only thing is, it will probaly help rise the price of the drug and therefore the crime rate will increase too.
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A sophisticated international drugs smuggling operation has been disrupted, according to the police.
It follows the seizure of cocaine with a street value of more than £1m in Belfast on Thursday.
Guns, ammunition and about £10,000 in cash were discovered in a follow-up operation in the Parkhall estate in Antrim, a PSNI spokesman said.
The weapons recovered with the cocaine were a shotgun, handgun and a handgun which fires blanks.
The drugs were found in a van which was stopped on the M1 motorway near the Broadway roundabout in Belfast.
One person was arrested.
The head of the Drugs Squad, Superintendent John Fintan, said it was a major setback for the smugglers.
"The seizure speaks for itself - it has been very significant," he said.
"It confirms what we have said, that cocaine is an emerging problem in Northern Ireland society.
"It's certainly not out of control, but the police will be focusing our priorities towards it."
A number of operations in connection with the find, including searches, were carried out.
The seizure is understood to be the result of months of investigation into the activities of a major criminal gang.
Security Minister Ian Pearson congratulated the police on the haul which also included a hydraulic press, scales and bags.
"This is another significant success in our relentless campaign against organised criminals. It follows other major successes including the seizure of £1m worth of cocaine in October 2003," he said.
"The follow up operation involving international counterparts in Holland resulted in the recovery of 750,000 ecstasy tablets together with chemicals used in the processing of drugs and firearms.
"I pay tribute to the efforts of the police, and other law enforcement agencies, who are working tirelessly to remove these gangsters from our streets and disrupt their activities," said Mr Pearson, who is also Chair of the Organised Crime Task Force.
The previous largest cocaine discovery in Northern Ireland was made last October by police during operations in the Lurgan and Lisburn areas.
^^which probably means people are going to start getting shot. Drug kingpins don't typically like it when they lose 400million, which for the majority of kingpins, would take out their entire business
Nobody lost hundreds of millions - they only lost the potential for that amount, and even that sum will be exagerated by the police. They lost 8000 litres of precursors, which whilst being extremely inconvenient won't have cost them a super huge sum. If they're talking about Safrole or Sassafras Oil (for MDMA anyway, it's not a logical precursor for amphetamines as well, but that's police bullshit for you), then it can be acquired in bulk from China relatively cheaply. Probably around 40 or 50 of these barrels would be the 8000 litres.
INDIANAPOLIS - A Terre Haute man who was the reputed leader of a methamphetamine-smuggling operation that moved the drug from California to the Midwest was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison.
Francis "Pancho" Blair, 35, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He allegedly headed an operation that distributed the drug supplied by a California man to eight dealers in western Indiana and eastern Illinois.
U.S. District Court Judge John Tinder also ordered Blair to three years supervised release after his discharge from prison.
According to federal prosecutors, Blair's operation trafficked about 50 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of more than $2 million, from late 2002 to September 2003 from the Terre Haute home where he lived with his wife and children.
On Thursday, Ricardo Linares-Avila, 29, was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of meth with intent to distribute.
Linares-Avila, who allegedly served as a drug courier for Blair, will be deported after serving his sentence.
Man, that's an awful long time. He won't get out until he's 52.
At least he got off easy , compared to the guy who got LIFE !
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Why would someone traffick meth so far? Why not just set-up satellite lab operations?
A man is due to appear at a County Antrim court in connection with a drugs find.
The 48-year-old man from Ballymena has been charged with having cannabis with intent to supply.
It follows the seizure of the drugs, which have an estimated street value of almost £1.75m, in Glarryford on Tuesday.
Superintendent Terry Shevlin, district commander for Ballymena, said it was a significant find.
"Certainly within the Ballymena area it would be a very significant find indeed," he said.
"In terms of the province, this is perhaps the third largest cannabis find in Northern Ireland to date."
The man is to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A Canada Border Services Agency officer and another Canadian citizen have been charged with conspiracy after the officer was arrested while allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 22 kilograms of marijuana into the United States, authorities said.
"For law enforcement officers on both sides of the border, it's a sad day when someone in a position of authority violates the public's trust," said Michael Mach, agent-in-charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Grand Forks.
Gary Graboski, 35, who worked as a border inspector for the Canadian agency, was arrested May 13 just south of the Pinecreek, Minn., port of entry. Agents determined he intended to deliver the marijuana hidden in the bed of his pickup to another man.
