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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, July 29

Arrested On Cocaine Charges:Misty Croslin, Tommy Croslin, Hope Sykes and Donna Brock

Arrested On Cocaine Charges:Misty Croslin, Tommy Croslin, Hope Sykes and Donna Brock along with the father of missing Haleigh Cummings’ father, Ronald Cummings were arrested in January on charges of drug trafficking.Hank Thomas Croslin Sr. and Lisa Carmen Croslin are behind bars in the Putnam County on drug charges.Friday night, the parents of Misty Croslin and Tommy Croslin who are in jail for drug trafficking charges, were arrested on charges of purchasing cocaine and violation of probation.Misty Croslin was babysitting then 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings at the child’s Satsuma home when she was abducted in February of 2009. Since then, investigators maintain that Misty knows more about what happened to the child than she has told police. Investigators have been critical of her stories citing numerous inconsistencies.

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Housrou Kedji is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Friday after being caught as he tried to board an Air France flight leaving Bush Intercont

Housrou Kedji is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Friday after being caught as he tried to board an Air France flight leaving Bush Intercontinental Airport. He is charged with two counts of drug-trafficking.
The 42-year-old citizen of the African nation of Togo gave up 2.2 pounds of his illicit cargo while sitting on a special no-flow toilet under the eyes of federal agents and doctors at a local hospital.
Kedji's undoing apparently began when tried to board the Flight 639 four weeks ago.
He was so nervous he drew the attention of Customs and Border Protection inspectors questioning travelers, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
The night of his arrest, Kedji's hands were shaking, his heart was racing, and he gave conflicting stories of what he'd been up to while visiting Houston, the affidavit says.
He supposedly confessed that he had traveled to Houston from Togo, and was headed to Switzerland. His pay for the job was to be 5,000 Euros, or nearly $6,500.
The cocaine was parceled into packets of a few grams apiece and wrapped in the condoms. Suspicions were confirmed by a hospital X-ray machine.

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identified Wilson Guerrero, Antonio Carasquillo, Enrique Esquillin, and Luis Esquillin with enterprise corruption and operating a drug trafficking

Bronx Heroin ring known as “La Perla Organization” has had its lucrative trade stopped dead in its tracks.
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the seizure of more than $1.5 million in cash and an undisclosed amount of heroin today. The money and illegal drugs were taken during the execution of 15 search warrants in the Fordham area of the Bronx.
The warrants also lead to the arrests of 31 alleged members with authorities expecting more as the investigation continues. Authorities say a vast majority of those arrested are either Latin King gang members or gang associates.
Johnson noted that the joint investigation was conducted over 9-months and included 28 court ordered wiretaps, video surveillance, undercover heroin “buys” and observation by NYPD detectives.
Detectives purchased 4 kilograms of heroin sold under various brands including the namesake, La Perla, Tuna, Salsa, and Sabroso throughout their investigation. They also recovered four guns and confiscated twelve vehicles.
Court documents note that the ring was active over a period of five years from July 23, 2005 through July 22, 2010.
Authorities allege that “La Perla” sold heroin at three locations spread throughout the Bronx at Valentine Ave., between 194th and 196th Streets, 157th Street and Gerard Avenue, and 180th Street and Mohegan Avenue.
Johnson alleges that daily sales raked in $25,000 and $40,000 and only occurred during two five-hour shifts Monday through Friday with an additional eight-hour shift on the weekends.
A grand jury returned an 82 count indicted, charging most of the individuals involved with conspiracy to distribute, and varying counts of possession and sale of heroin.
Officials have identified Wilson Guerrero, Antonio Carasquillo, Enrique Esquillin, and Luis Esquillin with enterprise corruption and operating a major drug trafficker, a part of the Drug Kingpin Statue.
They are also charged with conspiracy in the 2nd degree and criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.
If convicted the leaders of the ring can face a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment if convicted of the most serious charge under the Drug Kingpin statute

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identified Wilson Guerrero, Antonio Carasquillo, Enrique Esquillin, and Luis Esquillin with enterprise corruption and operating a drug trafficking

