Saturday, 30 August 2008

Jim Adams and Tricia Adams have been charged federally with the illegal sale of Schedule II prescription narcotics

Jim Adams and 30-year-old Tricia Adams have been charged federally with the illegal sale of Schedule II prescription narcotics consisting primarily of Oxycontin, Percocet and Hydrocodone.
The FBI says undercover agents bought drugs from Jim Adams, a former employee of the Sierra Army Depot. It says Tricia Adams served as the main supplier of the drugs while continuing to work at the depot.Also arrested were 25-year-old Jacob Lahr of Doyle, and 29-year-old Markey Walker, and 41-year-old Jerry Goodman both of Susanville. The FBI says they face unspecified state charges.

Charles Bowman and William Baugh Officials found over 100 hydrocodone pills and 3 quarters of a pound of compressed marijuana in the suspects' vehicle

Charles Bowman of Buckhannon, and 41-year-old William Baugh of Weston were stopped on Route 50 east of Parkersburg Thursday.Officials found over 100 hydrocodone pills and 3 quarters of a pound of compressed marijuana in the suspects' vehicle.
"We're sitting at the crossroads of 50 and I-77," Sheriff Ken Merritt says, "and we are doing interdiction on the highways, and this will continue."
Both Bowman and Baugh were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, possession of hydrocodone with the intent to deliver.. and conspiracyMeanwhile, Parkersburg city police say the area's narcotics task force arrested a Columbus man Thursday on drug charges.Quentin DeVaughn Davis is charged with delivery and intent to deliver, and is being held on $250,000 bond.
Chief Gerald Board says 20 grams of crack cocaine and a large amount of money was seized in the raid."Other arrests are pending," Chief Board says. "It's an ongoing investigation; it's been going on for for quite some time. We do expect more arrests out of it."Davis was arrested at a Beverly Street residence. He could eventually face federal drug charges.

David Scott Kiger sentenced to eight years.

David Scott Kiger, 26, Rushville, faced Judge Matt Headley for his sentencing. Following a brief hearing, Headley gave Kiger eight years. Of that eight years, he will serve six, to be broken up into three years in the prison and three years on home detention. Kiger was charged with a Class C felony for his part in smuggling marijuana, cocaine and cell phones into the penal facility where he was employed.
A plea agreement was approved in the case because of Kiger's cooperation as the fact that he had no prior criminal convictions. Kiger's wife took the stand and told the court to consider giving her husband a second chance. She said Kiger was the sole caretaker for his family including his wife, child, mother and grandmother while his father is serving in Iraq. Kiger told the court that he was coerced into the smuggling act after he and his family were threatened by gangs with outside sources.
He said he had smuggled contraband into the prison no more than five times. Headley countered by saying Kiger was probably taught how to deal with such situations during his first week of job training at the prison.
In March, Kiger was caught conducting a drug deal in Cloverdale and was arrested by Indiana State Police. At that time, he was charged with one count of dealing cocaine over 3 grams, one count of possession of cocaine over 3 grams, one count of dealing in marijuana under 30 grams, one count of possession of marijuana under 30 grams, one count of dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, one count of trafficking with an offender and one count of neglect of a dependant due to his child being in the car with him when he conducted the offence .Kiger was to report to Putnam County Jail at noon on Thursday to begin his incarceration.

Deanisha L. Rutherford,pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband.

Deanisha L. Rutherford, 22, of 4104 Digney Ave., pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband. Her sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 30. District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann said she was paid $100 to carry the heroin. The charges carry a prison sentence of up to seven years behind bars, but Rutherford, a middle school tutor in the Bronx, was promised a sentence of shock probation in return for her guilty pleas. Shock probation calls for Rutherford to serve six months in the county jail as part of a five-year sentence of probation. Leone reduced bail to $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, and Rutherford's family posted bail later that day. Rutherford will stay with her 2-year-old daughter and mother in Boston. The judge warned her to be in court for sentencing or he will sentence her to seven years in prison.

Christian Renteria-Ley sold the heroin to Ryan Dean Russell, who then sold some of the illegal drug to Mary Gilliland.

