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Counterdrug Media Summary - DOC 2

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									                Counterdrug Press Summary
                       13 June 2007
         Prepared for: JIATF – West by the Cubic Analysis Center



                                               Australia: Brilliant disguise:
                                               Tony Mokbel pictured after
                                               his arrest by Greek police.

                                               Source:
                                               http://www.theage.com.au/ne
                                               ws/national/mokbel-caught-
                                               living-the-high-
                                               life/2007/06/06/11810891149
                                               01.html




Australia: Bartholomew Rizzo
and Christopher Ferraro.

Source:
http://www.news.com.au/herald
sun/story/0,21985,21862083-
2862,00.html




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                                                      Table of Contents
Press Summaries .....................................................................................................................5
  Australia...............................................................................................................................5
   Fugitive Mobster 'Fat Tony' Caught .................................................................................5
   Mokbel Caught 'Living The High Life' ............................................................................5
   Eight Allegedly Linked To Mokbel .................................................................................6
   Man Allegedly Murdered Drug Trial Witness.................................................................6
   Police Crack Syndicate .....................................................................................................6
   Robbery Victim To End Up In Court ...............................................................................7
   Bolt Cutter Bashing ...........................................................................................................7
   Conspiracy Accused Socialite Fails In Bail Bid ..............................................................8
   Crystal Withdrawal............................................................................................................8
   Mokbel's Blunders .............................................................................................................9
   Defiant Mokbel Vows To Fight Extradition ....................................................................9
   Four More Years For Heroin Centre Trial .....................................................................10
   Judge Jails Man For Crime Spree ...................................................................................10
   Wake-Up Call In Case Of Sleeping Judge .....................................................................11
   Trainer Had Mokbel Link ...............................................................................................11
   Keelty Hails 'Excellent' Work By Greek Force .............................................................11
   Another Elite School Feels Sting ...................................................................................12
   Truckies, Clubbers Targeted ...........................................................................................12
   Two Men Charged After Drug Raid – Surry Hills ........................................................13
   A Haven For Young People Who Name Their Poison .................................................13
   Acting Like A Soprano ...................................................................................................14
   Cops Swoop In Drugs Find .............................................................................................14
   Crime Boss Helps Cop Regain Job ................................................................................15
   Greens' Cannabis Shame .................................................................................................15
   How They Caught Fat Tony ...........................................................................................15
   One Cop Cornered Me: Mokbel .....................................................................................16
   Report All Drug Crime....................................................................................................16
   Hyperthyroidism, Ecstasy, A Lethal Combo .................................................................17
   Raids Net Cash, Drugs ....................................................................................................17
   Sydney DJ 'Caught With Drugs' In Bali ........................................................................18
   Accused Courier's Knickers In Knot ..............................................................................18
   Top End Drug Dealers Get Suspended Sentences .........................................................19
  Bangladesh.........................................................................................................................19
   Organised Gang Of Muggers Active On DU Campus ..................................................19
  Burma .................................................................................................................................20
   SSA Burns 1m Speed Pills To Show Sincerity In Drug Fight .....................................20
  China ..................................................................................................................................20
   Pinay Gets 15 Years For Drug Smuggling ....................................................................20
   Drugs Lure Hong Kong Youth Across China Border ...................................................21
   City's Drug Trade Proves Resilient ................................................................................21
  Fiji .......................................................................................................................................21


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  Fiji Villagers Allege Physical Abuse By Soldiers.........................................................21
  Fiji Rugby Union Plans Own Marijuana Tests ..............................................................22
India ....................................................................................................................................22
  Cocaine Worth Rs 30 mn Seized, Three Held ...............................................................22
  The Agony Of Ecstasy! ...................................................................................................23
  On A High? Please Mind Your Health ..........................................................................23
  The ABCD Of Ecstacy ....................................................................................................24
  Raves Spreading Like Wild Fire ....................................................................................24
  ‗It‘s A Way To Relax‘.....................................................................................................24
  Maninder Singh Attempts Suicide .................................................................................25
  On A High But Feeling Low...........................................................................................25
  India 360: Rich Hooked To Drugs? ...............................................................................26
  Maninder Still In Hospital; Police Yet To Take Statement ..........................................26
  6,378kg Narcotics Seized In Delhi In 2006 ...................................................................27
  Man Jailed For Possessing Drug ....................................................................................27
  To Get Dope You Need To Have The ‗Network‘ .........................................................27
  What's With Dudes, Drugs & Dubai? ............................................................................28
  Horror Tale: Yet Another Addict Undergoes Surgery ..................................................28
  Kenyan Woman Detained At IGI Airport Swallowed 70 Heroin Capsules: Police....29
  Maninder Says Wrist Injuries Were Sustained Accidentally........................................29
  TADA Court Premises May Turn Into Detention Centre .............................................30
  Man Arrested With Nine Kg Heroin In Ludhiana .........................................................30
  Drug Bust At Patna Junction; One Arrested ..................................................................30
Indonesia ............................................................................................................................31
  Bali Niners 'Should Have Faced Lesser Charge' ...........................................................31
  Bali Nine Denied Chance To Plead ................................................................................31
  Palu Seen As Likely Drug Transit Point ........................................................................32
  Police Catch 19 In Drug Raid .........................................................................................32
  Ten Years Sought Against Pakistani On Drugs Charges ..............................................32
  Three Arrested For Drugs In W. Jakarta ........................................................................33
  Indonesia Tackled Over Executions ...............................................................................33
  Police Uncover Drug Syndicate .....................................................................................34
Japan ..................................................................................................................................34
  Man Allegedly Swallowed 1 kg Of Heroin ...................................................................34
  7 Suspects Arrested After Envelope Containing Drugs Turns Up At Wrong Address
   ..........................................................................................................................................35
  Son Of Ex-Finance Minister Avoids Jail Despite Drug Conviction ............................35
Malaysia .............................................................................................................................35
  Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Brother ...........................................................................35
  High Court Transfers Drug Case ....................................................................................36
  Brother Of Deputy Minister Faces Drug Charge ..........................................................36
  17.5kg Of Seized Drugs Destroyed ................................................................................36
  VIP's Brother Pleads Not Guilty To Possessing Syabu ................................................37
  Singer‘s Trial Postponed As Lawyer Fails To Get Files ..............................................37
Ne w Ze aland ......................................................................................................................37
  Missing Man Linked To Drugs Gone Bad .....................................................................37



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    Police Worried 'Tinny Houses' Are Diversifying ..........................................................38
    Dawn Raid In Granite Murder Inquiry...........................................................................38
    Jailer Didn't Supply Phone, Drugs .................................................................................39
    Young Crims More Savvy ..............................................................................................39
  Philippines .........................................................................................................................40
    'Apprehended SK Chairman Brains In Marijuana-Planting' .........................................40
    YC Chairman Says He Didn't Know Marijuana Is Illegal ............................................40
  Sing apore ...........................................................................................................................41
    Aussie In Singapore Drug Trouble .................................................................................41
    Two Face Death For Marijuana Trafficking In Singapore ...........................................41
  South Korea.......................................................................................................................41
    Korea Becoming Haven For Southeast Asian Drug Money .........................................41
    Prosecutors Concerned By Sharp Increase In New Narcotics ......................................42
  Taiwan ................................................................................................................................42
    Methadone Programs Bearing Fruit ...............................................................................42
    Famous Entertainer Hu Gua And Girlfriend Report For Rehab ...................................43
  Thailand .............................................................................................................................43
    Police Check North Pattaya Disco .................................................................................43
    Thai Sniffer Dogs Sacked For Sexually Harassing Female Air Passengers ................44
    Army: Casinos Serving As Drug Storage Points ...........................................................44
    Gamblers Top Police Crime Figures ..............................................................................45
  United St ates .....................................................................................................................45
    O'ahu, Vegas Ice Raids Net 7 Suspects..........................................................................45
    10-Year Prison Term Ordered For 73-Year-Old Man ..................................................46
    Kahului Drug Case Co-Defendant Agrees To Testify ..................................................46
    Not Guilty Pleas For Athletic Director, Former UH Player In Drug Case ..................47
    Search Dog Sniffs Out Drugs At 2 Maui Schools .........................................................47
    Teen Ordered To 10 Years In Prison For Carjacking ...................................................47
  Viet nam ..............................................................................................................................48
    Seven Caught In New HCMC Drug Bust ......................................................................48
    Vietnam Police Complete Probe Into Drug Gang .........................................................48



Prepared by: Cubic Analysis Center (808) 534-7606 on 06 June 2007




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Press Summaries

Australia

Fugitive Mobster 'Fat Tony' Caught
Australia's most wanted fugitive, a convicted drug mobster linked to the murder of a rival
drug lord, has been arrested by police in Greece after more than a year on the run. Tony
Mokbel, known as "Fat Tony", is being held in an Athens jail and Australian police said
on Wednesday they would seek his extradition to complete a nine-year minimum jail
sentence for trafficking cocaine. "The arrested man had forged Australian documents -
passport, driver's licence - and was disguised wearing a wig," Greek police said in a
statement. It said Mokbel was "one of the most internationally wanted persons for
serious narcotics and homicide cases". An Athens prosecutor charged him with using a
forged passport. Mokbel was captured in a cafeteria in the Athens coastal suburb of
Glyfada on information provided by Australian authorities. Australian police had posted a
A$1 million ($833,000) reward for information leading to his arrest. Mokbel faces trial
at home where authorities allege he ordered and paid for the murder of rival crime boss
Lewis Moran in a Melbourne club in 2004. He is reported to have fled Australia dressed
as a priest. Mokbel told Greek police he had been living in Greece for the last 9 months
with his girlfriend and two young children. He is being investigated by Greek authorities
for other possible illegal activity in Greece, the statement said. A police official said
Mokbel had set up a shipping company in Glyfada with a business partner. (Continued)
Source: CNN / Reuters / 06 June 2007 /
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/06/06/greece.fugitive.reut/

Mokbel Caught 'Living The High Life'
Fugitive crime boss Tony Mokbel was "living the high life" in Athens when he was
arrested at a Greek seaside cafe. Purana taskforce chief Detective Inspector Jim O'Brien
this morning told reporters Mokbel was renting a two-storey apartment worth 2000 euros
(A$3224) a month and had recently received $400,000 from contacts in Australia.
Detective Inspector O'Brien confirmed Mokbel had maintained contacts with the
Melbourne underworld through a group of amphetamine manufacturers calling
themselves "The Company". Victoria Police were clearly relieved to announce the
capture of Mokbel in Athens at this morning's press conference. Victoria Police Chief
commissioner Christine Nixon told reporters: "At 6pm Australian time last night Greek
police operating on a tip-off from Purana detectives located and arrested fugitive Tony
Mokbel. "He's currently in custody with Greek authorities until extradition proceedings
are finalised." Mokbel's arrest was part of a widespread operation - codenamed Magnum
- by Purana taskforce detectives in which 14 people were detained in Victoria overnight.
Chief Commissioner Nixon said more than 120 police officers raided 22 properties across
Victoria in the wake of Mokbel's capture yesterday in Athens. "Fourteen people were
arrested and nine are to appear today in Melbourne Magistrates Court. A large amount of
cash, drugs and firearms have been seized as a result of these raids," Commissioner
Nixon said. The raids occurred in suburbs including Brunswick and Doncaster.
(Continued)



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Source: The Age / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/06/06/1181089114901.html#

Eight Allegedly Linked To Mokbel
Eight men allegedly linked to drug boss Tony Mokbel appeared in court yesterday.
Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard members of the group wired funds from Australia to
Greece, where Mokbel was arrested on Tuesday. Police collected 1000 telephone
intercepts, 1000 hours of taped conversations and a swag of drugs including
amphetamines, ecstasy tablets and cocaine in evidence against the men, prosecutor Kim
Swadesir told the court. Five of the men -- Chafic Issa, 43, of Clayton South; George
Elias, 39, of Bonnie Doon; Bartholomew Rizzo, 28, of Box Hill North; David Tricarico,
23, of Doncaster East; and Andrew Ryan, 24, of Mitcham -- were charged with one count
each of trafficking a commercial quantity of methylamphetamine. Joseph Mansour, 28,
of Park Orchards, and Christopher Ferraro, 28, of East Doncaster, face one count each of
trafficking a commercial quantity of amphetamines. Mr Ferraro was also charged with
possessing an unlicensed gun and ammunition. Robert Benedetti, 41, of Templestowe,
faces four charges including trafficking amphetamines and cocaine. The eight men were
among 14 people arrested by Purana Taskforce detectives in the early hours of yesterday.
Defence lawyer Rob Melasecca, representing Mr Ryan, Mr Rizzo and Mr Ferraro, told
the court two of his clients were anxious to make bail. Mr Melasecca said Mr Ryan's
wife was expecting their first child this week, and Mr Ryan was a student at Monash
University and was about to sit exams. (Continued)
Source: The Herald Sun / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21862083-2862,00.html#

Man Allegedly Murdered Drug Trial Witness
A man accused of murdering a key prosecution witness in a drugs trial has appeared in
the Melbourne Magistrate's Court. Tin Quang Tran, 21, of Keilor Downs, is charged
with the shooting murder of Van Thang Nguyen is his St Albans home in front of his
family last month. The day before Mr Nguyen had given evidence in the case of a
murdered heroin dealer. He had earlier told the Supreme Court he was terrified of
testifying for fear of a revenge attack. But today outside court, police said the timing was
coincidental and that Nguyen's death was allegedly due to a drug deal gone wrong within
a Vietnamese drug-trafficking-ring. His alleged killer Tran did not apply for bail today
and will reappear in September. The court heard Tran was withdrawing from heroin and
has asked for medical treatment.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.abc.net.au/cgi-
bin/common/printfriendly.pl?http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200706/s1944024.h
tm

Police Crack Syndicate
Police will prosecute a Liverpool man, 21, accused of being a drug runner for a major
cocaine and heroin supply network in Kings Cross. His arrest coincided with a raid last
Wednesday that led to the arrest of the syndicate's alleged ''king'' or principal - a 38-year-
old man arrested outside his house in Macquarie Fields at 9am on May 30 and charged


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with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug. He was refused bail to appear at
Campbelltown Local Court. At 9.15am, another Macquarie Fields man, 27, was arrested
and questioned before being charged with seven counts of supplying prohibited drugs and
one of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime. He too was refused bail. Half an
hour later, a Liverpool man, 21, was arrested at a unit in Goulburn Street. He was
charged with six counts of supplying a prohibited drug and one count of possession. He
was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court. A St Helens Park man, 26, is being
questioned. Kings Cross police, who are expecting more arrests to follow, said there
would be an immediate impact on the drug supply in the area. It will be alleged that the
drug syndicate sold heroin and cocaine to undercover police during a joint five-month
investigation Operation Parkley by the Surry Hills Region Enforcement Squad and the
Kings Cross Drug Unit, called Operation Parkley. (Continued)
Source: Southwest Rural Advertiser / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.southwestruraladvertiser.com.au/2007/06/6_police_crack_syndicate.php

Robbery Victim To End Up In Court
A Canberra man who called police to his home to investigate a robbery ended up with a
summons to appear in court on serious drug charges. Police said they were called to the
man's Palmerston home about 11pm (AEST) yesterday in response to a break in. Eleven
motorbikes worth $15,000 in total had been reported stolen, including eight minibikes,
two dirt bikes and one quad bike. But while at the home, police said they executed an
emergency search warrant on the property and seized a variety of drug paraphernalia.
That included 35 marijuana plants, clip seal bags containing cannabis and cannabis seeds,
hydroponics lights and transformers, and other drugs including what is suspected to be
ecstasy. A large quantity of commercial fireworks was also seized. The 40-year-old will
face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date on a number of drug-related charges.
Source: The Herald Sun / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21859422-5005961,00.html

Bolt Cutter Bashing
A man nursing a broken heart allegedly embarked on a three-year crime spree to "right
the wrongs" done to his ex-girlfriend, a court heard yesterday. John Holden Carruthers,
53, faced Central Local Court yesterday charged with bashing a tourist in the head with
bolt cutters. Carruthers, a carpenter from Marrickville, told the court he attacked the
tourist believing him to be the man who got his former partner addicted to heroin. His
solicitor David Cohen told the court Carruthers' crime spree began in 2004 _ "which is
roughly the time his relationship came to an abrupt end''. As a result of the failed de facto
relationship, Carruthers alleged his former partner became addicted to heroin and he
suffered a breakdown. "He instructs me ... he took it upon himself to try and right the
wrongs done to her,'' Mr Cohen told the court. Carruthers drank three beers in the two
hours before he went around to a home in Sir Thomas Mitchell Rd, Bondi Beach, on May
31 this year. "He firmly believed that this man who he visited or sought to visit to teach
him a lesson was supplying his ex-partner with heroin,'' Mr Cohen said. Police allege
Carruthers knocked on the door of the house, which was opened by tourist Andrew
Mordue. The court heard Mr Mordue had only arrived in Australia the week prior and did
not know Carruthers. (Continued)


