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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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Sunday, May 30

2 cops, retired policeman caught with suspected cocaine - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

2 cops, retired policeman caught with suspected cocaine - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Anti-narcotics operatives of the Las Piñas city police seized a bag of white, powdery substance, which they believed to be cocaine and estimated to be worth around P3 million, from three police officers in a buy-bust operation on Saturday night.
The station’s anti-drug unit identified those arrested as SPO2 Roger Sangila, 45; PO2 Michael Castroverde, 40; and retired SPO4 Olegario Perlado, 60. They were nabbed after handing over half a kilo of the substance to an undercover agent, said Supt. Noel Mecayer, officer in charge of the city police."

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Death Penalty News: Bali Nine: Has Scott Rush converted to Islam?

Death Penalty News: Bali Nine: Has Scott Rush converted to Islam?: "death-row inmate and Bali nine drug courier Scott Rush has been circumcised by a man who snuck in to Bali's Kerobokan jail and covertly performed the operation in an Islamic prayer room.The procedure, performed on Friday, is commonly part of the ritual when a person converts to Islam, although the religious orientation of Rush - who has previously professed to be a Christian - could not be established last night.Agus Hartawan, Kerobokan's medical officer, confirmed the circumcision in a telephone interview yesterday as he was examining Rush in his prison clinic.
''The wound is healing properly and he is doing fine,'' Dr Hartawan said.He then passed the phone to Rush, who, when asked if he had converted to Islam, said ''No comment'', adding he would be making no further statements.Even so, the Herald understands Rush has been given the Islamic name Suleiman, and has been spending a lot of time in the past two weeks with a small group of Muslim prisoners.The clandestine circumcision was undertaken at the prison's musholla, or prayer room, by members of an Islamic group who entered the prison with medical equipment.According to one source, a white sheet was put up while the operation took place. It is believed a local anaesthetic was used."

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Lancashire prison guard jailed for smuggling > Local News > News | Click Liverpool

Lancashire prison guard jailed for smuggling > Local News > News | Click Liverpool: "Former prison officer Lee Davies, 29, a guard at HMYOI (HM Youth Ofenders Institute) Lancaster Farms, was sentenced to four years in prison on 26 May after pleading guilty to smuggling cannabis and mobile phones into prison.

This sentence was the result of a joint operation involving Lancashire Constabulary and HMYOI Lancaster Farms. The Prison Intelligence unit work closely with the HMPS in targeting employees suspected of being involved in corruption.

DS Dan Onions from Lancashire’s Prison Intelligence unit said: 'Lancashire Police is committed to working in partnership with our colleagues in HMPS to proactively root out those responsible for corruption within the prison estate."

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Saturday, May 29

Star of The Scheme convicted of drug-smuggling bid | Glasgow and West | STV News

Star of The Scheme convicted of drug-smuggling bid | Glasgow and West | STV News: "Dayna McLaughlin - who, along with boyfriend Marvin and his dog Bullet, became unlikely stars of the documentary - admitted trying to smuggle heroin into Kilmarnock Prison last July.

Two episodes of The Scheme have been shown on BBC1 Scotland to date, with another two postponed indefinitely owing to a court case involving someone featured in the later episodes.

Dayna, 19, admitted possessing the drug with intent to supply and failing to appear at court on a previous occasion.

Her 30-year-old boyfriend is also facing a court appearance. He was accused of stealing toiletries from a Co-op shop in Kilmarnock. He has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty by letter at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court. A trial has been set for later this year."

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Five held over $11.5m cocaine haul

Five held over $11.5m cocaine haul: "James Allotey, 41, of Marrickville, southwest Sydney, and US citizens Mauricio Kreimerman, 30, Melissa Peron, 25, Mario Colokuris, 47, and Christian Pelaez, 25, were all charged in connection with the plan which allegedly involved the drugs being smuggled across three continents.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) said two air cargo consignments, containing 33 kilograms of cocaine, arrived in London from Mexico earlier this month and were addressed to a business premises in Sydney.
But British police seized the drugs and replaced them with substitutes.
Mr Allotey is accused of taking delivery of the two packages at a storage facility in Sydney's west on Tuesday."

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Goa Police irresolute in drug mafia case: Swedish model

Goa Police irresolute in drug mafia case: Swedish model: "Swedish model, who is the main witness in the probe into the alleged police-politician-drug mafia nexus here, says the Goa Police are not keen to collect from her video footage linking a state politician to a narcotics cartel.
Lucky Farmhouse, 33, whose spycam videos have exposed a police-drug mafia nexus resulting in the arrest of seven policemen and an Israeli drug dealer, says in an e-mail interview that the Goa Crime Branch officials were simply not interested in contacting her when she was in Mumbai earlier this month.
Farmhouse returned to Sweden earlier this week."

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$3 million cocaine bust on Turner Turnpike spurs two arrests | NewsOK.com

$3 million cocaine bust on Turner Turnpike spurs two arrests | NewsOK.com: "Arman Bayatyan, 28, and Arson Bayatyan, 23, are being held in the Lincoln County jail with bail set at $1 million each.
Troopers stopped the rig eastbound on Interstate 44 at mile marker 183 in Creek County, said Chris West, spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He said 150 kilos of cocaine were discovered in the trailer. The two brothers were hauling a load of oranges, he said.
West said this is not a state record for the amount of cocaine retrieved by troopers in a bust, but it is significant enough that the names of the troopers involved are being kept confidential for safety reasons."

