#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA – Nov.28 – Australia has extradited a man to the US over alleged involvement in Silk Road, a website on which people bought illegal drugs like heroin using digital currency bitcoin, Reuters said.
Peter Phillip Nash, 41, from Queensland, and two other men were charged with conspiracy to engage in narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering in December.
A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Department did not specify when Nash left or when he would face trial.
The two other accused, administrators for the website, aged 24 and 25, were arrested in the US and Ireland.
Nash was a primary moderator, according to the US indictment.
#AceWorldNews – SWITZERLAND – Nov.25 – Swiss police have arrested 15 people and seized 55kg of heroin in raids, Reuters reported.
An international network smuggling drugs from Turkey to the Alpine country was targeted.
In the town of Zug, south of Zurich, 20 homes were raided where caches of money, weapons as well as a dozen cars were seized.
The heroin had a street value of 10 million Swiss francs ($10.35 million), police said on Tuesday.
An investigation into the activities of the smuggling ring, one of the most active in the country, had been going on for six months.
#AceNewsServices – Nov.20 – Guangdong’s booming illicit drug trade and large population of addicts have made it a top target in a new nationwide police crackdown SCMP reported.
Guangdong and Shandong provinces each have 10 cities among the 108 covered by the crackdown from the Ministry of Public Security, thePeople’s Daily online news portal reported yesterday, citing assistant minister Liu Yuejing.
The southern province is the mainland’s biggest market for illicit drugs and has developed a clan-based industry for the manufacture of synthetic narcotics, especially Ice, or methamphetamine, some experts say.
It also has the biggest population of addicts, with about 457,000 people on a register of suspected users, according to the provincial public security department.
The total has been growing by about 40,000 people a year since 2009, the China News Service reported.
Li Xiaodong , executive member of the board of the China Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, said one of the big issues was migrants from other parts of the country.
“Guangdong has the biggest migrant population in China. More than 60 per cent of drug users in Guangdong were from other provinces, according to our study in 2012,” Li said. “There are many cases of Hong Kong people making the trip to Guangdong to use drugs.”
#AceNewsServices – Nov.07 – International Law enforcement officials launched a global crackdown on so-called Darknet sites that sell illegal drugs AP reported.
In the swoop they arrested 17 people in one of the largest stings against the virtual organized crime world.
Dutch prosecutors said Friday the arrests were made in the U.S., Ireland and Germany Europol officials as saying Friday.
The agency’s cyber-crimes division coordinated raids in more than a dozen countries on Thursday.
In a US operation, the FBI announced the arrest in San Francisco of a man accused of running the Silk Road 2.0 on-line drug bazaar.
#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – October 12 – Half a ton of cocaine has been seized in a joint operation between Colombia and France, according to the Colombian authorities.
The special operation managed to intercept a speed boat travelling from Colombia to the Dominican Republic where the drugs were found.
Three Colombians aboard the boat were arrested, according to the El Heraldo publication.
So far this year alone, the Colombian navy has seized more than 29 tons of drugs in the Caribbean Sea.
#AceWorldNews – SPAIN – September 26 – Prostitution, drug trafficking and other illegal activities have finally been included in Spain’s gross domestic product, boosting it by 9 billion euros according to the latest statistics.
Latest data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) reveals the drug trade, prostitution, illegal weapon sales and gambling contributed some €9 billion, or 0.87 percent of country’s total GDP in 2013. The new figures show that drug trafficking comprised 0.5 percent of GDP while illegal sex trade made up 0.35 percent of the new total.
Overall, the recalculated figures increased Spain’s GDP by €26.2 billion to €1.05 trillion, reducing country’s debt ratio of 98.9 percent to 96.4 percent, according to the Bank of Spain.
The remaining increase to GDP was generated from the contributions of research and development and military armament.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) -September 08 Press Release: Statement as follows:
Attorney General Holder Announces New Drug Take-Back Effort to Help Tackle Rising Threat of Prescription Drug Addiction and Opioid Abuse
New DEA Policy Will Authorize Pharmacies, Hospitals to Serve as Authorized Drop-off Sites for Unused Medications
Calling prescription drug addiction an “urgent and growing threat” to our nation’s public health, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulation that would allow pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other authorized collectors to serve as authorized drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs. Under the new policy, long-term care facilities will also be able to collect controlled substances turned in by residents of those facilities, and prescription drug users everywhere will have permission to directly mail in their unused medications to authorized collectors.
Attorney General Holder said the new changes will help save lives and protect American families from the increased dangers of prescriptions drug misuse. In 2011 alone, more than half of the 41,300 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the United States involved prescription drugs, and hazardous opioid pain relievers led to about 17,000 of those deaths. Young people are especially susceptible to these dangers. The Attorney General noted that nearly four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug have obtained it from their parents’ medicine cabinet.
These shocking statistics illustrate that prescription drug addiction and abuse represent nothing less than a public health crisis,” the Attorney General said in a video message posted on the Justice Department’s website. “Every day, this crisis touches – and devastates – the lives of Americans from every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life.”
The new policy announced Monday builds on existing take-back programs launched by the DEA. A recent take-back event coordinated by the DEA last April resulted in the safe return of 390 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites.
Over the last four years alone, the DEA and other partnering organizations have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—or more than 2,100 tons—of prescription pills.
