Don Omar faces mixed fortunes in 2008 now faces a court appearance. Omar has learned he’ll have to make an appearance before the Puerto Rican Supreme Court, where he’ll face alleged drug and firearm possession charges. He was arrested on 7 September, 2004, by drug-enforcement officers in Carolina, Puerto Rico, after they found him and two pals smoking marijuana. The agents also found a gun in his possession. A court date has yet to be set.
Top Ten Cities for arresting Americans
The top 10 cities where Americans were arrested and the number taken into custody:
1. Tijuana: 520
2. Guadalajara: 416
3. Nuevo Laredo: 359
4. London: 274
5. Mexico City: 208
6. Toronto: 183
7. Nassau, Bahamas: 108
8. Mérida, Mexico: 99
9. Nogales, Mexico: 96
10. Hong Kong: 90
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Monday, December 31
Russel Collins hit a man in the face during an argument at a house in Millner.
The 45-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious head injuries. He slipped into a coma and died yesterday morning.
Detective senior sergeant Scott Pollock says police are looking for the 21-year-old, who could have travelled interstate.
"They're keen to apprehend him and if necessary charge him whilst he's at large," he said.
"We don't believe Mr Collins is dangerous, we believe alcohol was a contributing factor in this incident and we will not be releasing the name of the deceased for cultural reasons."
Drug Detector Dog Monty reacted positively to baggage belonging to two women aged 45 and 37. A search of the 45-year-old woman’s luggage located a baby wipes container and Christmas paper wrapped box as containing cannabis. Five clip seal bags containing cannabis plant material weighing approximately 92 grams was located.
A search of the 37-year-old woman’s luggage located three wrapped Christmas presents. Each of the presents was found to contain an ounce size clip seal bag containing cannabis. The packages were heavily laced with curry powder and chilli powder in an attempt to mask the cannabis smell. Total weight of the cannabis plant material was 89.02 grams.
Both women were arrested and conveyed to the Darwin Watch House. The 45-year-old woman was later charged with possess cannabis (trafficable quantity) and supply Schedule 2 Dangerous Drug.
The 37-year-old woman was charged with possess cannabis (trafficable quantity) and supply cannabis (trafficable quantity). Both women were bailed to appear at the Alyangula Court on 15 January 2008.
On Saturday 22 December Drug Detector Dog Monty reacted positively to luggage belonging to a 31-year-old man. A search revealed two packages wrapped in packing tape concealed in a pair of socks
Adelaide River police along with members of the Drug Enforcement Section, Dog Operations Unit and police Batchelor and Pine Creek executed a search warrant at a residence on Ringwood Road, Adelaide River this morning.
During the search members located a two-room donga with two large cannabis plants, approximately 180 cm tall with an approximate total weight of 10 kilograms, being grown under hydroponic conditions.
Also located in the main residence was 500 grams of dried cannabis in plastic bags. Members seized the cannabis and items used in the production of hydroponic cultivation.
Two men were arrested and the 50-year-old property owner has been charged with cultivate a prohibited plant – cannabis, possess cannabis (trafficable quantity) and possess cannabis (commercial quantity). He was bailed to appear in the Darwin Magistrate’s on 14 January 2008. A First Drug House notice will be issued.
A 39-year-old man was issued with a Drug Infringement Notice.
Police arrested the 33-year-old Ivanhoe man at a property at Northcote, in Melbourne's north-east early yesterday morning.Police were called to the scene after a passer-by reported an alarm and loud noises coming from the house.The arrest led to a raid at another property in nearby Ivanhoe, where police claim to have found enough chemicals to produce around 25kg of the drug ice, estimated to be worth around $7 million.The man has been charged with several offences including trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs and possessing precursor chemicals.
He will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court today.
A man is being held without bail after state police say a routine traffic stop led to a cocaine and marijuana bust of more than $100000 Saturday. State police say a trooper stopped 29-year-old Dion Ward's vehicle
Aikens 20 years for possession of 64 grams of crack To receive an equivalent sentence, he would have had to possess nearly 6 1/2 kilos more than 14 pounds of powder cocaine.a longstanding addiction to cocaine ended his baseball career and ultimately led to a 20-year sentence for selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer. But Willie's story is also a tragic one because it illustrates the unjust sentencing and racial disparities between crack and powder cocaine. After being convicted of attempting to purchase cocaine in 1983, Willie was ultimately suspended from playing major league baseball in the United States. He returned to Kansas City, after playing ball in Mexico, but continued to battle his addiction, which was quickly ruining his personal life as it had done his baseball career.
