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                               20 June 2007
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                                                        Australia: Extradition ... fugitive
                                                        Tony Mokbel will be charged with
                                                        a second murder when he returns
                                                        from Greece, police say.

                                                        Source:
                                                        http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/
                                                        story/0,21598,21899114-
                                                        949,00.html




Vietnam: Police paid a surprise
inspection visit to a restaurant in
Ho Chi Minh City Sunday where
they found suspected drugs on the
scene and illegal booze being
served.

Source:
http://www.thanhniennews.com/s
ociety/?catid=3&newsid=29133




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                                                  Table of Contents
Press Summaries ............................................................................................................... 5
  United Nations ............................................................................................................... 5
   UN Drugs Report Highlights Australian Ice Problem ................................................. 5
  Australia......................................................................................................................... 5
   Cannabis Education Centre Expected By End Of Year ............................................... 5
   Court Hears Of Boy, 5, With 160 Bruises.................................................................... 5
   Eight Arrested In Drug Raids ....................................................................................... 6
   Grim Future Warning ................................................................................................... 6
   Mokbel's Baby A 'Legal Angle' ................................................................................... 7
   New Murder Charge For Mokbel ................................................................................. 7
   Swimmers Face Year-Round Drug Tests ..................................................................... 8
   Boxer Faces Heroin Charges ........................................................................................ 8
   'Cook' Phoned Mokbel For Advice: Police .................................................................. 8
   Five In Court After Drug Raids — Tamworth ............................................................. 9
   Geelong CBD A Drugs Hot Spot ................................................................................. 9
   Mokbel Betrayed By Inner Circle .............................................................................. 10
   Mokbel 'Led Drug Empire While On Run' ................................................................ 10
   WA Rejects Thai Prisoner Transfer ........................................................................... 11
   Boy Threatened At Leeming Park .............................................................................. 11
   Drug Users Sought Emergency Help ......................................................................... 12
   Greek Jail Making Mokbel 'Crazy' ............................................................................. 12
   Ice Epidemic Denied .................................................................................................. 13
   Car Crash Dad Turns Himself In................................................................................ 13
   Celebrity Drug Hits Sydney ....................................................................................... 13
   Cooking Up Millions In Hell's Kitchens .................................................................... 14
   Daylight Crime Spree ................................................................................................. 14
   'Drug Gang' School Link ............................................................................................ 15
   Man Charged Over Cocaine Importation ................................................................... 15
   War On Drink Spikers ................................................................................................ 15
   Attack Charges Spread ............................................................................................... 16
   Eagle Wary On Cousins Link To Underworld ........................................................... 16
   Ice `Everywhere'......................................................................................................... 17
   Military's Drug Habit ................................................................................................. 17
   Parents Write Drug Handbook ................................................................................... 18
   Brutal Rapist Fails To Have Jail Term Reduced ........................................................ 18
   Mokbel's Mate Loses House To State ........................................................................ 18
   Most Detainees Using Drugs...................................................................................... 19
   Save Me From The Media, Sobbing Dad Begs Police ............................................... 19
   Study Finds One In Four Offenders Using Speed, Ice ............................................... 20
   Two Convicted After Police Drug Raid ..................................................................... 20
   Government Demands Zero Tolerance ...................................................................... 21
   Only Dopes Do Drugs ................................................................................................ 21
  Bangladesh ................................................................................................................... 22


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  Drugs Trafficking Menace At DU ............................................................................. 22
China ............................................................................................................................ 22
  China To Intensify Drug War..................................................................................... 22
  Ketamine Abusers Up 36.9% ..................................................................................... 23
  Yunnan Tightens Control On Drug-Production Chemicals ....................................... 23
India ............................................................................................................................. 24
  DJ Aqeel Cleared Of Drug Possession Charges, Leaves For India ........................... 24
  Fencing On Moreh Border To Speed Up ................................................................... 24
  ‗Proximity To South Asia Has Made Bengal Conduit For Drugs‘ ............................ 25
  More Addicts In Rehab Centres ................................................................................. 25
  51 Kg Poppy Husk Recovered ................................................................................... 26
  Seizure: Heroin Turns Washing Powder .................................................................... 26
  HIV And India‘s Drug Users ..................................................................................... 26
  Marijuana Worth Rs.4 Mn Seized, One Arrested Saturday ....................................... 27
  Nigerian Gets 10 Years RI For Trying To Export Heroin ......................................... 27
  Recovering Addict Gives Testimonials...................................................................... 27
  City Runs Out Of Psychotropic Drugs ....................................................................... 28
  Opium Seized ............................................................................................................. 28
  AMADA Set For Anti-Drug Day ............................................................................... 28
  Heroin, Opium Seized In Rajasthan; Three Arrested ................................................. 29
Indonesia ...................................................................................................................... 29
  Drug Trade An Easy Trap For Street Children .......................................................... 29
  Brother Of Famous British Chef Goes On Trial On Heroin Possession Charges ...... 30
  Officials Burn Heroin ................................................................................................. 30
  Police Find Drugs In Boarding Houses ...................................................................... 31
Japan ............................................................................................................................ 31
  Dior Exec In Japan Gets Suspended Sentence For Drugs .......................................... 31
Malaysia ....................................................................................................................... 31
  TV3 Duo Did Not Take Drugs ................................................................................... 31
  846 Drug Cases Recorded In Sabah Last Year .......................................................... 32
  Four Nigerians Among Seven Accused Of Running Drugs ...................................... 32
New Zealand ................................................................................................................ 33
  Extra Six Years' Jail For Attack On Drug Dealer ...................................................... 33
  Bungling Robber Used Own Bank Card For Purchase .............................................. 33
  Forty Arrests After South Auckland Drug Busts ....................................................... 34
  Hon Jim Anderton: Community Taking Responsibility ............................................ 34
  Backlog Sees Drug Accused Get Bail ........................................................................ 34
  Three More Jailed After Drug Ring Trial .................................................................. 35
  $50,000 Reward In Bid To Flush Out A Murderer .................................................... 35
Philippines ................................................................................................................... 36
  Abra Mayor Falls In Drug Buy-Bust Operation......................................................... 36
  Kapangan Winning War V. Marijuana ...................................................................... 36
  Silay 'Drug Pusher' Serves Life Sentence .................................................................. 37
  Bacoleño Meted Life For Sale Of Drugs, 5 Acquitted, 1 Gets Two Years ................ 37
Singapore ..................................................................................................................... 37
  CNB Nabs Drug Syndicate In Largest Heroin Bust This Year .................................. 37



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   Trio Nabbed Over JB Kidnap..................................................................................... 38
  Thailand ....................................................................................................................... 38
   Samart Arrested In Drug Raid .................................................................................... 38
   Korean Man Arrested For Consuming And Possessing Ya Ice In Pattaya ................ 39
   Raid Nabs 7 Suspected Militants ............................................................................... 39
   Karaoke Bar Checked................................................................................................. 39
  United States ................................................................................................................ 40
   Alleged Move To 'Decriminalize' Marijuana Slammed ............................................. 40
   Man Accused Of Selling 'Ice' Pleads Guilty .............................................................. 40
   Woman Pleads Guilty To 'Ice' Trafficking................................................................. 41
   Former Teacher Faces Prison ..................................................................................... 41
   Two Arrested In Drug Investigation .......................................................................... 41
   Woman Forfeits $1 Million From Illegal Drug Deals................................................ 42
   Don Ho's Daughter Died Of Accidental Overdose .................................................... 42
  Vietnam ........................................................................................................................ 42
   The People Honour Heroes Fighting War On Illegal Drug ....................................... 42
   Vietnam To Crack Down On Drug Trafficking ......................................................... 43
   Death Sentences Upheld On Seven Drug Traffickers, Producers .............................. 43
   Pre, Post Drug Testing Decided For Asia Cup........................................................... 44
   Possible Drugs Found At Eatery Breaking Liquor, Fire, Labor Laws ....................... 44
   Police Spend US$62,500 To Crack Heroin Case ....................................................... 45



Prepared by: Cubic Analysis Center (808) 534-7606 on 20 June 2007




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Press Summaries

United Nations

UN Drugs Report Highlights Australian Ice Problem
TONY EASTLEY: Another international drug report is expected to warn Australia about
the growing dangers of the methamphetamine or ice market. The United Nations' Office
on Drugs and Crime will release its report into illicit drug use in Australia this week. The
Office's Under-Secretary-General, Antonio Maria Costa, will visit Sydney and
Melbourne delivering his verdict on the impact of Australia's drug policies on drug
consumption. He spoke to our Europe Correspondent Rafael Epstein. ANTONIO
MARIA COSTA: Drug use levels are pretty high still in Australia, and we know that by
international standards, but the situation is less alarming than a decade ago, and this is
because very forceful initiatives have been undertaken by the Government. My
recommendation to the Government is to continue along this path and indeed show
further results in the years to come. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Australia, like many countries,
has a problem with methamphetamine, ice, however you like to call it. And in particular,
Western Australia believes it has a problem with a higher than the national average use of
that drug, and they're going to have a summit on it soon. I wonder if the same methods
used for other illicit drugs - speed, cocaine, heroin - the same law enforcement and
education programs, is it a similar thing for ice? Should the same sorts of programs be
pursued? ANTONIO MARIA COSTA: As I've seen, you are putting the finger on the
real difficult question we are facing. (Continued)
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation / Broadcast Transcript / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2007/s1954003.htm

Australia

Cannabis Education Centre Expected By End Of Year
A new research and education centre targeting cannabis is expected to be up and running
by the end of this year. The Federal Government has announced the $12 million centre
will be run by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, based at the University of
New South Wales. Federal Minister Christopher Pyne says the centre will provide
information to young people in particular about the dangers of the drug. "Cannabis is
still a very important part of the drug scene and is the most used drug in Australia still, so
we don't want to in our attempt to fight ice and ecstasy and other synthetic drugs take our
eye off the ball of fighting cannabis," he said.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200706/s1950624.htm

Court Hears Of Boy, 5, With 160 Bruises
A five-year-old boy allegedly murdered by his stepfather was found to have more than
160 bruises, a fractured skull and injuries to the abdomen so severe the force had ruptured
the boy's liver. Stuart McMaster, 30, the disciplinarian of his household, told police "I
just see white" when he lost control and beat his stepson Cody Christopher Hutchings, the
Victorian Supreme Court heard yesterday. Mr McMaster is charged with his stepson's


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murder and accused of abusing the boy for months before Cody succumbed to his
injuries. Mr McMaster is also charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious
injury to the boy's mother, Belinda McMaster. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The day Cody died, Mr McMaster sent his stepson to the "naughty corner" in the laundry
of the family home in Hopper's Crossing in Melbourne's outer-west, a jury heard. Cody's
mother heard a series of loud thuds coming from the room, prosecutor Colin Hillman SC
said. Ms McMaster, unconcerned at that point, went shopping. When she returned, Cody
had Band-Aids stuck to his forehead and the bathroom of the couple's suburban
Melbourne home was stained with blood. Cody had fallen and hit his head on the toilet,
Mr McMaster told police. That evening, the boy was "tossing and turning" as he lay in
the loungeroom. The little boy was allegedly struck again as punishment for his
restlessness. (Continued)
Source: The Australian / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21901931-2702,00.html

Eight Arrested In Drug Raids
Three people will face drug trafficking charges in court today after detectives swooped
on several houses across Geelong, south-west of Melbourne. Eight people were arrested
in yesterday's raids in North Geelong, St Albans Park, Thomson and Corio, following the
discovery of two clandestine drug laboratories in Geelong in March this year, police said.
Two men and a woman were remanded in custody to appear at Geelong Magistrates'
Court today on charges of trafficking amphetamines, cannabis, LSD and possessing the
proceeds of crime. Five others released after questioning related to drug and weapons
offences were expected to be charged on summons, police said.
Source: The Age / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/eight-arrested-in-drug-
raids/2007/06/14/1181414410263.html

Grim Future Warning
Tony Trimingham has stopped plenty of kids from disappearing through the cracks
during his 10 years with the Family Drug Support organisation but even he concedes that,
without more help, south-west Sydney faces a grim future. The bulk of calls to his
national helpline service come from individuals and families living in Liverpool, Fairfield
and Bankstown seeking help for a range of drug and alcohol issues. ''But I really feel for
health services and the Government because, while there is always room for more
treatment services, there's not always the means to deliver them where they are needed
most.'' Mr Trimingham said the main way to help provide social welfare was to offer
family support. ''Support the family and you can help them cope better with individuals
within the family unit who have drug and alcohol issues,'' he said. ''Hopefully, this sense
of support then rubs off on the drug user and they can move forward in a more positive
manner. ''Essentially it is about management issues. There are lots of problems related to
heroin use but managing a user is relatively easy compared to those using amphetamines,
particularly ice. Then you can get psychotic episodes and even violence. ''You also can't
understate the problems associated with alcohol and the massive increase in binge
drinking. A lot of the trouble comes from the pre-mix drinks with teenagers, particularly
girls, getting absolutely smashed on these products. (Continued)


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Source: Liverpool City Champion / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/2007/06/7_grim_future_warning.php

Mokbel's Baby A 'Legal Angle'
Captured Australian fugitive Tony Mokbel could use his Greek-born baby daughter to
avoid extradition to Australia, according to an international law expert. Mokbel could
seek an exemption to extradition for "humanitarian considerations" under a 1991 treaty
between Australia and Greece, said Professor Don Rothwell of the Australian National
University in Canberra. "The most obvious (legal) angle that Mokbel could seek to
pursue at the moment relates to any possible consequences of extradition for his family in
Greece," he told Fairfax newspapers. "The term 'humanitarian considerations' would
certainly be broad enough to encompass the status of his six-month-old daughter."
Mokbel fled Australia in March last year during his Victorian Supreme Court trial over
the importation of 2kg of cocaine. He was convicted and sentenced in his absence to a
minimum of nine years in jail and was this month found and arrested in Greece in a joint
police effort. Mokbel has since been charged with the murder of underworld figure
Lewis Moran, a crime he denies having any links with, as well as drug offences.
"Mokbel's lawyers could argue that his extradition to Australia... could place significant
hardship on the family and therefore impact upon the family circumstances of such a
young child," said Prof Rothwell. Mokbel's partner, Danielle McGuire, gave birth to
their baby daughter Renate in Greece. The baby is a sister to McGuire's elder daughter
Brittany, 11. Ms McGuire's mother has defended her de facto son-in-law. (Continued)
Source: Courier Mail / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,21897392-954,00.html

