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Good news it seems both Melbourne men in Bali are not going to face the death sentence for drug trafficking!

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Australian men arrested in Bali to be charged with cocaine possession and use

By Anne Barker and wires
Updated about 7 hours agoWed 24 Jul 2019, 12:43am
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Video: William Cabantog and David Van Iersel were arrested at the Lost City nightclub. (ABC News)

Bali police are preparing to charge two Australians for cocaine use and possession, and are searching for a third suspect, after a series of drug raids in a trendy nightclub area of Canggu.
Key points:

  • It is understood blood tests confirmed William Cabantog and David Van Iersel were cocaine users
  • One of the men was working at the Lost City nightclub where he was arrested
  • It is understood Mr Cabantog and Mr Van Iersel worked as promoters in Melbourne before flying to Bali
William Cabantog, 36, and David Van Iersel, 38, both from Melbourne, were arrested at the Lost City nightclub, where it is understood one of the men was working. Police also raided a home.
Acting on a tip-off, police found 1.12 grams of cocaine in the pockets of one man, and drug equipment including a broken set of scales.

Police say the men had bought about 2 grams of cocaine for 3 million rupiah ($300) from a third person — with the initial N — who may have fled the country.
It is understood blood tests confirmed Mr Cabantog and Mr Van Iersel were cocaine users.
So far police have presented no evidence that the men were also trafficking.
The two men have undergone days of interrogation and tests.
Bali police paraded both men — wearing orange prison suits, handcuffs and leg irons — in front of a large pack of local and foreign media on Tuesday morning.
On a table they also displayed the evidence against them, including a small plastic clip of cocaine and the scales.
Police say one of the men was working in Bali as a hotel consultant and had a work visa. The other man was on a tourist visa and is understood to have been in Indonesia for about a month.
It is understood Mr Cabantog and Mr Van Iersel worked as nightclub promoters in Melbourne before travelling to Bali.
According to police, Mr Cabantog was well-known for circulating cocaine in Canggu. The Lost City Club was managed by Mr Van Iersel.

William Cabantog, in an orange prison jumpsuit, has his head down as Indonesian police lead him around outside. Photo: William Cabantog (centre) was paraded in front of the media by police. (AAP: Lukman S Bintoro)

No other information was immediately available on any court appearance or defence for the two men.
The pair are expected to be charged under Indonesian law 112, which covers drug possession and carries a possible jail term of between 4 and 12 years.
If the men are later accused of trafficking they could face a jail term of up to 20 years or even the death penalty.
Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws, and convicted smugglers are sometimes executed.
More than 150 people are currently on death row, mostly for drug crimes. About one-third of them are foreigners.
Relations between Indonesia and Australia were strained in 2015 when Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were the ringleaders of the Bali Nine drug-smuggling ring, were executed by firing squad.

A Frenchman was sentenced to death on Lombok, an island next to Bali, in May for smuggling 3 kilograms of ecstasy.

 

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Good news it seems both Melbourne men in Bali are not going to face the death sentence for drug trafficking!
I'm glad the charges were reduced to possession. It will still be a tough slog but at least they don't have to worry about being executed.
 

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Australia - More than 380kg of cocaine worth $144m found inside excavator in NSW
Peter Brewer
The Sydney Morning Herald
July 15th, 2019
Almost 400kg of cocaine likely intended for markets in the Snowy Mountains, South Coast and Canberra has been seized from inside construction machinery in a sleepy NSW town.

Heavily armed tactical police swarmed the back streets of Bungendore in the state's south west on Sunday morning, making two arrests related to the $144 million shipment from South Africa.

The drugs arrived into Australia in a second-hand 20-tonne Caterpillar excavator, shipped out of South Africa and into the Port Botany container terminal.

Border Force officers were suspicious about the origins of the heavy equipment and X-rayed sections of it. "Anomalies" were found and investigated.

The cocaine was concealed within the hollow steel hydraulic lifting arm of the excavator.


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Canadian snow globes filled with meth identified at Australian border
Josh K. Elliott
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July 23rd, 2019
Border security officers in Australia can celebrate Christmas in July after a bizarre drug bust in Sydney.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has identified 15 snow globes filled with liquid methamphetamine in a shipment from Canada, officials announced on Tuesday.