The investigation led to the arrest a short time later of Loran Stewart, 37, also a Canadian citizen, in Warroad, Minn. Both Graboski's pickup and Stewart's SUV were seized by authorities.
Hometowns for the two men were not available.
State prosecutors in Roseau County in northwestern Minnesota have charged Graboski with conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and up to $1 million US in fines.
Stewart was charged with second-degree conspiracy to committee a controlled substance crime, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and up to $500,000 US in fines.
Both men were in the Roseau County jail on Wednesday.
Sam Jandt, Graboski's public defender, had no comment. A call to Stewart's public defender was not returned.
A news release from U.S. customs enforcement said the arrests were the result of a bi-national investigation involving several county, state and federal agencies that spanned several months.
Bill James, who worked for Washington County, faces charges of misconduct and tampering with evidence
Thursday, May 20, 2004
HILLSBORO -- A former Washington County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday on accusations of stealing methamphetamine he seized as a member of the county's drug team.
Bill James, 38, a deputy for three years, was cited to appear in court June 9 for arraignment on one count of first-degree official misconduct and one count of tampering with evidence.
Both charges are class A misdemeanors punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and one year in jail.
"He's not going to get any kind of offer," said Robert Hull, the senior deputy district attorney on the case. "He's getting the same thing anybody else in this situation would get."
Hull said the case in which the methamphetamine was missing was not being prosecuted for other reasons, so the theft "did not compromise any ongoing investigation."
Sandy James, sheriff's spokeswoman and no relation, said Bill James asked to meet with Sheriff Rob Gordon on April 22 and told his boss that he had taken a small amount of meth for his personal use. He said "he had violated the trust of the sheriff's office" and admitted to having a drug problem, Sandy James said.
After the meeting, Bill James resigned and checked into an in-patient drug treatment program, where he remains today, Hull said.
"During his interviews with the sheriff and detectives, he was very remorseful," Hull said. "He probably would not have been caught if he had not turned himself in."
Hull said Bill James took about one-sixteenth of an ounce of meth, enough for one or two uses and valued at between $20 and $40.
The sheriff's office hired Bill James in 2001 and assigned him to the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team in May 2003. Hull said Bill James admits he had some drug and alcohol problems before he was hired, but was discreet about his use.
"He was not addicted," Hull said. "If he needed it on a daily basis, he would not be sleeping, not be eating; he would be fidgety. Somebody would have noticed and no one did. He brought this whole thing up himself."
When Gordon heard Bill James's story, he notified the district attorney's office and asked that an outside agency look into it. Members of the Regional Organized Crime Network conducted an investigation.
Reminds me of the cops in spun.
I love how this guy just has a 'drug problem' he's getting 'treatment' for, rather than being portrayed as some savage junkie who must be addicted and stealing infants for organ harvesting to feed their habit.
And I don't know much about meth, but from what I've read those prices aren't right. That must be the police special.
Cops pay seems not enough for this guy. Good Luck in court "officer" !
22-05-2004 20:46OTAY MESA – A drug-sniffing dog led to the discovery yesterday of three tons of marijuana in a tractor trailer loaded with patio chairs at the Otay Mesa border crossing, authorities said.
"Anytime you get 6,000 pounds of pot off the street, that's a great day," said Vincent Bond, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.
After the dog alerted officers to the possible presence of drugs, agents found more than 500 packages of pot in a secret compartment inside the 48-foot-long trailer, authorities said.
The drug's value was estimated at $3 million. The driver, a 30-year-old Tijuana resident, was booked into the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego.
Otay Mesa border inspectors have seized almost 36,000 pounds of marijuana since October, when the latest federal fiscal year began, Bond said. Almost 100,000 pounds were seized last year.
– Onell R. Soto
Yeah, that much weed together, it's gotta be compressed poopy dirt weed...
22-05-2004 21:09"Anytime you get 6,000 pounds of pot off the street, that's a great day," said Vincent Bond, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.
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yeah, prob. that dirty ass stink bud. but still buds bud, and that was bud, and they should give it to me...ill find something to do with all of it....
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Alot of hash could have been made from all of that bricked weed...