New Murder Charge For Mokbel
Captured Australian fugitive Tony Mokbel would be charged with second murder when
he returned from Greece, Victoria police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said
today. She said police were preparing documentation for Greek authorities for Mokbel's
extradition and among the charges that he faced in Victoria were two for murder. "We've
indicated so far drug trafficking offences, also perhaps two murder offences," Ms Nixon
said. When pressed on whether the second murder charge was definite, Ms Nixon said
"yes", but she would not name the alleged victim. "Not at this stage," she said. Mokbel
fled Australia in March last year during his Victorian Supreme Court trial over the
importation of 2kg of cocaine. He was convicted and sentenced in his absence to a
minimum of nine years in jail. Mokbel was charged in his absence with the murder of
underworld figure Lewis Moran, an allegation he denies. Mokbel was captured in Athens
early this month. Speaking to Channel 9 from an Athens jail, Mokbel said he was
convinced he would never get a fair trial in Victoria because of the way he was portrayed
there. "I will never ever get a fair trial - you know that and I know that - in any trial in
the state of Victoria, you wouldn't get one in a million years," he said. "This picture's
painted on me over certain years now and it's shocking. It's not a good picture at all, I
wouldn't want to wish that picture on anyone."
Source: Perth Now / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,21899114-949,00.html




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Swimmers Face Year-Round Drug Tests
Elite swimmers will become the first Olympic athletes to undergo AFL-style out-of-
competition illicit drug testing under plans being considered by Swimming Australia.
Swimming Australia official want to test swimmers for drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine
under the plan, mirroring policies already in practice in the AFL, Fairfax newspapers
reported. "Swimming Australia has a strong belief that any sort of drugs in sport are
inappropriate and that illicit drugs are high on that list," Swimming Australia chief
executive Glenn Tasker said on Wednesday. "We send very clear messages to our
athletes about performance-enhancing substances. Why would we not send a clear
message about recreational drugs?" There was a "better than average" chance of illicit
drug use in swimming given the prevalence of drug culture in wider society, Tasker said.
Swimming Australia has presented its plan to the Australian Swimmers' Association and
is awaiting a response. Swimming Australia has not decided on how it will conduct the
tests but is likely to take a tougher stance than the "three strikes" policy used by the AFL
and recently condemned by the federal government and Australia swimming team captain
Grant Hackett, the Fairfax report said. But Tasker said cautioning first-time offenders for
illicit drug use already applied in the general community. Under the current rules,
swimmers are tested for both illicit and performance-enhancing drugs during competition
but during rest and training, they are only tested for performance enhancers. (Continued)
Source: The Brisbane Times / 13 June 2007 /
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/swimmers-face-yearround-drug-tests/20072914-
iaq.html

Boxer Faces Heroin Charges
Geelong boxer Dragan Arnautovic _ aka `Machine Gun Charlie' _ has been charged with
trafficking heroin. Arnautovic, of Herne Hill, will be out of the ring for some months
after he was remanded into custody yesterday at Melbourne Magistrates' Court. He is
due to appear before court again on September 4. Police charged Arnautovic, 45, on
Tuesday with one count of trafficking after what Detective Sergeant Kerin Maloney, of
Werribee Criminal Investigation Unit, described as an ongoing investigation in
Melbourne's western suburbs. Arnautovic, a former Australian kickboxing champion
and cruiserweight boxer, faced court wearing jeans and a red and white Brooklyn T-shirt
that showed off most of his heavily tattooed arms. During a brief remand hearing for
Arnautovic's co-accused, Tracie Legaweic, the court heard that police had intercepted
6000 phone calls, 200 of which the prosecution planned to rely on for the pair's case. Ms
Legaweic, 42, of Port Melbourne, was also charged with one count of trafficking heroin
and ordered to reappear on September 4. Ms Legaweic was granted bail.
Source: Geelong Advertiser / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/06/14/4632_news.html

'Cook' Phoned Mokbel For Advice: Police
Tony Mokbel's alleged amphetamine cook, 23-year-old Monash University chemical
engineering student David Tricarico, phoned his boss in Greece in a bid to work out why
he had made a bad batch, police recordings reveal. The Melbourne Magistrates Court
heard — as part of a bail application for Tricarico — that he spoke directly to Mokbel
late last month to discuss problems with chemicals foaming up. Tricarico, who lived


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with his grandparents in Doncaster East before his arrest on April 5, is charged with
trafficking a large commercial quantity of methamphetamine. Two new charges were
added yesterday: dealing with the proceeds of crime($40,000 cash); and trafficking a
commercial quantity of a precursor chemical used to make amphetamines. Detective
Sergeant Martin Robertson of the Purana taskforce told the court Tricarico was a key
member of an amphetamine manufacturing network controlled by Mokbel and known as
"The Company". "This group is responsible for the production of 42 kilograms of
amphetamines since July 2006, with a wholesale value of $4.2 million and a street value
many times that," he said. He said the group transferred $400,000 to Mokbel overseas,
made false documents, including the passport he had when captured in Greece, and
laundered "large sums" of money, some of which was used for a legal fighting fund for
his family members. Sergeant Robertson said Tricarico — one of eight men arrested by
police during drug raids on their homes — was among an inner circle of four who spoke
directly to Mokbel while he was on the run. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/cook-phoned-mokbel-for-advice-
police/2007/06/14/1181414466889.html

Five In Court After Drug Raids — Tamworth
Five men are due to appear in Tamworth Local Court following police raids on homes in
the Tamworth area yesterday. Six men – including two highly-ranked members of the
Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) – were charged with a number of serious drug
offences including ongoing supply of prohibited drugs, possession of prohibited drugs,
and knowingly take part in the supply of prohibited drugs. About 50 police officers were
involved in Operation Caddie which targeted the Tamworth chapter of the Rebels
OMCG. Police executed warrants on five homes seizing an estimated $40,000 cash and
large quantities of ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis. A 26-year-old man, who police
will allege is a high-ranking member of the Rebels Tamworth chapter, and his 27-year-
old associate were arrested at 9.40am in a local shopping centre car-park. A 42-year-old
former Rebels member and a 49-year-old associate were arrested moments later during
simultaneous raids on their homes. Shortly after 2pm, a second highly-ranked Rebels
member, aged 27 years, was arrested on a Tamworth street. At 2.30pm police arrested
the sixth man, a 22-year-old Rebels associate, at his home. The raids follow a six-month
covert investigation code-named Operation Caddie.
Source: NSW Police Online / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/recent_media_unit_information?sq_content_src=%2
BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZjdXN0b21zY3JpcHRzLnBvbGljZS5uc3cuZ292LmF1
JTJGbmV3cyUyRmRldGFpbHNfbWVkaWEucGhwJTNGTWVkaWFJRCUzRDk2ODE
mYWxsPTE%3D

Geelong CBD A Drugs Hot Spot
Humans being what they are, drugs of one form or another will always present a threat to
their well-being. Illicit drugs, performance-enhancing drugs, recreational drugs, legal
drugs, whatever the species, drugs will remain a powerful lure to the young, the reckless,
the ambitious, the sick and, frankly, the otherwise normal. The variety of drugs in our
society is well known and their presence common be it alcohol, nicotine, ecstasy, speed,


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marijuana, heroin, cocaine, steroids, EPO, painkillers ... the list goes on. Given the
problems they present, and notwithstanding the raft of laws against them, it remains a
mystery why the community tolerates drugs as it does. News that more than 90 people
have been charged with cultivating, manufacturing or trafficking drugs in Geelong in the
past 10 months and five houses raided in alleged drug busts yesterday point convincingly
to the scope of drug problems in Geelong. Police boss Wayne Carson says drug use in
Geelong is no worse than any other regional centre. That might seem reasonable,
statistically, but it's clearly far from a good thing. Sixty of the 94 people charged were
apprehended in the Geelong city centre, adding drugs to the mix of violence and alcohol-
fuelled trouble afflicting the CBD. Police might be collaring more miscreants, and well
done to them, but it hardly seems drug users are packing up shop and moving. Demand
remains high. But why this demand when drug use presents such nasty social problems
past, present and future? (Continued)
Source: The Geelong Advertiser / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/06/15/4644_opinion.html

Mokbel Betrayed By Inner Circle
Tony Mokbel was captured only after one of his inner circle approached police to reveal
the fugitive gangster was still running a massive drug operation from his Greek hideout.
The police informant, known as 3030, told police he was part of a group known as "The
Company", which trafficked cocaine and amphetamines and was directly controlled by
the drug lord. Just weeks before Mokbel's capture, the informant recorded members of
the group's conversations and provided vital intelligence that eventually led police to
Mokbel's lair in Athens, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard yesterday. The evidence
was heard in a bail application for another alleged member of Mokbel's inner sanctum,
David Tricarico. The man known as 3030 turned informant in the same month police
announced a $1 million reward would be paid to anyone who provided information that
led to Mokbel's arrest. On May 8 - a month before Greek police swooped and captured
Mokbel in Athens - informant 3030 spent the night with a number of Mokbel's closest
associates, preparing drugs in a hotel room, the court heard. The informant was asked to
source glassware and other drug-making equipment, Detective Sergeant Martin
Robertson told the court, and was given a comprehensive list, which he handed over to
police. An undercover officer posed as a supplier of glassware and a buyer of
amphetamines, the court was told. The undercover officer bought 1.1kg of drugs for
$114,000. (Continued)
Source: The Australian / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21908424-2702,00.html

Mokbel 'Led Drug Empire While On Run'
Captured Australian drug trafficker Tony Mokbel controlled a Melbourne-based drug
manufacturing network while on the run that produced drugs worth millions of dollars, a
court was told. The allegation was made at the bail application of David Tricarico, 23,
who is alleged to be a member of a group called "the company" led by Mokbel until his
arrest. The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told "the company" was responsible for the
production of 42kg of amphetamines since July 2006. Detective Sergeant Martin
Robertson, of the Purana task force, told the court the wholesale value of the drugs was


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$4.2 million and its street value was "many times this figure". He said members of the
group transferred $400,000 overseas to Mokbel and large sums were laundered for
Mokbel's interests in Victoria. The company also was responsible for facilitating and
producing false documents, including the passport Mokbel was in possession of when he
was captured in Greece, Det Sgt Robertson said. Tricarico is one of eight men who were
charged on June 6 and alleged to be associates of Mokbel, who was captured the day
before their arrests. Tricarico, of Doncaster East, faces one charge of trafficking a large
commercial quantity of methamphetamine, dealing with $40,000 in cash said to be the
proceeds of crime and trafficking a commercial quantity of the precursor chemical P2P.
(Continued)
Source: The Age / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Mokbel-led-drug-empire-while-on-
run/2007/06/14/1181414453803.html

WA Rejects Thai Prisoner Transfer
Western Australia is refusing to buckle to federal government pressure and allow a heroin
trafficker to transfer from Thailand to serve out her jail term in Perth. Holly Deane-
Johns, 36, was sentenced in 2003 to 31 years in Thailand's notorious "Bangkok Hilton"
jail for possessing and attempting to smuggle heroin. She was arrested in 2000 trying to
send an envelope containing 10.4 grams of pure heroin to Australia. If the Thai king does
not grant her a royal pardon, for which she can start applying in December 2010, she
could be in the Thai jail until 2031. Australia has had a bilateral agreement with
Thailand for the transfer of sentenced persons since September 2002 and Deane-Johns
has applied to be moved to a WA prison. But WA Corrective Services Minister Margaret
Quirk rejected the request last year saying Deane-Johns was convicted for serious
offences and deserved no favours from WA. Federal Justice Minister David Johnston is
urging Ms Quirk to reconsider and allow Deane-Johns to complete her sentence in her
home state. "A major benefit of the prisoner transfer scheme is to allow people to serve
their sentences in a more rehabilitative environment and also be subject to custodial
supervision and parole conditions upon release," Senator Johnston said. But Ms Quirk
said she had not taken her initial decision lightly. "One of the reasons I blocked her
transfer is that Ms Deane-Johns has offended before," Ms Quirk said. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/WA-rejects-Thai-prisoner-
transfer/2007/06/14/1181414439103.html

Boy Threatened At Leeming Park
A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged for threatening a teenage boy with a
handgun at a Leeming park this week. A 14-year-old boy called police following an
incident at the park on Farrington Road, about 5.30pm on Wednesday and told them a
man had approached him and accused him of causing problems in the area. The man
allegedly stood close to the boy and pulled a handgun from the waistband of his pants and
pointed it at his stomach. Police say the man made serious threats to the boy before
leaving the park in a Holden Commodore. Murdoch and Cockburn detectives raided a
Leeming house at 10am yesterday and allegedly found a replica gun, a quantity of
amphetamine, three pepper sprays, a paintball gun, a baton and drug paraphernalia. The


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22-year-old occupant of the house was arrested and charged with going armed in public
to cause fear, making threats to kill, possessing an unlicensed firearm, possessing a
prohibited weapon, possessing a controlled weapon, possessing methamphetamine and
possessing an implement. He is expected to appear before the Fremantle Magistrates
Court today.
Source: The West Australian / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=31450

Drug Users Sought Emergency Help
Crisis talks between Tony Mokbel and key members of his Victorian drug empire
followed complaints from customers, some of whom sought emergency medical
treatment after using their amphetamines, a court has been told. A police summary of the
case against members of an amphetamine manufacturing network controlled by Mokbel,
tendered to the Melbourne Magistrates Court, reveals details of alleged conversations
with their boss in April while he was in hiding in Greece. Eight men have been charged
with trafficking commercial quantities of drugs: Joseph Mansour, 28, of Park Orchards;
Bartholomew Rizzo, 28, of Box Hill North; David Tricarico, 23, of Doncaster East;
Andrew Ryan, 24, of Mitcham; Robert Benedetti, 41, of Templestowe; Chafic Issa, 43, of
Clayton South; George Elias, 39, of Bonnie Doon; and Christopher Ferraro, 28, of East
Doncaster. While monitoring phone intercepts, police allege they heard conversations
between Mokbel, Rizzo and Mansour about a problem with the last few batches of
amphetamine produced by Tricarico, Issa and Elias. "Some users are becoming ill and
seeking emergency medical treatment after using the drugs," the police summary states.
"Other users are complaining of the bad taste and smell of the product and a browny
coloured residue. "While acknowledging this is bad for their business reputation, Mokbel
and Mansour's solution appears to be to sell the product more quickly or for a cheaper
price‖ (Continued)
Source: The Age / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/drug-users-sought-emergency-
help/2007/06/15/1181414549972.html

Greek Jail Making Mokbel 'Crazy'
Greek authorities have moved Australian fugitive Tony Mokbel from an Athens police
cell to one of Greece's toughest and most overcrowded jails. His Greek lawyer said
Mokbel was struggling emotionally in the high-security Korydallos Prison in Athens
because he had not seen his six-month-old daughter, Renate, and stepdaughter Brittany,
11, for five days. Mokbel is sharing a cell with another inmate at the jail, which houses
Greece's worst criminals, including terrorist bombers and most foreign inmates. Groups
including Greece's National Commission of Human Rights have long complained of the
poor and overcrowded conditions in the jail. Mokbel's counsel, Yiannis Vlachos, said
Mokbel had been shifted to the jail from the cells at the headquarters of the Hellenic
police on Monday, local time - normal practice for the handling of foreign prisoners. He
was being housed in a general wing of the jail, which Mr Vlachos said was not as
overcrowded as other parts of the notorious prison, and he was missing his family. "His
mood is bad because of two reasons. One is that it is not possible for his lover, Ms
Danielle McGuire, to visit him with their children. He cannot see his children for five


