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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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Tuesday, June 29

Yemen sentences eight to death for drug smuggling | News by Country | Reuters

Yemen sentences eight to death for drug smuggling | News by Country | Reuters: "Yemeni court sentenced five Yemeni and three African men to death on Tuesday for smuggling 1.7 tonnes of drugs into the Arabian Peninsula country, the state news agency Saba reported.In a separate case, the court in the southeastern province of Hadramout handed jail terms of 12 years each against six Somalis convicted of piracy, the agency said.
The three Africans sentenced to death were from Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia, Saba added, without saying what kind of drugs they had smuggled."

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UK Border Agency | Hackney man admits drug smuggling

UK Border Agency | Hackney man admits drug smuggling: "UK Border Agency officers arrested Abdalla Abdulrahman Omar after he arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday 21 June. Approximately four kg of the drug were discovered hidden in the false bottom of a suitcase he was travelling with.
Omar, of Amhurst Road in Hackney, was later charged with attempting to import a Class A drug, and admitted the offence during a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates on Tuesday 22 June.
He was remanded in custody, and will be sentenced on Friday 6 August at Isleworth Crown Court."

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Monday, June 28

Police: man takes nephew to buy crack

Police: man takes nephew to buy crack: "man has been arrested after investigators said he took his 3-year-old nephew to buy crack cocaine.
Meliek Simmons was found with his uncle during a traffic stop on Old Winter Garden Road and Silverton Street.
Meliek hadn't been seen since Saturday afternoon after leaving home with an uncle.
'He's never pulled no stunt like this,' said Ciara Simmons, mother.
Investigators said Calvin Reed, Sr. told them he failed to return Meliek to his mother after he withdrew money from an ATM to buy lawn mower parts, but instead bought crack.
'He'd go over to my auntie house, use the computer and come right back. But he's never taken my son this long and it's been a whole day,' Simmons said."

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Heroin bust in bedroom leads to five arrests | heroin, arrests, leads - Local News - Gaston Gazette

Heroin bust in bedroom leads to five arrests | heroin, arrests, leads - Local News - Gaston Gazette: "Deputies also located a firearm in the residence and large amounts of drug paraphernalia, including spoons, syringes, scales and straws.
Five people who were at the house at the time were all arrested, and now face numerous charges related to trafficking, manufacturing and possession of heroin and other illegal narcotics. All five were held at the Lincoln County Jail, under the following bonds:
* Amber Brook Philyaw, 879 Acre Heights Road, $404,000 bond
* Lance Philyaw, 3156 E. Maiden Road, Maiden, $386,000 bond
* Barry Suttlemyre, 5805 Powder Loop Road, Granite Falls, $384,000 bond
* Kimberly Suttlemyre, 5805 Powder Loop Road, Granite Falls, $384,000 bond
* Natosha Milsap, 172 Optimist Ave., Hudson, $434,000 bond"

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What’s with the SAA crew and cocaine smuggling? | Common Dialogue

What’s with the SAA crew and cocaine smuggling? | Common Dialogue: "South African Airways crew member has been charged with trying to smuggle cocaine into Britain, after being arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Now this chick called Elphia Dlamini, was arrested after three kilogrammes of the drug were found during routine checks on crew on the flight, which had landed from Johannesburg."

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RTÉ News: Cocaine worth €9.5m seized in Terenure

RTÉ News: Cocaine worth €9.5m seized in Terenure: "Gardaí in Dublin have seized 14kg of cocaine worth an estimated €9.5m.
The drugs were found yesterday evening in a house in Terenure, south Dublin, as part of an intelligence-led operation targeting one of the capital's criminal gangs.
Two semi-automatic handguns along with mixing agents were also found at the house."

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Saturday, June 26

The Press Association: Three quizzed over £2m cocaine find

The Press Association: Three quizzed over £2m cocaine find: "Three people are being quizzed by detectives over the seizure of two million euro of cocaine.
The massive haul was made after a series of raids on residential properties in south Dublin on Thursday evening.
During searches in Tallaght, officers found a sophisticated cocaine factory and also recovered equipment and a substantial amount of cash."

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BBC News - Four held after cocaine and cash seized at Landkey farm

BBC News - Four held after cocaine and cash seized at Landkey farm: "Four people have been arrested after drugs and cash were seized from a farm in north Devon.
Police said the drugs, believed to be cocaine, and about £5,000 were seized in Landkey, near Barnstaple, on Tuesday.
The cash was hidden behind the panel of a vehicle.
Three men, aged 20, 37 and 60, and a 51-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of drugs.
The woman and two of the men are from Braunton, Devon and the 37-year-old man is from Staines, Middlesex.
All four have been released on police bail."