The snow globes were being used to smuggle a total of 7.5 litres of meth worth nearly $1 million, according to a statement released by the ABF.
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Canada - 15 arrested after investigation into outlaw biker gangs in Niagara, Sudbury, Ottawa
Dan Taekema
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August 7th, 2019
Police from across Ontario say they've smashed a criminal ring made up of "important figures" in outlaw biker gangs who peddled drugs and were active in human trafficking.

Project Skylark, the 14-month investigation involving police from Niagara, Hamilton, Sudbury and Ottawa, netted 15 people who have been charged with 195 offences connected to a drug network that investigators say sold cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The arrests include several full members of the Hells Angels and Red Devils gangs and a prospective member of the Hooligans, a group Sudbury police describe as a "puppet club" for the Hells Angels.

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Police say they seized:
  • 12.5 kg of cocaine.
  • 12.2 kg of cannabis.
  • Hundreds of fentanyl patches.
  • 2,000 methamphetamine tablets.
  • 11 firearms.
  • 700 rounds of ammunition.
  • $75,000 in cash.
  • $30,000 in jewlery.
Investigators also confiscated three motorcycles, a Maserati, a Mercedes and a home in the Ottawa area.


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Canada - Dozens charged, $45M in drugs seized in massive Toronto-area organized crime busts
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August 8th, 2019
Police forces in the Toronto area have charged 50 people and seized $45 million worth of illegal drugs in two major organized crime busts, York Regional Police said in a news conference on Thursday morning.

Led by the York Regional Police, the two investigations — Project Moon and Project Zen — focused on dismantling drug production and trafficking rings.

In Project Zen, York police worked with the Canada Border Services Agency to zero in on an organized crime ring operating out of a house in Vaughan.

They had first focused on the house after a man standing in front was arrested in 2018 and found to have three kilograms of cocaine on him.

In the months since, police found evidence that several suspects were trafficking large amounts of synthetic drugs.
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Canada, U.S. - IRS busts alleged multimillion-dollar tobacco-smuggling scheme in Akwesasne
Jorge Barrera
CBC
August 21st, 2019
A three-year, multi-agency investigation led by the U.S. tax authority targeted a key "broker" in a smuggling scheme that allegedly moved millions of dollars worth of tobacco through a border-straddling First Nation and into the Canadian black market, U.S. court records reveal.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its investigative partners allege a man from Rochester, N.Y., set up shipments of tobacco for transport to warehouses on the U.S. side of Akwesasne for smuggling into Canada, according to the criminal complaint filed with the U.S. Federal Court in the Western District of New York.

Akwesasne, a Mohawk community near Cornwall, Ont., straddles the Canada-U.S. border.

Bernard Perkins of Rochester and seven individuals from Akwesasne are facing wire fraud and money laundering charges, according to the criminal complaint that was filed on Aug. 1 and unsealed on Aug. 12.

"Based on evidence gathered during the course of this investigation, it is believed the cut rag tobacco sold by Bernard Perkins to customers [in Akwesasne] is ultimately smuggled across the border into Canada," Erin Briganti, a special agent with the IRS criminal investigation branch, says in the court document.
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250k pills found in Calgary apartment are Canada’s largest fentanyl seizure: police
Melissa Gilligan
Global News
November 13th, 2019
Law enforcement officials say a fentanyl seizure in Calgary last year is believed to be the largest Canada has ever seen.

The drugs were discovered as a part of a two-year investigation between the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (U.S. DEA) dubbed Project Coyote.

The fentanyl, which ALERT said would be valued in the range of $4 million to $6 million, included 250,000 pills, which were found in a Calgary apartment on Feb. 16, 2018.

Along with fentanyl, Project Coyote also saw officers in Texas intercept an 81-kilogram shipment of cocaine they believe was headed for Canada.