Bronx Heroin ring known as “La Perla Organization” has had its lucrative trade stopped dead in its tracks.
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the seizure of more than $1.5 million in cash and an undisclosed amount of heroin today. The money and illegal drugs were taken during the execution of 15 search warrants in the Fordham area of the Bronx.
The warrants also lead to the arrests of 31 alleged members with authorities expecting more as the investigation continues. Authorities say a vast majority of those arrested are either Latin King gang members or gang associates.
Johnson noted that the joint investigation was conducted over 9-months and included 28 court ordered wiretaps, video surveillance, undercover heroin “buys” and observation by NYPD detectives.
Detectives purchased 4 kilograms of heroin sold under various brands including the namesake, La Perla, Tuna, Salsa, and Sabroso throughout their investigation. They also recovered four guns and confiscated twelve vehicles.
Court documents note that the ring was active over a period of five years from July 23, 2005 through July 22, 2010.
Authorities allege that “La Perla” sold heroin at three locations spread throughout the Bronx at Valentine Ave., between 194th and 196th Streets, 157th Street and Gerard Avenue, and 180th Street and Mohegan Avenue.
Johnson alleges that daily sales raked in $25,000 and $40,000 and only occurred during two five-hour shifts Monday through Friday with an additional eight-hour shift on the weekends.
A grand jury returned an 82 count indicted, charging most of the individuals involved with conspiracy to distribute, and varying counts of possession and sale of heroin.
Officials have identified Wilson Guerrero, Antonio Carasquillo, Enrique Esquillin, and Luis Esquillin with enterprise corruption and operating a major drug trafficker, a part of the Drug Kingpin Statue.
They are also charged with conspiracy in the 2nd degree and criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.
If convicted the leaders of the ring can face a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment if convicted of the most serious charge under the Drug Kingpin statute

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identified Wilson Guerrero, Antonio Carasquillo, Enrique Esquillin, and Luis Esquillin with enterprise corruption and operating a drug trafficking

Bronx Heroin ring known as “La Perla Organization” has had its lucrative trade stopped dead in its tracks.
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the seizure of more than $1.5 million in cash and an undisclosed amount of heroin today. The money and illegal drugs were taken during the execution of 15 search warrants in the Fordham area of the Bronx.
The warrants also lead to the arrests of 31 alleged members with authorities expecting more as the investigation continues. Authorities say a vast majority of those arrested are either Latin King gang members or gang associates.
Johnson noted that the joint investigation was conducted over 9-months and included 28 court ordered wiretaps, video surveillance, undercover heroin “buys” and observation by NYPD detectives.
Detectives purchased 4 kilograms of heroin sold under various brands including the namesake, La Perla, Tuna, Salsa, and Sabroso throughout their investigation. They also recovered four guns and confiscated twelve vehicles.
Court documents note that the ring was active over a period of five years from July 23, 2005 through July 22, 2010.
Authorities allege that “La Perla” sold heroin at three locations spread throughout the Bronx at Valentine Ave., between 194th and 196th Streets, 157th Street and Gerard Avenue, and 180th Street and Mohegan Avenue.
Johnson alleges that daily sales raked in $25,000 and $40,000 and only occurred during two five-hour shifts Monday through Friday with an additional eight-hour shift on the weekends.
A grand jury returned an 82 count indicted, charging most of the individuals involved with conspiracy to distribute, and varying counts of possession and sale of heroin.
Officials have identified Wilson Guerrero, Antonio Carasquillo, Enrique Esquillin, and Luis Esquillin with enterprise corruption and operating a major drug trafficker, a part of the Drug Kingpin Statue.
They are also charged with conspiracy in the 2nd degree and criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.
If convicted the leaders of the ring can face a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment if convicted of the most serious charge under the Drug Kingpin statute

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Jesus Quinones was a liaison with the Baja California attorney general's office

Jesus Quinones was a liaison with the Baja California attorney general's office. He and the others are accused of committing murder, kidnapping, robbery, drug smuggling and money laundering for the Fernando Sánchez Organization, an offshoot of the Arellano Félix drug cartel.

The U.S. attorney says Quinones passed along classified intelligence to drug traffickers and arranged for rivals of the Arellano Felix cartel to be arrested. The news release has details.

The drug bloodbath continued today in northern Mexico. Prosecutors found 18 bodies in a dumping ground near Monterrey in Nueva Leon.

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Christopher Walters, 41, of Ferndale, Wash., received the load of illegal MDMA, or ecstasy, last July from a co-conspirator who drove a jet ski

Christopher Walters, 41, of Ferndale, Wash., received the load of illegal MDMA, or ecstasy, last July from a co-conspirator who drove a jet ski from B.C. to an isolated cove in the San Juan Islands, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

At Walters’s sentencing hearing, prosecutor Lisca Borichewski introduced evidence of a conversation Walters had with a fellow inmate at a Seattle-area jail in March.

Walters told the man, identified in court documents as “confidential source,” he needed to kill the witnesses against him at his upcoming trial.

“Walters said the product came from Canada and belonged to the HA’s (Hells Angels),” said a court document obtained by The Province.

The confidential source began co-operating with the authorities, who urged him to suggest he knew someone who could kill the witnesses Walters wanted eliminated.

