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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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Thursday, September 30

Northwest suburban cocaine distribution ring Cook County prosecutors dubbed Dial-A-Rock.

Northwest suburban cocaine distribution ring Cook County prosecutors dubbed Dial-A-Rock.

Among the men pleading guilty to criminal drug conspiracy was the ring's reported leader, Ector Cortez. The 41-year-old Rolling Meadows man admitted running the operation, which prosecutors say handled 100 transactions a day for about 10 years, said Dan Fahlgren, a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's narcotics unit.

According to police, Cortez moved about one-quarter kilo of cocaine, or about half of a pound, worth about $50,000 every couple of days.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Fecarotta sentenced Cortez to 12 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea. Fecarotta imposed the same sentence on Adrian Peregrino-Garcia, 22, who also pleaded guilty to criminal drug conspiracy. The Schaumburg man admitted to police that he packaged and processed cocaine for sale and collected money from the men who delivered the drugs to clients, Fahlgren said.

"I'm pleased with the sentences," said Arlington Heights Police Commander Kenneth Galinski, who called the sentences just. "Twelve years is a long time in prison." Julio Zenteno, 31, of Mount Prospect, and Carlos Ruiz, 21, of Arlington Heights who authorities described as "couriers" or delivery men pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Zenteno was sentenced to six years in prison for possession of a controlled substance. Ruiz was sentenced to six years in prison for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Each defendant received credit for 170 days in custody. They must complete 85 percent of their sentences before they are eligible for parole.

With the exception of Cortez's misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest from 1995, none of the defendants has a criminal background, Fahlgren said.

Arlington Heights police and the DEA used wiretaps and surveillance during the joint investigation, which began in September 2009 and concluded in April with the arrest of the four defendants and some of their customers. The arrests came during a two-day sweep involving Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg police.

According to prosecutors, customers called Cortez and Peregrino-Garcia on a cell phone. Cortez then dispatched "couriers" Zenteno and Ruiz to various locations to deliver the cocaine. After observing hand-to-hand transactions during March and April, police arrested both customers and suppliers on April 14, Fahlgren said.

Subsequent searches of some of the defendants' homes and vehicles yielded cocaine in amounts ranging from 14.5 to 421 grams, Fahlgren said.

Galinski complimented Arlington Heights investigators on their outstanding work.

"A lot of dedicated man-hours and surveillance hours" went into the operation, said Galinski, who also acknowledged other law enforcement agencies who he said contributed to the operation's success.

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British rocker Pete Doherty has been charged with cocaine possession following an investigation into the death of filmmaker Robin Whitehead.

British rocker Pete Doherty has been charged with cocaine possession following an investigation into the death of filmmaker Robin Whitehead.

Whitehead, who was working on a documentary about the troubled Libertines star, was found dead from a suspected drug overdose in an apartment in Hackney, London in January.

Doherty and two friends, Peter Wolfe and Alan Wass, have each been charged with possession, while Wolfe has also been charged with supplying cocaine.

All three men are due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on October 18.

Doherty was one of four people questioned following the death of the 27 year old.

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Paul William Venis realised cocaine was “not part of the fighter’s diet” and forgot he had a quantity of the Class A drug

Paul William Venis realised cocaine was “not part of the fighter’s diet” and forgot he had a quantity of the Class A drug, the court heard.

He admitted possession of 3.76g of cocaine, worth £150 on the street, three tablets of diazepam and a tiny amount of herbal cannabis.

He told police a white powder found in a bag was caffeine. When it was revealed to be cocaine, he said he’d forgotten it was there and it was the remnants of a party.

His barrister Tom Mitchell said yesterday: “He understands the error of his ways.

“He shouldn’t be engaging in drugs because he is in fact fairly locally notable as a professional fighter.

“He has a professional fight coming up, two towards the end of this year for which he’s training now, hence the reason why he’s using caffeine.

“He shouldn’t have been using cocaine. It’s not part of the fighter’s diet at all.

“Indeed, he’d forgotten he had cocaine at the time of the police raid at the house, which demonstrates how little it had been used.

“The proceedings have given him a proper shot across his bows.”



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18-year-old Jamie Scott hid the class A drugs to evade a police search.

internal examination of a man detained in a Hampshire pub found he was hiding £720 worth of heroin.

Winchester Crown Court heard how 18-year-old Jamie Scott hid the class A drugs to evade a police search.

The haul was discovered after officers followed a van on February 24 being driven by a known Winchester drug dealer from London.

When it pulled into the Cart and Horses car park, in Kings Worthy, Winchester, the occupants were followed into the pub toilet, prosecutor Michael Scott said.

Inside they found Scott and noticed he was “wearing a lot of underwear”. In fact he was wearing two pairs of trousers, swimming trunks and boxer shorts.

An initial search found nothing, but 36 deals of heroin, totalling 7.6 grams were found internally.

When interviewed he told police a pal in the van told him to stash the drugs after realising they were being tailed.

Scott, of Bushnell Road, South London, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

But Judge Keith Cutler imposed a community order of 12 months, requiring Scott to be electronically tagged with a 9pm to 6am curfew.

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Ismael Anaya, 28, and Eliot Delavirgen, 33, both of Medford, Oregon, were sentenced Monday to federal prison

Ismael Anaya, 28, and Eliot Delavirgen, 33, both of Medford, Oregon, were sentenced Monday to federal prison by Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner for their leadership roles in a heroin trafficking organization located in the Rogue Valley. Anaya was sentenced to 260 months in prison and Delavirgen was sentenced to 160 months. Judge Panner also ordered the forfeiture of two vehicles, jewelry and over $840,000. Earlier this year, both Anaya and Delavirgen plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Delavirgen also plead guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Anaya and Delavirgen are cousins, originally from Oxnard, California.

According to sentencing documents filed with the court, federal court authorized wiretaps revealed Anaya’s primary leadership role in the organization and the conspiracy with others to distribute heroin. Anaya had been involved in selling heroin to local distributors since 2008. Delavirgen became actively involved in assisting Anaya with the distribution including taking over the heroin distribution activities in June 2009. It was estimated that Anaya distributed a total of 25 to 50 pounds of heroin in the Rogue Valley, while Delavirgen was delivering $30,000 to $35,000 every two weeks from heroin sales to Anaya. Anaya directed the activities of distributors, made arrangements to purchase additional heroin when supplies ran low, handled the financial aspects of collecting money as well as paying the source of supply. Anaya also arranged transportation for the heroin to be delivered to the Rogue Valley and was involved in the daily operation of the drug trafficking organization.