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days now," he said. "The other thing that is making him unhappy is that he denies, with
everything he has, that he has anything to do with this charge of murder. "It is making
him depressed. It is making him crazy, in fact." (Continued)
Source: The Age / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/greek-jail-making-mokbel-
crazy/2007/06/15/1181414499490.html

Ice Epidemic Denied
The Australian public had been wrongly scared into believing there was an ice epidemic,
a Wollongong drug expert said yesterday. Wollongong Crisis Centre manager Will
Temple said hype surrounding the increased use of the potent drug was exaggerated and
he still saw 30 times more heroin addicts than ice abusers. "While there is an increase in
(ice) use, it's not as endemic as what we've been led to believe," Mr Temple said. "The
data within most drug and alcohol agencies says it's not as bad as we're being told." Mr
Temple, who was attending Creating Synergy, the national drug and alcohol conference
in Wollongong, said yesterday that experts feared the drug because it was new and the
most dangerous available in Australia. Ice is the most potent form of methamphetamine,
at 80-90 per cent purity, with other forms usually 10-20 per cent pure.
Source: Illawara Mercury / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/articles/2007/06/15/1181414549531.html

Car Crash Dad Turns Himself In
A man wanted for questioning over a car accident that claimed the lives of his two young
sons on south-east Queensland's Gold Coast has handed himself in to police. Alan
Edward Ross handed himself in to police at Coomera around 8am AEST. He was taken to
the to Gold Coast hospital for medical treatment almost immediately. Mr Ross was
driving when his car crashed on Thursday. He fled the scene of the accident, leaving his
partner and two sons, aged seven months and two years, in the wreckage. His two-year-
old son Khye died instantly, and Khye's seven-month-old brother Zac later died of his
injuries. It is expected police will charge Mr Ross with manslaughter. They allegedly
found alcohol and drugs in the wreckage.
Source: ABC News Online / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200706/s1953438.htm

Celebrity Drug Hits Sydney
Powerful drug nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" is spilling onto the streets of Sydney and
hooking a new breed of addicts. Experts warn oxycodone is so addictive that it is usually
only prescribed by doctors as a strong painkiller for the terminally ill. However, it is
growing as a cheap and more potent alternative to heroin, which is in short supply in
Australia. At the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Kings Cross, records
show oxycodone and morphine have surpassed illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine and
"ice'' to become the most commonly used substances over the past year. Classed as
pharmaceutical opioids, they have quadrupled in use since 2005 and now account for
about 40 per cent of visits to the injecting room. Users crush up pills to remove slow-
release binders before snorting or injecting the powder to get a bigger "hit''. An overdose
can be deadly or cause permanent damage. Sold under the brand name OxyContin,


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oxycodone has wreaked havoc in the US, where celebrity users have been forced to seek
rehabilitation. Reported high-profile users include Lindsay Lohan, Jack Osbourne,
Courtney Love and Winona Ryder. Hundreds of others have died. Under the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), a packet of 20 or 60 pills costs $4.90 with a
doctor's prescription and comes with the warning "the risk of drug dependence is high''.
Each 80mg pill fetches from $25 to $50 on the street. (Continued)
Source: The Sunday Telegraph / Clair Weaver / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/sundaytelegraph/story/0,,21918218-5001021,00.html

Cooking Up Millions In Hell's Kitchens
All it takes is a chemistry set in a car boot to create a new speed demon, writes Mark
Russell. Backyard drug barons have never had it so good. Demand for amphetamines is at
record levels and authorities say crime gangs are working overtime to cook up as much of
the drug as quickly as possible, to get it on to the market to rake in millions. Australians
are the heaviest users of amphetamines and ecstasy in the world and criminals, including
outlaw motorcycle gangs, are keen to have a slice of the lucrative pie. It is estimated that
one in 10 Australians have tried methamphetamines such as "speed" or "ice", and there
are more than 102,000 regular users. At least one clandestine amphetamine laboratory
(known as a clan lab) is busted every day somewhere in Australia, but this is believed to
be just the tip of the iceberg. Close to 400 were discovered in 2005-06, 64 of them in
Victoria, compared with 36 in 2005. More than 30 have been found so far this year.
Police say that while some crime gangs use factories to produce large quantities of the
drug, most clan labs are small-scale, backyard outfits. The problem for investigators is
that many of these gangs are mobile and hard to catch, especially when using "box labs"
— the size of a briefcase — small enough to be packed away for transport or storage.
(Continued)
Source: The Age / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/cooking-up-millions-in-hells-
kitchens/2007/06/16/1181414613176.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Daylight Crime Spree
When Daniel and his family left Egypt for Adelaide, they thought they were starting a
better life in a safe, quiet haven. That is, until four teenage girls brandishing swords burst
through the doors of their service station and demanded cash. It was 1.30pm on Monday
and the 19-year-old attendant had just begun the afternoon shift at the West Hindmarsh
Liberty on a slow public holiday. Although the Aboriginal bandits were young, he wasn't
taking any chances. He quickly placated his father Adil, who was filling a milk order,
urging him not to "freak them out". Unable to reach the emergency button, Daniel
reached into the till as the teens wildly screamed "money, money money". He was all too
aware that the surreal scene, which seemed straight out of a horror film, could have a
very real, very bloody climax. He quickly shoved about $1500 in cash at the foursome,
three of whom had disguised their faces with stockings. "It was terrifying, one of the girls
had the sword right next to me," Daniel remembers. "I just thought they were customers
when I saw them coming in from a side street." What the girls didn't count on was that
their seemingly co-operative victim would not give up that easily. Jumping into his car
after the offenders fled, he gave chase, capturing the red Toyota Lexcen station wagon's


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licence plate with his mobile phone camera. He didn't care his actions in using the phone
were technically illegal, he just wanted police to "get them". (Continued)
Source: Sunday Mail / Elissa Doherty, Kate Kyriacou / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,21918483-2682,00.html

'Drug Gang' School Link
Four members of Tony Mokbel's alleged drug trafficking gang met as youngsters at a
prestigious Melbourne Catholic school. The group attended Whitefriars College, at
Donvale, in Melbourne's east, and three were in the same class group, the Sunday Herald
Sun can reveal. Staff at the school were in shock in the wake of the arrests, which took
place 11 days ago in a Purana Taskforce swoop hours after Mokbel was nabbed in
Greece. The school confirmed Bartholomew Rizzo, Joseph John Mansour and
Christopher Lee Ferraro, all now 28, graduated in 1996 after completing year 12. David
Michael Tricarico, 23, allegedly one of the few people Mokbel spoke to while on the run,
left the school after year 9 in 1998. The men were all allegedly members of "The
Company", which police claim was a $4.2 million Mokbel-headed drug operation used to
fund the crime tsar's life on the run. Mansour and Ferraro have both been charged with
trafficking a commercial quantity of amphetamines, while Rizzo and Tricarico face one
count each of trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine. Whitefriars'
principal Fr Paul Cahill said the school was in shock after the arrest of its former
students. "I am shocked and disappointed and saddened that these fellows have been
charged with what they have been charged," he said. "It is not the sort of story you like to
read about your past students." (Continued)
Source: Sunday Herald / Kelvin Healey / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21917688-2862,00.html

Man Charged Over Cocaine Importation
A Canadian man has been charged over the alleged importation of six kilograms of
cocaine hidden inside car parts. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said its officers
arrested the 29-year-old man at Sydney airport on Saturday before he boarded a flight out
of the country. The AFP allegedly seized three packages of car parts from a delivery
facility in Mascot on June 8, before substituting the packages and monitoring their
delivery to an address at Cronulla in Sydney's south. The man was charged after search
warrants were executed on a vehicle in Cronulla and a storage facility in Moore Park, to
which the packages had been transported, and at his residential address, police said. He
has been charged with attempt to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled
drug. The man was refused bail and is expected to appear in Parramatta Local Court on
Sunday. The maximum penalty for the offence is $825,000 and/or life imprisonment.
Source: The West Australian / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=392113

War On Drink Spikers
Attorney-General Jim McGinty has declared war on drink and food spikers, introducing
to WA some of the nation's toughest laws to punish offenders. Sexual predators and
pranksters will no longer be able to argue themselves out of trouble by claiming they did
not mean to harm anyone by spiking their drinks or food. The act of spiking another


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person's drink or food will soon be a criminal offence in WA, making it easier for police
and the courts to lock up offenders for three years. Mr McGinty will this week introduce
into Parliament his Drink and Food Spiking Bill, vowing to bring in the new laws by
Christmas -- in time to catch festive idiots. He said WA's young men and women had a
right to go out in public without fearing they would be preyed on. "Generally speaking,
people don't just spike a person's drink for a prank -- they do it for a reason,'' Mr McGinty
said yesterday. "But it is very difficult to be able to prove what the intent was unless, of
course, they have gone ahead and raped or harmed someone. "Often, where you have got
people who are intoxicated or drugged, their recollection won't be reliable and it is
therefore very hard to prove the offence. "What we are now going to do is nip some of
these problems in the bud by getting convictions out of people who simply spike a drink
or food. (Continued)
Source: Sunday Times / Joe Spagnolo / 16 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,21916203-2761,00.html

Attack Charges Spread
The investigation into accused mass rapist John Xydias has widened after more alleged
victims came forward over the weekend. Police have been contacted by several women
they now suspect are victims after the face of Mr Xydias was shown in the media.
Several other people are understood to have come forward with information about the
accused sex offender, who was allegedly obsessed with Naomi Robson. Police suspect
Mr Xydias, a 43-year-old chef from Glen Iris, drugged and raped at least 15 women over
10 years. Detectives from the sexual crimes squad were believed to have interviewed
several women who came forward at the weekend after the case's publicity. Mr Xydias is
believed to have been under scrutiny for months before being charged on Friday. It is
alleged he filmed his offences. Detectives in March had seized dozens of DVDs from the
Tooronga Rd, Glen Iris, home where Mr Xydias lived with his parents. Up to eight
officers had worked on the case since then before swooping and arresting Mr Xydias on
Friday. Det-Sgt Jason Walsh of the sexual crimes squad said police were encouraging
anyone with information to come forward. "We're endeavouring to locate victims and
witnesses," he said. Police believe some of the alleged victims, aged between 20 and 30,
may have no recollection of being violated because they were knocked out by drugs. One
has received psychological treatment in an attempt to help her remember. (Continued)
Source: Herald Sun / Mark Buttler / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21922054-661,00.html

Eagle Wary On Cousins Link To Underworld
West Coast will not directly question Ben Cousins over his continued contact with people
who have Perth underworld links, despite the fact his revised contract is likely to include
a clause prohibiting association with such people. The Sunday Age yesterday reported
Cousins was last week at Melbourne's Beach Hotel with former teammate Michael
Gardiner and Victor Kizon, brother of Perth's John Kizon, and another former Perth man
who allegedly works for a company owned by the Coffin Cheaters motorcycle club. He
had travelled to Melbourne with the latter two on a private jet as guests of a Perth real
estate company. West Coast chairman Dalton Gooding said yesterday he was unaware of
the report and the club would not talk to Cousins about the incident although it would be


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addressed in general when Cousins is presented with his contract later this week by
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett and deputy chairman Mark Barnaba. Gooding said
he could not confirm details of the contract, which had additional terms and conditions
approved by the AFL last week, but it is certain to stipulate a code of behaviour which
will directly refer to Cousins' associations with underworld figures. In 2005 he and
Gardiner refused to answer police questions over their involvement with Perth identities
following the stabbing of Troy Mercanti and the shooting of Nabil Dabag at a Perth
nightclub. (Continued)
Source: Real Footy / Lyall Johnson / 18 June 2007 /
http://realfooty.com.au/news/news/eagle-wary-on-cousins-link-to-
underworld/2007/06/17/1182018935662.html

Ice `Everywhere'
Townsville is in the midst of an `ice' age. Methamphetamine or, as it is better known, ice,
has made its mark in the North and the people who are becoming hopelessly hooked are
getting younger and younger. Twenty-two-year-old Darren Allen has been a user for six
years. He first tried the drug at just 16 and regularly used it intravenously. He told the
Townsville Bulletin that the drug was everywhere and easy to get. "It's very widespread
throughout the community," he said. "Especially in the nightclub scene, people using
ecstasy. If you know people you get can ecstasy from them, the chances are you are going
to be able to get amphetamines." He said he'd seen more and more people use and
become addicted to ice. "I've used it for about six years and in that time there has
definitely been an increase in people using it and the purity (of the drug)," Mr Allen said.
"The most addictive thing is the physical rush. When you are using it all the time you
might stay awake for a day or two. "It becomes a physical addiction in the sense that you
need to keep going. I mean, if you use it on Saturday night you may not get to sleep until
Monday night and then by Tuesday you're stuffed so you need it again. It starts the
snowball effect." Mr Allen said his addiction took over his life. "I was just hooked," he
said. (Continued)
Source: Townsville Bulletin / Selina Sharratt / 17 June 2007/
http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2007/06/18/3865_hpnews.html

Military's Drug Habit
Amphetamines are more prevalent in the armed forces than marijuana. And more than
half of the 115 defence personnel caught by drug tests last year tested positive to
amphetamines. The Australian Defence Force takes a dim view of drug use, but some
restrictions on recruits who admit to past drug use were recently eased to boost
recruitment. Figures tabled in Federal Parliament show the army, air force and navy
conducted almost 7500 drug tests last year. There were 59 positive tests for
amphetamines, 54 for marijuana, five for cocaine, two for valium and morphine and one
for anabolic steroids. Almost 90 were discharged for drug use and many more ordered
into counselling. The figures also show alcohol abuse remains a problem, with 47
discharged last year for drink problems.
Source: Courier Mail / Lachlan Heywood / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,21922335-953,00.html




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Parents Write Drug Handbook
A Melbourne private school is leading the way in tackling teenage drug and alcohol use.
In a Victorian first, parents of Trinity Grammar School students have written and
produced a handbook to help educate families about the dangers of drug and alcohol
abuse. The release of the Trinity Parents' Alcohol & Drug Resource book comes after
recent reports that students at other private schools have been dealing drugs on campus.
The booklet, which has been in production since last year, provides parents with
guidelines for dealing with situations where drugs and alcohol may be present. Trinity
Grammar School deputy headmaster Rohan Brown said parents were often left in the
dark when it came to understanding teenage culture. He said the aim of the booklet was
to provide parents with a consistent approach on issues relating to drugs and alcohol.
Parents were particularly concerned with adolescent alcohol consumption and were often
unsure if their child drank, and if it was acceptable for them to take small amounts of
alcohol to parties, he said. "Binge drinking is extremely detrimental to children and it is
often where they start. Kids drink underage, which sometimes then leads to harder
drugs," Mr Brown said. "We believe it is up to our community, schools and families to
work together to educate young people of the harm caused by risk-taking behaviour." He
said Trinity had received an overwhelming response to the booklet, which he hoped
would be reprinted by other schools. (Continued)
Source: Herald Sun / Jane Metlikovec / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21921479-2862,00.html

Brutal Rapist Fails To Have Jail Term Reduced
A Townsville man who brutally raped an elderly woman in her home two years ago has
failed in his bid to have his jail term cut. Brenton James Newman was aged just 17 when
he broke in to the house of a 60 year-old woman who lived next door to his grandmother.
The boy - under the influence of ecstasy - badly beat the woman, breaking her jaw, before
dragging her into a bedroom and raping her while her husband was out. He later stole
$40 from her purse before fleeing. Court documents revealed the woman suffered
multiple injuries and had to undergo facial surgery. She required a feeding tube and was
admitted to a psychiatric hospital after suffering a mental breakdown as a result of the
attack. Newman was sentenced to 13 years' jail after pleading guilty at Townsville
District Court in March this year, but immediately lodged an appeal on the grounds that
the punishment was too harsh. At a hearing earlier this month, lawyers argued the
sentence did not take into account the teenager's tender age and the fact that he had no
criminal history. But in throwing out the appeal yesterday, a scathing Supreme Court
Justice Glen Williams said Newman deserved no sympathy. "It was a brutal assault
committed by a young man nearly six foot tall and weighing 100 kilograms on a
defenceless elderly woman," Justice Williams said. (Continued)
Source: Brisbane Times / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/brutal-rapist-fails-to-have-jail-term-
reduced/2007/06/17/1182018912373.html

Mokbel's Mate Loses House To State
A mate of Tony Mokbel has lost his fight to stop the state from claiming his home, which
he says was transferred to the captured fugitive to keep it from his own estranged wife.


