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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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2,500 citizens are arrested abroad. One third of the arrests are on drug-related charges. Many of those arrested assumed as U.S. citizens that they could not be arrested. From Asia to Africa, Europe to South America, citizens are finding out the hard way that drug possession or trafficking equals jail in foreign countries.
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Saturday, June 28

Delfon L. Hare sentenced to 30 years

Delfon L. Hare of Riverdale on Friday, based on his recent and prior drug convictions. Once Hare is released from prison, he must serve 10 years of supervised release.According to a guilty plea in Hare's case, he sold cocaine in Hyattsville and elsewhere in Prince George's County on three occasions in 2006. Prosecutors say law enforcement officers observed all three transactions and recovered the drugs.

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Megan Smethurst Protection officers found 2.3 pounds of ecstacy, worth an estimated $10,000, in her purse

Megan Smethurst, 20, was apprehended at the Peace Arch border crossing after an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 2.3 pounds of ecstacy, worth an estimated $10,000, in her purse, according to a press release by the Border Protection. Smethurst was a participant in the NEXUS traveler program. NEXUS participants are prescreened, low-risk, frequent border crossers who have undergone a background check, according to Border Protection.

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Raymond Owen had more than 1kg of cocaine, worth more than £55,000, and almost £214,000 cash scattered about his rented house

Raymond Owen had more than 1kg of cocaine, worth more than £55,000, and almost £214,000 cash scattered about his rented house on Grantham Green, Middlesbrough.
Bundles of £2,000 to £50,000 were unveiled under boards in the loft, behind a bathroom wash basin, in the cupboard under the stairs, under drawers, behind the cooker and washing machine and even in the vacuum cleaner.The 44-year-old admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply and concealing criminal property.Robert Mochrie, mitigating, said Owen was profiting from cocaine dealing but the cash in the house was money that he owed, not his.Owen was caught in a “web” of cocaine addiction and pressure to store and supply drugs to pay off spiralling debts.
But Judge Peter Bowers said Owen was heavily involved in the commercial supply of cocaine.

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Friday, June 27

Michael Hunt, 30, threw a package containing 24.3g of heroin, worth £2,430 on the streets, out of a window,

Michael Hunt’s home in Haswell Court, Stockton, was searched by police on April 19 last year and Hunt, 30, threw a package containing 24.3g of heroin, worth £2,430 on the streets, out of a window, Teesside Crown Court heard.Digital scales and 11 pieces of paper carrying his phone number were also found, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield.While on bail during long delays bringing the case to court, Hunt, pictured, was caught with heroin on April 1 this year.He ran from police in Talbot Street, Stockton, and discarded three packages in a garden. They contained a total of 280.6g of heroin worth £14,180.A drugs squad officer believed only a trusted member of the illicit drugs market would be caught with that amount, the court heard. Hunt had some scales in his pocket and 2.3g of cannabis.He admitted two charges of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply and one of possessing a Class C drug.He had previous convictions, but none for drug dealing.Brian Russell, for Hunt, said Hunt was intimidated to transport and store drugs, gaining only drugs for his own use.The judge, Recorder Henry Prosser, accepted he was not at the top of the hierarchy, but dealing was taking place at Hunt’s house and the offences were “hugely serious”.Hunt’s partner at the time of the first raid, Leanne Saunders, 26, a Stockton Council drug support worker, who also worked with drugs group PANIC, was given an 18-month conditional discharge with £100 costs.She admitted possession of 0.02g of heroin - traces found in a Kinder Egg. It was accepted she relapsed into heroin use and was not involved in dealing.

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Wednesday, June 25

Adam D. Meyer,Elizabeth S. Lawyer "It was a heroin deal gone bad,"

Adam D. Meyer, 22, formerly of Dixon, and Elizabeth S. Lawyer, 26, were arrested Thursday in the apartment they share on state Route 84.They are in Winnebago County Jail. Meyer, whom investigators believe is the shooter, is being held on $1.5 million bond; Lawyer, who is accused of providing the gun, is being held on $1 million.According to investigators, the afternoon of May 27, Larry "Chico" D. Wright, 36, was sitting in his car on Parmele Street and 20th Avenue in Rockford when he was shot.
The arrest was the result of a tip made to State Police in Sterling, Blackhawk Area Task Force Master Sgt. John Biffany said."It was a heroin deal gone bad," Biffany said.Two weeks before the shooting, Meyer was charged with misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle for heroin use. Lawyer has a misdemeanor conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
No further arrests are planned at this time, Rockford police said in a news release Thursday.

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Julia Ann Santos,Marisol Sanchez charged with possession of heroin

Marisol Sanchez, 39, of 659 State St., Apt 2B, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and violation of a drug-free school zone, police documents state. Sanchez also had an outstanding default warrant. Julia Ann Santos, 33, of 102 Waite St., was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, three counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and violation of a drug-free school zone, documents state.

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Charles Joseph Campbell Sr.,Cathy Lynn Campbell,Charles Joseph Campbell Jr, family was booked at the Mackinac County Jail

Charles Joseph Campbell Sr., 50, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver marijuana and for maintaining a drug house. He posted $1,000 bond and was released.
Cathy Lynn Campbell, 52, was arrested for maintaining a drug house and was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Charles Joseph Campbell Jr., 19, was released on a personal recognizance bond after his arrest for possession of marijuana.
The family was booked at the Mackinac County Jail. Moran is a small community just north of St. Ignace.

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Antonio T. Mickens charged with trafficking crack cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and Ecstasy

Antonio T. Mickens, 22, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and Ecstasy; while McKenzie C. Rogers, 24, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and marijuana, and resisting arrest, police said.Also, Tyrone L. Carson, 23, was arrested on warrants charging him with armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with a May 23 robbery and shooting on School House Road, police said.The three men were among 60 people arrested in the special operation, police said.The department’s Community Response Team, K-9 and Organized Crime/Narcotics units, Gang Task Force and road patrol officers participated in the arrests.

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Filiberto Parra Ramos aka "The Bitch", was arrested along with 58 other men

Filiberto Parra Ramos, nicknamed "The Bitch", was arrested along with 58 other men on Saturday (local time) by soldiers who raided a childrens party in a neighbourhood of Tijuana across the United States border from San Diego, California."When they identified him they separated him from the group," a spokesman for the Baja California state police said.Parra Ramos is considered one of top leaders of the Tijuana cartel, which is headed by the Arellano Felix family.President Felipe Calderon has deployed 25,000 troops and federal police to fight the well-armed cartels that smuggle cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines to the US.About 1,550 people have died this year as drug gangs battle each other and security forces.

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Monday, June 23

Alice English was found guilty last month by Quebec Court

Alice English, a 55-year-old mother of four and grandmother of 12, who worked as a guard for 16 years, was found guilty last month by Quebec Court Judge Patrick Healy on four counts of trafficking in drugs and one of conspiracy to traffic.Both the Crown and defence had suggested a sentence of 5 1/2 years.Healey's decision gives English 64 months and one week in jail - five years, four months and one week.
During her trial, Healy dismissed court testimony English gave in February as "self-contradictory." He accepted without argument an earlier confession by English videotaped by investigators during which, he noted, the accused appeared relaxed and even joked.English provided "a complete confession," the judge concluded. "It was clear and deliberate, fluid and unrehearsed. It was replete with factual details that were provided spontaneously and without suggestion or prodding."The gravity of the offence was compounded by the breach of trust that had been placed in English as a public servant, Judge Healy stated, as well as the quantities of drugs involved.
Evidence showed that while on sick leave, about 5 a.m. on July 7, 2005, English carried coffee cans into Bordeaux prison containing 110 rocks of crack cocaine, weighing 38.5 grams, 2.8 kilograms of marijuana, 1.1 kilos of hashish, one gram of cocaine, pornographic magazines and five cellphones with batteries.
She placed the contraband in a garbage bin, where it was discovered about 6:30 a.m.
The value of the contraband, once in prisoners' hands, had been pegged at $257,500 in police testimony.

