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.: Politics Outside US for the latest sceptical slant on the 'Drugs War' lunacy." Drugs do not kill people. Drug laws kill people.This might seem hard to accept to those raised with strict opposition to all drugs could benefit from the access to higher thought that famous users throughout the ages have experienced. When will we feel we are ready to grow up and enjoy personal freedom? So it seems pretty clear that logically and legally, conducting a war on a vice is misguided, but what about the other issues? What about all the damage illegal drugs do to our communities? What about all those children who would fall prey to nasty drug pushers was it not for those ever-popular "this-is-your-brain-on-drugs" commercials? I would still argue that most, if not all, of the problems with drugs are a direct result of the fact that they have been criminalized by the state. If the criminality associated with "illegal" drug use was removed, the positive effects would be"

Two arrested during search warrant -Operation Plante:18 August 2007

 Two people have been arrested and almost $300,000 worth of cannabis has been seized during a search warrant at a house in south-western Sydney yesterday.
About 4.15pm, police executed a search warrant in Kalang Road, Edensor Park, and allegedly located a sophisticated indoor cannabis cultivation system. Two people were arrested at the house.
Police allegedly seized 145 large cannabis plants with an estimated potential street value of $290,000 and a large quantity of hydroponic equipment.
The two men, both aged 44 years, will appear in Parramatta Local Court today charged with numerous drug offences including cultivating a prohibited plant. The Condell Park man has been charged with seven offences. The Edensor Park man has been charged with six offences.
Operation Plante involves the Wetherill Park Region Enforcement Squad which, with the assistance of local police, has been proactively investigating an organised drug syndicate in
south-western Sydney.
Operation Plante has executed search warrants on 16 hydroponic houses and seized 2938 cannabis plants with an estimated potential street value of about $5 million.
Seven people have been arrested and charged with 32 cultivation and drug-related offences. These figures are inclusive of yesterday's search warrant.
Operation Plante investigations continues.


'cannabis crackdown'
News Agency of Kashmir
July 14th 2007

Srinagar July 13 (NAK): Police today destroyed Cannabis crop spread over hundreds of Kanals of land in parts of Anantnag District and arrested 15 persons in this connection.
Official sources quoting SSP Anantnag told News Agency of Kashmir that a special drive was launched against cannabis cultivation in village Dupatyar in Anantnag during which cannabis crop spread over hundreds of Kanals of land was destroyed in presence of a Magistrate.
They said that during the crackdown, 15 persons including smugglers and land owners involved in the cultivation of cannabis were arrested and booked under NDPS Act.
“Sixty more villages involved in Cannabis cultivation have been identified and similar action will be taken against them in a phased manner”, sources added. (NAK)


' white powder, cash and paraphernalia associated with drug supply'
May 20th 2007

2 arrests were made after three warrants were executed by police during drug raids in Durrington last month The raids were carried out on April 19 but police only released details last Wednesday. One of the warrants was executed at premises in Anne Crescent, where police say they found a significant quantity of white powder, cash and paraphernalia associated with drug supply. Two men were arrested and later released on bail and police say they are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter. Community beat officer for Durrington, PC Dave Ridler, said: "Working together with the local community helped the neighbourhood policing team gather the evidence required to carry out this latest series of successful warrants. We value information which comes to us through the community channel and since the roll-out of Durrington's Neighbourhood policing team we have had a number of successes - one case resulting in the closure of a cannabis factory, which was highly adapted for large-scale production of cannabis." Full Tale.......


Colombia Bans Coca Products - Except Coca-Cola
Stop the Drug War
May 13th 2007

While Bolivia's Evo Morales and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, along with hundreds of thousands of Andean coca growers, are seeking to expand legal markets for the venerable leaf, the Colombian government is moving in the opposite direction. For years, Bogota has allowed indigenous coca farmers to sell coca products, promoting the enterprise as one of the few successful commercial opportunities available to recognized tribes like the Nasa, who have grown it for years and regard it as sacred. But in February, the Colombian government quietly imposed a ban on the sale of products outside indigenous reserves.