The sentencing documents also disclose that wiretaps uncovered numerous drug related discussions between Anaya, Delavirgen and their various distributors. Those discussions involved the supply of heroin and the demand for it by the distributors, arranging for the delivery of heroin including plans to pick up two pounds of heroin from a stash house located in Milwaukee, Oregon, collecting money from the various distributors and paying their supplier. There were also discussions about assaulting and robbing others who owed them money.

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Tuesday, September 28

Donovan Williams linked to Bristol's biggest ever single crack cocaine haul has been jailed for five years and nine months.

A man linked to Bristol's biggest ever single crack cocaine haul has been jailed for five years and nine months.: "man linked to Bristol's biggest ever single crack cocaine haul has been jailed for five years and nine months.
Police linked Donovan Williams to a £42,000 consignment of the drug being driven from London to the city, Bristol Crown Court heard.
A mixture of police surveillance and mobile telephone records connected Williams to the delivery, the court was told.
Father-of-four Williams, 47, of Honeywick Close, Bristol, pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply a class A drug in April and October 2008."

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Monday, September 27

Indonesian prosecutors have asked that drug mule Scott Rush be killed by a firing squad

Indonesian prosecutors have asked that drug mule Scott Rush be killed by a firing squad, arguing that the Indonesian community would want the harshest possible punishment for his role as a courier in the Bali Nine heroin smuggling syndicate.Indonesian prosecutors said Monday an Australian on death row for drug smuggling must be executed in line with his original sentence, rejecting appeals for mercy from Australian police.
Presenting their response to the appeal of Scott Rush, 24, against his death sentence, prosecutors said no new material had been presented to warrant a more lenient punishment.
"We disagree with the appeal made by the defence lawyers," prosecutor Ida Bagus Made Argitha Chandra told the Denpasar district court.
He dismissed testimony for the defence by two top-ranking Australian police officers that Rush was only a "courier".
"We don't differentiate the roles," he said, adding that "drug smuggling is a serious threat to the image of Bali" as a tourist destination.
"Narcotics are a big danger and a transnational crime and the accused should be severely punished."
Rush was a member of the so-called Bali Nine gang of Australians who were caught in 2005 trying to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes (18 pounds, five ounces) of heroin into Australia from Bali.
Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty and current Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan appeared on Rush's behalf at the Bali court earlier this month.
Keelty said Rush -- who had a life sentence upgraded to death after an earlier appeal -- was not a leader of the plot and did not deserve to be sent to his death, probably by firing squad.
Phelan noted that it was Rush's first drug offence and as such would face "less than 10 years" if convicted in Australia, which does not have a death penalty.
No date has been set for a ruling on the appeal.

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Indonesian prosecutors said Monday Scott Rush,24, on death row for drug smuggling must be executed in line with his original sentence

Indonesian prosecutors said Monday an Australian on death row for drug smuggling must be executed in line with his original sentence, rejecting appeals for mercy from Australian police.
Presenting their response to the appeal of Scott Rush, 24, against his death sentence, prosecutors said no new material had been presented to warrant a more lenient punishment.
"We disagree with the appeal made by the defence lawyers," prosecutor Ida Bagus Made Argitha Chandra told the Denpasar district court.
He dismissed testimony for the defence by two top-ranking Australian police officers that Rush was only a "courier".
"We don't differentiate the roles," he said, adding that "drug smuggling is a serious threat to the image of Bali" as a tourist destination.
"Narcotics are a big danger and a transnational crime and the accused should be severely punished."
Rush was a member of the so-called Bali Nine gang of Australians who were caught in 2005 trying to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes (18 pounds, five ounces) of heroin into Australia from Bali.
Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty and current Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan appeared on Rush's behalf at the Bali court earlier this month.
Keelty said Rush -- who had a life sentence upgraded to death after an earlier appeal -- was not a leader of the plot and did not deserve to be sent to his death, probably by firing squad.
Phelan noted that it was Rush's first drug offence and as such would face "less than 10 years" if convicted in Australia, which does not have a death penalty.
No date has been set for a ruling on the appeal.

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Prosecutors in Indonesia today will begin their response to Bali Nine drug courier Scott Rush's case against the death penalty.

Prosecutors in Indonesia today will begin their response to Bali Nine drug courier Scott Rush's case against the death penalty.

Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty told the Denpasar District Court this month that Rush's role in the foiled 2005 plot to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin out of Bali was only that of a courier.

Rush was originally sentenced to life in prison but Indonesia's Supreme Court increased his sentence at appeal to death.

If Rush's final appeal fails his last hope of survival will be to seek clemency from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who's not known for showing mercy to drug smugglers.

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Mick Keelty, appeared in an Indonesian court on September 16 as part of a last-ditch appeal to save a young Australian, Scott Rush, from death