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Filiberto Parra Ramos, nicknamed "The Bitch", was arrested

Filiberto Parra Ramos, nicknamed "The Bitch", was arrested along with 58 other men on Saturday (local time) by soldiers who raided the party in a neighbourhood of Tijuana across the United States border from San Diego, California."When they identified him they separated him from the group," a spokesman for the Baja California state police said.Parra Ramos is considered one of top leaders of the Tijuana cartel, which is headed by the Arellano Felix family.President Felipe Calderon has deployed 25,000 troops and federal police to fight the well-armed cartels that smuggle cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines to the US.About 1,550 people have died this year as drug gangs battle each other and security forces.

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Michael Dudas pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to conspiracy to import marijuana.


Michael Dudas pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to conspiracy to import marijuana. He is scheduled to be sentenced in September. Dudas, 35, front man of a Canadian rock band faces decades behind bars after admitting he smuggled loads of marijuana is among dozens of people arrested in a two-year investigation that nabbed drug smugglers flying tons of drugs across the Canadian border into Washington.Key members of the smuggling operation were arrested in 2005 in Snohomish County. Dudas is among the many drug smugglers who have used Snohomish County as a distribution point for their operations. Earlier this month, federal authorities arrested the suspected kingpin of a multimillion-dollar drug ­trafficking ring with ties to the Hells Angels. The traffickers used the county as a shipment hub, authorities said.Three Snohomish County residents also were indicted in connection with the smugglers busted June 5, including two people who are accused of storing the dope on their properties.The drug traffickers allegedly trucked potent "B.C. Bud" in hollowed-out logs and stuffed in plastic drain pipes across the Canadian border to places such as Arlington and Stanwood. The dope was shipped across the country."We're a distribution point and they're smuggling in every way possible -- boats, helicopters, trucks and backpacks through the woods," Washington State Patrol Lt. Richard Wiley said. Dudas admitted he paid $33,000 for a Robinson R-22 helicopter in Ohio and arranged for a pilot to fly marijuana into the states, federal prosecutors said. The dope was stuffed in large duffel bags and strapped to the outside of the helicopter. The cargo was off-loaded at a remote landing zone near Darrington, authorities said. Two marijuana loads were seized in 2005. The pilot and off-loaders already have been sentenced in related cases.Among those nabbed were two former part-time Edmonds Municipal Court judges, attorneys James White and Mark Vanderveen. They admitted to being paid off to help assist the drug traffickers. Authorities were tipped off to the attorneys' involvement after Doug Spink, a bankrupt Canadian businessman, was captured in February 2005 on U.S. 2 near Monroe. He had more than 374 pounds of cocaine in the back of his vehicle. The $34 million bust was one of the biggest in state history.Authorities say they've seen a drop in marijuana smuggling across the Canadian border, but pot production is up in the state. Drug traffickers with ties to Canadian operations are setting up indoor marijuana farms across the Puget Sound area, Wiley said. The rings are buying houses and paying people to tend the growing plants.The operations are bringing violence with them, authorities said. Two people were shot to death last year in an Everett house, where police found hundreds of marijuana plants. The victims were being paid to care for the dope.

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Friday, June 20

Transportation Security Administration and a former Delta Air Lines employee assigned to Atlanta's airport have pleaded guilty in federal court

The former Delta employee, 42-year-old Leslie Adgar, and 1 of the former TSA workers, 44-year-old Jon Patton, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin.Two former employees of the Transportation Security Administration and a former Delta Air Lines employee assigned to Atlanta's airport have pleaded guilty in federal court to involvement in a drug-smuggling operation.
The other former TSA worker, 24-year-old Andre Mays, pleaded guilty to entering a secure airport area in violation of screening requirements.Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 17. Adgar and Patton face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Patton could receive up to one year in prison.

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Laura Trevino,Adriana Trevino,Evelia Trevino arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States

A woman and her three daughters have been arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States in what the port director called a "first."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday that the four Brownsville women were detained late Wednesday night at an international bridge after a dog smelled narcotics on their 2006 Mercedes.The women tried to flee back to Mexico, but were caught. Customs officials noticed "unusual bulges" on the bodies of mother Maria Venegas Viuda de Trevino, 59, Adriana Trevino, 23, and Evelia Trevino, 27.
Also arrested was Laura Trevino, 31, who was driving. The daughters are all U.S. citizens. Their mother is a Mexican citizen living in the U.S.In total authorities seized nearly 37 pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than $1.1 million. The four women are being held pending a hearing.

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Tuesday, June 17

Christopher Ferraro pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in commercial quantities of drugs.

Christopher Ferraro, 29, of Doncaster, organised safe houses for the storage of drugs for the syndicate, which called itself The Company.
The Supreme Court heard Ferraro's friends from his days at Whitefriars College, Joseph John Mansour and Bart Rizzo, ran the drug business while Mokbel was on the run in Greece. While Mansour and Rizzo allegedly personally received instructions from Mokbel, Ferraro did not know him and played a lesser role involving storing amphetamines and drug-making chemicals in return for cash. From January 2006 to June 2007, the group moved 42kg of speed with a wholesale value of $4.2 million but with a street value many times that, the court heard. Ferraro's cut was $500 for each pound of amphetamines he stored for The Company. Defence lawyer Rob Melasecca said his client wasn't in it for the money. He said Ferraro, who has cerebral palsy, was bullied as a teenager because of his disability. He felt indebted to Rizzo and Mansour as they were his close friends and protectors at school.
Ferraro, who has no prior convictions, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in commercial quantities of drugs.

Judge Betty King will sentence Ferraro at a later date.

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Frank Keys Jr. faces up to 40 years in prison after he was found cruising down the highway with more than 200 grams of heroin in a diaper

Frank Keys Jr. faces up to 40 years in prison after he was found cruising down the highway with more than 200 grams of heroin in the diaper he was wearing, federal officials said.Keys told officers he was wearing a diaper and when they asked if there was anything in the diaper, he 'shook his head affirmatively.'Officers then removed a package containing about 257 grams of heroin from the diaper."

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Wilfredo Abrahante,William Abrahante convicted drug dealing

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Haven announced Monday that Wilfredo Abrahante, 29, of Graveline Ave., was given ten years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release after court evidence revealed phone conversations from May 2006 in which he set up drug deals at his former residence, 238 South Colony St. in Meriden.His brother William Abrahante, 29, of North Second St., was convicted of operating through a third-party in the basement of his residence, which police said was operated as a crack house.