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Friday, June 25

WBFO: Assistant to Toronto doctor pleads guilty in Buffalo (2010-06-24)

WBFO: Assistant to Toronto doctor pleads guilty in Buffalo (2010-06-24): "32-year old Mary Anne Catalano accepted a plea deal admitting that she made false statements to border and immigration agents at the Peace Bridge last September as she attempted to enter Buffalo.
Catalano, also of Toronto, was the assistant to Dr. Anthony Galea. He faces criminal charges in Buffalo and Canada for drug smuggling and violating the food and drug act and conspiracy charges.
Galea is accused of allegedly smuggling and distributing steroids to prominent sports figures in major league baseball, such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and and golf star Tiger Woods. The drugs included human growth hormones including Nutropin"

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The Associated Press: Jamaican gang leader arrives to face NY charges

The Associated Press: Jamaican gang leader arrives to face NY charges: "Jamaican gang leader Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has arrived in New York to face drug trafficking charges.
Federal agents brought Coke by plane on Thursday to an airport in White Plains, N.Y. He was to be taken a federal lockup in New York City, where he was expected to appear in court on Friday.
The 42-year-old Coke had waived his right to extradition in Jamaica earlier in the day.
U.S. prosecutors say the leader of the notorious Shower Posse gang has overseen large shipments of cocaine and marijuana to the eastern United States since the 1990s.
A violent clash last month between his supporters and security forces in Jamaica left 76 dead."

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Venezuela says it captures suspected drug smuggler wanted in US on cocaine trafficking charges | San Francisco Examiner

Venezuela says it captures suspected drug smuggler wanted in US on cocaine trafficking charges | San Francisco Examiner: "arrest of Luis Frank Tello Candelo, 47, better known as 'El Negro Frank,' as proof of Venezuela's determination to combat organized crime and drug trafficking.
Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas did not immediately answer telephone calls seeking comment.
El Aissami did not provide details regarding Tello Candelo's purported ties to the Zetas, initially formed by an elite group of Mexican soldiers who deserted to become hit men for the Gulf Cartel. The Zetas have since turned to drug trafficking and are fighting their former allies"

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Thursday, June 24

Christopher Coke wore a wig and hat in this mug shot after his arrest in Jamaica. Jamaican to Face Charges in New York - NYTimes.com


Jamaican to Face Charges in New York - NYTimes.com: "Christopher Coke, a reputed gang leader from Jamaica accused of running a major smuggling operation of drugs and guns in the United States, was scheduled to be flown to New York from Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, on Thursday after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Jamaican courts, officials said.


Alleged gang leader Christopher Coke wore a wig and hat in this mug shot after his arrest in Jamaica.

Disguises May Have Helped Jamaican Drug Lord Elude Arrest (June 24, 2010) Appearing briefly before a Jamaican magistrate, Mr. Coke, dressed casually and speaking in a soft voice, agreed to forgo a legal challenge and to face trial in federal district court in Manhattan.
“We look forward to this process unfolding swiftly, we hope,” said Rebecca Park, a spokeswoman at the United States Embassy in Kingston.
In a statement released by his lawyers, Mr. Coke said he would vigorously fight the charges and expected to return to Jamaica a free man. He said he was not challenging his extradition because he wanted to put an end to the bloodshed the country has experienced since an arrest warrant was issued for him late last month."

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Heroin death leads to charges for suspected drug dealers | ksdk.com | St. Louis, MO

Heroin death leads to charges for suspected drug dealers | ksdk.com | St. Louis, MO: "U.S. Attorney's Office said Elsa McKnight and Dean Jordan manufactured and sold heroin out of a home on Greer Street in St. Louis in September 2009.
A federal grand jury indicted Jordan, 24, on distribution of heroin with a death resulting, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, and a felony count for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun.
McKnight, 34, was indicted on conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and maintaining a place for the unlawful manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs.
Each of the suspects face between 20 years up to life in prison for distributing heroin that resulted in a person's death and or fines up to $1,000,000."

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Leif Garrett Heroin: Leif Garrett Ordered to Stand Trial in Heroin Case - KTLA

Leif Garrett Heroin: Leif Garrett Ordered to Stand Trial in Heroin Case - KTLA: "Former 70s teen idol Leif Garrett has been ordered to stand trial on a felony count of heroin possession.

Garrett, 48, who is free on bail, is set to be arraigned on July 7th.

A trial was ordered after Garrett waived his right to a preliminary hearing."

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Attorney Accused of Smuggling Heroin Into Jail - Legal News

Attorney Accused of Smuggling Heroin Into Jail - Legal News: "Michael Inman, a criminal defense attorney at Inman & Associates in Beverly Hills, was charged on Friday. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office alleged that Inman intended to sell 14.25 grams of heroin when he entered a secure lockup to visit two clients in a burglary case. He was arrested on June 15 after drug-sniffing dogs found heroin in an area where he had been waiting.
Inman was charged with four felony counts, including possession of a controlled substance in a jail and sale or transport of a controlled substance. He is scheduled for arraignment on July 19. If convicted, Inman faces up to five years in prison.
Inman and his attorney, Albert DeBlanc of DeBlanc DeBlanc & Associates in Los Angeles, did not respond to requests for comment"

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Cocaine dealer Domingo Baez gets 15 years in prison

Cocaine dealer Domingo Baez gets 15 years in prison: "Baez, 40, of Billings, apologized Wednesday for “my involvement in all of this. I accept totally what I’ve done.’’ He asked for mercy, saying he had nobody to help him as youth and survived a rough upbringing in Chicago by dealing drugs.
“I want to do better,” he said. “I am a better person.”
Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom acknowledged his tough life in Chicago but told Baez that he’d had numerous second chances. When Baez moved to Billings in about 2003 to start over, he brought his cocaine business with him, the judge said.
Shanstrom said Baez had a prior felony drug conviction. And he noted that Baez had been charged 33 times in criminal cases that were mostly dismissed because of an overworked justice system.
Shanstrom sentenced Baez near the top of the guideline range that spanned from about 12-1/2 years to about 15-1/2 years. The term is the longest sentence among about a dozen people convicted in the conspiracy. The term would be a deterrent to others and show that drug trafficking “will not be tolerated,” Shanstrom said."