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Source: The Daily Telegraph / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21866142-5001021,00.html

Conspiracy Accused Socialite Fails In Bail Bid
"In hospital or the cemetery?" the reputed hitman asked when Swedish-born model
Charlotte Lindstrom, 22, handed him an envelope at Sydney Town Hall last month. The
envelope contained identity details of two witnesses in a pending drug case, with their
photographs circled. The price for killing them and making it look like a "robbery gone
wrong" was $200,000. "Cemetery," Lindstrom allegedly replied, Sydney's Central Local
Court heard yesterday. But the hitman turned out to be an undercover police officer. An
offer of $2 million in bail was not enough to secure the release of Lindstrom. Lindstrom,
who appeared via videolink from jail, is charged with being the principal in a conspiracy
with two Melbourne men and her fiance, businessman Steven Spaliviero, 44, to murder
two Crown witnesses. She is further charged with recruiting the undercover officer to
murder the men who were to give evidence against Spaliviero. Spaliviero is in custody
awaiting a committal hearing on charges of producing $127 million of ecstasy, according
to evidence tendered to magistrate Allan Moore by Crown prosecutor Steven Higgins. At
the bail hearing was Swedish ambassador Karin Palmquist, "lending support" to
Lindstrom's mother, Anita Hall-Lindstrom, who flew to Sydney from Stockholm on
Monday. Lindstrom's counsel, Stephen Shirrefs, SC, said Spaliviero's mother, Delores,
was prepared to offer $2 million bail in the form of her farm to secure her release.
Entered in Lindstrom's support was a reference from her employer, Sydney socialite
Justin Hemmes, that spoke glowingly of her good character. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/conspiracy-accused-socialite-fails-in-bail-
bid/2007/06/07/1181089245194.html

Crystal Withdrawal
Most people say they like taking crystal because of the euphoria and sense of well-being
they get from its use. Feeling confident is also one of the desirable effects of the drug,
and so is having lots of energy and enthusiasm foreverything. While a lot of people take
it before they go out, it is also pretty common for people to hang out at home with their
friends too. Aside from socialising, and of course sex, some people say the drug gives
them the energy and motivation to get things done, even everyday chores like the
housework. Unfortunately for every high there is a low and one of the most disturbing
problems associated with the use of methamphetamine is dependence and the associated
withdrawal. The main symptoms of the methamphetamine withdrawal syndrome are
extreme fatigue and irritability. Users can also experience insomnia, hypersomnia (over-
sleeping), increased appetite and vivid, unpleasant dreams. Other symptoms may include
drug cravings, paranoid or suspicious thoughts, and feeling angry, aggressive or
emotional. Interestingly, withdrawal symptoms from methamphetamine can appear to be
very similar to the symptoms of acute intoxication, such as agitation and hyper-arousal.
The duration and severity of a typical withdrawal syndrome for methamphetamine
remains unclear, although there is some evidence to suggest the majority of symptoms
will resolve within a week of ceasing methamphetamine use, with sleep- and appetite-




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related symptoms persisting for a further one to two weeks. A range of factors can affect
just how long and how severe the withdrawal may be.
Source: Sydney Star Observer / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.ssonet.com.au/display.asp?ArticleID=6623

Mokbel's Blunders
Fat Tony broke the rules of life on the run by refusing to leave Melbourne behind. By
Adam Shand. While the Purana Taskforce is rightly very pleased with nabbing Antonios
"Fat Tony" Mokbel in Greece, getting him home may not be as straightforward as his
arrest. Mokbel, who reportedly took $20m out of Australia, is expected to fight hard to
remain in Greece and while Australia has an extradition treaty with the Mediterranean
nation, history shows that nothing is a given. Police don't expect to get him home for at
least another six weeks to two months, much longer if Mokbel has the wherewithal to
fight. Older readers will remember the saga of Andrew Stathis, an Australian national
nabbed at Athens Airport back in the mid-1980s with a suitcase full of heroin. Stathis, a
one-time champion schoolboy footballer, had earlier absconded from Australia after
draining the Bishopsgate insurance company of funds, leaving thousands of policy
holders and investors with nothing. The twist in the Stathis case was that the heroin bust
was allegedly a set-up. Being charged with serious drug offences in Greece meant that
Stathis could not be extradited to Australia to face court over Bishopsgate. He could not
be returned home before he completed his sentence. And nearly 20 years later Australian
authorities are still waiting, while Stathis is being held, not in jail, but under house arrest.
But unlike Fat Tony, Stathis had Greek relatives and connections through who he could
arrange the scam. (Continued)
Source: The Bulletin / 07 June 2007 /
http://bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=271772

Defiant Mokbel Vows To Fight Extradition
Captured Australian fugitive Tony Mokbel says he will fight all efforts to extradite him
from Greece. Appearing before an Athens court, the convicted drug trafficker did not
mince his words. Asked whether he would agree to be extradited to Australia, the
handcuffed 41-year-old said he would fight such a request with all his might. Mokbel
made the pledge less than 48 hours after his arrest in an upmarket suburb of the Greek
capital. The fugitive, who fled Australia during his trial 15 months ago, has been
remanded in custody in Athens on charges of carrying forged documentation, including a
fake passport and driver's license. Greek police say he has spent most of his time locked
in negotiations with his lawyer ever since. Earlier Greek police began the extradition
process by serving Mokbel with a provisional arrest warrant. The provisional arrest will
allow Australian authorities to formally request his extradition. The Australian
Government has 45 days to lodge its extradition request, which is currently being
prepared by the Attorney-General's Department. Mokbel is wanted to serve a nine-year
sentence for cocaine trafficking and face trial over the underworld slaying of Melbourne
gangland figure Lewis Moran.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200706/s1945546.htm




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Four More Years For Heroin Centre Trial
The heroin-injecting centre in Kings Cross will be allowed to remain open for four more
years - but may be shut down if client visits decline by more than a quarter. The Health
Minister, Reba Meagher, told Parliament yesterday she would introduce legislation to
extend the trial of the centre until October 2011. It is the third extension for the trial -
two of those extensions have come shortly after an election win. The injecting centre was
set up by the former premier, Bob Carr, in 2001 in an attempt to halt drug use in public
places and stop deaths by overdose. Ms Meagher later said the centre could not be made
permanent because she received legal advice that if it was not regarded as a part-time
medical trial, it could be challenged in the High Court using two United Nations anti-
drug conventions that Australia had signed. "We have sought legal advice from
numerous sources, mostly from the Crown Solicitor's [office]," Ms Meagher said. "It
[extending the trial] is the safest way to continue the operation of the centre without
exposing ourselves to perhaps quite costly and lengthy litigation." Ms Meagher's
proposal passed through cabinet without opposition yesterday but three MPs - the
member for Blacktown, Paul Gibson, the member for Mount Druitt, Richard Amery, and
Greg Donnelly in the upper house - expressed reservations in caucus. (Continued)
Source: Sydney Morning Herald / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/four-more-years-for-heroin-centre-
trial/2007/06/07/1181089242133.html

Judge Jails Man For Crime Spree
Andrew Charles Reynolds mockingly slapped his wrist, fidgeted with his goatee, stared at
the ceiling and snickered as the Mackay District Court heard yesterday how he stole more
than $260,000 worth of property during an eight month crime spree. Dressed in brown
prison attire and sporting a bruised and swollen eye from a violent assault in custody,
Reynolds showed little remorse as Judge Stuart Durward told the court how he climbed
through the window of a bedroom where two young girls slept and raided more than 20
homes and businesses between 2005 and 2006. Reynolds, 39, is responsible for 33
property crimes all but one of those was committed while he was on bail for breaking into
a car and stealing thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment. Judge Durward
revealed how during the spree, Reynolds forced his way into random homes and
businesses, and stole a range of items including sentimental jewellery, electrical
equipment, computers and a car in order to support a long-term heroin addiction. His
loot totalled $264,166 and only $150,000 worth of the stolen property has since been
recovered from his home and an abandoned vehicle. He also broke into a Paget business
and stole $100,000 cash from a safe. In a separate incident he climbed up a pole and
through a window into a bedroom where two young girls were sleeping. Another time,
he ransacked a unit and was stacking up his loot near the door, when the owner arrived
home and confronted him. (Continued)
Source: The Daily Mercury / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.dailymercury.com.au/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3737098&thesecti
on=localnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=




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Wake-Up Call In Case Of Sleeping Judge
"Is a judge who's asleep a judge? That's the question," said Justice Michael Grove,
summing up the case. To the lawyer acting for Rafael Luis Cesan - who was convicted in
a District Court trial during which Judge Ian Dodd had been asleep - the matter was clear:
"When one is speaking of a judge, one is speaking of a conscious judge," he told the
Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday. Cesan, who was sentenced to at least nine years in
prison for a conspiracy to import ecstasy, is appealing on the grounds that a sleeping
judge meant a miscarriage of justice. Yesterday, friends and family of Cesan and his co-
accused Ruben Mas Rivadavia told the court what they had observed: that Judge Dodd
had been asleep for as much as 20 minutes at a time, up to three times in an hour, and
especially in the afternoons of the four-week trial. His snoring could be heard in the
public gallery, and sometimes it would rouse the judge. Sometimes his associate would
shuffle papers or lawyers would knock the microphone or speak loudly, or clear their
throat to wake him, the court heard. Even the prosecutor, Geoffrey Bellew, SC, told the
court he could remember startling the judge once: "He had his chin on his chest and
appeared to be asleep." Judge Dodd, who suffered from sleep apnoea, retired in July
2005. (Continued)
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/wakeup-call-in-case-of-sleeping-
judge/2007/06/08/1181089328767.html

Trainer Had Mokbel Link
One of Australia's most prominent racehorse trainers was caught up in police inquiries
into Tony Mokbel's links to the racing industry. The trainer is believed to have been
linked to Mokbel by information gathered by police using listening devices and telephone
intercepts. Mokbel, a huge punter, bet at least $10-15 million on racehorses in the years
he was involved in the illicit drug business, racing industry sources said yesterday. At
least two jockeys, two trainers and three bookmakers were questioned about their
dealings with Mokbel during secret hearings of the Australian Crime Commission earlier
this year. The leading trainer was not one of the racing identities questioned during the
commission hearings, which are protected by powerful confidentiality laws. Purana
taskforce detectives used the coercive powers of the ACC to help them establish the
extent of Mokbel's assets. Racing Victoria director of integrity services, Des Gleeson,
said yesterday evidence given to the ACC could not be passed on to racing authorities.
"Anything they can provide us with that helps protect the integrity of racing would be
welcome, but they are limited in what they can give us," Mr Gleeson said. He said
stewards had questioned a number of people some time ago about their connections with
"people of dubious character", but he believed those relationships had since ended. A
police source said some of the racing people who had been connected to Mokbel were
"very prominent -- and very happy to jump into bed with him". (Continued)
Source: The Herald Sun / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21874655-2862,00.html

Keelty Hails 'Excellent' Work By Greek Force
As fugitive drug lord Tony Mokbel awaited his day in an Athens court, the Australian
and Hellenic police chiefs toasted their success in capturing him after 15 months on the


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run. Speaking at the Greek Ministry of Public Order last night, Australian Federal Police
Commissioner Mick Keelty praised Greek police for an "excellent example of police co-
operation across two sides of the world". He congratulated Hellenic Police chief
Lieutenant-General Anastassios Dimoshakis for "the excellent work that they have done
in tracking down Australia's most wanted fugitive". Mr Keelty said detectives from the
AFP office in Belgrade also helped in the hunt for Mokbel. He said the capture came on
the back of a joint drug operation between Australian and Greek police, involving a tonne
of liquid amphetamines and 500,000 ecstasy tablets. Mokbel, meanwhile, seemed chatty
as he waited for his hearing over a false passport to come up at Athens Central Court.
Australian authorities have served him with a provisional arrest warrant based on four
outstanding Australian-based warrants. They are: being knowingly concerned in the
importation of 2.9 kilograms of cocaine; the murder of Lewis Moran; two counts of
incitement and three counts of drug trafficking. The Commonwealth has 45 days to
lodge an extradition request. After receiving a kiss from stepdaughter Brittany, 11,
outside court, Mokbel told anyone who asked that he would fight extradition because he
would not get a fair trial in Australia. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/keelty-hails-excellent-work-by-greek-
force/2007/06/08/1181089329509.html

Another Elite School Feels Sting
Another top Melbourne private school is embroiled in scandal after at least three students
admitted possessing a drug of dependence. Four Marcellin College students are on
suspension, three for possession of marijuana and the fourth for links to the drug. School
authorities swiftly dealt with the four after a member of the public saw three of them --
all year 9 students -- with marijuana and smoking it in a Heidelberg side street last week.
The fourth student, who is in year 10, was implicated later. Marcellin principal Mark
Merry yesterday said the matter was dealt with as a high priority for the welfare of the
pupils involved, and because they were in school uniform. Detectives from Heidelberg
CIU have investigated the boys' actions. A police spokesman yesterday said the students
had been cautioned and no criminal charges were expected to be laid. Marcellin is a
Catholic college in Bulleen with about 1000 students. Its Latin motto translates as "Strive
for the highest". In a statement to the Herald Sun, Mr Merry said: "I can confirm that we
received information on Thursday, May 31, from a member of the public that three year 9
boys were in possession of a small quantity of marijuana in a side street off Burgundy St,
Heidelberg, after school hours. "The boys were subsequently identified and admitted to
smoking a cigarette containing marijuana. "Another student in year 10 was also found to
be implicated. (Continued)
Source: The Herald Sun / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21874550-661,00.html

Truckies, Clubbers Targeted
Truckies and nightclubbers will be among the first people targeted by police for roadside
drug testing in an effort to stem WA's drug-driving scourge. Traffic police have
identified the groups as being among the most likely to be caught driving under the
influence of drugs, particularly amphetamines and ecstasy. While some truck drivers


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regularly use ``speed'' to stay awake on long hauls, doped-up partygoers drive with drugs
in their systems, knowing there is only a slim chance they will be caught. The WA
Government had hoped random roadside drug testing laws would come into effect by
July 1, but it is understood testing will now start in late August, after delays in finalising
tenders for the kits. Office of Road Safety figures show that about 23 per cent of people
killed on WA roads had illicit drugs in their systems. Inspector Neil Royle, from the
traffic enforcement group, said police would concentrate on highways, entertainment
precincts and high-profile dance events, such as the Big Day Out, Summadayze and
Good Vibrations. "Certain factions of the public are known to be involved in drug use
and abuse and certainly there is an inference that some nightclubbers and long-distance
truck drivers have a track record in those areas,'' Insp Royle said. "Make no mistake
about it, we site our booze buses at locations for a reason and it will be no different with
the drug bus,'' he said. (Continued)
Source: Perth Now / 09 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,21877780-2761,00.html

Two Men Charged After Drug Raid – Surry Hills
Two men will appear in court this month charged after amphetamines and other drugs
worth more than $90,000 were seized during a raid at Surry Hills on Friday. About
8.15pm 8 June police from the Central Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad executed
a search warrant at a unit on Pelican Street. During the search warrant a quantity of
ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine ―ice‖, cannabis, a liquid believed to be the prohibited
drug GHB (also known―Fantasy‖), together with a sum of cash, were located. The
potential street value of the drugs seized is estimated at $99,200. As a result a 33-year-
old King Cross man and a 25-year-old Surry Hills man were arrested at the scene and
taken to Surry Hills police station. The 33-year-old man was charged with possess
prohibited drug and given conditional bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court
on 29 June. The 25-year-old man was charged with supplying a commercial quantity of
prohibited drug, three counts of supplying greater than the indictable quantity of
prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, and goods in custody. The man has been
refused bail to appear before Central Local Court on 12 June.
Source: NSW Police Force / 09 June 2007 /
http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/recent_media_unit_information?sq_content_src=%2
BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZjdXN0b21zY3JpcHRzLnBvbGljZS5uc3cuZ292LmF1
JTJGbmV3cyUyRmRldGFpbHNfbWVkaWEucGhwJTNGTWVkaWFJRCUzRDk2MjU
mYWxsPTE%3D