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Sunday, June 15

Mahmood Hussain jailed for 14 years ,Michael Hogan jailed for 10 years

Mahmood Hussain, date of birth 21/09/1976, Buckingham Street, Rochdale - jailed for 14 years
Michael Hogan, 07/07/1961, Sawyer Street, Rochdale - jailed for 10 years
Carl Singleton, 04/03/1975, Great Lee Walk, Rochdale - jailed for 8 years, 6 months, plus 4 months of an unexpired sentence.
Gazanfer Hussain, 11/12/1981, Lightwood Road, Normacott, Stoke-on-Trent - jailed for 6 years
Bilal Moghal, 06/10/1958, Vincent Road, Sheffield - jailed for 6 years
Shaied Iqbal, 04/08/1976, Drummond Road, Aston, Birmingham - jailed for 6 years, 6 months
Mohammed Yousaf, 18/06/1969, Normandy Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham - jailed for 8 years
Ansar Iqbal, 25/05/1977, Selston Road, Aston, Birmingham - jailed for 8 years
Abdul Jangeer Aziz, 06/12/1980, Stockingstone Road, Luton, Bedfordshire - jailed for 5 years, 9 months
Shezad Rehman, 27/06/1980, Meir Road, Normacot, Stoke-on-Trent - jailed for 6 years
Gang was behind large-scale drugs trafficking in Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Birmingham and Bedford. Thirty-nine kilos of heroin, 1.5 kilos of amphetamine and an amount of cocaine were seized during the ten-month probe. Detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Major Crime Unit worked closely with colleagues in Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire and the West Midlands to break the ring. The men were arrested over a period of six months as officers pieced together the syndicate structure and how they operated. This led to a number of separate seizures and arrests. Initial enquires by Staffordshire Police in June 2006 led them to Luton in Bedfordshire where a man was seen to hand over a bag to Abdul Aziz. Following the transaction Bedfordshire Police stopped a taxi. They found five kilos of heroin and arrested Aziz, who was a passenger in the taxi. Greater Manchester Police worked closely with Staffordshire Police to identify that Michael Hogan was actually the courier of the heroin and that he was living in Rochdale. As a result of this work Staffordshire Police were able to observe Hogan in the Walsall area where he met with the occupants of a Peugeot. West Midlands Police stopped the Peugeot and arrested Mohammed Yousaf and Ansar Iqbal who had three kilos of heroin. Having confirmed Hogan’s role as a courier, Staffordshire Police mounted an operation to arrest him. On Saturday 22 July 2006 he was seen receiving a holdall from Shaied Iqbal in the Newtown area of Birmingham. Staffordshire Police stopped and arrested Hogan and found that the holdall contained 10 kilos of heroin. Shaied Iqbal was later arrested for his role in the transaction. The investigation team also focused on the Stoke-on-Trent end of the business controlled by Gazanfer Hussain, of Lightwood Road, Normacott.
Shezad Rehman, of Meir Road, Stoke-on-Trent, who was working for Gazanfer Hussain, was seen to meet the occupant of a Vauxhall Corsa in Bengry Road, Stoke-on-Trent. Following this meeting, Rehman was stopped and arrested by Staffordshire Police who seized one kilo of heroin and several ounces of cocaine. Bilal Moghal was later arrested after being identified as the person who handed the heroin to Rehman.
Further enquiries by Greater Manchester Police and Staffordshire Police identified Mahmood Hussain of Buckingham Street, Rochdale, as a major player in the syndicate and had subsequently recruited Carl Singleton as a courier to replace Hogan. On Thursday 1 November 2006, an operation was undertaken between the two forces which led to Singleton being stopped near Tamworth with 20 kilos of heroin in his vehicle. At the same time Greater Manchester Police arrested Mahmood Hussain in Rochdale for his part in the conspiracy. The final arrest of the gang took place on Monday 4 December. Gazanfer Hussain was arrested in Stoke-on-Trent after a meticulous investigation had confirmed him as a major player in the syndicate’s supply network.
All ten were charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. All but two of the gang pleaded guilty. The other two were found guilty following a trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Superintendent Bernie O’Reilly, from Stoke-on-Trent division, said: “Operation Nemesis is sending a very clear message to drugs dealers: don’t even think of trying it in Staffordshire. Members of the public can be reassured that we are listening closely to their concerns and actively doing something about them.
“Our comprehensive investigation and excellent work with other police forces exposed a drugs gang involved in large-scale supply, and we stopped large amounts of the drug reaching the streets of Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Birmingham and Bedford.
“As well as significant prison sentences, dealers also risk losing their homes and vehicles. We are nationally recognised for using the Proceeds of Crime Act to deprive criminals of assets they’ve acquired through crime, and we’ll be making confiscation orders as part of this investigation.”
Supt O’Reilly appealed to members of the public to continue contacting the force with information about drug dealing.
Detective Inspector John Ogdon, from Greater Manchester Police's drugs unit, said: "This is an excellent result for all of the forces involved. Drugs contribute to all manner of other criminal offences and removing the people responsible for supplying them is essential if we are going to tackle this.
"The fact that so many forces worked together on this investigation has meant we have been able to take prolific drug dealers off the streets all over the UK.
"We are delighted to have been part of this operation and hope it acts as a warning to anyone else involved in drug related crime. This behaviour will not be tolerated and we will do everything possible to make sure you are held to account for your crimes."

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Sean Walker is being charged with trafficking crack cocaine over 200 grams, possession with intent to distribute Class “B” substance offense


Sean Walker, 40, of 45 Medford Street was placed under arrest after police, armed with search warrants, conducted a search of Walker and his home. The search yielded several thousand dollars as well as crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
Police also seized a loaded .25 semi-automatic handgun, a plastic bag containing several .38 rounds, a camouflage body armor “flack jacket” type vest, $7,889, an 8 gram bag of a substance believed to be heroin, 350 grams of a substance police believed was crack cocaine, fifteen bags of what is believed to be marijuana, several plastic bags thought to contain cocaine, drug packaging, a digital scale with white powder residue, communications devices, and personal papers.Walker is being charged with trafficking crack cocaine over 200 grams, possession with intent to distribute Class “B” substance offense, possession with intent to distribute Class “A” heroin, possession with intent to distribute Class “D” marijuana, school zone violation, unlawful possession of firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.Detectives and uniformed officers from the Medford Police Drug Control Unit including DCU Sgt. David Montana, Det. Joseph Donahue, and Det. Kevin Braxton, Drug Unit detectives from the Cambridge Police Department, and the Everett Police Department K-9 Unit assisted in the raid.

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Do Hyung Lee, Francis Lee; Shaode Cao, and Alice Yang, have all pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with Hong Viet Luong

Shoade Cao, 21, of Sunnybank, Do Hyung Lee, 27, of Eight Mile Plains, Francis Vui Jan Lee, 25, of Stafford Heights, and Alice Yun Hsuan Yang, 22, pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to conspiring to import narcotics between August and December 2004.
The court heard the crew used a similar modus operandi and some of the same people who were involved in the Bali Nine.Commonwealth prosecutor Stephen Hall, who revealed intimate details of the group's organisational structure and planning, said that Cao, Yang and Lee were couriers and allegedly recruited by Do Hyung Lee, or "Korean Danny", for two trips.He said Lee allegedly helped organise another earlier expedition involving two men he had recruited from a Brisbane karaoke club, promising that they would earn $10,000 if they successfully returned to Australia with drugs.That trip was abandoned when the two mules backed out. Sydney man Khanh Thanh Ly, jailed last December for conspiring to import heroin, yesterday told how he became involved in the heroin trade through former school friend Myuran Sukumaran, who is now on death row after his arrest as one of the Bali Nine.Ly helped organise drug mules in Australia and drove them around Sydney after the successful October 2004 operation.Mr Hall said that although Ly's last trip in December 2004 proved unsuccessful the four were still co-conspirators as they had travelled to Bali and had agreed to import the drugs.Mr Hall said the ringleaders told them to buy baggy clothes to conceal their body shape.Convicted drug smuggler Khanh Thanh Ly told the Queensland Supreme Court that one of the gang's ringleaders, Hong Viet Luong, had contacted him after the Bali arrests and told him he was "getting out'' of Australia.Ly, who was sentenced to seven years' jail in December for conspiring to import drugs as part of the syndicate, is giving evidence against four other accused drug smugglers.
Do Hyung Lee, 27; Francis Lee, 25; Shaode Cao, 21; and Alice Yang, 22, have all pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with Hong Viet Luong and Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan and others to import heroin into Australia. Cross-examination of Ly will continue this afternoon. Yesterday the court heard the syndicate that hired the so-called Bali Nine drug smugglers allegedly organised at least three drug-running trips to the Indonesian island before the nine were arrested. Commonwealth prosecutor Stephen Hall told the jury that three trips to Bali involving drug-running conspiracies were made in 2004.
Mr Hall said it would be alleged the first trip might or might not have been successful, the second resulted in large quantities being brought back to Australia, while the third was aborted because the heroin supply fell through. He said Danny Lee, known as "Korean Danny" was a recruiter in the drugs operation while the other three were couriers. Mr Hall said Danny Lee frequented JJ's Karaoke Lounge in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley entertainment district, where he met two young Brisbane men, Bozidar Ristic and Farhud Gujari, in August 2004. He told them they could make some "quick cash" if they brought something back from overseas. The two men agreed to the venture and Danny Lee later introduced them to Sukumaran, who told them the job involved travelling to Bali and flying back with "stuff" strapped to their bodies. Sukumaran told them not to worry as it had been done before and no one had been caught. Mr Ristic and Mr Gujari flew to Bali in October 2004 with Sukumaran and Khanh Thanh Ly, a Sydney man who is now serving a seven-year sentence for conspiring with Sukumaran and others to import heroin. The court heard Ly had agreed to testify against the accused in return for a reduced sentence. Mr Hall told the jury they would hear two versions of what happened on the first trip. He said Ly would testify that he saw Mr Ristic and Mr Gujari being strapped with drugs in Bali. However, the two Brisbane men would give evidence that they got cold feet as they were in Bali at the same time as Schapelle Corby was arrested for smuggling marijuana and there were many police on the island for the anniversary of the first Bali bombing. The two would testify that the trip organisers allowed them to go home without any drugs.