32-year-old Mexican man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in the heroin overdose death of a Salem man two years ago.Federal prosecutors said Christian Renteria-Ley sold the heroin to Ryan Dean Russell, who then sold some of the illegal drug to Mary Gilliland.Her husband, 46-year-old Thomas Gilliland, died of an overdose after taking the drug in March 2006.Russell was sentenced to 87 months in prison for his role in the death, and Mary Gilliland was sentenced to 48 months.Anyone convicted of being in the chain of distribution of a drug that results in the death of another person could face life in prison under federal law.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

MacKenzie Phillips, 48, was arrested earlier today (August 27) at LAX International Airport


MacKenzie Phillips, 48, was arrested earlier today (August 27) at LAX International Airport for alleged possession of crack cocaine and heroin.Mackenzie Phillips has been busted at LAX for allegedly possessing heroin and cocaine. She’s in custody right now.At 10:00 AM, officers responded to Terminal 4, where 48-year-old Phillips was being screened by TSA. During the screening process, some baggies and balloons believed to contain heroin and cocaine were found

Samantha Krawshuk and others had bought heroin and paid for a hotel room in Avon after a trip to the pawn shop to unload the goods

Samantha Krawshuk, 19, of 2 Spoonwood Road, Canton, was charged by warrant with first-degree larceny and hindering prosecution after she gave police a false statement about the incident, blaming others who weren't involved, Lt. William Tyler said. Family members in Farmington reported to police July 12 that $13,200 in jewelry including a diamond engagement ring, an emerald ring, silver bracelets and necklaces and several other items were missing. Police were able to determine that Krawshuk and others had bought heroin and paid for a hotel room in Avon after a trip to the pawn shop to unload the goods in late July, Tyler said. Krawshuk gave police a written statement identifying who she believed was responsible for the crime, which investigators later determined pointed out people who weren't actually involved. She was also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and second-degree making a false statement. She turned herself in to police early Wednesday and was held on $40,000 bond until her appearance in Hartford Superior Court later in the day. Tyler said more arrests are expected in the case.

Gian Singh Sandhu, 29, was convicted of cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking and importing drugs

Gian Singh Sandhu, 29, was convicted of cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking and importing drugs by a jury in Sarnia in November 2007. Justice John Desotti said the sentence was necessary to denounce and deter international drug smuggling. Sandhu was arrested July 25, 2003, at the Blue Water Bridge after three duffle bags containing 49 packages of cocaine were found in a transport truck sleeper compartment. The cocaine was described by one customs officer as the largest seizure in her 20-year career. It was 78-to-90 per cent pure and might have sold for $100 a gram on the street. Sandhu testified he knew nothing about the drug, but said a family member had travelled with him before he crossed the bridge. The trucker, a father of two young children, is a timid, docile person vulnerable to manipulation, according to a psychological report presented to the court. Drug couriers tend to be weak and vulnerable, federal prosecutor Michael Robb said during sentencing submissions. Desotti described Sandhu as “unsophisticated” and incapable of organizing the crime, but said such people are often used by traffickers. The sentence is a tragic outcome for a young man with no criminal record, he added.
Truck drivers are recruited because the volume of vehicles means few can be searched at the border for drugs. Loads of perishable produce are the most popular choice because they must be quickly processed, the court was told. Sandhu was hauling California strawberries. An OPP drug expert testified couriers can normally earn $1,000 for each kilogram smuggled.

Dillon O'Brien, from Clonsilla in Dublin, appeared in court alongside Thomas and Sean Hinchon, of St Ronan's Close, Clondalkin,

Dillon O'Brien, from Clonsilla in Dublin, appeared in court alongside Thomas and Sean Hinchon, of St Ronan's Close, Clondalkin, who are charged with similar offences.Wearing a beige v-neck jumper, a white shirt and dark trousers, prison officer Dillon O'Brien was told in court that these were extremely serious charges.
He is accused of 14 offences between January 2005 and March 2007, including charges of bringing vodka, mobile phones and a controlled drug, diamorphine, to prisoners at Mountjoy.One charge alleges that the prison officer conspired with Wayne Bradley and another person to supply cocaine to David Mulvey on March 12th last year.
The court heard this conspiracy charge alone carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.
The book of evidence has been served, Judge Denis McLoughlin granted legal aid for two counsel and the case has been sent forward to the next sitting of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for trial.Two other men, Sean and Thomas Hinchon, have also been sent forward for trial on charges including allegations of conspiring with the prison officer.