A Haven For Young People Who Name Their Poison
Some are hardened by abuse that has forced them to grow up too soon. Neglect has left
others without the most basic social skills. Their common bond — a substance habit born
out of a life lived in the shadows — has brought them to the only safe space they have
ever known. In an unassuming building at the city end of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, a
drop-in centre run by the Youth Substance Abuse Service is literally saving lives. Here,
their habit does not define them. Those with adult problems, who sell their bodies on the
street, can be children. When the doors open at midday, youngsters struggling with
alcoholism, inhalant abuse and other drug addictions are waiting. Some are as young as


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12. When the day program began a decade ago, heroin was the main problem. Now,
overwhelmingly, it is alcohol. The number of young people the service treats for alcohol
dependency has doubled since 2001. "We'll get daily users who can be drinking anything
from a slab of beer to one, two or three bottles of spirits with very little break in
between," senior program development worker Penny Rickard said. About 30 people
under the age of 21 visit daily. The centre does not allow substance use, but it is a safe
place to go if users have consumed too much. "It comes down to harm minimisation and
making sure that young people are safe," said Ms Rickard. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/a-haven-for-young-people-who-name-their-
poison/2007/06/10/1181414139019.html

Acting Like A Soprano
The glue that held together Antonios "Fat Tony" Mokbel's organised crime network,
known by its members as "the Company", was a powerful mixture of loyalty, greed and
fear. As one Supreme Court judge put it when sentencing one of Mokbel's underlings,
the crime boss arrested last week in Athens was "a man who provides and expects
loyalty". Mokbel lured recruits to the Company with what a forensic psychologist
describes as a "charismatic personality" and his "aura of immunity" as well as flaunting
his wealth through his flashy lifestyle. And loyalty was generously rewarded. One of
Mokbel's crew, who fell under Mokbel's spell while working as a chef at one of the crime
boss's restaurants, was paid $5000 for simply acting as a go-between in one of Mokbel's
drug deals. When the recruit was later caught and pleaded guilty, the judge, Bill Gillard,
said he understood why the man gave up his job as a chef to join the Company. "I have
seen enough of Mokbel to know that he is a very engaging person; friendly, determined
and cunning," said the judge. According to Victorian police deputy commissioner Simon
Overland, Mokbel was still actively running the Company from his seaside villa in the
upmarket Athens suburb of Glyfada. The Company had continued to thrive, even after
the boss jumped bail and fled overseas in March 2006 in the closing stages of his trial on
cocaine-importing charges. (Continued)
Source: The Australian / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21882656-601,00.html

Cops Swoop In Drugs Find
A suspected drug dealer possessing cocaine and ecstasy was arrested in Geelong's CBD
early yesterday. A 30-year-old Geelong man was arrested with a ``trafficable' amount of
white powder and pills and taken into custody, Geelong police said. The man was
remanded in custody yesterday and was expected to appear in court tomorrow morning in
connection with possessing the drugs. Two uniform police officers worked throughout
the day to remand the man after working through Saturday night. Sergeant Phil Pilgrim
said police were unable to reveal the drugs' exact amount and street value but stressed it
was more than for personal use. ``A male has been remanded in custody by an out-of-
session court to appear on Tuesday morning in connection with an amount of drugs,'' Sgt
Pilgrim said. ``The amount he had is what you'd call a trafficable amount,'' he said.
``He's obviously got an amount more than what you'd say was personal use.'' Geelong
police said Operation Nightlife continued to yield results with 11 people arrested for


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drunkenness in the CBD. Police also served a penalty notice to a 21-year-old male from
Waurn Ponds who blew above the alcohol limit. Sergeant Daryl Smallman said officers'
zero tolerance of drunken and antisocial behaviour made for a busy night but was worth
the results on the street. ``The public think it's working, the perception out there is that it
is having an impact,'' Sgt Smallman said. (Continued)
Source: The Geelong Advertiser / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/06/11/4485_news.html

Crime Boss Helps Cop Regain Job
A veteran crime fighter has won his job back after one of Australia's biggest crime bosses
vouched for his integrity. Gerrard Fletcher was sacked by the Australian Federal Police
after he met Michael Hurley during the middle of a major operation against the kingpin's
cocaine syndicate in April 2005. Shortly afterwards, Hurley was picked up on a listening
device saying he had been tipped off to the operation. He then disappeared as police
swooped. Mr Fletcher - a commended 30-year veteran of the AFP - was cleared of being
the leak but still sacked early last year after the AFP came to the conclusion they could
no longer trust him, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission heard. The AIRC's
full bench was told that Hurley - who was suffering from cancer and died in January -
gave an interview to AFP investigators in March last year in return for a favourable bail
hearing so he could spend his last months a free man. The hearing was told he felt
responsible for Mr Fletcher's sacking and wanted to help him.
Source: The Australian / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21883953-601,00.html

Greens' Cannabis Shame
The Greens' chief policy strategist in Victoria has admitted she helped organise a
cannabis festival. Freja Leonard, chief of staff to Victorian Greens MP Greg Barber,
used to be a coordinator at Mardi Grass, Nimbin's pot celebration. Mothers of overdose
victims are calling for Ms Leonard to resign and say the revelation raises major questions
over Mr Barber's judgment. The illegal festival features widespread drug-taking, nudity
and the Hemp Cup - a judging section designed to find the best marijuana. Ms Leonard
refused to say whether she had taken any illegal drugs during her stay in Nimbin. "The
lifestyle choices I have made in the past are irrelevant. That is none of your business,"
she said. It has also emerged that Ms Leonard was a speaker at a rally outside a court in
Lismore, NSW, calling for anti-drug laws to be scrapped. Her appearance was heralded
in a 2001 issue of the online magazine Weed Witches. Jillian Parker, whose daughter
Janelle died of a drug overdose at 15, said: "This woman should be dismissed. "Drugs
ruin lives and those of the drug users' extended families, and cannabis is rightly illegal.
"They must have known her background. It really raises questions about the Green
Party."
Source: The Herald Sun / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21879000-2862,00.html

How They Caught Fat Tony
Crime kingpin Tony Mokbel was sipping coffee, soaking up the warm Greek spring
sunshine and feeling untouchable. It was late April and Mokbel, after 13 months on the


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run, had grown secure in his anonymity. He faced jail in Australia for cocaine trafficking
and a charge of ordering the death of fellow mobster Lewis Moran. But the new father
felt so confident he had outwitted authorities that he continued to remain at the head of
his Melbourne crime syndicate, a job that involved contact with many associates back
home. As events have proved, the gangster's confidence was ill-founded. Back in
Melbourne, Victoria Police's crack anti-gangland Purana Taskforce was ready to reach
out its long tentacles and net the man once known as "the Octopus". When Mokbel
skipped bail and fled on March 20 last year, the Australian Federal Police led the hunt for
the fugitive. For the following year Purana detectives busied themselves smashing the
empire Mokbel left behind, passing on any intelligence they gathered on Mokbel's
whereabouts to their federal counterparts. The taskforce decided not to join the hunt in
earnest until it was ready to bring Mokbel home. By late April that time had arrived;
Operation Magnum was launched and Mokbel's days as a fugitive were numbered.
Despite 13 months of mystery surrounding Mokbel's whereabouts, it was with swift
precision that Purana found Australia's most wanted man. Purana detectives pieced
together a series of leads, including internet traffic, underworld tips and covert
surveillance. (Continued)
Source: The Herald Sun / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21878772-2862,00.html

One Cop Cornered Me: Mokbel
Tony Mokbel blames one man for relentlessly pursuing him until his capture in Athens
last week - and it is not the high-profile figures who have rushed to celebrate his arrest.
John Howard, Steve Bracks and even Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick
Keelty, who flew to Greece to mark the triumph, are all bit players in the hunt for
Mokbel, according to the man who was Australia's No1 fugitive. Mokbel says his real
problem was the cop who wouldn't stop: AFP agent Jarrod Ragg. In the same way
Scotland Yard detective Jack Slipper, or "Slipper of the Yard", stayed doggedly on the
trail of train robber Ronnie Biggs, the Melbourne-based agent Ragg has been the AFP's
point man on Mokbel since 2000, showing a dedication that has left the drug baron less
than happy. Slipper tracked Biggs down in Brazil 11 years after the 1963 Great Train
Robbery, walking into his Rio de Janeiro hotel room and saying: "Long time no see,
Ronnie." Mr Ragg is now in Athens and hoping Mokbel is not as successful in fighting
extradition as Biggs, who managed to stay in Brazil for a further 27 years. In his first
interview after 15 months on the run, Mokbel told The Australian on Friday that Mr Ragg
was responsible for many of the problems he now faced as a convicted drug-runner and
accused murderer. "He just wouldn't let it go," said Mokbel, who insists Mr Ragg should
have organised a plea deal several years ago rather than pressing on with his case.
(Continued)
Source: The Australian / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21883935-601,00.html

Report All Drug Crime
Private schools that conceal crimes to protect their reputations could be charged by police
following the Scotch College drugs scandal. Detective Senior-Sergeant Daryl Cullen, of
Boroondara police, called on elite schools to report crimes involving students to police


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immediately or risk being prosecuted. The warning comes as schools have revealed
students are "coming down" in the classroom on Mondays after weekend drug and
alcohol binges. Teachers are being confronted by students as young as Year 7 battling
alcoholic hangovers, marijuana "bong-overs" and the hazy aftermath of designer party
drugs. Adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said many teenagers turned up to
school sleep deprived and spaced out. "There's no question Saturdays and Sundays are
party days," he said. Det Sen-Sgt Cullen said while private schools were not legally
required to report drug-related incidents to police, they could be breaching section 326 of
the Crimes Act if they hid incidents for a "benefit." He plans to seek legal advice on the
section. "(The benefit) may be a school trying to protect its image and financial income
stream," he said. "You don't spend $20,000 (in fees) to send your kid to a drug haven."
But Det Sen-Sgt Cullen said police were satisfied Scotch had acted appropriately despite
a week-long delay in reporting a drug incident to police. A Year 12 student allegedly
sold a Year 9 student two ecstasy pills which he took while at school. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21877797-661,00.html#

Hyperthyroidism, Ecstasy, A Lethal Combo
A pre-existing defect in body temperature regulation may be a factor underlying some
fatal reactions to the illegal "club drug" ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine,
MDMA), researchers from Canada propose. "Fatal MDMA intoxication is idiosyncratic
and the reasons why some ecstasy users are especially susceptible to the toxic effects of
the drug are still unknown," Dr. Stephen J. Kish of the University of Toronto and the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and colleagues point out. They also note that
deaths attributed to MDMA intoxication, which are fairly infrequent compared with the
estimated number of recreational users, are often associated with a sharp increase of body
temperature, also referred to as hyperthermia. In the current issue of the Journal of
Forensic Sciences, Kish's team describes a 24-year-old woman who developed fatal
hyperthermia with complications affecting multiple organs after taking ecstasy. An
autopsy showed that the woman had diffuse thyroid hyperplasia (also called Graves'
disease), a thyroid disorder that could have made her less tolerant to heat.
Comprehensive drug screening showed only MDMA and traces of methamphetamine in a
blood sample collected 3 to 4 hours after the woman took the drugs. "Although a cause
and effect cannot be established, as the thyroid hormone is a major regulator of
thermogenesis, we suggest that hyperthyroidism predisposed the subject to ecstasy-
induced hyperthermia," Kish and colleagues write. (Continued)
Source: Sydney Morning Herald / Journal Of Forensic Medicine / 11 June 2007 /
http://www.smh.com.au/news/World/Hyperthyroidism-ecstasy-a-lethal-
combo/2007/06/10/1181414112404.html

Raids Net Cash, Drugs
Two alleged Townsville drug dealers are out of action after separate police raids in
Townsville at the weekend. Amphetamine, cannabis, cash and drug utensils were seized
when police raided the first address in West End on Sunday. An 18-year-old man is
facing a string of drugs charges after he allegedly admitted to selling drugs over a three-
month period. Northern Region Drug Squad Detective Sergeant John Mahony said drug


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squad officers executed a search warrant on a unit in Martinez Avenue on Sunday
afternoon. Police found 4.6g of methamphetamine, 1.2g of cannabis and a large quantity
of cash. Det Sgt Mahony said police also found utensils including scales, Clip-seal bags
and a mobile phone. He said an 18-year-old man had admitted to trafficking drugs when
he was taken to the watchhouse for questioning. "During that interview the suspect made
admissions to police in relation to the unlawful supply of cannabis in the Townsville area
throughout a three-month period," Det Sgt Mahony said. He said the man was charged
with seven drug-related offences including two counts of possessing a dangerous drug
and one count each of trafficking a dangerous drug, supplying a dangerous drug,
possessing utensils, possessing property obtained from trafficking and possessing
property used in the commission of a crime. Det Sgt Mahony said the man was released
on bail to face the charges at the Townsville Magistrates court on June 26. (Continued)
Source: Townsville Bulletin / 11 June 2007 /
http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2007/06/12/3667_hpnews.html

Sydney DJ 'Caught With Drugs' In Bali
Sydney DJ has been arrested in Bali after allegedly being found in possession of small
amounts of hashish, heroin and cocaine at a party. The Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade confirmed that an Australian man had been in the custody of Indonesian
authorities since Sunday, but declined to name him. "We can confirm that a 41-year-old
Australian man from NSW was detained by local authorities in Denpasar on June 10 for
alleged narcotics-related offences," a DFAT spokesman told smh.com.au this morning.
"The Consul from the Australian Consulate-General in Bali has made contact with the
man and is offering consular assistance." A report in the Herald Sun named the arrested
man as Nicholas Bernard Taylor. It said he was a Sydney music DJ who was one of three
foreigners arrested when police raided a party at a private villa in Kerobokan. The raid
came after a tip-off about an Italian man, believed to own the villa, whom police had had
under surveillance for the past two weeks, the report said. Police alleged that partygoers
threw drugs into the villa's swimming pool and flushed them down the toilet as the raid
took place. Police also alleged the Italian man had tried to bribe them with thousands of
euro after the raid, the report said. Citing a police source, the Herald Sun said the
Australian was allegedly arrested with about one gram of drugs and allegedly admitted
using them for personal use. (Continued)
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald / 11 June 2007 /
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/sydney-dj-caught-with--drugs-in-
bali/2007/06/12/1181414251178.html

Accused Courier's Knickers In Knot
An accused drug courier was wearing three pairs of underpants on the day he was
arrested, a court has heard. The Melbourne man, 24, whose name was suppressed by
Perth District Court, told police in a video shown to the jury yesterday he wore the three
sets of underwear because he sweated. He then said he had put all three pairs on because
he was in a rush. He has pleaded not guilty to the possession of 581 grams of
methamphetamine (ice), with the intent to sell or supply. Prosecutor Dave Dempster said
the men flew to Perth on the same flight before police found the drugs in their hotel room
in June last year. A defence lawyer said the main issue was possession and the


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prosecution would find that hard to prove with two people sharing the room. The trial
continues.
Source: The Herald Sun / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21894903-662,00.html

Top End Drug Dealers Get Suspended Sentences
Two Darwin drug dealers have had their prison sentences fully suspended. Last year the
31-year-old former Bank of Queensland Manager Matthew Cabot and 33-year-old NT
News Electrician Bradley Rogers were arrested after a three month police surveillance
operation. The pair were seen entering a Coconut Grove storage unit and packaging a
pound of marijuana into one ounce deal bags. Cabot and Rogers pleaded guilty to
possessing a commercial quantity of cannabis. Cabot received a fifteen month prison
sentence, suspended after he served eight months home detention. Rogers was sentenced
to a six month home detention order.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200706/s1949175.htm