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Three admit £22.5m cocaine charges - Yorkshire Evening Post

Three admit £22.5m cocaine charges - Yorkshire Evening Post: "Neil Tindling, 35, of Bishop's Stortford, tried to hide nearly 225kg of cocaine in a shipment of scrap metal from Guyana, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.
A judge was told that Tindling and two associates, including Brandon Coates, 34, of Morley, had admitted their parts in the operation. All three are due to be sentenced later.
Prosecutor Martyn Bowyer said Tindling described himself as a 'self-employed painter and decorator' who earned about £60,000 a year."

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Friday, May 28

UK Busts Scrap Metal Drug Smuggling Plot | Gov Monitor

UK Busts Scrap Metal Drug Smuggling Plot | Gov Monitor: "Neil Tindling and Christopher Foile received 22 and eight years respectively for attempting to smuggle almost 225 kilograms of cocaine into the UK from The Netherlands.
SOCA’s investigation began after Dutch authorities seized a shipment of cocaine in April 2008 welded inside metal blocks and hidden within a container of scrap metal destined for the UK.
The following October, SOCA officers intercepted a copycat shipment on the MV Olivia Maersk, berthed at Rotterdam.
They removed 11 steel blocks and cut them open to reveal aluminum shells containing 224.46 kilograms of cocaine.
Officers replaced the cocaine with sand, welded the blocks shut and returned them to the containers. On 14 October the containers left Rotterdam and continued their journey to the UK under surveillance."

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Local News | ID couple accused of running drug ring for decades | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | ID couple accused of running drug ring for decades | Seattle Times Newspaper: "James R. 'Slim' O'Neill and his wife, 44-year-old Lecia O'Neill, face federal charges of conspiracy to deliver for allegedly distributing at least 5 kilograms or more of narcotics between January 2000 and May 2010.
O'Neill was in custody after a court appearance Wednesday, while his wife was released with conditions that included drug tests and electronic monitoring.
The office of James O'Neill's attorney, David Dokken, said he was unavailable for comment Thursday.
Court records showed O'Neill reported only about $3,000 in income since 1998, but deposited about $200,000 into bank accounts since February 2004. A Drug Enforcement Agency complaint alleged that Lecia O'Neill made the deposits to the family's bank accounts with the drug money."

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Alwyn Gonzalez and Tiffara Bradley charged for cocaine and ammunition | Channel5Belize.com

Alwyn Gonzalez and Tiffara Bradley charged for cocaine and ammunition | Channel5Belize.com: "And in the Magistrates’ Court, after four days in police custody, thirty year old Alwyn Gonzalez and twenty-six year old Tiffara Bradley were finally arraigned in on drug and ammunition charges. Gonzalez was being sought to face charges along with his common-law-wife Tasha Herrera for over two kilos of cocaine. He was found at an apartment in the King’s Part area over the weekend with Tiffara Bradley, another stash of drugs and thirty-five live rounds of nine millimeter ammunition. Magistrate Sharon Frazer could not grant them bail because of the ammunition offence, but by three-thirty this afternoon Tiffara was successful in securing bail of fifteen thousand dollars at the Supreme Court level. Meanwhile, Gonzalez’ attorney, Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley was unable to get his bail application heard today and he has been remanded to the Hattieville Prison until June twenty-eighth. Gonzalez, however, has not yet been arraigned for the two point four kilos of cocaine for which he was originally being sought. That’s because Magistrate Frazer decided to withhold the charge until he is served with a charge sheet. His girlfriend, Herrera, was arraigned last Friday and is now being held at the Community Rehabilitation Department for prenatal care after giving birth on May twelfth."

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Drug smuggling figures, investigators take stand - News - Virgin Islands Daily News

Drug smuggling figures, investigators take stand - News - Virgin Islands Daily News: "Craig Claxton, Walter Ells, Vernon Fagan, Kelvin Moses, Dorian Swan and Kerry Woods are charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine. Prosecutors allege that the men are members of a multinational drug organization that moved tons of cocaine from South America to Tortola to St. Thomas then to the mainland United States.
The six men were arrested in October 2005 during a roundup of suspected drug dealers in Savan near the former Red Ball grocery store.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia Smith, the lead prosecutor, and her colleague Nolan Paige are relying on the testimony of several convicted felons who have signed cooperation agreements with prosecutors to testify “whenever called upon to do so.”
Christopher Swaney, 32, of Greensboro, N.C., is serving a 145-month jail term for trafficking cocaine. He was indicted in mid-2007 after being found with 300 kilograms of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced in 2008. As part of his plea deal, Swaney entered into a cooperation agreement in February 2007 “to debrief agents of my role in the conspiracy, and I would not be held accountable for the things I said personally to the agents,” Swaney said.

Swaney said he became involved in drug distribution in 1996 when he was just 17 or 18 years old."