“Walters said that it would be OK, however, and he didn’t need a guy because the Hells Angels knew where one of the witnesses was living,” said the document.

Walters, who has a lengthy criminal record including crimes of violence, drew suspicions from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents after he was stopped by U.S. Coast Guard officers in Bellingham Bay in his 19-foot Larsen vessel on July 10, 2009 for a safety inspection.

The Coast Guard found a small amount of marijuana, $1,000 in U.S. bills, numerous cell phones, a global positioning system and a pair of walkie-talkie radios.

On July 17, agents followed Walters and two other co-conspirators to a Ferndale storage facility. A drug dog was called in, and the agents obtained a search warrant for the locker, where they found 100,000 ecstasy pills.

Walters went into hiding, but was arrested Sept. 12 at his girlfriend’s apartment.

“Walters made statements to other co-conspirators that he was being paid $30,000 per load to smuggle drugs for the Hells Angels organized crime group in Canada,” said the press release.



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Sunday, July 25

Jr. Capsula, Figueroa Agosto, 46, was arrested with two others

Jr. Capsula, Figueroa Agosto, 46, was arrested with two others about noon Saturday after he tried to escape from officers conducting surveillance, DEA special Agent Waldo Santiago told CNN.

“Figueroa was the most-wanted fugitive by Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic authorities,” Santiago said. “He has been described as the Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean,” he said, referring to the notorious Colombian druglord who was killed by Colombian police in a 1993 gunbattle.

According to federal authorities, Figueroa Agosto has a history of catch-and-escape. He originally went to prison on murder charges, but escaped a San Juan jail in 1999, according to Harry Rodriguez of the San Juan FBI press office.

Figueroa Agosto fled to the Dominican Republic, where he continued drug trafficking, Rodriguez said. He was arrested “some time ago” but was released for an unknown reason. He was re-arrested in the Dominican Republic and was caught with close to $4 million in cash. He managed to escape and return to Puerto Rico, the FBI said.

Figueroa Agosto has been charged by U.S. authorities with passport fraud and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Dominican authorities have sought Figueroa Agosto for multiple violations including kidnapping, money laundering, drug trafficking and murder. He also has been linked to criminal activity in Colombia and Venezuela, according to federal authorities.

“He appears to have been working out and exercising to lose weight, but (also) to gain muscle mass,” Santiago said. “He appears different from the mug shots. He looks younger and slimmer. He’s been taking care of himself. We have information that he’s been working out and trying to stay in shape, to endure the stress of being on the run.”

Santiago said Figueroa Agosto’s complexion also appeared lighter, possibly from staying out of the sun. During his time in hiding, Figueroa Agosto had been accompanied by fugitive Sobeida Felix Morel, according to a U.S. Marshals Service poster. “They both love the high life, exclusive dining and living conditions.”

Felix Morel was not with Figueroa Agosto on Saturday. The two arrested with him have not been formally charged, Rodriguez said.

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David Barnes of Berkshire, was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and jailed for 12 years.

Ten tonnes of skunk cannabis was found at a farm in Wanborough near Swindon in April 2009, Bristol Crown Court heard. Gang leader David Barnes of Berkshire, was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and jailed for 12 years.

Wiltshire Police said it was one of the largest drug distribution operations seen in the UK. Michael Woodage, 51, from Whitchurch, Hampshire, was also found guilty and jailed for eight years while Christopher Wills, 29, from Bracknell, Berkshire, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Five others, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, were jailed for between three and four-and-a-half years. A fourth man, Stephen Docking, was found not guilty of the same charge.

The gang had smuggled the cannabis into the UK among shipments of flowers - such as tulips and chrysanthemums.

But the police smashed the operation when they seized Woodage's van in March last year after acting on intelligence. The gang were arrested after police raided an industrial unit.

The discovery led police to secure buildings on the farm leased by Barnes, 41, from Hungerford. Officers found high-tech security systems, fork lift trucks, shrink wrapping and other drug-related equipment.

A further raid last year at an industrial unit leased by Woodage near Hungerford unearthed equipment linked with a drugs distribution centre and the gang were arrested soon after.

Speaking after sentencing, Ch Insp Owen Gillard, who headed the Wiltshire Police investigation, said: "Those sentenced were responsible for one of the largest drug distribution operations seen in the UK.

"Their actions not only directly ruined individual's lives but had a much farther reaching but equally as devastating effect on families and communities throughout the country.

"Their sentences should send a clear message. "We are now working closely with our asset recovery team to pursue individuals in this case through the courts in order to recover the profits they have made from crime and invest this back into protecting our communities."