Bangladesh

Organised Gang Of Muggers Active On DU Campus
An organised gang of muggers has remained active on and around the Dhaka University
(DU) campus, but the law enforcement agencies have remained inactive. The gang robs
students, teachers, pedestrians and others of valuables after injuring them almost every
day. The gang has been continuing its operation since the tenure of the BNP-led four-
party alliance government, but its members, numbering about 15, have not been staying
on the campus since the state of emergency has been imposed. After sundown, the
muggers rule several places on the campus, including Fuller Road, Chankharpool to Doel
Square, Shaheed Minar area, Institute of Education and Research (IER), Suhrawardy
Udyan, Muhsin Hall playground and areas adjacent to Salimullah Muslim Hall.
Intelligence sources said the criminals take away mainly mobile phones, money and gold
ornaments at gunpoint at night. They also target couples gathering on the campus after
the evening, taxicab drivers and rickshawpullers. Residents of the university area said
the taxicab drivers and rickshawpullers want to avoid the area after the evening.
Shahbagh police filed three cases in connection with muggings that took place on the
campus on May 8, 9 and 23. Intelligence sources and residents of the university
dormitories said mainly junior leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) are involved in
drug peddling and mugging. "Some drug-addicted students and outsiders residing in
Zahurul Huq Hall and Jagannath Hall are also involved in mugging and drug peddling,"
said Akter Morshed, a sub-inspector of Shahbagh Police Station. (Continued)
Source: The Daily Star / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.thedailystar.net/2007/06/07/d70607060171.htm




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Burma

SSA Burns 1m Speed Pills To Show Sincerity In Drug Fight
The Shan State Army (SSA) yesterday burned over one million speed pills along the
border with Chiang Rai in a demonstration of its intention to help Thailand and the
international community fight illicit drugs. SSA leader Col Yod Serk said Shan
independence fighters had seized the narcotics from a drug trafficking gang after a clash
in the middle of the Mekong river on Feb 6 this year. Drug traffickers were transporting
the speed pills in four boats when SSA troops clashed with the gang. Three of the four
boats were shot at and they sank in the river, he said. The drug traffickers managed to
flee, leaving only one boat with 1.1 million speed pills in it, said Col Yod Serk. He said
the drugs were probably destined for Laos and border areas in Burma before being
smuggled into Thailand. Col Yod Serk vowed to help the world stamp out the illegal
drugs trade as SSA troops burned the pills in front of representatives from Thai
authorities and the media at their base across the border from Chiang Rai province. Thai
troops have been placed on full alert along the Thai-Burmese border in the North to
prevent the smuggling of illicit drugs into the country, said Maj-Gen Wannathip
Wongwai, commander of Pha Muang task force. (Continued)
Source: Bangkok Post / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/07Jun2007_news18.php

China

Pinay Gets 15 Years For Drug Smuggling
A Filipina, who was caught hiding almost 500 grams of heroin inside her body, was
sentenced to serve 15 years in prison in China, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
said yesterday. DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers‘ Affairs Esteban Conejos Jr.
said the Filipina was arrested when she arrived in Shanghai, China last February 17. Her
identity was withheld. Conejos said that Chinese authorities found the Filipina to have
swallowed and stored inside her stomach 63 capsules that contained 444.69 grams of
heroin. Citing reports from the Philippine consulate in Shanghai, the Shanghai No. 1
intermediate People‘s Court sentenced her to 15 years imprisonment and a penalty of
RMB 30,000 (US$ 3, 929) based on the evidence presented and the Filipina‘s admission
that she knew that she was transporting illegal drugs. The undersecretary noted that
foreigners who are caught attempting to smuggle into China 50 grams or more of illegal
drugs could be sentenced from 15 years to life imprisonment. In her report to the DFA,
acting head of post Aileen Mendiola-Rau said the court gave the Filipina the option to
appeal her case but she decided not to make the appeal. The consulate official said that
the Filipina arrived in Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur. However, when she arrived at the
airport, the Filipina was caught with the heroin during a routine customs check. When a
search of her suitcase failed to yield anything, she was taken to a hospital for a CT scan.
(Continued)
Source: Tempo / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.tempo.com.ph/news.php?aid=30930




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Drugs Lure Hong Kong Youth Across China Border
"Scream louder if you want more," a DJ shouts to the cavernous hall, while on stage the
male dancer in low-cut jeans throws his female partner onto his lap in a frenetic routine in
time with the music. It's a typical Friday night, but while many of the clubbers hail from
Hong Kong the venue itself is not in their home city. Welcome to Shenzhen, across the
border in mainland China and an increasing draw for young people from Hong Kong in
the 10 years since the former British colony was handed back to Beijing. Shenzhen is
cheap, it's vibrant and it's close -- and crucially for many of those who regularly make the
weekend trip, it's a good source of recreational drugs. "I'm so used to going to
Shenzhen," said Ah Yan, 19, who often travels up with groups of 10 or more. "My
friends and I go there every week because it's close and convenient. They don't check
your ID and you can buy drugs from the bouncers." It was at a Shenzhen club that she
was first offered ketamine, a so-called party drug to which she later became addicted.
Club owners here target the Hong Kong market because they can afford higher entrance
fees than local people and drinks that cost three times more. "Most of our customers are
from Hong Kong as local people cannot afford our drinks," said one manager who called
himself Ah Kit. (Continued)
Source: Sawf News / AFP / 07 June 2007 /
http://news.sawf.org/Lifestyle/38208.aspx

City's Drug Trade Proves Resilient
Authorities have promised to step up efforts to combat the growing drug trade, which has
led to an increase in the number of users in the city, an official has said. Zhu Ying, vice-
director of the Shanghai municipal anti-drug commission and vice-director of the
Shanghai municipal public security bureau, said at a press conference yesterday the city
had witnessed a huge increase in the number of cases involving trafficking of several new
drugs such as ice, ketamine and ecstasy, and a growth in the number of addicts. Last
year, Shanghai officials handled 16,140 cases in which they confiscated 147.52 kg of
drugs and seized more than 4.32 million yuan ($565,000) in illegal earnings. The
numbers were said to be much higher than those in 2005, but the exact percentages were
not released. In the first three months of this year, there were 15 cases in which the
amount of drugs seized was more than 1 kg, up 66.7 percent year on year. Zhu said that
drug smuggling involving local and overseas rings was a growing problem. Shanghai
customs has this year handled 17 cases involving people attempting to smuggle drugs
into the country from overseas. In one case on January 11, two foreigners were arrested
for being in possession of 2.8 kg of ice and 1.26 million yuan in cash, which was believed
to have been earned from the drug trade. The case led to the closure of a studio in
Zhejiang Province that processes the drug. (Continued)
Source: China Daily / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/07/content_888794.htm

Fiji

Fiji Villagers Allege Physical Abuse By Soldiers
A group of villagers in Fiji claim that soldiers searching for evidence of illegal marijuana
cultivation and use took them away at night to a spot where they were forced to crawl on


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thorny bushes for hours. The Fiji Sun reports that the incident happened at Naqia village
in Tailevu on Tuesday last week, three days before the Public Emergency regulations
were lifted. The villagers also claim that the soldiers tried take away the wives of men
they could not find. They say the women were ordered on to a truck and released only
when their children came crying after them. One of the villagers, Lekima Koro, says the
soldiers also took away his wife because he was not at home but she was released when
he went and presented himself to the soldiers. He says at Nayavu Bridge they were told
to crawl on their elbows down to the river bank and around thorny bushes, and were
kicked while doing so. Mr Koro says their treatment over two days shocked and
traumatized their families. The military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says the
soldiers were helping police round up suspects as part of a joint operation.
Source: Radio New Zealand International / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=32840

Fiji Rugby Union Plans Own Marijuana Tests
The Fiji Rugby Union will look at introducing its own random drug testing but believes
player education is the best way to counter this ever growing problem. The internal
random tests could start before the World Cup that starts in September. Fiji RU chief
executive Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua made the comment after France-based Rupeni
Caucaunibuca became the latest player to test positive for marijuana and was suspended
for three months by the French federation. Caucau, as rugby's most sought after winger
is known, became the second Fijian in six months to test positive for marijuana after
sevens star Sireli Naqelevuki. Naqelevuki tested positive for marijuana during the
International Rugby Board Sevens World Series in George and Dubai last year while
Vilimoni Delasau committed the same mistake during the one-off Fiji-All Blacks Test in
2005. Viliame Satala has previously tested positive for marijuana. "We have and will
never condone players' indulging in such habits," Tavanavanua said. "One way in which
we can try and counter this is have our own testing done here. That is an option we are
looking at." He said together with the FMF Flying Fijians management, they would
discuss strategies to try and combat this ever growing problem of ruggers taking banned
drugs. "We need an education program. That will see players being educated about these
issues," he said. Tavanavanua said they had yet to receive anything official from France
on Caucau. (Continued)
Source: The Fiji Times / 11 June 2007 /
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=64442

India

Cocaine Worth Rs 30 mn Seized, Three Held
Three drug peddlers were arrested in Ghaziabad for carrying fine quality cocaine valued
at Rs 30 million in the international market, police said on Wednesday. Detectives of
Ghaziabad Police arrested the trio - Yousuf, Sartaj and Rambabu - from the Bhaupura
crossing near Sahibabad police station and recovered one kg of cocaine from them.
According to police, they belong to the Baghpat and Moradabad districts of Uttar Pradesh
and during interrogation revealed the source, which police refused to divulge. "We




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cannot reveal the name of the kingpin as investigations are still underway. We are also
probing their customers in the city," said Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Ratan.
Source: Hindustan Times / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print.aspx?Id=8f467361-cdce-40d1-86ff-
53c43ae61788

The Agony Of Ecstasy!
Celebs pay ‗high‘ price for getting lured into the web of the drug world. Is their lifestyle
to blame? It‘s Friday night, and Arun (name changed) is ready to let it rock. He‘s a
college student who spins tunes at the local dive as a DJ to get a little extra bread on the
side. He also needs a little extra something to help him feel the music, the vibe, the buzz.
And the little white tablets in his pocket will help him appreciate the psychedelic strobes
a whole lot better, so he thinks. The recent incident involving DJ Aqeel Ali, who was
arrested after a body search at Dubai airport where 0.4 grams of MDMA (see box) was
found in his possession has once again brought to light the prevalence of narcotics within
the showbiz scene. In the not-too-distant past, actor Fardeen Khan was arrested for
possession of cocaine. Bangalorebased designer Prasad Bidappa was busted at Dubai
airport for possession of banned substances. It may be recalled at this juncture that actor
Vijay Raaz and restaurateur Farhan Azmi too were detained at the Dubai airport for
possession. And who can forget the sordid drug controversy involving budding politician
Rahul Mahajan. So what is it exactly that makes drugs seem to go hand-in-hand with the
showbiz/entertainment scene? Why do people do drugs like cocaine and Ecstasy? Says a
Mumbai-based DJ, "It‘s human nature. It‘s like how people get attracted to cigarettes and
alcohol. (Continued)
Source: The Times Of India / 06 June 2007 /
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-2104349,prtpage-1.cms

On A High? Please Mind Your Health
What can drugs do to your system? Well, an hour after cocaine is used, the risk of a heart
attack goes up by 24 times. And cocaine addicts are seven times more likely than non-
users to suffer heart attacks. And once the level of cocaine reaches a toxic level in the
body, the entire system simply shuts down. Mainly it hits the heart — arrhythmia — and
then the respiratory system, when the lungs shut down. The third is an effect on the skin,
called laser constriction. All skin and extremities are cold and clammy, which affect the
brain directly. It leads to bleeding in the brain and finally the kidneys stop functioning —
which means a shutdown of the all body functions. Club drugs like ecstasy are usually
thought to be relatively harmless. They are meant to improve the users' mood and help
them keep dancing all night. But the flipside lies in the side effects, which include
paranoia, amnesia, nausea, hypertension and, of course, hallucinations. Another
commonly abused drug is LSD or 'acid' — immortalised by rock stars. However, it's
slightly less glamorous in real life. It causes unpredictable behaviour and can have severe
side effects — which include numbness or weakness, nausea, increased heart rate, lack of
appetite as well as flashbacks and even sleeplessness. There are long-term health issues
to worry about as well — like an impaired memory, anxiety and depression. The big
problem is also that individuals react differently to these substances. (Continued)
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http://www.ibnlive.com/news/health/06_2007/on-a-high-mind-your-health-too-
42408.html

The ABCD Of Ecstacy
With DJ Aqeel's recent arrest in Dubai for possessing Ecstasy tablets, the combo of music
and drugs is back in the news. Aqeel. This is the flamboyant latest fall guy DJ on has the
the 'high right ' road connections - what with the Khan daan behind him. Brother-in-law
to Sussanne and Hrithik, Fardeen and Zayed Khan, he is married to jewellery designer
Farah Khan. And the lady vouches for her hubby, who was arrested on Tuesday at Dubai
airport after 0.4 grams of Ecstasy was found in his possession. "Police says Aqeel was
found carrying Ecstasy. Our lawyers, friends and doctors say 0.4 grams is not enough for
consumption. We are going to prove his innocence," Farah asserts. Aqeel's mother-in-law
Zarine Khan is also in complete accord, "Aqeel is a clean boy and doesn't do drugs. This
has been planted on him by his so called friends." The charge of it being planted on him
was reiterated by Farah and his lawyer, Ashish Mehta. Aqeel, a high-flyer by all
descriptions, has toured over 30 cities across the globe and played alongside the likes of
Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, Outlandish, and Claude Chile. Bad. Hendrix to be good ,
Jim , feel Morrison musicians , Janis . Think Joplin Jimi , Elvis Presleya and you can't
ignore the music-drugs combo. Nothing could beat the creative minds making music
while high-on-drugs , and the audience has been lapping it up for decades. (Continued)
Source: The Times Of India / 07 June 2007 /
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/City_Supplements/Bangalore_Times/The_ABC
D_of_Ecstacy_/articleshow/2107005.cms

Raves Spreading Like Wild Fire
Ecstasy is mainly associated with rave parties in Eastern and Western Europe and is
available is grey markets at a premium price. Investigations by the intelligence agencies
like the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) revealed that Goa is one of the major transit
points for the drug. Goa is traditionally known for rave parties held at secluded beach
fronts right from the ‗hippie‘ days of the early seventies. Thousands of foreign tourists
flock to the picturesque locales away from the prying eyes of the local populace and
indulge in trance music and rave parties. All sorts of latest drugs associated with ‗the
other world‘ experience are available in Goa and despite repeated attempts by the local
police there has not been much success to curb the drug-related activities, according to
knowledgeable sources. ―A lot of chartered flights arrive from all over Europe bringing
in groups of tourists to Goa every year and some of them manage to smuggle the drugs in
small quantities,‖ says Om Parkash, additional director general, NCB. With the spread of
Goa‘s rave party culture to Pune and neighbouring districts of Mumbai, the demand for
such drugs further increased forcing the users to exploit the Goa link, sources added.
―Most of the high-end drugs filter in from Goa,‖ the NCB sources confirmed.
Source: DNA India / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1101989

‘It’s A Way To Relax’
A 26-year-old who is part of a flourishing hotel and restaurant chain with headquarters in
Mumbai, and also looks after four discotheques, claims not to be an addict. He says that


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he just indulges in ‗occasional experimentation‘ whenever he feels tired, but still need to
complete business transactions. ―You cannot term it an addiction. You see, the
consumption of alcohol was considered a vice, but these days having a drink or two
before dinner is considered absolutely normal. Similarly, the rich and affluent also
indulge in their pastimes. Taking a hit of one‘s favourite drug once or twice a week is
seen as a means of relaxation. I know many celebrities who take small doses only on
Saturday or Sunday during their visits to discotheques or lounges, but concentrate on
work or business on other days,‖ he says. ―Of course there are some spoilt brats who are
heavily into drugs. They visit night clubs just to chill out or to find company. For them,
drugs are an excuse to show or prove sexual prowess. But they do not remain hidden for
long. They get exposed and are either disciplined by the clubs or refused entry,‖ he
further informs. ―I know many outsiders who during their visit to the city enjoy a fix or
two. A former cricket captain comes often to our parties, with his own stuff from his
supplier in Juhu. (Continued)
Source: DNA India / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1101985

Maninder Singh Attempts Suicide
Former India cricketer Maninder Singh was operated upon in a Delhi hospital on Friday
night after he tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists. Singh is at the Shanti Mukund
Hospital in East Delhi and was in surgery till late night. Singh was released on bail on
May 23 after being arrested a day earlier with 1.5 grams of cocaine near his East Delhi
flat in Preet Vihar. Singh has admitted that the cocaine was for his own consumption,
and that he first took drugs 10 years ago. After his arrest on May 22, Singh admitted that
he was taking drugs because of personal problems but denied he was an addict. He also
denied that the cocaine was recovered from him. Singh, a left arm spinner, played 35
Tests (88 wickets) and 59 ODIs (66 wickets) in the 1980s. He is also a cricket
commentator on TV channels.
Source: IBN / CNN / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/maninder-singh-attempts-suicide/42533-3.html

