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           16 January 2008
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                                          Singapore: Drugs Stuffed
                                          Inside Hollow Wooden
                                          Frame.

                                          Source:
                                          http://newpaper.asia1.com
                                          .sg/news/story/0,4136,152
                                          903,00.html




                                     Australia: OUT THERE ... Det
                                     Sgt John Mahoney with some of
                                     the drug haul including ecstasy

                                     Source:
                                     http://www.townsvillebulletin.c
                                     om.au/article/2008/01/12/9774_
                                     hpnews.html




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                                                      Table of Contents
Press Summaries .....................................................................................................................4
  Australia...............................................................................................................................4
    81 Yr. Old Charged Over 'Ice' Ring .................................................................................4
    Cop Held In Jail On 20 Charges .......................................................................................4
    Ecstasy Ruins Future Plans ...............................................................................................4
    Mokbel To Claim Trial 'Unfair' ........................................................................................5
    Officer On Rape, Drug Charges .......................................................................................5
    Brothers On Drugs Charges ..............................................................................................6
    Coast Addicts High On 'Hillbilly Heroin' ........................................................................6
    Jail Term For Young Dealer In Drug Blitz ......................................................................7
    Alleged Drug Importer's Bail Application Adjourned Again .........................................7
    Drug Runners .....................................................................................................................7
    Man Charged After Discovery Of $320,000 Of Cannabis .............................................8
    $15m Offered For Crime Solutions ..................................................................................8
    Car Trashed By Man In His Boxers .................................................................................8
    Coast Chase Ends Drama ..................................................................................................9
    Queensland Residents Urged To Dial In A Druggie .......................................................9
    Addiction To Drugs Rife In Jails....................................................................................10
    Police Charge 12 In Drug Raids .....................................................................................10
    Drug Smuggler Confesses...............................................................................................11
    Major Crackdown ............................................................................................................11
    Man Jailed Over 'Massive' Ecstasy Ring .......................................................................12
    Truck Drivers Caught In Drug Operation ......................................................................12
  Cambodia ...........................................................................................................................12
    Four Get 95 Years In Cambodia Drugs Bust .................................................................12
  Fiji .......................................................................................................................................13
    Police Want Drugs Analysts ...........................................................................................13
  India ....................................................................................................................................14
    Jail Term For Drug Peddler ............................................................................................14
    Police Bust Inter-State Gang Of Drug Peddlers ............................................................14
    2.5 Kg Of Opium Worth Rs 1 Crore Seized In Nadia ..................................................14
    Five Arrested With Heroin In Jammu ............................................................................15
    4 Persons Held With 2.5 Kg Of Charas Worth Rs 1.30 Lakh ......................................15
    PHRC Asks Punjab DGP To Take Action Against Drug Traffickers Nexus ..............16
    Drugs Seized ....................................................................................................................16
    Muslim Leaders Vow To Fight Drug Menace ...............................................................16
    Peddler Arrested ..............................................................................................................17
    Ganja Destroyed ..............................................................................................................17
  Malaysia .............................................................................................................................17
    Judge ‗Forced‘ To Pass Death Sentence ........................................................................17
    Drug Suspect Who Attacked Policeman Shot ...............................................................18
  Ne w Ze aland ......................................................................................................................18
    Ecstasy Dealer Has Jail Time Cut ..................................................................................18


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    Drug Offender Vows To Use Jail To Reform ...............................................................19
    Police Appeal For Text Tip-Offs ....................................................................................19
    Tear Gas Was Kept In A Jar At House ..........................................................................19
  Philippines .........................................................................................................................20
    PDEA Crackdown Nabs Roxas City's Top Drug Suspect ............................................20
    Policeman Shoots Dead Suspected Drug Dealer ...........................................................20
    Sulu Trader Falls In Buy-Bust Operation ......................................................................21
    Former Pasig Cop Shot Dead .........................................................................................21
    Japanese Nabbed At NAIA For Carrying Marijuana ....................................................21
    Army Bares Gains In Drive Vs Illegal Drugs, Illegal Logging ....................................22
  Sing apore ...........................................................................................................................22
    Drugs Stuffed Inside Hollow Wooden Frame ...............................................................22
    More Drug Abusers Arrested In 2007, Majority Repeat Abusers ................................22
  South Korea.......................................................................................................................23
    Foreign Instructors‘ Drug Offenses Unabating .............................................................23
  Thailand .............................................................................................................................23
    Eight-Man Gang Of Drug Dealers Arrested ..................................................................23
  United St ates .....................................................................................................................24
    Cocaine Use Up Sharply In Late 2007, Hawaii Lab Finds ...........................................24
    Tour Bus Driver Pleads No Contest To Manslaughter Charge ....................................24
    Trial Set For Kihei Man Caught In 2nd-Largest Cocaine Bust Of ‘07 ........................25
    2 Charged With ‗Ice‘ Trafficking ...................................................................................25
    Returned Samoan Scholarship Student Faces Illegal Drug Charges............................25
    Samoa Police Charge Thirty People With Drug Offences............................................26
    Bail Cut For Man Netted In Drug Bust ..........................................................................26
    2 Men Nabbed For Alleged 'Ice' Trafficking On Tinian ...............................................26
    Judge: Two ‘Wreaked Havoc‘ With Car Break-Ins ......................................................27
    New Crimes After Man Leaves Prison Bring Man A Fresh 10-Year Sentence ..........27
  Viet nam ..............................................................................................................................28
    Jail Sentence To Lao Drug Trafficker ............................................................................28
    Hanoi Cops Bust Ecstasy Ring .......................................................................................28



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Press Summaries

Australia

81 Yr. Old Charged Over 'Ice' Ring
An 81-year-old woman has been charged with supplying amphetamines and growing
marijuana in south-west New South Wales. Police arrested the woman from Young on
Monday as part of an ongoing investigation into the cross-border supply of
methylamphetamine, or 'ice'. Strike Force Elmore was established in August and police
arrested 12 people in connection with the supply of 'ice' in December. It is believed the
woman's son was one of the men arrested. She is due to face Young Local Court early
next month.
Source: ABC News / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/09/2134653.htm

Cop Held In Jail On 20 Charges
A policeman charged with rape, bribery and trying to sell drugs to a child has been
suspended from duty. Sen-Constable Huy Quach, 33, was in jail last night after
appearing in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 20 charges dating back to 2004. Sen-
Constable Quach's arrest followed a six-month investigation by the Ethical Standards
Department. He faces four counts of rape against three alleged victims, one a woman
police say was bipolar and at risk of suicide. Documents before the court also outline 10
drugs charges involving ecstasy, methamphetamine and cocaine. Sen-Constable Quach,
who was stationed at Box Hill, is accused of trying to supply cocaine to a minor in
Hawthorn last April. Two charges allege he corruptly offered a bribe of beer to a senior
constable to show favour to or withdraw a penalty notice against someone. The court
heard yesterday police needed extra time to prepare a brief of evidence because telephone
intercepts have yet to be transcribed. Magistrate Greg Connellan remanded Sen-
Constable Quach in custody to appear for a bail application today.
Source: Herald Sun / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23029935-2862,00.html

Ecstasy Ruins Future Plans
Australian Catholic University (ACU National) Associate Professor Peter Rendell cites
his recently published study on the long term effects of ecstasy use as a warning for
potential users during the upcoming holiday period. In his study, recently published in
the journal Psychopharmacology, Dr. Rendell and his colleagues found that even
infrequent ecstasy use has a significant negative impact on a part of our memory function
called prospective memory. ―When we have to remember actions/intentions for the
future, such as remembering to take medicine, make a phone call or turn off appliances,
we call that prospective memory.‖ ―We know that ecstasy has a detrimental effect on our
general recall of past events (retrospective memory). But it also has a proven impact on
our ability to remember regular and one-off tasks which still need to be done,‖ said Dr.
Rendell. For the study, Dr. Rendell developed a sophisticated board game called Virtual
Week to test different types of prospective memory tasks, such as those needing to be



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carried out regularly or irregularly, at a set time or in relation to specific event. In all
categories, frequent ecstasy users were the worst performers, followed closely by
infrequent users. Non-users consistently remembered more of the common tasks they
needed to accomplish. ―Ecstasy has a harmful influence on our ability to remember day-
to-day tasks. In our study, the average participant was aged between 20 and 22. Their use
of ecstasy has severely affected their future,‖ Dr. Rendell added. (Continued)
Source: Australia & New Zealand Science Alert / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20081001-16775.html

Mokbel To Claim Trial 'Unfair'
Victoria's contentious charter of human rights is providing fugitive drug trafficker Tony
Mokbel with a surprise legal avenue in his bid to avoid facing murder charges in
Australia. Mokbel's lawyer, Mirko Bagaric, has revealed his client is likely to use the
charter to argue he will not get a fair trial in Melbourne if his bid to avoid extradition
fails. "What the court should do, if the charter is interpreted properly, is to set
thatprosecution aside permanently," Professor Bagaric told The Australian yesterday.
"Under the charter, the right to a fair trial is an absolute right. "Everyone in Victoria
reckons he's guilty; he can't get a fair trial because he can't get an impartial jury. "That
means ... Mokbel won't be able to be prosecuted in Australia if the judges interpret the
charter in the way it has been interpreted internationally." One of the forces behind the
charter, University of NSW academic George Williams, predicted a bid to abort a trial
based on the charter would fail. "Anyone who walks into court asking for an absolute
right would be told to go back and read the charter," Professor Williams said. "Any
argument based on the right to a fair trial being absolute is fundamentally misconstrued
and I would give it little or no chance of success." Professor Bagaric, of Deakin
University's law school, is acting for Mokbel in his fight to avoid extradition from
Greece, where he was arrested last June. (Continued)
Source: The Australian / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23030591-2702,00.html