ALERT said that in total, $15 million in drugs was seized during Project Coyote, including five kilograms of methamphetamine and 626 methamphetamine and ecstasy pills. In addition, $4.5 million in cash and assets and 13 firearms were confiscated.
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PSNI raids: Man charged after 'significant' drugs seizures in Lisburn and Belfast

Drugs and cash
Image caption The PSNI believe the find is connected to a gang involved in dealing drugs, primarily cocaine
A 32-year-old man has been charged with drugs offences following an operation against organised crime on Friday.
Drugs with an estimated street value of around £140,000 were seized during police raids in Lisburn and Belfast.
More than £22,000 in cash and 1,000 euro was also seized.
The man will appear in Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning after being charged with several offences including possession of class A and B drugs with intent to supply.
He is also charged with one count of possessing criminal property.

Two people were arrested and three houses were raided in Lisburn and the Short Strand area of Belfast on Friday as part of an intelligence-led operation into organised crime.
The PSNI said they believe the find is connected to a gang involved in drug dealing - primarily cocaine.
Cash
Image caption More than £22,000 in cash was also seized during raids on three houses
The PSNI said the operation was "part of an ongoing operation into organised crime groups involved in the distribution of Class A and B drugs in the greater Belfast area".
Police added the finds are not linked to paramilitary groups.

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$6.5M meth bust in Manitoba 'saved some lives,' RCMP say
Nicholas Frew
CBC
December 10th, 2019
The seizure of an estimated $6.5 million worth of illegal street drugs "saved some lives," RCMP said on Tuesday, announcing what they called the largest meth bust in Manitoba's history.

More than 150 RCMP officers, acting on nine search warrants, last week seized 22 kilograms of methamphetamine and 43 kilograms of cocaine, officials said at a news conference in Winnipeg. Eleven people face more than 60 charges.

"It's a huge dent, right off the top … Suddenly the supply chain has been disrupted," RCMP assistant commissioner Jane MacLatchy, said of the impact the seizure will have on trafficking.

The methamphetamine equals 220,000 hits, said RCMP Supt. Lisa Moreland, as only one-tenth of a gram is required to get high.

Police believe if they hadn't intervened, the drugs would have been trafficked in kilograms by a network, Moreland said.

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Canadian arrested in Australia after 645 kilos of ecstasy found hidden in shipment of 200 barbecues
Adrian Humphreys
National Post
December 17th, 2019
A Canadian man was arrested in Australia and accused of being a representative of a “high-level transnational organized crime syndicate” that imported 645 kilograms of ecstasy cleverly hidden inside a shipment for barbecues.

The Canadian flew to Australia a week ago and the day after he arrived went to a warehouse to inspect the cargo, police allege. Unbeknownst to him, however, the shipment had been intercepted by Australian authorities, the drugs replaced with fakes and officers lay in wait.

Laert Kasaj, 33, of Thornhill, Ont, north of Toronto was arrested Monday.

He is one of two men arrested so far in the large probe.

“We’ve been able to ascertain that this is truly an international syndicate — that the drugs came from Cyprus, we have inquiries in the U.K., we have a man who’s come from Canada and we’ve arrested a person in Brisbane,” said Kirsty Schofield, commander of the organized crime division of the Australian Border Force.

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What background ethnic group or nationality is the name Laert Kasaj?

Laert sounds Scandinavian and Kasaj sounds Yugoslavian, or even Albanian.

It's not Dutch is it?
 

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The two Australian men caught in Bali Indonesia on cocaine possession charges have been sentenced. David Van iresel got nine months jail minus time already served. The other Australian William got 12 months minus time already served

 

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VANCOUVER -- A massive amount of methamphetamine was seized in B.C. earlier this year, the Canada Border Services Agency said Tuesday.

The tip came in on Feb. 4, the agency said in a statement issued two months later, and involved a shipping container at a Vancouver-area facility.

Officials did not say what raised their suspicions, but some kind of information was passed on from the CBSA National Targeting Centre.

Border officers examined the container, which had been shipped from Mexico to the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility.

CBSA says its agents uncovered "bags of white crystal" inside.

A photo released by the agency shows stacks of pink bricks.

A second photo appears to show one of the bricks cracked open. It looks hollow, and inside is a plastic bag filled with a white substance.

The substance was tested in a lab and determined to be methamphetamine, the agency says.

It claims officers found about 106 kilograms of powerful and highly addictive stimulant during the seizure. The estimated value of that much meth is about $13.5 million.

The investigation has been passed on to the RCMP, CBSA said.