"You can supply a whole neighborhood with 6 1/2 kilos," Aikens said by telephone from prison, where he is in the 13th year of his sentence.
Activists, lawyers and many federal judges say cases such as Aikens' demonstrate the inequity of cocaine sentencing laws and validate the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recent decision to ease prison time guidelines for crack offenders. The new guidelines will apply retroactively to about 19,500 inmates.
Within hours of the decision, Aikens said he was on the telephone with his lawyers, asking them to request a sentence reduction. They calculated that the new guidelines could shave nearly 2 1/2 years off his sentence.
"The disparity, as far as I'm concerned, is totally wrong," said Aikens, a nonviolent offender. "This took me away from my family. My girls were 4 and 5 years old when I was sentenced. Now they're 18 and 19."
Commissioners said it was highly unlikely that judges would free inmates with a violent past
Gerald Joseph Youngblood, 27, more recently of Dunkirk, is charged in Jay Circuit Court with dealing in cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts each of dealing in a controlled substance and dealing in marijuana
He has been accused of engaging in drug transactions with an agent of the Tri-County Drug Task Force in Jay County.
The cocaine count is a Class A felony carrying a standard 30-year prison term, while the more serious of the controlled substance charges is a Class B felony with a standard 10-year sentence.
In November, Youngblood struck a deal with prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to the class B felony and a dealing-in-marijuana charge, a misdemeanor.
Judge Brian Hutchison tentatively set a sentencing hearing for Jan. 11.
More recently, however, public defender Max C. Ludy Jr. asked that his client's case instead be set for trial.
According to court records, Youngblood has convictions, all in Delaware County courts, for criminal conversion (four counts in 2001), intimidation (2004) and possession of methamphetamine (2005). He was most recently released from prison in March 2006. Portland man has pleaded guilty to selling prescription medication to an undercover police informant.
Raymond Castillo Jr., 30, pleaded guilty to one of three counts of dealing in a controlled substance, a Class B felony, pending against him.
He is scheduled to be sentenced by Hutchison on Friday.
Castillo was convicted of battery resulting in bodily injury in Jay Superior Court last February and received a suspended sentence. A hearing on allegations he violated his probation in that case is set for Feb. 12.
He had been convicted in the same court of battery in August 2004 and possession of marijuana in July 1999.
Schapelle Corby has been denied a Christmas reductionin her sentence.Jail officials told Corby she had been denied a reduction of up to two months in her sentence as she waited yesterday for a visit from family members, including her mother Rosleigh Rose and sister Mercedes.
Restricting visits will be a harsh additional punishment for the
Australians, including six young drug mules facing execution.
Mr Djaja denied that Corby and jail guards had been sharing
money paid for visits by tourists. He said the new rules wouldapply only to Australian prisoners.The news was better yesterday for Renae Lawrence, the only female member of the Bali nine drug ring that tried to smuggle 8.2
kilograms of heroin into Australia in 2005.Mr Djaja said he had recommended to officials in Jakarta that Lawrence’s 20-year sentence be cut.Mr Djaja said Corby was not among 81 prisoners recommended for a sentence reduction to mark yesterday’s religious holiday in Indonesia because she had been caught with a mobile phone this
year.She also missed out on a sentence reduction marking Indonesia’s Independence Day in August.
A Nepalese prison guard was found lying on the floor of the guards post with a bullet wound in his chest earlier in the month. Police reported he had been working at the prison since March where he had been doing a 10 week internship..Authorities also reported a rise in the number of triads and gangs of young thugs in Guangdong, a Mainland province which borders Macau and Hong Kong. In Macau, an illegal drug ring, which allegedly instructed a 16-year-old student to sell drugs at school was apprehended by the Judiciary Police (PJ), resulting in the arrest of three locals including the teenager. the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) showed that there still exist large holes in Macau's anti-money laundering and terrorism prevention measures.
Air Canada employee is at the centre of an international investigation after authorities at Vancouver International Airport seized a large quantity of cocaine before Christmas.
Paula Shore of the Canada Border Services Agency said officers seized 61.5 kilograms of the drug on Dec. 23.
Air Canada spokesman John Reber confirmed that an airline employee has been suspended pending the results of the probe.
The drugs were found in unaccompanied suitcases, the RCMP source said, adding the people behind the shipment had "inside help."
Police would not say if the bust is connected to two previous seizures at Vancouver airport where cocaine was found in suitcases that arrived on flights from Mexico this year and last year.
