MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) – A total of 80 kg (over 176 lbs) of heroin were discovered on a train en route from the Tajik capital of Dushanbe to Moscow on Wednesday, the Russian Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
The ministry said that law-enforcers found a cache with plastic bottles “containing a dark gray substance, presumably heroin, weighting 80 kg in total.” The amount is equal to 800 000 average single doses, according to the Russian legislation.
Two train conductors, both of them Tajik nationals, were detained.
The train, popular among migrant workers, drew fierce criticism from various [...]
13 killed, 65 injured in latest riot to rock Mexico prisons; gang of inmates blamed
By Anahi Rama / Reuters
MEXICO CITY — Thirteen people were killed and 65 injured in a prison riot Saturday in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, local officials said.
A fight broke out before daybreak among prisoners in a cell block in the La Pila prison in the state capital of San Luis Potosi, and state police re-established control by the morning, officials said.
Concepcion Tovar, head of the state’s prison system, told reporters that at least 100 inmates [...]
BY ROBERT BECKHUSEN / Wired
Mexico’s drug war isn’t just a conflict between the government and heavily-armed cartels. There’s a third faction: vigilantes who have proliferated across nearly half of Mexico’s states and dozens of municipalities, and who operate in the space between the law and the lawless. Now the vigilantes are getting legalized.
This week, Bruno Placido — the leader of one of Mexico’s largest militia groups — signed an agreement with Angel Aguirre, governor of the state of Guerrero, to effectively legalize Placido’s army of 800 vigilante fighters. Called UPOEG, for “The Union of Peoples [...]
The emergence of vigilante groups is on the raise in the state of Michoacan. A new group showed up in the community of Aguililla in the western mountains of the state.
Armed with sticks, hoes, slingshots and stones, men and women in the community of El Aguaje called themselves the Town Defense Community Guards.
Late Monday, the groups blocked access roads to their communities.
The area has been infiltrated by organized crime groups. Including El Aguaje community which is known as the Beverly Hills of Michoacan for their lavish homes, pools, tinted and armored windows, security [...]
By David Loyn / BBC News
Three times as much opium was produced in Helmand last year as when British troops went there in 2006, and a new UN forecast says that this year’s crop will be even higher. Opium is the raw material for heroin, and most of the illegal drugs for sale on the UK’s streets come from Afghanistan.
Like many other farmers in Helmand province, Hamidullah planted cotton last year, encouraged by British and American agricultural advisers.
But there was no market for it, and he planted opium poppies again this year.
“The price [...]
As the heroin trade suffers in Afghanistan, poppy farmers are marrying off their daughters, sometimes to unsavory and far-away men, to pay their debts.
By Tahir Qadiry / BBC News
Right in the heart of Kabul, on the stony banks of the Kabul River, drug addicts gather to buy and use heroin. It’s a place of misery and degradation.
In broad daylight about a dozen men and teenage boys sit huddled in pairs smoking and injecting. Among them are some educated people – a doctor, an engineer and an interpreter.
Tariq Sulaiman, from Najat, a local addiction [...]
Norristown – April 8, 2013 (WPVI) — A man called a ‘notorious’ drug dealer and five other people were arrested following an investigation helped along by a new wiretap law, the Montgomery County District Attorney announced on Monday.
Ryan Gavlick, aka “Paul Wall,” was the initial target of the marijuana distribution operation, D.A. Risa Vetri Ferman said. Related Content
Investigators say they have been playing “cat-and-mouse” with the 26-year-old Gavlick for eight years. He’s been able to game the system, authorities say, spending very little time in prison despite seven arrests.
Ferman said Gavlick was brought [...]
by Clarence Walker / Stop the Drug War
Blocked by a Supreme Court decision from using GPS tracking devices without a warrant, federal investigators and other law enforcement agencies are turning to a new, more powerful and more threatening technology in their bid to spy more freely on those they suspect of drug crimes. That’s leading civil libertarians, electronic privacy advocates, and even some federal judges to raise the alarm about a new surveillance technology whose use has yet to be taken up definitively by the federal courts.
The new surveillance technology is the StingRay (also [...]