Looking distinctly uncomfortable, the former chief of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Mick Keelty, appeared in an Indonesian court on September 16 as part of a last-ditch appeal to save a young Australian, Scott Rush, from death by firing squad. Keelty told the court that Rush was from a “good family” and was only a “minor player” in the drug trafficking scheme that led to his arrest in April 2005 along with eight others—the so-called Bali Nine.
But the decision by Keelty and other AFP officers to lend Rush a hand during these last-gasp proceedings only accentuates the role the AFP played in putting Rush and two of his associates on death row in the first place.
Rush and his co-accused—then all aged between 18 and 29—were arrested in Bali during an attempt to smuggle heroin into Australia by strapping the drug to their bodies. The nine would not have been arrested in Indonesia, nor would they have been sentenced to death or long prison terms, had the AFP not provided the Indonesian police with detailed information about the group’s plans and encouraged them to arrest the group before its return to Australia. The Australian government’s priority was to assist the Indonesians in making high-profile drug arrests, thus ensuring closer police and military ties with the Indonesian elite. Close ties with Indonesia have long been pivotal to Australia’s strategic and economic interests in the Asia-Pacific region. To this the lives of nine young Australians were always incidental.
The appeals heard in Bali this month are the final stages of an arduous legal process. Originally only two of the nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumayan, were sentenced to death, but courts later imposed the death sentences on four others following their appeals for sentence reduction. Three of those new death sentences were later reversed—the exception being that of Rush. Chan, Myuran and Rush have all made final appeals and if these fail only a presidential pardon will save them from the firing squad.
The death penalty was abolished in Australian federal law in 1973, a stance reflected in AFP guidelines prohibiting the police from giving foreign authorities assistance in possible death penalty cases. In the case of the Bali Nine, however, the AFP gave the Indonesians a list of everyone they suspected would be involved in the smuggling scheme as well as their known travel and accommodation arrangements. The AFP told the Indonesians to “take whatever action they deem appropriate”. The AFP even advised the Indonesians about the order in which the y should arrest the drug couriers.
The Australian media has focused on Rush not only because he faces death despite his minor role (Chan and Sukumayan, though also small players, were apparently the scheme’s immediate organisers) but because Rush’s father, Lee, contacted the AFP prior to his son’s departure for Bali and asked the organisation to prevent him going. Despite evidence that the AFP promised Lee Rush that his son would be stopped at the airport in Australia, the AFP let Scott Rush and the other young Australians travel to Bali, unaware they were being watched.
In 2006, Lee Rush brought court proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Keelty and the AFP, alleging they breached a duty to Scott Rush and his family. The AFP denied any such duty. Justice Paul Finn dismissed the case, concluding that “while it was a foreseeable and likely consequence of [the information the AFP provided to the Indonesians] that the [Bali Nine] would be arrested in Indonesia and in that sense be exposed to harm in the sense of being put at risk of the death penalty, there is again no material at all which could objectively incline me to the proposition that the likelihood of that harm was other than a possible consequence of what was in the circumstances a valid exercise of official power.”
The AFP’s cold-blooded actions are not lessened by Keelty’s decision to give evidence on behalf of Rush, who was 19 at the time of his arrest. In court this month, Keelty said that in his opinion “Rush did not know or understand what the roles of the other people [in the smuggling scheme were].” In fact, 35 years of police work had taught Keelty that “it is often the case that people like Scott Rush are enticed into the enterprise for the wrong reason”. He said he could not give details but said he thought that Rush had been “trapped”. There is evidence that Rush was an addict. However, Keelty did not try to justify or explain what the AFP had done and expressed no misgivings.
Successive Australian governments—Coalition and Labor—have left the Bali Nine, including those facing death, to their fates. At the time of the arrests, Labor backed the then Howard government and the AFP. Labor opposition leader Kim Beazley said the arrests were a pity but that “all Australians have got to understand that our security… is very heavily bound up in the relationships that the federal police have established with police forces around the region…We don’t want to make a political issue of this. We in the opposition are not in the business of making things hard for them [i.e., the government and the AFP] on this. We are in the business of supporting them.”
A great deal is at stake for Australian capitalism in preserving close relations with Indonesia. Not only is Indonesia a significant trading partner and destination for Australian investment, but as a key country in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) it has backed Australia’s push for inclusion in key Asian forums. Successive Australian governments maintained close ties with the Suharto dictatorship until its fall in 1998. Following sharp tensions over the 1999 Australian-led military intervention in East Timor, the Coalition government, with the Labor opposition’s backing, worked to rebuild relations under the banner of the “war on terror”. Amid sharpening rivalry between the US and China in Asia, both Washington and Canberra regard Jakarta’s support as crucial to US efforts to undercut Beijing’s influence in the region.
It is in this context that the current Labor government has been silent on the impending execution of Rush, Chan and Sukumayan, effectively abandoning any pretence of opposition to the death penalty. The conventional justification for that silence—that the condemned lives will be in even greater danger if the government or opposition publicly intervenes—is increasingly threadbare. In 2005, a young Australian man named Nguyen Tuong Van was executed in Singapore after pleading guilty to a trafficking offence. Both the Liberal government and the Labor opposition, claiming that their involvement would not assist, stood idly by. The Gillard Labor government is doing the same in relation to those presently condemned. Claims of Indonesian “sensitivity” to any intervention are no more than a smokescreen for Canberra maintaining close relations with Indonesia’s ruling elites.

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Fifty kilogram cocaine bust just the start, says AFP | Herald Sun

Fifty kilogram cocaine bust just the start, says AFP | Herald Sun: "latest alleged bust involved the arrest of Gold Coast men Brian Blackman, 40, and William Long, 38, Brighton-le-Sands man Mohamad Jomaa, 34, and Minto woman Bronwyn Reely, 38. All were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug. They remained in custody overnight.
A fifth, Steven Christodoulou - charged with aiding and abetting - was given bail."

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Grand jury indicts 22 in 10-year cocaine ring

Grand jury indicts 22 in 10-year cocaine ring: "Montel Staples, 41, of West Mifflin, the former coach; 55-year-old Dennis Haenze and 36-year-old Earl Lamar of Pittsburgh; and Urian R. Jones, 34, of Duquesne. All four are charged with conspiring to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine.
In addition to coaching, Mr. Staples was a paraprofessional in the elementary school in the district until he resigned last fall. He was hired as part of a team that focused on students who are struggling in the classroom because of emotional, behavioral or disciplinary issues.
The 22 are accused of being a part of 'a 10-year-long conspiracy to distribute cocaine and launder monetary instruments,' according to a news release from the Department of Justice. The grand jury handed up the indictment June 15.
All of those indicted except one could face life in prison, an $8 million fine, or both, if convicted."

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Nine arrested in probe of high-level cocaine dealing | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun

Nine arrested in probe of high-level cocaine dealing | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun: "Police arrested Winnipeg residents Kosmas Dritsas, 39, Orazio Pasquale Sinisi, 35, Sandy Sousa Sinisi, 35, Claudia Margarita Milla-Hernandez, 39, and a 20-year-old woman whose charges haven’t been formally laid.
Ronald Jeffrey King, 41, of St. Andrews, Cirilio Bautista Lopez, 41, of B.C., George Dritsas, 65, of Montreal, and a 24-year-old Montreal woman are also facing charges, police said.
George Dritsas and Kosmas Dritsas are father and son, sources said."

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Traffic stop leads to $40,000 cocaine seizure | chillicothegazette.com | Chillicothe Gazette

Traffic stop leads to $40,000 cocaine seizure | chillicothegazette.com | Chillicothe Gazette: "woman faces felony drug charges after state troopers found $40,000 worth of cocaine in the vehicle she was driving.