Abergil brothers, Yitzhak and Meir, were remanded in custody for 20 days yesterday pending a request by law enforcement in the United States

Abergil brothers, Yitzhak and Meir, were remanded in custody for 20 days yesterday pending a request by law enforcement in the United States for their extradition on murder charges. The Abergils, reputed heads of one of the most notorious crime syndicates in Israel, were brought before a Jerusalem Magistrate's Court judge along with Moshe Malul and Israeli Ozifa, who are also wanted in the U.S. for their alleged role in the killing of an Israeli drug dealer, Sami Atias. A fifth man, Sason Barashi, was also remanded in custody until the necessary investigation is completed and he may be released under house arrest. By law, the suspects may be remanded as many as 60 days in custody, by which point the U.S. law enforcement authorities need to present Israeli courts with a detailed request for the extradition of the five suspects. Police and prosecution sources have said that the extradition process may take as long as a year because of the various court deliberations and other bureaucratic requirements. For the first time yesterday,defense attorneys for the five suspects learned of the charges facing their clients in the U.S. The indictment includes four different crimes that are attributed to Yitzhak Abergil: involvement in the murder of Atias in California in 2003; trade in Ecstasy; extortion and violence against businessmen; and money laundering and fraud.
The 78-page document from the U.S. law enforcement authorities, detailing the charges against the five suspects, charges that Yitzhak Abergil and Malul were involved in the murder of Israeli drug dealer Atias in California in 2003. According to the document, hit men looked for Atias on orders from Abergil, who wanted to avenge Atias' attempt to steal a shipment of Ecstasy pills he was supposed to sell in the U.S. on behalf of Abergil and Malul.
Abergil and Malul are also charged with creating an organization that smuggled Ecstasy, cocaine and hashish from Europe to the United States. Malul and his brother are believed to have secured sources producing Ecstasy in Europe, raised the capital and arranged for the shipment of the drugs to California.

Gladisse Alexandra Molar arrested a Brazilian woman after finding a haul of three kilograms and 20 grams of cocaine in her possession.

Lebanese authorities on Thursday foiled an attempt to smuggle a huge quantity of cocaine through Beirut airport.
Airport security arrested a Brazilian woman after finding a haul of three kilograms and 20 grams of cocaine in her possession.The woman was identified as Gladisse Alexandra Molar.

Quirino Paulino Castillo, charged with trafficking almost 1 400 kilos of cocaine into the US.

Quirino Paulino Castillo,charged with trafficking almost 1 400 kilos of cocaine into the US. This has been the biggest drug bust in the history of that country.
It has been reported that the group of 20 witnesses were formally notified by the local Ministry of Justice via a diplomatic note received by the DR Ministry of Foreign Relations. According to Nacional news, “Those people have been notified to declare not only in the Quirino case but in cases also being heard related to the Quirino case itself.”Castillo is a former captain of the DR and is allegedly the leader of a major drug trafficking organisation, which was responsible for smuggling tons of cocaine into the US. Castillo’s total assets amassed to somewhere in the neighbourhood of RD$2 billion. The ex-captain was arrested following the confiscation of 1,387 kilos of cocaine linked to him on December 19, 2004. The cocaine had an estimated street value of RD$900 million (approx. US$26 400). He was consequently extradited to the US for hearings of a drug-smuggling case in New Jersey. Castillo’s extradition is the first under a newly adopted criminal code in the DR, and was the result of a joint investigation between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the DR Government’s National Direction for Drug Control and was sponsored by the US Organised Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Meanwhile, during a hearing in the case held Monday 25, the owners of FAMA Shipping, located in Manhattan’s Amsterdam Avenue, Fátima Henríquez Diaz and Jose de Leon Ortega were given an opportunity to air their pleas. Both owners were extradited in connection with the Castillo proceedings.According to Nacional News, US federal prosecutors claimed they “have sufficient evidence that incriminate the defendants”. The trial is to begin on September 2 where the 20-plus witnesses would face the Manhattan’s South District Federal Court.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Douglas Albrightson, a crew member for an international airline, was arrested on Saturday at Cape Town International Airport

27-year-old Namibian man appeared in the Bellville magistrate's court on Wednesday on a drug possession charge.Police pokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said Douglas Albrightson, a crew member for an international airline, was arrested on Saturday at Cape Town International Airport."He was stopped and searched by police who found 230 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of R66 171 in his underpants."
Albrightson was remanded to September 3.Police have arrested a number of alleged drug mules at the airport in the past few weeks, Adriao said.

Joseph Tyrell Sanders and Shamela Ashon Peele charged on August 22nd.

Joseph Tyrell Sanders of Plymouth and Shamela Ashon Peele of Brooklyn, New York were charged on August 22nd. Authorities tell us an investigator purchased 110 grams of cocaine from the two men. They were arrested immediately thereafter. The street value of the cocaine is roughly $11,000. Both men were confined under a $200,000 secured bond.

