criminal use of a communication facility, a felony. Judge Fischer set bail at $50,000.

man, allegedly carrying $24,000, was arrested in Adelaide

Seven people have been arrested in South Australia and New South Wales in an operation which police say has cracked a major drug syndicate.
Detectives seized cocaine and methamphetamine, also known as ice, from a suitcase which arrived on a flight to Adelaide yesterday.
Three people aboard the flight were arrested.
A fourth man, allegedly carrying $24,000, was arrested later in Adelaide.
A further three people were arrested in Sydney after overnight police raids netted more illegal drugs, guns and steroids.

Christopher W. Trimble

Christopher W. Trimble, 21, of Middletown, N.Y., charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, a felony; and criminal use of a communication facility, a felony.

Mark F. Frankenthal and Lisa Bivona

Mark F. Frankenthal and Lisa Bivona. Officers discovered approximately 83 bags of heroin, $4,732.00 in cash and surveillance equipment at the house.
Those arrested on Dec. 14, and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Deborah Fischer .

Zeferi Hernandez-Gonzalez, 40, Felipe Candido-Anastcio, 35, and Jose Luis Jimenez-Rojas, 25.

The three arrested for trafficking cocaine were Zeferi Hernandez-Gonzalez, 40, Felipe Candido-Anastcio, 35, and Jose Luis Jimenez-Rojas, 25.
Hernandez-Gonzalez also faces a charge of sale and distribution of cocaine.
In another case, Immigration Customs Enforcement told the task force that a package containing cocaine was en route to Beaufort.
Police intercepted the package and on Friday undercover police delivered the package, with a return address of Georgetown, Guyana, to Shequana Milton, 21, at 255 Storyteller Road on St. Helena Island.

Lt. Michael Ferguson,Maurice Ferguson.


Lt. Michael Ferguson, who worked at Engine Nine in the Bond Hill neighborhood, was a key part of the illegal operation, authorities said.
"The firefighter played just as significant a role as the others," said Russ Neville, special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration office in Cincinnati. "He wasn't the leader, but he was in there with all the rest."
Federal drug agents broke up a marijuana distribution ring this week, making 12 arrests in Greater Cincinnati on Thursday and Friday. Maurice Ferguson, 36, who owns the 513 Store in Walnut Hills, was the leader of the ring. The store sells Hip Hop clothing.
Maurice Ferguson, who sources said is related to Michael Ferguson, was arrested Thursday in Florence, Ky., in a retail strip where he was looking into opening a similar store, said Neville. He said Cincinnati and Florence police joined DEA officers in making arrests.
The group received shipments of 1,500 to 3,000 pounds of marijuana a month from a supplier in Riverside, Calif. The bales of marijuana came by tractor-trailer and were divided among several "stash houses," Neville said.

Lindsay Lohan


Lohan checked in and out of jail on Thursday, spending just 84 minutes behind bars for a drunken driving and cocaine-possession conviction.

Friday, 21 December 2007

Drug Smugglers open new routes across the Sahara

Drug smugglers follow ancient caravan routes north across the Sahara to Mediterranean seaboard countries like Algeria, from where drugs can be shipped relatively easily into Europe.Niger's government has urged its neighbours to try to cut off fuel and munitions supplies to the rebels on its territory and plans to host an international conference with the United Nations in October to discuss combating smuggling in the Sahara

Jom'eh Khan Gomshad Zehi

Jom'eh Khan Gomshad Zehi, State television said Gomshad Zehi was on a United Nations list of major drug traffickers. accused of involvement in killing nine police officers, it said, adding that he used to live in Iran close to the Pakistani border but had been on the run in Afghanistan for several years.Iran has arrested a major international drug trafficker, state television reported on Saturday, saying he had smuggled dozens of tonnes of narcotics into the Islamic state each year

Hilario Larrago


Hilario Larrago to face methamphetamine smuggling charges in Georgia.
Mexico extradited 63 drug traffickers and dangerous criminals to the United States in 2006 and 41 in 2005. Drug kingpins held in Mexican prisons often run their cartels from behind bars, making extradition crucial.
The highest-profile extradition so far this year was that of Osiel Cardenas.

