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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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Wednesday, July 27

Dennis Berard of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and 500 grams or more of cocaine

Dennis Berard of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and 500 grams or more of cocaine. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, an $8 million fine or both.

Berard and a partner were arrested earlier this year in a crackdown on a drug-smuggling operation that authorities say imported Canadian marijuana and Mexican cartel cocaine into Niagara Falls.

Another series of raids in Niagara Falls on June 30 resulted in nine arrests of people identified as suppliers to the ring from Buffalo and Massena.

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Saturday, July 9

AMA house endorses national ban on bath salts" synthetic drug

The American Medical Association House of Delegates adopted policy supporting a national ban on the synthetic drug commonly known as bath salts.

The drugs, sold under such names as Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave and Blue Silk, have been compared to cocaine and methamphetamine due to their addictive characteristics. They are known to cause paranoia, hallucinations and violent behavior and have been blamed for the deaths of several people across the U.S. They are still legal in most states, though many states have taken steps in 2011 to change that.

Some states have passed emergency bans on bath salts. A bill was introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D, N.Y.) in February to classify methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone, chemicals commonly found in the drugs, as controlled substances.


"The misuse of bath salts containing MDPV, mephedrone and related substances has led to deaths and hundreds of calls to poison centers nationwide," said Edward L. Langston, MD, then a member of the AMA Board of Trustees and a family physician. "Some states have already implemented emergency bans, and others have introduced legislation to ban these synthetic substances. The AMA's new policy supports a national ban on bath salts containing these harmful compounds so that they cannot be misused."


Dr. Langston
The AMA has broad policy condemning illegal drug use. In reference committee testimony on June 19, Hugh Taylor, MD, a family physician from Hamilton, Mass., and a delegate for the American Academy of Family Physicians, supported policy relating specifically to bath salts. He said AMA policy refers to "illicit drugs," and bath salts are not considered illicit because they're legal in most states.

John Schneider, MD, PhD, a delegate for the Illinois State Medical Society, said the Illinois delegation agreed that the AMA needed specific policy relating to bath salts. "We feel this happens to be a particularly important item at the present time and deserves specific support from the AMA," said Dr. Schneider, an internist from Flossmoor.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, issued a warning about the substances in February.

Schumer, in a statement he released when announcing his bill, said the Office of the Attorney General and the Drug Enforcement Agency are investigating the effects of the drugs. But "we cannot afford to wait while convenience stores, online merchants and smoke shops continue to sell this synthetic drug to anyone in the country, including teens and children," he said.

The American Assn. of Poison Control Centers said May 12 that poison centers across the country had taken 2,237 calls regarding bath salts in 2011, up from 302 calls regarding the substance in 2010.

Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Control Center, said the substances were the worst he had seen in his 20 years at the center. Louisiana is one of the states that has approved an emergency ban on the drugs.

 

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Charges over £50,000 drugs haul in Thornaby

A man has been charged after £50,000 worth of cocaine and ammunition were seized in a raid on a house.

Cleveland Police officers raided the address in Cayton Drive, Thornaby, on Friday afternoon where they found the haul.

A 43-year-old man was arrested and charged with the illegal possession of cocaine with intent to supply and illegally possessing ammunition.

He is due to appear before Teesside Magistrates' Court on Saturday.



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Tuesday, July 5

£130k cannabis haul 'smuggled from China

26-year-old man has been in court in Belfast charged in connection with what a magistrate described as a "sophisticated and organised" drug smuggling operation between China and Northern Ireland.
Jianren Yu from Castlereagh Street in the east of the city was charged with having £130,000 worth of cannabis with intent to supply five days ago.

A detective said the drugs were found in a package which had been delivered to Yu's address where he lived with his wife and their five-year-old child.

The detective objected to bail for Yu, a Chinese national.

He said Yu had tried to interfere with the PSNI investigation. He said Yu was at least a facilitator if not the director of the importation of the drugs.

He said another man had already been charged in connection with the drugs but he added that police believed Yu knew the identity of a third person who was involved.