Maurice Terrill Robinson,was charged with two counts of felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine)

Maurice Terrill Robinson, 18, of the 700 block of Grover Street, was arrested Friday on cocaine and marijuana charges. Police also served a July 26 warrant for his arrest on another cocaine charge.Robinson was charged with two counts of felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), misdemeanor simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.He was taken to Gaston County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.

Alfonso "Fonnie" Caldwell faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, up to life, was in custody at the federal detention

Arrested Monday, Alfonso "Fonnie" Caldwell, 37, a former Chester resident, paroled murderer and drug "kingpin" who has eluded "hits" on his life since he was 19, had leased the unit at the Camden/Summit Valleybrook Apartments, according to a pair of federal indictments unsealed Monday.
The Concord apartment, as well as one on Daphne Street in West Philadelphia and a location on West Third Street in Chester, among others, aided Caldwell in running what Acting U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid called an international cocaine operation.
"The name Alfonso Caldwell is well-known to law enforcement," Magid said at a press conference Monday afternoon, announcing cocaine trafficking and money laundering offenses against Caldwell between October 2005 and September 2006.
"Caldwell was not some small-time drug operator," Magid said. "Tens of thousands of dollars were changing hands during drug transactions, money and drugs were being trucked across national borders, and stash houses were set up in residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Chester. Thankfully, we have shut down this drug operation."
Caldwell, who faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, up to life, was in custody at the federal detention center.
Authorities apprehended Caldwell early Monday without incident at his Delaware residence - a luxury home with decorative lawn topiaries and ornate hardscape.
Between 2003-2006, federal authorities said more than $500,000 passed through bank accounts attributable to Caldwell. During that same tax period, Caldwell reported "modest income."
In an interview with federal authorities in January 2008, Caldwell admitted that during 2005 and 2006, he paid about $1.5 million to the Mexican suppliers.
Monday night, a senior citizen who has resided at Camden/Summit Valleybrook Apartments for five years and asked not to be identified, said she is not surprised or shocked by much nowadays.
"But I think I would have been horrified to know that was going on," she said of the Mexican visitors two years ago.
When told of the elements described in the indictment, the woman said, "I've never seen anything like what you are describing.
"This is a very lovely area, very well-kept. There is a very strong working staff," she said.
Joining Magid at the press conference was Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green and Pennsylvania State Police Capt. David Young, as well as representatives from several federal agencies involved in the probe.
Both Magid and Green said the investigation is ongoing, though they declined to discuss any activities involving Caldwell since September 2006. In August 2006, Caldwell took a bullet in the arm but managed to dodge what Chester police at the time counted as the fifth attempted hit on his life.
Green noted the investigation leading to the indictments began when a Pennsylvania State Police trooper made a vehicle stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County, about 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2006.
Confiscated following a search of the vehicle was four kilograms of cocaine - a purchase made the night before in Chester from Caldwell by the driver who is identified as L.W. in court papers.
Between October 2005 and September 2006, authorities alleged Caldwell made eight sales to L.W., totaling 11 kilograms of cocaine to L.W.
Caldwell - charging $20,000 for each kilogram - sold one and a half kilos of sham substance on one occasion. Those sales occurred primarily in Chester and Philadelphia.
On Sept. 30, 2006, Caldwell admitted to state police that L.W. was a cocaine customer, and he implicated another individual in several of the sales to L.W., the indictment states.
At the time, Caldwell gave consent to search a West Philadelphia apartment he used to store cocaine. With a key provided by Caldwell, troopers searched the apartment and confiscated multiple paraphernalia, $10,080 in cash, and four loaded pistols and a 12-gauge shotgun.
Caldwell also showed the troopers a hidden compartment in his vehicle that he used to transport money and cocaine, according to the documents.
Authorities allege that as early as 2006, Caldwell began receiving large shipments of cocaine and marijuana from his suppliers in Mexico. The suppliers used tractor-trailers to make the deliveries.
On some occasions, Caldwell paid the truck drivers for the cocaine. Other times, he paid the suppliers who traveled to Pennsylvania to collect the money from him.
In August 2006, authorities allege Caldwell received about 17 kilograms of coke and 250 pounds of marijuana from the Mexican suppliers. The Mexican suppliers arrived Aug. 1 and stayed at the Concord apartment.
Investigators saw the Mexican suppliers leaving the apartment Aug. 7. They had a large brown box with them. The suppliers drove to a Federal Express/Kinko's in Delaware, where they deposited the box for delivery. When searched, the box was found to contain a coffeepot. Inside the pot was $110,090, according to the indictment.
On Aug. 10, 2006, Caldwell took a bullet in the arm - just hours after three men were held for trial for trying to kill him and four state troopers in June 2006. Authorities in Chester suspected that years of bad blood between two rival drug organizations resurfaced when the drive-by hit on Caldwell outside a West End garage occurred, and failed.
Caldwell was 19 when he was shot twice in the neck as he stood talking with friends on a Chester street corner in 1991.
According to the indictment, Caldwell is currently on parole for a 1990 murder in Philadelphia. He was found guilty of murder as well as possessing an instrument of crime. He was sentenced to serve 10 to 20 years for the murder and two to five years for possessing an instrument of crime.
Assisting in the probe were members from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Heshima Lawrence,was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Heshima Lawrence, 34, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to sell, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, and interfering with police. He was being held, with bail set at $100,000, pending an appearance Friday in Superior Court in Middletown. Police said they found Lawrence standing outside near his home when they went to serve the search warrant. Lawrence allegedly ran inside a house on Wetmore Place and tried to dump a large amount of crack cocaine down the sink, police said. Detectives on scene shocked Lawrence with a stun gun after a struggle, police said, and arrested him.When police tried to search Lawrence's home at 7 Longworth Ave., his neighbor, Alexander Daniels, 20, of 5 Longworth Ave., tried to stop them from entering, police said. Daniels was charged with interfering with police and is slated to appear in court on Sept. 4.