Mark Bronson, 44,Mr Bronson, who was born in Colorado, graduated from the Stanford Law School in 1989. He had been the editor of the prestigious university's Stanford Environmental Law Journal.
For the past seven years Mr Bronson worked with the prominent international corporate law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates.
A pioneer in his field, Mark developed many of the financing and investment structures commonly used in Japan today and frequently was asked to lecture on securitization, remedies and investments in Japanese companies holding real estate. For several years, Mark has ranked in the top tier of many prominent legal directories for his real estate and capital markets expertise.
Mark also gave back to the Tokyo community, serving on the board of directors for the Tokyo English Life Line, a nonprofit organization focused on suicide prevention, and as the chairman of the Real Estate Finance Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jap
He was a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office, Law.com reports. Bronson had a seizure and vomited as he was speaking with customs officers at the Brisbane airport. He died hours later at a hospital.was stopped by customs officials after a drug-sniffing dog took an interest in him.
The officials scanned his baggage, and his luggage tested positive for cocaine, though preliminary tests can be inaccurate. Then while talking with the customs officers,Mark Bronson had a seizure, fell to the floor and began vomiting. He died later that day in the hospital.
According to the Courier-Mail, the cause of death has not been determined, and a scan showed that he wasn't carrying drugs in his body. However, the news article says his vomit allegedly tested positive for cocaine, and he may have thrown up pieces of plastic as well.
No drugs were found on Mark Bronson’s body. Sources claimed the vomit initially tested positive for cocaine, although such early tests are not always accurate. Officials had also scanned Bronson’s luggage after the drug dog alerted, and the early test also was positive, the sources alleged.
The cause of death was under investigation. Bronson developed many real estate financing and investment methods used in Japan.
Shaikh Talal, was sentenced last December by the lower criminal court to death - a first in the history of the state.
The Appeals Court also confirmed life sentences imposed on three accomplices - an undocumented person, a Bangladeshi and an Indian.
Two others, a Lebanese and an Iraqi, were sentenced to seven years in jail each. They were accused along with Shaikh Talal of money laundering.
The death sentence must be confirmed by the Court of Cassation and then signed by the ruler before the defendant can be executed by hanging.
Sentenced the son to 30 years in prison, while the case against the Agra doctor has stalled.
Akhil Bansal, Brij Bhushan's son, created and operated a network that smuggled 11 million prescription pills from India and distributed them to 60,000 Americans.
"You distributed poison throughout the country," the US judge pronouncing the sentence said on Friday.
All Brij Bhushan's neighbours in upscale Kamla Nagar locality remember is that until his sudden arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), post, telegraph and courier company vehicles would arrive every evening to pick up parcels from his palatial house.Akhil Bansal was studying for his MBA degree at Templeton University, US, while helping his father run the racket. He had purchased an expensive flat in Philadelphia, four cars and his offshore bank balance was around $6 million at the time of arrest.
Others arrested were Akhil's fiancée, Brij Bhushan's daughter, son-in-law and father-in-law, all of whom are in jail.
A man given a four-year jail sentence has appealed the verdict, with his lawyer arguing that the drugs found on his client were "tampered with".
The 37-year-old Indian man identified as J.M., was charged with smuggling and possessing 0.15 grams of marijuana and 0.29 grams of hashish for personal use.
His lawyer, Saif Al Mutawaa, said the seized drugs were tampered with.
Records said officers said they seized 0.4 grams of hashish at the airport, meanwhile the criminal laboratory report said it weighed 0.29 grams.
"We suspect that someone tampered with this significant piece of evidence. Drug enforcement officers said they seized 'one piece' of the drug, while the criminal laboratory report says 'pieces'," said Al Mutawaa.
A self-employed man has been indicted for attempting to smuggle marijuana by putting the drugs in more than 100 separate bags and swallowing them, law enforcers said.
Yutaka Arai, 36, a resident of Hachioji, western Tokyo, stands accused of violating the Cannabis Control Law.
Arai put 297.31 grams of marijuana, with a street value of 2.35 million yen, into 120 small bags and swallowed them before arriving at Narita Airport from Bangkok International Airport on Dec. 8 in an unsuccessful bid to smuggle them into Japan, prosecutors said.
Dean Stewart : "Stewart's prosthetic legs were removed and X-rayed at Kennedy's medical facility," where cocaine was found in the limbs.
wheelchair-bound Dean Stewart was, who wears two prosthetic legs, stopped at JFK Airport for a routine search when the drugs were discovered.