The detective said police also feared that Yu would leave Northern Ireland if he was freed on bail.

The detective said that the drugs had been sent in a package from China to Yu's address and it was thought there had been numerous similar deliveries.

Yu's solicitor said Yu thought the package contained cigarettes and clothes.

Magistrate Fiona Bagnell refused bail. Yu was remanded in custody until 1 August.

 

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Saturday, July 2

The Filipina teacher was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve after smuggling 1,996 grams of heroin to China.

Malacañang on Saturday assured that the Philippine government will extend all the necessary assistance to the Filipina teacher who was sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling.


Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also expressed confidence that the bilateral visit of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to China next week will help ease tensions in the Spratlys dispute.

“I think all parties to the tension in the West Philippine Sea have repeatedly said that they want to settle the matter diplomatically and peacefully,” Valte said.

“We’re hoping the visit Secretary Del Rosario will help sa pag-facilitate natin ng diplomatic move ng pag-reresolve ng problema na ito [We’re hopeing the visit of Sec. Del Rosario will help us facilitate our diplomatic move to resolve this problem],” she added.

Valte meanwhile expressed hope that the Chinese court will lower the death sentence of the Filipina teacher convicted for drug smuggling.


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Tajiks Detain Suspected Afghan Drug Smuggler

Tajik authorities say a suspected Afghan drug smuggler has been detained with 40 kilograms of drugs in Tajikistan's southern Khatlon Province, 

Ofoq Qodiri, spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry branch in Khatlon told RFE/RL on June 30 that Aziz valadi Sohib, a resident of the village of Imom-Sohib in Afghanistan's northern Konduz Province, was detained with 16 kilograms of heroin and 24 kilograms of cannabis that he allegedly sought to smuggle into Tajikistan.

The suspect appeared later on June 30 at a press conference in Qurghonteppa and admitted to illegally crossing the border and attempting to smuggle drugs. He said he is a farmer and was tricked by drug smugglers who took him to the border and used him as a courier.

The Tajik authorities said they do not believe that account, and suspect the man is a member of an international organized criminal group active in the region.

Muslihiddin Mardonov, an official in Tajikistan's Antidrug Agency, said members of at least five organized crime groups trafficking drugs have recently been arrested in southern Tajikistan.

Citizens of Tajikistan and Afghanistan work together in two of those groups, Mardonov added.

Veteran Antidrug Agency official Boqi Abdulloev told RFE/RL that it is clear some of these organized crime groups receive help from members of Tajikistan's power structures.

Last year, two officers from the border guard forces of Tajikistan's State Committee for National Security were sentenced to 12 and 17 years in prison for their roles in organized crime groups.

The Tajik authorities said that some residents of Tajikistan's border areas illegally cross the border into Afghanistan and smuggle drugs back into Tajikistan and then into neighboring countries and Russia.

Tajik officials say seven residents of the southern Kulob and Shuroobod districts were recently sentenced to long prison terms for drug smuggling and illegal drug dealing. They added that this year alone, Tajik border guards have prevented 12 illegal border crossings by citizens of Afghanistan.

 

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Woman, 80, jailed for drug smuggling in Austria

80-year old woman has been found guilty of smuggling drugs for her addicted son and sentenced to two years in prison.

The woman was arrested in February with narcotics worth around euro8,000 ($11,600) in her possession. The indictment accused her of smuggling 1.5 kilograms of heroin and 500 grams of cocaine from the Netherlands into Austria between 2008 and this year.

Her 46-year-old son broke down in tears before Friday's verdict and sentencing and asked the court for leniency. "Mommy made no profit, she did it out of love for me," the Austria Press Agency cited him as saying.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison for possession and sale of drugs. Neither of the two were identified, in line with Austrian custom.

 

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Two more Filipino drug mules were sentenced for drug trafficking.



The Hong Kong’s High Court on Thursday sentenced Rodela Jardin to 20 years imprisonment for trafficking in drugs after she was caught at the airport with a kilo of illegal drug mixture containing heroine.

