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Police seize nearly half a million pounds of drugs in blitz (Nottingham, UK)

Police seize nearly half a million pounds of drugs in blitz

DRUGS with a street value of more than half-a-million pounds were seized by police during a crackdown on dealers in Aspley and on the Broxtowe Estate.

Operation Barnstormer saw a team of four officers raid 76 properties with suspected links to drugs.

They arrested 57 people and found 797 cannabis plants, worth £438,000 and heroin, cocaine and amphetamines worth a total of £94,700.

So far, 15 charges relating to the supply and possession of drugs have been brought, 20 people have been cautioned and a further eight people have been given cannabis warnings.

Eleven weapons, including a Samurai sword, were also seized, along with £5,080 in cash, mobile phones and drug-making equipment.

The operation began in September last year and was based on information from the local community.

Police worked closely with the anti-social behaviour team at Radford Road police station and Nottingham City Homes.

Many of those arrested are now facing eviction and having to pay substantial compensation for damage to council-owned properties.

Sergeant Ian Cresswell said: "Community intelligence is vital. The people of Broxtowe and Aspley told us there was a problem with drugs in the area and identified certain houses and individuals.

The Post reported in January how 18-year-old mum Chantelle Perry allowed a friend called "Aaron" to use her loft to grow cannabis plants potentially worth £20,500.

Perry agreed she would be paid £1,000 and moved out of her home in Fulwood Crescent, Aspley, allowing "Aaron", who has not been traced, to let himself in with a key to check on his drugs.

Police discovered the plants last June and then arrested Perry.

At Nottingham Crown Court, she was given a one-year community order, including supervision from the Probation Service and unpaid work, after pleading guilty to allowing her home to be used for cannabis production.

Link: http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/n...ugs-blitz/article-2150422-detail/article.html
Half Ounce of DMT Busted – Watauga, North Carolina


On Thursday May 6th, 2010, Joseph James Willoughby and Kyle Stephen Riley were pulled over in a “routine traffic stop” by a Watauga County Sheriff deputy.

A search of the vehicle yielded a little more than a quarter pound of high grade marijuana, 13.4 grams of DMT, and over $5,000 in cash.

The two suspects have been under surveillance by police for possible association with a large narcotic ring spanning several counties.

The two were charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and conspiracy to sell/deliver marijuana.

Watauga County, and Guilford County Sheriff Departments are continuing to investigate the suspected ‘drug ring’.

7 face federal charges in Charlotte heroin bust (Charlotte, North Carolina)

7 face federal charges in Charlotte heroin bust

A federal criminal complaint says seven people have been charged in North Carolina's largest city with conspiring to distribute black-tar heroin.

The Charlotte Observer reported the complaint filed Monday says the bust in Charlotte netted about 6 pounds of the heroin.

The six men and one woman each face charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute at least one kilogram of cocaine.

Investigators say Charlotte has become a hub for heroin distribution, with the number of overdoses and deaths associated with the drug increasing sharply.

Black-tar heroin gets it name from its color and texture. It cost about half as much as other forms of heroin and is considered more dangerous because of its impurities.

Asheville drug bust: 33 pounds of cocaine seized on I-40 (Asheville, North Carolina)

Asheville drug bust: 33 pounds of cocaine seized on I-40

According to a Buncombe Sheriff's Office press release:

ASHEVILLE — Deputies with the Buncombe/Henderson County Joint Highway Interdiction Team seized over 33 pounds of powder cocaine during a traffic stop on I-40 in Buncombe County on May 27. The narcotic seizure has a street value of over $1,500,000.

Deputies stopped Tiombe Nichole Stafford, 35, of Houston Texas while she was driving a vehicle on I-40 Thursday. Stafford is currently being held in the Buncombe County Detention Facility with No Bond pending charges.

The joint task force was created by Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis in March of 2009 as a way to curb criminal activity through Buncombe and Henderson County by way of I-40 and I-26. During the 2009 calendar year the unit was responsible for narcotic seizures over $2,000,000 and cash seizures over $215,000 and apprehended several wanted fugitives.

Police make year's largest heroin bust

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.

Is it me or do the bust stories dealing with psychedelics always feature a mugshot of the suspect looking like he's at peak time at BurningCampGoodAroo. Check the pic in the lower-right side of the article.

from http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/07/06/567726/2-alabama-men-held-in-lsd-trafficking.html

2 Alabama men held in LSD trafficking in Raleigh

Raleigh police arrested two Alabama men over the weekend and charged them with numerous drug charges, including the sale of LSD from a Raleigh hotel room.

Jason Chad, 28, of 2151 15th Ave., South, Apt. 2, Birmingham, and Alexander Frances Beaton Jr., 27, of 4042 Water Willow Lane, Birmingham, are accused of possessing 899 units of LSD, according to arrest warrants filed in the Wake County Magistrate's Office.