The five who had already admitted their involvement were: Nigel Hyland, 50, from Laburnum Road, Swindon, who was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Alexander Post, 34 from Belvedere, Kent; Emma Stevens, 39 from Bracknell; and Paul Atkins, 30, from Binfield, Bracknell; who were all jailed for three-and-a-half years. While Franciscus Kattekamp, 38 from Kaatsheuvel, Holland, was jailed for three years.

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Thursday, July 22

Andres Sotelo the defendant's attorney the night before notified prosecutors of his decision to change his plea.

Opening arguments were scheduled to be made in the federal trial against Andres Sotelo yesterday morning, but the defendant's attorney the night before notified prosecutors of his decision to change his plea.

Sotelo, in a plea agreement, pled guilty to conspiracy to import and conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of "ice" -- charges that could result in a prison term of at least 10 years to life.

He is the second person linked to the drug ring to offer a guilty plea. Sophia Vivas San Agustin last month admitted to peddling ice for three years.

Gina Fresnoza Medina, her brother Henry Pangilinan Fresnoza and Rodean Villa also face similar drug charges in a separate case. Their trials are scheduled for next week.

Sotelo, San Agustin and Medina, who were arrested in May, are alleged to have imported more than 550 grams of ice from the Philippines to Guam dating back to 2004.

Only Medina was linked to both cases in that she had been in a relationship with Sotelo and Villa at separate times, according to court documents. She allegedly worked with Sotelo to smuggle and sell the drugs until they broke up. She later started a relationship with Villa and allegedly committed the same crimes, according to court documents.

"Medina is our main target so this (Sotelo's plea agreement) will be helpful," Assistant U.S. Attorney Karon Johnson told Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood in the District Court of Guam yesterday.

Before the judge approved the plea agreement, Johnson explained how prosecutors would prove the charges against Sotelo before the jury.

Sotelo agreed with the evidence that Johnson presented, including how ice had been packaged and smuggled in a jockstrap and sold out of a Dededo home for years.

The judge agreed to release Sotelo to the custody of his sisters on several strict conditions, including having no contact with witnesses in the case.

Tydingco-Gatewood asked prosecutors whether people would possibly retaliate and go after Sotelo since he's agreed to testify. Johnson said the major players are "all locked up."

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Guyanese woman was on Tuesday arrested at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport

Guyanese woman was on Tuesday arrested at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri by police after just over two kilogrammes of cocaine was found packed into the false bottoms of her two suitcases.

According to a release from the police, ranks from the force’s narcotics branch on Tuesday around 1:45 pm intercepted two suitcases with false bottoms through the scanning machine at the airport while checking an outgoing flight.

Upon investigating, the ranks discovered that some eighteen packets of cocaine with a total weight of two kilogrammes and 90 grammes were found packed in the false bottoms.

The ranks then arrested the woman and she remains in custody assisting with the investigation.

Tuesday’s success by the police comes on the heels of a false tip on Saturday which saw authorities at the airport taking passengers off a Delta flight only to discover that there were no drugs in suspect rolling pins.

The recent bust also means that the scanner at the airport is working, as was indicated by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airport, Ramesh Ghir, and as such suggests that some persons working at the airport deliberately allowed a huge sum of cocaine to slip through recently. The cocaine was later incepted at the JFK airport.

It was on January 12 that 50 pounds of cocaine were discovered at the JFK International Airport, New York packed in a pink suitcase. Dorothy Sears had checked-in the suitcase at the Timehri airport and she was arrested on arrival in the US. Sears had admitted that she had checked-in the pink suitcase and stated that she had been instructed by an individual in Guyana not to pick up the bag.

Four persons were subsequently charged in Guyana with conspiring with Sears but two of them – Maurice Smith and Roderick Peterkin – have since had their charges discharged.

And less than five months later on June 2, a woman, Chandanie Segobind, checked in a suitcase filled with cocaine packed in Kerry Gold milk packets, which was not detected by Timehri airport security, the police or the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). The suitcase filled with cocaine left the airport on a Delta flight and was intercepted at the JFK Airport.

Head of CANU James Singh in commenting on this latest case had said that suspects have been identified but no arrest has yet been made.

Commissioner of Police Henry Greene had later said that there is a problem with the camera footage at the airport on that day as while authorities were able to observe two males handing the suitcase to the woman there is no footage of what happened to the suitcase. Sources have indicated that since the scanner was working it was highly unlikely the suitcase went through as it would have definitely been picked up by those manning the machine.

The two busts propelled the local authorities into action with the first step being to test the sniffer dogs at the airport and they found out that the dogs were not detecting the drugs. Greene has since indicated that the force would be acquiring new dogs next year. Authorities also had a one- day session with all the stakeholders at the airport.