Officer On Rape, Drug Charges
A Victorian police officer with more than 10 years' service has been charged with
multiple counts of rape, drug-trafficking and attempting to bribe another policeman
following a six-month internal investigation. Senior Constable Huy Quach, 33, faces a
total of 20 charges: four counts of rape involving three victims, 11 counts of trafficking,
supplying and using drugs, two counts of offering bribes, two counts of misconduct while
in public office and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice. One of the
drug charges relates to allegedly supplying cocaine to a child. At a brief court appearance
in Melbourne Magistrates Court late yesterday, Constable Quach was remanded in
custody until a bail application to be heard today. No plea was taken. Dressed in a green
T-shirt and unshaven, he sat with his head bowed while the prosecution asked for four
weeks' extra time before a committal hearing because of the large number of telephone
intercepts that needed to be processed. Constable Quach, who is based at an eastern
suburbs station, was arrested and charged yesterday by investigators from Victoria
Police's Ethical Standards Department. The offences were allegedly committed over a
three-year period between 2004 and 2007. They include allegedly trafficking, supplying,


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possessing and using cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy. One of the rape charges relates
to Constable Quach allegedly using his knowledge as a police officer to assault a
potentially suicidal victim with a mental illness. (Continued)
Source: The Australian / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23030544-5006785,00.html

Brothers On Drugs Charges
Two brothers will face charges of cultivating and possessing a prohibited drug,
possession of prohibited articles and firearms offences when they appear in Bega Local
Court on January 29. The charges followed a police raid on a house in Arthur Kaine
Drive between Merimbula and Pambula on Wednesday. Police say that in the process of
the search, which began about 11am and continued for much of the day, a total of 143
cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $345,000 were discovered growing at
the property. A number were discovered growing hydroponically in a caravan in the
backyard, while the others were in pots and in a garden bed. Police say the caravan was
lined with plastic and foil and featured three high powered lights, irrigation and fans to
circulate the air. The plants ranged in size from seedlings to mature plants more than two
metres in height. Inside the house police allegedly found dried cannabis leaf, drug
paraphernalia, and a quantity of ammunition. At 2.20pm a 29-year-old man arrived at the
house and was arrested and taken to Merimbula police station where was questioned and
subsequently charged. His 28-year-old brother handed himself in at Bega Police Station
yesterday and was also charged. Both men were bailed to appear in court on January 29.
Source: Bega District News / 10 January 2008 /
http://bega.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/brothers-on-drugs-
charges/1160475.html

Coast Addicts High On 'Hillbilly Heroin'
A powerful prescription drug dubbed 'hillbilly heroin' is spilling on to Gold Coast streets
as addicts look for a cheap alternative to heroin. Experts warn the drug, oxycodone, is so
addictive it is usually only prescribed by doctors as a painkiller for the terminally ill. But,
its popularity is growing as a cheap and more potent alternative to heroin, which is in
short supply in Australia. "We are certainly aware of it," said Gold Coast Drug Council
president Sean Cousins. "It's something we've been aware of for a very long time and it's
a problem that doesn't go away. "From time to time the community starts experimenting
with all sorts of different drugs, they become prevalent for a while and then they die off
and people move on to something else." Sold under the brand name OxyContin,
oxycodone has wreaked havoc in the US, where celebrity users have been forced to seek
rehabilitation while hundreds of others have died. Reported high-profile users include
Lindsay Lohan, Jack Osbourne, Courtney Love and Winona Ryder. Last week Britney
Spears reportedly swallowed two bottles of OxyContin before an intense stand-off with
armed police and a specialist SWAT team in which she refused to hand over her sons.
"You're more likely to find it being misused by people who have had a heroin problem or
are using it as a substitute for heroin," said Mr Cousins. (Continued)
Source: Gold Coast News / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2008/01/11/6704_gold-coast-top-story.html




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Jail Term For Young Dealer In Drug Blitz
An apprentice builder who sold thousands of dollars worth of ecstasy and speed was
yesterday sentenced to a year's imprisonment, with a Bendigo magistrate sending a
warning to drug peddlers. Nathan Smith, 20, of Williams Road, Myers Flat, was
sentenced in Bendigo Magistrates Court to serve 12 months in jail for selling up to 20
grams of amphetamines and 300 ecstasy tablets over a three-month period last year. The
drugs had an estimated street value of $13,000. The successful conviction was a win for
the Bendigo Police Regional Response Group, whose 2007 Operation Condos, conducted
against the illicit drug trade in Bendigo, caught the drug dealer after months of
surveillance and phone taps. The court heard Smith travelled to Melbourne between
September and November last year to meet a man named Steve, buying amphetamines he
then diluted and sold on to friends and associates in Bendigo. Smith also admitted
buying and selling drugs from an Eaglehawk man, who also faces Operation Condos
charges later this month.
Source: The Advertiser / 10 January 2008 /
http://bendigo.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/jail-term-for-young-dealer-in-drug-
blitz/1160127.html

Alleged Drug Importer's Bail Application Adjourned Again
A 43-year-old Canadian man accused of being involved in the alleged importation of
cocaine through the Brisbane International Airport has had his bail application adjourned.
It is the third time his application has been adjourned since his arrest on Monday. Robert
Michael Steinebach was arrested along with 24-year-old Candice Maree Brayton after
they arrived on a flight from Hong Kong. It is alleged up to 10 kilograms of cocaine was
found in a false bottom in a suitcase belonging to Brayton and that Steinebach was
involved. Brayton appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was
remanded in custody to a further hearing next month. Steinebach denied involvement
and applied for bail. The application was adjourned again yesterday and continued today.
Steinebach's lawyer told the court the evidence to date was hearsay but prosecutors were
granted a further two-week adjournment to seek information from Canadian law
enforcement officials.
Source: ABC News Brisbane / 11 January 2008 /
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/11/2136909.htm?site=brisbane

Drug Runners
Drug use is rampant in Townsville and dealers are cashing in. Almost $1.5 million worth
of illicit drugs were seized by police in 2007 as drug abuse reaches plague proportions.
And 36 drug dealers are off the streets, with police working overtime to capture the scum
who are feeding habits. Northern Region Drug Squad acting officer-in-charge Detective
Sergeant John Mahony said dealers were making a killing. Almost $1 million cash,
believed to be the proceeds of drug sales, was confiscated by police in 2007. Det Sgt
Mahony said a massive 70kg of cannabis, worth about $700,000 was seized across the
region last year. And 4000 ecstasy tablets or MDMA pills were found, as dealers
attempted to infiltrate the nightclub scene. The hard drug `ice' was among 4kg of
amphetamine seized, with a street value of $500,000. A total of 36 people were caught
trafficking drugs, while more than 80 others were charged with supplying dangerous


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drugs. Det Sgt Mahony said 10 drug traffickers were caught last month alone, as they
attempted to boost their bank balances and feed demand leading up to New Year's Eve.
"We have had an increase in MDMA arrests, which would indicate increased use. But
there is a lot more MDMA and that is associated closely with the nightclub scene," Det
Sgt Mahony said. Ecstasy tablets sell for about $40 each on the street. (Continued)
Source: Townsville Bulletin / 11 January 2008 /
http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2008/01/12/9774_hpnews.html

Man Charged After Discovery Of $320,000 Of Cannabis
A man will face court on numerous drug charges after a police raid uncovered cannabis
worth more than $300,000 on the NSW North Coast. Officers searched a property at
Sawtell yesterday where they allegedly found more than 16 kilograms of cannabis leaf
which detectives claim has an estimated street value of about $320,000. A 56-year-old
man was arrested at the house and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station. He was later
charged with numerous counts of illegal drug possession, supply and cultivation. The
man was refused bail and is due to face Coffs Harbour Local Court today.
Source: News.com.au / 11 January 2008 /
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23041722-1702,00.html

$15m Offered For Crime Solutions
A record amount of reward money is being offered to help Victoria Police solve some of
the worst murders committed in the state. The total amount of rewards now on offer is
believed to be more than $15 million, although police have not collated the exact figure.
In the past six months, rewards worth $900,000 have been announced. The amounts vary
depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime, the likelihood of the reward
eliciting information leading to a conviction, and the ongoing risk posed by the offender
to the community. But despite the large amounts of cash available to anyone with
information on unsolved major crimes, no reward money has been paid out from the fund
in the past five years. Police do not normally reveal who has applied for a reward but
have confirmed that Andrew Fraser, a former lawyer who was jailed for cocaine-related
offences, is seeking the $1 million reward that had been on offer in the case of Mersina
Halvagis. Mr Fraser's evidence that serial killer Peter Dupas confessed to the 1997 killing
when both men were in jail led to Dupas' conviction. Dupas repeatedly stabbed Halvagis
as she tended her grandmother's grave at Fawkner Cemetery. Major rewards announced
last year included one for $1 million for information on fugitive drug lord Tony Mokbel's
whereabouts. The reward enticed a member of Mokbel's drug syndicate to approach
police and the new information led to his arrest in Athens. (Continued)
Source: The Age/ 12 January 2008 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/15m-offered-for-crime-
solutions/2008/01/12/1199988648044.html