On A High But Feeling Low
The detention of DJ Aqueel and the managing director of a Mumbai-based entertainment
company for possessing Ecstasy brings the focus back on drugs trail. Mumbai, located on
the coast, is an ideal haunt for drug peddlers. The city offers them all they need — plenty
of high-end users and an ever-growing clientele in a changing social scenario. Baljeet
Parmar highlights the dark shadow looming over this Maximum City. Every port city in
the world is synonymous with crime, prostitution and drugs. The city of Mumbai is no
exception. The opium trade is centuries-old in Mumbai and over the years, with newer
forms of opium derivates like brown sugar and heroin, the drug scenario has become
more sophisticated and organised. The Pathans, who controlled the opium trade till early
sixties, have lapsed into history. Now there are new-generation players who bring in
cocaine and other modern-day versions of drugs like LSD, Ecstasy, Triology and
Supergun catering to the needs of the affluent. Most of these drugs are not produced in
India and have to be smuggled into the country through various surreptitious means and
sources. There is a close knit circle of users and suppliers of high-end drugs and it is very


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difficult, if not impossible, for the anti-drug agencies to penetrate into the circle. Some
knowledgeable even equate the modern-day drug trade with the highly sophisticated
diamond trade wherein in a limited number of close knit families and friends conduct a
day-to-day business. (Continued)
Source: DNA India / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.dnaindia.com/dnaPrint.asp?NewsID=1101984

India 360: Rich Hooked To Drugs?
Celebrities DJ Aqeel and Vice Chairman and MD of Percept Holdings Harendra Singh,
were detained in Dubai for alleged possession of drugs this week. The Dubai airport
authorities reportedly found three capsules of contraband drugs with the DJ Aqeel. A
preliminary medical test conducted on the DJ for traces of drugs was reportedly negative.
DJ Aqueel is still under detention. Singh on the other hand was picked up from Le
Meredian Airport Hotel in Dubai on June 2. The Dubai authorities allegedly recovered
15 capsules of ecstasy from him and his associates Vipin and Ajay. The blood and urine
samples of all three men were sent for investigation and tested positive after which they
were charged with consumption of the banned drug. They are now lodged in Dubai's Al-
Rushdia Jail. On CNN-IBN‘s show India 360 lawyer, Ayaz Khan, CEO, Infinity Hotels
Pvt Ltd, Farhan Azmi, psychiatrist, Dr Anjali Chabria and interactive Editor, Mumbai
Mirror, Anil Thakraney and host Anuradha SenGupta came together to discuss- Are
lifestyle drugs here to stay? Deterring Punishment For Using Drugs. Responding to the
question, Ayaz Khan said that lifestyle drugs were always a part of the celebrity circuit.
The issue had only come to light after the cases had been detected and the courts were
now handling the matter. An Act on drugs was amended in 2001 and reformative
measures were taken as it was realised that there were lots of consumers who were facing
deterring punishment. (Continued)
Source: IBN / CNN / 09 June 2007 /
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india-360-rich-hooked-to-drugs/42535-3.html

Maninder Still In Hospital; Police Yet To Take Statement
The condition of former cricketer Maninder Singh, who was admitted to hospital after a
suspected suicide bid, is improving but police is yet to record his statement. "Maninder is
responding to treatment and he is still in the intensive care unit. But he is unfit for making
a statement," hospital sources said. Police officials went to the hospital to meet the
former left-arm spinner, but doctors advised one more day's rest for him. "We could not
talk to him to find out what had happened," a senior police official said. His statement is
expected to be recorded tomorrow, the official added. Maninder was rushed to the
hospital in the wee hours of yesterday with mysterious cuts in his wrists which police
suspects sustained in a suicide attempt, a possibility denied by his family. His wife Maili
had said that Maninder was injured when a glass window pane at his residence broke
while he was banging it to wake up the family members after coming home late at night.
Police have taken the blood samples of Maninder to ascertain whether he was under the
influence of alcohol or drugs. Maninder's surprise hospitalisation came a fortnight after
he was arrested with 1.5 grams of cocaine from near his residence in east Delhi. Police
had claimed that he resorted to drugs because of family problems. He is at present on
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Source: The Hindu / 09 June 2007 /
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/007200706102069.htm

6,378kg Narcotics Seized In Delhi In 2006
Drugs seizure figures with the Narcotics department of Delhi Police indicate the volume
of seizures in the Capital might have dipped over the past couple of years. In 2005, over
9,629 kilogramme of narcotics substance was seized in various operations carried out by
agencies like the Narcotics Control Bureau, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Delhi
Police etc. The corresponding figures for 2006 indicate that the trade through Delhi
might have dipped. In various seizures, the figures in 2006 add up to 6,378 kilogramme.
The most noticeable departure in seizure has been seen for hashish. While 1,662 Kg
hashish was seized in 2005, the quantity of seizure dipped to 598 Kg in 2006. Seizure of
ganja has also dipped from 7,759 Kg in 2005 to 5,458 Kg in 2006. There has, however,
been an increase in the seizure of heroin and opium. Heroin seizure has increased from
194 Kg to 288 Kg while opium seizure has increased from 13.5 Kg to 34 Kg. Seizures In
2007. In the first four months of this year, Delhi Police claims it has seized almost 73
gram cocaine, which is almost three times the seizure during the corresponding period
last year. Between January 2006 and April 2006, the Delhi Police's narcotics branch had
registered two cases and arrested four persons for carrying 25 gram cocaine. In
comparison, the branch registered six cases this year and arrested 10. (Continued)
Source: Delhi News Line / 10 June 2007 /
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=240466

Man Jailed For Possessing Drug
Special Judge-cum-additional session judge, Ludhiana, A.K. Mehta on Saturday
sentenced Avtar Singh, son of Suba Singh of Kudda village in Patiala district, to 10 -year
imprisonment in a case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
The police had recovered opium weighing 2.480 gm from the accused. The court had
also ordered the accused to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh. In default of payment, he will have to
further undergo imprisonment for one year. The judge held that prosecution has
successfully proved that opium was recovered from the accused. The judge turned down
the plea of leniency raised by the accused.
Source: Ludhiana Newsline / 10 June 2007 /
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=240405

To Get Dope You Need To Have The ‘Network’
 No peddler will sell drugs to a stranger, says an addict. Looking for a sniff or a pouch of
dope in Mumbai? It‘s not difficult, if you have the ‗network‘. Drugs such as heroin,
charas and the high-end cocaine can be procured, but of course, at a cost. Drug dens in
Colaba, Dongri, Bandra, Kurla and Andheri are popular. Drugs are increasingly being
sniffed, smoked and injected by youngsters, particularly party-goers. ―There are specific
agents outside every college in Mumbai,‖ a college-goer said. ―These agents never
entertain a newcomer coming alone, asking for dope. They will give you the dope only if
you are recommended by a regular,‖ he added, boasting to be a regular. These peddlers
operate under aliases and fake names to give authorities the slip. According to Dilip
Shirao, DCP, Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC), the drug smuggling and peddling syndicate is


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dominated by Africans. ―The smugglers either hide small pouches of drugs in the rectum,
or tuck it inside their shoes,‖ said a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official. Cocaine
and heroin are easily available to celebrities and socialists at discos, pubs and lounges.
―Celebrities demand cocaine and heroin which is of higher quality and costly,‖ a source
said. ―Consumers (celebrities) never contact drug agents for narcotics. They either
appoint middlemen, or ask pub owners to help them.‖ These middlemen do all the
groundwork right from contacting the drug agents and bargaining, to handing over the
pouch to celebrities on commission basis. (Continued)
Source: DNA India / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.dnaindia.com/dnaPrint.asp?NewsID=1102208

What's With Dudes, Drugs & Dubai?
Well-known DJ Aqeel and corporate honcho Harindra Singh are only the latest additions
to Dubai's list of Indians arrested for possession of drugs. But why only in Dubai? Does
their celeb status allow them to get away with it in India, or are the Dubai authorities
more efficient? Drugs & DJs, a fashionable combo? DCP , Narcotics Bureau-Delhi , AS
Cheema opines, "The profiles of those caught in Dubai indicate that they are into
recreational drugs, which are a part of most high profile parties . Drugs like Ecstasy, LSD
or cocaine are the most popular ones." What are these recreational drugs? ECSTASY:
Dr Manish Mohil, head of department-internal medicines, GM Modi Hospital says,
"MDMA or Ecstasy is a recreational drug. Its immediate effect on the body is to
stimulate the secretion of serotonin and dopamin that trigger feelings of openness, energy
and euphoria. It also makes physical contact pleasurable." COCAINE: "Cocaine
increases the level of dopamine in the brain, which helps in heightening pleasure, raising
desire and banishing anxiety," says Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, head of department, internal
medicines, Max Healthcare. "It makes the user confident, communicative and alert.
Energy levels peak and the need for food and sleep decreases. The consumer will be
detached from reality but not disoriented," he adds. (Continued)
Source: The Times Of India / 10 June 2007 /
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-2111709,prtpage-1.cms

Horror Tale: Yet Another Addict Undergoes Surgery
A 30-year-old, 6 feet 3 inches tall and well-built youth Major Singh lies in the emergency
ward at Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) battling for his life, his friends back at village
would be busy with injectible drugs. Major Singh hails from Kandhar Gaddi Chanan
village in Dhuri of Sangrur district, where almost every youth has fallen victim to drugs.
―Almost every second youth in our village has swollen legs due to intake of injectible
drugs through veins in the legs,‖ says his mother Surjit Kaur. For Major Singh, it all
started nine years ago after birth of his son. ―One of his friends challanged him to do
drugs to celebrate his son‘s birth. Starting from that day till today, he has never refrained
from using any kind of addiction,‖ said Surinder SIngh, Major‘s maternal uncle, a
veterinary pharmacist. Like all other youth caught into addiction, Major started with
tobacco and consumed poppy husk, marijuana, intoxicant medicines and then moved to
injectible drugs. A kabaddi player, he started taking injecting drugs around five years
ago and took it with help of some friend in veins near knees. This left him with heavily
swollen legs. For last few months, his legs had been constantly bleeding, with foul smell


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of blood, without any kind of wound. ―Initially we though it might be some kind of pus
with which blood is oozing out. But the situation grew grimmer and he ended up getting
unconscious at any time of day,‖ Surjit Kaur added. (Continued)
Source: Ludhiana Newsline / 11 June 2007 /
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=240789

Kenyan Woman Detained At IGI Airport Swallowed 70 Heroin Capsules: Police
A 35-year-old Kenyan woman, who was to take an Air India flight (314) to Hong Kong
on Saturday, was nabbed at IGI Airport while she was allegedly trying to smuggle 70
capsules containing at least 10 gram heroin each. Customs officials said the accused,
Milli Cent Omomdi, had swallowed the capsules which would have been sold in China.
―We are yet to figure out how many capsules she was trying to smuggle to Hong Kong.
We are in the process of extracting the capsules containing the contraband,‖ said a senior
customs official. Till later this evening, doctors had managed to extract at least 15
capsules. It is a time consuming process as the accused has to pass the pills through stools
and takes a few days, said officials. According to police, on Saturday night, customs
officials became suspicious when Milli was trying to clear the customs counter at IGI.
―Her behaviour was found suspicious by our men who are trained to identify such
carriers. When questioned, she could not satisfactorily explain the purpose of her visit to
India,‖ said a customs official. ―When we questioned her at length, there were several
discrepancies in her story. She finally broke down and confessed to carrying the
contraband,‖ he said. The accused was taken to a court where permission was given to
get her medically examined. The woman reportedly told investigators that she had come
to India on June 1. Interrogations are on, customs officials added. (Continued)
Source: Delhi Newsline / 11 June 2007 /
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=240650

Maninder Says Wrist Injuries Were Sustained Accidentally
Former cricketer Maninder Singh, who was admitted to a hospital in East Delhi after he
sustained injuries on his wrist on Saturday raising speculations of a suicide attempt by
him, today said he sustained injuries accidentally. In a statement to the Delhi Police,
Singh said that he had injured his wrist when the glass window panes broke when he
banged his hands on them to wake his family after returning home late on Friday night.
He denied that it was a suicide attempt. Earlier, Milly, wife of Maninder Singh, had also
given a similar statement to the police and told that it was an accident. But, the police are
still suspicious of a suicide bid due to the nature of injuries and have said that they are
examining Singh‘s statement. In his statement Singh also denied reports that he was
undergoing treatment for depression. On June 9, Singh was admitted to East Delhi‘s
Shanti Mukund Hospital after he sustained cuts on both the wrists. The ex-Delhi
cricketer was last month arrested for reportedly possessing cocaine. On May 23, he was
granted bail by a city court on the grounds that the quantity of narcotics recovered from
him was very small. The Narcotics Branch of Delhi Police recovered around 1.5 grams
of the contraband, with international market price of about 5,000 rupees, from Singh‘s
possession at the time of arrest from his Gagan Apartments flat in Preet Vihar.
(Continued)
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http://www.medindia.net/news/Maninder-Says-Wrist-Injuries-Were-Sustained-
Accidentally-21935-1.htm

TADA Court Premises May Turn Into Detention Centre
For 13 years, it‘s been the venue of the trial of 128 of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai
serial blasts case. Now, the Mumbai Police are trying to convert the sprawling premises
that is the specially designated TADA court in Arthur Road Jail complex into a detention
centre for foreigners who break the law. While the proposal is with the state home
department, what has given an impetus to the move is last week‘s assault on policemen
by Nigerian drug peddlers. ―The premises can be utilised only after the trial is over. We
will have to wait until then. The proposal is with the Home Department,‖ confirmed
Mumbai Police Commissioner Dhananjay Jadhav. The special enclosure, which is now
seeing the last stages of a 13-year-long trial, was carved out of the Arthur Road Jail
premises near Mahalaxmi for security reasons. Its area is as big as a mini football
stadium, with several barracks and offices. But the main courtroom is barely 35 feet x 15
feet. The idea was to avoid the security problems of transporting over 100 accused to the
sessions court everyday. The Mumbai Police, who have been eyeing the place for a while
now, are understood to have moved the proposal at a meeting of senior police officials
who were discussing drug peddling cases, particularly those involving foreigners from
African nations. (Continued)
Source: Mumbai Newsline / 11 June 2007 /
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=240708

Man Arrested With Nine Kg Heroin In Ludhiana
A truck driver was arrested in Ludhiana on Monday for allegedly possessing nine kg of
heroin with an estimated market value of Rs 9 crore. The Directorate of Revenue
Intelligence had received a tip off about the suspect Amarjit Singh carrying heroin in his
truck, police sources said. Amarjit, who was coming from Ferozepur, was apprehended
at a barrier as soon as he entered Ludhiana, the sources said, adding he has been booked
under the provision of the NDPS Act.
Source: The Times Of India / 11 June 2007 /
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Man_arrested_with_nine_kg_heroin_in_Ludhia
na/articleshow/2115131.cms

Drug Bust At Patna Junction; One Arrested
A special task force of the railway police at Patna Junction on Monday nabbed a person
carrying over 50 kilogram of ganja (marijuana) with an estimated street value of Rs. 10
lakh though a second person managed to escape from the police dragnet, officials at
Patna Junction said. The police identified the man in custody as Raju Rai of Raghopur,
and his associate as Sanjay Jaiswal. Rai told the police he received the shipment from a
man who brought the narcotics from Nepal. The drug stuffed in two airbags were being
transported to New Delhi to a man named Qayyam. Based on Rai's information, the
police is trying to locate Jaiswal, also a resident of Raghopur. Officials said contrabands
are smuggled into Bihar from Nepal by road with Raghopur being the choice destination
for such drug traffickers. Once in Raghopur, the smugglers bring the drug to Fatuha by
boat and then repackage them in small packets before taking them to Delhi.