A Filipino teacher, on the other hand, was sentenced to death by China’s Municipal Intermediate People’s Court for drug smuggling.

The Philippine consulate general in Guangzhou reported the still unidentified Filipino woman was arrested for trying to sneak in 1,996 grams of heroin at the airport in October last year.

The suspect was carrying the drugs that were concealed in a foil packet hidden under her checked-in suitcase.

The Filipino teacher had been working in China since 2006 and holds a legitimate alien employment permit. Her case will be elevated to the Guangdong High People’s Court for automatic review, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

On the other hand, airport authorities arrested Jardin on June 8, 2010 while trying to sneak in a kilo of dangerous drugs containing 571.76 grams of heroine hydrochloride with a street value of HK $849,267.

Deputy High Court Judge Stuart Moore said the quantity of illegal drugs found in Jardin’s possession warrants an imprisonment of 19 and half years. He added six more months to the jail sentence for the “international element” of the offense or drug importation from overseas.



Jardin claimed she was only trying to return a favor for her free three-day trip and did not know that the package of shoes sent to her for delivery contained illegal drugs.

Jardin, however, admitted that she was stubborn in refusing to allow the inspection of the three shoeboxes.

“I didn’t know the package was illegal. If I knew that the package was illegal why would I accept it? I didn’t know what to say myself, why it happened to me. I can say that I was stubborn or ignorant,” Jardin said.

Jardin said a high school friend had referred her to a certain “Nanay Nene” who has been giving out free trips to “talent girls.”

Jardin claimed that although she had around P200,000 in savings, she wanted to grab the opportunity to visit Disneyland in the former British colony.

“The offer is quite good. It is too good to be true,” she said.

Jardin said Nanay Nene told her to bring a package to her cousin in Hong Kong and she would receive P15,000 additional money when she returns to Manila.

“I refused that money. I did not need it. Free trip is enough for me,” Jardin said.

Two hours before her scheduled departure in Manila, Jardin met Nanay Nene who gave her a sealed package containing three pairs of shoes to put in her traveling bag.

Jardin said she never bothered to check the package inside her bag. She only learned about the illegal drugs when she was arrested by immigration and Customs officers at the Hong Kong International Airport.

At the court, Moore scolded Jardin, a former call center agent in Manila, for falling prey to easy money.

“You have been convicted after trial of trafficking in dangerous drugs. You fell to the temptation of easy money and took the risk which I have no doubt you will be regretting,” Moore told Jardin.

“You were someone trusted by the gang that sent the drugs to you. The sentencing tariff is very clear in Hong Kong... and decided by the narcotic content. There is no real mitigation in this case even if you tried to assist the police in looking for the person who sent the drugs to you,” Moore said.

The Philippine consulate general in China also reiterated its call for Filipino travelers of the strict anti-drug policy of the Chinese government.

The warning came even after three Filipinos convicted of drug smuggling were executed in China last March.

The execution of Ramon Credo, Elizabeth Batain and Sally Ordinario-Villanueva for drug smuggling showed the firm stance of the Chinese government in curbing international drug smuggling, the consulate said.

The consulate general warned Filipino travelers to avoid similar situations in accepting offers from individuals or groups to carry items when going abroad in exchange for money.

Filipino travelers should remain vigilant and responsible in verifying invitations to work abroad which could turn out to be a modus operandi to recruit drug mules. Job offers without proper documentation and working visas should be verified with Philippine authorities.

The DFA said 75 Filipinos facing drug trafficking charges in China were saved from death row when they were meted death penalties with two-year reprieves, which is considered to be equivalent to life imprisonment.

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Man is charged with smuggling £130,000 of cannabis

25-year old man has been charged in connection with smuggling £130,000 worth of cannabis.

Guang Xu, with an address at Beech Heights in south Belfast, was remanded in custody.

Police told Belfast Magistrate's Court they feared he could flee the country and was also at a high risk of re-offending.