Sandra Avila "Queen of the Pacific"


Sandra Avila, known as the "Queen of the Pacific," one of its most notorious and glamorous drug smugglers, Mexican officials said on Tuesday.
Avila, 45, is accused of helping build up the Sinaloa cartel on Mexico's Pacific Coast in the 1990s using her friendships with the gang's leaders including Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, Mexico's most wanted man.
She was caught in September near her house in the Mexican capital, after a U.S. and Mexican authorities called for her arrest on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.Avila Beltrán is the niece of Miguel Angel Félix Gallardo, the onetime godfather of the Mexican drug trade who is serving a 40-year sentence for the murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent in 1984. Her great uncle Juan José Quintero Payán was extradited to the States on drug trafficking charges in January. On her mother’s side, the Beltráns got involved in heroin smuggling in the 1970s and later diversified into cocaine as the U.S. market for that drug exploded,Avila Beltrán’s love life was also a key factor in her allegedly meteoric ascent. In the late 1990s she became involved with Colombian trafficker Juan Diego Espinoza Ramírez and through him met Diego Montoya, the head of Colombia’s Valle del Norte cartel who was arrested by the authorities in that country last month. Avila Beltrán became a kind of "transmission belt" between Montoya’s syndicate and Mexican cartels based in the state of Sinaloa, on the Pacific Coast, and Ciudad Juárez, along the U.S. border, says Patiño. Avila Beltrán moved money between the two countries and organized logistics for the safe delivery of cocaine shipments from Colombia. Her underworld godfather, according to Patiño, was the formidable Sinaloa-based trafficker Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada García, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington four years ago on charges of conspiring to import and distribute 2,796 kilos of cocaine with an estimated value of $47.4 million.

Iran hanged three convicted drug smugglers


Iran hanged three convicted drug smugglers in the central city of Qom on Sunday, Iranian media said, in the latest public execution in the Islamic state.The number of executions in Iran, many in public, has risen since July with the launch of a crackdown on "immoral" behavior. Police say they have arrested many murderers, rapists and drug traffickers.Murder, rape, adultery, armed robbery, apostasy and drug smuggling are all punishable by death under Iran's sharia law, imposed after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Five drug dealers were hanged in the city of Birjand on November 20.

beheaded or mutilated bodies of five people

Suspected drug smugglers have dumped the beheaded or mutilated bodies of five people around the Mexican capital in recent days in what appear to be revenge killings for a cocaine seizure at the airport.
The severed heads of two men who worked for a private customs firm were found near Mexico City airport on Saturday while their bodies appeared just outside the city.
One of the heads had an index finger stuffed in its mouth and the other had a finger in its ear.
Mexico's attorney general said over the weekend agents had seized half a ton of cocaine found at the airport on a flight from Colombia.

Kenneth Robinson, 34


Robinson was charged with several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

89 suspects from five gangs

Police yesterday announced details of a major drug operation in Guangdong Province that netted 89 suspects from five gangs.
Law enforcement officers worked with their counterparts from the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions for the operation.

Samuel Dale Lightner

Samuel Dale Lightner, aka "Sammie,"45, of 523A Johnson St., Chester, was picked up on a Family Court bench warrant and also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

Tarachjae Lafon Murphy

Tarachjae Lafon Murphy,22, of 113 Frazier Drive, Chester was picked up on a city bench warrant and also charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Joel Ray Hunter

Joel Ray Hunter, aka "Joey," 25, of 1676 Boyd Road, Chester, was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Donald Grier

Donald Grier, 54, of 768 Lancaster Highway Chester, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Rodney Danielle Dillingham

Rodney Danielle Dillingham, 25, 759 Sitton Road, Chester, was picked up on a General Sessions bench warrant and also charged with simple possession of marijuana

George Antron Gore

George Antron Gore, aka "Tron," 24, of 225 Ligon St., Chester was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. on bond charged with a shooting last year.

Q, Shorty. Keon Jamar Blackmon

Keon Jamar Blackmon, aka "Q, Shorty," 18, of 524 Sirrene St., Chester, no charge listed. He was not cooperative while booking, Sheriff’s office staff said. He is charged with distribution of cocaine.