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Darren John Hafner was also unsuccessful in his bid today to have his case adjourned
until Mokbel is available to give evidence. Earlier this month, Mokbel, 41, was arrested
by Greek police in Athens. The drug lord and accused murderer had been on the run for
15 months after fleeing during his cocaine trafficking trial in the Victorian Supreme
Court. Mokbel's assets have been frozen since 2001, under an order made by the
Victorian County Court. Mr Hafner had applied to have his Bulleen home, gifted to him
by his grandmother, excluded from the order. He said the property was transferred to
Mokbel but his friend was holding it for him only temporarily. When he was asked what
he said to Mokbel when the pair discussed the property, Mr Hafner told the court: "My
words were that basically I was having domestics with my missus and basically I don't
know what to do with my grandmother's house," Mr Hafner said, according to a transcript
of proceedings read to the court by Judge Michael McInerney. "And we ... came to the
conclusion that I'd sign it over to him." (Continued)
Source: News Australia / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21925648-1702,00.html

Most Detainees Using Drugs
More than 50 per cent of detainees held in police custody across Australia tested positive
to cannabis use over the past year, a report has found. The Australian Institute of
Criminology yesterday released two comprehensive reports focusing on drug use and
intimate relationship violence among Australian prison detainees. The data was collected
from more than 4500 people in police custody at nine sites across Australia. The data
was taken from voluntary questionnaires filled out by the police detainees, 70 per cent of
whom also provided urine tests. The report showed that drug use and intimate
relationship violence was high among detainees. More than 50 per cent tested positive
for cannabis, nearly a quarter tested positive to methamphetamines, and about 8 per cent
to heroin. Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology Toni Makkai said the
figures showed methamphetamine use among detainees had grown since data was first
collected in 1999. "What we have seen is that heroin use has gone down . . . however,
we did see methamphetamine going up from 1999 through to 2003, however it has
remained relatively stable at this level," Ms Makkai said. Of the people that took part in
the questionnaire, half had been arrested in the past 12 months and 18 per cent had been
in prison in the past year. More than two-thirds were receiving government benefits and
the majority, 84 per cent, were male. (Continued)
Source: Herald Sun / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21927282-662,00.html

Save Me From The Media, Sobbing Dad Begs Police
Barefooted and shaking violently, Alan Edward Ross turned himself in to police
yesterday. The Southport man, who three days earlier ran away as his two sons lay dying
in his wrecked car, was last night charged with two counts of manslaughter and two
counts of the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing grievous bodily harm.
Standing in the doorway of the Coomera police station yesterday morning, Mr Ross burst
into tears and pleaded with police to save him from waiting media representatives.
"Please, please, they're right there ... waiting for me ... I don't ... please," he sobbed. A
minute later he was led to a police car with a towel over his head, his hands cuffed behind


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his back, and wearing blue jeans and a grey, long-sleeved shirt. He remained silent but
continued to tremble uncontrollably as he was placed in the car. Inside the vehicle, he
began to rock his head and shoulders up and down repeatedly. Later, outside the
Southport watchhouse, Mr Ross continued to shake and rock up and down, while
maintaining his silence. He had arrived with family members at the Coomera police
station at 7.15am after police had issued a warrant for his arrest following his failure to
meet a 5pm deadline to be interviewed on Saturday. "He is extremely emotional and is in
shock in relation to the whole situation," said Senior Sergeant Craig McGrath. "He's
obviously, as you can appreciate, taking into account the gravity of the whole situation."
(Continued)
Source: The Gold Coast Bulletin / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.gcbulletin.com.au/article/2007/06/18/5825_news.html

Study Finds One In Four Offenders Using Speed, Ice
Almost one in four adults in police custody have used speed or ice before offending,
almost one in 10 have used heroin and more than half have used cannabis. The figures,
from a quarterly survey of more than 4500 people detained across Australia, sketch a
correlation between drug use and crime rates. The Australian Institute of Criminology
survey also found 49 per cent of detainees had experienced "intimate partner violence" -
compared with the general population rate of 16 per cent for women and 6 per cent for
men. Institute director Toni Makkai said the most alarming aspect of the report was the
way drug users continued to "cycle" through the criminal justice system. "Over half of
them had been arrested in the last 12 months and 18 per cent of them had been in prison
in the last 12 months," Dr Makkai said. "They have low levels of education. Two-thirds
of them are receiving government benefits. The majority of them (are) male." Overall, 47
per cent of detainees charged over the past year had taken drugs just before committing
an offence. Dr Makkai said use of methylamphetamines had stabilised after rising
steadily for several years. However, she said more users were injecting the substances
and ice was increasingly cited by amphetamines users as the drug of choice. A drop in
heroin abuse had been accompanied by an increase in codeine use. (Continued)
Source: The Australian / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21929798-2,00.html

Two Convicted After Police Drug Raid
Two Geelong men busted during a drug raid on a Geelong motel have appeared in court.
Anthony Bidmade, 19, of Aldershot Rd, St Albans Park, and Ben Whitworth, 20, of
Highland Way, Leopold, fronted Geelong Magistrates' Court yesterday. Bidmade
pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and amphetamine and Whitworth, guilty to one
count of possessing cannabis. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Geoff Lamb said
Bidmade and Whitworth were booked into a room at a motel in La Trobe Tce on March
2. Sen-Constable Lamb said police armed with a drugs search warrant forced the door to
the pair's room about 9am. Inside they found several items, including a small plastic
container containing a small quantity of cannabis and a toiletries bag containing seven
small plastic bags. ``Two of the bags contained half a gram each of amphetamine, while
the remaining bags contained white powder residue,'' Sen-Constable Lamb said. ``A
small quantity of cannabis head was also found.'' David Barrese, appearing for both men,


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said the two had planned a night on the town and, rather than cause a problem coming
home late to Bidmade's place, decided to book into a motel room for a couple of days.
Mr Barrese said the pair drank heavily during the period and claimed they would have
used the drugs if they hadn't passed out due to over-consumption of Jim Beam. He said
Whitworth had no prior convictions but Bidmade did have a criminal history.
(Continued)
Source: The Geelong Advertiser / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/06/19/4746_news.html

Government Demands Zero Tolerance
The Federal Government has flagged that all elite sportspeople could face extreme drug
testing protocols and immediate sanctions for a first offence if caught using any types of
drugs, while the NRL could come under pressure to change its two-strikes policy when it
meets Government ministers in Canberra tomorrow. Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi told
Parliament late on Monday night that all sports should expand drug testing regimes to
embrace an illicit drugs policy which will test athletes out of competition, out of season
and midweek. He wants immediate sanctions after the first instance of a positive test and
called the NRL policy "sub-standard" and the more controversial three-strikes policy of
the AFL "a joke". NRL chief executive David Gallop and chief operating officer Graham
Annesley are heading to Canberra to help launch an anti-drugs campaign spearheaded by
reformed addict and former rugby league player Darren Martin. But Gallop and Annesley
have also been asked to explain their illicit drugs code to key federal ministers. Such a
widespread national program as mooted by Senator Bernadi would envelop all sports that
receive government funding, from lightweights such as synchronised swimming to the
professional element such as league, union and AFL. Sports have come under pressure
from the Federal Government to introduce an illicit drugs policy which includes tests for
drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine out of competition in the wake of the Ben Cousins
fiasco. (Continued)
Source: Sydney Morning Herald / 19 June 2007 /
http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/government-getting-tough-as-it-demands-zero-
tolerance-across-board/2007/06/19/1182019113654.html

Only Dopes Do Drugs
Drug and alcohol abuse costs the community and police are finding new ways to crack
down on the social problem. These days $200 will get you a gram of methamphetamine,
including a headache, irregular breathing and heartbeat, paranoia, depression, violent
spells and a possible addiction. That is only in the short-term. Long-term effects of the
drug can include heart attack, stroke, and slow bleeding in the brain, which makes you
wonder why cities are gripped by such a destructive drug and other drugs like it. During
National Drug Action Week from 18 to 22 June, police show how they are tackling drug
and alcohol issues in Victoria. Drug and Alcohol Strategy Unit manager Inspector Steve
James said police worked hard to alter the effects drug use had on Victorians. ―Drug use
affects everyone – drug users, families of drug users, and society in general,‖ he said.
Victoria spends a great deal of time and resources rectifying the harms of drug and
alcohol abuse through methods of prevention, education, treatment of related illnesses
and law enforcement. The damage to the community is also substantial, including crime,


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accidents, death, illness and disease, social and family disruption as well as the effects of
violent behaviour and loss of productivity in the workplace. From testing drivers for
drugs and alcohol to large-scale seizures, police use many approaches to keep the
community safe, while also aiding in the recovery of those with drug and alcohol related
problems. (Continued)
Source: Police Life / 19 June 2007 /
http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=11369

Bangladesh

Drugs Trafficking Menace At DU
It is painful to hear about a baneful condition of drug addiction in the campus of the
Dhaka University (DU). My cousin talked to me over the telephone the other day about
this growing menace the other day at the highest seat of learning in Bangladesh. He
suggested that the government should pay immediate attention to the problem. Drug
addiction, a festering menace is not only injurious to an individual but also imperils the
health of the entire social fabric with its fast cascading impact. There is no denying that
drug abuse and addiction have become a growing phenomenon in Bangladesh.
Considering drug abuse and addiction a big problem, many government and non-
government organisations, including the media, have been working hard on this issue
from a long time. Then why does government need to take extra care of this issue,
especially in the premises of the of Dhaka University while it is busy with anti-corruption
drive and other reform programmes? My cousin described how young students are
getting involved faster than before in drug addiction as drug trafficking is increasing
rapidly inside and outside the campus everyday. If that is the case, the government needs
to move ahead with a vigorous plan to combat drug abuse and its illegal trafficking. The
government and law enforcing agencies should take immediate step to, at least, reduce
illegal trafficking. (Continued)
Source: The Financial Express / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.financialexpress-
bd.com/index3.asp?cnd=6/16/2007&section_id=5&newsid=64256&spcl=no

China

China To Intensify Drug War
China's State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang on Thursday
called for reinforced anti-drug efforts to strengthen achievements in fighting heroin and
curbing the spread of new types of drugs such as ecstasy and "ice". "Effective measures
should be taken to prevent poisonous chemicals, clinic narcotics and mental illness drugs
from flowing into illegal channels," said Zhou, also director of China's National
Narcotics Control Commission. Local governments have effectively eliminated a great
number of heroin sources and greatly reduced the number of drug takers, Zhou said.
Police data showed that the number of drug takers in China grew35 percent since 2000 to
hit 1.16 million in early 2005. The number dropped to 720,400 in August of 2006 as a
result of compulsory rehabilitation measures and strict checks on chemicals and
narcotics, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
Source: Huliq / 15 June 2007 /


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http://www.huliq.com/24774/china-to-intensify-drug-war

Ketamine Abusers Up 36.9%
Although the number of drug abusers remained steady at 4,649 in the first quarter of this
year, ketamine abusers rose 36.9% to 1,184, the Action Committee Against Narcotics
says. At its quarterly meeting today, the committee said 64.6% of the ketamine abusers
were aged under 21. Although the number of drug abusers aged 21 and over was 3.2%
lower, the number of young drug abusers under 21 was 10.1% higher than that for the
same period of 2006. Heroin remained the most popular type of drugs abused. The total
number of abusers was 9.5% lower than that of the same period of 2006. The number of
ecstasy abusers fell 48.5% to 331. Drug abuse in schools. Committee members
expressed serious concern over the recent case of students suspected of abusing drugs in
school. They noted that the liaison between schools and the Police will be strengthened.
Training for teachers and social workers on how to identify and deal with drug problems
in school will be enhanced. Parents will also be engaged to play an active role in drug
prevention, and publicity targeting the youth will be intensified. Commissioner for
Narcotics Sally Wong said a series of activities to spread anti-drug messages will be
rolled out during the summer holidays. An anti-drug mobile phone game will be
launched mid-July and a new drug education kit will be introduced in schools. The kit is
designed for use by Primary 4, 5 and 6 for the curriculum of General Studies, and
Secondary School Forms one to three for the curriculum of Liberal Studies. A parent
seminar will be held on June 23 to equip parents with basic drug knowledge, as well as
skills to handle drug-related problems.
Source: News.Gov.HK / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.news.gov.hk/en/category/lawandorder/html/4dd5a0a8-85aa-4175-92ae-
d7d3936e87b3.htm

Yunnan Tightens Control On Drug-Production Chemicals
Local authorities in southwest China's Yunnan Province are tightening control on
chemicals that can be used for drug production. Qujing is one of the biggest industrial
chemical production bases in the province. The authorities there say none of the city's
chemicals have gone into illegal narcotics production for the past half-decade. Yunnan
Province is on the frontier of China's battle against drugs. Most foreign-made drugs have
to pass through here to enter the country. In the city of Qujing, the police cannot be
cautious enough. Criminals may use many kinds of unexpected methods when
trafficking drugs. Earlier this year, police found nearly 2 kilograms of crystal meth
hidden in walnuts. UN reports show that crystal meth and Ecstasy are now taking the
places of traditional drugs like heroin and opium. In 2005 alone, China confiscated nearly
6 tones of Crystal Meth. The production of these drugs don't require large fields or
human power. They can be made by easily accessible chemicals like Toluene and
Ephedrine. Qujing is the provincial industrial base for such chemicals' production.
Authorities say strict regulation is the only option. Chai Jiaping, vice-director Qujing
anti-drug committee, said, "All the chemical factories here must register with us. We also
cooperate with local police to monitor the use of chemicals. Over the past 5 years, no
drugs confiscated by us have been made from Qujing materials." Now, 29 chemicals are
strictly controlled by Yunnan's provincial regulations. This exceeds the UN's list by 7