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Wednesday, June 23

Brothers get 15 years in Ariz. drug smuggling case - KSWT: Local News, Weather, Sports Yuma, AZ El Centro Imperial Valley, CA |

Brothers get 15 years in Ariz. drug smuggling case - KSWT: Local News, Weather, Sports Yuma, AZ El Centro Imperial Valley, CA |: "Two brothers accused of being the leaders of a drug trafficking organization have been sentenced to 15 years in an Arizona prison.
Roberto and Rafael Mondragon were each found guilty of conspiracy to sell or transfer methamphetamine.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says the brothers led the Mondragon drug organization, which they say was responsible for the distribution of at least 30 pounds of meth a month in metro Phoenix.
The convictions came after a yearlong investigation by Tempe police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that netted the arrests of 130 people in the drug organization."

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The Death Penalty in Singapore: Silence on Yong's pending execution in S'pore

The Death Penalty in Singapore: Silence on Yong's pending execution in S'pore: "Malaysia appears to be painfully silent on the upcoming execution of 22-year-old Malaysian Yong Vui Kong, for trafficking 47g of heroin into Singaporethree years ago.

Yong's Singaporean lawyer, M Ravi, who was in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, told Malaysiakini he was in town to seek help from the public to show the Singapore government that Malaysians cannot tolerate Yong's execution or the death penalty."

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Alleged Jamaican Drug Kingpin Arrested | AHN


Alleged Jamaican Drug Kingpin Arrested | AHN: "Jamaican authorities say they have finally arrested suspected drug lord, Christopher ”Dudus” Coke. Police seized him Tuesday just outside the city of Kingston.

He was detained at a roadblock while reportedly traveling with Rev. Al Miller, a preacher who said Coke was going to the United States embassy to turn himself in"

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Young drug mule paying high price

Young drug mule paying high price: "Sadie Villars arrived at Lynden late Monday evening, declaring that she was returning home after having dinner with family in Canada,' said a bulletin from U.S. Customs and Border Protection after Villars' arrest in November. 'When questioned about the contents of her overnight bag, Villars became hesitant and changed her story.'
A body search turned up three baggies holding 1,285 ecstasy tablets.
Villars, the 20-year-old daughter of former B.C. Lions football player Kevin Villars, was charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute and is now in SeaTac prison after pleading guilty. While she awaits her June 28 sentencing, she's locked down 24 hours a day, says her mother Theresa, 45, of Coquitlam."

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Russians seize 250kg of heroin from 2 Central Asians

Russians seize 250kg of heroin from 2 Central Asians: "Agents of the Russian Federal Security Service seized 250kg of heroin in raids on an apartment and a house construction site, media reported June 22.


Police made two arrests after finding the heroin in canisters. Authorities did not identify the suspects other than saying they had arrived from Central Asia. The heroin also came from Central Asia, police said."

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Heroin bust in Fountain Hills nets 10 arrests, drugs and $56K | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Phoenix News

Heroin bust in Fountain Hills nets 10 arrests, drugs and $56K | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Phoenix News: "arrests are a culmination of a three-month-long investigation in which deputies also busted about 56 grams of heroin with a street value of $56,000 as well as drug paraphernalia.

As of Friday, MCSO had arrested 10 suspects who now face charges ranging from possession of narcotic drugs to narcotic drugs for sale and conspiracy to possess narcotic drug for sale. Additional arrests are expected.

Among those in custody are David Ryan Leddy, 24, Marie Gonzales Secillia, 19, John Toland Hutchinson, 22, and Joseph Franklin Ahlgren, 18, from Fountain Hills. Also arrested were Angela Marie Farmer, 26, Baris Sendag, 35, and James McQueen, 29, from Scottsdale and Phoenix residents Francisco Nolasco Cruz, 21, and Luis Alonso Lopez Montes, 21. Nathaniel Freeman, 23, was arrested and then released pending drug analysis."

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Tuesday, June 22

Man Sentenced For Millions In Cocaine Sales

Man Sentenced For Millions In Cocaine Sales: "41-year old Tyrone L. Andrews was one of the leaders of a drug trafficking organization in Wichita. Andrews pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, 64 counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, 19 counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of maintaining a residence for the purpose of storing and distributing cocaine.
In his plea, he admitted that from 2001 until he was arrested Sept. 22, 2007, he made his living buying cocaine and re-selling it. From 2005 through 2007, he purchased approximately five kilograms of cocaine per week, for which he paid from $15,000 to $17,000 per kilogram, and sold the cocaine for approximately $18,000 per kilogram.
His customers included members of the Crips street gang in Wichita.
In June 2007, the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office conducted surveillance on Andrews’ drug stash house at 1821 S. Ridgewood. During June and July 2007, the investigators worked undercover to arrange to purchase cocaine supplied by Andrews and other conspirators.
Andrews was arrested Sept. 22, 2007, after leading officers on a chase through neighborhood streets."