Kenneth Scott Beavers

Kenneth Scott Beavers, 33, of 557 Third St, Chester, was arrested and charged with possesion of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Dr. Douglas L. Jackson & Barry K. Downey


Dr. Douglas L. Jackson, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; Reid A. Jackson, of Melbourne, Fla.; and Barry K. Downey, of Woodbine, Md., each with one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business under federal law and one count of money transmission without a license under D.C. law.
E­Gold's digital currency, "E­Gold," functioned as an alternative payment system and was purportedly backed by stored physical gold. Persons seeking to use the E­Gold payment system were only required to provide a valid email address to open an E­Gold account - no other contact information was verified. Once an individual opened an E­Gold account, he/she could fund the account using any number of exchangers, which converted national currency into E­Gold. Once open and funded, account holders could access their accounts through the Internet and conduct anonymous transactions with other parties anywhere in the world.
The indictment alleges that E­Gold has been a highly favored method of payment by operators of investment scams, credit card and identity fraud, and sellers of online child pornography. The indictment alleges that the defendants conducted funds transfers on behalf of their customers, knowing that the funds involved were the proceeds of unlawful activity; namely child exploitation, credit card fraud, and wire (investment) fraud; and thereby violated federal money laundering statutes. The indictment further alleges that the defendants operated the E­Gold operation without a license in the District of Columbia or any other state, or registering with the federal government, and thereby violated federal and state money transmitting laws. The indictment alleges that this conduct occurred at various times from 1999 through December 2005.

Hossein Karimi Ricabadi

Police forces in the United States, Turkey, the Netherlands and Romania have worked together for three years to identify members of an international 'narco-terrorist' group that uses drug money to buy arms and explosives. But the gang could not be collapsed due to a mole under the name of 'Bozo' in the Istanbul Police Force.
Following the identification of the mole, all members of the crime ring were caught in operations carried out simultaneously in Turkey, the Netherlands and Romania throughout March and April.
A total of 345 kilograms of heroin was seized during the operation, codenamed Zumrut/Bayer. It resulted in the capture of Iranian drug baron Hossein Karimi Ricabadi 15 days ago, following his attempted escape to Austria.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Kamran Amin

Kamran Amin, 32, was convicted of money laundering charges after almost £58,000 cash was discovered in his Breckon Hill Road home in Middlesbrough in April.
He was found guilty of nine charges of possessing criminal property at Teesside Crown Court. .
Prosecutor Rupert Doswell said forensic analysis revealed that between 94 and 100pc of tested bank notes were contaminated with heroin.

Shahid Nazir Bhatti

Shahid Nazir Bhatti, 45, from Bradford, West Yorkshire pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to conspiracy to launder the proceeds of criminal conduct. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment by HHJ Marson QC. Bhatti is the last of 11 individuals to be convicted after HMRC officers uncovered the massive money laundering ring centred on West Yorkshire cities .

statue of the Virgin Mary

British customs officers seized cocaine worth $30,400 concealed in a parcel that contained a number of religious artefacts including a statue of the Virgin Mary, a Bible and a rosary.
The cocaine was hidden in a badge adorned with a picture of the Last Supper. The drugs were found in a routine check on a parcel sent from Brazil and destined for an address in London.

Marco Vella, 34, and Wendy Janet Agius

Marco Vella, 34, and Wendy Janet Agius, 32, both from Sliema, pleaded not guilty to the charges of using false euro notes and defrauding several establishments of less than Lm100 on and before 17 December.
Ms Agius was also accused of relapsing.
Prosecuting Inspector Ian Joseph Abdilla told the court, presided over by magistrate Jacqueline Padovani, that the money was found in their Sliema apartment during a raid. He added that the police found 32 false e50 and e100 notes, and said that it was the biggest haul of false euro notes so far.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

executed two Thai men

Saudi Arabia executed two Thai men yesterday for drugs smuggling, bringing to at least 51 the number of people executed in the kingdom this year.
The two men received hashish hidden in imported consignments of sports equipment, the official news agency SPA said.
They were executed in Dammam. The executions, usually carried out through public beheadings, apply to those convicted of drug trafficking, rape, murder and other violent crimes

600 kg of refined hashish


600 kg of refined hashish were seized by Algerian gendarmes in the department of Ain Temouchent, western Algeria, The drug haul, which was hidden in the trunk and under the rear seats of a Peugeot 505, was on its way to Oran, a major city in western Algeria.
Driven by an individual who is being actively sought by security forces, the vehicle forced its way through two police roadblocks before being abandoned in a small forest.
The gendarmes managed to arrest the driver of the vehicle, while his accomplice who was also traveling in the same car is still actively being sought, according to the daily.
Investigations have been launched into the matter with a view to determining the other people who are involved in the drug trafficking network.