Stewart aroused suspicion in a number of ways. He had claimed he couldn't remove the legs, and the feds noticed his ticket "had been purchased in cash three days earlier" and as well as other brief visits to the U.S. Other tip-offs: The "cousin" Stewart was supposedly visiting didn't check out and Stewart's statement that his rehab center bought his plane ticket was found to be false after the travel agency said Stewart bought the ticket himself. Then "Stewart's prosthetic legs were removed and X-rayed at Kennedy's medical facility," where cocaine was found in the limbs.
Serbian drug boss Budimir Kujovic was transported under closed guard to the building of the District Police Directorate in the town of Stara Zagora. Kujovic is under the escort of six heavily armed police officers.
Bulgarian customs officers at the Kapitan Andreevo border check point with Turkey seized 60 kilograms of heroin on Sunday.
During a special operation officials found 116 packages of the drug, hidden in a secret compartment in the floor of a car, driven by a 41-year-old Bulgarian national.
The other three passengers, among them a 30-year-old woman and a customs official, were all arrested together with the driver.
According to the police, the customs officer, traveling in the car, was taking care of the unimpeded border crossing of the traffickers.
Serbian national Budimir Kuyovitch, who is the alleged boss of the group, was also arrested in the southeastern town of Stara Zagora.
Experts said that the heroin was supposed to reach Western Europe.
Sunday, December 30
Dutch police confirmed close ties between Nigerian email scammers and drug smugglers from the Dutch Antilles
Drugs traffickers from Latin America have been using the Caribbean island group as a transit point from Colombia. Up to 25,000 drugs smugglers are believed to take this transatlantic route every year. They are known as bolletjesslikkers (capsule swallowers) as they swallow tiny drug capsules to hide the drugs from customs at Amsterdam Airport.
Many drugs and legal experts have urged police to focus on drug lords rather than arrest the petty criminals who smuggle the drugs. Those drug lords may well be Nigerians and Colombians, Dutch police now say. Money taken from victims in e mail scams is used to finance narcotics smuggling, the Unusual Transactions Reporting Centre of the Netherlands believes. In 2001 alone more than 900 Nigerians applied for a Dutch visa from the Antilles.
Wednesday’s crackdown dealt a heavy blow to advance fee fraud in the Netherlands. Last year a Dutch court sentenced five African email swindlers to between 300 days and 4.5 years, after a Swiss lecturer forked over 482,000 dollars on the promise of a $9 million return. The 52 people arrested Wednesday could face similar sentences.
Now that Amsterdam is no longer a safe haven for Nigerian scammers, experts believe they may pack up their bags and head out elsewhere. The Reg already noticed some changes in the daily floods of congratulatory letters enticing consumers to buy chances in high-stakes lotteries. Until recently, most of these letters originated from Amsterdam. These days most letters are sent through Telefonica from Madrid, Spain.
John T Foley, age 62, of Highland Avenue in Saugus, Massachusetts charging him with distribution of cocaine. Foley is assigned to the Revere State Police Barracks and has been a member of the State Police since October, 1971.
United States Attorney Michael Sullivan said, "The allegations against Mr. Foley are an affront to every decent, honest member of the Massachusetts State Police, who serve the public’s interest and do their jobs with dedication and integrity. I would like to acknowledge the commitment and cooperation of the Massachusetts State Police and Colonel Delaney in this investigation. All of us in law enforcement are committed to investigating and expending the resources necessary to prosecuting corruption wherever we find it."If convicted Foley faces up to 20 years in jail, a $1,000,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
Wilber Alirio Varela-Fajardo
Wilber Alirio Varela-Fajardo is one of the top echelon members of the North Valle Cartel. Varela-Fajardo is known as a "point man" by the other leaders of the Cartel to direct trafficking and enforcement operations. He is also well-known throughout Colombia as an enforcer and the leader of a "hit man squad." Varela-Fajardo determines how much each North Valle Cartel leader contributes for the target assassination of rival traffickers and suspected informants. Varela-Fajardo’s drug trafficking activities are integral to the North Valle Cartel which exports multi-ton loads of cocaine primarily from Colombia’s Pacific Coast to the United States and Europe.