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Dr. Anthony Galea's former assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, to enter plea in drug smuggling case

Dr. Anthony Galea's former assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, to enter plea in drug smuggling case: "Dr. Anthony Galea's former assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, whose arrest last year sparked two investigations into whether the Toronto sports physician provided banned drugs to athletes, is expected to enter a plea in Buffalo federal court Thursday, marking the first appearance in a U.S. court by either party as the case begins to unfold.
Galea, who has treated Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and other professional athletes, was arrested and his office was raided last year after American authorities stopped Catalano's car at a Buffalo border crossing and found illegal drugs and medical supplies. Catalano was charged with smuggling and has cooperated with investigators."

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Wichita Man Sentenced for Selling Cocaine - The Kansas CW |

Wichita Man Sentenced for Selling Cocaine - The Kansas CW |: "Tyrone Andrews pleaded guilty to one county of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, 64 counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, and 19 counts of distributing cocaine.
In his plea, he admitted that from 2001 until he was arrested in September of 2007, he made his living buying cocaine and re-selling it in the Wichita area."

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Drug ring leader convicted - San Jose Mercury News

Drug ring leader convicted - San Jose Mercury News: "Twenty-eight-year-old Juan Manuel Mendiola was convicted of conspiracy and illegally possessing six firearms, including two machine guns.
Mendiola was arrested in September 2008 after a three-year investigation. Prosecutors say when he was arrested, heroin, methamphetamine, $50,000 in cash and two loaded pistols were found in the home where he was hiding as a fugitive."

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3 foreign drug mules held | New Straits Times Newspaper | Find Articles at BNET

3 foreign drug mules held | New Straits Times Newspaper | Find Articles at BNET: "Three foreign nationals were detained and 10kg of syabu and ketamine worth RM500,000 were seized in three operations at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) last week."

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Monday, June 21

timesofmalta.com - Turk on trial for biggest heroin haul

timesofmalta.com - Turk on trial for biggest heroin haul: "Ismael Tirsu a 49 year old Turk, goes on trial this morning accused of importing the biggest haul of heroin ever found by the Maltese authority.
Mr Tirsu allegedly had 11.5 kilos in a false compartment of his luggage when he was arrested at the airport on October 8, 2007. He had flown in from Turkey. The drug was worth more than €524,000.
Mr Tirsu had first pleaded guilty before the Criminal Court."

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Yuba-Sutter gang members get life for dragging murder | TheUnion.com

Yuba-Sutter gang members get life for dragging murder | TheUnion.com: "Two Norteños street gang associates convicted of dragging a Yuba City man to death under a car in 2007 were sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Aaron Richard Ouellette, 24, and Michael Angelo Sanudo, 23, said nothing to family members of Willie Dean Roberts Jr. who crowded a small Sutter County courtroom. But Sanudo's attorney, David Vasquez, said his client wished a court-ordered $10,000 restitution payment could go to Roberts' family, not to the state."

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Couple plead not guilty over heroin death - ABC North West WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Couple plead not guilty over heroin death - ABC North West WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "Tammy Lee McKie and her partner Adam John Fitzgerald pleaded not guilty in the South Hedland Magistrates Court last week to endangering the man's life.
Donald Van Aalen died after taking heroin last July.
The couple have been accused of putting the unconscious Mr Van Aalen in the back of a car before ordering takeaway food and driving to a nearby hotel where they spent an hour socialising."

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Iranians top list of drug smugglers in Indonesia | The Jakarta Post

Iranians top list of drug smugglers in Indonesia | The Jakarta Post: "Indonesian government announced that Iranian nationals are the most common smugglers of class-A drugs into the country as of January this year.
Malaysians were the next-highest group, with eight suspects arrested so far this year, followed by India with six suspects, tempointeraktif.com reported.
The Customs and Excise Office at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, has caught 15 Iranian nationals this year linked to 22 cases. It has also seized a total 115 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, ketamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
“All of the evidence together is worth Rp 278 billion (US$30.5 million) at market value,” the office’s head Baduri Wijayanta said Sunday.
All of the arrested Iranian smugglers were believed to be part of an Iran-based international drug syndicate, he added.
The office’s head of prosecutions Gatot Sugeng Wibowo said the syndicate may be unaware that Indonesia enforced the death penalty for drug smuggling."

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Saturday, June 19

two men jailed for largest ever drugs seizure in north lincolnshire

two men jailed for largest ever drugs seizure in north lincolnshire: "TWO drug smugglers have been jailed for 38 years after being caught trying to smuggle one of the largest quantities of heroin into the region.
The two Dutchmen tried to bring in the drug with a street value of £5-million through North Killingholme .
Mathieu Poulissen, 51, and Marcel Reitman, 38, were transporting almost 80 kilograms in a lorry load of jam when they disembarked at the Humber Sea Terminal on September 16 last year.
But they were stopped by customs officials after passing through a scanner at the docks.
A search of the vehicle resulted in 20 packages of heroin being recovered from the refrigeration unit, 23 from the cab of the lorry and 23 from various other parts of the vehicle. A further 11 packages, equating to around 10 kilograms of heroin were found taped to Poulissen's body.
After a trial at Grimsby Crown Court, Poulissen, who claimed he had taken part in the operation under duress, was yesterday found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Reitman, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 18 years in prison."