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chemicals. Yunnan has a long border with Myanmar, Thailand and Laos and is close to
the Golden Triangle- one of the world's 3 biggest drug sources. The Chinese government
has been fighting a fierce struggle against drugs there for many years.
Source: CCTV / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.cctv.com/english/20070615/106115.shtml

India

DJ Aqeel Cleared Of Drug Possession Charges, Leaves For India
Celebrity disc jockey Aqeel was today discharged in a case of drug possession, about two
weeks after he was allegedly caught with ecstasy tablets in his bag at the international
airport here, his lawyer said. "Aqeel was honourably discharged by the prosecutor (the
Indian equivalent of Magistrate) as there was no sustainable evidence against him," his
lawyer Ashish Mehta told PTI over phone. The local magistrate discharged Aqeel after
his lawyer argued that the contraband recovered from his bag was "planted". Mehta said
Aqeel has left Dubai in the morning and has already reached Mumbai. Aqeel was held at
the airport on June three with 0.06 gram of ecstasy, a banned drug, in his bag and was
handed over to the police. He was visiting Dubai to take part in a radio programme.
However, tests conducted by the police had found no traces of ecstasy in his blood and
urine samples. His wife Farah Khan had earlier claimed that he does not consume drugs
and "somebody must have planted" the contraband in his bag. Aqeel is the third celebrity
to be caught with banned drugs in a Gulf country. In June 2005, fashion designer Prasad
Bidappa was held in Dubai on charges of possessing marijuana. Indian officials said
Bidappa, who spent over a month in custody, was freed on a mercy petition filed by his
wife and released on the first day of his trial. (Continued)
Source: The Hindu / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200706142061.htm

Fencing On Moreh Border To Speed Up
Manipur chief minister, O Ibobi Singh today said fencing along a portion of the
international border at Moreh would be speeded up to check cross border activities of
Manipur based militants group. The decision to expedite fencing works was taken by the
state government in consultation with the Centre following the spate of violence that
erupted in Moreh town in the past few months. Presently, only 52 km out of the 1,643
km stretch of international border the northeastern states share with Myanmar is manned
by Indian security forces. Ibobi said the Ministry of External Affairs has sanctioned
funds for taking up 10 km fencing on the international border. The Centre is also
considering construction of a parallel road along the entire length of Indo-Myanmar
border as emphasized by the Planning Commission above the fencing, another official
source here said. The Border Road Task Force (BRTF) has been entrusted to take up the
works, the chief minister told journalists. Official sources said the chief minister‘s
announcement was a part of the proposed Indo-Myanmar border fencing work, which
would be taken up to check illegal drug trafficking and cross border activities of the
separatists in the north eastern region of the country bordering Myanmar. Intelligence
output revealed that militants who were indulging in killing civilians escaped crossing the
international border, the source disclosed. ―The work to be taken at Moreh is the first



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phase of the proposed fencing along the porous Indo-Myanmar border,‖ officials of the
state home department said. (Continued)
Source: Nagaland Post / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.nagalandpost.com/regionaldesc.asp?sectionID=40988

‘Proximity To South Asia Has Made Bengal Conduit For Drugs’
West Bengal seems to be fast emerging as a major conduit for the international narcotics
trade. In yet another crackdown in Murshidabad and Nadia, the CID seized drugs worth
Rs 1.5 crore. Since February, the investigating agency has seized narcotics, including
heroin, opium and others, worth over Rs 3.5 crore in the international market. Around
eight people, dealers and suppliers have been arrested in the raids. ―In the past few
months we have cracked down on various gangs dealing in narcotics. Raids were
conducted through out the state and we found a racket concentrated in the districts of
Nadia and Murshidabad. We nabbed around eight dealers in separate incidents. Around
16-17 kg of narcotics, which is worth 3.5 crore, were seized by us. The arrested dealers
had links with Bangladesh,‖ said Sanjay Mukherjee, DIG CID (special), head of
narcotics. According to CID sources, proximity to the ‗golden triangle‘ comprising
Myanmar, Laos and Thailand has made the state a prime conduit of the narcotics trade.
The practice of growing opium is also on the rise in the interior areas of Murshidabad and
Nadia districts. ―Districts bordering Bangladesh are hot zones for the trade. The narcotics
move into international trade links through Bangladesh and Bhutan,‖ the CID said.
(Continued)
Source: Kolkata Newsline / 14 June 2007 /
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=241057

More Addicts In Rehab Centres
With Punjab police tightening the noose around drug peddlers in border districts of the
state, number of addicts joining rehabilitation centres run by government as well as
private agencies has increased. According to senior officers of Punjab police, more
addicts are turning to rehabilitation centres as their supply lines have been cut following a
‗war on drugs‘ campaign launched in April. According to figures provided by police, in
the last two months 462 addicts have been admitted to hospitals in Amritsar, Tarn Taran
and Gurdaspur districts. While 113 patients are still undergoing treatment, 349 have been
discharged. To help addicts join rehabilitation centres, police have set up helplines and
also launched a campaign to spread awareness against narcotics. There are other addicts,
who for fear of being identified, are undergoing treatment at rehabilitation centres run by
various NGOs in these districts, said officers. According to IG (border range) Rajpal
Meena, ―The ongoing operation against drug mafia has caused a scarcity of drugs in the
area, forcing addicts to join the rehabilitation centres.‖ In the last one month, police
arrested 229 persons, registered 205 cases under the NDPS Act and seized contrabands
including heroin, smack, opium and other intoxicants like tablets and injections. Around
two kg heroin, two kg smack, four kg opium and 200 kg poppy husk was seized from the
border districts in May. Interestingly, out of 229 persons arrested, 24 are women.
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Source: The Times Of India / 15 June 2007 /
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chandigarh/More_addicts__in_rehab_centres/articlesh
ow/2124335.cms

51 Kg Poppy Husk Recovered
Continuing its tirade against menace of drugs, Pulwama Police on Saturday seized 51
Kgs of Poppy husk and arrested two persons in this connection. Acting on a specific
information, cops of Police Post Kakapora recovered six bags of Poppy husk weighing 51
Kgs from the possession of Farooq Ahmad Ganie son of Abdul Razak of Larow and
Manzoor Ahmad Mantoo son of Abdul Gani, of Kasrigam. A case has been registered in
this regard.
Source: Greater Kashmir / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.greaterkashmir.com/NewsItem.asp?Date=17_6_2007&Show=22

Seizure: Heroin Turns Washing Powder
: The soaring spirits of police in the wake of recovery of heroin worth Rs one crore at the
Kotwali police station today dampened when the seized material was found to be
washing powder. Acting on a tip off, police intercepted a car on highway and arrested
three alleged drug traffickers, who according to them were carrying material, police said.
However, the idea to organise a press conference to announce the major "drug" haul had
to be shelved as the narcotics examination revealed that the police has mistaken washing
powder for heroin, they said.
Source: Chennai Online / 16 June 2007 /
http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B5D605B54-58F7-
471A-86AF-ED81C68E1EED%7D&CATEGORYNAME=CRME

HIV And India’s Drug Users
HIV is no longer an urban monopoly; it‘s spreading its wings in the rural areas too.
India‘s injecting drug problem may be worse than thought, a new survey of the country‘s
breadbasket region shows, worrying health experts and activists who say it could fuel the
spread of HIV and AIDS. The UNAIDS-backed survey by the Society for Promotion of
Youth and Masses (SPYM) - a group fighting drug abuse - showed that nearly 60 percent
of 3,300 drug users in 10 cities and towns in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana
shared needles and syringes. The prosperous region - home to around 50 million people -
was not known for injecting drug users (IDUs), and the survey is the first large-scale
mapping in the area. ―This shows the problem of IDUs has been underestimated in
mainland India, as most of the problem was thought to be in the northeast,‖ Denis Broun,
the India head of UNAIDS, the United Nations AIDS agency, told Reuters. Official
estimates say there are about 200,000 IDUs in India, a figure activists say is a huge
underestimate. The problem is seen as most acute in the remote northeast, which borders
Myanmar and the opium-producing Golden Triangle. India has the world‘s largest
number of people living with HIV with 5.7 million people thought to be infected,
although findings of a new population-based national survey have indicated that the
actual figure could be lower. In other parts of Asia, injecting drug use has fuelled the HIV
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Source: Reuters/ Daily Times / Kamil Zaheer / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C06%5C17%5Cstory_17-6-
2007_pg4_16

Marijuana Worth Rs.4 Mn Seized, One Arrested Saturday
One person was arrested here for allegedly carrying three kg of marijuana worth Rs.4
million in the international market, police said Saturday. Ramesh, 49, was arrested Friday
from Kidwai Nagar area near Chandni Chowk in north Delhi. Police also seized 300 gm
of smack from his possession. An ambulance operator with the Safdarjung Hospital,
Ramesh revealed during the interrogation that he entered into the drug peddling trade last
year to earn quick money. 'We have arrested him and are currently verifying details of his
clients and sources of drugs in the city. Further investigations are underway,' Deputy
Commissioner of Police Devesh Srivastva said.
Source: News Post India / 17 June 2007 /
http://newspostindia.com/report-3721

Nigerian Gets 10 Years RI For Trying To Export Heroin
A city court has convicted a Nigerian national and sentenced him to ten years rigorous
imprisonment under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and the
Customs Act. Additional Sessions Judge PB Sawant on Saturday also directed convict
Raymond Ishola Yusuf to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh or undergo additional one-year simple
prisonment. Yusuf was arrested by the Customs authorities on July 27, 1999 as he had
tried to export five kgs of heroin in a consignment of ladies accessories to Lagos in
Nigeria. The consignment was to be sent through export agent Ravindra Rochlaney's
Valintine Girl agency. Interestingly, the consignee was one Fausatu Amasha, who was
importing her own consignment of accessories along with Yusuf's package containing
laces unaware of the contraband being exported under her name. Of the seven boxes of
accessories, Yusuf's box contained the heroin hidden in 198 capsules and wrapped
between the laces. The other boxes were found clean. On a tip-off, a Customs inspector
intercepted the contraband a day prior to shipment with the help of sniffer dog and later
traced Yusuf to a suburban hotel.
Source: Hindustan Times / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=78794787-105e-4ddd-
aa7d-
306710b4f436&MatchID1=4469&TeamID1=2&TeamID2=4&MatchType1=1&SeriesID
1=1110&PrimaryID=4469&Headline=Nigerian+gets+10+years+RI+for+heroin+export

Recovering Addict Gives Testimonials
A distance from the vigilant eyes of parents and indiscriminate doling out of pocket
money without ever questioning, went a long way in me falling into the traps of drugs,
said Rajen, previously a drug abuser who has given up the habit for more than 13 years
now. Rajen was speaking at the 16th anniversary of the Imphal Area Service Committee
of Narcotics Anonymous at MDU Hall on June 15.Staying away from home and parents
and lack of emotional support at tender age led him to the dark alley of substance abuse,
recalled Rajen. Though born to a big businessman father and an affluent family, Rajen
was able to meet his father only on Saturdays and Sundays. So pampered was he by his


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parents that his every wish was fulfilled and every demands met. When in standard V,
Rajen was sent to Delhi for schooling. As he reached standard VII, Rajen started taking
ganja with some of his friends in Delhi. He used to take ganja twice every week and he
felt ecstatic smoking it, Rajen recounted. But after he passed class X, Rajen started
intravenous injection of heroin. By then he was totally possessed by drugs and as a result,
his study was seriously jeopardised. Even as he used to dream of becoming a fighter pilot
during childhood, he was so taken by drugs after leaving high school that he used to pray
"Let me live my whole life with the pleasure derived from taking heroin", Rajen recalled.
(Continued)
Source: The Sangai Express / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=6..180607.jun07

City Runs Out Of Psychotropic Drugs
The Wholesale Chemists' Association has stopped the sale of habit-forming or
psychotropic drugs to retailers in the city for over a month now. The move follows a
crackdown by the health authorities against medical stores selling psychotropic drugs on
charges that the latter are promoting drug abuse. "Though there are only about five per
cent customers who take these medicines for addiction, we are being blamed for selling
drugs to addicts only. We have stopped the sale of drugs so that the stigma (of promoting
drug addiction) does not remain. We have asked all our members to stop selling drugs
completely,‖ said G S Chawla, general secretary, Wholesale Chemists' Association,
Ludhiana. He said though the chemists are in favour of checking drug abuse, the Health
Minister has put the blame squarely on them. After the government scrapped Schedule
X, which required chemists to record sale and purchase, over-the-counter sale of drugs is
said to have become rampant. S M Prakash, a wholesaler of drugs, said the demand for
psychotropic drugs is increasing as they are denying such drugs to retailers. ―We know
that patients in large numbers are rushing to chemists to buy these drugs. But since the
retailers have exhausted their present stocks, they are turning them back. Maybe they are
providing them with other substitutes or the customers are buying it from other states like
UP,‖ he said. (Continued)
Source: Ludhiana Newsline / 18 June 2007 /
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=241834

Opium Seized
The police has arrested Surjit Singh of Sirsa and seized 2 kg of opium from his car.
During interrogation, the accused said that he was going to deliver the opium to Baldev
Singh at the railway station. The SSP said a case had already been registered against the
accused at the Dabwali police station and presently he was on bail.
Source: The Tribune / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20070619/region.htm

AMADA Set For Anti-Drug Day
For the second year, AMADA will be observing the International Day Against Drug
Abuse and Illicit Trafficking from June 20 till June 26. Speaking about the week long
observance today, AMADA Observation Committee convenor K Krishnamohon said that
a short film titled Mitkap Thokpa based on drug abuse will be screened at Kuki Inn


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tomorrow besides releasing a poetry collection. At 10 am of June 21, a cycle rally which
will cover six districts will be flagged off by Chief Minister O Ibobi from Kangla. On the
same day, street corner meetings and street plays will be staged at Babupara,
Moirangkhom, Singjamei, Kakwa, Ningomthongjao, Bashikhong, Kyamgei, Lilong,
Oinam Dam, Samurou, Hiyangthang, Irom Meijrao, Pukhrambam, Kiyam Langpok ,
Kakyai, Nambol Chingmang, Moirang Lamkhai and Kwakta. The rallyists will halt the
night at Churachandpur, said Krishnamohon. On the third day (June 22), the cycle rally
will be set off again from Churachandpur and will proceed towards Sugnu, Pangaltabi,
Kakching Khunou, Umathel, Langmeidong, Wabgai Lamkhai, Keirak, Kakching and
finally to Pallel. In all these places too, street plays and street corner meetings will be
held. From Pallel, the rally will proceed towards Thoubal, Yairipok, Thiyam, Sandrok,
Keirao, Kongba, Porompat, Lamlong, Moirang Kampu, and Lamlai on June 23. On June
24, the rallyists will pass through Sawombung, Pangei, Khabam Lamkhai, Koirengei,
Pheidinga, Khurkhul, Mayang Langjing, Tera, Patsoi and Khumbong. From there, the
anti-drug campaigners will go to Moidangpok, Keithelmanbi, Phoijing and Nambol on
June 25. (Continued)
Source: Sangai Express / 19 June 2007 /
http://www.e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=3..200607.jun07