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Guyanese woman was on Tuesday arrested at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport

Guyanese woman was on Tuesday arrested at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri by police after just over two kilogrammes of cocaine was found packed into the false bottoms of her two suitcases.

According to a release from the police, ranks from the force’s narcotics branch on Tuesday around 1:45 pm intercepted two suitcases with false bottoms through the scanning machine at the airport while checking an outgoing flight.

Upon investigating, the ranks discovered that some eighteen packets of cocaine with a total weight of two kilogrammes and 90 grammes were found packed in the false bottoms.

The ranks then arrested the woman and she remains in custody assisting with the investigation.

Tuesday’s success by the police comes on the heels of a false tip on Saturday which saw authorities at the airport taking passengers off a Delta flight only to discover that there were no drugs in suspect rolling pins.

The recent bust also means that the scanner at the airport is working, as was indicated by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airport, Ramesh Ghir, and as such suggests that some persons working at the airport deliberately allowed a huge sum of cocaine to slip through recently. The cocaine was later incepted at the JFK airport.

It was on January 12 that 50 pounds of cocaine were discovered at the JFK International Airport, New York packed in a pink suitcase. Dorothy Sears had checked-in the suitcase at the Timehri airport and she was arrested on arrival in the US. Sears had admitted that she had checked-in the pink suitcase and stated that she had been instructed by an individual in Guyana not to pick up the bag.

Four persons were subsequently charged in Guyana with conspiring with Sears but two of them – Maurice Smith and Roderick Peterkin – have since had their charges discharged.

And less than five months later on June 2, a woman, Chandanie Segobind, checked in a suitcase filled with cocaine packed in Kerry Gold milk packets, which was not detected by Timehri airport security, the police or the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). The suitcase filled with cocaine left the airport on a Delta flight and was intercepted at the JFK Airport.

Head of CANU James Singh in commenting on this latest case had said that suspects have been identified but no arrest has yet been made.

Commissioner of Police Henry Greene had later said that there is a problem with the camera footage at the airport on that day as while authorities were able to observe two males handing the suitcase to the woman there is no footage of what happened to the suitcase. Sources have indicated that since the scanner was working it was highly unlikely the suitcase went through as it would have definitely been picked up by those manning the machine.

The two busts propelled the local authorities into action with the first step being to test the sniffer dogs at the airport and they found out that the dogs were not detecting the drugs. Greene has since indicated that the force would be acquiring new dogs next year. Authorities also had a one- day session with all the stakeholders at the airport.

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appeal by Scott Rush, one of nine Australians found guilty in April 2005 of attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin into Australia

Appeal by Scott Rush, one of nine Australians found guilty in April 2005 of attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin into Australia from the resort island of Bali, was filed by his lawyers in the District Court in Bali's capital, Denpasar. Australian on Indonesia's death row for drug smuggling appealed for a review of his sentence Friday. the defendants, dubbed the "Bali Nine" by the Australian media, were sentenced to death. Two others were given life sentences, and one was sentenced to 20 years.

Rush, 25, and three others were initially given life sentences, but the Supreme Court changed them to death sentences in September 2006.

"The family, especially his mother hopes Scott could be given a lighter sentence," said Frans Hendra Winata, one of his lawyers. He argued that Rush was just a courier like two other members - Michael William Czugay and Renae Lawrence - who were each sentenced to life and 20 years in jail.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws, and traffickers are regularly sentenced to death. More than 150 people are on death row, including more than 40 foreigners, mostly for drug-related crimes.

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Monday, July 19

Christina Luke Niju, 22,was arrested on June 29 and had since been detained at the Hainan detention centre in Guangzhou.

Investigations revealed that Christina Luke Niju, 22, had arrived in Hainan on April 29 and had been issued a visa until July 29.

On Wednesday, her distraught parents had sought help from MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong to find their daughter after she failed to return home.

Chong said Christina, a Kuching Polytechnic student, was arrested on June 29 and had since been detained at the Hainan detention centre in Guangzhou.
“She is still being investigated. When the process is done, we can arrange for the parents to see her in China,” Chong told a press conference here yesterday.
He said Christina’s was one of the 10 cases over the last year involving Malaysians being used as drug mules to China.
He said seven of them had been sentenced to between 15 years and life imprisonment in various parts of China while the trial of one woman was pending. He added that a Malaysian man had been executed.He said all these cases involved African men who conned their victims into becoming drug mules.“I believe this trend is becoming very serious and I will brief MCA leaders about these cases so that this issue can be raised in the Cabinet,” said Chong.

On April 28, Christina had told a roommate that she would be going on a business trip to China with an African man named James.