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20 years for cocaine dealing

20 years for cocaine dealing: "27-year-old Jamall Odum pleaded guilty to a felony count of dealing cocaine. Harrington said the sale took place within 1000 feet of the McAllister Recreation Center in Lafayette.
Odum was sentenced in Tippecanoe Superior Court Two Friday to 20 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Harrington said police obtained a search warrant for Odum's residence following the sale in July, 2009. Police found 35 grams of crack cocaine which Harrington said had a street value of $3,500 to $4,500. They also found a loaded .38 caliber revolver.
Harrington said Odum is originally from Cook County, Illinois, but had been living in Lafayette for about a year before his arrest."

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TWO Dutch men who tried to smuggle heroin with a street value of up to £5.2million through Killingholme Docks were today jailed for a total of 38 years.

TWO Dutch men who tried to smuggle heroin with a street value of up to £5.2million through Killingholme Docks were today jailed for a total of 38 years.: "Marcel Casper Gerardus Rietman and Mathieu Peter Josef Poulissen tried to smuggle the drug, with a street value of £5.2m - in a lorry on September 16 last year.
As well as finding drugs hidden in the load, there were also packages in the cab and searches revealed 11 packages of heroin taped to Poulissen's body, a jury at Grimsby Crown Court heard.
Rietman pleaded guilty to drug smuggling and was jailed for 18 years.
Poulissen was found guilty of the same charge, and was locked up for 20 years."

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Church pastor faces life in prison for heroin sales - WECT TV6 - WECT.com - Wilmington, NC news and weather -

Church pastor faces life in prison for heroin sales - WECT TV6 - WECT.com - Wilmington, NC news and weather -: "Robert Lee McQueen, 61, is a pastor at the Burning Bush Missionary Church and the owner of McQ Bail Bonds in Fayetteville.
He was convicted of conspiring to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin, three counts of aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin, two counts of distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
In 2008, the Fayetteville Police Department ran surveillance on several suspected drug houses, including one where McQueen lived. After getting a search warrant, officers found more than thirty grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
McQueen could face a life sentence in prison and fines in the millions of dollars, based on the maximum penalties."

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Friday, June 18

HMS Manchester wren jailed for cocaine smuggling - Portsmouth Today

HMS Manchester wren jailed for cocaine smuggling - Portsmouth Today: "Teresa Matos, 37, picked up 4.94kilos of the 100 per cent pure class A drug when HMS Manchester stopped at the port Cartagena in Columbia.

The cocaine was found on the Type 42 destroyer - which had been involved in anti-drug smuggling patrols in
south America - when it arrived in Plymouth en route to Portsmouth last August.

Some of the drugs had been hidden in the lining in Matos's clothes, the rest was stashed in her locker.

Matos's boyfriend, Raul Beia, 39, and Dean Langley, 20, were arrested at Portsmouth's Ibis hotel in Winston Churchill Avenue, when they and Abdul Banda, 34, had prepared to meet Matos when she arrived in Portsmouth.

They had been monitored by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency who seized Matos's phone when she was arrested."

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230kg of marijuana found in Samsung heiress' luggage | News.com.au

230kg of marijuana found in Samsung heiress' luggage | News.com.au: "ONE of the heirs to the Samsung Electronics fortune has been arrested after US police found almost 230kg of marijuana in her luggage.
Lisette Lee, 28, was arrested by Federal Drug Enforcement Officials after a private jet she was on landed at Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio.

Officials stopped Ms Lee, who lives in Beverly Hills in California, after becoming suspicious of the amount of luggage she was travelling with - 13 bags in total.

Ohio news channel WBNS reported that the Drug Enforcement Agency in California tipped off officials in Columbus.

It claims that when the plane landed, agents were waiting as luggage, allegedly containing the marijuana, was loaded into three waiting vans."

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Suspected heroin dealer surrenders to SWAT team - Spokesman.com - June 17, 2010

Suspected heroin dealer surrenders to SWAT team - Spokesman.com - June 17, 2010: "Jacob E. Snizik, 25, tried to run from a home in the 6800 block of North Napa Street when a SWAT team showed up about 5 p.m., but “the scene was so well secure” that he retreated back inside, Officer Brian Eckersley said.
Snizik armed himself with a handgun but surrendered without incident a short while later after a SWAT sergeant talked to him over the phone, Eckersley said.
Police say they seized five firearms and found heroin and drug sale supplies in Snizik’s home. Snizik is a convicted felon, which means he’s prohibited from possession firearms. He was booked into Spokane County Jail on five counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).
Snizik was sentenced to 22 months in prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and residential burglary and first-degree theft, according to news archives. He also has convictions for second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance."