Heroin, Opium Seized In Rajasthan; Three Arrested
About 750 grams of heroin and 2.5 kg of opium were seized by the Rajasthan unit of the
Central Narcotics Bureau during a special anti-narcotic drive launched recently, officials
said on Tuesday. Deputy Narcotics Commissioner Mayank Kumar said a CNB team of
Chittorgarh recovered 500 grams of heroin on June 13 from one Vijay Solanki, a resident
of Prem Nagar in Kota, after raiding his house in Mandsore area of Madhya Pradesh. A
CNB team from Pratapgarh seized 250 grams of heroin from one Menoona, a resident of
Bhatpura, who was travelling by a bus from Pratapgarh to Poonali on June 15. Kumar
said on June 17, the CNB personnel recovered 2.5 kg of opium from one Radheyshyam at
Bhawanimandi railway station. All the three have been apprehended and cases against
them registered under the Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Source: The Times Of India / 19 June 2007 /
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Heroin_opium_seized_in_Rajasthan_three_arres
ted/articleshow/2134039.cms

Indonesia

Drug Trade An Easy Trap For Street Children
They live with no roofs over their heads and no parents to look after them. They have to
deal with the toughest experiences the streets have to offer. And above all that, street
children are also prone to exploitation as drug traffickers, recent research has revealed.
Some 16 percent of street children in Greater Jakarta are or have been involved in drug
trafficking, a study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) says. The study of 255
street children in East, West and South Jakarta found 40 admitted acting as drug
traffickers. "Most of them are purely exploited in the illegal trade," ILO's program
officer for child drug trafficking, Dede Saraswati, said recently. According to the ILO
report, children as young as 13 are engaged in Jakarta's drugs trade, while around four



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percent of all drug users are aged under 17. The latest report and earlier research show
there are at least four ways in which children enter the drug trade. According to
Tarumanagara University psychologist Irwanto, drug use and addiction is one path for
children to become drug dealers. Orphans or runaways in need of money are also
susceptible to falling into the drug trade, as are children closely related to drug users or
traffickers or those linked to drug dealers at a very young age. Peer pressure and the
exploitation of children's naivete were cited as the third and fourth factors pushing
children into the trade. (Continued)
Source: The Jakarta Post / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20070613.C04&irec=3

Brother Of Famous British Chef Goes On Trial On Heroin Possession Charges
British chef Gordon Ramsay's younger brother went on trial for heroin possession
Thursday - a charge that faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, court officials
said. Ronald Ramsay, 39, sat quietly as prosecutors told the Denpasar District Court that
police who searched him outside a supermarket on Indonesia's resort island of Bali in
February found 100 milligrams of the drug in his pocket. "The defendant had the heroin
inside a red Marlboro packet," Agung Kusumayasa Ciputra said in reading out three
pages of charges. Under Indonesia's tough drug laws Ramsay could face a maximum 10-
year jail sentence. Traffickers are routinely sentenced to death. At the end of 2006, 134
people were on death row, including 37 foreigners and 97 Indonesians, most of them for
drug-related crimes.
Source: The Jakarta Post / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailgeneral.asp?fileid=20070614151218&irec=8

Officials Burn Heroin
The 8.2kg of heroin that put nine young Australians behind bars and six of them on death
row in Indonesia went up in flames in Bali. Indonesian police also torched the
Australians' personal belongings and luggage. With the official appeals of all nine now
over, pending judicial reviews, prosecutors were entitled to destroy all evidence
associated with the case, along with evidence in 92 other criminal cases now finalised on
the holiday island. The heroin and its strappings and tape and other drug paraphernalia
were loaded into drums and petrol was poured over them before a ceremonial lighting of
the flames by Bali legal and government officials. The Bali Nine were arrested in April
2005 and their luggage still had the Sydney-bound tags attached when it was burnt. The
four couriers – Scott Rush, Michael Czugaj, Renae Lawrence and Martin Stephens –
were arrested at Bali airport as they were about to board their flight with the drugs
strapped to their bodies. Also arrested at the airport was ringleader Andrew Chan. Inside
the luggage destroyed yesterday were souvenirs the group planned to bring home with
them – hundreds of pirated DVDs which are readily available on the streets of Bali for a
few dollars. Also destroyed were seven mobile phones – used so that members of the
syndicate could keep in contact with each other during the planning of their drug run.
(Continued)
Source: The Courier Mail / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,21913693-953,00.html




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Police Find Drugs In Boarding Houses
The tenants of several Central Jakarta boarding houses were surprised early Friday by
raids by police and officers from provincial and national narcotics bodies. The officers
found 23 packages of heroin, 1.5 kilograms and separate 13 packages of marijuana, half a
gram of crystal methamphetamine as well as psychotropic pills. At least 37 people, three
of them women, were arrested, news website Detik.com reported. The simultaneous raids
along Jl. Menteng Tenggulun, Jl. Tambak and Jl. Pegangsaan were part of the observance
of national Anti-Narcotics Day on June 26. "We haven't conducted urine tests to find out
whether they consumed the drugs, but we did arrest them for finding drugs at their
places," said the director of the Jakarta Police's narcotics division, Sr. Comr. Arman
Depari. "We will establish anti-drugs counseling posts at those locations. The National
Narcotics Body has allotted some of its budget for that purpose," he added.
Source: The Jakarta Post / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20070616.C07&irec=6

Japan

Dior Exec In Japan Gets Suspended Sentence For Drugs
A former senior executive of French fashion house Christian Dior in Japan was convicted
Monday on drug charges but allowed to walk free after he showed remorse. The Tokyo
District Court handed Guillaume Monnier, 37, a three-year prison sentence but suspended
it for four years. Monnier, who has since been dismissed as vice president of Christian
Dior KK, was arrested in March after he sent eight grams (0.28 ounces) of cocaine in a
package from Paris to his Tokyo address. Monnier imported the drugs "to obtain
pleasure," said presiding judge Yasushi Handa. "His experience with drugs is not small.
It was an immoral act and his criminal responsibility cannot be disregarded," he said.
After seizing the package, police searched his home where they said they found small
quantities of narcotics including four grams of cannabis. Monnier, who was detained for
45 days, will not return to prison unless he commits another crime during the next four
years. "The accused has admitted to his crime and has shown remorse," said the judge.
"We took into consideration the fact that news (of his arrest) was widely reported in
Japan and throughout the world, that he was fired from his company and therefore was
socially punished," he added. Monnier, wearing a black suit and a weary look on his
face, heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing the verdict.
Source: The Nation / AFP / 18 June 2007 /
http://nationmultimedia.com/worldhotnews/read.php?newsid=30037178

Malaysia

TV3 Duo Did Not Take Drugs
TV3 show host Mazidul Akmal Sidek and his TV producer, both on trial for consuming
methamphetamine at a disco-theque here, are expected to be freed as hospital test results
against them for the drug have turned out negative. Police are expected to drop the
charges against Mazidul and Fadzi Ramli, both 40. Tests by Sultanah Aminah Hospital‘s
pathology department found no traces of drugs in their urine samples although five other
suspects, who were arrested together with the two, tested positive to amphetamine-type


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stimulants (ATS). When contacted, state narcotics chief Asst Comm Haris Wong
confirmed that police had obtained the results from the hospital and the tests turned out
negative for two people. Asked when the dropping of the charges would be announced,
he said police were waiting for instructions from the Deputy Pub-lic Prosecutor on the
next course of action. Mazidul, Fadzi and five others had tested positive during an initial
urine test conducted by officers from the narcotics unit during their arrest of May 12.
They were sent to the hospital the next day to provide urine samples for testing, which is
a routine procedure. On May 14, Mazidul was charged with six others, including a
member of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) and road transport department (JPJ).
Mazidul, host of the station‘s 999 anti-crime show, and the others claimed trial to
consuming methamphetamine at a discotheque in Ja-lan Abdullah Tahir on May 12 at
2.45am. (Continued)
Source: The Star Online / 13 June 2007 /
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/13/courts/18007167&sec=courts

846 Drug Cases Recorded In Sabah Last Year
The National Anti-Drugs Agency recorded 22,811 drug addicts, including 12,430
(54.49%) repeated offenders, throughout the country, in 2006. Penang topped the list with
5,127 cases (22.48%), followed by Kedah (2,634), Perak (2,545), Johor (2,329), Kelantan
(2,243), Kuala Lumpur (2,017) and Selangor (1,836). Sabah recorded 846 (3.71%) cases,
followed by Pahang (768), Sarawak (712), N Sembilan (624), Malacca (619), Perlis
(289), Terengganu (202) and Labuan (20). Of the reported 22,811 cases, 22,348 (97.97%)
were males, and 463 females. In terms of ethnicity, Malays dominated the list with
15,849 cases (69.4%), followed by Chinese (3,632) and Indians (2,427), while Sabah
bumiputeras recorded 539 (2.36%) and Sarawak bumiputeras at 99 cases (0.43%), as well
as foreigners (72) and other races (193). A majority of the addicts were between 20 and
34 years of age (16.19%-19.57%), while there were 50 cases of addicts between 13-15
years of age, 263 cases between 16-17 years, and 788 between 18-19 years. Those aged
more than 50 years numbered 1,417. In terms of education, there were 8,653 addicts
(45.87%) having SRP/LCE/PMR qualifications, and 5,584 (29.60%) with
SPM/MCE/SPMV, 157 (STP/HSC/STPM) and 249 (diplomas). There were also 50
graduates involved in drug addiction, while those completed primary education were
recorded at 3,551 cases and 543 case of those without formal education. General
labourers were recorded at 3,578, followed by construction (3,034), service (2,369), sales
(2,308), agriculture/fisheries (1,536), unemployed (1,534), transportation (1,286) and
technical (1,277), among others. (Continued)
Source: Daily Express / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=50703

Four Nigerians Among Seven Accused Of Running Drugs
Four Nigerians and three Malaysians were hauled to the High Court here on Friday for
allegedly trafficking drugs. Nigerians Golden Ndubuisi Djukwu, 30, Oliver Mmaduka,
34, and Claudia Adaeze Ezeanyika, 21, claimed trial to trafficking 910 g of
methamphetamine at a house in Jalan Putri Jaya 9, Taman Putri Jaya, Cheras, Selangor,
on May 11 at 11pm. On the same day, at a house in Jalan Damai Perdana 5/2, Bandar
Damai Perdana, Cheras, another Nigerian, Nnoli Chidi Rayes, 21, and his Malaysian


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friends — Noor Safarina Abdul Aziz, 21, Zuhaila Abu Bakar, 27, and Noor Rinie Mohd
Radzi, 28 — were arrested for trafficking 6.37kg of cocaine at 6pm. The four accused,
charged under Section 39b (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries a
mandatory death sentence, also claimed trial. Golden and Nnoli were represented by M.
Mathavan, S. Selvi and Gurbachan Singh represented Oliver, Hanif Hashim appeared for
Claudia, and A. Vasudevan for the three Malaysians. Selvi appealed to judicial
commissioner P. Nalini for a speedy trial as the proceedings involved foreigners.
However, Nalini said there were no special treatment for foreigners. ―I will follow the
court diary. I must make it clear that in a day, I am hearing not just one case but more
than that,‖ she said. (Continued)
Source: Weekend Mail / 17 June 2007 /
http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/mm/Weekend/Hotnews/20070616140831/Arti
cle/index_html

New Zealand

Extra Six Years' Jail For Attack On Drug Dealer
A man who admitted his part in an attack on a Wellington drug dealer has had six years
added to his current prison term. Scott Elliot, 30, was sentenced on Thursday in
Wellington District Court on a charge of aggravated robbery. Police said Elliot and
another man entered the methamphetamine dealer's home in January and beat him with a
baton, fracturing his eye socket and causing serious injuries to his back and legs. Elliott's
term will start when his current sentence for another aggravated robbery ends in 2008. It
was claimed that Elliot's co-offender was convicted double-murderer, Graeme Burton,
but Burton has denied that.
Source: Radio New Zealand / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/latest/200706141457/extra_six_years_jail_for_attack_on
_drug_dealer

Bungling Robber Used Own Bank Card For Purchase
A bumbling Christchurch dairy raider used his own eftpos card to make a purchase mid-
robbery, gifting police the means to track down him and his accomplice. Police soon
turned up at his workplace, and the hapless pair ended up in in the dock at Christchurch
District Court yesterday where Judge Colin Doherty imposed prison sentences. Lee
Francis Whiley, 18, unemployed, pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated robbery,
two of attempted robbery, one of driving while forbidden and one of intentionally
injuring a man in an earlier incident. Tana Weke Helsham, 22, an assembler, admitted
one robbery charge and two attempted robberies. The court was told they were both first
offenders. Steven Hembrow, counsel for Whiley, said his client was bewildered. Three
weeks after taking his first dose of P - pure methamphetamine - he ended up robbing
dairies to get money to buy more drugs. Counsel for Helsham, Bryan Green, said his
client had naively followed his friend along on some of the offending. "When he went
into one of the dairies, he used his own eftpos card, which was registered in his name.
"Clearly, the police did not have much difficulty in locating him as an offender." Judge
Doherty said Whiley began the offending, going into a shop carrying a Stanley knife
where there was a lone woman shop assistant and handing her a note demanding money



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and threatening to cut her throat. He took cash and tobacco. He used the same note for
several robberies. (Continued)
Source: New Zealand Herald / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4096366a11.html

Forty Arrests After South Auckland Drug Busts
A police blitz on "tinnie houses" in south Auckland has led to the arrest of 40 people.
Sixty drug charges were laid against the 40 people arrested last week as part of the
police's campaign against people buying cannabis, which police hope will enforce their
"zero tolerance" stance on the drug. Area Commander Inspector Jim Searle said
Operation Disruption searched nine properties alleged to be dealing in drugs. "We have
been responding to public concerns and information about the addresses," he said. "Over
30 local police staff were involved in executing multiple searches between Wednesday
and Saturday." The operation targeted the arrest of the purchasers of drugs in Otara.
Police arrested 16 people and charged them with a variety of drug dealing offences, a
total of 36 charges, he said. More than $4000 cash and more than $3500 worth of
cannabis was seized, he said. Three people were charged with permitting premises to be
used for drug dealing, and police inquiries are continuing in regard to the owners of the
remaining properties.
Source: New Zealand Herald / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10446399

Hon Jim Anderton: Community Taking Responsibility
I am here today to show my support for the work of Turanga Health, the Whanau Hauora
Day and the Turanga Health CAYAD programme. I'll tell you what this day is about. It's
about standing up for your community and standing up for ourselves. It's about accepting
we have a problem in our community with drugs and alcohol. And it's about accepting it's
up to us to take responsibility and do something about it. How much of a problem do we
have? According to the Ministry of Health, the social costs of alcohol misuse alone total
between $1.5 billion and $2.4 billion a year. But economic measures don't really describe
the full extent of the damage to individuals, to families and to the strength of
communities. Our communities are vulnerable to the corrosive effects of drug misuse and
the harm it causes. Drugs affect whole communities. The parents of users, users
themselves, those whom some users offend against are all affected ... as are schools, local
business and just about everyone involved in local community life. We have a problem
with drinking too much and with binge drinking. We have a problem with drugs. When
the experts looked at this region they said one in four men here are drinking in a way that
puts them at high risk of hurting themselves and others, if they keep doing it. So what are
we going to do about that? (Continued)
Source: Press Release: New Zealand Government / Scoop Independent News / 17 June
2007 /
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0706/S00322.htm