Car Trashed By Man In His Boxers
A screaming hoodlum went on a drunken rampage in a Darwin car yard wearing only his
boxer shorts. A witness to the incident said the 25-year-old man entered the display yard
at Darwin Auto Wholesalers in the suburb of Winnellie about 10.30pm on Friday night,
jumping up and down on four vehicles - right in front of police. A witness, who did not


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want to be named, said the man was banging on the cars, screaming and swearing in an
angry drunken spree. The man jumped on the roofs of three cars until they caved in. He
walked back through the middle of the yard when a blue Ford Falcon sedan caught his
eye. Drunk and out of control, he ran at the Falcon, jumping on the bonnet and roof. But
the hoon was doomed. Little did he know two undercover police officers from Task
Force Azele were at a nearby Shell servo and had seen the entire episode. They called for
back-up and arrested the hoodlum for criminal damage. His two nearby friends were also
arrested for hindering the police. Darwin Auto Wholesalers manager Kevin Quinlan said
he was out to dinner when he received four phone calls in quick succession telling him
what was going on - from neighbours, a security guard and from the police. "I heard he
was carrying on like a lunatic," Mr Quinlan said. "At least they've been caught - it's a win
for the good guys." (Continued)
Source: Northern Territory News / 12 January 2008 /
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2008/01/13/3085_ntnews.html

Coast Chase Ends Drama
A man accused of burglaries in the Nambour area and Brisbane led police on a short car
chase before being captured early yesterday morning. Police said the drama began
unfolding about 7am when Nambour officers were informed about a car leaving the scene
of an attempted burglary at a home on Woombye-Palmwoods Road. The homeowner told
police he had disturbed someone trying to break in and was able to provide them with
details of the car the man was driving. The distinctive Chevrolet utility, which had been
stolen from the north Brisbane suburb of Carseldine during the night, was seen a short
time later on the Bli Bli Road at Nambour. When police attempted to intercept it, the
driver allegedly refused to stop. The vehicle was pursued for about two kilometres before
being stopped and the 37-year-old driver detained. He has been charged with unlawful
use of a motor vehicle, attempted break and enter, break and enter, bringing stolen goods
into Queensland, two counts of evading police and two counts of unlicensed driving. He
will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court tomorrow Mon when police will
allege he was also the driver of a vehicle who evaded officers at Aspley earlier in the
night. About 1am police saw a vehicle driving erratically in Zillmere Road and, when
they pulled it over in a nearby caravan park, the male driver ran off. and the car rolled
into a garden. A man and woman left in the car were questioned and a search of the
vehicle allegedly uncovered a small quantity of drugs. (Continued)
Source: Sunshine Coast Daily / 12 January 2008 /
http://www.thedaily.com.au/news/2008/jan/13/coast-chase-ends-drama/

Queensland Residents Urged To Dial In A Druggie
Residents across south-east Queensland are being encouraged to "dial in a druggie" in a
new campaign targeting cannabis production. Ipswich police Detective Inspector Mick
Niland said cannabis growers were setting up their labs in suburbs and rural properties
and were becoming more sophisticated in their operations. "Hydroponic cannabis crops
are often cultivated in suburban houses while neighbours remain unaware of the criminal
activity that exists next door to them and their family," Insp Niland said. "Houses are
often rented and then entirely gutted, and the electricity supply is rewired and fans and
generators are installed to produce the drug before the house is eventually abandoned."


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He said residents could look for signs including covered windows, condensation on
windows, large extractor fans in the walls, floors or roof, and a strong, sickly sweet
herbal smell. Other signs were exposed electrical wiring, rewired electricity boxes,
generators running all the time, gas cylinders in unusual places and lights burning day
and night, he said. Insp Niland said drug growers also used rural properties to grow their
crops, sometimes without the knowledge of its owner. Some properties were so large that
its owners and managers did not access certain areas for months or years, and in some
cases were unable to access the land without the use of a helicopter, he said. In some
circumstances these areas were used to grow cannabis without the knowledge of the
owner or manager, although other times they turned a blind eye in return for money, he
said. (Continued)
Source: Sydney Morning Herald / 12 January 2008 /
http://news.smh.com.au/qld-residents-urged-to-dial-in-a-druggie/20080113-1lpb.html

Addiction To Drugs Rife In Jails
Prison authorities have expanded drug detection tests in Victorian jails after discovering
an increasing number of inmates abusing a heroin addiction substitute. The addition of
the drug buprenorphine to Corrections Victoria's drug-testing regime comes amid a
separate review into the administration of drug users in prisons, and new statistics that
reveal scores of prisoners remain drug-dependent while in Victorian prisons.
Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opiate introduced in Victoria in the late 1990s as a
treatment for heroin dependency in cases where methadone was deemed inappropriate.
Corrections Victoria spokeswoman Christine Panayotou said trends had "indicated an
increase in (its) use by prisoners". "Drug trends change and as such the testing regime
must also change to ensure effective deterrence and detection," she said. The three-month
trial of buprenorphine tests is expected to begin in coming weeks. Professor Nick Crofts,
from Melbourne University's Nossal Institute, said that although buprenorphine was a
treatment drug, it also offered users a "high", increasing its likelihood of being abused.
Corrections Victoria randomly tests about 50 prisoners each week for a range of drugs.
Documents obtained by The Age under freedom of information laws reveal that hundreds
of Victorian prisoners are being convicted of drug offences, despite being in custody.
Since January 2006, the number of inmates regarded as having the most "entrenched drug
behaviours" rose to as many as 93. These prisoners are those found guilty of an offence
such as trafficking drugs into prison who then refuse to join drug-free incentive
programs. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 13 January 2008 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/addiction-to-drugs-rife-in-
jails/2008/01/13/1200159277556.html

Police Charge 12 In Drug Raids
More than $25,000 worth of drugs and property has been seized during police raids in the
Redlands and Wynnum area. Police last week found a substantial amount of
methylamphetamine, cannabis, ecstasy, illegal fireworks, drug paraphernalia and other
property when search warrants were executed at several houses as part of Operation Slat.
A total of 12 people were arrested and face more than 40 drug-related charges. They will
appear in either the Cleveland or Wynnum Magistrate‘s Court within the next month.


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The arrests came after a six-month investigation by officers from the Wynnum District
Response Team. Wynnum District Inspector Peter Harding said ongoing enquiries could
lead to further arrests in relation to the incident. ―The success of this investigation sends
a strong message that police will not tolerate drug abuse in the community,‖ he said.
―We will continue to take a hard line on this.‖
Source: Bayside Bulletin / 14 January 2008 /
http://redland.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/police-charge-12-in-drug-
raids/1161902.html

Drug Smuggler Confesses
A woman has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle amphetamines into the maximum
security section of Risdon Prison. Checkout operator Tanya Cranefield, 25, of Walker
Cres Bridgewater, yesterday pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a controlled drug
and unlawfully bringing an unauthorised thing into prison. The Hobart Magistrate's court
heard the mother of one was visiting her defacto partner -- who was not named -- at
Risdon Prison on October 16 last year. When she was searched on the way into the
visiting area prison officers found four snaplock bags containing amphetamines packed
inside small balloons in her pockets, the court heard. Cranefield's lawyer Amber Mignot
said her client had been coerced into buying $600 worth of amphetamines and making the
smuggling attempt after her defacto was threatened with violence if she didn't comply.
Magistrate Glenn Hay adjourned the case until February 20 for sentencing.
Source: Mercury / 15 January 2008 /
http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story/0,22884,23055780-921,00.html

Major Crackdown
Drugs are becoming more prevalent in town and Inverell police are asking the
community to help them combat the issue. Inverell Police Inspector Rowan O‘Brien said
the operation would involve getting the community to share any information they know
in relation to possessing, supplying and cultivating drugs. ―We are hoping the
community will become actively involved to help us to get drugs out of town and fight
the issue,‖ Inspector O‘Brien said. ―We will be concentrating specifically on drugs, no
matter what type, and any information we are given, will remain confidential. ―We know
drugs are out there in the community, and we are hoping to combat the issue.‖ On the
weekend, a 19-year-old male was found possessing drugs with an estimated street value
of $3,500. At 2.20pm on Sunday, Inverell Police executed a search warrant at a
residence in Ross St. Inspector O‘Brien said the man was taken into police custody after
an amount of cannabis, an ecstasy tablet and amphetamines were located. The man will
appear at Inverell Local Court in February in relation to possessing prohibited drugs.
Inspector O‘Brien said they were still waiting for a result analysis to decide whether he
will receive any further charges. Meanwhile, a 47-year-old man and woman from Tingha
will appear in Inverell Local Court on January 31 facing charges relating to cannabis
supply, possession and cultivation. And Inverell man Stephen Ross Hanshaw is still in
custody awaiting his second appearance at Armidale Local Court on February 20.
(Continued)
Source: The Inverell Times / 15 January 2008 /
http://inverell.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/major-crackdown/1162330.html