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Colby Weymouth arrested on charges of aggravated cultivating of marijuana and possession of heroin

arrested Colby Weymouth, 20, on charges of aggravated cultivating of marijuana and possession of heroin, both Class C felonies.
On Friday evening, state troopers and an agent from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency went to an Industry Road home to conduct a probation check on someone living with Weymouth at 50 Industry Road, Casavant said. When they arrived, they detected an odor of green marijuana.
A search warrant was applied for and carried out with the assistance of Franklin County sheriff's officers where 48 marijuana plants were being grown. They also found a loaded rifle and a small amount of heroin, the trooper said.
The street value of the heroin is about $300 and if all the marijuana plants grew to maturation, the street value would be about $72,000, Casavant said. Weymouth was released on $1,000 cash bail.

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Robert Santana Jr was charged with possession of marijuana, distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute

Arrested Robert Santana Jr., 24, who had been watched. When Santana left his house at noontime, police stopped him, seizing $1,270 cash and three cell phones. Santana gave officers a false name, calling himself Luis Feliciano, police said.
A search of Santana's apartment turned up 13.2 grams of heroin, three scales, a grinder, utility bills in the name of Luis Feliciano, drug packaging materials and $69 cash. Santana was charged with possession of marijuana, distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, false name to a police officer and possession of a false Registry of Motor Vehicles document.
Three people, who detectives of the street narcotics enforcement unit said they saw hanging around on the corner of Tower Hill Street and Oregon Avenue waiting for a drug dealer while the detectives were waiting for a warrant to search Santana's home, also were arrested.They were: Nicole Eaton 24, 63 Washington St., Groveland, on a charge of knowingly being present where heroin is kept; Cesar Colon, 29, 34 Berkeley St., Lawrence, on charges of possession of heroin and cocaine, both with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana; and Thomas Knight, 26, 31 Low St., Newbury, on a charge of possession of heroin.

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David Baez arrested for attempting to sell heroin to an undercover police officer

David Baez, 39, of 48 Saratoga St., Apt. 3, Lawrence, was in court Wednesday to plead innocent to a charge of distribution of heroin in a case involving the Haverhill Police Narcotics Unit, assisted by state police."This has been an example of a series of arrests we've been making where we have been targeting heroin dealers out of Lawrence," Arahovites said.After Baez's release shortly before noon Wednesday, undercover police had a hunch that he might be operating again — and they were right.
Police arrested Baez for attempting to sell heroin to an undercover police officer. In addition, they arrested his driver, seized drugs, money and a 1995 Nissan Maxima.
Baez was charged with distribution of heroin and a drug violation in a school zone. Jose Medina, 36, of 70 Union St., apartment 1, Methuen, was arrested on similar charges.
"On the second deal, we guessed it may be him. When we grabbed him, we were as surprised as he was," Arahovites said. "In my career, I've seen people come and go from the courthouse. They'll drive from the courthouse, leave and get arrested again."

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Trang Bich Hong,Lam Mong Chinh arrested for heroin smuggling in Vietnam

Vietnam arrested three Australian women after authorities found heroin in the hotel room of two of them and in a packet hidden on the body of the third as she tried to board a plane home, state-controlled media reported Friday (13 June).Early Thursday (12 June), police arrested Trang Bich Hong, 28, and Lam Mong Chinh, 25, after finding heroin in their hotel room, Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper said.
Late Wednesday (11 June) they detained a woman, who was unidentified, at the airport in southern Ho Chi Minh City after authorities found 250 grams (0.5 pound) of heroin hidden in one of her body cavities.The newspaper said the three, all of Vietnamese origin, were being monitored by Australian police for several months for their suspected role in trafficking heroin from Vietnam.Police were not available for comment Friday and officials at the Australian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City would not comment.
Last week, police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested another Australian woman of Vietnamese origin after she collapsed with heroin in her stomach.
Vietnam has some of the world's harshest drug laws. Possession of 600 grams (1.32 pounds) of heroin or more is punishable by death.
About a dozen Vietnamese-Australians have been brought to court in Vietnam for heroin trafficking in recent years.
At least four have had their death sentences commuted because of lobbying by the Australian government, which banned the death penalty in 1973. Vietnam has not executed any Australians for drug offenses. (AP)

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Van Quyen Ken Tang charged with possessing and importing commercial quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy

Van Quyen Ken Tang, 41, of Vancouver, appeared in court Thursday charged with possessing and importing commercial quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy. Australian police pegged the value of the haul at $78 million.Australian newspapers report that neither Tang nor three others applied for bail when they appeared in a Melbourne Magistrate's Court. They will be held in custody until their next appearance on Sept. 4.Australian Federal Police and Customs officers had been watching the container and swooped when four men began to unload it, Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris told the Melbourne Herald Sun."It's currently the subject of ongoing investigations, both here in Australia but certainly with our international counterparts in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police," he said.
"Obviously we have a lot of questions, and investigations are now taking place in Canada to look at the other end of the syndicate."Also charged are three Australians -- Son Anh Pham, 46, Tien Trinh, 26, and Thuan T. Le, 26.

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Spiros Katos is charged with intent to pervert the course of justice, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and accessory after the fact to coca

Spiros Katos, 50, is charged with intent to pervert the course of justice, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and accessory after the fact to cocaine importation.He is also charged unlawfully assisting Mokbel to flee the jurisdiction while on bail.Katos was remanded in custody and ordered to face court on September 20 for a committal mention. He did not apply for bail.He was charged last night following an interview with Purana taskforce detectives at the St Kilda Road police complex, after which he faced an out-of-sessions hearing at St Kilda Road.Mokbel absconded while on trial on drug charges in Melbourne in March 2006 and was arrested in a cafe in Athens on June 5, 2007.The alleged plot to smuggle Mokbel out of Australia involved a luxury yacht, illicit money transfers and the use of a rural hideaway, according to police.He was recaptured in suburban Athens in June last year and extradited to Melbourne on May 17 following a lengthy legal battle.Five people were charged earlier with allegedly assisting the escape.
Yvonne Warfe, 34, of Burnside, has been charged with perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and impeding the prosecution of a person.She was bailed to reappear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on September 25 for a committal mention hearing.Bassillios Byron Pantazis, 63, and Angela Nissirios, 46, appeared in the same court on charges including perverting the course of justice by assisting Mokbel to flee, and dealing in property known to be the proceeds of crime.Both were remanded in custody to reappear in September.
Two brothers, aged 39 and 43, were charged with perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to pervert and being accessories after the fact.They are already in custody on an unrelated matter and will appear before a court at a later date.
Police said in an affidavit presented to the Victorian Supreme Court that Mokbel and his alleged accomplices spent as much as $1 million on an elaborate escape plan, including the purchase of a $350,000, 17-metre yacht and its refit for a sea voyage to Greece.Mokbel's partner, Danielle McGuire, flew into Melbourne from Greece early today.