The discovery was made during a traffic stop on U.S. 23, south of Lucasville. The woman tried to hide drug paraphernalia as she was being stopped for a speeding violation, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol news release.
Troopers from the Portsmouth post searched the vehicle and discovered 378 grams of cocaine, the release said.
The driver, Julie C. Baker, 38, was charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking cocaine.
She was said to be en route from Columbus to Portsmouth."

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Lenny "Rah Rah" Clements traveled to New York City at least two times a week to obtain heroin and cocaine to be sold in Pittston.

Authorities say Lenny "Rah Rah" Clements traveled to New York City at least two times a week to obtain heroin and cocaine to be sold in Pittston.

The bust takes down many of Clements' dealers, authorities said. Investigators tabbed "Operation Last Hurrah" after Clements' nickname, they said.

According to the Attorney General's Office, police charged the following people in connection to the drug ring:

— Leonard “Rah Rah” Clements, 31, Lambert Street, Pittston. Charged with two counts of corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communications facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Patricia Osterweil, 45, 33 ½ Church St., Edwardsville. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Monica Auguste, 29, 81 River St., Pittston. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Ryan Altmann, 29, 282 Pettibone St., Duryea. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Kathryn Santanello, 26, R.2 Hopkins St., Plains Township. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin. Authorities had not yet taken Santanello into custody as of early Friday afternoon.

— Darleen Coffee, 48, 14 Morgan Lane, Pittston. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Michael Weber, 52, 801 West 8th St., West Wyoming. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Ashley Lidy, 23, 33 Keith St., Hanover Township. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Vance Sanders, age and address unknown. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Lisa Mecadon, 39, 10 Griffith St., Pittston. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— William Meserve, 52, 109 Main St., Blakely. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Shawn Monique Patterson, 44, address unknown. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Joanne Masulis, 33, address unknown. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin. She is seven months pregnant.

— Rochelle Fedkenheur, 29, 103 Page St., Kingston. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Amy Calabro, 26, 174 Center St., Pittston. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Diane Yakabovicz, 30, 31 W. Beatty St., Wilkes-Barre. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

Rachel Roeber, 27, 166 5th St., Apt. #2, Wyoming. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Linda Kastner, 39, 1430 Main St., Pittston.Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Bryan Raymond, 43, 611 Union St., Luzerne. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— James “Jimbo” Corrigan, 43, 403 1st St., Plymouth. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

— Angela Murphy, 25, address unknown. Charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of cocaine and delivery of heroin.

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Pa. man whose wife FBI shot agent given 25 years

Pa. man whose wife FBI shot agent given 25 years: "judge assured Robert Korbe, 41, of Indiana Township, that he was not being sentenced for the shooting, but Korbe's defense attorney said afterward that his client might have spent as little as 10 years in prison had his wife not shot FBI Special Agent Samuel Hicks that day.
'Take away this tragedy,' defense attorney William Difenderfer said, 'and he'd be looking at a different sentence.'
Korbe's wife is awaiting trial in March on charges including murdering a federal agent.
Hicks was the first of several officers to burst through the Korbes' front door at 6 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2008, with a warrant to arrest Robert Korbe on drug-trafficking charges"

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U.S. border inspector charged with drug conspiracy - latimes.com

U.S. border inspector charged with drug conspiracy - latimes.com: "Oscar Osbaldo Ortiz-Martinez, a two-year veteran, allegedly accepted $52,000 in bribes from informants and federal undercover agents posing as drug traffickers in exchange for allowing what he believed were drug-laden cars to pass through his lane without inspection."

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Friday, September 24

Crack Cocaine Hidden In Fuel Tank Blamed For Explosion


Crack Cocaine Hidden In Fuel Tank Blamed For Explosion: "couple in Brazil smuggling eleven pounds of crack cocaine in their car's natural gas tank had their vehicle explode during a fueling stop. Crack rocks covered the filling station's walls. Both suffered minor injuries and arrests"

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Five charged over 50kg cocaine seizure

Five charged over 50kg cocaine seizure: "Five people have been charged with trying to import $12.5 million of cocaine from Panama after authorities intercepted a container in Sydney.
Customs and Border Protection authorities examined a sea cargo container and found a number of bags containing 49 solid blocks of the drug, federal police said.
Each block weighed about one kilogram and consisted of compressed white powder which tested positive for cocaine, they said.
They estimated the value of the seized drug at $12.5 million.
After searching premises in Mount Annan, southwest of Sydney, and the southwestern suburb of Minto, police have charged five people with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.
Hurstville Grove man Brian Black, 40, Mohamed Jomaa, 34, from Brighton Le-Sands, Minto woman Bronwyn Reely woman, 38, and William Long, 38, of Currumbin in Queensland, appeared in Sydney's Central Local Court on Thursday."

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Flight crews flew cocaine from California to Pittsburgh for 10 years, feds say | NOLA.com

Flight crews flew cocaine from California to Pittsburgh for 10 years, feds say | NOLA.com: "Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh have unsealed an indictment charging 22 people who allegedly conspired for 10 years to fly cocaine from California to Pittsburgh, bypassing airport security measures in the process.
The indictment was returned in June but revealed only Wednesday. It charges 16 people from California, four from Pennsylvania, and one each from Maryland and Ohio.
Prosecutors say Timothy White, 40, of Tracy, Calif. was a primary source of the cocaine. Another man, Ruben Mitchell, 42, of Stockton, Calif. lost track of more than 41 pounds of cocaine in a misdirected piece of luggage during a Pittsburgh-bound Southwest Airlines flight last year."