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Man Jailed Over 'Massive' Ecstasy Ring
A man involved in one of Queensland's biggest ecstasy syndicates has been sentenced to
five years in jail. But Antonio Lalli-Cafini, 45, will only spend one year behind bars after
the crown conceded his criminal activity had already torn his life apart. The Supreme
Court in Brisbane was told Lalli-Cafini had lost his home and custody of his daughter
since he was arrested in June last year for trafficking the drug. The court was told his
dry-cleaning business had also collapsed and that his de facto wife's health had
deteriorated. Lalli-Cafini pleaded guilty in May last year to trafficking ecstasy in 2004,
but sentencing was delayed while he took legal advice about whether to withdraw his
plea. On Tuesday he was sentenced for his involvement in what Justice Martin Daubney
described as an "evil business" which "shattered lives". Prosecutor Don MacKenzie told
the court Lalli-Cafini was not the principal in the syndicate, which produced about five
kilograms of methylamphetamine during 10 "cooks" at various clandestine laboratories
around Queensland. The biggest of those laboratories was at Miles, 340km west of
Brisbane, which was raided in 2004 after a joint investigation by Queensland police and
the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC). The court was told the ecstasy, which
was believed to have been sold to West Australian bikies, was worth about $2 million.
Mr MacKenzie said it was unknown whether Lalli-Cafini profited at all from the illegal
business. (Continued)
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald / 15 January 2008 /
http://news.smh.com.au/man-jailed-over-massive-ecstasy-ring/20080115-1m3k.html

Truck Drivers Caught In Drug Operation
Five truck drivers have been charged with drug offences in a crackdown on drug use in
the industry, Queensland police say. More than 260 truck drivers were stopped this week
at Goondiwindi, near the NSW border, with one driver testing positive to driving under
the influence of drugs and four more found in possession of drugs, police said. A 41-
year-old man from Victoria was allegedly found with a quantity of heroin and cannabis.
Three others - two Victorian men aged 52 and 41 and a 38-year-old man from Loganlea
in Queensland - were allegedly found with methylamphetamines. They each have been
charged with drug offences and will appear at Goondiwindi Magistrates Court in March.
State Crime Operations Command Detective Superintendent Gayle Hogan said the
operation was targeting offences across the board. "We are regularly conducting
operations such as Echo Marquee to target any type of unlawful criminal activity in the
heavy vehicle industry, not just drug offences," Supt Hogan said. "We are not only
cracking down on heavy vehicle drivers - we are also focusing on employers who are not
working within the law, such as making cash payments to drivers."
Source: Sunshine Coast Daily / 15 January 2008 /
http://www.thedaily.com.au/news/2008/jan/15/aap-truck-drivers-caught-in-drug-
operation/

Cambodia

Four Get 95 Years In Cambodia Drugs Bust
Four Chinese nationals and a Thai man arrested last year in Cambodia's largest-ever
drugs bust have been jailed for a combined total of 120 years, a court official said


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Friday.The five were among 21 people seized in April during a police raid on a massive
drugs laboratory located on a plantation 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital Phnom
Penh.Police discovered two tonnes of chemicals used in the production of "yaba," a
cheap and potent methamphetamine widely used throughout Southeast Asia.Another
tonne of drug-making chemicals was later found in Phnom Penh.The Thai, along with
three Chinese men, were sentenced Thursday to 25 years each, judge Iv Kimsry said,
adding that a Chinese woman was jailed for 20 years.A sixth suspect who has fled to
Thailand was jailed in absentia for life, he said."The court found them guilty for
involvement in illegal drug production," the judge said. "It's the largest drug trial ever
seen in Cambodia."Fourteen Cambodians also arrested at the scene were acquitted after
the court determined that they had been tricked into thinking they were employed to
spray chemicals on farmland, Iv Kimsry said.April's bust was the first evidence of large-
scale drugs production in Cambodia, which is an increasingly popular trafficking point
for narcotics after neighbouring Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002.
Source: Macau Daily Times / 12 January 2008 /
http://www.macaudailytimesnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=
5303&Itemid=31

Fiji

Police Want Drugs Analysts
The shortage of qualified drug analysts is frustrating police officers, says police drug unit
head, Inspector Sakeo Ganivatu. Inspector Ganivatu said police often had to wait for as
long as three months before drug exhibits were sent back to respective police stations for
the purpose of charging suspects. He said officers from the northern and western
divisions usually faced delays in clearing samples tested at the Koronivia Research
Station. This was contributing to a waste of public resources. "At times we wait for two
to three months and when the report arrives we have a hard time locating suspects," said
Inspector Ganivatu. "Complaints have been coming in from those in the Western and
Northern divisions over this," he said. "It's difficult waiting for the analyst's report
especially when the suspects are moving around and they (police) have to go around
looking for them. It's a waste of manpower and resources." He said there were four files
still sitting on his desk uncleared because the State drug analyst was still on leave.
Inspector Ganivatu said this could be changed if more drug testing personnel were
recruited, so that ideally, the testing and removal of drugs was minimised to one day.
Apart from the shortage of drug analysts, the force has to test for other substances like
cocaine abroad. Inspector Ganivatu said positively identified samples of cocaine found
on visiting Argentinian and Mexican nationals last September were only returned last
week. (Continued)
Source: The Fiji Times Online / 14 January 2008 /
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=78627




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India

Jail Term For Drug Peddler
A local court awarded 20 years, jail to a drug peddler who was arrested with 840gm of
brown sugar in 2006. A fine of Rs 2 lakh was also slapped on Veer Singh, a Rajasthan
resident who was caught with the contraband at Bhopal railway station.
Source: Telegraph India / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080110/jsp/nation/story_8765525.jsp

Police Bust Inter-State Gang Of Drug Peddlers
The Rajpura Police is making all efforts to arrest the inter-state gang of drug peddlers,
following the arrest of one of its members, Jagjevan Ram, a resident of Sangrur, on
Tuesday. Following a tip-off that two persons were trying to smuggle opium from
Haryana border, the police had set up a check-post on Rajpura-Ambala road. During the
operation, the police recovered 4.5 kg of opium from Jagjevan Ram and his accomplice,
Kalu. While Jagjevan was immediately arrested, Kalu managed to escape from the spot.
Sources in the police department told Newsline that the gang members were in the trade
for the past many years and were selling contraband in Mohali, Nawanshahr, Fatehgarh
Sahib and Rajpura. ―Since most of the buyers of opium were youth, thus the activities of
the gang are of very serious nature,‖ said sources. | SHO Rajpura Bikram Brar, who
supervised the interrogation of the accused, said that two teams have been dispatched to
Ambala from where the accused procured opium. ―We conducted raids near Ambala bus
stand, following revelations by the accused, but could not arrests anyone as the other
members have come to know about the arrest of their associate,‖ he added. The police
claimed that Kalu, a resident of Ambala, is the key to the whole drug chain. During
preliminary investigations, the police have found that Jagjevan owned a tea stall near a
college in Amargarh and used to supply narcotics to students of the college. (Continued)
Source: Express India / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Police-bust-interstate-gang-of-drug-
peddlers/259752/

2.5 Kg Of Opium Worth Rs 1 Crore Seized In Nadia
The CID Narcotics Cell seized 2.5 kg of high quality opium from a house in Panchkhel
village, under the Kaliganj police station in Nadia district, in a raid on Thursday morning.
The haul is valued at Rs 1 crore in the international market. In another raid, the CID
recovered 300 kg of poppy straw from another house in the same village. ―Two persons,
Asbahar Sk Habu (32) and Patu Sk (25), have been arrested,‖ said Sanjay Mukherjee,
DIG, CID (Special). The accused face a sentence up to 20 years in jail. The illegal
cultivation of opium has been a regular feature in the border areas of Nadia and
Murshidabad. The bulk of this illegal harvest is reported from the blocks of the Tehatta
sub-division. The seeds of the poppy plant are used for cooking purposes, while the latex
extracted yields opium. Opium cultivation yields great profits for farmers. A one-bigha
plot of opium yields a hefty profit of about Rs 60,000 to Rs 80,000 - reason enough for
farmers to take to poppy cultivation. Illegal cultivation has also been reported from a few
pockets in the Kaliganj, Nakashipara and Karimpur blocks of Nadia and Nabagram in
Murshidabad. Last year, the CID raided a 1,000-hectare field in Jagshatikhali Baur


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mouza in Tehatta Block 2. The crackdown proved effective and cultivation has dwindled
in this particular pocket, sources said.
Source: Express India / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/2-5-kg-of-opium-worth-Rs-1-crore-seized-in-
Nadia/260291/

Five Arrested With Heroin In Jammu
Five persons were arrested and one kilogram of heroin was recovered from their
possession during a raid in Doda district, police said on Friday. Acting on a tip-off,
police arrested five persons with one kg of heroin from Doda on Thursday, they said.
They have been identified as Mohammad Ramzan, Muzaffar Hussain, Adil Hussain,
Abdul Hamid and Basharat Ali, they added. In another raid, 100 grams of brown sugar
was recovered from an isolated place in Doda, they said, adding, no one was arrested in
this connection. Twenty pouches of illicit liquor were also recovered from a shop in
Jammu.
Source: Hindustan Times / 11 January 2008 /
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=14668dc0-ab9b-4f6e-
abc3-
2f175e9c0c22&MatchID1=4619&TeamID1=3&TeamID2=4&MatchType1=1&SeriesID
1=1163&MatchID2=4617&TeamID3=3&TeamID4=4&MatchType2=1&SeriesID2=116
3&PrimaryID=4619&Headline=Five+arrested+with+heroin+in+Jammu