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Andrea Henry,Wayne Walshaw jailed for 12 months at the hearing in Montego Bay.

Andrea Henry, 39, of Ettington Avenue, Park End in Middlesbrough was jailed for six months and her partner Wayne Walshaw, 32, of Saltburn in Cleveland was jailed for 12 months at the hearing in Montego Bay.Charges against Henry's 17-year-old daughter, Toni Bellamy, were dropped and the teenager will be deported to the UK, a spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs said.The trio were arrested at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Sunday on suspicion of swallowing packages of cocaine,

the spokesman said.They had been due to board a flight to Manchester.
The court also handed down fines of 350,000 Jamaican dollars (£2,488) to Walshaw and 250,000 Jamaican dollars (£1,777) to Henry.Both face an extra six months in prison if they fail to pay.

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Thursday, June 12

Nicola Black from Galway city was arrested in the Republic of Suriname

23-year old Nicola Black from Galway city was arrested in the Republic of Suriname two months ago. Two packages of cocaine had allegedly been strapped to Nicola Black's thighs when she was arrested by police in the South American Republic of Suriname over two months ago.She was boarding a plane to Amsterdam at the time.
Nicola's been held in prison ever since and her mother Maureen has had no direct contact with her. Her mother lives at 83 Drom Chaoin on Bishop O'Donnell Road in the city

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Middlesbrough woman, her partner and a 17-yerar-old girl have been arrested in Jamaica suspected of attempting to smuggle drugs.

Middlesbrough woman, her partner and a 17-yerar-old girl have been arrested in Jamaica suspected of attempting to smuggle drugs.The three were arrested at the Sangster international airport in Montego Bay on June 8th by the Jamaican authorities.Police claim the two women were caught attempting to smuggle cocaine internally and all three are suspected of swallowing packages of cocaine before boarding a flight back to Manchester.The trio were arrested as part of Operation Airbridge, a UK Border Agency initiative working in partnership with the Jamaican authorities, aimed at catching drug smugglers using the island as a gateway to the UK and Europe.Tony Walker, from the UK Border Agency, said: "The use of such young people in smuggling drugs demonstrates the ruthless nature of those criminal gangs involved in the illegal narcotics trade and the misery they cause. "The dedication of UK and Jamaican drug detection officers has prevented deadly class A drugs from entering the UK. "Operation Airbridge powerfully demonstrates the importance of working closely with other global partners such as Jamaica. This collaboration is helping to protect both countries from the violence and corruption that always accompanies the trade in illegal drugs."

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Park Lane Safe Deposit Ltd raided Milton Woolf,Jacqueline Swann,Leslie Sieff released on police bail

Park Lane Safe Deposit Ltd raided. The raid that closed it down — and two others in Hampstead and Edgware owned by the same people — had been planned for eight months with 300 officers, sniffer dogs and enough firepower to start a small war. The Metropolitan police's assistant commissioner John Yates said it was an "unprecedented operation". Each of the 7,000 boxes would be treated as a potential crime scene. Suspected offences involved ran the gamut of organised crime: drugs, human trafficking, prostitution, fraud, firearms and money laundering. Many of the boxes may have been rented with false identities. Forty-eight hours after the police went in, they revealed some of their findings: £14m in cash, a firearm, counterfeit currency, passports, chequebooks and credit cards, a substantial amount of high value
jewellery and four paintings — three landscapes and still lives in the 17th century Dutch style and a 20th century Russian portrait. At the Hampstead centre, an Edwardian redbrick mansion block on Finchley Road, two police trucks were filled with crates yesterday. Police believe the total value will be in tens of millions. It doesn't take an inspector Poirot to work out that safe deposit centres might
be an ideal place to hide the proceeds of crime. Traditionally no questions
have been asked and ID was not always required. It has even been possible to rent a walk-in room for larger items — the odd Gainsborough, perhaps, or suitcases of swag. There was no regulatory framework until December last year when the 2007 money laundering regulations brought safe deposit businesses under supervision of the Financial Services Authority. Like banks, owners would have to "know their customer" and report any suspicious activity. The 10 safe deposit companies in London — and the two in Manchester and Birmingham — are required to register with the FSA by June 15. At the time of the raids a search of the register showed no results for the parent company of the three vaults, Safe Deposit Centres Ltd. The FSA said an application could be pending. Detectives have stressed that their main targets are criminals who may have used the centres for proceeds of crime. But they also arrested three directors of the safe deposit firm on suspicion of money laundering. By Thursday morning Milton Woolf, 52, Jacqueline Swann, 44, and Leslie Sieff, 60, were released on police bail, to return early in September. Company records show that the business was set up as Hampstead Safe Deposit Vaults in 1983
by Sieff, an accountant from Port Elizabeth in South Africa who became a British citizen. With his wife Jill he also runs the Hampstead School of English in the same mansion block as the vaults. Sieff was joined in the business by Milton Woolf, 52, another South African expatriate. Although hundreds of innocent box owners have been calling the special police centre to claim their belongings, others may be trying to cover their tracks. After the prolific Italian robber Valerio Viccei raided the Knightsbridge safe
deposit centre in 1987, around 30 of more than 120 owners never came forward.
"I'm sure they have all got a story to tell," said the detective in charge of the case. The raids of 2008 will undoubtedly reveal many more.

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Sunday, June 8

Geovani Nunez , Jorge Hernandez both 13-year veterans of the Miami Police Department, were paid a combined $39,500 by a man

Officer Geovani Nunez and Detective Jorge Hernandez, both 13-year veterans of the Miami Police Department, were paid a combined $39,500 by a man they thought was involved in numerous illegal businesses, prosecutors said. That man, however, was secretly an FBI informant and all of their conversations were taped.U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said the case was particularly disheartening in a year when several South Florida police officers have died in the line of duty."It is sad that a handful of individuals choose to repay their colleagues' sacrifice through criminal conduct," Acosta said.Nunez and Hernandez were released on bail after appearing briefly in court Friday. Their lawyers said they would fight the charges, which carry potential life sentences.Nunez's attorney, Michael Catalano, said the FBI sting means that all of the allegedly illegal conduct was staged and not real."They are charged with committing crimes that did not exist," he said.It's was not immediately clear if Hernandez had an attorney.Court documents show that Nunez got involved with the informant in March 2007 after losing a part-time job at a Miami nightclub. Eventually he and Hernandez allegedly helped protect shipments -- sometimes using their police cars to escort trucks -- of what they thought were stolen televisions and computers and at least 12 kilograms of cocaine.Police Chief John Timoney said the two officers would be fired and that he hoped their alleged actions wouldn't hurt morale at the department."These two, as far as I'm concerned, are aberrations," Timoney said.The case is similar to a recent FBI sting that eventually involved charges against five officers of the Hollywood Police Department. Those five all pleaded guilty and four received lengthy prison sentences.