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State Police net 36 in six-month antidrug operation - Dover, DE - Dover Post

State Police net 36 in six-month antidrug operation - Dover, DE - Dover Post: "During this investigation Delaware State Police identified Marquinn Bordley, Nathaniel Evans, William Loper and DeAndrae Thomas, Paul Wills, Juan Carlos Benitez and Luis A. Sanchez as major cocaine and marijuana distributors.
Police further determined their extended drug distribution network included Dewayne Bordley, Latasha Bordley, Tanya Butler, Janet Earleen Bordley, Latoya Barlow, Shakesha Sullivan, Naywanna Johnson, Sharon Clay and Nicole Thomas.
This criminal nexus was linked to the distribution of approximately three to four kilograms of cocaine and approximately 20 to 25 pounds of marijuana per month throughout Kent County, Harris said. Based on figures through information obtained from informants, undercover drug purchases and drug sale trends the estimated annual potential profits for this type of distribution network would exceed $4 million annually.
On June 15 and June 16, 21 search and seizure warrants were executed in connection with this drug investigation. As a result of these search warrants at residences in Dover, Camden, Felton and Magnolia, officer seized $206,032 in United States currency, more than a pound of crack cocaine, seven pounds of powder cocaine, marijuana, heroin, Ecstasy, Xanax pills, Vicodin pills, 13 firearms, 11 cars and nine canines used for dog fighting.
Two of those arrested, Deandrae Thomas, 19, and Neal A. Barnes, 24, both of Dover, were involved in a June 15 incident in Woodside where they allegedly rammed two police cars while trying to flee from officers. Both men were shot by officers; none of the police involved were seriously injured."

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latest alleged bust involved the arrest of Gold Coast men Brian Blackman, 40, and William Long, 38, Brighton-le-Sands man Mohamad Jomaa, 34,

Cocaine bust just the start, say cops | The Daily Telegraph: "latest alleged bust involved the arrest of Gold Coast men Brian Blackman, 40, and William Long, 38, Brighton-le-Sands man Mohamad Jomaa, 34, and Minto woman Bronwyn Reely, 38. All were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug. They remained in custody overnight.
A fifth, Steven Christodoulou - charged with aiding and abetting - was given bail.
Christodoulou's lawyer Michael Croke told Central Local Court that his client had a 'clean skin record'. He described the AFP's allegations as the 'skinniest' he had ever seen.
The AFP alleges Christodoulou, 39, drove two men - believed to be Jomaa and Blackman - to a house at Minto where the drugs had allegedly been taken to from Port Botany.
The trio were arrested on Wednesday afternoon when they arrived at the Minto house, allegedly to shift the drugs into the boot of Christodoulou's car.
'My client has no criminal history and never been before a court,' Mr Croke said.
Magistrate Alan Moore granted Christodoulou bail with a $500,000 surety and on the condition that he not approach within 1km of Port Botany or airports."

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Cocaine bust just the start, say cops | The Daily Telegraph

Cocaine bust just the start, say cops | The Daily Telegraph: "latest alleged bust involved the arrest of Gold Coast men Brian Blackman, 40, and William Long, 38, Brighton-le-Sands man Mohamad Jomaa, 34, and Minto woman Bronwyn Reely, 38. All were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug. They remained in custody overnight.
A fifth, Steven Christodoulou - charged with aiding and abetting - was given bail.
Christodoulou's lawyer Michael Croke told Central Local Court that his client had a 'clean skin record'. He described the AFP's allegations as the 'skinniest' he had ever seen.
The AFP alleges Christodoulou, 39, drove two men - believed to be Jomaa and Blackman - to a house at Minto where the drugs had allegedly been taken to from Port Botany.
The trio were arrested on Wednesday afternoon when they arrived at the Minto house, allegedly to shift the drugs into the boot of Christodoulou's car.
'My client has no criminal history and never been before a court,' Mr Croke said.
Magistrate Alan Moore granted Christodoulou bail with a $500,000 surety and on the condition that he not approach within 1km of Port Botany or airports."

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Thursday, September 23

US Informant Testifies in Buju Banton Drug Trial - ABC News

US Informant Testifies in Buju Banton Drug Trial - ABC News: "Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton had a conversation about drugs with a government informant he met on a plane, it triggered a series of meetings and phone calls about buying and selling cocaine, according to testimony from the informant and recordings played Tuesday in Banton's federal drug trial.
Banton and the informant, Alexander Johnson, met on a plane from Spain to Miami at the end of Banton's European tour last summer.
Johnson testified that they began talking about drugs early in the flight.
'He told me he was involved in the transportation of drugs from Venezuela to St. Martin,' Johnson said. 'His involvement was he moved money himself for traffickers out of England.'
They exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet the next day in Fort Lauderdale."

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Reputed Colombian drug lord appears in Miami federal court - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

Reputed Colombian drug lord appears in Miami federal court - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com: "Marin-Zamora, 48, known in the underworld as ``Beto,'' will have a detention hearing on Friday and arraignment Nov. 1. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Marin-Zamora is the latest target in a long lineup of major Colombian drug-trafficking defendants to be extradited to Miami over the past three decades. His organization, the North Valley cartel, filled a power vacuum in the '90s left by the fall of the Cali and Medellín cartels, which were shut down by U.S. and Colombian officials.
Marin-Zamora was arrested on Margarita Island, a resort destination in Venezuela, on Thursday. Authorities immediately agreed to turn him over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which has had strained relations with Venezuela in battling the drug cartels in Colombia.
The prisoner transfer was a sign of renewed cooperation between the governments of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and new Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who agreed to restore diplomatic ties in August.
Marin-Zamora was part of the North Valley organization run by Wilber Varela, who was found murdered in 2008. Varela was the North Valley rival of Diego Montoya Sánchez, who in 2009 was sentenced to 45 years in prison in Miami federal court."

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Wednesday, September 22

U.S. drug smuggling sting nets B.C. woman allegedly involved in human smuggling

U.S. drug smuggling sting nets B.C. woman allegedly involved in human smuggling: "Maninder “Manny” Singh, 55, and his son Puneet “Paul” Singh, 27 — both naturalized U.S. citizens living in Ferndale — have been charged, along with five other Americans, with various counts of human- and drug-smuggling.
All seven defendants made their first court appearances in Bellingham U.S. District Court on Thursday.
Manny Singh is charged along with Karen Eileen Marx and Neil Brian Marx of Bellingham with conspiracy to smuggle three Indians into the U.S.
According to the affidavits filed by a U.S. border guard and drug agent, the conspiracy stretches through Vancouver to Toronto and back to India, where Singhs has a contact in the illicit trade.
Singh called a Canadian identified as “Auntie” to set up the Sept. 5 crossing.
Auntie, who is known to the U.S. authorities, said she could see the border lineups from her home on the Canadian side."