4 Persons Held With 2.5 Kg Of Charas Worth Rs 1.30 Lakh
The Nerul police on Saturday arrested four youths under Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances Act, ―for possession and intention to sell‖ 2.5 kilogram of
charas value of which is worth over Rs 65 lakh in the international market. The police
estimate the price in the Indian market of the seized substance to be around Rs 1.30 lakh.
The arrest took place after a police team laid a trap for the accused based on the
information they received from a reliable source, who informed them that the four youths
would be gathering at a hotel named Dwarka near Nerul Railway station before they
leave for Mumbai where the packets were supposed to be handed over to others.
According to Police Sub Inspector BR Hangirge, who received the information, ―Our
team reached at the spot at around 3.30 on Saturday afternoon. Four people were gathered
their and the profiles matched with the description.‖ The four, identified as —
Ravishankar Singh (27), Rajeev Kumar Singh (20), Raviranjan Kumar Singh (20) and
Roshanmunan Singh (20) — told the police that they belong to a village in Bihar, from
where they procured the drug. According to the police, while two separate packets of
charas weighing 490 grams and 507 grams, wrapped in adhesive tapes, were recovered
from Ravishankar Singh‘s pocket, the others were in possession of packets with over 500
grams of charas. Hangirge further said, ―Ravishankar Singh is from the merchant navy.
He stays in Mumbai when he is not sailing. (Continued)
Source: Express India / 12 January 2008 /
http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/4-persons-held-with-2-5-kg-of-charas-worth-
Rs-1-30-lakh/260901/




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PHRC Asks Punjab DGP To Take Action Against Drug Traffickers Nexus
Acting on a petition filed by a Nawanshahr-based NGO, Human Empowerment League
of Punjab (HELP) that there was a nexus among the drug traffickers, politicians and other
influential people in the state, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has
directed the DGP, Punjab to "take appropriate action" in the matter "under intimation to
the Commission". Based on a recent media report that the state police had stumbled upon
a shocking piece of information that the drug trade in Punjab was being fuelled by some
"well-connected and well-established" people, the HELP general secretary Parvinder
Singh Kittna had approached the Commission to look into the matter and direct the state
police to initiate strict action against the guilty people. According to Kittna, the news
report greatly disturbed their organization as, as per the media reports, nearly 70 per cent
of the state youth were currently hooked to drugs and drug-related activities and these
youth were a potential source of threat to human life in the state. Showing its concern on
the issue, the Commission in its order has stated that it "is definitely concerned with this
menace (of drugs) which is booming among the children and in a rapid manner
threatening the family life of the youth of the state" and that "such illegal activities are
required to be discouraged and controlled with an iron hand". (Continued)
Source: Punjab Newsline / 13 January 2008 /
http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/7826/38/

Drugs Seized
The Nadaun police seized large consignment of drugs and arrested a person in this
connection on Friday. Police sources said on a tip off they raided Thakur Medical
agencies here and seized capsules used as drugs by youths. Proprietor of the shop Rakesh
Kumar of Luthan village has been arrested for illicit sale of drugs.
Source: Tribune India / 13 January 2008 /
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20080114/region.htm

Muslim Leaders Vow To Fight Drug Menace
Giving a boost to the ongoing campaign against drug abuse and trafficking in the State,
spiritual leaders and scholars of Muslim community have pledged to contribute their mite
in fighting against the menace. This was disclosed by president of All Manipur Muslim
Development Organisation (AMMDO) Hazrat Moulana Abdul Azad Inqrilabi during a
press conference at Manipur Press Club here today. Many Muslim spiritual leaders were
also present at the press conference. Reading out the resolutions adopted during a joint
meeting of the representatives of 11 prominent organisations of the Muslim community
and Madrassa on January 3 at AMMDO office, Hazrat Moulana said consumption of
liquor, ganja, cocaine, heroin and other substances are considered Haram in Muslim
community. Yet abuse and trafficking of drugs has been on the rise among the people of
Muslim society in Manipur today. Drug related crimes are also taking place in Muslim
society almost on daily basis, he said, while expressing apprehension that the day would
not be far when the Muslim society would be wiped out completely if the situation
remains this way. So taking note of the serious of the matter, spiritual leaders and
scholars of Muslim community have decided to join in the ongoing fight against drug
menace in the society, he informed. Secretary of Jamaitul-Ulam, Manipur Hazrat
Moulana Sahed who also addressed the conference pledged that Muslim spiritual leaders


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would try their level best in bringing back the misguided Muslims on the right path.
(Continued)
Source: The Sangai Express / 13 January 2008 /
http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=8..130108.jan08

Peddler Arrested
The Bassi Pathana police arrested a peddler along with poppy Husk during a naka on
Sunday. According to Samsher Singh Boparai SP (D), the district police on the directions
of Nilabh Kishore SSP has started campaign against the anti-social elements and
particularly drug sellers. He said police established nakas near Badali Ala Singh area and
arrested one Dharm Chand, resident of Kotla Fazil, and recovered 2 Kg poppy husk. The
police has registered case u/s 21, 61, 81, NDPS Act.
Source: Tribune India / 13 January 2008 /
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20080114/region.htm

Ganja Destroyed
The Customs Division of Imphal has set ablaze 3010 kilograms of ganja or marijuana
estimated to be worth Rs 75.25 lakhs in the National market at Haotal Pangei in Imphal
East district today. According to an official source, the ganja was seized at Sapermeina
area in Senapati district, along the National Highway 39, by the customs officials on
January 23 last year. The owner of the banned item has been identified as Y Robindro
Singh (30) of Andro Mamang Leikai in Imphal East district. The ganja was set aflame in
the presence of Commissioner of Customs (Prevention), NER Shillong RD Negi.
Source: E-Pao / 15 January 2008 /
http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=Snipp1..160108.jan08

Malaysia

Judge ‘Forced’ To Pass Death Sentence
"No judge will be happy to mete out a sentence like this. I have tried all ways possible in
law to avoid this, but I have no choice." High Court judge Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Bakti
said this before sentencing bill collector Seok Hann to death for trafficking in 6.7kg of
various drugs in 2004. Seok, 35, who was found guilty on four counts of trafficking,
remained emotionless throughout the court proceedings as Mohtarudin delivered the
sentence. "The defence has failed to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt. I have no
choice but to sentence you to death," he said. Seok was charged in late 2004 with
trafficking in 5,451.4g of ketamine, 50.1g of lysergide, 86.4g of methamphetamine and
1,137.4g of methylenedioxyamphetamine at 32E-1, Jalan Desa Cantik, Faber Indah,
Taman Desa, Jalan Klang Lama here at 12.05am on Sept 9, 2004. In February last year,
Seok was ordered to enter his defence while his girlfriend, Ooi Lai Peng, with whom he
was jointly charged, was acquitted. Ooi, 32, a trainee hairstylist at the time of the
incident, had been in the condo unit at Faber Indah when a team of policemen from the
Bukit Aman narcotics department raided the premises on Sept 9, 2004. Police found a
locked Polo bag near the window of the unit. Ooi tried to stop them from opening the bag
saying that Seok, or Raymond as he is known, did not allow anyone to see its contents.
(Continued)



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Source: New Straits Times / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/National/2127546/Article/index
_html

Drug Suspect Who Attacked Policeman Shot
A man was shot in the thigh when he ignored a police warning shot after he injected a
police inspector with a drug during a struggle in an anti-drug operation in Jenderak
Utama, near Temerloh, yesterday. Pahang CID chief ACP T. Narenasagaran said in the
10.45am incident, Temerloh Narcotics police was conducting an operation in the area
believed to be a drug trafficking haunt when the 37-year-old suspect fled with the police
chasing after him. ―Then a stuggle ensued between the suspect and a police inspector
who tried to overpower him. The suspect tried to plant a syringe needle into the
inspector‘s face but it landed on his left arm,‖ he told reporters here today. He said the
suspect tried to run away before a warning shot was fired but he ignored it with the police
giving chase. The suspect then found a machete in a house compound and tried to attack
the police officer with it but police fired a short which hit the suspect‘s right thigh.
Narenasagaran said the injured suspect who had been under police drug surveillance in
Triang, was sent to Sultan Ahmad Shah Hospital, Temerloh and detained under Section
307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder. The 26-year-old police inspector was also
sent to the same hospital for treatment. Narenasagaran said five tubes of sustance
believed to be heroin were found in the suspect‘s trouser pocket, besides a syringe and
another device believed for taking drugs. (Continued)
Source: New Straits Times / 14 January 2008 /
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/NewsBreak/20080114154241/Artic
le/index_html