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Convicted killer faces drug charges after traffic stop

Convicted killer faces drug charges after traffic stop: "convicted killer with long ties to a Calgary gang has been charged with several drug-related offences.
Investigators targeting street-level drug dealing in Albert Park and Radisson Heights arrested Vuthy Kong early Wednesday evening during a traffic stop in neighbouring Forest Lawn.
Officers checked Kong's vehicle and subsequently searched his home on Radcliffe Close S.E. early Thursday.
Police said they found ecstasy, marijuana, marijuana oil and small amounts of the powerful prescription painkiller oxycodone.
The investigation began after Alberta Sheriffs shut down a drug house in the 2000 block of 38th Street S.E. last month and passed along information about Kong to Calgary police.
'He was one of the people dropping off drugs at that residence,' Calgary police Sgt. Mark Hatchette said."

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Thursday, June 17

World traveler gets 10 years for being caught with cocaine in Kansas - KansasCity.com

World traveler gets 10 years for being caught with cocaine in Kansas - KansasCity.com: "long reach of the law, and its long memory, flexed today as a federal judge in Kansas sentenced a man to 10 years for smuggling cocaine in 2002.
Kevin X. Frater, 57, fled the country eight years ago after federal agents found 338 pounds of cocaine in a jet he chartered when it landed to refuel at the airport in Salina, Kan.
He spent time in Cuba, Jamaica, the United Arab Emirates and England before he was arrested in the London airport, prosecutors said. He was extradited from England in 2009 and pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine."

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Wednesday, June 16

Crime Scene - Cocaine charges for Md. teacher

Crime Scene - Cocaine charges for Md. teacher: "Daren Dembrow, 49, was standing on a street corner when a patrol officer saw him pull a cocaine baggie and a blue straw from his pocket and take a snort, said Sgt. Cliff Dempsey, a spokesman for the Dewey Beach Police Department.
Reached by phone, Dembrow declined to comment.
School officials have placed Dembrow, who teaches science at Springbrook High School, on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, said Montgomery schools spokesman Dana Tofig.
Dembrow has worked for the schools system since August 2007."

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Tempointeraktif.com - Another Iranian Arrested for Drug Smuggling

Tempointeraktif.com - Another Iranian Arrested for Drug Smuggling: "Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s Customs and Excise officers have arrested Ahmad Reeza, 24, an Iranian-national who planned to smuggle 580 grams of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia. Two packages of crystal methamphetamine worth Rp 11 billion was allegedly hidden in his suitcase.

“He hid the drug in a hard suitcase,” Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s Customs and Excise chief in charge of Enforcement and Investigation, Gatot Sugeng Wibowo, told Tempo yesterday morning.

Reza arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Saturday at 22.30 local time on Qatar Airways (QR-670) from Doha."

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P20-M worth of cocaine seized from airport police officer - Nation - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

P20-M worth of cocaine seized from airport police officer - Nation - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News: "P20 million worth of high-grade cocaine were seized from a police sergeant during a buy-bust operation in Pasig City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

During the operation, anti-narcotics agents also confiscated a handgun from Senior Police Officer 1 Alexander Estabillo, who is assigned to the Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP).

The operation was carried out at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Barangay Ugong in Pasig City after a police asset negotiated for the purchase of cocaine with Estabillo, Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, PNP spokesman, said.

The arrest was announced after the P6 million boodle money was reportedly received by Estabillo.

Estabillo’s cocaine stash was believed to have been part of the two tons of cocaine shipments dumped by a foreign fishing vessel near the shore of Samar province last December."

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Latin American Herald Tribune - Important Heroin Trafficker Arrested in Mexico

Latin American Herald Tribune - Important Heroin Trafficker Arrested in Mexico: "Carlos Ramon Castro Rocha was arrested during “Operation Deliverance,” which is being conducted by Mexico and the United States, federal prosecutor Marisela Morales and the chief of the Federal Police’s drug enforcement unit, Ramon Pequeño Garcia, told reporters.

Castro Rocha faces criminal conspiracy and drug charges for his involvement in importing and distributing both cocaine and heroin.

The drug trafficker has been under investigation since 2002 for his role in the mass production of heroin in Mexico.

Investigators have been aware since 2006 of the control that Castro Rocha had over drug distribution in 10 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and San Diego.

A nearly six-month investigation led authorities to Guasave, a city in Sinaloa where Castro Rocha had his operations center, and then to Sinaloa de Leiva, where the drug trafficker was arrested."

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KATC.com - Acadiana News, Acadiana Weather, Acadiana Sports | Lafayette Weather, Lafayette News, Lafayette Sports | Heroin dealer gets 15 years at hard labor

KATC.com - Acadiana News, Acadiana Weather, Acadiana Sports | Lafayette Weather, Lafayette News, Lafayette Sports | Heroin dealer gets 15 years at hard labor: "sentenced Carlos Cortes to the maximum sentence of 15 years at hard labor today for the crime of Attempted Possession of Heroin over 400 grams. I was very pleased with the sentence. I thought it was appropriate considering the amount of drugs, their value, and the horrible effects this amount of drugs would have caused to the people of St. Martin Parish. It was enough to supply 2,740 people. I want to send a clear message to all those involved in narcotics trafficking and you can quote me on this:

If you get caught hauling illegal narcotics in St. Martin Parish, come to court with your bags packed and your toothbrush because YOU ARE GOING TO PRISON!"