Beaton also faces charges of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in MDMA, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling used for keeping and selling a controlled substance.

Police said in the warrants that Beaton possessed 32 grams of heroin, 84 grams of MDMA and 6.7 grams of marijuana . The warrants state that Beaton was selling the drugs from a room at the Motel 6 at 3520 Maitland Drive in Raleigh.

Chad faces charges of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in MDMA and possession of marijuana in addition to the LSD trafficking charge, the warrants state.

Both men are being held in the Wake County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Poor guys.... I bet they dont get less than 10 years in the Federal pen!!!! meanwhile repeat violent criminals, rapists and chlid molestorss are let out of prison early to make room for non violent drug offenders

The "War on Drugs" makes me SICK!!!! It has caused more problems than the drugs themselves

god do I hate the powers that be
LYONS, Ill. (CBS) ―
The Cook County Sheriff's office announced one of its biggest marijuana busts ever -- the seizure of 5,525 pounds worth an estimated $20 million.
Cook County Sheriff

Frederico Moreno, 35, was charged with manufacturing and delivery of cannabis after Cook County Sheriff's police seized 5,525 pounds of pot, estimated at $20 million, from Moreno's house in Lyons.
Cook County Sheriff

It was seized from a home in the 7800 block of West 47th Street in west suburban Lyons, following a tip, according to a release.

Officers staked out the house Wednesday and arrested the owner as he left, allegedly with a bale of marijuana.

Frederico Moreno, 35, has been charged with manufacturing and delivery of cannabis, a Class X felony, which is the highest level, and carries between six and 30 years, the release said.

Officers then returned to the house where they saw another man escape through the back door.

When officers went into the home, they saw stacks of more than 200 bales of taped packages containing cannabis, officials said.

Moreno was labeled a "high-level importer" of marijuana, and part of a drug-trafficking organization.

The drugs seized came from Mexico, and traveled through the Southwest, to be distributed in Chicago, the release said.

Officials said two bales of cannabis are going to a lab to be tested, 12 bales will be held for court, and the rest will be destroyed.

Moreno will appear in Bridgeview bond court on Saturday.

What good has the war on drugs actually done?
None; other than lead to violence from cartels (just look at Mexico) and millions of OD's due to impure substances and variation.
If Heroin for example was legalized and sold in the medical 30ml ampoules, 1 per person, then the risk of miscalculating your dose is almost gone. Eugh actual wars cause less harm than this.
Four Kilos of Heroin Shuts Down George Washington Bridge
Six arrested and $1 million in heroin seized

A dramatic raid of a Washington Heights drug mill forced the temporary closing of the George Washington Bridge and the Cross Bronx Expressway Wednesday night, authorities said.

Fleeing drug suspects had thrown two guns, four kilograms of heroin and thousands of glassine containers from the 18th floor of an Audubon Avenue building, with some of the contraband raining down on the nearby expressway.

One hapless suspect even dangled from an 18th floor balcony at 260 Audubon Avenue but gave up when he saw officers already waiting for him on the floor below, said the city's Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan.

Six alleged drug dealers were captured and a million dollars worth of Mexican and Colombian heroin were recovered, police said.

The closed thoroughfares were opened around 11 p.m., after police spent about a half hour collecting the drugs and guns.


Drug workers were videotaped entering the flat with backpacks and food for 10-hour shifts preparing the heroin and packaging it into glassines labeled "Starbucks," "Target" and "High End," authorities said.


Lots more on this elsewhere, very interesting.
Oh man, 4 kg's out an 18th story window. I wonder how much was recovered?
Ex-Port Richey police sergeant gets prison in drug case

TAMPA — A former Port Richey police sergeant was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for selling more than 1,000 oxycodone pills to a federal informant.

Dozens of family, friends and former colleagues were in court to support James R. Ruland, who told U.S. District Judge James Moody that what he did was "a disgrace and disgusting."

Ruland begged for leniency, saying he needed to raise his 6-year-old son, whose mother had drug problems, and support his new wife and their baby.

"This is a glitch in my life," he said. "This is something I did; it's not who I am."

Lt. Donald Young told Moody he was devastated when Ruland was arrested in February.

"He was, in my estimation, the future of the Port Richey Police Department at that time," Young said. "I firmly believe this is an aberration, and given the opportunity, he could be a productive member of society."

Defense attorney Anne F. Borghetti said Ruland has done everything he can to make things right, including talking repeatedly to juvenile offenders about how they could lose everything, like he did, if they sell drugs.

"He's learned from his actions and he's trying to go forward," she said, urging Moody to sentence Ruland to community confinement rather than prison.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney James Munch said Ruland "sounded like a thug" in one recorded conversation with an informant.