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Ex-Brighton attorney avoids prison in woman's drug death | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Ex-Brighton attorney avoids prison in woman's drug death | detnews.com | The Detroit News: "Former Brighton attorney Ronald Plunkett avoided a prison term today when he was sentenced to three years' probation on charges linked to the overdose death of a 22-year-old Army National Guard medic.
Tiffany Gregory died of a heroin overdose in Plunkett's Ypsilanti apartment on June 16, 2006.
Plunkett was originally charged with paying for the heroin that caused Gregory's death, under a 2005 state law that holds a drug supplier criminally responsible in fatal overdoses."

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Cops: Bad dad from Dobbs Ferry in White Plains heroin bust | LoHud.com | The Journal News

Cops: Bad dad from Dobbs Ferry in White Plains heroin bust | LoHud.com | The Journal News: "'This is one arrest I'm really glad we made,' Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said of the bust of Jason Green. 'Dealing drugs is bad enough. It's really bad when you bring along your 7-year-old kid.'Green, 36, of 16 Rayson Lane, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a felony, and child endangerment, a misdemeanor, about 8:15 p.m. Saturday.Narcotics cops on a stakeout spotted Green acting suspiciously near Aqueduct Road and Russell Street and arrested him after discovering that he had 89 small packages of heroin, they said.Police said the total weight was 30.8 grams with a street value of about $2,000"

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Bruno Mars arrested on cocaine charges | OnTheRedCarpet.com

Bruno Mars arrested on cocaine charges | OnTheRedCarpet.com: "Chart topping singer Bruno Mars, best known for singing the hook on Travie McCoy's single 'Billionaire,' was nabbed in a Las Vegas bathroom for cocaine possession on Sunday, reports The Associated Press.
The 24-year-old singer was detained at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino by hotel security and found with 2.6 grams of cocaine. He was later turned over to the police and booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. He faces felony charges.
According to the arrest report, Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, told the arresting officer that he 'had acted foolishly and had never used drugs before.' He was in Las Vegas for a performance on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Wasted Space night club."

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Singer Bruno Mars Arrested for Cocaine Possession in Vegas | PopEater.com

Singer Bruno Mars Arrested for Cocaine Possession in Vegas | PopEater.com: "Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was arrested early Sunday morning in Las Vegas for suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, the Associated Press reports. Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine in a Vegas resort bathroom. The singer faces possible felony charges.

Hernandez, whose song 'Just the Way You Are' is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was arrested after being detained at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He had performed Saturday night at the Hard Rock's Wasted Space nightclub.

According to the police report, after Hernandez spent an extended amount of time in a bathroom stall, a bathroom attendant alerted hotel security. When he left the stall, he was approached by a security guard and asked to hand over any narcotics he had. Hernandez handed over a bag of cocaine from his jeans pocket.

When he was taken to a holding cell and interrogated by the arresting officer, he said he'd acted foolishly and had never used drugs before."

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Tuesday, September 21

Probation search in Kingston turns up drugs, ammo | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal

Probation search in Kingston turns up drugs, ammo | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal: "Cocaine and ammunition turned up after police executed a probation search warrant at a Clinton Avenue residence Wednesday, resulting in the arrest of a 17-year-old Kingston male on probation, according to the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team.
The teen faces fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.
Police say he is a confirmed member of the Bloods street gang"

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Buju cocaine trial begins in US today - Breaking & Current Jamaica News - JamaicaObserver.com

Buju cocaine trial begins in US today - Breaking & Current Jamaica News - JamaicaObserver.com: "Fans of the reggae giant have been waiting anxiously for this moment, while all along expressing support for Banton (Mark Myrie), who is contending that he was set up by US officials.
Banton, too, has been anxiously awaiting this moment since his arrest last December at his Tamarac, South Florida, home, accused of conspiracy to possess more than five kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute.
But the four-time grammy nominee will face an uphill battle as his two co-accused, James Mack and Ian Thomas, signed a plea bargain deal with the United States District Attorney, agreeing to testify against the dreadlocked reggae singer.
Still Banton's lawyer, David Oscar Marcus, has expressed confidence in a victory, when the matter comes up for trial in the Middle District Court in Tampa, while pouring cold water on the significance of the plea deal."

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The Madison County Record » Madison Police charge man with trafficking cocaine

The Madison County Record » Madison Police charge man with trafficking cocaine: "Officers recovered approximately 1/3 of a kilo of Cocaine, Marijuana, digital scales, radio scanners, and $7,000.00 in cash at the home of Victor Dunagan.Dunagan was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.Dunagan is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $761,000 bond. The arrest was made possible by the information sharing of the Madison Police Department Uniform Division and Narcotics investigators."

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The Madison County Record » Madison Police charge man with trafficking cocaine

The Madison County Record » Madison Police charge man with trafficking cocaine: "Officers recovered approximately 1/3 of a kilo of Cocaine, Marijuana, digital scales, radio scanners, and $7,000.00 in cash at the home of Victor Dunagan.Dunagan was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.Dunagan is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $761,000 bond. The arrest was made possible by the information sharing of the Madison Police Department Uniform Division and Narcotics investigators."

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Goddard indicts drug cartel members on 18 felony counts - White Mountain Independent: Latest News

Goddard indicts drug cartel members on 18 felony counts - White Mountain Independent: Latest News: "According to the state's top lawman, Phoenix residents Roque Aceves-Beltran, 45, Rey Cuen-Villareal, 38, Teresa Cuen-Leon, 33, also of Phoenix, Evodio Cruz-Beltran, 39, of Los Angeles, and Mexico resident Jose Munoz-Alcaraz, 49, have all been charged with money laundering, possession/transportation of a narcotic drug for sale, conspiracy, racketeering and transportation/possession of marijuana for sale as well as other crimes related to their involvement. That accounts for five of the 16 people. Goddard said he will name the rest once they have been served.
'Today, Arizona law enforcement strikes another blow against the cartels' smuggling efforts. These organized criminals are highly sophisticated smugglers,' he said."

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Sunday, September 19

Paris Hilton to serve 1 year probation after plea deal in cocaine arrest case - Entertainment - DNA

Paris Hilton to serve 1 year probation after plea deal in cocaine arrest case - Entertainment - DNA: "Paris Hilton has struck a plea deal with prosecutors in Las Vegas over her cocaine arrest, under which she will serve a year of probation and avoid a felony charge.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the hotel heiress will plead guilty to drug possession and obstructing and officer (both misdemeanours) to avoid two consecutive six month-sentences in the Clark County Detention Center."