Backlog Sees Drug Accused Get Bail
A Western Bay man facing life imprisonment for supplying P has been freed on bail
because of the huge backlog of jury trials in the High Court. Royce Duncan, 44, who is


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jointly charged with his wife, Allison Duncan, 38, with possession and supply of
methamphetamine, appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday before Judge Peter
Rollo. It was Mr Duncan's first court appearance since he was remanded in custody at
the weekend following the couple's arrest on June 15. Police allege the pair were found
in the possession of 113g of methamphetamine valued at $80,000. Huge sums of cash
were also found, with the total amount of drugs and money seized in excess of $100,000.
The couple, who have a young child, are also accused of supplying methamphetamine
between January 1 and June 15 this year. Mrs Duncan was granted bail on Friday but
police yesterday opposed bail for her husband. The couple's lawyer, Paul Mabey QC,
told Judge Rollo there was no just cause to deny Mr Duncan bail because, if his client
pleaded not guilty and was committed to trial, it could be at least a year before the case
was heard due to the huge backlog of jury trials in the High Court at Rotorua. Tauranga
does not have a High Court and our most serious criminal cases are referred to Rotorua.
It would be unfair to hold his client in a remand centre for that length of time, Mr Mabey
said. (Continued)
Source: The Bay Of Plenty Times / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3738517&thesec
tion=localnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

Three More Jailed After Drug Ring Trial
Three more people convicted in the long-running Operation Tsunami methamphetamine
ring trial were jailed in the High Court at Christchurch. The three were convicted earlier
by a jury of conspiracy to supply methamphetamine. Xiaokang Wang and Jonathan Nuki
Lummis Jarden were both given three years by Justice John Fogarty. Angie Lee Hurring,
mother of two young children, was given a two-year term but the judge said she could
apply for home detention. Two others people, more heavily involved in the conspiracy,
were jailed for six years and eight last month.
Source: Stuff New Zealand / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4099577a12855.html

$50,000 Reward In Bid To Flush Out A Murderer
Police are hoping the lure of $50,000 will lead someone to reveal who killed a drug
dealer named Granite. Grant Trevor Adams, nicknamed Granite, who also used the
surnames Corbett and Hayes, disappeared from Tauranga at the end of 2005 and is
believed to have been murdered. Police yesterday announced a $50,000 reward for
information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the 29-
year-old's death. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said people in the criminal
fraternity were openly discussing the murder. "I hope that by offering a reward of this
amount we will encourage some of those people to approach the police," he said. The
encouragement extended to those who may have been involved in the killing. "If there is
any person who hasn't physically killed Granite, but may be a party or an accessory to the
murder, I do have the ability to make application to the Solicitor-General for immunity
from prosecution." Police began investigating Adams' disappearance after he was
reported missing by his mother in April last year. He was a manufacturer and seller of
methamphetamine and had gang connections in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of
Plenty. He moved from Napier to Tauranga the month before his disappearance, and


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police were told he was killed for ripping off another drug dealer. (Continued)
Source: New Zealand Herald / 19 June 2007 /
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10446694

Philippines

Abra Mayor Falls In Drug Buy-Bust Operation
Authorities on Friday charged an outgoing town mayor in Abra province and two
associates for possession and sale of illegal drugs following a drug buy-bust operation
near a Quezon City apartelle. Police charged Mailed Molina, outgoing mayor of Bucloc
town in Abra along with his aide, Ricardo Versoza, and Japanese-Filipino businessman
Richie Watanabe. They were also charged with illegal possession of firearms. Elements
of the Philippine National Police-Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force filed
the complaint in inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice. Bucloc is a sixth-class
municipality with a population of about 2,100 people. The suspects reportedly yielded
two bricks of marijuana worth P4,000 each, eight bags of "hashish," an unlicensed M16
rifle and a .45 caliber pistol. Inquesting state prosecutor Irwin Maraya said the operation
took place at about 9:30 pm on June 13 in front of an apartelle along Kalayaan Road,
Quezon City. The suspects were also charged with Comission on Elections firearms ban.
The three suspects were onboard the Molina‘s Mitsubishi Strada pickup truck when they
were caught giving bricks of dried marijuana leaves to a poseur-buyer outside the vehicle.
The information was based on a tip provided by an informant, prompting the police to
immediately conduct an operation. The informant was supposedly a contact of
Watanabe, who was allegedly known to be engaged in the illegal drug trade. (Continued)
Source: GMA News / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/46744/Abra-mayor-falls-in-drug-buy-bust-operation

Kapangan Winning War V. Marijuana
Kapangan is now winning its war against illegal marijuana plantations, which has put the
town in a bad light for the past several years. Kapangan Mayor Rogelio Leon said
marijuana plantations are now moving far from the town and that more residents are
assisting the local government and authorities in reporting areas where the illegal plant is
cultivated. "Marijuana plantations are moving (away) from Kapangan. Past eradications
would reveal that plantations are in the borders of the municipality-far from the sitios
where the illegal plant used to be cultivated," Leon said. He said past eradications were
recorded at the boundary of Kibungan and La Union, proofs that marijuana plant growers
are moving away from the seven sitios that used to cultivate the illegal weed. The
Kapangan Municipal Government has introduced various livelihood programs to farmers
to discourage them from engaging in illicit undertakings. Leon earlier said he would
meet with the newly elected officials of Kapangan to endorse to them the programs that
need to be implemented even with the change in leadership. He said the Municipal
Government's programs on livelihood must be sustained so that farmers who have been
engaging in growing illegal plants would not go back to this old practice. Anthorium and
silkworm production are among the alternative livelihood projects being pursued by the
locality. Sericulture or silk production is also a booming industry in Kapangan. Silk has




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been identified as the town's entry to One-Town-One-Product program of the
government. (Continued)
Source: The Sun Star / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/bag/2007/06/16/news/kapangan.winning.war.v..marijua
na.html

Silay 'Drug Pusher' Serves Life Sentence
A Silay-based drug pusher is now serving his sentence of life imprisonment at the
National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa, after he was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt
for having in his possession of 2.53 grams of marijuana, police said. Alberto Premaylon
who was charged for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of the Republic Act 9165, or the
Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002, was also meted an additional imprisonment of 14
years, aside from the life sentence, by Silay Regional Trial Court Judge Felipe Banzon.
Premaylon was arrested by a team of policemen led by SPO1 Dante Victor Escorpion
during a buy-bust operation at Purok Kalubihan, Brgy. Rizal, Silay City, on May 3 last
year.
Source: The Visayan Daily Star / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.visayandailystar.com/2007/June/15/

Bacoleño Meted Life For Sale Of Drugs, 5 Acquitted, 1 Gets Two Years
One was meted life imprisonment, five were acquitted, and another was sentenced to a
minimum of six months to two years by the courts in Bacolod City for drug-related cases
yesterday. Judger Edgar Garvilles of Regional Trial Court Branch 47 sentenced
yesterday a Bacolod City resident to life imprisonment for possession and sale of
dangerous drugs. Found guilty by the court for violation of Sec. 5 and 11 of Art. II of
Republic Act 9165 or sale and possession of dangerous drugs was Alejandrino Baquilar.
Court records show that on April 1, 2004, Baquilar was arrested in a buy-bust operation
conducted by the operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency at Galo-Hilado
streets in Bacolod. Acting on an information from a confidential agent that Baquilar was
behind the rampant selling of marijuana at Purok Masanag, Brgy. 26, the PDEA formed a
team for the conduct of a buy-bust operation. SPO1 Arnold Yunsay of PDEA acted as
poseur-buyer and paid Baquilar marked money of P60 in exchange for six marijuana
cigarettes. Also recovered from Baquilar's possession during his arrest was a brick of
marijuana, court records show. Garvilles, on the other hand, acquitted Rondy Ebrada,
Ryan Soliguen, Eumer Angelo Gayondato and Cesar De la Rosa on charges for
possession of drug paraphernalia in a case filed on May 14, 2004. In his decision, the
judge called the testimony of arresting officer PO1 Jonas Leroy Redoblo against the four
accused as hazy, muzzy and full of loopholes. (Continued)
Source: The Visayan Daily Star / 19 June 2007 /
http://www.visayandailystar.com/2007/June/19/topstory2.htm

Singapore

CNB Nabs Drug Syndicate In Largest Heroin Bust This Year
The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in Singapore has made their biggest heroin bust this
year, with a haul weighing nearly 1.7 kg. Besides heroin, psychotropic drugs such as


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Ketamine and Erimin-5 were also seized in an island-wide operation that lasted two days
(June 12-13). The drugs have a street value of almost S$500,000. The CNB arrested a
drug syndicate leader and seven of his associates, including Chinese and Malaysian
nationals. Also nabbed were 21 customers of the drug gang. Two motor vehicles and
cash amounting to S$10,000 were also seized during the operation.
Source: Channel News Asia / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/281977/1/.html

Trio Nabbed Over JB Kidnap
A man, who has been on the wanted list in Singapore for 20 years, and two others have
been detained in connection with the kidnapping of a businessman‘s son here. The three
men, in their 20s to 40s, were arrested in a series of raids around the city soon after the
23-year-old victim was released after a ransom of RM600,000 was paid recently. Police
have also recovered a gun, bullets and an undisclosed sum of money. State police chief
Deputy Comm Datuk Hussin Ismail confirmed the arrest but declined to elaborate. It is
learnt that the kidnapping happened early this month, when the victim had gone to play
basketball with his friends in Taman Molek. As the victim was waiting in his car for his
friends, another car crashed into the back of his vehicle. When the victim came out to
inspect the damage, several men held him up at gunpoint before bundling him into his car
and driving off. The suspects then called the victim‘s family and demanded a RM1mil
ransom. Negotiations went on for about a week before the suspects finally settled for
RM600,000. During this time the victim was kept locked in a house. It is learnt that the
money was dropped off at an undisclosed location in Johor Jaya and the victim was
released unharmed along Pantai Lido. A special CID team later managed to track down
the suspects in Tampoi and Permas Jaya. (Continued)
Source: The Star / Nelson Benjamin & Meera Vijayan / 18 June 2007 /
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/18/nation/18055391&sec=nation

Thailand

Samart Arrested In Drug Raid
Former world boxing champion Samart Payakarun was arrested in Samut Prakan
yesterday for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was apprehended in a motel
room along with eight other people, including three women. Police seized from the room
paraphernalia for consuming the drug known as ice, a methamphetamine. Police said
they found a 0.15 gramme packet of marijuana in a pocket of the 45-year-old former
boxer's trousers. They also found a bag of ice and drugs paraphernalia in a trouser pocket
of Sumet Rojanapa, 40, and three psycho-active tablets in a vehicle belonging to Pornsit
Jarukittikul, 38. Police said the three admitted possessing the drugs. However, after
being released on 50,000 baht bail, Mr Samart said he had just met his friends and joined
them for a drink at the motel. Known as one of the most talented boxers Thailand has
produced, Mr Samart is a former WBC super-bantamweight champion.
Source: Bangkok Post / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/15Jun2007_news07.php




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Korean Man Arrested For Consuming And Possessing Ya Ice In Pattaya
Police arrested a Korean man for consuming and possessing a large quantity of Ya Ice
(methamphetamine). He claimed that his Thai girlfriend used it for her personal
consumption. Police did not believe his account and ascertained that the man had been to
Pattaya many times, presumably, trafficking in illegal drugs. On 16 June 2007, at 02:20
AM, Pol.Lt.Col. Thongchai Sukjaroen, Chief of the Drug Suppression Team, Chonburi,
was notified by an informant that illicit drugs were being consumed in Room No. 301, on
the 3 rd floor of Honey Place building, located at 60/134, Soi Bongkot, Central Pattaya,
Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. Pol.Col. Suthin Sabphueng, Superintendent,
Pol.Maj. Chaigrit Thong-Inn and a team of officers rushed to investigate. At the scene,
police detected the odor of drugs coming from the room. They asked the building
caretaker to knock on the door so they could investigate. A foreign man, Mr. Park Insun
(35), a South Korean citizen, opened the door. He appeared to be high on drugs. He
attempted to attack the police, but they subdued him. Police found a large amount of
material used in conjunction with the consumption of Ya Ice, including more than one
hundred syringes; along with four plastic bags of Ya Ice weighing 4.9 grams. Under the
bed, police also found a box with many items used to prepare Ya Ice and 50 used
syringes, as well as, packaging materials. (Continued)
Source: Pattaya Daily News / 16 June 2007 /
http://www.pattayadailynews.com/shownews.php?IDNEWS=0000003171

Raid Nabs 7 Suspected Militants
One suspect was wanted for murder of school director; automatic rifle seized. Security
officials arrested seven suspected militants yesterday and seized an automatic assault rifle
and other items believed to have been used in attacks in the region. Task Force 15
soldiers and police raided a Muang district house rented by the group. The weapon seized
was an AK47 with 30 rounds of ammunition. Eight mobile phones, nine bank passbooks,
photographs of public places and buildings in Yala municipality, five motorcycles and
one car were also seized. Four of the suspects are Yala residents and the others are from
Pattani. One, Abdullah Baheh, 25, is wanted in connection with the murders of a school
director and a woman in Yala in December last year and April this year, investigators
said. The suspects are aged between 25 and 29. Drug tests revealed the use of
methamphetamine and marijuana, police said. All of them deny involvement in insurgent
attacks. Muang district police chief Colonel Phumephet Pipatphet-phume said officials
believed the suspects were gathering to prepare an attack in Yala municipality.
Meanwhile, in Narathiwat province, a gunman shot dead a 16-year-old boy at a grocery
store in Tak Bai district yesterday. The victim's father Payon Thongkupt, 47, a teacher at
Tak Bai School, believed he was the intended target. Earlier yesterday, fire broke out at
Baan Sripa-ngan School. Police suspect arson. One building was destroyed. (Continued)
Source: The Nation / 18 June 2007 /
http://nationmultimedia.com/2007/06/18/national/national_30037140.php

Karaoke Bar Checked
On Monday night Khun Prateep, the chief of Banglamung District accompanied by police
and volunteers launched a spot check on a karaoke bar in North Pattaya specializing in
Korean customers. All the requisite licences were in order and all the customers and


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employees were over the legal minimum age. However, a drugs check uncovered eight
employess, six women and two men, who tested positive for methamphetamine in their
systems. Funny as it may seem, they all claimed the positive tests were the result of
residue of headache tablets, which may be true given the place is after all a karaoke bar.
Source: Pattaya City News / 19 June 2007 /
http://www.pattayacitynews.net/news_19_06_50_3.htm