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Source: Patna Daily / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.patnadaily.com/news2007/june/061107/drug_bust_at_patna_jn.html

Indonesia

Bali Niners 'Should Have Faced Lesser Charge'
Three members of the failed Bali Nine heroin smuggling ring should never have been
charged with the offence that exposed them to the death penalty, a criminologist testified
today. Andi Hamzah also said Indonesia's Supreme Court erred when it increased the
trio's 20-year jail terms to death last year. The criminologist appeared in Bali's Denpasar
District Court today for the final legal appeal of Australians Matthew James Norman, 20,
Thanh Duc Tan Nguyen, 24, and Si Yi Chen, 22, against their death sentences. Mr
Hamzah said the three should never have been charged with exporting heroin, as
authorities caught them at a Kuta hotel and not at Bali's airport where other members of
the ring were arrested. They should have been charged only with possession, an offence
that attracted a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail, the criminologist told the court. "From
the jurisprudence, if the (drugs) is still in the hotel, that is not an attempt (to export)," he
told the court. "An attempt (to export) is when the baggage is already in the conveyor
belt." Mr Hamzah also said that the Supreme Court made a mistake when it upgraded the
jail terms originally handed to the three to death. "The high court is not allowed to (give
a) higher sentence than the lower court," he said. While it was not formally prohibited, a
higher sentence was "unusual" and against the legal principles applied in other countries,
Mr Hamzah said. (Continued)
Source: The Herald Sun / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21860758-5005961,00.html

Bali Nine Denied Chance To Plead
Three members of the Bali nine have been denied the chance to plead personally for their
lives during the final day of evidence in their appeal against their death sentences.
Prosecutors objected to Matthew Norman, Si Yi Chen and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen
appearing at the hearing at Denpasar District Court, claiming security concerns. A
lawyer for the trio, Erwin Siregar, said he would request they appear during his summing
up to make a statement to the court, but was pessimistic it would be allowed. In
yesterday's hearing, a law professor, Andy Hamzah, said Indonesia's Supreme Court had
erred in upgrading the sentences of the three from 20 years to death without the
introduction of new evidence or proof of errors in the previous sentences. Professor
Hamzah said prosecutors should also have appealed against the death sentences, as the
Supreme Court had imposed a higher penalty than the life sentences they had sought. He
claimed the three, who were caught at the Melasti Hotel with 376 grams of heroin shortly
after other members of the Bali nine in April 2005, should not have been charged with
drug smuggling. As they were caught with a small quantity away from Bali's airport they
should have been charged with possession, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years,
Professor Hamzah said. He also criticised the disparity in sentencing between members
of the Bali nine, with six sentenced to death, two to life and one to 20 years. (Continued)




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Source: Brisbane Times / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world/bali-nine-denied-chance-to-
plead/2007/06/06/1181089140465.html#

Palu Seen As Likely Drug Transit Point
The Central Sulawesi capital of Palu is believed to be developing into a transit point for
drug trafficking to smaller cities throughout the province. Observers said the drugs came
not only from Surabaya and Jakarta, but also from Malaysia, through East Kalimantan's
Nunukan and Tarakan, before reaching Palu by sea. "I hope all sea and air gates to
Central Sulawesi will be monitored more closely to prevent illegal substances from
entering the province," Hardy Yambas, chairman of the Central Sulawesi Peoples' Anti-
Narcotics Movement, said Monday. "From Palu, the drugs are later distributed
throughout Central Sulawesi," said Yambas. Christian Tindjabate, a sociologist at
Tadulako University, said many people had been arrested for drug crimes and tried at
district courts in Central Sulawesi. He said the courts usually meted out light
punishments, however, thereby failing to discourage illicit activities. "If only all the drug
traffickers in Central Sulawesi were given stiff punishments, they would think twice
before resuming the trade after being released from jail," Christian said. Based on a
survey by Nilava Lingkar Studi (NLS), a non-governmental organization specializing in
monitoring drug trafficking in Central Sulawesi, at least 15 percent of junior and senior
high school students in Palu used drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamines in
2005. MHR Tampubolong, manager of the NLS program, said the finding was based on
questionnaires given to 600 students at 30 schools. (Continued)
Source: Jakarta Post / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailnational.asp?fileid=20070606.G02&irec=1

Police Catch 19 In Drug Raid
Police have arrested 19 people for the alleged possession of crystal methamphetamine,
low-grade heroin (putaw) and marijuana during a raid in Pasar Boncos, Central Jakarta.
The head of the Palmerah police subprecinct, Comr. Arbain Saleh, said Tuesday the area
had long been known as a "drugs center". "We've conducted raids before, but drug users
and dealers remained in existence here. This time we checked every house," Arbain was
as quoted as saying by news portal Tempointeraktif.com. Dozens of police officers
confiscated tens of packages of crystal methamphetamine, known locally as shabu -shabu,
and low grade heroin (putaw), as well as one joint of marijuana. Police also found 17
packages of low grade heroin in a pile of garbage in front of an empty house in the area.
Source: Jakarta Post / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20070606.C15&irec=6

Ten Years Sought Against Pakistani On Drugs Charges
Prosecutors asked the Tangerang District Court on Tuesday to sentence a Pakistani man
to a ten-year jail term and pay a Rp 150 million fine for the possession of 700 grams of
heroin. Prosecutor Fachrudin said the defendant Muhamad Rafiq, 36, had kept the drugs
in a laptop bag in his bedroom in Villa Bintaro Indah, Ciputat district, Tangerang. Rafiq
was arrested by Tangerang police last October. "The defendant has been proven guilty of
possessing the drugs and so he has to take responsibility for what he's done wrong,"


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Fachrudin said. Prosecutors charged Rafiq with violating Article 82 of the anti drug law.
Following a tipoff from an unidentified person, police searched Rafiq's house on Oct. 11
and found 700 grams of heroin wrapped in nine plastic bags in the laptop case. Rafiq had
testified that the drug belonged to a friend named Jawed Chochan, who is still at large.
Police said that during questioning, Rafiq said he was in Kuala Lumpur between Oct. 7
and Oct. 10. While he was in Malaysia, he was called by Jawed who asked to leave the
drugs at his home. Rafiq said he refused Jawed's request because he knew that he was a
drug dealer. However, Rafiq said Jawed turned up to his house on Oct. 8 with the drugs
and left with his housemaid, Ratih. Ratih was questioned as a witness but was later freed
by police. (Continued)
Source: Jakarta Post / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20070606.C11&irec=2

Three Arrested For Drugs In W. Jakarta
Police have arrested three people for drugs possession and confiscated 50 ecstasy pills,
more than 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) and 500 pills of the
psychotropic substance erimin. The head of a unit in the national police's drugs division,
Sr. Comr Siswandi, said police arrested a man, identified as Ting, at a restaurant in the
Mediterania Apartment complex on Jl. Gajah Mada, West Jakarta on Monday night,
seizing three grams of shabu-shabu and 50 ecstasy pills. Ting's arrest led to another
capture later that night, after Ting informed the police of the source of his illicit drugs.
"Ting told us that he got the drugs from a couple who lived in the Mangga Besar area in
West Jakarta. Police then went and arrested the couple, Surya and Wati, in their rented
room. We also seized 100 grams of shabu-shabu and 500 erimin pills from the room,"
Siswandi said Wednesday. Siswandi added that Surya and Wati said they got the drugs
from a dealer, known as Ibu M, who is currently still at large. The three suspects are
being held at city police headquarters.
Source: The Jakarta Post / 09 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20070609.C08&irec=7

Indonesia Tackled Over Executions
The European Union and Holland have launched a campaign against Indonesia's
executing of drug offenders, in contrast to Canberra's reluctance to intervene on behalf of
the Bali nine. Two Europeans, along with five Chinese and two Indonesians, have been
sentenced to death for operating a large ecstasy factory outside Jakarta. The Europeans'
sentences were increased last month after appealing to Indonesia's Supreme Court. The
six members of the Bali nine on death row are at an almost identical stage in the legal
process. Prime Minister John Howard has stated it is not appropriate to politically
pressure Jakarta until all legal avenues have been exhausted. Over the past week, the
European Union has released a statement "strongly deploring" the verdicts. "The
European Union calls on Indonesian authorities to refrain from handing down death
sentences and from carrying out executions." Dutch ambassador Nikolaos van Dam has
also made an official protest to Indonesia's Foreign Ministry, urging that the sentence of
Dutch citizen Garnick Nicolaas be commuted. An EU spokesman said the statements and
personal approaches were aimed at encouraging Indonesia to abandon the application of
the death penalty in all cases. The representations were made because of the recent


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verdicts and debate in Indonesia about reforming its penal code, including the use of the
death penalty, he said. In an attempt to avoid firing squads, three of the Bali nine on
death row have launched a constitutional challenge to the death penalty. (Continued)
Source: The Age / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/indonesia-tackled-over-
executions/2007/06/09/1181089398475.html

Police Uncover Drug Syndicate
Police arrested eight people allegedly involved in the distribution of drugs, confiscating
920 ecstasy pills and 25 grams of crystal methamphetamine in weekend raids in North
and West Jakarta. The director of the narcotics unit at Jakarta Police headquarters, Sr.
Comr. Arman Depari, said Monday police arrested Alex Marlim, 29, after finding 600
ecstasy pills in his car Saturday night. At the time, Alex was attempting to sell drugs to
undercover policemen in Taman Surya, West Jakarta. Alex told police he purchased the
drugs from his supplier, Rio, who is still at large. On Friday, another police drug squad
uncovered a drug syndicate, arresting seven people and seizing 320 ecstasy pills. The
seven people were arrested in various locations in North and West Jakarta. The police
said they first arrested Insan Eko Indratmodjo and Syeren in a hotel, who were in
possession of five ecstasy pills. "We looked into the case further and later arrested other
people in the network, including Suyatna, Hadiyanto, Jhony, Alai and Ray Salim,"
Arman said. Police had also received information about two other people who supplied
the syndicate with drugs. "They are still at large, but we already know their identities,"
said Arman.
Source: Jakarta Post / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20070612.C12&irec=11

Japan

Man Allegedly Swallowed 1 kg Of Heroin
A 32-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing one kilogram
of a drug believed to be heroin that he swallowed in plastic bags, in violation of the
Narcotic Control Law, it was learned Thursday. The police suspect the man, who lives in
Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, is a member of a drug-smuggling ring and are investigating
how he obtained the drug. According to the police, the man, an exporter of automobile
parts, swallowed a total of one kilogram of the drug, which was divided into about 70
polyethylene bags, in late April. The street price of one kilogram of heroin is more than
50 million yen. He complained of feeling unwell soon after returning home from
overseas around that time, and he was taken to a hospital in Sayama in the prefecture. As
foreign objects were detected in his stomach during an examination, a doctor conducted
abdominal surgery and removed the packets from his stomach and intestine. Each packet
was wrapped in adhesive tape and contained about 15 grams of white powder. The police
said the man was going to recover the packets after defecating. His Japanese wife
reportedly told the police the man had stayed in the toilet for a long time after returning
home from overseas before. The police suspect the man brought drugs into Japan using
the same method on previous occasions. If the heroin had leaked from the packets into
his body, the man could have died, the police said.



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Source: Daily Yomiuri / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070609TDY02007.htm

7 Suspects Arrested After Envelope Containing Drugs Turns Up At Wrong Address
Police arrested seven suspects on a variety of drug-related charges after an envelope
containing drugs addressed to one of the suspects was accidentally mailed to a resident in
Akita Prefecture, law enforcers said. The suspects stand accused of violating the
Stimulants Control Law and the Cannabis Control Law. Investigators said one of the
suspects, a 28-year-old restaurant manager from Higashi Osaka, mailed 2 grams of an
illegal drug, worth 50,000 yen, to a 25-year-old suspect around April 4. The drugs were
to be distributed among five people. However, the envelope was accidentally delivered
to the wrong address, and arrived at the home of another Yurihonjo resident. The
surprised man took the drugs to police, which led to the uncovering of the suspects'
actions. On April 9, police searched the 25-year-old suspect's home and found 0.17
grams of marijuana. Police said the envelope containing the drugs was correctly
addressed to the 25-year-old. "The mistaken delivery must have been a careless mistake
by a post office worker," a prefectural police representative commenting on the case said.
Source: Mainichi Daily News / 09 June 2007 /
http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/news/20070609p2a00m0na008000c.html

Son Of Ex-Finance Minister Avoids Jail Despite Drug Conviction
The eldest son of former Finance Minister Masayoshi Takemura was handed a suspended
prison sentence Monday after being convicted of growing and possessing cannabis. The
son, Shunichi Takemura, 44, a former professor at Newton College in Shiga Prefecture,
was sentenced to three years' imprisonment, suspended for five years, in the ruling at the
Otsu District Court. Takemura was convicted of growing 16 cannabis plants in pots at
his home between March and August last year. He also had 143 grams of marijuana
hidden at his home on Feb. 4, according to the ruling. In addition, Takemura was
convicted of stealing and illegally acquiring about 40 items including medicine and a
rear-view mirror from a pharmacy and a car-parts retailer in Koka, Shiga Prefecture.
Source: Mainichi Daily News / 11 June 2007 /
http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/news/20070611p2a00m0na019000c.html

Malaysia

Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Brother
After flipping back and forth on his plea, a carpenter finally pleaded guilty to killing his
elder brother two years ago and was sentenced to eight years‘ jail. Shahrul Azhar
Osman, 31, who had changed his plea several times during the course of trial, admitted to
stabbing his brother Shamsul Kamal Osman to death but not before telling the court that
he would decide only after listening to the testimony of all the witnesses. ―I want to
listen to everything the witnesses have to say and then decide,‖ said Shahrul Azhar when
the charge was read out to him before hearing resumed yesterday. He finally pleaded
guilty when Sessions Court judge Hashim Hamzah ticked him off for wasting the court‘s
time. ―The court is not forcing you. I‘ll give you 10 minutes to think it through and
decide,‖ said Hashim before standing down the case, in which six witnesses had already



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testified. When trial resumed, Shahrul Azhar readily pleaded guilty to manslaughter of
his then 31-year-old brother in some bushes at Batu 13, Bota Kiri in Bota between 2pm
and 2.45pm on Nov 14, 2005. According to the statement of facts, Shahrul Azhar had
brought food for Shamsul Kamal at the shack he stayed in at 1.15pm that day. He waited
for Shamsul Kamal and his friend Khairol Nizam Abdullah to finish eating before asking
for a tube of heroin, his usual reward. (Continued)
Source: The Star Online / 06 June 2007 /
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/6/courts/17940731&sec=courts

High Court Transfers Drug Case
The High Court here ordered one of the drug charges involving the brother of a federal
deputy minister to be transferred to the Sessions Court. Justice Datuk Nurchaya Arshad,
who made the order in chambers on Friday, agreed with defence counsel Hamid Ismail
that the magistrate on June 1 had no jurisdiction to issue an order of remand for Mohd
Juznaidi Omar, 36. Mohd Juznaidi was charged under Section 39A (r) of the Dangerous
Drugs Act with possessing seven plastic packets containing 35gm of methamphetamine
at Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on May 20. Mohd Juznaidi
faces the mandatory death penalty if found guilty of trafficking.
Source: The Star Online / 10 June 2007 /
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/10/courts/17979595&sec=courts

Brother Of Deputy Minister Faces Drug Charge
The brother of a deputy minister pleaded not guilty to a charge of having seven plastic
packets containing 35g of suspected methamphetamine (syabu). Mohd Jusnaidi Omar,
35, claimed trial to the charge which carries a life imprisonment sentence and also
whipping. Jusnaidi, a project co-ordinator from Shah Alam, is accused of having the
drug when arrested at 10am on May 20 at the Kota Kinabalu Airport Terminal Two
complex in Tanjung Aru. DPP Suhaimi Ibrahim applied for more time to get the chemist
report on the drug. Sessions Judge Caroline Bee Majanil fixed Aug 10 for mention of
the case. Earlier, Jusnaidi‘s lawyer Hamid Ismail had his application to transfer the case
from the magistrate's court to the Sessions Court approved. Junaidi also faces another
charge for trafficking in 1,008g of ganja under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act
which carries the mandatory death sentence if found guilty.
Source: The Star Online / 11 June 2007 /
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/11/nation/20070611183311&sec=nati
on

17.5kg Of Seized Drugs Destroyed
A total of 17.5kg of drugs with a street value of some RM130,000 were destroyed in an
operation at a wood factory here. The drugs destroyed Monday included ganja, heroin,
Ecstasy and candu. Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Jalaludin Ibrahim said the drugs were seized
during police operations from 1987 to 1994. "The drugs were from cases which had been
tried by the courts," he said. Among those present during the operation were state
narcotics chief Supt Md Tahir Kasim, Deputy Ipoh OCPD Supt Lai Yong Heng and city
narcotics chief Deputy Supt Teoh Chin Kee.