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Tuesday, June 15

US-based cocaine trafficker jailed, fined $5.4M : Kaieteur News

US-based cocaine trafficker jailed, fined $5.4M : Kaieteur News: "Lewis Duffie, of Bronx, New York appeared before Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton and pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine. He was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $5.4 million.
This newspaper was told that the 30-year-old man, was seen acting in a suspicious manner and was called to have his luggage searched by CANU ranks. During the search, it was noticed that there was a false lining on the inside of the suitcase.
A thorough search on the man’s suitcase unearthed a white powdery substance which was subsequently tested positive as cocaine. The substance weighed some six kilograms.
Only last weekend two persons in the city were found with cocaine by CANU. Those persons have already been placed before the courts and remanded.
Also on Thursday last, a quantity of cocaine was found on board a Roraima Airways charter which was destined for Trinidad en route to Canada. This newspaper was told that the cocaine was found by ranks of the Police Narcotics who were conducting duties at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
Reports are that the cocaine was found concealed in a FedEx package which was onboard the flight. One person is in police custody and is expected to be charged soon."

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Drug smuggler avoids jail after striking deal - Winnipeg Free Press

Drug smuggler avoids jail after striking deal - Winnipeg Free Press: "Dean Chyzy, 33, pleaded guilty Monday to shipping huge volumes of raw ephedrine, which is a prime ingredient in the creation of highly-addictive crystal methamphetamine. He was given a conditional sentence of two years less a day under a joint-recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers.
'This has been an incredibly emotional and frustrating experience,' defence lawyer Ian Garber told court in describing the resolution to a case which has spent nearly six years dragging through the courts. 'This matter has taken forever.'
More than 80 people were indicted in the case in Canada, California and Mexico after more than 250 police officers conducted 34 raids in September 2004. RCMP in Winnipeg held a news conference the day after, saying they seized 9,000 kilograms of ephedrine, worth an estimated $14.5 million on the street as meth, along with $3.5 million cash. A total of 10 Manitobans were arrested.
It was alleged the ephedrine was legally imported into Canada through a Thunder Bay, Ont., company, but was soon diverted to the black market. Ephedrine is banned in the United States, while Health Canada regulates its sale in this country. Much of the ephedrine was ultimately smuggled into the United States to methamphetamine labs run by the Mexican Mafia."

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Cocaine distributor gets 17 1/2 years | wavy.com

Cocaine distributor gets 17 1/2 years | wavy.com: "Jeremy Christopher Carter, 28, also known as 'Nephew' was charged after Norfolk police found 174 grams of powder cocaine, 99 grams of crack, an AK-47 assault rifle, an SKS assault rifle, a .45 caliber handgun and more than $35,000 in cash at a Nevada Avenue apartment.
The warrant was executed on November 6, 2009, and the case was investigated by the Norfolk FBI and Norfolk police."

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Cocaine distributor gets 17 1/2 years | wavy.com

Cocaine distributor gets 17 1/2 years | wavy.com: "Jeremy Christopher Carter, 28, also known as 'Nephew' was charged after Norfolk police found 174 grams of powder cocaine, 99 grams of crack, an AK-47 assault rifle, an SKS assault rifle, a .45 caliber handgun and more than $35,000 in cash at a Nevada Avenue apartment.
The warrant was executed on November 6, 2009, and the case was investigated by the Norfolk FBI and Norfolk police."

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Pair are guilty of £2m navy drug smuggling plot - Portsmouth Today

Pair are guilty of £2m navy drug smuggling plot - Portsmouth Today: "convicted Raul Beia, 39, and Dean Langley, 20, at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

They were arrested in the city when they and Abdul Banda, 34, who previously confessed to organising the Columbian end of the operation, went to meet Teresa Matos, a rating on board HMS Manchester, which had been involved in anti-drugs patrols in the south Atlantic and had docked in south America.

But she had already been arrested the day before when the ship docked in Plymouth last August.

A total of 8.51 kilos of cocaine - worth around £2million - was discovered in Matos's locker on board the Type 42 destroyer.

Matos, 36, of Contsworth Court, Gateshead, had also previously pleaded guilty in court."

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Sunday, June 13

Officers arrested Dylan Corvett Coffield, 35

The Daily Reflector: "Officers arrested Dylan Corvett Coffield, 35, 1224 Tenderleaf Court, Greenville. He was charged with six counts trafficking cocaine; three counts maintaining a vehicle/dewelling for controlled substance; three counts possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine; one count possession of a stolen firearm; three counts possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was under a $250,000 secured bond and being held at the Pitt County Detention Center. Police said more charges are forthcoming."

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10 arrested in Fountain Hills heroin bust

10 arrested in Fountain Hills heroin bust: "Nearly a dozen people are behind bars after an undercover heroin bust in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's own back yard.

'You hear all the politicians talk about the drug cartels, we only go after the big guys,' Arpaio said Friday. 'I don't think the parents here are concerned about the big guys. They want the small guys taken off the streets, selling heroin to the young people.'