Julio César López-Pena worked closely with Norte Valle Cartel leader Wilmer Alioro Varela, participated in the shipment of multi-ton quantities of cocaine, worth an estimated $100 million dollars, to the United States between 1998 and 2003. Specifically, useing maritime routes through the Caribbean and Mexico, sending his drugs on speed boats that each carried as much as 1,600 kilograms of cocaine. In December 2001, for example, the defendant sent a load of approximately 1,600 kilograms of cocaine to Houston, Texas, where it was divided up; 600 kilograms were taken by vehicle to Manhattan for distribution. On separate occasions in 2002, LOPEZ-PENA organized the trafficking of two loads of cocaine -- 1,200 and 1,600 kilograms -- through territory in Colombia then controlled by the Colombian right-wing paramilitary group, Autodefenses Unidas de Colombia ("AUC"). Lopez-Pena paid a high-ranking AUC member $310 dollars per kilogram to handle and transport the cocaine through the AUC territory to the Atlantic Ocean. In May 2003, the Colombian Marines seized 4,000 kilograms of cocaine in the coastal region of Nanguma, Colombia, of which approximately 1,600 kilograms belonged to Lopez-Pena.found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States. The offense carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment
Hussein Karimi Rikabadi ran an international drug conglomerate suspected of distributing heroin in the Middle East, Western Europe and North America," said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. "His organization moved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of heroin from Pakistan and Afghanistan through Iran and Turkey. Now this globetrotter's journeys have taken a detour to a courtroom in the Southern District of New York where he will face American justice."
According to the Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court: Since 1998, KARIMI led an international heroin trafficking organization (the "Rikabadi Organization") responsible for the worldwide distribution of thousands of kilograms of Southwest Asian heroin. The Rikabadi Organization purchased heroin from suppliers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and arranged for the heroin to be transported through various countries including Iran and Turkey. The Rikabadi Organization’s heroin was imported into the United States, Canada, and Western European countries and sold for hundreds of millions of dollars. KARIMI controlled the heroin-trafficking activities of his organization from locations in Romania. KARIMI was arrested in March 2007 while attempting to cross from Austria to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Michael Ray Williams, 48, of 19259 Runway St., Athens, second-degree possession of marijuana.
David Paul Fain, 20, of 17036 Lukers Way, Athens, possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia
Anna Marie Patterson, 25, of 17036 Lukers Way, Athens, possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shamar Franklyn Ross, 29, of no fixed address was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute cocaine after a stop on Dec. 19, police said Friday.
Daniel Lorenzo Connor, 23, of 9411 Singleton Drive, Bethesda, Md., was charged with possession of marijuana, after police searched his car at 1:08 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Hunting Cove Place and Rilda Place in Bristow. Police were investigating a suspicious vehicle.
Nicole Marie Klein, 24, of 7800 Tayloe Drive, #138, in the Manassas area, was charged with possession of cocaine and driving under the influence after police responded to a single-car accident on Dec. 21 at 7:30 a.m. The accident occurred near the intersection of
Fleetwood Drive and Hazelwood Drive in Nokesville. Klein was held on a $10,000 bond and her court date was not available.
Marcos Vazquez-Sanchez, 27, of 8408 Impala Drive in the Manassas area was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was held on a $5,000 bond and has a court date on Jan. 30. A second man, Carlos Fernando Flores, 19
of 7521 Remington Road in the Manassas area, was charged with possession of marijuana. He was released on a summons and has a court date on Jan. 30.
Jose Gomez-Amaya, 28, of 8365 Tillett Loop in Manassas, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana on Monday at 12:30 a.m. Police were responding to a drug activity complaint in the 8700 block of Partridge Way in Bristow. He was released on a summons and has a court date on Jan. 15.
Arrested: Alejandro Bernal Madrigal, whom a Federal official described as the head of the biggest cocaine ring in Colombia,Bernal-Madrigal was a member of the infamous Medellin Cartel and later ran the world’s largest cocaine transportation organization. He is being extradited to the Southern District of Florida for charges alleging that he operated a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, conspired to import and distribute cocaine, and that he oversaw the organization’s money laundering activities. and Fabio Ochoa, a member of the Medellin cartel. arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges were indicted on Sept. 30 by a Federal jury in Miami. The charges were unsealed.Fabio Ochoa, aged 44, is the most important Colombian drug trafficker ever to be extradited to the US. He entered his plea in a brief appearance before a federal magistrates court in Miami.
Jamie Hunt, 33, of Georgetown, S.C., was charged with possession of marijuana, illegal mushrooms and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Anthony James Tangires, 48, of Ellicott City, and Jeremy Shane Moien, 31, of Greenbelt, were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Mark Anthony Theisen, 22, Ryan Bosworth Johnson, 20, both of Ashburn, Va., and Amy Margaret Bozzard, 19, of Manassas, Va., were charged with possession of marijuana, police said.
