Turkey: police seize 228kg of cocaine in Istanbul
Turkish police have seized 228 kilograms of cocaine at a port in Istanbul, NTV has reported. Nine suspects were detained in the raid in Ambarli Port.According to the Provincial Police Department on Tuesday, officers received a tip-off that a large amount of cocaine would be sent to the port in a ship from a South American country. With international cooperation, Istanbul’s anti-narcotic team and customs officials launched a comprehensive search of six containers on board the ship.“Following a detailed examination of the containers,” said the police, “the units found 228kg of cocaine hidden ins...
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Woman accused of selling cocaine arrested in Dubai
Dubai: UAE Federal Drug Prosecution has referred a European woman accused of trading cocaine in Dubai to the criminal court.The 34 year old, who was allegedly found to possess 56 grams of drugs for trading, claimed that she brought the drugs for her personal use.According to official records, the Anti-Narcotic Department at Dubai Police received a tip-off about the defendant possessing cocaine and that she was selling it to others.Dubai Police set a trap to arrest the woman, who was contacted by a police source to buy drugs for Dh9,500. She was arrested last September in Dubai Marina.“We learn...
Prosecutors to indict ‘Boss’ on cocaine, reckless driving charges
Prosecutors to indict ‘Boss’ on cocaine, reckless driving charges New charges based on new evidence come two months after all other charges were droppedProsecutors have decided to indict Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya on charges of cocaine use and reckless driving causing death, stemming from his fatal hit-and-run case in Bangkok in 2012.A working group at the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) announced the prosecutors’ decision on Friday.It comes two months after authorities unexpectedly dropped the case, sparking public outrage and a series of investigations that point to widesp...
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Prosecutors to indict Red Bull heir on cocaine, reckless driving charges
Prosecutors have decided to indict Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya on two counts, cocaine use and reckless driving causing death, stemming from his fatal hit-and-run case in Bangkok back in 2012.A working group at the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) on Friday announced the prosecutors’ decision.Itthiphon Kaewthip, deputy director-general of the Department of Criminal Ligitation, said the working group, headed by deputy attorney-general Somsak Tiyavanich, had made its recommendations to the attorney-general, and they were accepted.Although the charge of reckless driving causing de...
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PUERTO RICO-CRIME- Puerto Rico police seize cocaine, arrest Dominicans
The police in Puerto Rico along with officials from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on Wednesday arrested three nationals from the Dominican Republic and seized 174.07 pounds of cocaine after they landed near a beach in Dorado – to the west of here.The police report that on Wednesday morning, a concerned citizen contacted CBP Public Affairs with information on suspicious activity in a Dorado Beach.The information was relayed to the Caribbean Air and Marine Operations Center (CAMOC) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Agents and the Puerto Rico Police Department .Border Patrol Agents confir...
The Coast Guard brought $325 million of cocaine and marijuana into Port Everglades
MIAMI — About 11,500 pounds of cocaine and 17,000 pounds of marijuana were offloaded at Port Everglades Thursday morning from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, according to the Coast Guard’s Seventh District Southeast.The drugs were seized from operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The Coast Guard puts the value at $228 million, a wholesale number.As for what that means on a Miami street in cash, 11,500 pounds is 5,227 kilograms. A DEA agent talking to the South Florida Sun Sentinel in 2017 put the per gram price at $50 to $80, which means a kilo goes for at least ...
Five charged over Australia-bound cocaine in crashed plane
Sydney (AFP) - Five alleged members of an Australia-based organised crime ring have been charged after hundreds of kilos of cocaine were discovered in a plane that crashed after takeoff in Papua New Guinea, police said Saturday.Australian Federal Police allege that "greed played a significant part in the syndicate's activities and cannot rule out that the weight of the cocaine had an impact on the plane's ability to take off."The five, all described as members of a Melbourne-based criminal syndicate with alleged links to Italian organised crime, were charged with conspiring to import 500 kilog...
Honduras seizes 900kg of cocaine in joint op with Colombia
Tegucigalpa (AFP) - Honduras said on Monday it had seized 900 kilos (1,984 pounds) of cocaine in a joint operation with Colombia.Military and police authorities intercepted a fishing boat on Sunday in the eastern department of Gracias a Dios.The cocaine was stashed in hidden compartments, the armed forces said. Three Honduran crew were arrested. "In the space of a week (authorities) have seized 1,707 kilograms of drugs," said the criminal investigation agency in a statement.On July 20 authorities found 800 kilograms of cocaine in a plane that landed on a hidden runway in the Gracias a Dios dep...
Police seize cocaine haul off Spain coast, arrest 28
Madrid (AFP) - Spanish police said Tuesday they had broken up an international drug-smuggling ring, seizing four tonnes of cocaine and arresting 28 people. The gang, which was made up of "experienced sailors and known traffickers", was working with major national and international drug smugglers to "bring in cocaine shipments by sea", a police statement said. Police said it was the biggest drug-smuggling organisation in the northwestern region of Galicia, and had "a large number of boats and speedboats" stowed away at different locations between northern Portugal and the port city of Pontevedr...
Record 700 kg of cocaine seized at Yokohama Port
About 700 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of 14 billion yen ($130 million) was seized by customs authorities from cargo on a ship docked in Yokohama Port earlier this year, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.The amount, believed to be the country's largest cocaine haul on record, is nearly double the approximately 400 kg discovered last October in a shipping container in Kobe Port, western Japan.Local customs authorities suspect that a large international smuggling syndicate was involved and are investigating the matter on suspicion of a violation of customs law.The...