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Cocaine dealer facing state prison term - Local | Centre Daily Times - State College, PA | Penn State, Nittany Lions, weather, news, jobs, homes, apartments, real estate

Cocaine dealer facing state prison term - Local | Centre Daily Times - State College, PA | Penn State, Nittany Lions, weather, news, jobs, homes, apartments, real estate: "Greg Palazzari will likely spend five to 10 years in state prison after admitting to dealing cocaine.
Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office had estimated Palazzari distributed $50,000 of cocaine a month in the county — some from his University Drive gas station, Greg’s Sunoco.
The station is currently in forfeiture proceedings.
Palazzari’s co-defendants — his alleged provider, Mario Rincon, and former jail guard, Curtis Vonada — already resolved their cases.
Rincon is serving 10 to 20 years for his role. Vonada — charged with helping stash $28,500 in cocaine in a park near the Lemont apartment he shared with Rincon — pleaded guilty in exchange for probation.
Palazzari’s arrest was the result of a two-month investigation that began in June 2009 by the local drug task force."

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Saturday, September 18

Gazette Live - News - Local News - Drug dealer jailed for second crime

Gazette Live - News - Local News - Drug dealer jailed for second crime: "Thomas Judge was in a flat raided by police on Murray Street, Hartlepool on the afternoon of February 23.
Officers found 4g of amphetamine in five packets on a rug in the property, Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday.
There was also a set of scales with a small quantity of amphetamine on it, and another wrap of white powder next to it.
Scissors and a knife carried traces of the drug and a carrier bag had been cut into squares to wrap drugs, said prosecutor Robin Turton.
As well as more than 6g of amphetamine, police found a tub of glucose and £125."

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Friday, September 17

10 ARRESTED IN METH CRIME SYNDICATE IN GREEN COUNTY

10 ARRESTED IN METH CRIME SYNDICATE IN GREEN COUNTY: "year long investigation into the growing problem of Methamphetamine has resulted in the arrest of ten persons in Green County . Today, Troopers from Post 15 along with units from the Greensburg and Campbellsville City Police Departments and Green County Constable Brad Hall executed Indictment Warrants on the following:

48-year-old Barry Dobson of
Summersville, KY was arrested and charged with Engaging in Organized Crime-Criminal Syndicate, Enhancement Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st , Enhancement Possession Controlled Substance 1st (Meth), Enhancement Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia 1st and Possession of Marijuana.

28-year-old Tina M. Allen of
Summersville, KY was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st , Possession of controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (meth), Unlawful Distribution of a Methamphetamine Precursor 1st , Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 1st , Possession of Marijuana and Engaging in Organized Crime – Criminal Syndicate."

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‘Calichi’ gets 27 years in prison for drug-smuggling scheme | The Sierra Vista Herald

‘Calichi’ gets 27 years in prison for drug-smuggling scheme | The Sierra Vista Herald: "Carlos Molinares-Nunez, 37, also known as “Calichi,” entered guilty pleas in June 2009 to charges of leading a continuing criminal enterprise and to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana."

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Thursday, September 16

Man sentenced to 30 months in drug-smuggling case - El Paso Times

Man sentenced to 30 months in drug-smuggling case - El Paso Times: "sentenced David Octavio Calleros, 26, to two and a half years in prison followed by three years supervised release. Calleros pleaded guilty in July to a charge of selling, dispensing or distributing marijuana as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
In August 2009, Calleros and three other men - Manuel Hernandez, Joey Ashley and David Vasquez Peña - were arrested after customs agents found a tractor-trailer carrying more than 600 pounds of marijuana at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint.
Ashley and Peña have also pleaded guilty as part of plea agreements. They are scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
Martinez sentenced Hernandez last month to 46 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
Prosecutors allege Sergio Saucedo was killed the month after the drug seizure in retaliation for it."

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Iranian arrested for drug smuggling attempt | Trans Pacific Partners

Iranian arrested for drug smuggling attempt | Trans Pacific Partners: "Iranian arrested for drug smuggling attempt
An Iranian has been arrested for attempting to smuggle 340 grams of methamphetamine into Indonesia through Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport, an official said on Saturday."

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Wednesday, September 15

American drug mule jailed for four years, fined $10,000 - Stabroek News

American drug mule jailed for four years, fined $10,000 - Stabroek News: "Onrii Oluseun Ogunkile, 24, admitted to the charge which stated that between September 11 and 13 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, he had in his possession 826 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Special Prosecutor of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Oswald Massiah in giving the facts of the case said that Ogunkile who is a US citizen by birth had come to Guyana on vacation with family and friends and was an outgoing passenger returning to the US when he was nabbed with the illegal substance.
According to Massiah, the man’s luggage was checked by a CANU officer who noticed him acting in a suspicious manner. Twelve pellets suspected to contain cocaine were later found in the man’s suitcase. The Special Prosecutor said that after being confronted by the officials about the offence committed, the defendant told them that in addition to the 12 pellets in his luggage, he had swallowed 56 pellets."

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Udoh Essien,German-based Nigerian arrested for trafficking cocaine

German-based Nigerian arrested for trafficking cocaine: "Udoh Essien, a 37-year-old Nigerian fashion specialist based in Germany, has been arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine.
According to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the suspect was nabbed at the weekend during the screening of passengers at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
“Scanning machine at the screening area revealed that he had ingested suspected substances during the outward screening of British Airways passengers,” said Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesperson for the agency.
Mr. Ofoyeju disclosed that the suspect allegedly excreted 75 wraps of the powdery substances that tested positive to cocaine weighing 1.27kg while under observation by officials of the agency."German-based Nigerian arrested

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Gazette Live - News - Local News - Knife used in Guisborough lamp row

Gazette Live - News - Local News - Knife used in Guisborough lamp row: "DISPUTE over a lamp used for growing cannabis seized by police in a drugs raid led to a knife attack in Guisborough.
Lee Middleton was a middleman who lent the lamp to Martin Chambers, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Ian West said Mr Chambers’ flat was raided by police and the £150 lamp was seized last November.
Middleton and his girlfriend Amanda Fawcett, both of Lewis Walk, Guisborough, and Lynette Robinson, of New Road, Guisborough, were tasked to recover the “debt”.
They went to Mr Chambers’ first-floor flat in Guisborough on the night of April 20.
The women knocked on the flat door and when Mr Chambers came out, Middleton came from behind brandishing a kitchen knife and demanding the money.
Mr Chambers’ left thumb was cut with the knife as he tried to defend himself in a struggle.
The two women joined in holding him down. One put a hand over his mouth. The trio retreated when Mr Chambers’ girlfriend saw them all on top of him and shouted at them."