Tony Neil Barnum, 33, of no fixed address, was charged with distribution of noncontrolled dangerous substance and possession of a noncontrolled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Police did not provide details about the substance.
Christmas Eve, police arrested a 25-year-old British student whom they suspected had swallowed cocaine, and as of Friday he had expelled 40 pellets containing the drug.
A police press release yesterday said that ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch arrested the man at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, after observing his activities.
He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was placed under guard and monitored.
The release further said that up to Friday he had excreted 40 cocaine pellets together weighing 485 grams.
Jimmy Lee Carter, 35, of Danville for distribution of cocaine. U.S. currency and equipment associated with drug sales were also seized pursuant to the arrest, according to a news release.
Carter was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Ronald D. Perry, 39, of Braidwood, was arrested by state police at 10:59 p.m. Thursday on Illinois Route 17 at Pipeline Road, Kankakee, for possession of cocaine.
His passenger, Robert W. Perry, 40, also of Braidwood, was arrested on the same charge.
Police said they stopped Perry for improper lighting and a cracked windshield. Police say they found the cocaine during a search of the passenger.
Savane Mussa, a 35 year old German national, was arraigned in court on Saturday morning and charged with importing cocaine in Malta, and with involvement in drug trafficking.
Airport officials caught the man in possession of 800 grams of cocaine on Friday, as soon as he arrived in Malta on board a flight from Tunis.
Mussa was stopped by the Customs’ officials, who scanned his one piece of luggage and noticed a suspicious looking object hidden in his shoes. The man was asked to accompany the Customs officials to the search room and, upon opening his luggage, whitish powder was found hidden in his two pairs of shoes. A body search was then conducted but not other drugs were found. It was also later confirmed that the powder found in the man’s shoes was cocaine.
Luis Collazo-Alvarez, a 49-year-old man also arrested in the same raids, was indicted by a federal grand jury in October in a separate indictment on single counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Humberto Lugo-Olivares Jr. entered a guilty plea Dec. 20 to conspiracy to distribute cocaine (at least 500 grams, or about one pound) and marijuana, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
The bus was being driven by a 39-year-old Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Once all passengers in the bus had exited, CBP canine “Martin” alerted to the odor of narcotics emanating from the back seats area of the bus. Upon further examination and a closer visual inspection of the seats, CBP officers discovered seven cellophane wrapped bundles underneath two of the back seats. The seven packages contained 17 pounds of cocaine valued at $544,000. Although no immediate arrest was made in this case, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agents are continuing the investigation into this seizure and federal drug violations charges are pending. CBP officers also seized the bus.
Lincoln-Juarez Bridge. CBP officers referred a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo driven by a 50-year-old permanent U.S. resident from San Antonio, Tex. for secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers detected discrepancies within the vehicle’s gas tank area. Utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system, a scan of the vehicle revealed anomalies within the tank of the SUV. CBP canine “Tower” alerted to the odor of narcotics emanating from the same area where the anomaly had been detected. Upon further examination of the gas tank and a closer visual inspection utilizing a fiber-optic scope, CBP officers discovered two metal boxes tucked within the hollowed out gas tank. A total of three bundles containing 59 pounds of marijuana were removed. The marijuana has a street value of $59,000. CBP officers arrested the driver on federal drug violations and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agents who investigated the seizure. The vehicle was seized.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers here seized $373,000 and 127 pounds of marijuana concealed in a false roof compartment of a Canadian truck. The truck and trailer arrived at the port of entry Saturday night at 8 p.m. carrying a shipment of aluminum railing components bound for California.
CBP officers referred the truck/trailer for a Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) x-ray type examination which revealed a possible anomaly in the roof area of the tractor. Further inspection of the area revealed a hydraulic-operated compartment behind some shelving which concealed the marijuana and currency. The contraband had apparently been sprayed with oleoresin capsicum (OC spray) and vinegar in an attempt to defeat inspection by CBP K-9 units.
"Narcotics and currency smuggling in the Pacific Northwest continues to be a border security threat," said Pat Hinchey, CBP Sumas area port director. "Our CBP officers will maintain their vigilance in protecting our nation’s borders from the many threats we face daily."
The currency, marijuana (valued at $381,000 USD) and the truck and trailer were all seized by CBP officers. The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Manuel G. Martinez 5-3-62 was arrested at the 300 block of 14th St. for Possession of Marijuana and for False Reporting to Law Enforcement.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Memphis International Airport’s air cargo facility recently seized approximately six pounds of cocaine concealed in baseball bats.