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DRSol :: News Archive :: Two drug mules arrested

DRSol :: News Archive :: Two drug mules arrested: "Las Americas International Airport authorities said that Spanish citizen Vicente Ramos Pina was arrested prior to boarding an Air Europa flight to Madrid. White powder in four large packages and four small ones weighing 5 kilos was hidden in the double bottom of two suitcases. Likewise, a 17-year old girl was arrested prior to boarding a JetBlue flight to New York. She was carrying 4 packages of white powder, weighing each 1 kilo, camouflaged inside two pairs of socks in her suitcase. The confiscated substances are suspect of being cocaine or heroine, as reported in the Listin Diario. Two Santo Domingo province prosecutors participated in the arrest"

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Thursday, May 27

Angie Sanclemente Valencia Colombian model arrested on drug charge

The Associated Press: Argentina: Colombian model arrested on drug charge: "Colombian model accused of leading a drug-trafficking gang that persuaded pretty young women to smuggle cocaine to Mexico was arrested Wednesday after evading Argentine police for five months.
Angie Sanclemente Valencia had been hiding out in Buenos Aires since December, when airport police caught a 21-year-old Argentine woman with 55 kilograms (121 pounds) of cocaine in her baggage boarding a flight to Cancun. That led to arrests of six other alleged gang members who allegedly fingered Colombia's former 'coffee queen' as a ringleader."

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Wednesday, May 26

ALLENTOWN RIVERBEND HEROIN - mcall.com

ALLENTOWN RIVERBEND HEROIN - mcall.com: "Five men were arrested in the apartment and four other people were arrested in raids at 729 North St. and 202 S. 16th St., authorities said.

The six attorneys representing the six defendants today have been objecting much of the morning about hearsay evidence they say prosecutors are using to tie all nine people together and charge them with corrupt organizations and criminal conspiracy.

Appearing in court today are:

Ricardo Diaz, 43, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Kevin Downey, 40, of Bellmore, N.Y.; Rodolfo Hernandez, 42, of Ridgewood, N.Y.; Henry Matamoros, 36, of 1610 N. 20th St., Allentown; Eric Rosario, 32, of 399 Turner St., Allentown; and Sean Dedmon, 27, with no current address."

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Tuesday, May 25

Suspect in Montgomery custody dies suddenly; might have eaten crack cocaine

Suspect in Montgomery custody dies suddenly; might have eaten crack cocaine: "man who might have eaten crack cocaine died after being placed in Montgomery County police custody Monday, officials said.
Just after 11 a.m., police were called to the 14600 block of Devereaux Terrace in North Potomac for reported drug activity. Officers found a parked black Jeep with several people inside.
Police questioned a man in the driver's seat and determined that he was wanted on unrelated charges. When they took him into custody, 'they noticed he was chewing on something,' police said. At some point, the unidentified man began having seizures."

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Heroin dealer sent to prison for 3 to 6 years - News - Republican Herald

Heroin dealer sent to prison for 3 to 6 years - News - Republican Herald: "Rodolfo Valdez, who sold heroin twice in October in Pottsville, is headed to state prison after being sentenced Monday in Schuylkill County Court.
'The severity of the offenses are something I can't ignore and I won't ignore,' Judge D. Michael Stine said just before sentencing Valdez, 28, of Port Carbon, to three to six years in a state correctional institution.
Stine also sentenced Valdez, who did not react to the sanctions, to pay costs, $1,200 in fines, $300 to the Substance Abuse Education Fund, $150 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, $280 restitution to Pottsville police and $515 restitution to the state police crime laboratory in Bethlehem, perform 125 hours community service and submit a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities.
A Schuylkill County jury convicted Valdez on March 5 at the end of a two-day trial of three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, defiant trespass and possession of a small amount of marijuana."

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Drug smugglers who hid £8m of cocaine in leggings jailed for 12 years | Mail Online

Drug smugglers who hid £8m of cocaine in leggings jailed for 12 years | Mail Online: "Tanasu De Jesus Quevedo-Ojeda, 28, and Oliver Vidal Hernandez, 27, were arrested as they disembarked from the Black Watch liner at Southampton, Hampshire, on Saturday, March 27.The two unemployed Spanish men had boarded the liner in Peru and planned to stay with the ship as it travelled to the Canary Islands via Southampton."

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Monday, May 24

Gazette Live - News - Local News - Prison for Hartlepool dad forced to deal

Gazette Live - News - Local News - Prison for Hartlepool dad forced to deal: "Adam Trainor had 2.98g of crack cocaine in 15 packages and £300 cash when police searched him during a raid of a home on Stephen Street, Hartlepool.
Trainor, 22, had mobile phones with a “dealer’s list” on and texts exposing his activities as a dealer on September 2 last year.
One text read: “Come to the alley gates, text when you’re there. How many?”"

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Alliance Drug Bust Nets Valley Connections - 33 News - We Believe in This Valley

Alliance Drug Bust Nets Valley Connections - 33 News - We Believe in This Valley: "drug bust in Alliance shuts down a cocaine trafficking ring and nets arrests out of Mahoning and Columbiana counties.
In this bizarre story, suspected drug trafficker Lori Furry was actually trying to get a job with the Alliance Police department as a computer technician while she was under investigation for drug trafficking. Furry was arrested Saturday during a raid of her home at 1841 Seneca Avenue in Alliance. Also arrested at the scene was Gary Furry and Tracy Mann. Gary Furry is wanted on outstanding warrants out of Mahoning and Columbiana counties. He is being held in the Columbiana jail. Additional charges of drug trafficking against Gary Furry will be presented Monday to the Stark county prosecutor."