The charges relate to the delivery of a cannabis package to Mr Xu's flat in the Annadale area of Belfast last Thursday.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on Saturday following the seizure. Another man, aged 22, arrested in the flat, has been released on bail.

Police said they believed Mr Xu had been involved in up to six similar transactions currently under investigation.

He is due to appear again on 25 July.

 

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Cocaine cut with a livestock de-worming medication is causing severe skin reactions in drug users,

Cocaine cut with a livestock de-worming medication is causing severe skin reactions in drug users, authorities warned Monday.

Pointing to a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department sent out an advisory outlining a problem that has been cropping up in hospitals around the country.

In a June 7 paper, doctors described two cases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, near Los Angeles, and four cases at the University of Rochester Medical School, in Rochester, N.Y., where patients went to the emergency room complaining of purple blotches on their ears and other areas after taking cocaine.

The patients had suffered a reaction to the veterinary treatment levamisole, the study said, which is banned for human consumption but frequently used to adulterate cocaine.

"We believe this case series may represent the tip of the iceberg as a looming public health problem caused by levamisole," the study stated.

Dr. Noah Craft, one of the study's authors, said he sees a new case at least once every two months and he first started noticing the trend in late 2009. Patients develop blotches that turn from pink to purple and, once the skin has died, to black. Usually these marks are on the ears, mouth and cheeks.

In some cases, patients also develop a potentially fatal condition affecting the bone marrow and leaving them vulnerable to infection. Symptoms usually disappear a few weeks after a patient stops using cocaine and only a small percentage of people are susceptible to having an adverse reaction to levamisole, Craft said.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said he sent out the advisory to try to encourage people to stop using illegal drugs.

"If not because of the violence in this country and beyond, how about for no other reason so you don't have your extremities turn purple and fall off," he said.

The study states drug dealers may cut cocaine with levamisole because it works in a similar way to the street drug, increasing levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine to the brain's euphoric centers.



Levamisole is the main ingredient used to cut cocaine in the Los Angeles region, Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Sarah Pullen said. Though the agency does not routinely test for contaminants, levamisole has been found in both powder and crystal cocaine.

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10 Suspects In Drug Bust On The Run

- Lake County detectives say they have 10 more people to arrest in connection with a major drug bust.
This was the second large bust in the last 10 days by the sheriff's office. It comes at a time when the sheriff is being pressured to cut a portion of his $60 million budget.
Operation 'pink slip' put 34 sellers and suppliers out of business. Sheriff's deputies, along with Clermont and Leesburg police, teamed up to make the arrests. They seized several guns including assault rifles, marijuana, cocaine, various prescription drugs and more than $10,000 in cash along with a few pricey vehicles.
This comes on the heels of the arrests of 32 suspects in a sex sting.
It all comes as the Lake County commission is pressuring Sheriff Gary Borders to cut his budget by another $2 or $3 million. But some said the raids are evidence that any cuts are a bad idea.
"We are continuing to look at cuts in our budget. But as far as employees are concerned, I feel like if anything we need more. Not less," said Borders.
The sheriff said these arrests wrap up a year long drug dealer investigation.
"We are coming after you. It's our goal to put you in jail and to close your business," said Borders.
As for the 10 suspects still on the loose, detectives are actively looking for them.

 

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The Royal Oman Police (ROP) arrested two people who traded in liquor in the Wilayat of Al Buraimi recently.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) arrested two people who traded in liquor in the Wilayat of Al Buraimi recently. The men were reported as unloading large consignments of liquor in the area of Barhoze. Following a tip-off to this extent, the ROP ambushed the illicit traders and found them in possession of 1,816 boxes containing 21,820 bottles of liquor, in addition to more bottles in the vehicle of a third accomplice.
The items were seized and the suspects were transferred to the Public Prosecution Department in preparation for court trial. Meanwhile, the ROP’s Dhahirah region’s unit foiled the trafficking of drugs and narcotic substances to the Sultanate. Two men were arrested with 45 capsules of heroin and other banned stuff in their possession.

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