Her parents lodged a missing person’s report with the police in Sandakan, who then passed the information to the Kuching police.

They sought Chong’s help after all attempts failed.

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UPDATE:Julian Gilbey, 47, was arrested at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on October 19, 2001

Julian Gilbey, 47, was arrested at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on October 19, 2001 after he was caught carrying a bag containing 6.6lb (3kg) of heroin.

He was originally sentenced to death but this was commuted to life imprisonment, backdated to the time of his arrest. Earlier this year, the former English language teacher was repatriated to Scotland, where his mother and sister live on the Isle of Bute, to serve the balance of his sentence. He has since been in Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow.

The transfer was made possible under international arrangements such as the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 and a related agreement between the UK and Thailand in 1990. Under Scottish law, the court must decide the “punishment part”, or how long Gilbey must serve before he is eligible to apply for parole.

Lord Emslie had to decide, apparently for the first time in a Scottish court, whether the punishment part should relate to the Thai life sentence or should be fixed along domestic lines as if the offence had happened in Scotland.

Gilbey, originally from West Sussex, was convicted of drug-trafficking offences along with three co-accused. He had claimed he thought he was carrying packages of jewellery.

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agents found 49 packages of cocaine, weighing 125 pounds. The agents say the narcotic was valued at $1.2 million

seizure occurred Wednesday at the Border Patrol checkpoint between Campo and Pine Valley. Border Patrol agents say when the Nissan Quest minivan entered the checkpoint on Interstate 8, the driver and passenger appeared nervous. The agents sent the vehicle to the secondary inspection area. The vehicle was searched by a k-9 team. In the door panels of the minivan, agents found 49 packages of cocaine, weighing 125 pounds. The agents say the narcotic was valued at $1.2 million. The driver and the passenger, identified only as a man and a woman, both 30 years of age and both Mexican nationals, were arrested. The suspects, the vehicle and the cocaine were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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Philadelphia Police officers are set to appear in court on charges of stealing heroin from a dealer

three Philadelphia Police officers are set to appear in court on charges of stealing heroin from a dealer, federal prosecutors today revealed the trio were planning a second robbery before they were arrested.

Officers Mark Williams, Robert Snyder, and James Venziale hoped to take cash from a man they believed was involved with illegal gambling. As with the earlier robbery, in which the officers unknowingly colluded with an undercover DEA agent to arrest a drug dealer and rob him, the officers apparently believed that their potential victim would not report the stolen money.

According to court documents filed today by the U.S. Attorney's Office, there was another similarity to the earlier heist: the officers' alleged target was an undercover agent posing as a member of the Mafia.

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Jarrid D. Potter, 21, of 129 Saltonstall St., Lot 25, was charged yesterday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Jarrid D. Potter, 21, of 129 Saltonstall St., Lot 25, was charged yesterday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, according to the Canandaigua City Police Department.

Potter is accused of selling heroin and has other drug-related charges pending, officers said.

He was arraigned in Canandaigua City Court and remanded to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond, officers said.

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Friday, July 16

children as young as 14 are being used as drug mules.

children as young as 14 are being used as drug mules. They regularly catch trains to the inner-western Melbourne drug hotspots of Footscray and Maribyrnong, police sources have confirmed.

It is believed there is a core group of up to five teenagers involved in distributing the illegal goods via public transport, with some of them in the care of the Department of Human Services, sources revealed.

"I was told by police that my son is involved in trafficking drugs from Melbourne," one distraught father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Geelong Advertiser.

"These kids are going to Melbourne on trains and there is a crew of teenagers who bring drugs down from Melbourne and that it's been going on for a couple of years.

"The beauty of them being minors is that they can get on the train cheap or free."

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Cocaine with a street value of £1.3m has been seized at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk.

Cocaine with a street value of £1.3m has been seized at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk.

The drugs were hidden inside a container shipped from Ecuador and destined for Antwerp in Belgium.

Officers said they found two black holdalls containing cocaine on top of a container of banana flakes.

The gangs operate by putting the drugs in a container and re-sealing it with another member of the gang retrieving the drugs at the other end.

Bill Form, assistant director for the UK Border Agency at Felixstowe, said: "This would appear to be the work of a 'rip off' gang.

"The smugglers target well-established companies in the hope that the containers will not be subject to the same level of scrutiny as less well known firms.

"However, we're equipped with the latest technology, including X-ray scanners, and will stop at nothing to prevent dangerous drugs getting into the UK."

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Wednesday, July 14

DETECTIVES seized £36,000 worth of drugs and £100,000 in cash in a string of raids targeting an organised crime gang based in Edinburgh.