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Sunday, May 23

Drug charges latest trouble for former assistant district attorney Lawton - Taunton, MA - The Taunton Gazette

Drug charges latest trouble for former assistant district attorney Lawton - Taunton, MA - The Taunton Gazette: "arrest of probation officer Patrick O. Lawton on drug possession charges is the latest scandal for the Lawton family, one of Plymouth County’s most powerful political forces.
Lawton, 30, a former assistant district attorney for Plymouth County who is currently serving as a probation officer, was arrested and charged with four drug violations after Taunton police caught him in an alleged drug deal."

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Vicious carjack gang jailed - Manchester Evening News

Vicious carjack gang jailed - Manchester Evening News: " Raja, 22, of Davyhulme Road, Stretford; Cameron Wheatcroft, 19, of Cartmel Drive, TimpZamirerley, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, all pleaded guilty to robbery.Raja was sentenced to six years and 11 months in jail, Wheatcroft was sentenced to five years and two months in custody and the 17-year-old boy was locked up for three years and eight months. Two of the offenders drove off in the Subaru and the third got away in the car they arrived in. Detective Constable Jon Weir said: 'This is a terrible incident which left the victim in intensive care for 11 days.
'He received life-saving surgery and is very fortunate to have survived. The effects of this incident have been long term though, and he hasn't been able to work in his trade as a builder since the attack because of the severity of his injuries. 'I hope the sentence will now help the victim move on from this appalling incident, and I also hope that it serves as a message, deterring others from committing these terrible crimes. 'Criminals need to understand that if they choose to carry and use knives while committing crime, they will be caught and punished"

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Alleged heroin user crashes car into wall and tree, arrested for 4th OWI - 1 Second#1 Second#1 Second

Alleged heroin user crashes car into wall and tree, arrested for 4th OWI - 1 Second#1 Second#1 Second: "Donald Wells Jr., 27, also was tentatively charged with inattentive driving and knowingly operating while suspended causing damage to property, following the crash at about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of South Whitney Way, Madison police reported.
'Officers said the suspect had a shoestring tied around his right arm and around the steering column in tourniquet fashion,' said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. 'He also had drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, in the center console of the car.'
Wells told police he dozed off and denied having just used heroin, although he admitted past use, DeSpain said.
'Based on the preponderance of evidence, he was arrested after being taken to a hospital,' DeSpain said."

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4 arrested on heroin charges | APP.com | Asbury Park Press

4 arrested on heroin charges | APP.com | Asbury Park Press: "Anselmo Mejia-Sarabia, 31; Ariselda Rodriguez, 21, and Edward Riley, 44, were all charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession within a school zone and possession within 500 feet of a public housing complex, police said.
Juana Merino-Diaz, 50, was charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia as wereMejia-Sarabia and Rodriguez."

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Saturday, May 22

The Police News

The Police News: "Jennifer Leigh Greenleaf, 35, of Friendswood was taken into custody by Drug Enforcement Administration officers. DEA representatives advised Friendswood Police of the arrest at approximately 10:00 a.m.
Greenleaf was indicted May 12 along with Jeffrey Wayne Cross, Jr., 25, of Friendswood on two counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Possession of Heroin. The indictments were handed down by a federal grand jury in Harris County.
Cross was arrested May 18 and is being held without bond in the Galveston County jail.
A bond hearing is pending for Greenleaf in Indiana. Local officials did not have information regarding extradition of Greenleaf."

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Friday, May 21

Charges filed in heroin investigation > Friendswood Journal > News Archives > Houston Community Newspapers Online - News Around Town

Charges filed in heroin investigation > Friendswood Journal > News Archives > Houston Community Newspapers Online - News Around Town: "served Jeffrey Cross with a Federal warrant Tuesday. Cross, 25, was wanted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for his alleged involvement in a Federal Conspiracy Case linking him to the sale and distribution of liquid and black tar heroin in Friendswood and the Clear Lake area.

Cross was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Houston May 12.

With the help of family members, police were able to locate Cross at the League City Municipal Court. He was taken into custody at 4:15 p.m. by Precinct 8, Galveston County Constable and the League City Police Department.

Cross was booked into the Friendswood City Jail Tuesday evening and then transferred into Federal custody in downtown Houston Wednesday."

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Drug 'mules' given 10 years - The Irish Times - Thu, May 20, 2010

Drug 'mules' given 10 years - The Irish Times - Thu, May 20, 2010: "John Paul Cawley (30) of Lugdoon, Doocastle, Ballymoate, Sligo; Andrew Meeson (40) of The Hawthorns, Carraroe, Sligo; Greg O’Brien (20) of Dolphins Road, Drimnagh to possessing heroin worth €3.27million at Boomer’s carpark, Woodford Walk, Clondalkin in Dublin on January 23rd, 2009.

Detective Garda Paul Kane told Mr Sean Guerin BL, prosecuting, that a garda operation was put in place on the evening and a Nissan Almera and a Fiat Punto car pulled up at a car park in Ballyfermot.

The driver of the Fiat Punto, identified as Greg O’Brien, got out of his car and went to the Nissan Almera and then returned to his car.