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Source: The Star Online / 12 June 2007 /
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/12/nation/20070612140259&sec=nati
on

VIP's Brother Pleads Not Guilty To Possessing Syabu
The brother of a deputy minister who was arrested at Terminal 2 of the Kota Kinabalu
International Airport on May 20, pleaded not guilty to possessing 35g of
methamphetamine at the Sessions Court here yesterday. Mohd Jusnaidi Omar, 36, is
alleged to have committed the offence at about 10am on the day of his arrest at the
airport. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment and 10 strokes of the rotan. Judge
Caroline Bee Majanil fixed Aug 10 for re-mention on Senior Federal Counsel Suhaimi
Ibrahim's request as the chemistry report on the drug was not ready. She also ordered
Jusnaidi to be placed in a normal lockup for remand detainees as requested by his lawyer,
Hamid Ismail, who complained that his client had been placed in a separate cell as though
he was a nuisance to other detainees.
Source: Borneo Bulletin / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/tue/jun12b3.htm

Singer’s Trial Postponed As Lawyer Fails To Get Files
The trial of a singer-cum-actress who is charged with drug-related offences was
postponed to November after her lawyer said they had yet to receive several documents
including her cautioned statement. Noor Shereen Mohd Hadzim‘s counsel Datuk
Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told magistrate Khainur Aleeza Ismail that he has yet to
receive the documents despite his client being charged in 2005. "We submitted our
request to the prosecution to supply the documents on Aug 15, 2005, to enable us to
prepare our defence but there was no reply," he said. "We again wrote in on June 6, June
8 and June 9 this year, to remind them as we needed the documents before the trial, but
there was still no reply," said Muhammad Shafee, who is assisted by Badrul Munir
Bukhari. Khainur Aleeza adjourned the trial to Nov 5 to 7, and ordered the prosecuting
officer Chief Inspector Azmi Awang Lah to supply the defence the necessary documents
before the trial begins. Noor Shereen is charged with three counts of consuming
methamphetamine, and possession of 0.78 grammes of methamphetamine and 0.66
grammes of cannabis at C1-1-C3, Subang Villa Ehsan Apartments, Taman Sri Subang,
about 2am on March 15, 2005. Noor Shereen is on bail of RM5,000 in one surety.
Source: NST Online / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/National/20070612075122/Article/
index_html

New Zealand

Missing Man Linked To Drugs Gone Bad
Bay of Plenty's criminal underworld may know who killed Tauranga man Grant Trevor
Adams in a suspected drug deal gone wrong. Police yesterday revealed Mr Adams was
reported missing on April 18 last year and is now suspected to have been murdered.
Police say Mr Adams, also known as Grant Trevor Corbett, Grant Trevor Hayes and by
the nickname Granite, was involved in manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine,



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or P, and was also a user. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner of the Tauranga CIB
said police had heard rumours from criminals that someone killed the 29-year-old
following a "drug rip off". Mr Turner said there were several people within the criminal
underworld who wanted to harm Mr Adams as a result of his drug dealing. He had links
with the Headhunter gang in West Auckland, the Filthy Few in Tauranga, Waihi and the
Waikato, and possibly the Mongrel Mob. Mr Turner said it was not believed his contacts
extended to the Filthy Few in Rotorua but it was possible Rotorua, Taupo and Whakatane
criminals knew of him or knew who killed him. Although police have been working on
Mr Adams' disappearance and suspected murder since June last year, they only went
public with details yesterday. When asked why it had taken police so long, Mr Turner
said the case was a priority but there had been other murder investigations and serious
crimes that needed immediate attention. (Continued)
Source: The Daily Post / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.dailypost.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3737002&thesection=lo
calnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

Police Worried 'Tinny Houses' Are Diversifying
Police are concerned operators of "tinny houses" are offering free samples of such drugs
as P (pure methamphetamine) to try to lure customers into the more dangerous
substances. Tinny houses are commonly known for selling marijuana but police say they
have information some houses are "diversifying" and offering P in a bid to hook
customers into the more lucrative drug. Christchurch police drug squad head Detective
Sergeant Dave Long said it was likely some marijuana dealers had been forced to switch
to drugs such as P to maximise profits. "Some will give a free sample of
methamphetamine because there is a lot more money to be made in selling
methamphetamine. "They are always looking to diversify and go with the market," he
said. All drugs had dangers but substances such as P were of particular concern.
"There's no question about it – if they are trying to introduce them to a new commodity
it's a concern." Long estimated there were 15 to 20 tinny houses operating in
Christchurch. They were hard to track as they were operated by different groups and
often shifted to prevent detection, he said. "Sometimes they are run by organised
syndicates, sometimes they are run by individuals, and sometimes they are organised by
gangs. "We target them from time to time ... but they shift quite regularly." Anti-drug
groups did not feel the giving of free drugs from tinny houses was a widespread issue.
(Continued)
Source: The Press / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4085962a11.html

Dawn Raid In Granite Murder Inquiry
Days after announcing that Grant Trevor Adams' disappearance was being upgraded to a
murder inquiry, Tauranga police yesterday swooped on a central city home and took a
man in for questioning. "New avenues" of inquiry were being investigated, said
Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner shortly after the dawn door-knock. Adams,
known by his gang associates and other drug dealers and users as Granite, vanished in
November 2005. Besides using P, it is known Adams dabbled in making and selling
methamphetamine. Police said on Tuesday that they believed he had been killed after


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"rip-offs" and drug deals turned sour. Mr Turner confirmed that a 17th Avenue property
had been searched yesterday. A witness described the police visit as low-key. "As a
result of some information received since we publicised Granite's disappearance we did
execute a search warrant at that property. "An occupant of that address has been taken
back to the police station and spoken to about Granite's disappearance." Indications were
that the men were former associates. Mr Turner said the man, 53, was released yesterday
afternoon and no charges had been laid He said the man was not a suspect at this stage.
Inquiries would continue.
Source: The New Zealand Herald / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10444240

Jailer Didn't Supply Phone, Drugs
A former Rotorua police jailer has been found not guilty of passing P and a mobile phone
to a prisoner during an undercover sting. Operation Jailer was set up by Rotorua police
following tip offs that P and mobile phones were being passed to prisoners. Jedda
Elizabeth Ranclaud, 34, was charged with attempting to supply methamphetamine to a
prisoner following the August 5 sting last year. Constable Dave Harris of Tauranga
posed as a prisoner called "Bert Maaka" while Constable Dennis Bidois, also of
Tauranga, pretended to be his friend dropping off clothes and personal items. Dressed in
red and black like a Mongrel Mob member, Mr Bidois went to the police station's front
counter and asked for Ranclaud. It was the Crown's case that Mr Bidois told Ranclaud he
got her name from the "boys at Waikeria". He handed her a plastic bag and showed her a
mobile phone inside. Mr Bidois said he flipped the mobile phone over and showed
Ranclaud two point bags of P that were taped to the back. However, Ranclaud denied she
was shown the P. Although it was normal practice for police and jailers to search all
property taken to prisoners, Ranclaud said Saturday, August 5 was a busy day and she
forgot. She admitted she knew it was wrong to take the mobile phone to the prisoner.
Breaking down in tears, Ranclaud told the jury she felt intimidated and threatened by Mr
Bidois because he had a red bandanna and red clothes. (Continued)
Source: The Daily Post / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.dailypost.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3737160&thesection=lo
calnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

Young Crims More Savvy
Pre-teens grabbing cash and small electronic items have replaced burglars in their 30s
wearing dark clothes and Zoro-like masks in Rotorua. But on the upside burglary
numbers have dropped significantly and most thieves avoid areas where there are
Neighbourhood Support groups. Rotorua District Court Judge Chris McGuire was the
guest speaker at the Rotorua Neighbourhood Support annual general meeting yesterday
where he gave about 50 people an insight into what he deals with on a daily basis. He
said today's 12-year-olds were often more street savvy than a 25-year-old a generation
ago. "When you look at your grandchildren, they are light years ahead of where you
were at that age because of their access to communication, modern gadgets and the
internet." Judge McGuire, who said he was speaking as a Rotorua resident and not as a
judge, was asked by a Neighbourhood Support member what could be done about young
burglars who were not of an age to be dealt with in the courts. He said "off the top of his


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head" that restricting the freedom they took for granted was one option. "Perhaps each
child should have a time clock, or punch card, or wear [electronic] bracelets to keep track
of them. I think the problem is going to get worse before it gets better, particularly with
the breakdown of family environments." However, he said Rotorua was winning its
overall battle with crime. (Continued)
Source: The Daily Post / 11 June 2007 /
http://www.dailypost.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3737581&thesection=lo
calnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

Philippines

'Apprehended SK Chairman Brains In Marijuana-Planting'
Three of the four suspects nabbed by policemen who swooped down on an alleged
marijuana plantation, Saturday, pointed to the Sangguniang Kabataan chairman of
Barangay Dalaupon, Tayasan in Oriental Negros, as the one behind the illegal activity.
SK chairman Ringi dela Cerna, however, denied the allegations and claimed he was not
aware that planting marijuana is illegal under the law. He said that he just knew that
marijuana is a medicinal plant for stomachache. Records, showed though, that all of the
confiscated marijuana plants were found on land owned by the Dela Cernas.
Source: The Daily Star / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.visayandailystar.com/2007/June/06/negoriental.htm

YC Chairman Says He Didn't Know Marijuana Is Illegal
Ignorance of the law, feigned or not, landed Youth Council chairman Ringi dela Cerna of
Dalaupon Tayasan in jail after he was caught growing marijuana in his land. Dela Cerna
told police that all he knows is that marijuana is a medicinal plant for stomachache. The
Negros Oriental police arrested dela Cerna last Saturday after three suspects identified
him as the one behind the illegal plantation of marijuana in the area. Suspects Roline
Espraguera, Romnick Callao and Ronualdo Gador were nabbed also last Saturday after
they were caught planting marijuana in dela Cerna's land. The police are now looking
into the identity of a certain "Nilo" who is allegedly supplying the marijuana seeds in
Tayasan. At least 47 seedlings were uprooted during the joint operation of the PNP
Provincial Command, Ayungon police, 705th Mobile Group and the 61st IB of the
Philippine Army in Tayasan. PNP Provincial Director Melvin Buenafe said they have
been monitoring the areas of Tayasan and Guihulngan after receiving reports of
marijuana plantations in the vicinity. According to the reports, Senior Superintendent
Buenafe said in early April some residents of Dalaupon harvested 300 full-grown
marijuana plants and delivered these to different areas in the province. Buenafe said
these marijuana plants are usually in secluded areas and found under scrubs or mixed
with other crops. However, he said some farmers are growing bolder and selling the
illegal plant during agri-trade fairs every weekend in Barangay Nabilog in Tayasan town.
Source: Sun Star Dumaguete / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/dum/2007/06/08/news/yc.chairman.says.he.didn.t.know
.marijuana.is.illegal..html




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Singapore

Aussie In Singapore Drug Trouble
Singapore authorities are on the hunt for a South Australian man who jumped bail on
drug trafficking charges, a local newspaper reported today. Michael Karras, 38, failed to
show up in court for a pre-trial conference on May 9, The Straits Times said. His
whereabouts is unknown. He was arrested on January 9 after drug officers allegedly
found 189.06g of cannabis and 248.38g of a cannabis mixture in a flat he shared with a
Singaporean man. Utensils used for taking drugs and a ketamine-stained note were also
seized. Both Mr Karras and Ngo Pee Lin, 28, face up to 20 years in jail and between five
and 15 strokes of the cane if convicted under Singapore's tough drug laws, Deutsche
Presse Agentur reported. SS Khillon, Mr Karras's lawyer, said the last time he saw his
client was about a week before the pre-trial conference. Mr Karras's mother could lose
the $S100,000 ($76,055) she put up as bail. Australian man Nguyen Tuong Van was
hanged in December 2005 after he was found guilty of heroin trafficking. A clemency
plea by Prime Minister John Howard was rejected by Singapore's leaders.
Source: News Australia / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21891700-1702,00.html#

Two Face Death For Marijuana Trafficking In Singapore
Two Africans appeared in a Singapore court Tuesday, accused of trafficking more tha n
14 kilograms (31 pounds) of marijuana - about 28 times the amount that draws a
mandatory death sentence by hanging. Daka Guinea, 21, a Zambian woman, and
Chijioke Stephen Obioha, 29, a Ghanaian man, were arrested April 9 after Guinea was
allegedly caught handing the drugs over to Obioha at a budget hotel in an eastern
Singapore red-light district. Obioha also faces a second charge of possessing 6.6
kilograms (14 pounds) of marijuana in a stash allegedly found in his residence, and a
third charge of consumption. Singapore has some of the world‘s toughest and most
thoroughly enforced drug laws, with a mandatory death sentence for trafficking more
than 15 grams (0.53 ounces) of heroin or 500 grams (17.64 ounces) of marijuana. Guinea
has been in contact with her family and Zambian consular officials - including Keli
Walubita, High Commissioner to Singapore and former Zambian Foreign Minister - who
has visited the woman in jail, her lawyers Shashi Nathan and Anand Nalachandran said
outside the courtroom. A pretrial court session was set for June 26. The Southeast Asian
city-state executed two African men, one Nigerian and the other stateless, on heroin
trafficking charges in January despite clemency pleas by Nigeria‘s president, the United
Nations and human rights groups. Human rights group Amnesty International has said
Singapore has the world‘s highest per capita execution rate. (Continued)
Source: Citizen / AP / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article.aspx?pDesc=41072,1,22

South Korea

Korea Becoming Haven For Southeast Asian Drug Money
Thanks to raids on domestic narcotic producers and drug dealers in 2002, most illegal
drug organizations have vanished in Korea. As a result, it has earned a reputation for a



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narcotic-free nation. On the flip side, however, more and more international drug dealers
are eyeing Korea as a drug-money laundering destination. According to public
prosecutors, drug dealers can avoid the scrutiny of inspectors if the drugs are delivered
via Korea. This explains the increase in the number of cases where Koreans were caught
―helping‖ these drug dealers. Last year, the total amount of confiscated heroin and
cocaine for domestic consumption accounted for eight kilograms of the total trade of 30
kilograms. The rest was seized from traffickers headed for the United States and
European nations after it was ―laundered‖ in Korea. Statistics from Korean public
prosecutors reveal that approximately 100 Korean drug traffickers were caught in
overseas jurisdictions as of May. International drug dealers recruited most of them. The
total number of narcotics-related offenders reached 7,709 last year, showing a 7.8 percent
increase on a year-on-year basis. The total amount of confiscated heroin was 20,153
grams, an 11.6-percent rise from the previous year, and was worth 16.2 billion won.
Prosecutors said that narcotics-related offenses are on the rise again. From January to
April this year, the total number of narcotics-related offenders recorded 2,714, 33.2
percent higher than the figures from the same period in 2006. (Continued)
Source: Donga / 06 June 2007 /
http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=040000&biid=2007060743568

Prosecutors Concerned By Sharp Increase In New Narcotics
There was a huge increase in new types of narcotics smuggled into Korea last year.
According to a white paper on drug trafficking by the Supreme Prosecutor's Office, some
3,218 pills of new or unusual drugs were confiscated in Korea in 2006. That's a rise of
127.1 percent compared to the 1,417 capsules that were seized in 2005. Of the drugs
seized in 2006, 2,995 pills were amphetamine, a type of philopon that had not been
smuggled into Korea from 2002 to 2005, and 151 pills of methaqualone, which is a
sedative-hypnotic. Some 72 Ecstasy pills or other forms of MDMA were also
confiscated. The total volume of foreign narcotics that was caught in Korea in 2006 was
25.9 kg, which is a 11.3 percent decline from 29.2 kg in 2005. The number of drug
trafficking cases, however, increased from 112 in 2005 to 127 last year. Of the 116
foreigners caught with drugs last year, 46 or 39.7 percent were Americans, making up the
largest group. There were also 11 Chinese and 11 Canadians. The number of Americans
increased 91.7 percent from 24 in 2005, while Chinese were down 50 percent from 22 in
2005. Prosecutors believe the rising number of American drug offenders correlates to a
rising number of English teachers coming to Korea, prompted by the recent trend for
English education. The total of 116 foreign drug offenders caught in Korea last year is a
28.4 percent decline from the year before. (Continued)
Source: Digital Chosunilbo / 07 June 2007 /
http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200706/200706070011.html

Taiwan

Methadone Programs Bearing Fruit
Programs being offered by hospitals in Tainan city and county to help heroin addicts kick
their habits with methadone substitution have achieved good results, a doctor at National
Cheng Kung University Hospital said yesterday. Wang Yu-ting, who has been treating