Sheriff's deputies have been working undercover since April to net 10 arrests of people between the ages of 19 and 26 for using, dealing and trafficking heroin in the Fountain Hills area."

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Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty in Cocaine Distribution Scheme - 7thSpace Interactive

Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty in Cocaine Distribution Scheme - 7thSpace Interactive: "Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 10, 2010, that Daniel Carter, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to a violation of the federal drug laws.

Carter, age 50, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti advised the court that from in or around October 2007, and continuing until in or around September 2008, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Carter conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms but less than 15 kilograms of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance."

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Saturday, June 12

Trafficking in power: Narcoterror in Mexico

Trafficking in power: Narcoterror in Mexico: "Jesus Manuel Fierro-Mendez was dirty.
In fact, soon after being promoted to the position of captain, he was smuggling enormous quantities of cocaine into the United States. And when he quit his job in the spring of 2007, after someone tried to kill him, he went to work for the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico's most powerful drug-trafficking organization, run by Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, the richest drug lord in North America and the second most wanted man in the world after Osama bin Laden.
Juarez is a city of 1.3 million people that sprawls across the border from El Paso, Tex., and is a key entry point for narcotics shipped from Mexico to the lucrative U.S. and Canadian black markets. It's also a wild west killing field, the most dangerousmetropolis in the world, where about seven people are murdered every day and 5,300 have been gunned down since January 2008, the result of a vicious war between the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels, who are fighting for control of this prized gateway.
Fierro-Mendez's career as a drug smuggler was short but spectacular: He was arrested in El Paso in 2008 for transporting 50 kilos of cocaine a week across the border. This year, his audacity cost him a 27-year prison sentence."

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Rothstein aide Villegas pleads guilty - South Florida Business Journal

Rothstein aide Villegas pleads guilty - South Florida Business Journal: "Debra Villegas, formerly the COO at Ponzi schemer Scott W. Rothstein’s now-defunct law firm, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
She told federal Judge William Zloch she believed that she was guilty of committing a crime by cooperating with Rothstein, but at first thought the investments he was selling were legitimate.
Villegas then added that, in February 2008, Rothstein approached her and acknowledged the investments were not legitimate"

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New charges for South Texas narco

New charges for South Texas narco: "new charges against accused South Texas-born drug kingpin Edgar Valdez Villarreal.
Valdez Villarreal, 36, faces indictment on drug trafficking charges in Texas and Louisiana, and federal prosecutors now say he supplied cocaine to a drug smuggling ring that sent thousands of pounds of the drug to Atlanta and brought millions of dollars back to Mexico.
From 2004 until 2006, the ring moved the drugs across the border in Laredo in tractor trailers and brought money back the same way, often in millions-of-dollar increments, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta."

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Friday, June 11

Feds post $2 million reward for alleged caretl kingpin 'La Barbie' - CNN.com

Feds post $2 million reward for alleged caretl kingpin 'La Barbie' - CNN.com: "authorities have charged alleged drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez-Villarreal -- known as 'La Barbie' -- and five other defendants with trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the United States between 2004 and 2006, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Friday.
Valdez-Villarreal, who remains at large, is alleged to be a top member of the Arturo Beltran-Leyva cocaine cartel.
Authorities have issued a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture. He is currently believed to be in Mexico, a Justice Department statement noted."

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Former University of Michigan police officer faces cocaine possession charge - AnnArbor.com

Former University of Michigan police officer faces cocaine possession charge - AnnArbor.com: "Charles Eugene Beatty III of Ypsilanti is charged with possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine and possessing an open container, records show.
Beatty will be given an opportunity to turn himself in, said Lt. Monica Yesh, who heads the Livingston and Washtenaw Narcotics Enforcement Team. Beatty could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Beatty was initially taken into custody and released on Jan. 13 after Ypsilanti police stopped his car on Kramer Street at about 10:20 p.m. while he was off-duty, records show.
Officers found an unspecified quantity of cocaine and an open alcoholic beverage inside the car, records show. Criminal charges weren't filed until samples of the drug were analyzed at a Michigan State Police lab.
Beatty's employment ended Feb. 9, University of Michigan police spokeswoman Diane Brown said. He had been placed on unpaid leave the day after the incident, pending the outcome of an internal investigation."

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timesofmalta.com - Three Britons plead not guilty to trafficking cocaine

timesofmalta.com - Three Britons plead not guilty to trafficking cocaine: "Three Britons - Mark Andrew Buckley, 25, Jamie Thomas Carter, 30, and Daniel Emile Degisi, 24, have been remanded in custody after they pleaded not guilty to conspiring to traffic, importing and trafficking cocaine.
They were also charged with having the drug in their possession in circumstances which denoted it was not for their personal use.
The three men were arrested after the police found 220 grammes of cocaine in their hotel room in Bugibba.
One tried to leave Malta on a ferry to Sicily after realising that the drug had been found by the police."

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Mexico announces arrest of top heroin smuggler - People's Daily Online

Mexico announces arrest of top heroin smuggler - People's Daily Online: "arrested Carlos Ramon Castro, who