Gardaí followed the two cars to Boomer’s car park where they searched and located a sports holdall containing 14 half kilo bags of heroin valued at €1.3 million on the floor of the front passenger seat in the Punto."

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Laredo, TX man guilty of transporting 391 pounds of cocaine » WireUpdate Local | Local Breaking News | Local Breaking Wire -

Laredo, TX man guilty of transporting 391 pounds of cocaine » WireUpdate Local | Local Breaking News | Local Breaking Wire -: "Heriberto Benavides, of Laredo, Texas, arranged for a tractor trailer driver to transport the load of 391 pounds of cocaine to Atlanta, Georgia, in exchange for $300 per kilogram."

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Thursday, May 20

Malcolm MCairns was deputy headmaster of Hillcrest HighSchool

Star: "Malcolm MCairns was deputy headmaster of Hillcrest HighSchool and later Kloof High School in Durban, few would have suspected he would end up in a South American jail one day, sharing a rat-infested cell with gangsters and seedy transgender bisexuals.

It was while he languished in prison in Argentina that he wrote his autobiography, in an attempt to stop others from falling into the same trap.

Eleven years ago, Cairns, now 63, had it all, on the face of it anyway. He was a respected teacher with a 38-year career teaching at South Africa's most prestigious schools."

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MS-13,: NJ schoolyard deaths part of gang test | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

Prosecutor: NJ schoolyard deaths part of gang test | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment: "NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The execution-style slayings of three friends in a New Jersey schoolyard nearly three years ago were carried out to test the mettle of an aspiring gang member, a prosecutor told jury members Wednesday as the first trial stemming from the attacks neared a conclusion.
Four of the six defendants were summoned to the Mount Vernon School playground on the night of Aug. 4, 2007, by defendant Rodolfo Godinez “because he saw the opportunity of soft targets in an isolated area,” Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas McTigue said during closing arguments.
McTigue focused on Godinez’s statement to authorities in Maryland, where he was arrested two weeks after the killings, in which Godinez told police he was a ranking member of MS-13, the El Salvadoran-based street gang. The statement was played for jurors during the trial."

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Heroin trafficker arrested in Wilmington - WGMD.COM

Heroin trafficker arrested in Wilmington - WGMD.COM: "stop at a safety checkpoint leads Wilmington Police to a huge supply of heroin. 25 year old Dewann Wilson of Wilmington man is charged with trafficking heroin and other offenses after a stop at a safety checkpoint. City Police stopped 2 cars – and found a bag full of marijuana in one – driven by an 18 year old woman who told police she was driving it for Wilson, who was in the other stopped car. A search of the car turned up over 5200 individually packaged bags of heroin stamped “Salsa” hidden in the trunk area."

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Sports Briefing - College Basketball - Ex-Binghamton Player Pleads Guilty To Felony - NYTimes.com

Sports Briefing - College Basketball - Ex-Binghamton Player Pleads Guilty To Felony - NYTimes.com: "former Binghamton University star Emanuel Mayben has pleaded guilty to a felony drug dealing charge in his hometown, Troy, N.Y. Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally said Mayben, known as Tiki, was expected to be sentenced to five years’ probation as part of a plea bargain. Mayben admitted in court that he was involved in selling a small amount of cocaine in June."

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Son of Hudson sheriff to make court appearance on cocaine charges next week, officials say | - NJ.com

Son of Hudson sheriff to make court appearance on cocaine charges next week, officials say | - NJ.com: "Arian Perez, the 24-year-old son of Hudson County Sheriff Juan Perez, is scheduled to make his first court appearance on cocaine possession charges on May 28, officials said today.

Perez, a Bayonne resident, was arrested at about 5:30 p.m. May 4 at the Danforth Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station in Jersey City after he was found with six vials of suspected cocaine, officials said.

He is scheduled to appear on the possession of controlled dangerous substance charge at Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City on May 28, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Howard Bell said yesterday.

Perez, who was released on a summons on May 4, was arrested along with Kathy Kaufelers, 42, also of Bayonne.

Due to outstanding warrants in Jersey City, Kaufelers, who had seven vials of suspected cocaine in her possession, appeared in CJP court on May 5 and her bail was set at $5,000, officials said.

Officials at the Hudson County jail in Kearny couldn't say today if Kaufelers had made bail.

According to NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett, NJ Transit cops initially approached the pair because Perez was smoking, which is prohibited at light rail stations.

Kaufelers volunteered to the cops that she had cocaine and told on Perez, who then confessed to possessing cocaine, Bassett Hackett said.

Sheriff Juan Perez, who recently became a Republican, is running for re-election this year.
He is running in the June 8 Republican primary against Christian Araujo.

Undersheriff Frank X. Schillari is running in the Democratic column."