33-year-old Italian and 24-year-old Dutchman


33-year-old Italian and 24-year-old Dutchman arrived from Brussels on a Cyprus Airways flight at around 7.30pm.
He said the two men’s behaviour in the arrivals area aroused suspicion, prompting officers to call them over to customs for inspection.
Ioannou said drug squad presence at the airport was especially strong these days as the department carried out operations to locate hard drugs, especially cocaine.
The Italian suspect’s luggage was examined first, uncovering nothing suspicious, and he was allowed to leave the airport.
During an inspection of the Dutchman’s luggage, however, officers found a second dividing compartment, containing 15 packages of cannabis weighing a total 15 kilos. It is believed the concealment of the drugs was done by a professional, as the packages were laced with coffee beans and closed airtight so as not to alert sniffer dogs. Officers also believe the drugs, of a highly advanced type, came from Holland.
In the meantime, the find the Italian attempted to make a run for it, managing to leave the airport and jump into a taxi heading for Limassol. Nevertheless, he was chased down and caught by a drug squad officer, who was slightly injured making the arrest.

Hakem al-Zayadi

Hakem al-Zayadi was executed in the town of Rafha near the border with Iraq for smuggling hashish on a motorcycle, The execution brings to at least 59 the number of people put to death in the country this year. The sentences, usually carried out through public beheadings, apply to those convicted of drug trafficking, rape, murder and other violent crimes.

Ayesh Bin Hajhooj al-Atwi was executed on Wednesday

Ayesh Bin Hajhooj al-Atwi was executed on Wednesday in the northern city of al-Jawfover for smuggling hashish into the country, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an Interior Ministry statement.
Wednesday's execution brought to 77 the number of people, including two women, beheaded in the kingdom this year. Saudi executions are performed in public as a deterrent.
The kingdom decapitated 38 people last year and 83 people in 2005.

S.D Dob 20.09.83 of No 4/1 Richardson’s Passage

The Royal Gibraltar Police has this afternoon confirmed the arrest of a local man in relation to a major cannabis operation undertaken yesterday.
In a statement this afternoon a police spokesperson said: - “As a result of an ongoing Royal Gibraltar Police Joint Crime Division anti-drugs Operation code named Shetland.
Observations were kept on two high powered Spanish registered vehicles a black coloured BMW 320 and a charcoal coloured AUDI A 8 parked at a local car park, suspected to have drugs concealed in them.
It was later confirmed that the two vehicles had been reported stolen to the Spanish authorities.
On Wednesday 6th of June 2007 both vehicles where seized and taken to a police secure compound.
Access into the vehicles was gained, which yielded the following:
“Inside the boot of BMW 320 a total of seven bales containing approximately 210 kilos of Cannabis Resin was found.
“Inside the boot of Audi A 8 a further 11 bales containing approximately 330 kilos of Cannabis Resin was also found.
“Search Warrants Under the Drugs Misuse Act were executed at 4 local addresses, which resulted in the arrest of S.D Dob 20.09.83 of No 4/1 Richardson’s Passage, and two other local British nationals.
“Scene of Crime Officer of the RGP carried out a full forensic Examination on both vehicles.
“The two other British Nationals were each bailed out to appear at New Mole House Police Headquarters at a later date, in the sum of £5000 in their own recognizance and a further surety of £5000.
“S.D. was charged to appear at the Magistrates Court with Possession and Possession with intent to supply approximately 540 kilos of Cannabis Resin.
He was granted bail in the sum of £10,000 in his own recognizance with a surety in the like sum.
He was also ordered to surrender his travel documents. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of £ 1,350,000.”

Be warned - don't fly Etihad unless you have a permit to drink alcohol because you might end up in an Abu Dhabi prison like these men," he said.

Jupiter Mines executives convicted of sexual harassment charges in the United Arab Emirates may have had traces of cocaine and cannabis in his system, according to drug tests presented to a court in Abu Dhabi.

The charges arose from an incident aboard an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi on April 26.