Anthony John Richard Lyons admitted importing drugs and possessing drugs with intent to supply at a Court of General Gaol

Anthony John Richard Lyons, 20, of Spring Valley Road, admitted importing drugs and possessing drugs with intent to supply at a Court of General Gaol Delivery on Friday. Rachael Braidwood, prosecuting, said the defendant returned from Liverpool by SeaCat at 9.45pm on April 30 having left the Island in the morning. He went to a house in Farmhill, before travelling by car to a campsite at Greeba, where he was arrested by police. Lyons told officers he was carrying drugs internally and was taken to hospital. A package containing 27.4 grammes of heroin, with a street value of £2,740, was recovered. Lyons told police he agreed to get the drugs because he had debts. He said he was asked by a man if he wanted to make a bit of money by going to Liverpool and bringing back some drugs. He said he met a man in Liverpool was given a small package for £600. Lyons said he was due to be paid £150 to £200 to meet his debts. Advocate Ian Kermode said the defendant collected the package with the intention of passing the drugs to a third party. The transaction did not take place so he did not benefit financially. Mr Kermode said Lyons believed he was nothing more than a drugs mule. Lyons had been very candid and honest with police and took full responsibility for his actions, which were reckless.
His rehabilitation had already begun, said Mr Kermode. Deemster Doyle told the defendant: 'You will have a second chance on your release from prison do not waste it. 'Stay away from drugs and prison. Defendants need to be aware that if they admit their guilt immediately they will get maximum credit, those who plead not guilty and are convicted will not.'

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Marques Holmes was arrested on one count of Class A felony dealing cocaine and two counts of Class B felony dealing cocaine.

Marques Holmes, 25, 924 W. Seventh St., was arrested on one count of Class A felony dealing cocaine and two counts of Class B felony dealing cocaine.At 3:45 p.m., Hollins was seen walking toward the entrance of a mobile home park near Indiana 212 and Tryon Road. He got into a vehicle and left the park. Officers Shane Washluske and Steven Bailey then stopped Hollins, and he was taken into custody without incident.Hollins, 22, 612 Carlon Court, was arrested on two counts of Class A dealing cocaine and one count of Class B felony dealing cocaine. He is serving an eight-year suspended sentence for Class B felony dealing cocaine. He was sentenced in October 2006 after pleading guilty.At 7:30 a.m., the Narcotics Division went to the home of Felicia Felix, 27, 606 Emily St., where she was taken into custody without incident on a warrant for possession of heroin as a Class D felony.