"This is something he did at the same time as locking other people up for doing the same thing," Munch said.

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UK: Police raid home of cancer patient Esther Bishop, 62, looking for cannabis

[size=+1]Police raid home of cancer patient Esther Bishop, 62, looking for cannabis[/size]
By Gareth Davies

POLICE have apologised to a 62-year-old cancer patient after raiding her house under the mistaken belief she was growing cannabis in her shed.

Esther Bishop was awoken last Friday morning to the sound of half a dozen officers banging on her front door.

When the former nurse – who is being treated for womb and breast cancer – let them in, officers said they had been given a tip-off she was growing and selling the Class B drug in her back garden.

The police, from Selhurst Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), explained a call to Crimestoppers had alleged the shed attached to Ms Bishop's house, in Gloucester Road, was being used "day and night" to grow and sell cannabis.

Full article: http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk...atient-62/article-2838200-detail/article.html
At least the cops apologized. Fuck if it were in the US the cops would have shot her dog terrorized the family and sent her a bill for the police services.

As far as 4kg of heroin out the window...fuck. Hopefully some poor junkie found some. Ahhh its raining stamp bags!

Edit: just went through the old tread...this shit is absolutely crazy. It seems every couple months "the biggest bust ever" is confiscated by police. I mean wtf?! How long before people realize that this isn't working? All LEO is doing is making the drug trade more profitable by taking supply off the street. I remember when I would cop dope in the hood and one spot would get busted, EVERY other spot would be selling 2x as much...until the house next to the previous bust would start slinging.

It would be laughable if it weren't destroying lives.
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3 Arrested In Sac-Area Burglary Ring

Placer County sheriff's detectives have arrested three men accused of running a four-month-long serial burglary ring targeting stores from Sacramento to Auburn, Placerville to Roseville.

At least 15 stores have been burglarized, according to the Sheriff's Department.

"They are accused of stealing TVs, videos and video games," Detective Jim Hudson said. "Anything they could return for quick cash to support an OxyContin habit."

The three men under arrest are 28-year-old William Beaman and 19-year-olds Kyle Cruzan and Daniel Hayes.

These arrests are highlighting the growing problem of crimes committed by those addicted to OxyContin, Hudson said. The drug is highly addictive and has effects similar to heroin.

"Oxycontin is definitely the problem drug right now in terms of property crime." Hudson added.

"Because these stores all had surveillance cameras, we were able to ultimately track down these suspects and identify that they were working together to target stores throughout the Sacramento region," he said

continued at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40015853
To go through all of that hassle of planning and executing a robbery then selling the merchandise to support there oxycontin habit.... why didn't they just rob a pharmacy would have been more effective.
Accused drug kingpin will go to Venezuela: Chavez

HAVANA — Colombia will extradite a businessman accused of being a major drug kingpin back to his native Venezuela to face justice, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday on Cuban television.

Chavez said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos promised in a recent meeting that Walid Makled, known as "The Turk," would go to Venezuela, not the United States, where he is also wanted.

Chavez fears that the United States, with whom he has frosty political relations, would use Makled to try to discredit him.

Makled was captured in August in Colombia in a joint operation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the head of Colombian police said at the time he would be extradited to the United States.

He is accused of shipping tons of cocaine each month to the United States and Europe, in an alliance with Colombian leftist rebels.

Chavez said Santos told him in a meeting on Tuesday in Venezuela that "he was going to fulfill that commitment to send this bandit to Venezuelan justice and I'm sure he will fulfill it."

"I expect that soon we will have this bandit in front of Venezuelan courts," said Chavez, who was in Havana to sign cooperation agreements with Cuba, a close ally of socialist Venezuela.

After their meeting, Santos and Chavez said they agreed to improve relations between their neighboring countries. They had clashed last year over a Colombian plan to allow U.S. troops more access to its bases.

They did not disclose any accords on Makled, who has said in a television interview that he poured $2 million into a 2007 Chavez political campaign and in return got a concession at Venezuela's Puerto Cabello, his alleged shipping point for drugs.

continued at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40064055
Arrest for Cocaine Possession Shocks Admitted User

A woman who had been doing cocaine all day was surprised that she was being arrested for drug possession in Wauwatosa last week, Wauwatosa police said.

WAUWATOSA - A woman who had been doing cocaine all day was surprised that she was being arrested for drug possession in Wauwatosa last week, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer pulled over a car at 72nd Street and North Avenue at 12:53 a.m. Nov. 3 because the license plates on it didn't belong to that car. The driver, a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman, said she had just purchased the car and was using old plates. She said she was in a hurry because she was taking a friend with a cut hand to the hospital.

continued at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40088229
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