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Bronx man accused of possessing 60 bags of heroin | LoHud.com | The Journal News

Bronx man accused of possessing 60 bags of heroin | LoHud.com | The Journal News: "Ruben Santos, 55, was arrested by the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force at the intersection of White Plains Road and Route 9, police said.The task force was investigating Santos for a while, police said.Santos was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies"

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Wednesday, May 19

timesofmalta.com - Updated: Libyan jailed 18 years for importing heroin

timesofmalta.com - Updated: Libyan jailed 18 years for importing heroin: "Bedredeen Elghangha, 27, had been accused of imported 1.5 kilos of heroin into Malta in the false bottom of his luggage on April 26, 2007.
When he testified on Monday, Mr Elghangha claimed he had no idea about the drugs hidden in his luggage. He said that before leaving Tunisia he had swapped his backpack for the luggage after a friend asked him to exchange.
However, lawyer Lara Lanfranco, from the Attorney General's Office, argued that Mr Elghangha was aware of the drugs, adding that he planned to make money out of them that had a market value of between €69,000 and €107,000"

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Dockers add fine to cocaine charge | The Australian

Dockers add fine to cocaine charge | The Australian: "Johnson was charged on Tuesday by West Australian police with possessing Under the Dockers' penalty, Johnson has been barred from training with his teammates until May 31, and will not be available for selection for the next five roundscocaine and will appear in Perth Magistrate's Court on July 5.
Fremantle last night blamed alcohol for Johnson's conduct just over 24 hours after the Dockers were beaten by Collingwood at Subiaco Oval.
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Iran hangs two drug traffickers: report | www.bullfax.com

Iran hangs two drug traffickers: report | www.bullfax.com: "Iran has hanged two men in a prison in the central city of Isfahan who were convicted of drug trafficking, the Kayhan newspaper reported on Wednesday.The report identified the men sent to the gallows as Morteza and Azizollah, and said both were convicted of trafficking narcotics. No additional information was given.The latest hangings bring to at least 63 the number of people executed in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count based on news reports. Last year, at least 270 people were hanged"

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Iran hangs two drug traffickers: report | www.bullfax.com

Iran hangs two drug traffickers: report | www.bullfax.com: "Iran has hanged two men in a prison in the central city of Isfahan who were convicted of drug trafficking, the Kayhan newspaper reported on Wednesday.The report identified the men sent to the gallows as Morteza and Azizollah, and said both were convicted of trafficking narcotics. No additional information was given.The latest hangings bring to at least 63 the number of people executed in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count based on news reports. Last year, at least 270 people were hanged"

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Tyquan Rivera’s half-brother pleads not guilty to heroin, weapons charges - RocNow.com

Tyquan Rivera’s half-brother pleads not guilty to heroin, weapons charges - RocNow.com: "Jermel Rivera, 21, of 114 Jefferson Ave. was charged yesterday with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, four counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal sale of a firearm and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies."

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Tuesday, May 18

5 Filipino drug mules caught in Thailand - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

5 Filipino drug mules caught in Thailand - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Thai authorities have recently arrested five Filipinos who were carrying illegal drugs in four separate occasions from March to May this year, the Philippine embassy in Bangkok said.
This prompted the embassy to issue a strong warning to Filipinos against accepting and carrying packages or items to Thailand from complete strangers or new acquaintances in exchange for money. It said Thai law metes out the death penalty to people carrying what it calls Category I narcotics like heroin 'for the purpose of disposal"

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Cocaine arrests in Montgomery - WSFA 12 News Montgomery, AL |

Cocaine arrests in Montgomery - WSFA 12 News Montgomery, AL |: "arrested Roderick L. Butler and Raymond B. Tartt both of Auburn and charged each with drug trafficking and fleeing or attempting to elude police.
The arrests come after a drug investigation involving a residence on Gentry Drive. Investigators tell WSFA 12 News when officers attempted to contact Butler and Tartt at the house, they fled on foot. Officers apprehended both in the area.
Butler and Tartt are in the Lee County Detention Center. Auburn Police say the investigation is ongoing and other arrests are possible."

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SALISBURY CRIME: Fruitland man charged with heroin possession | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times

SALISBURY CRIME: Fruitland man charged with heroin possession | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times: "Charles Edward Lewis, of the 500 block of St. Lukes Road, was stopped by officers in the Eastern Shore Drive and Vine Street area on May 13 around 9:13 p.m., according to police.During the stop, a K-9 unit was requested and alerted officers to the presence of suspected drugs in the vehicle, according to police.
Officers found suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Lewis was released on his own recognizance.
A District Court hearing is scheduled for September."

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Woman with cocaine-soaked clothing sentenced - WRCB Channel 3 Chattanooga News, Weather |

Woman with cocaine-soaked clothing sentenced - WRCB Channel 3 Chattanooga News, Weather |: "Elizabeth Louise Wyonch, of Montreal, Canada, was sentenced Monday on four counts of drug trafficking, including the intentional importation of cocaine into the United States, and possession of at least 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Authorities say in July, authorities received a tip that she would be traveling with cocaine through Hartsfield. Authorities stopped her going through customs and noticed that the clothing inside 1 of her suitcases was unusually stiff to the touch.
They later determined over three kilograms of cocaine had been soaked into various items of clothing."

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Monday, May 17

Nigeria politician caught with bellyful of cocaine

Nigeria politician caught with bellyful of cocaine: "National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Monday it arrested 52-year-old Eme Zuru Ayortor at Lagos' Murtala Mohammed International Airport. The agency says the pharmacist-turned-politician was trying to board a flight to Germany when a scanning machine detected an abnormality in his stomach."