DETECTIVES seized £36,000 worth of drugs and £100,000 in cash in a string of raids targeting an organised crime gang based in Edinburgh.
Officers swooped on two addresses in the south and east of the Capital, while further raids were carried out at homes in Loanhead in Midlothian, Armadale in West Lothian and Shotts in Lanarkshire.

Heroin and amphetamine were among the drugs seized.Police chiefs today hailed the success of the raids on Friday, adding that the force remained determined to pursue crime gangs operating in the city.

They also appealed to members of the public with information on drug dealing to get in touch with fresh tip-offs.

The force has stepped up their efforts on bringing down the estimated 35 organised crime gangs operating in Edinburgh. Much of the work has been carried out by the city's new Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

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Wednesday, July 7

Chicago Police Seize $1.5 Million In Heroin, $5 Million In Cash From Northwest Side Home

Chicago Police Seize $1.5 Million In Heroin, $5 Million In Cash From Northwest Side Home: "Chicago police recovered more than $5 million in cash and made the year's largest seizure of heroin from a Northwest Side home, officials said Monday.
Officers found 10 kilograms of heroin with a value of $1.5 million at the home in the 2500 block of North Kildare Avenue, authorities said. The home sits just around the corner from Kelvyn Park High School, which police said will factor into charges that are pending against a man who was arrested outside the home Friday."

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Chicago Police Seize $1.5 Million In Heroin, $5 Million In Cash From Northwest Side Home

Chicago Police Seize $1.5 Million In Heroin, $5 Million In Cash From Northwest Side Home: "Chicago police recovered more than $5 million in cash and made the year's largest seizure of heroin from a Northwest Side home, officials said Monday.
Officers found 10 kilograms of heroin with a value of $1.5 million at the home in the 2500 block of North Kildare Avenue, authorities said. The home sits just around the corner from Kelvyn Park High School, which police said will factor into charges that are pending against a man who was arrested outside the home Friday."

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Gazette Live - Gazette Communities - Four years in jail for drug dealer

Gazette Live - Gazette Communities - Four years in jail for drug dealer: "Fazeel Khan had a stash of 23.3g of heroin in five bags in his airing cupboard and kitchen units, a court was told.
The Class A drugs were worth £1,565 in bulk but worth £5,475 in street deals.
He also had a dealer’s list, bags, a small amount of cocaine and £270 cash in his home on Hartington Road, Stockton, said prosecutor Paul Newcombe.
Khan, 24, had been spotted by a police officer on patrol on Dovecot Street, Stockton on September 27 last year.
He had 27g of heroin worth £650 in bulk which could have been broken up into 270 £10 deals, and four small bags of cannabis.
Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday how Khan told police he was holding drugs for somebody else after amassing a £5,000 debt. He said he had money saved from his job."

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Monday, July 5

Four Japanese held over drug smuggling -- Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 -- English Window to China New

Four Japanese held over drug smuggling -- Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 -- English Window to China New: "CHINA has detained four Japanese men on charges of drug smuggling, after four other Japanese men were executed in China this April for the same offence.

The four, aged between 40 to 69, was detained on June 19 in a hotel suite in Shenyang City in northeast China's Liaoning Province, Beijing-based Global Times quoted a Japanese official as saying today."

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Swede arrested in cocaine car smuggling plot | IceNews - Daily News

Swede arrested in cocaine car smuggling plot | IceNews - Daily News: "Swedish man has been arrested in the US on suspicion of being part of a major cocaine smuggling ring. The 47-year-old, who has not been named, is accused of planning to hide 12 kilos of the class-A drug in car interiors before shipping them to Sweden.The man, who owns a car firm in Florida, was arrested in a joint sting between Swedish and Danish police as well as US federal narcotics officers. An additional three men were also taken into custody in Sweden for their part in the alleged plot."

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Australian Angus McAskill, 57,on cocaine charge in Bali


Australian on cocaine charge in Bali: "Angus McAskill, 57, had been living in Seminyak, an upmarket district north of Kuta Beach, when police arrested him last Wednesday after allegedly receiving information from a local.
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Australian Angus McCaskill has been caught with cocaine in Bali and faces the maximum penalty of 12 years in prison.

AUSTRALIAN who has been living in Bali faces up to 12 years in prison after police caught him with 3.84 grams of cocaine.

Angus McAskill, 57, had been living in Seminyak, an upmarket district north of Kuta Beach, when police arrested him last Wednesday after allegedly receiving information from a local.

Police presented the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based investment adviser, at a news conference on Sunday during which McAskill covered his head to hide his face.


Angus McCaskill, 57, is being held by Indonesian police for interrogation.