New Zealand

Ecstasy Dealer Has Jail Time Cut
A Zimbabwean drug-dealer involved in a huge importation of Ecstasy into New Zealand
has had a year cut from his 12-year sentence by the Court of Appeal. Robert Charles de
Bruin, 53, was found guilty by a jury in May last year, with former Mr Asia figure Darryl
Leigh Sorby, on five counts of importing MDMA worth more than $3 million, hidden in
furniture from South Africa. While de Bruin succeeded in getting a reduced sentence, he
did not persuade the appeal court judges to overturn his conviction. He also failed in his
appeal against a $1 million penalty order imposed by the sentencing judge, Justice Mark
Cooper, in the High Court at Auckland in August. The appeal judges lopped 12 months
off de Bruin's term to provide greater parity with Sorby's nine-year sentence. De Bruin
has developed terminal lung cancer in jail, but the judges said his medical condition
could not reduce his sentence. That was a matter that could be addressed by the Parole
Board, which could grant an early release on compassionate grounds. In one of the court
hearings, de Bruin, now an Australian citizen, spun an elaborate tale about belonging to
an anti-terrorist unit in his former Rhodesian homeland. He claimed he was rewarded for
his gun-running efforts by being given a ranch which he managed to convert into 35
uncut diamonds which he later smuggled into New Zealand. He said he was able to sell
the diamonds over 18 months for about $1 million. (Continued)



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Source: The New Zealand Herald / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10486014

Drug Offender Vows To Use Jail To Reform
A Christchurch drug offender who lived at a house in Hornby where a clandestine drug
lab caught fire last year, is apologetic about the effect his prison time will have on his
children. Shaun Conrad Reinke, 40, says he plans to work on his rehabilitation during his
three years in jail, a sentence imposed by Christchurch District Court Judge Michael
Crosbie today. "Drugs have been the root of the problem for years," said defence counsel
Paul Johnson. "He has now decided it is not the life for him." During his months on
remand, he has completed an NCEA qualification in food safety and customer service.
Crown prosecutor Ruth Thomas said the explosion and fire at the Hei Hei Road house
was an example of the dangers posed by secret laboratories using volatile chemicals. In
this fire, one of the residents who was running the drug lab received burns over 50
percent of his body and his medical treatment cost $1 million. Judge Crosbie noted that
Reinke was apologetic about the effects his imprisonment would have on his children. He
had sworn off illegal drug use, and was hopeful of coming off the methadone programme.
But the judge also spoke of the insidious effect of methamphetamine in the community
and the inherent dangers of amateurs producing the drug in suburban homes. (Continued)
Source: TV 3 NZ / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.tv3.co.nz/News/NationalNews/Drugoffendervowstousejailtoreform/tabid/184
/articleID/43286/cat/64/Default.aspx

Police Appeal For Text Tip-Offs
A police textline tip-off led to the recovery of $15,000 worth of methamphetamine from a
Glenfield address. Two men were arrested on serious drug charges. North Shore
detective Steve Matheson says the arrests were a direct result of information on the
textline in May. The confidential textline has been quiet recently and police want more
people to use it. "A lot of the time even vague information links things together. Often
all we need is a name," Mr Matheson says. He says texting eliminates the fear of
retribution for many people. "They don‘t have to tell us who they are but can leave their
name if they wish." Mr Matheson says information or suspicions about any crime that is
not an emergency can be reported on the textline. That could include wilful damage to
property such as tagging, receipt of stolen items, robbery, burglary and drug dealing.
Source: North Shore Times / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/sundaystartimes/auckland/4350405a6497.html

Tear Gas Was Kept In A Jar At House
A 24-year-old man had a glass jar of tear gas at his house in the Christchurch suburb of
Edgeware because he ―thought it was cool to have around‖. When police raided the Hills
Road property, Lawerence David Shufflebotham told them he had got the tear gas from a
friend who was a farmer. The jar was labelled, ―Do not touch.‖ It was one of two
restricted weapons charges Shufflebotham was sentenced on today. He had earlier been
found with a Tazer, and he admitted firing an airgun near a house – he had been firing at
targets on a suburban fence. Methamphetamine and codeine, the tear gas jar, and the
airgun and pellets were found at the property when the police did a series of raids in


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November. At the time of the raids, Shufflebotham was already on bail for possession of
a shotgun and ammunition, and cultivating cannabis. He had pleaded guilty to all these
charges and also admitted a serious commercial burglary in which a car worth $36,000
and property worth $25,000 were taken. Christchurch District Court Judge Michael
Crosbie noted that the car had been found by police when it was left on the street because
it would not fit into an acquaintance‘s garage. He said the pre-sentence report made
―fairly dismal reading‖ and noted Shufflebotham had 13 previous convictions including
receiving stolen property, burglary, discharging an airgun, and possession of an offensive
weapon. (Continued)
Source: Christchurch Court News / 11 January 2008 /
http://courtnews.co.nz/story.php?id=390

Philippines

PDEA Crackdown Nabs Roxas City's Top Drug Suspect
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's crackdown on the illegal drug trade in Western
Visayas has resulted to the arrest Wednesday night of a high profile drug suspect in
Roxas City. Assisted by the Regional Special Operations Group of the police regional
office six, the PDEA arrested Oniel B. Arandez at around 8 pm during a buy-bust
operation at the Oceanside Family Suite in Roxas City in Capiz. Arandez is number one
on the PDEA's watchlist of suspected big time drug pushers in Roxas City. Recovered
from Arandez was a big plastic bag believed to be containing shabu and five P100-peso
bills which served as marked money. The police regional crime laboratory is conducting
a test on the substances recovered from Arandez. A member of the RSOG who asked not
to be identified said that Arandez personally delivered the items to the police poseur
buyers at the said inn. A search following the arrest revealed three additional sachets
containing shabu in the possession of Arandez. The PDEA is set to file charges for
violation of section five of Republic Act 916 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act
of 2002 Arandez. Arandez' arrest comes a week after the PDEA and the RSOG nabbed
Jun Diestro in Mandurriao this city. Recovered from Diestro were shabu worth at least
P25,000, dried marijuana leaves, and firearms. Diestro is in the PDEA's watchlist of
regional drug personalities.
Source: The News Today / 11 January 2008 /
http://www.thenewstoday.info/2008/01/11/pdea.crackdown.nabs.roxas.citys.top.drug.sus
pect.html

Policeman Shoots Dead Suspected Drug Dealer
A policeman shot and killed a suspected dealer of illegal drugs in Barangay San Rafael
here on Saturday. A police report said Insp. Pascual delos Reyes, head of the intelligence
unit of the city police, and SPO2 George Andasan and SPO1 Eduardo Navarro, both of
the Task Force Bantay Droga, were in Barangay San Isidro at noon when they saw a
motorcycle-riding man with a pistol tucked in his waist. The policemen tried to approach
the man, later identified as Jose Guiao, 33, but he sped away, prompting them to give
chase. Upon reaching the Barangay San Rafael stretch of MacArthur Highway, Guiao
pulled out his .45 cal. pistol and aimed at the pursuing policemen, the report said. At this
point, Navarro shot Guiao, killing him instantly.



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Source: Inquirer / 12 January 2008 /
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20080112-111978/Policeman-
shoots-dead-suspected-drug-dealerc

Sulu Trader Falls In Buy-Bust Operation
The police have arrested a businessman last Thursday night after he was found in
possession of prohibited drugs inside a videoke house in this city. The suspect was
identified as Edwin Pacundo, 42, a native of Tongkil island town in Sulu province.
Pacundo was arrested by personnel from the Police Station 6 led by PO2 Marcela Tuballa
in a buy-bust operation at a videoke house in Barangay Tetuan, east of this city. Tuballa's
group seized from the suspect's possession one heat-sealed plastic sachet containing
white crystalline granules believed to be shabu and four used sachets. The suspect was
also found in possession of three $100 bills. Pacundo is engaged in the buy and sell of
dried squid and other marine products. The police said that proper charges are to be filed
in court against the arrested businessman.
Source: Sun Star / 12 January 2008 /
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/zam/2008/01/13/news/sulu.trader.falls.in.buy.bust.oper
ation.html

Former Pasig Cop Shot Dead
A former Pasig City policeman was shot dead by still unidentified attackers in Monday
morning, police said. According to the incident report, ex-Police Officer 2 Rolan Faraon
was in his white Mitsubishi Lancer when two masked men riding tandem on a motorcycle
blocked his vehicle and shot him at close range around 7:15 a.m. in Barangay (village)
Bagong Ilog, Pasig. Faraon, who was hit several times in the head and body, died on the
spot. The attackers immediately fled the scene. Pasig police chief Senior Supt. Francisco
Uyami said Faraon was one of the Pasig policemen accused of providing protection to the
shabu (the illegal drug methamphetamine hydrochloride) tiangge (market) demolished in
February 2006. Uyami said they are investigating if Faraon's death was connected to the
illegal drug trade.
Source: Inquirer.net / 14 January 2008 /
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20080114-112246/Former-Pasig-
cop-shot-dead

Japanese Nabbed At NAIA For Carrying Marijuana
Just when he thought he was home free, a Japanese passenger on an outbound Philippine
Airlines flight was busted for carrying marijuana in the most private of places. Kenichi
Nishi, 55, was apprehended at the final screening check at the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport Centennial Terminal on Sunday afternoon after a routine frisk
revealed 34 joints stuffed in his briefs, police said on Monday. ―He was hiding it in his
underwear, but because our security people are good at profiling suspicious people, they
knew where to look. He also looked uneasy during the inspection,‖ said Senior
Superintendent Efren Labiang, chief of the aviation police station at NAIA-2. The
marijuana was wrapped in red plastic. ―He himself took it out when he was busted,‖
Labiang said. Nishi was immediately turned over to agents of the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency, which has the authority to pursue charges against him.