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The Associated Press: Report: Hundreds of drug offenders executed yearly

The Associated Press: Report: Hundreds of drug offenders executed yearly: "Hundreds of drug offenders are executed annually and the number likely tops 1,000 if figures from countries that don't disclose their death penalty data are included, a new report said Monday.
The number of states carrying out death sentences for drug offenses, however, appears to be declining while others are observing moratoria on all executions, according to the report by the International Harm Reduction Association."

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Spota: 20 Busted in $3M East End Heroin Ring | Long Island Press

Spota: 20 Busted in $3M East End Heroin Ring | Long Island Press: "34-year-old Shawn Badgett, where detectives found $19,310 cash on a bedroom floor, nearly $16,000 under a nearby nightstand, $19,800 in tucked in some clothes, more than $3,000 on a desk and $3,800 under the attic insulation, Spota said. Detectives found an additional $90,000 cash traced to Badgett’s safe deposit box, he added.

A single bag, or deck, of heroin. 10 decks make a bundle. 100 decks make a sleeve.Forty decks, or wax paper bags of heroin, divided into four rubber-banded bundles of ten doses each, were also recovered from Badgett’s house. Rondalynn Williams, 32, who lives with Badgett, was also charged. Some of the brand names of the seized heroin include Google, President Privilege, Hell on Earth, True Religion and Quiksand.
Prosecutors said the Coram men purchased their heroin from Juan Pabon, 41, of Ridgewood, who is currently on parole for attempted sale of a controlled substance. He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
Two of Pabon’s customers, 35-year-old Terrence Dozier of Calverton and 30-year-old Terrence Smith of Greenport, sold heroin to others on the East End, including Kathryn Schirippa, 21, and Michael Maffetone, 27, both of Mattituck, who prosecutors said in turn sold the heroin to users in Southold Town, Riverhead, Hampton Bays and Flanders"

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CBC News - Manitoba - Sentence upheld in record Man. cocaine bust

CBC News - Manitoba - Sentence upheld in record Man. cocaine bust: "Court of Appeal dismissed James Oddleifson's appeal for a sentence less than the 10 years handed to him in May 2009.
He was to be taken into custody by corrections officials to serve his sentence at an undisclosed federal prison. The 49-year-old had been out on bail while his appeal worked its way through the courts.
Manitoba's highest court has not yet released its reasons for rejecting Oddleifson's plea for leniency.
Oddleifson was arrested in July 2004 after Headingley RCMP officers pulled over a minivan for a traffic stop. Officers discovered a secret compartment in the van that held 46 kilograms of South American cocaine worth an estimated $3 million."

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Connecticut Man Sentenced for Dealing Heroin

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Dealing Heroin: "SCOTT TIMMONS, also known as “Skeefy,” 34, of Yaremich Drive, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 63 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On February 1, 2010, TIMMONS pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from August 2007 to September 2007, TIMMONS and his associates sold wholesale quantities of heroin to an individual working with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. During this time, TIMMONS personally distributed more than 66 grams of heroin"

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Sunday, May 16

27.9kg heroin seized in raid on drug lab

27.9kg heroin seized in raid on drug lab: "Police seized 27.9kg of heroin with “pandan flavouring” and 0.46kg of ketamine with a street value of nearly RM2mil from an apartment turned into a drug processing laboratory in Bukit Jambul.
The seizure is the biggest heroin bust in Penang so far this year.
Also recovered during the 7.30pm raid on Friday were 85kg of caffeine, 24 bottles of flavouring and paraphernalia used to produce heroin.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob said the discovery of the drug laboratory followed the arrest of two men in Jelutong four hours earlier.
He said the two, in their 40s, were believed to be in the midst of a drug transaction when they were nabbed."

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Saturday, May 15

B92 - News - Region - Drug smugglers arrested in Tuzla

B92 - News - Region - Drug smugglers arrested in Tuzla: "police action in Tuzla has led to arrests of a organized crime group specializing in drug smuggling. Six persons were arrested in the action, including group leader Papračin, Sarajevo media stated. All of the suspects have been remanded into custody. About 300 grams of heroin and weapons were also seized in the action."

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Gazette Live - News - Local News - I'm a thief not a killer, murder accused tells court

Gazette Live - News - Local News - I'm a thief not a killer, murder accused tells court: "Steven Hodgson, 33, told a jury: “I didn’t murder her. I’m not a murderer. I’ve burgled houses and I’ve burgled old people’s houses.
“I burgled her house, but I didn’t kill her.”
He says he burgled the widow’s Stockton home - not the night of her death, but the previous night - and left unnoticed.
He admits he stole her belongings, used her cash card to withdraw hundreds of pounds and got his partner to sell her jewellery to pawnbrokers."

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Gazette Live - News - Local News - I'm a thief not a killer, murder accused tells court

Gazette Live - News - Local News - I'm a thief not a killer, murder accused tells court: "Steven Hodgson, 33, told a jury: “I didn’t murder her. I’m not a murderer. I’ve burgled houses and I’ve burgled old people’s houses.
“I burgled her house, but I didn’t kill her.”
He says he burgled the widow’s Stockton home - not the night of her death, but the previous night - and left unnoticed.
He admits he stole her belongings, used her cash card to withdraw hundreds of pounds and got his partner to sell her jewellery to pawnbrokers."