Huang Chih Huang, 34, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined 60 million riel

Huang Chih Huang, 34, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined 60 million riel, or about $15,000. Lin Hui Min, 17, and Wu Chia Hsun, 16, both women, received 12 years and fines of 40 million riel, about $10,000, each.The three are being held at Prey Sar prison, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, following their arrest in December 2007 at Phnom Penh International Airport, when police confiscated heroin packets hidden under their clothes."The three confessed that they were hired to bring heroin from Cambodia to Taiwan," court deputy prosecutor Sok Kalyan said. "They are poor, and they did that for money."Lawyers for the three were not available for comment.
Center for Social Development court monitor Hang Charya said the three had confessed to transporting the drugs for money.Lor Ramin, secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said Friday that police were so far only able to arrest people who are hired to transport the drugs, instead of breaking up the organized crime network involved.Police are continuing the investigation into the drug network, but would require help from Interpol, Lor Ramin said.
Taiwanese groups committed some of the most drug trafficking in Cambodia, he said.

Shann Marshall, Brandon Quezergue,and Kinda Brown, arrested

Arrested were Shann Marshall, 23, Brandon Quezergue, 22, Brice Cherry, 27, and Kinda Brown, 22, the mother of the two-year-old boy. All were thought to be living in the apartment or staying there temporarily.Brown was arrested and released on a summons for simple possession. The others were booked with 21 drug possession counts in all and booked into St. Tammany Parish Jail with bonds in excess of $500,000.
All three men face possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of drugs presence of a juvenile, monetary instrument abuse stemming from the counterfeit money, and possession of Xanax, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.Marshall and Quezergue were also booked with possession of hydrocodone, a powerful painkiller. In addition, Quezergue was booked with possession of a legend drug without a prescription for the drug Soma, a sedative.It was also unclear Wednesday how the suspects obtained the counterfeit money or how much has been circulated.

Ruben Rios Estrada, nicknamed "El Pit," a reputed enforcer for the Arellano Felix cartel.

Ruben Rios Estrada, nicknamed "El Pit," a reputed enforcer for the Arellano Felix cartel. He was dragged from a bingo table and flown to Mexico City to face possible racketeering charges, Mexican law enforcement sources said.Rios narrowly escaped arrest last week after his convoy outran dozens of police cars in a wild chase across Tijuana, according to media reports. Police were sharply criticized by the local media for allegedly allowing him to escape.Friday's raid, which took place just after midnight, was carried out by more than 20 agents from Mexico's top organized-crime unit, known by its acronym, SIEDO, said a Mexican federal law enforcement official. The agency is a branch of the federal attorney general's office that investigates drug smuggling and has a reputation for honesty among U.S. law enforcement officials.
The unit is dispatched from Mexico City, often to arrest high-ranking organized-crime figures who allegedly are protected by local authorities. The Mexican military provided some support in the raid, said Duarte, the general.Rios, who rarely traveled without a large security detail, was unarmed when he was arrested. His bodyguards apparently were intimidated by the show of force, said a Mexican state law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak to the news media.
Another alleged cartel figure, whose identity was not released, was also arrested, Duarte said.The Agua Caliente racetrack is the showcase property of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, a gambling tycoon who owns off-track betting parlors across Mexico. Hank's company, El Grupo Caliente, complained that the raid caused panic among the 1,300 gamblers, though it said it supported authorities' efforts against organized crime.

Perry Ingomar Toornstra, 28, is serving 15 years after he was found guilty of importing over 4,000 ecstasy pills and 460 LSD trips in 2000.

Perry Ingomar Toornstra, 28, is serving 15 years after he was found guilty of importing over 4,000 ecstasy pills and 460 LSD trips in 2000.On 6 December 2004 he received a package from abroad which contained toiletries and a packet of marsh mellows. A police sergeant, who inspected the package in the presence of the prisoner, noticed that a soap tube was oozing cream and realised that it was not properly sealed. He kept squeezing the container and three capsules fell out of the tube. Toornstra tried swallowing the capsules and was only prevented from doing so following a scuffle with the sergeant.Tests on the capsules revealed that the contained a total weight of 30 grams of cocaine.
Toornstra later told the police that he was expecting the drug, yet he was only expecting four or five grammes. He said that the drug was for his personal use and he could make 20 grammes of pure cocaine from the 30 grammes he was sent.
The court, presided over by Magistrate Lawrence Quintano said that although a considerable amount of cocaine was found in Toornstra’s possession, “the circumstances of the case leave a luring doubt as to whether the defendant had an intention to pass the cocaine to other persons.”In handing down his judgment, Magistrate Quintano also took into consideration “the way it (cocaine) was going to be introduced in a correctional facility where every effort is being made to control the inflow of drugs”.Thus he found Toornstra guilty of possessing cocaine and jailed him for nine months and fined him e600.

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