United States

Alleged Move To 'Decriminalize' Marijuana Slammed
The Attorney General's Office became the subject of intense criticism due to an alleged
proposal to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth. Senate Vice President Pete P.
Reyes lashed at Attorney General Matthew T. Gregory who reportedly wants marijuana
decriminalized in a bid to raise revenue for the government. ―Just the idea that the
highest law enforcement of the land is even thinking about it is very disheartening,
frightening. It gives the impression that we're so desperate to generate some money that
we would sell our souls,‖ Reyes said. Reyes based his statements on a confidential letter
which, the Saipan Tribune learned, was sent by Health Secretary Joseph Kevin
Villagomez to Gregory following a meeting several weeks ago. The May 29, 2007 letter,
a copy of which was obtained by the Saipan Tribune, stated that Gregory and Villagomez
met to discuss a proposal to convene a meeting of experts that will discuss marijuana's
―benefits and or lack of harm.‖ Villagomez also said in the letter that, following the
meeting, Gregory was hoping the health secretary would ask the Legislature to remove
marijuana from the CNMI's list of controlled substance. Press secretary Charles P. Reyes
Jr. denied that Gregory is pushing for the legalization of marijuana. However, he said the
AGO is in contact with people who want to hold the conference. He also said the
administration has not take a position on making marijuana legal in the CNMI, but it
approves of an open debate on the issue. (Continued)
Source: Saipan Tribune / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=69436

Man Accused Of Selling 'Ice' Pleads Guilty
A Taiwanese pleaded guilty yesterday to allegations he was engaged in selling
methamphetamine or ―ice‖ near a school on Saipan. Kuo Chung Wei, 41, pleaded guilty
to an indictment charging him with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance
within 1,000 feet of a school. U.S. District Court for the NMI chief judge Alex R.
Munson set the sentencing for Sept. 18, 2007 at 9am. Munson remanded Wei back to the
custody of the U.S. Marshal. According to the indictment, on April 5, 2007 Wei, also
known as John Wei, distributed within 1,000 feet of St. Remedio School in Chalan Kanoa
about 1.8 grams of ―ice.‖ On April 6, 2007, Wei allegedly again distributed within 1,000
feet of the school about 1.9 grams of ―ice.‖ According to court papers, Wei sold the ―ice‖
to the authorities' ―cooperating source‖ in front of the school.
Source: Saipan Tribune / 13 June 2007 /
http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=69439&cat=1




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Woman Pleads Guilty To 'Ice' Trafficking
A woman accused of trafficking methamphetamine or ―ice‖ on Saipan entered a guilty
plea yesterday in federal court. Dina Torres Gonzales pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance in the first case and to one count of
distribution of a controlled substance in the other case. U.S. District Court for the NMI
chief judge Alex R. Munson accepted Gonzales' plea and set the sentencing for Sept. 18,
2007. Gonzales and Norbert Benavente Camacho were charged with conspiracy to
distribute a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance. Gonzales and
Camacho allegedly conspired to distribute ―ice‖ in early February 2007 and continuing
until Feb. 20, 2007. The two allegedly distributed .74 grams of ―ice‖ on Feb. 20, 2007.
The last indictment charged Gonzales with distribution of a controlled substance for
selling .077 grams of ―ice‖ on Feb. 28, 2007. The total quantity of ―ice‖ that Gonzales
pleaded guilty to is .817 grams, according to the plea agreement. The maximum statutory
penalty for the offenses that the defendant pleaded guilty to, if it is consecutive, is 40
years in prison, $ 2 million in fine, and three years of supervised release.
Source: Saipan Tribune / 14 June 2007 /
http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=69449&cat=1

Former Teacher Faces Prison
A 38-year-old former elementary school resource teacher now faces at least five years in
federal prison after her guilty pleas yesterday to drug-trafficking and firearm charges.
The case of Bronwyn Kugle, who formerly worked at Ka'elepulu Elementary School, was
among several cited by supporters who pushed for mandatory drug testing for public-
school teachers this year. Kugle, who admitted she's been addicted to methamphetamine,
pleaded guilty to financing and trying to obtain a parcel sent to her Kailua home in
February this year that contained 2 pounds of cocaine and 989 tablets of MDMA, also
known as Ecstasy. She also agreed to forfeit her Kailua home, which was used for her
drug activities. Kugle, who takes Prozac and other medication for depression, a bipolar
disorder and anxiety, told a federal judge yesterday that her use of illegal drugs was "very
embarrassing because I am a teacher." What started out as a way to support her drug
habit led to her trying to make some money, she said as she wiped her eyes during the
hearing and choked back tears several times. She also said she kept a loaded .38-caliber
snub-nosed revolver in a dresser drawer under some clothes in her master bedroom for
her own protection, then forgot it was there. But she said her February arrest in the case
was a "blessing in disguise." Kugle, who has been held without bail since her arrest, said
she's been sober for 120 days. (Continued)
Source: Honolulu Advertiser / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070615/NEWS20/706
150376/1001/NEWS20

Two Arrested In Drug Investigation
Two people were arrested last week after police seized approximately a half-pound of
crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and more than $600 cash in a drug and
theft investigation, police said. The arrests of a 44-year-old Kihei man and 39-year-old
Kahului woman occurred June 7 at a Kahului business, said Capt. Gerald Matsunaga of
the police Vice Division. He said the two were released pending further investigation of


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methamphetamine trafficking, theft and other drug-related charges. Vice officers were
assisted by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division in executing a search
warrant that led to the arrests, Matsunaga said.
Source: The Maui News / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=31410

Woman Forfeits $1 Million From Illegal Drug Deals
An Australian woman is facing a mandatory 10-year federal prison sentence for charges
related to methamphetamine smuggling from California to Hawai'i. Ai Hang Thi Hyde,
also known as Kim Hyde, 35, pleaded guilty Thursday to drug conspiracy, money
laundering and forfeiture charges, a news release said. U.S. Attorney for Hawai'i Ed
Kubo said Hyde arranged for others to receive parcels containing crystal
methamphetamine, or "ice," which was to be distributed here. Hyde also traveled to the
Mainland to deliver money to obtain pounds of ice, and admitted she has had "many
pounds" of the drug sent for distribution here, Kubo said in the release. She will forfeit
more than $1 million in drug proceeds that were found in her business bank accounts, and
is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 15. Hyde's co-defendant, Ryan Yukio Shinjo,
pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering charges in May, and is scheduled to
be sentenced on Nov. 1.
Source: Honolulu Advertiser / 15 June 2007 /
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Jun/15/br/br2506978143.html

Don Ho's Daughter Died Of Accidental Overdose
An accidental methamphetamine overdose killed Dayna Ho-Henry, one of Don Ho‘s
daughters, who died less than a week after the legendary singer‘s funeral. At about 8
a.m. on May 11, Ho-Henry was found unresponsive at the Kanoena Street home of a
friend. She was pronounced dead at the North Shore home. The city Medical Examiner‘s
Office said she died due to the ―toxic effects of methamphetamine.‖ An autopsy to
determine the cause of death was performed last month but the results were deferred
pending laboratory tests. Her death came less than a month after her father‘s. Don Ho
died of heart failure on April 14. At a Waikiki memorial in early May, Ho-Henry, 52,
swam in the ocean amid dozens of outrigger canoes and boats as the Ho family spread her
father‘s ashes into the sea. Ho-Henry often danced hula at her father‘s Waikiki show
during the 1970s. The 1973 Kamehameha Schools graduate recently had been a caregiver
for seniors. Ho-Henry is survived by her two children, Mahina, 21, and Kulia, 11. She is
also survived by siblings Donnie Jr., Donalei, Dondi, Dori and Dwight Ho, and half
siblings Kea and Kealii Ho, Hoku Clements and Kaimana Farris. Ho-Henry was married
to Chuck Henry, from whom she was separated.
Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin / 19 June 2007 /
http://starbulletin.com/breaking/breaking.php?id=5928

Vietnam

The People Honour Heroes Fighting War On Illegal Drug
The Nhan Dan (The People) daily newspaper held a meeting yesterday to honour role
models in the nation‘s fight against illegal drugs. Present at the meeting, held as part of


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Viet Nam‘s ‗Month for Fighting Drugs‘, were Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh
Trong, Viet Nam Fatherland Front President Pham The Duyet and Viet Nam Women‘s
Union Chairwoman Ha Thi Khiet. Also in attendance were representatives of 37 offices
and 111 individuals who are in the front line of the nation‘s battle against drug crime. In
honour of their achievements, Deputy Minister of Public Security, Senior Lieutenant
General Le The Tiem, praised the work of the armed forces, relevant sectors,
organisations and the people, especially the anti-drug police force, who have in the last
10 years brought to justice more than 111,000 drug trafficking cases. Tiem expressed the
people‘s thanks for the sacrifices made by martyrs and invalids as well as their family
members who had supported them in their dangerous jobs. "The people will remember
the policemen‘s sacrifices forever," he said. Since 1997 police have arrested more than
190,000 drug criminals, seized thousands of kilograms of opium, heroin and marijuana
and hundreds of thousands of amphetamine and ecstasy tablets. They have eradicated
many transnational and international drug trafficking and dealing rings such as Nguyen
Van Tam in Nam Dinh, Nguyen Thi Hanh and Trinh Nguyen Thuy in Ha Noi, in addition
to tracking down the users themselves. (Continued)
Source: Vietnam News Service / 13 June 2007 /
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=02SOC130607

Vietnam To Crack Down On Drug Trafficking
The Vietnamese government will apply drastic measures to stamp out drug trafficking
and reduce the number of drug addicts amongst its communities. That was the message
delivered by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong at a meeting in Hanoi, on June
12, to praise 37 outstanding organisations and 111 individuals in the fight against drugs
over the last decade. The deputy PM said the anti-drug taskforces of the Ministry of
Public Security, border police, customs, and navy forces and relevant agencies had
worked diligently in an effort to eradicate the crime from the Southeast Asian country.
Anti-drug taskforces have over the last 10 years been active in seizing caches of opium,
heroine amphetamines and other addictive substances. 111,000 drug trafficking cases
have been prosecuted, including several transnational drug rings. Over 190,000
smugglers and dealers have also been sentenced to prison terms. Over the course of the
decade long war on drugs, seven officers were killed in the line of duty.
Source: Vietnam News Agency / 13 June 2007 /
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/social/2007/06/705668/

Death Sentences Upheld On Seven Drug Traffickers, Producers
The People‘s Supreme Court on June 14 upheld death sentences for seven defendants on
the charges of producing, trading and transporting large volumes of drugs. The seven
defendants, namely Trinh Nguyen Thuy, Dang Van Au, Le Van Tinh, Ngo Trung Hieu,
Pham Xuan Tho, Vu Hong Diep and Pham Khac Hung, were handed down death
penalties by the People‘s Court of northern Son La province last January. Three other
defendants, Nghiem Dinh Bong, Ngo Thanh Soai and Nguyen Van Thuan, got life-
imprisonment sentences for their involvement in the ring, in what is considered one of the
country‘s biggest drug cases. Thuy, born in 1958, and was arrested in August 2005 when
he was director of a local company. He and his accomplices were accused of trafficking
216 kg of heroin and 199.5 kg of opium, and producing 48 kg of heroin. In addition, the


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defendants were also forced to pay fines of between VND 10-500 million (US $625-
31,250). Vietnam has over the past 10 years prosecuted some 111,000 drug trafficking
cases, including several transnational drug rings, in which more than 190,000 smugglers
and dealers were sentenced to imprisonment.
Source: Nhan Dan / 15 June 2007 /
http://www.nhandan.com.vn/english/life/150607/life_dea.htm

Pre, Post Drug Testing Decided For Asia Cup
The Vietnamese football team will have to undergo dope tests before the Asia Cup kicks
off next month, said a Viet Nam Football Federation official. Furthermore, the Asian
Football Confederation (AFC) will perform post-match dope tests on two players from
each team, chosen at random. The Asian Cup, which is being co-hosted by Indonesia,
Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, will run from July 4-29. According to the head of the
VFF's national teams board, Pham Quang, all 23 members of the national squad will have
to give urine samples, which will first be sent to the Viet Nam Sports Hospital, which
opened in March. The samples will then be sent to China for testing, as Vietnam does
not yet have the necessary laboratory facilities to test for banned substances. Quang
added that the VFF would give doctors guidance on what substances were prohibited by
the AFC. Director of the Institute for Science and Sports Medicine, Le Quy Phuong, who
was appointed bead of the VFF's Department of Medicine, also said the institute would
give doctors a list of banned substances. At the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in
Vietnam four years ago, two athletes were stripped of their medals after urine samples
tested positive for banned chemicals. "When we investigated the case, we found that
they had used restorative substances without consulting doctors beforehand," said
Phuong. However, Vietnamese footballers have never tested positive for banned
substances during domestic or international tournaments. In March, Hanoi police
arrested V-League Ha Noi ACB footballer Nguyen Xuan Thanh at a city nightclub after
10 ecstasy tablets were found in his possession.
Source: Vietnam News / 15 June 2007 /
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/sports/2007/06/706709/

Possible Drugs Found At Eatery Breaking Liquor, Fire, Labor Laws
Police paid a surprise inspection visit to a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday where
they found suspected drugs on the scene and illegal booze being served. When the Blue
Club at District 1‘s Hoang Thanh Trading Center was inspected, over 400 youths were
found drinking hard liquor. Police found more than 700 bottles of liquor over 60-proof,
although the restaurant is licensed only to sell soft drinks and food only. Some pink
tablets were found at tables and on the floor, suspected to be ecstasy pills, an illegal
stimulant. No one was arrested but police said some of the guests would be tested for
drugs later. The restaurant was also found in violation of fire safety regulations as the
over 100sq.m room has only one small exit staircase just slightly wider than 1m. In other
violations, restaurant management had not signed labor contracts with its staff. The
establishment was also found to be insufficiently lit in violation of lighting rules.
Authorities have banned Blue Club from trading liquor and asked it to improve its exit
system. In late April, central police raided the New Century Club in Hanoi, the north‘s
most popular disco. They detained over a thousand people, including foreigners. Over


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200 of the detained clubbers tested positive for drug use. Most have been released except
for those charged with drug distribution crimes.
Source: Thanh Nien News / 18 June 2007 /
http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=29133

Police Spend US$62,500 To Crack Heroin Case
Police in a northern Vietnamese province have busted a large drug gang that trafficked 80
kg of heroin from Laos to China since 2003, but not before spending some two years and
US$62,500 on investigations. The Quang Ninh provincial police said Monday they had to
traverse over 200,000 km of road using 30,000 liters of fuel to crack their most
complicated drugs case to date. They have seized from the ring assets worth US$62,500
(VND1 billion), 1.5 kg of heroin, eight guns, and a grenade. The 35-member gang, led
by a man named Can Viet Phuong, has three Communist Party members and teachers
each. Possessing, trading, or trafficking 600 grams (1.32 pounds) of heroin is punishable
by death in Vietnam.
Source: Thanh Nien News / 19 June 2007 /
http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=29203




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