Coca Sek -- better than Coca Cola The Nasa are pointing the finger at Coca-Cola, which last fall lost a lengthy legal effort against Coca Sek, the Nasa's energy drink popular among the Colombian young. Coca Sek infringed on its copyright, the American soft drink giant argued. With the Colombian food safety agency, Invima, decision restricting coca sales coming scant months after Coca-Cola lost its battle against Coca Sek, the suspicions are natural.

But Invima said it is merely heeding the wishes of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). While Colombia formally adheres to the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which considers coca a drug to be eradicated, Colombian indigenous communities grow coca legally under indigenous autonomy provisions of the 1991 constitution, and have been selling coca products throughout Colombia. But last year, the INCB sent the Colombian foreign ministry a letter asking whether the "refreshing drink made from coca and produced by an Indian community" didn't violate the 1961 treaty.

While the treaty considers the coca plant a drug to be suppressed and eradicated, it also contains a provision allowing coca products to be used if the cocaine alkaloid has been extracted. That is Coca-Cola's loophole, and the Nasa call it hypocrisy.

"They lose their fight in October and then in February the government decides to prohibit Coca Sek," said David Curtidor, a Nasa in charge of the company that produces the drink. He is leading a legal challenge to the ban. In the meantime, the community is losing $15,000 a month from lost sales of Coca Sek and other coca products. "Why don't they also ban Coca-Cola? It's also made of coca leaves," he complained to the Associated Press .

Coca-Cola wouldn't confirm or deny to the AP that it even uses a cocaine-free coca extract, as is widely believed. It did deny having anything to do with Invima's decision. Invima told the AP Coca-Cola had no role.

But the Nasa are suspicious, and they're not the only ones who think Coca-Cola gets special treatment. Last year, Bolivia's Morales, a former coca grower union leader himself, complained to the UN General Assembly that "the coca leaf is legal for Coca Cola and illegal for medicinal purposes in our country and in the whole world."

And now, whether at the bidding of the INCB or Coca-Cola, Colombia is moving to strangle the legal market for coca, even as it leads the world in coca production despite $4 billion in US aid this decade and the widespread aerial spraying of herbicides. In so doing, it places itself directly against the current in a region where coca is increasingly gaining the respect it deserves and the power of the coca growers is on the increase.


'15,000 cannabis plants and 250 kilos of herbal cannabis'
May 10th 2007

Fourteen people have been arrested as part of a major operation targeting cannabis factories. Four hundred officers took part in early morning raids on 20 houses in London, Hampshire and Dorset. Those arrested were taken to police stations in Hampshire and forensic
teams are searching the properties. Police said they are trying to smash an organised crime syndicate controlling cannabis factories in Hertfordshire Hampshire, London, Norfolk and Sussex. Police said the 14 people, who were arrested during raids in Southampton, Fareham and Portsmouth, all in Hampshire, and Bournemouth and Swanage, both in Dorset. Det Insp Dave Powell said: "These arrests are part of a lengthy investigation into an organised crime syndicate, producing cannabis on a massive scale. "The profits realised from this enterprise are vast." In Southampton alone about 15,000 cannabis plants and 250 kilos of herbal cannabis have been discovered and destroyed in the last 18 months, according to police.


' 20 times more money from poppy cultivation than from rice '
Fayaz Bukhari
May 3rd 2007

The Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a massive drive against poppy cultivation as more and more farmers in Kashmir cultivate the crop as a means of quick buck. For personnel of the Excise department the ongoing drive against poppy cultivation is proving hectic. Every day hundreds of men take to the fields to destroy the standing crop and so far only 50 acres has been covered.
''There is a lot of money in the cultivation that is why large number of people are shifting to poppy cultivation. Another reason is that we were launching a drive,'' said Qasim Wani, Deputy Excise Commissioner. A farmer gets 20 times more money from poppy cultivation than from rice and that too with minimal efforts. There's no need to bother about irrigation facilities, de-weeding and pesticides, that's why over 3,000 acres of land in South Kashmir is under poppy and cannabis cultivation. Every year more farmers are taking to this illegal yet lucrative cultivation, which has become a headache for the law-enforcing agencies. ''We thought it would be cultivated in two-three villages. Now it's the eighth village. Last year we destroyed poppy cultivated on 100 acres of land,'' said Sardar Khan, SP, Awantipora. The drive against poppy cultivation is launched every year here but these fields re-appear without fail as farmers never give up.