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Alfred Porro arrested after it was discovered that cocaine had gone missing from the exhibits

Alfred Porro, 42 years of age, of Governor's Street.The arrest took place after it was discovered that cocaine had gone missing from the exhibits storeroom at New Mole House police headquarters. He was on police bail.Subsequenly, it was reported that cannabis had gone missing from the Irish Town sub-station.Porro has also been charged with theft of a rucksack, a portable play station and games.Police say that following the discovery of the missing cocaine, investigations led detectives to carry out further checksof drugs stored at both police HQ and Irish Town station. Fifty kilos of cannabis resin were found missing, of which 15 kilos have been recovered.Porro retired early from the RGP and was later employed as a civilian storeman. A police statement says he was yesterday released from police bail and charged. "He is currently interdicted," said a spokesman. Porro is appearing in court this morning.

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Dannie Conners chief of Kendleton’s fire department was arrested after an undercover drug bust


The chief of Kendleton’s fire department was arrested after an undercover drug bust, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday.The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force had been investigating 43-year-old Dannie Conners because of reports that he was selling crack cocaine. During a raid of Conners’ home, deputies said they found crack cocaine, marijuana, weighing scales and packaging materials.Conners has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail.

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Matthew Roberts, arranged drug deliveries of more than £1m to his home town of Maesteg, was handed down a 17-year sentence.

Matthew Roberts, arranged drug deliveries of more than £1m to his home town of Maesteg, was handed down a 17-year sentence.As he jailed the group to a total of 82 years, Judge Christopher Llewellyn-Jones QC told Roberts, 36, and his nine co-conspirators that they were helping to spread a “cancer in society”.He said: “Almost daily in this court I listen to cases involving people whose lives have been destroyed by the use of Class A drugs and it is the same story in other courts.“Between June 2006 and February 2007 you conspired to bring substantial quantities of cocaine with a value of up to £1.2m from Liverpool.“In addition there was £48,000-worth of cannabis and an amount of amphetamine which the Crown has been unable to calculate.“In my view drugs are cancer in our society.”He said Roberts had been at the centre of the conspiracy and his wife Diann Lee, 42, who lived with him in a luxury self-build home had been willing to share the lifestyle drug dealing brought, although she believed only cannabis was involved.Her husband had tried to avoid detection by using different people and different vehicles to carry out his deliveries of drugs and large amounts of cash and by constantly changing the mobile phone numbers used.He also set up a tree surgery business “as a front”.“But in an extremely thorough investigation the police were able to stay ahead of you”, the judge said.The regional task force set up Operation Sofitel in 2006 and kept surveillance for months on Roberts and his contacts before moving in as 7kg of cocaine, worth £840,000, changed hands in the car park of B&Q Bridgend. The drugs were enough to supply at least 7,000 people with a wrap of cocaine.When his gang was eventually rounded up and arrested they found he had been dealing with so much cash he had had to buy a money-counting machine.He had also travelled to London to buy a scanner to check his car for bugs but had failed to find the listening device police had planted.Judge Llewellyn-Jones commended the five officers – DC Sarah Murphy, DC Chris Mayo, DC Kevin Gardner, DC Chris Macdonald, and Acting Detective Sergeant Neil Roper – involved in the case for their painstaking work.He added: “They carried out an excellent investigation which has brought to justice people involved in a considerable conspiracy. I commend each of them for their hard work and the prosecuting team for the way the case was presented.”Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Cooper, head of the Regional Task Force, Tarian, said: “These sentences send a message to drug dealers that Operation Tarian will deal with organised crime groups and it’s our full intention to protect communities from the harm and misery that these people intend to cause for their own profit.“The amount of cocaine seized on January 24, 2007 – which these defendants were intending to sell across South Wales – was enough to supply at least 7,000 people with a wrap of cocaine.“But thanks to the dedicated and painstaking investigative work of Tarian staff, which included up to seven months surveillance, these drugs never made it onto the streets

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Thursday, June 5

Three employees of Entreprises Cara arrested after authorities dismantled an alleged cocaine-importing ring at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport

The Mounties say six of the seven Montreal-area suspects arrested face a total of 17 criminal counts related to importing drugs and conspiracy to import drugs. Three employees of a catering service have been arrested after authorities dismantled an alleged cocaine-importing ring at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The three were among seven men who were nabbed Wednesday as about 60 police officers moved in. The trio were employed by Entreprises Cara, a company which provides services to the travel industry and the Montreal airport. The Mounties say six of the seven Montreal-area suspects arrested face a total of 17 criminal counts related to importing drugs and conspiracy to import drugs. RCMP Insp. Andre Lemyre says the arrests followed an investigation that began in August 2006. "The goal of the investigation was to dismantle an alleged criminal organization that specialized in importing cocaine at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport,'' he told a news conference. Lemyre said the role of the Cara employees was to get the drugs out of the airport after the cocaine arrived by plane from the Dominican Republic. The employees had a card to give them access to restricted zones, but Lemyre would not comment when asked how they received security clearance. He said it was the responsibility of Transport Canada and stressed that airlines were not directly involved. "There were two airlines used, but the focus of the investigation was on a criminal organization and not on the airlines,'' he added. "It's an organization that infiltrated the airport and used the facilities to reach their goal.''
Searches conducted earlier led to the seizure of 16 kilograms of cocaine, four Toyotas and two firearms.
The drugs were seized during three airport inspections by the Canada Border Services Agency. Agents uncovered a first shipment of five kilograms of cocaine in September 2007, a second of nine kilograms last January and a third of two kilograms in April.
Lemyre said the stolen vehicles were seized in nearby Riviere-des-Prairies in a container bound for Africa through the Port of Montreal. The illicit drugs were found in unclaimed luggage, in the cargo hold and in a garbage can on a plane.
Lemyre also said the drugs were to be distributed to streets gangs. He added there may be more arrests because the investigation is continuing. The investigation was carried out by the RCMP's federal airport investigation branch with help from Montreal police and the border services agency.


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John Briscoe received a six-year prison sentence at Galway District Court

John Briscoe showed the gardai 52 ecstasy tablets when they entered the house and he told them he had more stashed away upstairs. He took them to his bedroom where he produced a shoe box full of tablets. He told them he was getting paid €1500 to mind the tablets for another person, whom he refused to name.John Briscoe (32), No 1 Mingban, Ballycrissaune, Portumna, received a six-year prison sentence at Galway District Court last Friday afternoon after pleading guilty to having 9,640 ecstasy tablets, with a street value of €96,460, in his possession which were for sale or supply to others at his home on July 16, 2006.Briscoe, whose date of birth is July 8, 1975, and co-accused, Philip O’Dwyer (24), Ballykeeland Road, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, were both arrested and detained for questioning after gardai raided Briscoe’s home in the early hours of July 16, 2006, and gatecrashed a birthday party which was in full swing at the time.O’Dwyer pleaded guilty last week also to being found in possession of 195 ecstasy tablets, worth €1950, at Briscoe’s address in Portumna, on July 16, 2006, which were for sale or supply to another.Garda Shaun Durkan of the Galway Drugs Unit gave evidence that Gardai, acting on confidential information, obtained a search warrant and went to Briscoe’s house at 12.15 a.m. on the date in question.Garda Durkan said that while he did not accept this explanation there was no evidence or proof available to suggest otherwise. He said the 9,464 tablets seized were valued at €10 each. He said he and his colleagues were surprised to find such a large amount of ecstasy in such a rural setting as Briscoe’s house was situated in a very isolated area between Portumna and Ballinasloe.Garda Durkan said a party was in full swing at the time which Briscoe had organised to celebrate his birthday and 15 people were present. Some of them had arrived that day or a few days beforehand at the house. The court heard Briscoe is a native of Portumna and is an unemployed tiler with no previous convictions for drug offences.
Garda Durkan said the guests were searched and O’Dwyer was found to be in possession of 195 ecstasy tablets. He said he had just bought them from Briscoe and he had intended selling them to his friends.Garda Durkan said O’Dwyer was a native of Carrick-on-Suir and since this incident had occurred he had gone home to live with his parents and had not come to the attention of the Gardai since. He said he had been very co-operative when questioned.Both men were described as being recreational drugs users and the court was told O’Dwyer was no longer taking drugs.Bernard Madden, SC, for Briscoe, said his client regularly takes hash and “Speed” and has a long history of drug use. He said that his client was not addicted and was not a “junkie”. He said Briscoe was at the lower end of the drug hierarchy and could not name the person he was holding the drugs for out of fear for his own safety.
Mr. John O’Donnell, BL, for O’Dwyer, said his client had only been supplying himself and his mates with the drug. He said O’Dwyer had been taking drugs at the time but was now back at home under the watchful eye of his parents and the local Sergeant in Carrick, who had told the probation service he would be very surprised if O’Dwyer ever got into trouble again.Judge Raymond Groarke sentenced Briscoe to six years in prison and he sentenced O’Dwyer to nine months.