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Officials identify man found in makeshift grave | grave, identify, makeshift - Valley and State - Brownsville Herald

Officials identify man found in makeshift grave | grave, identify, makeshift - Valley and State - Brownsville Herald: "remains of Roberto Javier Resendez were in an advanced stage of decomposition when deputies discovered them nine feet underground and beneath two layers of concrete and a chicken coop Aug. 25 at a home on the 2600 block of Ken Drive, near the intersection of 5 Mile Road North and La Homa Drive.
The advanced decay forced investigators to rely on dental records to make a positive identification, Sheriff Lupe Treviño said.
“For us to go to dental records means fingerprints are non-existent,” he said. “We’re talking bones and dry skin. There was no skin tissue or organs.”
Investigators believe Resendez, a purported member of the Tri-City Bombers gang, was the triggerman in a fatal shooting that left a fellow member of an alleged drug smuggling operation dead.
Resendez himself was allegedly targeted for death by the drug smuggling ring. The group believed him to be a weak link within their operation, Treviño said."

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Monday, September 13

War on Terror. Narco-Terrorism.


The War on Terror. Narco-Terrorism. Prior to 9/11, the poppy production levels in Afghanistan were at a low and many of the Taliban were against heroin and the opium poppies. However, since US forces entered after 9/11, the poppy crop has skyrocketed. The UN has reported that the six-year boom has lead to the Afghan crop being responsible for 92% of the world’s heroin trade. With Homeland Security and the War on Terror, it’s amazing that the drug still gets into the USA, one of it’s strongest marketplaces. www.theage.com.au This video is a clip from American Drug War:

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War on Terror. Narco-Terrorism.


The War on Terror. Narco-Terrorism. Prior to 9/11, the poppy production levels in Afghanistan were at a low and many of the Taliban were against heroin and the opium poppies. However, since US forces entered after 9/11, the poppy crop has skyrocketed. The UN has reported that the six-year boom has lead to the Afghan crop being responsible for 92% of the world’s heroin trade. With Homeland Security and the War on Terror, it’s amazing that the drug still gets into the USA, one of it’s strongest marketplaces. www.theage.com.au This video is a clip from American Drug War:

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Leader of Mexican drugs gang caught

Leader of Mexican drugs gang caught: "Mexican marines have captured the alleged leader of a drugs gang and one of the country's most-wanted fugitives, the government said.

The alleged capo, known as 'El Grande', did not put up any resistance when he was arrested, according to government security spokesman Alejandro Poire.

He released a statement saying: '[This] is a new and powerful blow by the government to organised crime, given the high level of danger posed by this person, as well as his hierarchy in one of the most extensive criminal organisations in the country.'

Villarreal's capture is the third major blow delivered to drug cartels by the government of President Felipe Calderon in the past year."

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Continental Airlines Employees Arrested On Cocaine Smuggling

Continental Airlines Employees Arrested On Cocaine Smuggling: "Yunior Lopez, 25, of Elizabeth, N.J.; Amaurys Caminero, 29, of Linden, N.J.; and Kerlwin Taveras, 27, of the Bronx, N.Y., were each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
The arrests are the result of an ICE HSI-led investigation, which include the seizure of over 47 kilograms of cocaine at the airport over the Labor Day weekend. Lopez and Caminero were arrested at the airport Sept. 4, 2010, and September 5, 2010. Taveras was picked up on Tuesday night in the Bronx, N.Y."

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Sunday, September 12

arrested three current and former airline employees they say conspired to smuggle the drugs into the United States through Newark Liberty Airport

Federal authorities in New Jersey have seized approximately 125 kilograms of cocaine and arrested three current and former airline employees they say conspired to smuggle the drugs into the United States through Newark Liberty International Airport.
Criminal complaints filed Tuesday charge 25-year-old Yunior Lopez of Elizabeth, 29-year-old Amaurys Caminero of Linden and 27-year-old Kerlwin Taveras of the Bronx, N.Y., with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Messages left for their attorneys were not immediately returned.
Lopez and Caminero are baggage handlers for Houston-based Continental Airlines, where Taveras formerly held the same job.
Prosecutors say the cocaine arrived aboard flights from the Dominican Republic.

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Filipino couple was recently meted the death penalty by the highest court in Malaysia for drug-related offenses

Filipino couple was recently meted the death penalty by the highest court in Malaysia for drug-related offenses, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).


In a statement, the DFA said the Federal Court, Malaysia’s final court of appeal, affirmed last April the death sentence that was handed down by the Court of Appeals a year ago.

The couple was arrested by Malaysian authorities in August 2005 at the Kota Kinabalu Daya Hotel for possession of 450 grams of shabu that were found in the soles of couple’s shoes.

According to the DFA, the two Filipinos hired a private lawyer to represent them in court. Their families also did not inform the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur about the case until July 2009.

By that time, the case was already at a “relatively advance stage,” the DFA said.

Government action

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Esteban B. Conejos Jr. said the government is exhausting all legal means to spare the lives of the couple.

Upon learning about the case, the DFA said the Embassy immediately provided assistance to the couple and visited them in prison to check on their condition and health. It also directed the Embassy to make representations to the Governor of Sabah, who has the prerogative to commute the death sentences to life imprisonment.

It added that the Embassy has also transmitted the appeal letter of the couple’s daughter and the husband’s brother-in-law to spare their lives for humanitarian reasons.

“Like the Philippines, Malaysia has a strong anti-drug policy, and we respect that. We also recognize the gravity of their offenses,” Conejos said.

“This is why we continually warn our countrymen from carrying drugs when traveling overseas and especially not to accept packages from others which may contain drugs. If they are caught, they will face very dire circumstances,” he added.

The number of overseas Filipinos arrested for drug smuggling continues to rise despite the creation of the Task Force Drug Couriers, with the mission of preventing Filipinos from being used as d