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heroin addicts with the methadone substitution program at Cheng Kung University
Hospital, quoted statistics as showing that from September 2006 until February this year,
hospitals in the Tainan area had treated 225 heroin addicts with methadone. Before
joining the programs, 67 percent of the 225 drug abusers had committed criminal
offenses, but after receiving the methadone treatment, the criminal recurrence rate
dropped to 0.02 percent, Wang pointed out. He added that Cheng Kung University
Hospital has treated 35 new heroin addicts in the past two months but has found that
about 70 percent of them have contracted HIV, hepatitis or syphilis -- mostly through
intravenous injection of opiates. Noting that intravenous injection has replaced sexual
contact as the No. 1 cause of HIV transmission in Taiwan, Wang cited statistics, saying
that more than 2,000 people in Taiwan contracted HIV in 2005 from using contaminated
needles or syringes to inject heroin. Methadone substitution is a relatively inexpensive
method used by many countries to treat opiate addiction. Unlike heroin, which must be
smoked or injected, methadone can be prescribed as a liquid syrup or in the form of pills.
It is designed to suppress chronic addicts' narcotic withdrawal and reduce their
dependence on heroin.
Source: The China Post / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/111673.htm

Famous Entertainer Hu Gua And Girlfriend Report For Rehab
Entertainer Hu Gua and his girlfriend Ting Jou-an started mandatory rehabilitation for
marijuana use yesterday. The two checked into the Taipei Detention Center after
reporting to the Taipei Prosecutors Office in the afternoon. The forced rehabilitation
follows a verdict from the Taipei District Court after the couple tested positive for using
marijuana, which is banned in Taiwan. Test results showed that Hu smoked marijuana
between September and November of last year, while Ting used the drug between last
November and January. Investigators also uncovered 30 grams of marijuana in a secret
compartment at Hu's Taipei residence during a March 25 search probing into allegations
that Hu attempted to bribe a judge with NT$10 million to acquit him of charges in a
separate gambling fraud case. Both Hu and Ting filed an appeal that was rejected by the
Taiwan High Court on May 3. They declined to talk to the media when entering the
detention center located in Taipei County. Hu, a popular TV program host, only revealed
that he was taking with him three books which have contents reflecting the same situation
he is currently in. The two are required to stay at the rehabilitation center for between 48
days and two months for detoxication and observation.
Source: China Post / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/112113.htm

Thailand

Police Check North Pattaya Disco
At 3:00am on Saturday, Khun Prateep, the chief of the Banglamung District,
accompanied by his officers as well as local police raided a popular entertainment venue
on Second Road in North Pattaya. Their aim was to check the licensing of the large
disco-cum-nightclub as well as checking the ID‘s of patrons and staff and searching for
illegal substance use. The Banglamung officials said all the licenses were in order and no



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underage revelers or staff were found, although three customers, one Thai man and two
Thai ladies, failed the test for the presence of methamphetamine in their systems. The
three were taken back to Soi 9 station for further investigation.
Source: Pattaya City News / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.pattayacitynews.net/news_09_06_50_4.htm

Thai Sniffer Dogs Sacked For Sexually Harassing Female Air Passengers
Two Thai street mutts who became ace sniffer dogs at an airport near the notorious
Golden Triangle opium-producing region have been fired for urinating on luggage and
sexually harassing female passengers. The pair, Mok and Lai, had been plucked from
obscurity under a programme initiated by King Bhumibol Adulyadej to turn strays into
police dogs, the Bangkok Post said on Sunday. Mok, eight, and Lai, six, were welcomed
by Chiang Rai police when the pair, local breeds, were sent to help them at the northern
international airport. Authorities needed well-trained sniffer dogs to prevent any attempts
by passengers to smuggle illegal drugs into the country. Mok and Lai became instant
favourites. They obeyed the rules and did not make any serious mistakes. They won
praise from police for their work in sniffing out drugs at northern Thailand's Chiang Rai
airport, near the border with Laos and Myanmar, but many passengers kept complaining
about their behaviour. They made some small errors and that was enough to get them
barred. Mok's former handler Police Lieutenant Colonel Jakapop Kamhom said, Mok
liked to pee on luggage while searching for drugs inside. He also liked to hold on to
women's legs, he added. Both were just as good as foreign dogs trained for use in drug
missions, he added. But they were stray dogs, so their manners were not as good as those
of foreign breeds. Mok and Lai now work on a farm, herding chickens and pigs, the
paper said.
Source: Mangalorean / Reuters / 10 June 2007 /
http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=45500

Army: Casinos Serving As Drug Storage Points
The army suspects Cambodian casinos near the Thai border are laundering money and
serving as a storage point for illegal drugs destined for Thailand. Drug traffickers are
thought to be using casinos as a new channel to smuggle goods to Thailand. The drugs
could be sent from Burma to Laos and then Cambodia, or produced in Cambodia itself,
where they are hidden in casinos, according to the army. The gangs just wait for the right
time to send the drugs into Thailand, its big trade partner. "These casinos are threatening
our national security," said deputy Burapha Task Force commander Walit Rojanapakdi.
The casinos are just opposite the border provinces of Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi and Trat.
Nine casinos are near the Poipet-Klong Luek checkpoint in Sa Kaeo's Aranyaprathet
district; one near the Ban Laem checkpoint in Chanthaburi's Pong Nam Ron district; and
three near Trat's Khlong Yai district, according to the Burapha Task Force report. Col
Walit said the government had tried to warn Thais against gambling in the casinos, but
they did not pay attention to the warning. "We can do nothing more," he said. "What
we're doing now is gathering information on drug smuggling [from the casinos] into
Thailand," he said. Thais are the biggest group gambling in the casinos, followed by
Vietnamese, Malaysians, Taiwanese and Filipinos. About 1,000 to 3,000 Thai ga mblers




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visit casinos at Poipet in Cambodia every day. The Chanthaburi-Trat task force suspects
some casinos opposite Chanthaburi province are a favourite hideout for criminals.
Source: Bangkok Post / 11 June 2007 /
http://www.bangkokpost.com/110607_News/11Jun2007_news25.php

Gamblers Top Police Crime Figures
Gambling remains Phuket‘s top illegal pastime with 306 arrests made from May 1 to May
30, according to statistics released by Phuket Provincial Police. There were 108 people
arrested in drug-related cases, of which 49 involved ya bah (methamphetamine): three for
importing, five for selling, 26 for possession with intent to sell, 13 for possession and two
for use. A total of 6,807.5 pills were seized. Sixteen people were arrested for inhalant
abuse and 22 for possession or use of cannabis, with 18.2 grams confiscated. There were
seven arrests for possession of krathom (an indigenous Thai plant that acts as a mild
stimulant) with 66 leaves confiscated. Nine people were arrested for possession of ―ice‖
(crystal methamphetamine) with 17.5 grams seized, three for possession of ya E (Ecstasy)
with 36 pills seized, and another two for possession of cocaine, with 570 grams seized.
There were 88 arrests for prostitution and 109 cases of theft reported, including theft of
10 motorcycles and five cars, with arrests made in 52 of the cases. Three murders and
three attempted murders were reported during the period, with one arrest made for each.
There were 19 reports of assault with 10 arrests made and one report of rape. Twenty-
three people were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and two people were
arrested for possession or distribution of pornography.
Source: Phuket Gazette / 12 June 2007 /
http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/index.asp?fromsearch=yes&Id=5750

United States

O'ahu, Vegas Ice Raids Net 7 Suspects
Honolulu police and federal agents yesterday arrested seven people on O'ahu and in Las
Vegas in coordinated raids on a suspected narcotics cartel that allegedly shipped more
than $350,000 worth of crystal meth-amphetamine from Las Vegas to Honolulu. Three
men were arrested in Las Vegas, and four others in Pupukea and Wahiawa, after an
indictment accused the group of conspiring to ship more than 10 pounds of ice to
Honolulu to sell for profit, according to a law enforcement official and documents filed in
U.S. District Court. The shipments allegedly took place over a two-year period, from
March 2005 to May 31. The arrests began before 5 a.m. on O'ahu yesterday and involved
more than a dozen federal agents and police. The indictments were handed down May 31.
Assistant U.S. attorney Susan Cushman, who is prosecuting the case for the federal
government, confirmed the arrests on O'ahu yesterday but declined further comment.
Charged in the 10-count indictment are Nelson Gaitan-Ayala, John Eduardo Ayala,
Hector Cruz, Wilsonis Ayala, Raychel Cabral, Roxanne Bates and Ryan J. Ikeda. They
are charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crystal
methamphetamine, also known as ice. The suspects allegedly sold meth on 10 occasions
to undercover federal agents and cooperating individuals. Using court-authorized
wiretaps, federal agents monitored telephone conversations among Gaitan-Ayala,




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Eduardo Ayala and Raychel Cabral as they allegedly arranged for the shipment of meth
from Las Vegas into Honolulu. (Continued)
Source: Honolulu Advertiser / 07 June 2007 /
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/NEWS20/706
070363/1170/NEWS

10-Year Prison Term Ordered For 73-Year-Old Man
A 73-year-old Makawao man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for
possessing cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia found by police in a raid at a
Makawao home two years ago. Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza ordered the
sentence for Joseph Fuller Jr., who was at the home on Ulana Street in Makawao on Dec.
14, 2005, when police executed a search warrant and found 55 grams of cocaine, 86
grams of processed marijuana and around $57,000 in cash in a floor safe. Fuller has a
criminal record stemming from 1983, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drugs in
1984 and has three prior DUI convictions. But in court Tuesday, Fuller said he was not a
drug dealer and didn‘t want to go to prison again. "It‘ll sure be nice to have another
chance," Fuller said. He said he had a drug problem and the cash recovered from the safe
was going to be used to remodel his house. Defense attorney Philip Lowenthal asked for
consideration for the advanced age of his client, saying that rather than having Fuller in
prison until he‘s disabled or dies, the court should put him on a "short leash" and test him
for drugs. Fuller has been on supervised release since his initial arrest and has completed
outpatient treatment for substance abuse. "He got the only diploma he‘s had in his life,"
Lowenthal said. (Continued)
Source: The Maui News / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=31206

Kahului Drug Case Co-Defendant Agrees To Testify
A co-defendant in the largest drug bust in Maui County history pleaded no contest to five
charges in the case and agreed to testify against a couple charged with him after a search
at a Kahului home. Matthew Otterson, 35, of Makawao, signed a plea agree-ment
Wednesday before 2nd Circuit Judge Joel August, with Maui prosecutors dismissing
three of eight drug charges against him. In exchange for his plea, he agreed he would
provide testimony against co-defendants Patrick Aniban, 43, and Ohia Aniban, 33.
Otterson and the Anibans were arrested on Jan. 19 after Maui police with warrants
conducted a search of the Puunene Avenue house in which the Anibans were living.
Police reported seizing 18.5 pounds of cocaine, approximately 6 pounds of crystal
methamphetamine, 1 ounce of marijuana and more than $114,000 in cash. With an
estimated street value of more than $1.5 million, police said the seizures were the largest
single drug bust in Maui County history. Most of the drugs were found in a storage room
attached to the Anibans‘ rented garage and in the trunk of a red 1965 Volkswagen
Karmann Ghia parked in the garage and registered to Patrick Aniban. Otterson was
present at the Aniban home when police executed the search warrants in January. A
fourth man, Wallace Koga, 57, of Kula, also was present at the house and was charged in
the case. (Continued)
Source: The Maui News / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=31205


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Not Guilty Pleas For Athletic Director, Former UH Player In Drug Case
A high school athletic director on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting a
detrimental drug. Police arrested Brad Kitsu, 31, about two weeks ago after a package
was delivered to an apartment at Kukui Plaza. The package contained marijuana,
according to authorities. His attorney maintains that Kitsu did not know what was in the
package. "They don't mention that the co-defendant had actually admitted to having the
package sent without his knowledge. Basically, they told him afterwards," defense
attorney Randy Oyama said. The co-defendant is Wayne Morris Roe Jr., 32, a former
University of Hawaii football player. He was arrested with Kitsu in the apartment and
also pleaded not guilty. Both men are free on bail. Trial is set to begin in August.
Source: KITV 4 / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/news/13464195/detail.html

Search Dog Sniffs Out Drugs At 2 Maui Schools
Custer, a 6-year-old golden retriever, has been successfully sniffing out drugs and alcohol
at two Maui schools since February and proponents say the pilot search program should
be expanded to schools statewide. State education officials plan to take up the issue by
the end of the month. An expansion of the plan could also include allowing the dogs to
search lockers, backpacks, purses and vehicles on campus. One Board of Education
member said the timing is right, with the recent approval of random drug-testing for
teachers. While the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns about
students' privacy rights, principals at the two Maui schools say the response has been
positive. A drug-sniffing dog that found marijuana and several liquor bottles at two Maui
public schools could prompt education officials to expand the pilot program and allow for
drug searches of students' lockers. In seven random visits to Lahaina Intermediate
School since February, Custer, a 6-year-old golden retriever, found two bags with
marijuana or traces of the drug, a partially smoked joint or marijuana cigarette, rolling
papers and about 30 liquor bottles, said Principal Marsha Nakamura. Lahainaluna High
School Principal Michael Nakano said the unannounced dog visits also uncovered
alcohol bottles and marijuana on his campus. Board of Education member Mary
Cochran, who spearheaded the 5-month-old program, said she believes it should be added
to all secondary schools. "That's what I want. The timing is right politically, with the
random drug-testing" of teachers, said Cochran, who represents Maui. (Continued)
Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin / 10 June 2007 /
http://starbulletin.com/2007/06/10/news/story01.html

Teen Ordered To 10 Years In Prison For Carjacking
While a 17-year-old boy said he was ready to change after being jailed for nearly five
months, a judge Friday ordered a 10-year prison term for the teenager convicted of
abducting another youth and keeping him in the trunk of a car last year. ―You present to
this court probably the most difficult sentencing decision that this court has made in a
number of years,‖ 2nd Circuit Judge Joel August told Preston Latu. ―I don‘t think there
has been anybody of your age that the court has considered to be ineligible for probation.
―The court likes to bend over backwards to give young people a chance to prove they can
turn their lives around.‖ August said he didn‘t believe Latu could comply with
requirements of probation. Placing him on probation would be a ―disservice‖ to both Latu


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and the community, the judge said. The Wailuku resident had pleaded no contest to
reduced charges of second-degree robbery and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, as
well as unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree terroristic threatening and
driving without a license in a Nov. 22 carjacking case. Police stopped him that night in
Wailuku while he was driving a Honda sedan that he had taken from a 19-year-old
Wailuku man who was found in the trunk, according to police. The victim reluctantly had
agreed to give Latu a ride at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului before Latu displayed
a knife and took control of the sedan, police said. (Continued)
Source: The Maui News / 10 June 2007 /
http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=31297

Vietnam

Seven Caught In New HCMC Drug Bust
Seven people allegedly involved in a ring that brought around 400 kg of heroin and over
10,000 ecstasy pills from northern Vietnam into Ho Chi Minh City have been arrested,
police reported Tuesday. The gang was busted after District 2 police caught two drug
pushers on May 17. Their tips led to the arrest of Luong Ngoc Lap, 37, who later
confessed to being the ringleader of a large drug circuit. According to police records,
Lap used to head the heroin trafficking arm of a drug ring in Hanoi. When a large
portion of the Hanoi crew was busted early last year, Lap fled to Ho Chi Minh City where
he used a fake ID card and formed the new ring. Police said Lap‘s ring had ties with an
ecstasy ring led by Vietnamese Australian Nguyen Tuan Khanh, who was arrested last
month. Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Possessing, trading or
trafficking more than 600 grams (1.3 pounds) of heroin or 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of
opium is punishable by death or life in prison. Since the beginning of this year, about 26
people have been sentenced to death in Vietnam on drug charges.
Source: Thanh Nien News / 06 June 2007 /
http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=28770

Vietnam Police Complete Probe Into Drug Gang
Vietnamese police have wrapped up investigations into a major drug gang that smuggled
over 35 kilograms of heroin from the northern mountains into Hanoi since 2005 and are
seeking prosecution of 31 members. The ring, led by Do Thi Ngoc in Hanoi, was busted
last February after the police caught Nguyen Anh Son and Le Thanh Thuy with 0.6 kg of
the drug, and the two fingered Ngoc. Investigations revealed that Ngoc, Sung A Canh,
and Nguyen Ngoc Quyet – the two men, from Hoa Binh province, have also been
arrested – made billions of dong (VND1 billion = US$62,500) by selling the heroin in the
capital city. Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Possessing, trading, or
trafficking more than 600 grams of heroin or 20 kilograms of opium is punishable by
death or life in prison.
Source: Thanh Nien News / 08 June 2007 /
http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=28836




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