Jeremy Snaith, who spent 25 days in al-Wathba prison, outside Abu Dhabi, was charged with unlawful consumption of cocaine and hashish. But Snaith's defence team says it is a case of mistaken identity.

Nicholas Bernard Taylor

Nicholas Bernard Taylor, a Sydney DJ who regularly performs in northern NSW and the Gold Coast.
It said Taylor was among three people arrested on suspicion of possessing a small amount of hashish, heroin and cocaine.
Taylor was arrested on Sunday night after police raided a party at a private villa in Kerobokan, it said.

international adviser with the Poppy Elimination Programme


An international adviser with the Poppy Elimination Programme in Kandahar, Afghanistan and consultant with the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) pleaded innocent against possessing 0.6 grammes of hashish for personal use before a court on Tuesday.
The Public Prosecution had charged the Canadian suspect, H.W., with smuggling and possessing 0.6 grammes of hashish and two poppy seeds for personal use besides consuming hashish.

Celestino Made Santiago Police Officer

Celestino Made Santiago was arrested by a police patrol after being found to be in possession of three pounds of cannabis, according to National Police chief Lieutenant General Bernardo Santana Páez.
“We call on all members of the police to refrain from committing this type of illegal act, because otherwise they will be fired and sent to justice” said Santana Páez.

British tourist has been jailed for four years

British tourist has been jailed for four years in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for possession of 0.07 grams (a little over two-thousandths of an ounce) of marijuana, a report said Friday.
The 25-year-old man, identified only as W.H., was caught at Dubai airport with the tiny amount of marijuana in his pocket, in addition to "two hardly noticeable slivers of hashish," the Gulf News daily said.

Loyd Hamoonga


Loyd Hamoonga, 30, of Chibolya B compound in Itezi - tezhi for trafficking 4.65 kg of cannabis, and Andrew Nsonge, 35, a peasant farmer of Serenje, for trafficking 2. 1 kg of the same substance.
Others arrested in the province include Makanda Zhinga, 29, Joseph Mbambi, 29, and a 15-year-old juvenile for trafficking 2g, 6.43g and 294 g of the same substance respectively.
As for the Copperbelt, Chulu revealed that the commission has arrested and jointly charged Peter Kachengelo, 28, and Eunice Kachengelo for trafficking 10.8 kg of cannabis.
"In Lusaka, the commission has arrested Aaron Banda of Kanyama compound for trafficking 15 sachets of heroin weighing 0.0675 g and also Kissner Chilando, 24, for trafficking in cannabis weighing 99.0176 g ," he said.

Bijoy Sinha Roy

Bijoy Sinha Roy has been suspended and an enquiry has been ordered against him. Nearly 900 grams of cannabis was seized from his possession.
Around 6.00 p.m the warder was observed trying to enter the jail premises when the security guards became suspicious after seeing his pockets which were bulging. He was immediately asked to step aside and searched his body before finding the cannabis on him.

Morocco 11 tons of hashish aboard two TIR trucks

Customs services of the city seized more than a ton of cannabis resin. The seized quantities were concealed in two TIR trucks and a car belonging to a Moroccan expatriate in Belgium.
The customs are currently using a mobile scanner, which enabled in December to seize a record quantity of 11 tons of hashish aboard two TIR trucks in Nador.
This device has helped foil many smuggling attempts, the most important of which was three metric tons of cannabis resin seized, in April, by the Moroccan navy north of Nador.

Jonathan Zulu

Jonathan Zulu was arrested for trafficking in 63 kilogrammes of cannabis and Evans Daka of Lusaka’s Chinyunyu area had 47 kilogrammes of cannabis.
Mr. Chulu said others arrested in Lusaka are Eko Miti 31, of Kamanga compound for trafficking in 34.02 grams of cannabis and David Mwanza of Chikabamba Village in Luangwa for trafficking in 41.45 grams of cannabis.

Zheng Xiaoyu, former head of China's drug watchdog, has been executed.

on trial..now executed, Zheng Xiaoyu
Zheng Xiaoyu, former head of China's drug watchdog, has been executed.
Zheng is another corrupt official to receive capital punishment after Cheng Kejie, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hu Changqing, vice-governor of Jiangxi province, east China, were executed .