"We will not tolerate those who attempt to benefit from drug smuggling or any organized crime," Nina Patel, acting regional director general for the Pacific region, said in the emailed statement Tuesday.

In a separate statement, the RCMP announced four men had been charged for allegedly importing the drugs.

Mounties said the contents of the shipping container were moved, after shipping, to a warehouse in Surrey, B.C. The location was "closely monitored" by the RCMP, and a warrant was obtained in late February, allowing investigators to search the warehouse.

Four men were seen running from the business, and were arrested, the RCMP said.

The following men have been charged with one count each of importation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance:

Xavier Eduardo Hernandez Cedillo, age 27
Alan Jesus Hernandez Cedillo, age 25
Roberto Renteria Maldonado, age 35
Sergio Ivan Cota Garcia, age 34

The RCMP says all four are citizens of Mexico, and have been released pending a court appearance in July.

CBSA officers are trained to examine, investigate and intercept prohibited goods and illicit drugs, the agency says.

Ports of entry in the Vancouver area receive about 60 per cent of more than 2.5 million marine containers shipped to Canada each year.
 

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Two charged after $80 million of liquid meth found inside bottles of mineral water (Australia)

To the naked eye it was just a pallet of 1.5 litre bottles of mineral water.
But a joint agency intelligence operation has allegedly revealed the bottles contained almost 160 litres of liquid methylamphetamine worth $80 million.

Police have seized almost 160 litres of liquid meth suspended inside water bottles shipped from Iran.
On Thursday two men were arrested over the alleged shipment, which originated from Iran and arrived in Australia earlier this month.
Border Force officers were waiting for its arrival after receiving intelligence from NSW Police investigators that an importation of illicit drugs was headed for Australian shores.

The consignment consisted of four 40-foot shipping containers, containing what was said to be mineral water. Disguised among 17 pallets of water officers allegedly discovered 99 bottles with liquid methamphetamine suspended inside.
NSW Police Drug and Firearms Squad Commander Detective Superintendent John Watson said the seizure was significant not only for the amount, but the dollar value.

Had the seizure not been successful, he said, "we would have expected these drugs would have been on the street ... within days."
Police monitored a controlled delivery under covert surveillance to a business warehouse address at Old Guildford in western Sydney on Thursday morning, assisted by federal police.


At the warehouse two men were allegedly seen unpacking the drugs before police entered. Majid Omrieh, 48, and Mehren Nemat, 33, were arrested and charged with importing and possessing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and supplying a prohibited drug.
Both were refused bail at Liverpool Local Court on Friday. They are yet to enter a formal plea.
They will next appear in court on June 17.
Detective Superintendent Watson alleged the men were the heads of a syndicate, dealing with organised crime groups in Iran to enable the commercial importation.

"We [allege] they had the needs and capability to organise the importation, to organise the facility and to extract the drugs within days," he said. "They chose to do it in the ... lockdown state. They chose to seemingly do legitimate importations under the guise of importing water," he alleged.
AFP Detective Superintendent Ben McQuillan said importations of drugs like methylamphetamine from the Middle East had increased in recent years.
"The UN Office of Drugs and Crime has noticed there has been a spike in the production of methylamphetamine [and seizures] in Iran and neighbouring countries like Afghanistan," he said.
He said the AFP had a relationship with Iranian authorities, but said Iran was traditionally a "difficult country to forge relationships with" and "a lot of the time police led diplomacy is actually more effective."

A crystal-like substance had formed at the tops of the bottles that allegedly contained liquid methylamphetamine.CREDIT:AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE

Border Force NSW Acting Regional Commander Garry Low said officers used x-ray technology and detector dogs and were often looking for "needles in haystacks" when targeting large-scale importations.
It follows the seizure of 1 tonne of methylamphetamine from a yacht intercepted off the NSW coast near Lake Macquarie last weekend.
Police allege the yacht, known as the La Fayette, was loaded with border controlled drugs in waters around Norfolk Island. Two men were arrested aboard and have been charged with commercial importation of a drug.

Article here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw...bottles-of-mineral-water-20200424-p54mtw.html
 

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Would "liquid meth" be freebase methamphetamine oil, or a solution of methamphetamine.HCl in water or alcohol?
 
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