One of the bats was X-rayed and discrepancies were noticed in the thick part or barrel of the bat. A drill exam produced a white powdery substance, which field-tested positive for cocaine. The other the were X-rayed and drilled and all three bats were found to contain cocaine.
The cocaine and bats were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation
ICE and FBI agents executed a warrant to arrest Byron A. Jimenez Castaneda, 44, a citizen of Colombia, in Orlando, Florida for conspiracy to possess, distribute and import narcotics into the United States. In the 15-count indictment, Jimenez Castaneda is alleged to have coordinated the kidnapping of an undercover ICE agent in Medellin, Colombia, on December 13, 2005. Jimenez Castaneda acted as "judge" in a "narco trial" to determine the undercover ICE agent's responsibility for the cartel's loss of cocaine and currency to law enforcement. The indictment also alleges that a ransom of $2,000,000 was requested for the release of the undercover ICE agent.
Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie L. Myers and United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez announced the arrest today for violations to Title 21, United States Code (USC), Sections 841 and 846; Title 18, USC Sections 952 and 963, and Title 18, USC, Section 1203.
The arrest of Jimenez Castaneda comes following a two year ICE investigation that has resulted in the arrest of 23 cartel associates and the seizure of more than 1,900 kilograms of cocaine, numerous foreign and domestic bank accounts, more than 3 million dollars in U.S. currency and six vessels.
"This case demonstrates how ruthless this Medellin-based cartel is," said Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers. "Arresting Jimenez Castaneda on kidnapping and drug charges brings us one step closer to justice and strikes a severe blow to their criminal organization.
Saturday, December 29
Eight people were arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs into Galicia, although their home made invention was quite different than all other methods used. A home made submarine was used to smuggle drugs from ships at sea into the Galician coast line. The submarine was found by a Guardia Civil patrol. It had been abandoned in the Ría de Vigo with 4,400 litres of fuel in its tanks. The submarine was handmade and measured 11 metres long by two metres wide, with space for a 2 man crew. The vessel had three propellers and three motors, two of them electric, and was equipped with electronic communications equipment. There was also a sail so that the submarine could travel on the surface without using its engines. The arrests were made in Galicia, Madrid and Cataluña as well as in Estepona and La Línea. National Police officials said ample documentation related to the construction and operation of the submarine was found at the individuals’ homes. Investigations led to the arrests of the seven Spaniards and one Venezuelan
Drug traffickers are using a fleet of as many as 20 mini subs to move huge quantities of cocaine through the Caribbean, federal law enforcement and Coast Guard.
The cocaine vessels are often harder to detect than Russian submarines because of the way they skim the surface, officials say.
"The Russian submarine has a certain signal you can listen to underwater," said Coast Guard Adm. Joseph L. Nimmich, director of Joint Interagency Task Force South, based in Key West, Fla.The cocaine vessels give "very little signal," said the admiral, whose officers are testing a captured sub in order to adjust Coast Guard sensors.
In a report to be aired on "World News With Charles Gibson," officials showed off the recently captured vessel, a semi-submersible that carried 9,000 pounds of pure cocaine.
"They started out with four to five tons. The new ones are estimated to carry between 12 to 15 tons of narcotics," Adm. Nimmich said.
The vessels are able to travel up to 2,000 miles and evade U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships patrolling the waters between Colombia and the U.S. and Mexico.
U.S. officials say the cocaine trafficking groups actually assemble the vessels in the jungles of Colombia and then truck them to remote ports to be launched.
Devin L. Elliott, 29, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of more than three grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A felony.
Elliott will serve 20 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.
The location of the arrest was at a store on Clifty Drive, which is within 1,000 feet of the Madison Consolidated High School parking lot.
During a search, police found 19.5 grams of cocaine in Elliott's front pants pocket, according to a police probable cause affidavit.
Ben Hurt, 25, was commenced after Lebanon Police Department executed a search warrant in the 900 block of North Broadway in Lebanon, where Hurt was residing. The location was found to have more than 28 grams of crack and more than 28 grams of powder cocaine broken down for sale, according to Hutzel.
Hurt is facing a mandatory minimum of three years in prison for this offense. He will be sentenced next week
Serafin Mantero, 41, and Cecil Richardson, 39, returned to Tampa on Thursday with two partners and enough cash to buy two kilograms, or 4.4 pounds, for $21,000, police said.