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Tony Mokbel investigation Police raid three houses at Burnside and Reservoir


Police raided three houses at Burnside and Reservoir about 6am today as part of the Mokbel investigation, codenamed Operation Magnum.The raids were the culmination of a 14-month operation targeting associates who allegedly used proceeds of crime to organise Mokbel's great escape.A man and two women were arrested and were this morning being questioned at St Kilda Road police complex.
The arrests come almost three weeks after Mokbel was extradited to Australia in a dramatic end to more than two years on the run.The drug boss disappeared while on trial for cocaine smuggling in March 2006.It is believed he was holed up at an associate's property in Bonnie Doon, in Victoria's high country, before fleeing Australia eight months later.Mokbel was arrested in Athens in June 2007 and returned to Australia via a luxury Gulfstream jet on May 17 after a seven-month extradition battle.He is serving a minimum nine years' jail at Barwon Prison's high security unit after being convicted in absentia for smuggling two kilograms of cocaine from Mexico.Mokbel also faces a further 15 charges, including two for the murders of underworld rivals Lewis Moran and Michael Marshall and a string of drugs charges.
A 63-year-old Reservoir man is expected to be charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, conspiracy to pervert the course of justic, accessory after the fact and deal with proceeds of crime.
Two Burnside women, aged 46 and 34, are both expected to be charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, accessory after the fact and deal with proceeds of crime.This morning's raids follow the execution of more than 50 search warrants throughout NSW, Queensland and Western Australia in recent months, police said.

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Wednesday, June 4

James Anthony McCabe Melbourne detective on loan to Australia's top crime-fighting agency has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from a dealer

James Anthony McCabe, 39, was due to stand trial yesterday on armed robbery and drugs charges in the NSW District Court. But he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of robbery in company, with the drugs charges to be considered only as an aggravating factor when he is sentenced. McCabe, a Victorian police officer on secondment to the National Crime Authority, was charged after a NSW Police Integrity Commission investigation in 2004. The commission heard evidence from several NCA informants that McCabe and his partner, former NSW police officer Samuel John Foster, set up drug deals and stole cash and drugs in phony busts. Foster and McCabe were investigating Asian organised crime for the NCA, now the Australian Crime Commission. "The methodology involved was to arrange a purchase of prohibited drugs from a person known as a drug trafficker," a statement to the court said. "As the deal was finalised, Foster would arrive with another person and pretend to arrest those present. "Foster would then persuade the drug trafficker his primary interest was in arresting (the informants) . . . and he was prepared to ignore and go easy on the drug trafficker. "On the basis that the loss of drugs was preferable to arrest, the drug trafficker would be willing to cut his losses and depart without the drugs or monies." McCabe yesterday admitted his role in one such bust, involving the theft of a "significant" quantity of methylamphetamine (speed) in 2002. McCabe fled to Cambodia after the PIC hearings and was informally extradited to stand trial last year. His barrister, Louise McManus, applied yesterday for the trial to be permanently stayed, arguing Cambodian and Australian authorities had not followed due process in returning McCabe to Australia. Judge Michael Finnane dismissed the application. McCabe was released on continuing bail until a sentencing hearing on July 11. Foster was jailed in December to a maximum of 7 1/2 years for drug, robbery, deception and corruption offences.

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Mohammad Asif Pakistani fast bowler has been arrested at Dubai airport on charges of possessing illegal drugs


Mohammad Asif has been arrested at Dubai airport on charges of possessing illegal drugs, cricket officials said Tuesday.The 25-year-old Asif was seized while returning home from India after featuring in a domestic event which ended on Sunday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials said."Yes, we can confirm about Asif's arrest. He was stopped at Dubai airport on charges of carrying opium and was supposed to be brought before the magistrate on Tuesday," the official said.PCB human resources director Nadeem Akram said he was in Dubai and has also hired a lawyer to assist Asif."I am in Dubai as part of the PCB's efforts to get Asif cleared. As far as we know a contraband item was in his wallet which he himself did not know and it's in a very small quantity," Akram told AFP by telephone."He was detained at the airport and was interrogated. As far as we know no first incident report has been lodged as yet but police have conducted several tests on Asif including a urine test. A lawyer has also been hired," he said."We have not been officially told about the nature of the substance and quantity. There have been lots of speculations."PCB spokesman Shafqat Nagmi told a news conference in the eastern city of Lahore that Asif said the substance involved was medicine."The lawyer said Asif is in good spirits and he is looking forward to returning home. It is all based on some assumptions -- he said he had some medicine and they don't know about it," Nagmi said."The UAE (United Arab Emirates) has strict procedures -- they want to probe the matter to determine what the substance is. We are hopeful the entire issue is due to some misunderstanding."The arrest is just the latest controversy to hit Pakistan's troubled cricket team over the past two years.Asif was banned for one year after he tested positive for the steroid nandrolone in October 2006. Fellow paceman Shoaib Akhtar was banned for two years on the same charge.The bans were however lifted on appeal two months later. Akhtar meanwhile is appealing a lifetime ban imposed in April for repeated disciplinary problems.Asif was named on Monday as one of five pacemen in a 16-man squad to take part in next week's one-day tri-series in Bangladesh.He has had recent problems with injury, undergoing an operation in Australia in December after an elbow problem recurred during the one-day series against South Africa two months earlier.He missed Pakistan's tour of India late last year before being ruled out of the five-match home series against Zimbabwe.

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Tatum O'Neal, who was this week arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine blamed death of her dog


Tatum O'Neal, who was this week arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine, said she was tipped over the edge by the death of her dog three weeks ago. O'Neal may face up to a year in jail after being charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. It was reported she was caught buying crack cocaine from a homeless street vendor three blocks from her Manhattan home. Former drug addict O'Neal has reportedly blamed her dog's death for pushing her over the edge. "Just when I was about to change that and wreck my life, the police came and saved me," she said, The New York Post reports. "There's no excuse for what I did. I lost my Scottish terrier, Lena, three weeks ago. That seemed to set me off."
A judge released her from custody yesterday on her own recognisance and she was ordered to return on July 28. At the age of 10, O'Neal became the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award for her supporting role in Paper Moon, in which she starred along with her father, Ryan O'Neal. She married tennis star John McEnroe in 1986 and after their divorce in 1992 McEnroe won custody over their three children following a protracted battle.

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Lamon Glenn Washington,Tammi Mae Chapman jailed for their involvement in a drug conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine

Lamon Glenn Washington, 34, and Tammi Mae Chapman, 20, were sentenced recently to serve 87 months and 32 months, respectively, for their involvement in a drug conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, prosecutors said.
Washington -- also known as "Monte" -- was accused of paying Chapman to bring in the drugs from Seattle on two occasions in the spring of 2006, according to prosecutors. Chapman later recruited another courier to replace her; that courier was caught in the summer of 2006 and has already been sentenced.
The conspiracy involved a total of more than 2 kilograms of cocaine, according to prosecutors. Judge Ralph Beistline imposed the sentence.