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Source: Inquirer.net / 14 January 2008 /
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20080114-112332/Japanese-
nabbed-at-NAIA-for-carrying-marijuana

Army Bares Gains In Drive Vs Illegal Drugs, Illegal Logging
The combined forces from the army and different police units had gained headway last
year in the campaign against illegal drugs and anti-illegal logging campaigns in Ilocos
provinces and Cordillera region, it was learned here. According to Brigadier General
Loreto G. Rirao, Commanding General of the army's 503rd Brigade based in Barangay
Sulvec, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, more than 2.5 hectares of fully grown marijuana leaves
worth P75 millions was jointly uprooted by the joint army and police forces on February
6, 2007 last year at the boundary of Sugpon, Ilocos Sur and Bacun, Benguet. Likewise,
the combined forces were also able to seized 4,335 board feet of illegally cut hardwood
flitches in support to the government's initiative on environment conservation. "Our
army troopers are not only actively conducting a campaign against insurgency but also
supporting the campaign against illegal drugs and illegal loggings," Rirao said.
Source: Philippines Information Agency / 15 January 2008 /
http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p080115.htm&no=25

Singapore

Drugs Stuffed Inside Hollow Wooden Frame
They were boxes to display jewellery. But what they carried turned out to be something
more sinister - drugs. All 5kg of them. It was the first time such a method had been used
to hide drugs, in this case ketamine, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). It was a
clever disguise but, thanks to a whistle-blower, the drugs will not make it into the hands
of abusers. On 2 Jan, CNB officers received a tip-off that there were drugs on a flight
bound for Taipei, Taiwan. CNB immediately contacted the courier company, which the
smugglers had used, to intercept the shipment - a cardboard box. The company quickly
retrieved it and took it to their warehouse at Changi Cargo Complex, where several
international courier companies are located. The drugs had a street value of about
$250,000 and were in the wooden frames of 12 jewellery display boxes, each measuring
about 40cm long and 25cm wide. CNB declined to reveal the name of the company or
where the drugs were shipped from as investigations are ongoing. However, they did say
it did not originate from Singapore. The drugs were also not meant for the local market.
No suspects have been arrested. The box was thoroughly X-rayed by the Singapore
Airport Terminal Services, which conducts screening for cargo at the complex for
contraband. From the X-ray images, officers found something suspicious. CNB then
unleashed two narcotics dogs from the Police K-9 unit on it. (Continued)
Source: The Electric New Paper / 09 January 2008 /
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4136,152903,00.html

More Drug Abusers Arrested In 2007, Majority Repeat Abusers
More drug abusers were arrested in 2007 compared to 2006. But the Central Narcotics
Bureau (CNB) said the number of new drug abusers remained low. In 2007, 2,166 drug
abusers were arrested, 78 per cent more than in 2006 when 1,218 were arrested. The bulk,



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or 77 per cent, were repeat abusers. However, the proportion of first time drug abusers
arrested decreased from 39 per cent of the total abusers in 2006 to 23 per cent in 2007.
And with this decline, CNB said that it is a "well contained drug situation". Most of
those arrested were subutex abusers, followed by heroin abusers. CNB attributed the rise
in drug abusers to the classification of subutex as a controlled drug in August 2006.
Source: Channel News Asia / 15 January 2008 /
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/322726/1/.html

South Korea

Foreign Instructors’ Drug Offenses Unabating
The government has introduced several tough measures to counter foreign English
speaking teachers' drug consumption and trafficking, but they are recurring. The absolute
number of drug offenses by foreigners is a lot less than Koreans. But what worries
government officials is that despite tough screening for the selection of instructors at
schools, they are seeing native English speaking instructors being arrested for the use of
banned drugs. A group of foreign drug traffickers including a native English teacher at a
primary school were arrested on Wednesday. Yeonsu Police Station in Incheon, 40
kilometers southwest of Seoul, said it apprehended a 21-year-old American, identified
only as W, and eight other foreign nationals. Also among the arrested was a foreign
English teacher who worked at a primary school. They are charged with having
distributed cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy to foreign workers and students here,
according to the police, who added W grew marijuana in his room using flowerpots.
They sold the drugs to foreign instructors and students, the police said. The latest
roundup comes just several weeks after other foreign instructors were arrested for drug
offenses. In December, a Canadian instructor at an elementary school in Incheon was
arrested for smuggling marijuana and an American instructor at a school in Suwon was
also arrested for the use of ecstasy. On Nov. 12, a 23-year-old native English teacher was
sentenced to two and a half year in prison on charge of smuggling drugs through an
international package service. (Continued)
Source: The Korea Times / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/01/117_17073.html

Thailand

Eight-Man Gang Of Drug Dealers Arrested
A major leader of a drug-dealing gang in the Ratchadapisek area was arrested along with
seven members of the gang yesterday. Pol Maj-Gen Worasak Noppasittiporn, commander
of Metropolitan Police Area 2, said Sanya Lumsiri, the gang leader, and seven others
were charged with possessing narcotic drugs for sale. Police seized 4,450
methamphetamine pills, 77 grammes of crystal methamphetamine and 1,017 ecstasy pills
as well as a 9mm pistol and a rifle during the raid. The suspects admitted they sold the
drugs, which were smuggled from Cambodia through Sa Kaeo province, to teenagers
who frequented entertainment venues on Ratchadapisek road.
Source: Bangkok Post / 12 January 2008 /
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/13Jan2008_news09.php



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United States

Cocaine Use Up Sharply In Late 2007, Hawaii Lab Finds
End-of-year statistics released by Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc., show that cocaine
use rose sharply in the fourth quarter 2007, up 89 percent over the third quarter and up by
56 percent compared to the same quarter of 2006, the company said in a news release.
Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, use continued its downward trend for the third straight
quarter, down 13 percent from the 2007 third quarter. "Surprisingly, marijuana detection
rose only 6.5 percent from the previous quarter even though the detection threshold was
lowered on Oct. 19," said Carl A. Linden, scientific director for Diagnostic Laboratory
Services Inc. This quarter's data size involves a sample size of more than 8,100
employees, or potential employees, tested between October to the end of December 2007.
Below is how the data for the fourth quarter compares with the previous quarter (data
samples vary from quarter to quarter from approximately 10,000 to 8,100): Crystal
methamphetamine dropped from .6 percent to .5 percent (down from .9 percent 4th QTR
2006) Cocaine use rose from .2 percent to .4 percent (up from .2 percent 4th QTR 2006)
Opiate or prescription drug use declined from .6 percent to .5 percent (down from .6
percent 4th QTR 2006) THC, or marijuana, usage slightly up from 1.7 percent to 1.8
percent (down from 1.9 percent 4th QTR 2006) Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. is
Hawai'i's largest drug testing company and releases drug statistics on a quarterly basis.
The company currently handles drug testing for approximately 700 local businesses.
Source: The Honolulu Advertiser / 09 January 2008 /
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2008/Jan/09/br/br3026758914.html

Tour Bus Driver Pleads No Contest To Manslaughter Charge
A former Roberts Hawaii tour bus driver who refused to be tested for drug or alcohol use
following a fatal head-on collision in Kahaluu pleaded no contest to manslaughter
yesterday. Steven Oshiro, 50, agreed to the maximum 20-year prison term. Corey Voss,
41, died in the June 2006 crash, just a few months before his wife was scheduled to give
birth to their first child. Witnesses told police Oshiro's bus crossed the center line on
Kamehameha Highway several times before slamming head-on into Voss's sport utility
vehicle. "By accepting the maximum penalty in this case, Mr. Oshiro has taken full
responsibility for his actions, and in this small way accepts responsibility for what
happened to the Voss family," said David Hayakawa, Oshiro's lawyer. Circuit Judge
Dexter Del Rosario will sentence Oshiro April 9. As part of the agreement, Oshiro went
straight to jail at the conclusion of yesterday's hearing. He had been free on bail since an
Oahu grand jury indicted him last July. Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, who is handling the
case, said he insisted Oshiro turn himself in immediately. "I didn't want to take the risk of
him being out in the community any longer than he's already been," he said. In exchange
for the no-contest plea, Carlisle will ask that Oshiro serve no more than 10 years before
he is eligible for parole. Carlisle said he agreed to ask for no more than 10 years because
Oshiro accepted responsibility for what he did and has no criminal history. (Continued)
Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin / 09 January 2008 /
http://starbulletin.com/2008/01/09/news/story07.html




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Trial Set For Kihei Man Caught In 2nd-Largest Cocaine Bust Of ’07
A March 17 trial is scheduled for a Kihei man who was arrested last month after police
seized 10 pounds of cocaine from his residence. During his arraignment Tuesday in 2nd
Circuit Court, Gabriel Collazo pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree promotion of
a dangerous drug, second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana and two counts of
possessing drug paraphernalia. Kihei patrol officers arrested the 29-year-old Collazo after
executing a search warrant Dec. 22 at his mother‘s home on Kauhale Street. Collazo
reportedly had been living at the home for more than a year. Police reported finding the
cocaine in gallon- and quart-sized bags in the kitchen, as well as in a United Parcel
Service box addressed to Collazo. Officers also reported seizing 3 pounds of marijuana
from the home. According to testimony at his preliminary hearing last month, Collazo
told police he had been selling 10 pounds of cocaine a month for the past three months.
Officials said it was the second-largest seizure of cocaine in Maui County last year, with
the drug having an estimated street value of $500,000. A bail hearing is scheduled
Thursday for Collazo, who is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Maui Community
Correctional Center in Wailuku.
Source: Maui News / 09 January 2008 /
http://www.mauinews.com/news/2008/1/9/03tris0109.html