Richardson, who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 315 pounds, has been arrested at least 36 times and has cocaine convictions dating to 1986, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcemen
The drug deal took place at 401 S. 50th St., south of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, where Mantero and Richardson were arrested with Calvin J. Harris, 32, and Michael R. Albury, 22, authorities said.
Police seized $33,000 in cash from the men, according to arrest reports. All four were charged with first-degree felony trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.Serafin Mantero, 41, Cecil Vaughn Richardson, 39, Michael Renard Albury, 22, and Calvin Jerome Harris, 32, are each facing two counts of trafficking in cocaine and are being held without bond. Investigators say Mantero and Richardson, who has an extensive arrest record, allegedly purchased a kilogram of the illegal narcotic from undercover detectives on December 18.
Marco Antonio Vargas-Perez, 36, was arrested for investigation of drug possession with intent to distribute and a restricted person in possession of a firearm.
Vargas-Perez also admitted to investigators to being in the United States illegally, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.
Steven William Dias. Dias and James Michael Dollarhite, the man accused in the slaying, both had previous drug-related charges.
Dollarhite was in Mecklenburg County jail Friday night with no bond. In addition to murder, he's charged with communicating threats, assault by pointing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and going armed to the terror of the public.
Police said Dias arrived about 10 minutes apart from Dollarhite. Both men were armed with handguns and got into an argument. Several shots were fired in the back of the bar, which was occupied by about 40 people. Dias was shot and died at Presbyterian Hospital shortly afterward. Another unidentified person was treated at the hospital.
800 grammes of cocaine were seized at the airport on Thursday evening by the Customs Enforcement Squad and the police.
The drug was on a passenger who held a German passport and who had arrived on a flight from Tunisia. The only luggage he was carrying was scanned and it appeared that there was something suspicious inside.
The passenger was asked to enter the search room together with customs officials where the contents of his luggage were examined, and white powder was found in two pairs of shoes, which was later confirmed to be cocaine. A search was also made on the passenger himself but nothing was found. He is now under investigation by the police
John Mahon, 18; Brian Laverty, 18; Joseph V. Schoentube Jr., 18; Shykesh T. Treadwell, 19; and Kevin J. McLaughlin, 20, all of Keansburg, on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, Pigott said.
Delbert DeBolt of Moundsville after they noticed the car he was driving swerved to the wrong side of the road at a high rate of speed while traveling along the Narrows section of W.Va. 2 near Glen Dale early Sunday. Officers said the car nearly struck a retaining wall before being stopped, and DeBolt appeared intoxicated as they questioned him. They administered four sobriety tests, all of which DeBolt failed.
Chantelly M. Asbury, 28, of Glen Dale was arrested on a second-offense driving under the influence charge and DUI with a minor child in the car after her vehicle went off the road on W.Va. 86, aka Grandview Road.
Alejandro S. Medrano of Brooklyn and Jaime Garcia Jr. of Shaw Street in Utica were each charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance. $20,000 worth of heroin was recovered in 1,320 bags from a vehicle stopped for having tinted windows on the Thruway in the Herkimer County town of Danube, state police said.
Morton Tillson, 29, of Utica on Dec. 14 with felony marijuana possession after pulling his vehicle over for erratic driving in Greenburgh, a Westchester County community just north of New York City. Authorities say they found 61 pounds of pot worth about $119,000.
Rebecca L. Daley, 49, of 613 Stoch Circle, Palm Bay. Charges: possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia.
Diego M. Sanchez, 21, of 3715 Pinewood Drive N.E., Palm Bay. Charge: driving with license suspended.
John Anthony Obrien, 21, of 532 Vaugh St., Titusville. Charges: driving under the influence, possession of paraphernalia.
Elizabeth Mary Gordon, 19, of 1964 Washington Ave., Melbourne. Charges: driving under the influence with property damage, reckless driving.
Mary Elizabeth Killeavy, 18, of Indian Hrb. Charge: driving under the influence.
Lanita Ann Clark, 50, of 207 Tyler Ave., Cape Canaveral. Charge: possession of cocaine.
Anthony D. Williams, 21, of 315 Sundial Court, Cocoa. Charges: sale cocaine, possession of cocaine.
Bryan Michael Osteen, 18, of 3465 Old Dixie Road, Mims. Charge: disorderly intoxication.
Jason Scott Schaller, 26, of Fruitland Prk. Charge: possession of cocaine.
Amber Gayle Redmond, 25, of Orlando. Charge: possession of cocaine.