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Vicente Esteves arrested on conspiracy and money laundering charges

Vicente Esteves, 35, and his wife, Chantal, 30, masterminded a cocaine smuggling ring from their fortress-like home and amassed a wealth of luxury goods that included dozens of pairs of Prada shoes and around 100 Rolex watches. The two were arrested on conspiracy and money laundering charges after a 14-month investigation, federal and county officials said. The $1 million (£500,000)-a-week operation used commercial airline flights to move drugs from Mexico and Colombia into the United States and to send millions of dollars back, investigators said.
The proceeds were then allegedly laundered through two real estate companies run by Esteves that had no legitimate business. Authorities described the opulent lifestyle the couple led behind the gates of their home in New Jersey. The couple "attempted to hide behind the beauty of suburbia," said Gerard McAleer, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New Jersey office. "It's like something out of the movie 'Scarface'," he said referring to the 1983 movie in which Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer play a Cuban drug dealer and his wife living a life of luxury.
"They had walk-in closets where there were 100 pairs of Prada shoes, still in the boxes. There were so many they had Polaroid photos taped to the boxes to keep track of them. "There were also 100 Rolex watches," Agent McAleer said. "I'm not sure Donald Trump has 100 Rolex watches. That's the kind of money that was being made."
Seven people have been arrested so far including one suspect who was found carrying $100,000 (£50,000) in cash as he attempted to board a commercial flight from Newark to Miami, authorities said. Authorities also seized 150 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $2 million (£1 million), plus $2 million (£1 million) in cash.

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Johnnel Bowens,Sandy Wilcher were charged with possession and distribution of drugs

Johnnel Bowens, 31, and Sandy Wilcher, 41, both of Jersey City, were charged with possession and distribution of drugs, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer and other charges around 6 p.m. after being caught with 2,000 bags of heroin and more than 1,000 vials of cocaine, reports said.Two cops responding to the tip knocked on the door of an apartment at 177-183 Bergen Ave., where a caller said a group of possibly six male non-residents carrying three bags had entered, reports said.Bowens opened the door approximately 10 inches, and cops observed three tennis ball-sized clear bags and one sandwich bag of a white powdery substance, one black plastic bag, a digital scale, a yellow bowl and a box of empty clear glass vials on a table 10 feet from the door in plain sight, reports said.Bowens yelled and attempted to slam the door on the police before he and Wilcher ran and exited from a bedroom window - with Wilcher losing a shoe in the process. They were spotted by two back-up officers at the rear of the building, reports said.The two men split up but each was caught after a short chase, police said.Bowens, who was carrying $3,061 of suspected drug proceeds in cash, and Wilcher were transported to the city police station at the South District.

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Mark Standen an assistant director of criminal investigations with the commission, was arrested this afternoon at his Sydney office


Mark Standen, 51, of Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast, an assistant director of criminal investigations with the commission, was arrested this afternoon at his Sydney office by Australian Federal Police (AFP). A 45-year-old Maroota man was also arrested over his alleged involvement in the syndicate following AFP raids at properties in the Sydney suburbs of Blacktown, Campbelltown, Alexandria, St Helens Park Maroota, the Sydney CBD and Bateau Bay on the Central Coast this afternoon, the Australian Federal Police said."The AFP can confirm that this evening a 51-year-old man and a 45-year-old man were each charged with offences in relation to an alleged conspiracy to import border controlled precursor chemicals into Australia,'' an AFP spokeswoman said.The spokesman said the 45-year-old man was not an AFP officer, NSW police officer or border control officer. She was unable to say whether he had been released on bail. Mr Standen is one of two assistant directors of criminal investigations at the commission. A former AFP officer, Mr Standen had been employed by the commission since 1996.
Mr Standen was arrested over alleged involvement in attempting to import enough ephedrine chemicals, hidden in a consignment of basmati rice, to produce more than $120 million worth of ice, News Ltd reports.Police will allege he was working with a criminal syndicate in the Netherlands to bring the chemicals into Australia. The AFP spokeswoman was unable to confirm the nature of any other arrests overseas, following reported raids in Europe, Thailand and Sydney. A spokesman for the Dutch national Police Wim de Bruin said the national police could not comment on the wider investigation until 9am tomorrow Dutch time. Mr Standen and the 45-year-old man are expected to appear at Sydney's Central Local Court tomorrow morning.Last week, Dutch police arrested 12 men and one woman in relation to organising and financing the transportation of pseudoephedrine from Pakistan to Australia and from the Congo to Belgium.Twelve of the people are Dutch residents and one man was living in Germany, police in the Netherlands said.The busting of the drugs ring has led to arrests in a number of countries, including that of one of Australia's top crime fighters Mark Standen, and a British man caught in Thailand. Standen, 51, of the NSW Crime Commission, has been charged with conspiracy to import 600kg of pseudoephedrine, a precursor for the manufacture of the drug ice. Standen, from Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast, has also been charged with conspiracy to supply a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Another man arrested by Australian police, 45-year-old Bakhos Jalalaty of the Sydney suburb of Maroota, faces the same charges. In a media statement issued late tonight (AEST), the Dutch police said a 42-year-old man from Almere in central Holland was considered the main suspect in the international drug ring. "The main suspect maintained international contacts, among other persons through an English intermediary, with both the suppliers and the clients of the ephedrine and was also responsible for financing these deals,'' the statement said. "He worked together with his fellow suspects who acted as criminal service providers. They arranged for transports in sea containers, deck cargos, financial matters and documents. They also acted as intermediary between suppliers in Pakistan and Congo and clients in Australia and Belgium.''
Dutch investigations into the international ring started in 2006, when 92kg of ephedrine hidden in the boot of a car was seized at Antwerp in Belgium on May 31.
Dutch police said the drug came from the Congo and was possibly destined for the Netherlands. Two people were arrested over the seizure, Dutch police said.
In subsequent investigations, Dutch police discovered a transport of pseudoephedrine from the Congo to Australia had been cancelled because of problems with a supplier.
Because of these problems, Dutch police say the group changed their attention to Pakistan, where a trial shipment with basmati rice was sent to Australia in a sea container and arrived in October 2007. A second rice container holding a batch of pseudoephedrine was subsequently sent and arrived on April 25 this year.
The container was intercepted by Australian Federal Police (AFP) but today Deputy Commissioner of Operations Tony Negus said no trace of the chemical was found.
He refused to comment on reports the shipment was stolen by a rival crime gang en route. The Dutch investigation has led to the seizure of firearms, an undisclosed amount of money, administrative records and computer equipment, Dutch police said.
The 12 men and one woman, aged 35 to 66, have been remanded in custody.
Dutch public prosecutors have requested the extradition of the man arrested in Germany.

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Monday, June 2

Tim O’Toole was arrested in Marbella

Tim O’Toole was arrested in Marbella as the gang prepared to transfer the shipment, originally from Venezuela, to speed boats off the coast of Spain.
The drugs were destined for all parts of Europe, with millions of pounds worth heading for Britain’s streets. O’Toole – known as the Invisible Man – masterminded the huge transport operation. Last night a British customs source said: “O’Toole was a major player as the sentence indicates. “This was Europe’s biggest cocaine smuggling network and it was the first of what were intended to be a series of large-scale shipments. “Had this not been stopped, tons of the stuff could have ended up in Britain.” Middle-aged O’Toole, from Ireland, had a luxury villa and fast cars in Marbella. He also spent time in London. He was arrested three years ago after a year-long inquiry codenamed Operation Tulle. It involved British Customs, the Met Police and cops in Spain and Portugal. O’Toole’s assets were seized when he appeared in court in Madrid. The gang’s Spanish godfather Daniel Baula Carballo was fined £290million and jailed for 17½ years. Third ringleader Gonzalo Ferreiro was jailed for 13½ years and fined £144million.

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