 2 Charged With ‘Ice’ Trafficking
Charges have been filed against the two men arrested for trafficking and possession of
ice. The Attorney General‘s Office charged Michael Romeo Cruz Agualo and Jianteng
Xu of conspiracy to commit trafficking of controlled substance, trafficking of controlled
substance and illegal possession of controlled substance. Chief Prosecutor Jeffery
Warfield Sr., in the information filed in court, stated that Agualo and Xu on De. 6, 2007,
―did unlawfully agree with one or more other persons that one or more of them would
engage in conduct or solicit the conduct which was calculated to become, if completed,
the offense of trafficking of controlled substance, by unlawfully manufactured, delivered
or possessed with intent to manufacture, deliver or dispense a crystal methamphetamine
in exchange of money.‖ The information stated that Agualo and Xu on Dec. 6, 2007,
―unlawfully manufactured, delivered or possessed with intent to manufacture, deliver or
dispense a controlled substance and that both of them on the said date unlawfully
possessed a controlled substance — ice.‖
Source: Marianas Variety / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.mvariety.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=5063&format=html

Returned Samoan Scholarship Student Faces Illegal Drug Charges
A Samoan scholarship student in Australia has been charged with possession of cannabis
when he returned home for a holiday break. The assistant police commissioner, Papalii
Li‘o, says a sniffer dog at Faleolo International airport found the drug in the student‘s
possession. Meanwhile a police source says a raid in a plantation before Xmas has found
more than five marijuana plants ranging from 3 to 4 feet high. The assistant police
commissioner has confirmed the raid, but would not give any details.
Source: Radio New Zealand International / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=37402



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Samoa Police Charge Thirty People With Drug Offences
The police in Samoa have charged thirty people, including a foreigner, for possession and
cultivation of cannabis in a number of raids during the holidays. A raid at Tafa‘igata near
the main prison not only found six marijuana plants valued at around 2 thousand US
dollars but an unlawful handgun. The police say the number of offenders arrested relating
to possession and cultivation of cannabis in December and early this month shows an
increase. Village councils have been advised to report to the police people suspected of
selling and growing marijuana plants in their villages.
Source: Radio New Zealand International / 10 January 2008 /
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=37397

Bail Cut For Man Netted In Drug Bust
Bail was reduced to $400,000 for a Kihei man facing felony drug charges after police
seized 10 pounds of cocaine from his residence last month. Gabriel Collazo, 29, has
pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-
degree commercial promotion of marijuana and two counts of possessing drug
paraphernalia. He was arrested Dec. 22 after police found the cocaine and 3 pounds of
marijuana while executing a search warrant at his mother‘s house on Kauhale Street. In
court Thursday, 2nd Circuit Judge Joel August reduced Collazo‘s bail from $500,000
after his attorney, William Sloper, said Collazo works for a painting company and has
family ties on Maui. Sloper said Collazo‘s residence could be verified because police
searched the home. His 51-year-old mother also was arrested but was released pending
further investigation. Police reported finding the cocaine in gallon- and quart-sized bags
in the kitchen, as well as in a United Parcel Service box addressed to Collazo. According
to testimony at his preliminary hearing last month, Collazo told police he had been
selling 10 pounds of cocaine a month for the past three months. Officials said it was the
second-largest seizure of cocaine in Maui County last year, with the drug having an
estimated street value of $500,000. Collazo‘s trial is scheduled for March 17.
Source: Maui News / 11 January 2008 /
http://www.mauinews.com/news/2008/1/11/06baic0111.html

2 Men Nabbed For Alleged 'Ice' Trafficking On Tinian
Authorities arrested on Tinian Thursday night two men who were allegedly involved in
trafficking crystal methamphetamine or ―ice.‖ The defendants-Tian Yuan Huang also
known as Ma, and one only known as Toni, both Chinese-were taken to the Superior
Court on Saipan Friday afternoon for a bail hearing. Huang and Toni were charged with
trafficking of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Superior
Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman imposed a $100,000 cash bail each for the
temporary release of the defendants. Detective Peter R. Camacho stated in his report that
last Wednesday and Thursday, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the
Department of Public Safety's Narcotics Activity Resolution Coalition Task Force were
able to purchase ―ice‖ from Huang by using a ―cooperating source‖ and an undercover
officer. Camacho said both ―buy-walk operations‖ took place at Huang's residence at the
Turn Key Housing on Tinian. Camacho's report did not mention the quantity of the ―ice‖
purchased or seized from Huang during the subsequent search at his residence. With
respect to Toni, Police Officer Norman S. Rasiang stated in his report that on Wednesday


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members of the DEA and NARC Task Force and Tinian Police Department conducted a
―buy-walk operation.‖ Rasiang said that during the operation they were able to purchase
$250 worth of ―ice‖ from Toni using a ―cooperating source‖ and an undercover officer.
(Continued)
Source: Saipan Tribune / 13 January 2008 /
http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=76037

Judge: Two ’Wreaked Havoc’ With Car Break-Ins
Saying such crimes have ―wreaked havoc in this community,‖ 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph
Cardoza ordered jail terms for two Wailuku residents who participated in car break -ins at
Honolua Bay last year. Debbie Kuamoo, 53, and Marcus Langford, 23, were ordered to
obtain drug assessments as part of their five years‘ probation. Kuamoo was sentenced
Tuesday to a two-month jail term, while her nephew Langford was sentenced Thursday to
six months behind bars. The two were among four people arrested following a July 29
police stakeout, prompted by an increase in car break-ins, at Honolua Bay. Two Chrysler
sedans and a Chrysler passenger van were broken into that day. After police observed the
break-ins, the suspects led officers on a high-speed chase, throwing out stolen property,
including a camcorder, laptop computer and ukulele, said Deputy Prosecutor Angela
Correa. Because of the danger to the community, police called off the chase, Correa said.
The suspects abandoned the truck they were in and ran, she said, but officers captured
one man and arrested the other three suspects a few days later. Five people were
victimized in the break-ins, Correa said. Both Kuamoo and Langford pleaded no contest
to three counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, two counts of
second-degree theft and theft of a credit card. During separate sentencing hearings, both
defendants apologized. ―I have made bad choices,‖ Kuamoo said in court Tuesday.
(Continued)
Source: The Maui News / 14 January 2008 /
http://www.mauinews.com/news/2008/1/14/03havoc0114.html

New Crimes After Man Leaves Prison Bring Man A Fresh 10-Year Sentence
A 10-year prison term was ordered Friday for a Kahului man who was arrested for
committing new crimes just months after being released from prison. Because one of his
new convictions was for methamphetamine trafficking, Sherwin Reginaldo, 26, was
ordered to serve at least one year and eight months of the term before being eligible for
parole. ―This case really is sad on a couple of levels,‖ 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen
said as he sentenced Reginaldo. ―You‘re relatively young. You‘re going to serve a 10-
year prison sentence. ―The second part that‘s sad about this is you are one of those
people . . . who brings drugs into our community and ruins it for everyone else.‖
Reginaldo pleaded no contest to second-degree methamphetamine trafficking, second-
and third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, and two counts each of possessing drug
paraphernalia, second-degree theft and third-degree theft. The charges covered three
incidents. He was arrested in October 2006 after being identified as selling
methamphetamine, according to police. In another case, he tried to pawn gold bracelets
and other jewelry stolen from a former girlfriend. Last February, he was found with
methamphetamine, a pipe and plastic packets after police stopped a vehicle that he was a
passenger in. Reginaldo was sentenced to a five-year prison term for firearm and drug


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charges in November 2001. Noting that Reginaldo was committing crimes three months
after being released from prison, Deputy Prosecutor Robert Rivera said the defendant was
―well on his way to being institutionalized.‖ (Continued)
Source: The Maui News / 15 January 2008 /
http://www.mauinews.com/news/2008/1/14/04crime0114.html

Vietnam

Jail Sentence To Lao Drug Trafficker
A court of Hanoi has given a 16-year jail sentence to a Lao national for drug trafficking.
Dulaonha, 38, was charged with ―illegally buying and selling narcotic substance‖ in
accordance with article 194, item 3 of the Criminal Code. Dulaonha was arrested on
August 7, 2007 in Hanoi‘s Thanh Tri District after being found to possess 34.38 grams of
heroin.
Source: Vietnam Net / 11 January 2008 /
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/social/2008/01/763600/

Hanoi Cops Bust Ecstasy Ring
Police in Hanoi‘s Ba Dinh District said Monday they arrested three members of a gang
trading synthetic drugs and confiscated hundreds of ecstasy pills. They said they had
caught Dinh Thi Quynh Dung, 18, Nguyen Dac Minh, 20, and Chu Hoang Cuong, 26,
red-handed exchanging drugs Saturday in front of a bar in Giang Vo Ward. They also
seized over 500 ecstasy pills and 35.8 grams of ketamine from their houses. The arrested
trio confessed to selling up to 200 pills daily in bars, discotheques, and guest houses in
Hanoi via cell phone. Futher investigation is on-going.
Source: Thanh Nien News / 15 January 2008 /
http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=35031




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