As he was being led into the conference, Mr McAskill told reporters he had made a ''silly mistake'' and said he had used the drug for the first time the day before he was arrested. ''I'm very, very sorry,'' he said.

He told reporters he had been watching the World Cup and had drunk a lot. ''I was very, very drunk,'' he said.

McAskill was caught with six packets of cocaine in his wallet, after police watched him walk into Pepito supermarket in Tuban near Bali's international airport on the southern end of the island. Police then took sniffer dogs to search his villa in nearby Seminyak but did not find more drugs.

They also tested McAskill's urine which confirmed he had been using the drug.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said he was a long-term resident of Bali, suggesting he has been living there for years. If convicted, he will serve a minimum four-year sentence and possibly up to 12 years in prison.

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Saturday, July 3

Man Dies After Swallowing Cocaine During a Traffic Stop - Miami News - Riptide 2.0

Man Dies After Swallowing Cocaine During a Traffic Stop - Miami News - Riptide 2.0: "Twenty-one-year-old Rodrigo Alfonso Cestti was driving a white Nissan Maxima in Normandy Isles when he was pulled over in a routine traffic stop. Cestti wasn't so much worrying about whether he had run a red light or sped as he was about the stash of cocaine in his car.

To prevent the cops from finding it, he ate it. He eventually got out of the car and collapsed. He later died. Police arrested another man in the car, 25-year-old Dennis Rodriguez, who was wanted in connection with a previous shooting"

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Two face cocaine charges in N.C. | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Two face cocaine charges in N.C. | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: "Reymundo Rodriguez, 24, and Noe Rodriguez, 23, are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The charges were filed Thursday in U.S. District Court. If they're convicted, the brothers will face minimum prison sentences of 10 years.
A criminal complaint was filed with the court by Anthony Risk, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations office in Portland.
According to the complaint, a confidential informant told investigators that the Rodriguez brothers were going to drive from Maine to North Carolina in early October last year to pick up 4 or 5 kilograms of cocaine. A kilogram is about 2.2 pounds."

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Dentist sentenced for role in cocaine ring

Dentist sentenced for role in cocaine ring: "dentist practicing in Nevada was sentenced today to three years in federal prison for his role in a cross-country cocaine conspiracy that promised to pay him $90,000 as the supplier.
Vincent Colosimo, 45, was also fined $10,000 and forfeited another $25,000 as part of his guilty plea in March in U.S. District Court here.
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti could have given him up to 40 years behind bars."

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Project Divide target pleads guilty | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun

Project Divide target pleads guilty | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun: "Stuart Richer liked to run with gangsters and party with strippers.
He might still be a free man if he didn’t add drug dealing to the mix.
Richer, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking and was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.
Richer was one of 33 people arrested in a year-long police investigation dubbed Project Divide that targeted members and associates of the Zig Zag Crew, the so-called “puppet club” of the Manitoba Hells Angels.
As in similar stings police enlisted the aid of a paid criminal agent, Zig-Zagger Michael Satsatin, to ensnare criminal targets.
Richer wasn’t an original target of the investigation, but came to police attention through his association with accused Zig-Zagger Ronald Normand.
Police surveillance captured Richer “facilitating” the sale of 55 grams of crystal meth to Satsatin.
Court heard Richer ran errands for Normand and chauffeured him about town for “debt collections.”
Richer received little money for his time — high times in low places were reward enough. Police surveillance captured Richer at a Hells Angels-controlled strip bar, bragging how he received “VIP treatment.”"

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Friday, July 2

Gazette Live - News - Local News - 'Legal high' drugs man spared time in jail

Gazette Live - News - Local News - 'Legal high' drugs man spared time in jail: "Richard Paul Henderson was given a suspended prison sentence for inciting other people to produce two Class A drugs, as well as cannabis.
The 38-year-old from Thornaby was involved in an online business, with his brother Stephen, dealing in mind-altering substances and drug paraphernalia over the internet.
Police targeted the operation when they raided a warehouse on an industrial estate in Thornaby.
Henderson, of Bassleton Lane, Thornaby, denied eight offences but was found guilty of four of the charges by a Teesside Crown Court jury last month.
Judge Tony Briggs told Henderson he accepted he was not the “leading light” but was an important part of the business."

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Thursday, July 1

City man admits admits selling heroin | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal

City man admits admits selling heroin | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal: "Eduardo Young, 27, of Williams Street, entered a guilty plea to criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Young told Dutchess County Court Judge Gerald V. Hayes he sold the heroin to the undercover officer in the City of Poughkeepsie on Jan., 20.
In exchange for his plea, Young was promised a sentence of no more than six months in jail and five years on probation. He remains jailed pending his sentencing, scheduled for Aug. 19."

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