TX - A 41-year-old information technology manager is the center of a nine-month police investigation after more than a dozen allegations surfaced claiming he filmed at least three McKinney high school students engaged in sexual acts in exchange for drugs, alcohol and money.
Richard Dean Campbell, of McKinney, faces charges of sexually assaulting a child and seven counts of furnishing minors with alcohol. However, the scope of the investigation may widen to include additional suspects and charges, officials said Tuesday.
"We're still collecting evidence the items that we seized," McKinney police Capt. Robert Dean said. "We haven't ruled out the possibility of others, but I can't elaborate on that anymore."
Police arrested Campbell for the sexual assault charge on April 20 when he was released on $25,000 bond. On Thursday, he was arrested and released again from the Collin County Detention Center on $2,500 bond for each of the seven counts of providing alcohol to minors.
Fourteen students from McKinney North and McKinney High School gave statements to investigators detailing parties with open drug and alcohol use at Campell's two-story house at xxxxxxx in between August and November 2002.
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ESCONDIDO – The chairman of Escondido's Planning Commission was jailed yesterday on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine and seven other counts, stunning city officials who had nothing but praise for the civic leader.
Bruce M. Quick came under suspicion after officers contacted him near a drug lab in February, police said. He was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop in the city's industrial area, a few blocks from the offices of his landscaping company.
Police suspected Quick was under the influence of a controlled substance and searched his car. They found numerous bogus identification cards and checks and stolen credit cards, Escondido police said.
A search early yesterday of Quick's office in Patton Industrial Park on Industrial Avenue yielded boxes containing ingredients and equipment to manufacture methamphetamine, police said. Also found during the search were computers and a printer, stolen credit cards, fraudulent checks and a gun, Escondido police Sgt. Robert Healey said.
Quick was jailed on eight felony counts; bail was set at $281,000. He was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.
"Oh, sweet Jesus," Planning Commission member Barry Newman said. "What a surprise. I guess it just goes to show that when you think you know someone, you really don't."
Yesterday, a red flier posted on the office door by the Drug Enforcement Administration cautioned that a "clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location."
The flier was the only indication that the unit had been inhabited. There was no business sign on the door and window shades were drawn.
Nearby business owners said they were surprised to learn of Quick's arrest, though two men said Quick kept odd hours, arriving as most of the businesses in Patton Industrial Park were closing and emerging from the office when others arrived for work.
A woman at Quick's home on Bahia Lane declined to comment and refused to give her name.
Yesterday's find was not the first time authorities have uncovered suspected drug labs at the Patton Industrial Park. In 2001 authorities found a lab capable of producing 1.5 million Ecstasy tablets a month.
Quick, who lost bids for the City Council in 2000 and the school board in 1998, was named to the Planning Commission in 1999. The council reappointed him last year.
Charles Grimm, city community development director who heads Escondido's Planning Department, said, "Oh, boy. This is a real surprise.
"He does a good job on the commission," Grimm said. "He's involved, and he does his homework."
Planning commissioners serve two-year terms. Grimm said the council has the power to replace Quick.
Escondido Councilman Ed Gallo, who has served on the Planning Commission with Quick for two years, said he was stunned to learn of the arrest.
"It just blew me away," he said. "He had his own business. He worked hard. He studied everything (going before the commission). That's why this is kind of hard for me to believe, actually. For me, the two just don't go together. To me, it was kind of a stretch, but hey, facts are facts."
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"It just blew me away," he said. "He had his own business. He worked hard. He studied everything (going before the commission). That's why this is kind of hard for me to believe, actually. For me, the two just don't go together.."
Does this guy not realize his friend was making meth?
"Oh, sweet Jesus" too funny.
Looks like it's starting to climb the social ladder. No longer just the trailer park special...
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He sounded like really busy man. I doubt he would have been that productive had he not been twacked out on meth all the time.
They all had bullshit, lame responses. There so, overused and typical pre-formated saying.
i say there all in on it lol
28-05-2004 22:03A search early yesterday of Quick's office in Patton Industrial Park on Industrial Avenue yielded boxes containing ingredients and equipment to manufacture methamphetamine, police said. Also found during the search were computers and a printer, stolen credit cards, fraudulent checks and a gun, Escondido police Sgt. Robert Healey said.
"OK, hummm, let's see now...
stolen credit cards? CHECK
fraudulent checks? CHECK
OK, now I can start making meth."