The DEA’s next take-back event will be on Sept. 27, 2014.
In the video message, the Attorney General described the new policy as evidence of the department’s commitment to ending the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse that has already taken too many lives and hurt too many American families.
The complete text of the Attorney General’s video message on this link:
I smoke the stuff at the bottom, Hashish, I don’t smoke this above, weed, grass, whatever. I spoke it at night and it 100% helps my pain. Many think if people smoke Cannabis/Marajuana/Hashish they are junkies, lost for life, low lives. I ask about all these perfect people who depend on prescribed drugs for pain, stress, depression, panic attacks etc. Are you any better than me? I smoke the stuff at the bottom and took myself off regular pain relief from the Dr. I speak to 100’s and 100’s of people in real life, Skype, chat online and we all agree, this stuff should be legal. God put this healing stuff on the Earth for a reason. Not the 10 points below I even left a source to why they know, what made the study come to these findings
10) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY: A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.
9) HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON’T RUIN YOUR LIFE: Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept. 1997
8) THE “GATEWAY EFFECT” MAY BE A MIRAGE: Marijuana is often called a “gateway drug” by supporters of prohibition, who point to statistical “associations” indicating that persons who use marijuana are more likely to eventually try hard drugs than those who never use marijuana – implying that marijuana use somehow causes hard drug use. But a model developed by RAND Corp. researcher Andrew Morral demonstrates that these associations can be explained “without requiring a gateway effect.” More likely, this federally funded study suggests, some people simply have an underlying propensity to try drugs, and start with what’s most readily available. Morral AR, McCaffrey D and Paddock S. Reassessing the Marijuana Gateway Effect. Addiction. December 2002. p. 1493-1504.
7) PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK (PART I): The White House had the National Research Council examine the data being gathered about drug use and the effects of U.S. drug policies. NRC concluded, “the nation possesses little information about the effectiveness of current drug policy, especially of drug law enforcement.” And what data exist show “little apparent relationship between severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use.” In other words, there is no proof that prohibition – the cornerstone of U.S. drug policy for a century – reduces drug use. National Research Council. Informing America’s Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us. National Academy Press, 2001. p. 193. (source on web)
6) PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK (PART II): DOES PROHIBITION CAUSE THE “GATEWAY EFFECT”?): U.S. and Dutch researchers, supported in part by NIDA, compared marijuana users in San Francisco, where non-medical use remains illegal, to Amsterdam, where adults may possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana from regulated businesses. Looking at such parameters as frequency and quantity of use and age at onset of use, they found no differences except one: Lifetime use of hard drugs was significantly lower in Amsterdam, with its “tolerant” marijuana policies. For example, lifetime crack cocaine use was 4.5 times higher in San Francisco than Amsterdam. Reinarman, C, Cohen, PDA, and Kaal, HL. The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and San Francisco. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 94, No. 5. May 2004. p. 836-842. (source on web)
5) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART I): Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602. (source on web)
4) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART II): In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997. (source on web)
3) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART III): Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728. (source on web)
2) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART IV): Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased lung cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.
1) MARIJUANA DOES HAVE MEDICAL VALUE: In response to passage of California’s medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana’s medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.” While noting potential risks of smoking, the report acknowledged there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting. The government’s refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government loves to ignore our report; they would rather it never happened. (Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr. 21, 2006) (source on web)
#AceWorldNews – RIO DE JANEIRO – April 05 – (ALJ) – Brazil has stepped up its efforts to shore up security during the upcoming football World Cup as the country’s armed forces moved into Rio de Janeiro’s most violent slums to crack down on drug gangs.
More than 2,000 troops, 450 marines and 200 police officers entered the Mare slum complex early on Saturday without firing a shot, and were planning to remain there until July 31, a little more than two weeks after the end of the games.
The Mare complex, home to 130,000 people, is a potential through route for tens of thousands of football fans flying in and out of the metropolis.
“We are monitoring the area closely and patrolling will be constant,” Major Alberto Horito said.
Residents went about their business during the crackdown, occasionally poking their heads out of windows to watch the soldiers as they entered their vast favela.
Many resisted talking to reporters, fearful of reprisals from drug trafficking gangs.
But one woman, who declined to be identified, told AFP news agency: “I hope things will get better here” after the robust police and military deployment.
Reuters – Al Jazeera – AFP
#AceWorldNews – POLAND – April 04 – Customs officers seized 150kg of heroin hidden in a truck crossing into Poland from Ukraine on Friday, Polish authorities said.
The drugs were wrapped in 300 plastic bags hidden beneath the trailer floor of the truck, which tried to cross into Poland near the town of Medyka at about 0200 GMT, Reuters reported.
This is one of the biggest heroin busts in Europe for years.
TASS – According to representatives of the Polish Finance Ministry, this is the largest consignment of heavy drugs confiscated in Poland over a period of seven years. Its approximate cost on the black market may come to around $10 million.
#AceWorldNews says Australian police crack global money-laundering ring
Australian police said on Thursday they had cracked a major global money-laundering ring with operatives in more than 20 countries.
The funds were syphoned off to groups reported to include Hezbollah, AFP reported.
The Australian Crime Commission said more than $512 million of drugs and assets had been seized in a year-long sting codenamed Eligo. It targeted the offshore laundering of funds generated by outlaw motorcycle gangs, people-smugglers and others.