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Friday, May 14

BBC News - Police lab technician admits snorting cocaine at work

BBC News - Police lab technician admits snorting cocaine at work: "Lyndsey Dinning, 31, who worked for Greater Manchester Police, was caught in the act in an undercover operation last December, police said.
At Warrington Crown Court, she admitted possessing Class A drugs and misusing a force computer.
Dinning, of Marleyer Close, in Moston, Manchester, was sentenced to 130 hours community service on 27 April.
She also used the police database to look up information about her friends and family, police said."

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NewsFirst5.com | Colorado Springs news, Colorado Springs weather, Pueblo news, Pueblo weather | Immigrant sentenced in huge Colorado drug smuggling case

NewsFirst5.com | Colorado Springs news, Colorado Springs weather, Pueblo news, Pueblo weather | Immigrant sentenced in huge Colorado drug smuggling case: "Miguel Arriola Marquez was also sentenced Friday to four years of supervised released for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, distribution of 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to launder money.
Arriola Marquez was indicted in 2003. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Denver last year.
Prosecutors say the investigation into a drug ring operated by Arriola Marquez and his brother, Oscar Arriola Marquez, netted more than 2,300 kilograms of cocaine and more than $10 million in cash."

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BBC News - Three-year term for Whitehaven heroin dealer

BBC News - Three-year term for Whitehaven heroin dealer: "George Carr was arrested in January, after amateur rugby league player Ashley Macdonald died in Whitehaven.
The original charge of administering poison with intent to endanger life was dropped when it was found Mr MacDonald had died of natural causes.
Carr, 31, of Victoria Terrace, Whitehaven, had earlier pleaded guilty to three charges of supplying heroin.
Carlisle Crown Court was told that police were called to a flat in Whitehaven after Mr MacDonald became unconscious."

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Police detain wife of top Mexican drug lord: report | Reuters

Police detain wife of top Mexican drug lord: report | Reuters: "Griselda Lopez and one of Guzman's daughters were taken into custody after a raid by police and soldiers on a house in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa in northwestern Mexico on Wednesday, Riodoce, a Sinaloan newspaper, said on its website.
Mexican law enforcement said anti-drug units searched seven homes seizing safes, jewels and luxury cars in the Sinaloan capital of Culiacan on Wednesday.
Authorities said Lopez was questioned and released, but they declined to comment on the Riodoce report."

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North Country Gazette » 16 Florida Prison Guards Guilty Of Drug Conspiracy

North Country Gazette » 16 Florida Prison Guards Guilty Of Drug Conspiracy: "charged defendants Latess Hill, Jentle Chatman, Zedra Warner, Belinda Davis Brown, Tanika Wright, Samantha Wilkerson, Kenyetta Biggs, Elisha Allen, Melvin Brown, Antonio Key, Jason Miller, Marcus Pitre, Dondia Wilkerson, Pakesha Mccray, Takisha Golden, and Melissa Jefferson, with one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
The indictment also charges individual defendants in nine counts of attempting to possess cocaine with intent to distribute it. Each of the charged individuals pleaded guilty to at least one felony count involving either conspiracy to possess cocaine or attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Eleven of the 16 individuals charged were employed by the State of Florida as corrections officer at the Glades Correctional Institute, located in Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, FL. Of those employed elsewhere, defendant Tanika Wright was employed as a corrections officer at Florida Road Prison, located in Loxahatchee, Palm Beach County.
Elisha Allen was employed by The Geo Group, a third-party contractor with the State of Florida, as a corrections officer at South Bay Correctional Facility, located in South Bay, Palm Beach County. Antonio Key, Dondia Wilkerson, and Pakesha Mccray were not correction officers, but misrepresented themselves as corrections officers during the undercover investigation."

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Date set for £2m heroin haul trial - Local & National, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Date set for £2m heroin haul trial - Local & National, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk: "Sean Doherty from Cornshell Fields in Derry replied “not guilty” to possessing almost eight kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of £2m.
With him were Sarah Greene (24) and Anthony Morgan (28), both from Dublin.
They deny being concerned in the supply of heroin."

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Thursday, May 13

Arab Diplomat Involved in Drug Smuggling Ring - Naharnet Newsdesk

Arab Diplomat Involved in Drug Smuggling Ring - Naharnet Newsdesk: "Arab diplomat has been discovered to be a key member of a drug smuggling ring that the ISF's Drug Combating Bureau had uncovered, reported the daily Al Akhbar Thursday.
It added that the diplomat used his car to transport the drugs across the border.He was arrested while conducting a drug delivery to a Lebanese dealer in a hotel on the Keserwan coast."

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The Press Association: Soccer star Terry's father admits dealing cocaine

The Press Association: Soccer star Terry's father admits dealing cocaine: "father of Chelsea and England footballer John Terry has pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine.
Edward Terry, 56, of Chafford Hundred, Essex, admitted at Basildon Magistrates' Court to supplying a class A drug.
The court was told he supplied the drug to an undercover newspaper reporter in a winebar in Chafford Hundred in November last year.
Neil Saunders, representing Terry, said his client had been 'targeted' by journalists because he was John Terry's father.
Mr Saunders said his client was 'embarrassed' because of the upset caused to his son.
Terry will be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on June 1 and was released on bail."

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Cocaine smuggler gets 10 year term - Spokesman.com - May 12, 2010

Cocaine smuggler gets 10 ye