Malta man

A Malta man was accused yesterday of possessing around 250 grammes of cannabis that was found in circumstances denoting it was not for his personal use.
The man, who is from Rabat but who cannot be identified, by court order, pleaded not guilty to cannabis possession with intent to traffic on 26 June and the preceding three months.
Before magistrate Giovanni Grixti, the man pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.
He was granted bail against a deposit of Lm1,000 and a personal guarantee of Lm500.

Nakamura Yukihito

Nakamura Yukihito was about to board a flight to Bangkok when Sub-Inspector Kamal Singh of the Central Industrial Security Force stopped him for a security check around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
During frisking, the police officer allegedly detected 160 capsules wrapped round Nakamura’s groin area.
On further investigation, the capsules were found to be containing 144 gm of fine quality hashish.

Nepali national

A Nepali national allegedly running an international syndicate in the smuggling of hashish has been arrested by the Delhi zonal unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau.
The agency has seized a consignment of wooden artefacts with over 11 kg of hashish concealed in them.
While investigating the chain through which hashish consignments originating from Nepal are smuggled into European countries and the United States through India, the
Narcotics Control Bureau zeroed in on some parcels of wooden artefacts (replicas of Asoka pillars) being couriered to Moscow.

5 kilos of cannabis extract on board their car.

The Gendarmerie Royale (rural police) on Thursday seized, aboard a truck, 5 tons of processed cannabis, destined for making cannabis resin, locally known as chira.
The dealers were identified and are currently looked for, the same source said.
Earlier this week, Moroccan customs in the north city of Tangier arrested a Spanish national with around half a metric ton of hashish that he was trying to smuggle to Europe.
They also arrested three Portuguese nationals with 5 kilos of cannabis extract on board their car.
Customs and security services of the port of Tangier have lately stepped up crackdown operations on drug smugglers. They are currently using a mobile scanner, which enabled them, in 2006, to seize some 28.6MT of drugs in 196 operations and arrest 250 people

A 42 year old man from Sliema

A 42 year old man from Sliema was arrested after a number of cannabis plants were found in his apartment.
In a separate raid in Cospicua, police arrested a 33 year old man after quantities of heroin drug were found in his parents’ home. Another 36 year old man from Swieqi, Franco Arcidiacono, was also arrested after he was caught with 35 grams of cocaine in his vehicle.

Two Afghan nationals

Two Afghan nationals who had arrived at Dubai International Airport on September 19 carrying 69 bags of almonds, aroused the suspicion of the officers from the Drugs Combating Department. A search of their luggage revealed over 40kg of heroin concealed among the almond packets.

Tangier Portuguese citizens were arrested by the customs

Portuguese citizens were arrested by the customs . The three had concealed 5kg of "chira" (cannabis resin) in their car's double skin tank.
Since last 5 August, a series of major seizures involving several tons of hashish destined to the European market have been made by customs officers at the Tangiers harbour.
Persons found guilty of "international drug trafficking" in Morocco risk heavy penalties, sometimes up to 10 years imprisonment with heavy fines

Moroccan customs officers

Moroccan customs officers have reported arresting a Spanish citizen in Tangiers harbour with 435kg of hashish concealed in his vehicle.

Gonzalez D., 38, was about to board a ferry sailing for Algesiras, South of Spain. He was driving an Italian registered van, a source close to the Moroccan customs services revealed, saying the man was arrested on Tuesday.

The same source said Gonzalez would soon appear in court to answer the charge of "international drug trafficking".

four years in jail

Three passengers who were caught carrying tiny amounts of drugs [less than 0.9 grams], in three separate cases, will each have to spend four years in jail.
The Dubai Court of First Instance found the two Iranians and French male defendants guilty of illegally bringing in small amounts of banned substances for personal use.
The three accused will be deported after serving their terms.

Taiki Nakamura and Keiji Umeno

Kanto Gakuin University rugby players Taiki Nakamura and Keiji Umeno are suspected of growing about 16 plants in the apartment they share in Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama, according to the Kanagawa prefectural police.

Police arrested the two third-year students on suspicion of violating the Cannabis Control Law after finding the plants in a closet at about 7:05 p.m. Thursday.

Baha Jambol

Baha Jambol, 45, was commuted to an 18-year jail term and 12 strokes of the cane, the state Bernama news agency said.
"All praise to God," a grateful Baha said to the media after the appeals court made the decision.
The former fish and vegetable vendor has already served nine years on death row, and reductions to the sentence mean he will be free in December next year, Bernama said.

Life Sentence

27-year-old Bahraini pleaded guilty to the charges of obtaining, possessing and selling the drugs, using his house as a warehouse.
The sentence was passed by the High Criminal Court, which acquitted two other Bahrainis who were said to be supplying the drugs.
Evidence..the 27 year old Bahrain man poses with his booty..
Officers arrested him in April following a tip-off as he was driving and discovered hashish under his car seat, as well as a scalpel with traces of the drug on his door compartment.

Pfingsten Thomas (45),

Pfingsten Thomas (45), a national of the Republic of Ireland, had been living at Panaji in Goa for the past two years.
Passengers and railway users at platform number one of the railway station were suspicious of the inebriated man, and noticing a strange smell emanating from his baggage, intimated the police.
Upon a search of Thomas' luggage, the railway police recovered one kg of hashish, an air pistol, a sharp 'khukri', a scale used for measuring weights, a mobile phone and his Irish passport.
The total value of goods recovered from him is approximately Rs 50,000. Thomas was immediately arrested by the railway police and questioned by a team of officers, led by police inspector Narasingh Bhosale.

Middlesbrough Academy player Lewis Walker mother Tracy Walker


Middlesbrough Academy player Lewis Walker was accused of possession with intent to supply Class C drugs after a police raid uncovered £25,000 worth of cannabis in his bedroom cupboard.
A jury at Teesside Crown Court last month found the 17-year-old not guilty of the charge following a four-day trial.
But his mum Tracy Walker, who admitted looking after the cannabis haul for someone else, was today jailed for possessing the cannabis with intent to supply and a charge of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
The 37-year-old had denied the cocaine charge but was found guilty by a
jury.The charges arose from a police raid at the family home in Kirkstone Road, Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough.

mother is now under arrest

a 4-year-old was caught with marijuana in his backpack.
A teacher found the weed when the child was going through his backpack looking for supplies.
Police say the child’s mother admitted the drugs were hers, and so was the rest of the marijuana found in her home. That mother is now under arrest.

Eric Desvaux French Policeman

Eric Desvaux had "tarnished the reputation of a great state body." He was sentenced to nine months in jail, with three months suspended.
The 39-year-old, a former European swimming champion, was arrested in May after his girlfriend accused him of stealing a camera from the body of a man who died in a road crash. When police officers searched his home they found the stolen camera -- and a cannabis plantation.
In court, Desvaux did not deny he committed the crimes, but said he had suffered from relationship problems.

Robin Adkins


Robin Adkins, 43, was charged with possession of marijuana over 20 grams and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, both third-degree felonies.
According to Volusia County
sheriff's deputies, Adkins was visiting her husband at Tomoka Correctional Institution, a state prison in Daytona Beach, when correctional officers said she was acting suspicious.
During the visit, Adkins went to the bathroom, and when she exited she was walking slowly with her arms clutched to her waist, deputies said. When she sat back down with her husband, officers said she appeared to be trying to remove something from the waistband of her pants.

The charge of trafficking carries the mandatory death sentence


Razali Ahmad, 33, of Gombak, was found guilty of trafficking in 858gm of cannabis which was found in his sling bag in a house in Jalan Dewan Gombak Setia, Gombak,Judicial Commissioner Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim ruled that the prosecution had failed to cast a doubt on the prosecution’s case.
The charge of trafficking carries the mandatory death sentence.
The prosecution called eight witnesses while Razali was the only witness for the defence.
Razali was represented by counsel James George while deputy public prosecutor Shoba Venu Gobal appeared for the prosecution.

Greek Orthodox nunnery

A Greek Orthodox nunnery was turned into a marijuana plantation by two men posing as gardeners for elderly nuns, police said on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, officers raided the nunnery in the village of Filiro, near the northern port city of Thessaloniki, and found more than 30 large cannabis plants in the enclosed gard

Intent to Supply

woman who supplied counterfeit prescription drugs to the UK was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for money laundering offences. The woman from Uxbridge was arrested as part of a joint investigation between the City of London Police, and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Police officers, along with Enforcement Officers from the MHRA, found counterfeit prescription drugs worth over £250,000, including more than 50,000 units of one particular drug when they searched an address in November 2006. In addition, twelve passports were found hidden inside a suitcase and a total of 30 bank and visa cards were also recovered. The defendant was also charged with offences under the Identity Card Act. Investigators discovered that the drugs originated in Pakistan and were then mailed to the woman. She was paid in cash and this money was then credited to a bank account in a pseudonym used in one of the false passports. In July 2007 the defendant was subsequently charged with trademark offences, possession with intent to supply class C drugs and money laundering. Detective Constable Wilson McQuitty,City of London Police Economic Crime Department, said: "This woman was exploiting people who genuinely needed these drugs for her own personal gain. Together with colleagues from the MHRA we were able to take these drugs out of circulation and seize numerous fake documents and bank cards which were being used to launder the money she was making." Mick Deats, Head of Enforcement MHRA, said: "Today's result sends out a very clear warning that dealing in counterfeit medicines doesn't pay. The MHRA will continue to clamp down on those who flout the law and put the public's health at risk. People should ensure that they only obtain their medicines from legitimate outlets, e.g. their doctor or pharmacist. If people do not then there can be no guarantee to their safety, quality or indeed that they work. At best these medicines could be a waste of money, at worst they could be severely detrimental to your health." The woman was sentenced to 12 months for the false identity offences and 18 months for the two cases of possession with intent to supply Class C drugs.

Operation Nemesis

16 men and one woman were charged after 25 simultaneous drugs raids were conducted by Staffordshire Police in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. This was part of Operation Nemesis, Staffordshire Police's continuing crackdown on major drug dealers which resulted in 22 arrests. One man, who was arrested on suspicion of offences linked to counterfeit clothing including money laundering, was bailed pending further investigation. Officers seized numerous items of evidence including two firearms, various quantities of drugs, computer equipment, and significant amounts of cash

29-year old Sierra Leone national and 32-year old Nigerian

A 29-year old Sierra Leone national and 32-year old Nigerian travelling together on route to their homes in the London area were stopped by HMRC officers after arriving on a flight from Istanbul. HMRC has issued a statement today on a separate case in which officers arrested two women at Manchester Airport this week seizing about 14 kilos of cocaine in baggage with a street value of approximately £840,000. The women appeared at Manchester Magistrates charged with the illegal importation of Class A drugs this morning and have been remanded in custody

Vladimir Dimitrov Konstantinov

Police in Peru arrested a 38-years-old Bulgarian citizen at the international airport of Jorge Chávez with 12.97kg cocaine. Bulgarian Vladimir Dimitrov Konstantinov was to fly to Spain through Amsterdam, police said as quoted by EFE news agency. Konstantinov was arrested after sniffer dogs rushed to his luggage. When police officers opened his suitcases, they found the drugs divided in 13 packages, hidden between clothes

Bulgarian customs officers

Bulgarian customs officers and police and Portuguese police arrested two Bulgarian cocaine smugglers at Lisbon airport during a joint operation.
Portuguese police detained a 38-year-old man who organised the international drug-smuggling ring from Latin America to Western Europe, and a 30-year-old drug dealer, an Interior Ministry press release said.
The dealer traveled from Brazil to Portugal. He had swallowed 1.2 kg of capsuled cocaine.
Drug dealers who swallow capsules to smuggle the drug, usually intake from 0.6 to 0.8 kg of narcotic substance, the press release said.
Bulgarian and Portuguese authorities worked nearly four months to reveal the smuggling ring. The arrest of the two Bulgarians was the last of a series of related arrests.
Bulgarian police detained two men, who had swallowed 1.2 kg of cocaine, at Sofia airport in November 2006. Other two Bulgarian traffickers were arrested at Lisbon airport a week later, on December 8 2006.

The total quantity of cocaine seized from the related operations is 4,4 kg. The drug could have been sold for more than 180 000 euro on European markets.

death of a 23 year old Brasilian

death of a 23 year old Brasilian in Porto earlier this month wasn't reported in the English speaking press. He had swallowed 52 condoms of coke, 23 of which had been expelled in his hotel room and the rest found during an autopsy. The article from Brasil's Estado states the drug would result in 10,000 doses.

Katy Conner

died during a flight from Mexico to Birmingham. After she began bleeding from her nose and mouth and the flight was diverted to Terceira in the Azores. She died due to 60 packets of the stuff bursting in her stomach

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