More Trouble in Peru's Coca Fields
April 21st 2007

Tensions continue to rise in the coca fields of Peru's Upper Huallaga Valley, with a coca eradication team attacked over the weekend, a strike by growers bubbling up in Huanuco state, more tough talk from President Alan Garcia, and a Wednesday announcement by the Peruvian police that they had found the link between growers and the violent remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla movement. The unrest comes just three weeks after a similar strike in Tocache province in San Martin state. That strike was settled by an agreement to halt forced eradication of coca crops, but the Garcia government ended that moratorium last week, with the president himself calling for the "bombing" of coca fields and maceration pits.

Last weekend, as eradication commenced again, a team of almost 200 civilian and police eradicators were ambushed in Yanajanca in the Tocache district, leaving one civilian eradicator dead and five police wounded. While the identity of the attackers remains unknown, police were quick to note that the area where the attack occurred is an area where a Shining Path remnant led by "Comrade Artemio" operates.

On Tuesday, coca farmers in Tingo Maria and Aucayacu went on strike, as did their comrades in Leoncio Prado province. Few reports were in by mid-week, but farmers had vowed to block highways. Among other things, they are asking for a meeting with a high-level government delegation.

But President Garcia Tuesday dismissed that call . "What delegation of high ranking officials?" he scoffed. "There is nothing to dialogue about because Peru needs to promote responsible agricultural development with alternative crop programs that will help put an end to drug production."

Drug traffickers are behind the strike, Garcia claimed. "It is evident that drug lords are orchestrating the strike. Just as in Colombia where drug lords have purchased the protection of para-military guerrilla groups to protect their illicit operations, they have done same with groups of coca farmers who run around protesting, 'let me grow whatever I feel like growing' and I am here to tell you that is not how it works," the Peruvian leader said.

By Wednesday, Peruvian authorities had switched from traffickers to the Shining Path as the culprits. In a loudly trumpeted (and conveniently timed) bust , Peruvian Police announced they had "finally placed the link" between restive coca farmers and the Shining Path. Police claimed two Shining Path members were arrested in Aucayacu as they awaited a meeting with coca farmer representatives. Police said they found weapons, ammunition, Shining Path propaganda, and detailed plans for blocking roads during protests.

Peru is the world's second largest producer of coca behind Colombia. Some 60,000 peasant families grow about 100 tons of the bushy plant, much more than is bought up by the state coca monopoly as a legitimate crop.



South Australia's Adelaide Hills
April 20th 2007

A man and woman aged in their 60s from South Australia's Adelaide Hills have been arrested and charged over the production of cannabis. Police say they found 103 cannabis plants and 33 kilograms of dried cannabis when they searched the pair's house at Foreston in the Adelaide Hills yesterday. The 68-year-old man and 64-year-old woman have been bailed to appear in the Holden Hill Magistrates Court at a later date.

Police raids smash Perth drug ring
April 19th 2007

Police claim to have broken up a drug manufacturing ring they allege could have produced $1 million worth of methylamphetamine after raids on a number of homes in Perth and Mandurah yesterday.
Four people were arrested after police and customs investigators swooped on a Barragup home, allegedly discovering a clandestine drug laboratory at the semi-rural property near Mandurah. As a result of their investigations, police then raided homes in Halls Head, Wembley, Girrawheen and Mandurah, a vehicle and self-storage unit. During their raids police allegedly seized 450g of the precursor chemical ephedrine - used to manufacture methylamphetamine - $4500 cash, a handgun and a small quantity of cannabis and methylamphetamine.
A police spokesman said the ephedrine seized had the potential to produce approximately 3.6kg of methylamphetamine, which would have a street value of up to $1 million. A 35-year-old Wembley woman, a 49-year-old Halls Head man, and a 25-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, both from Queensland, have been charged with manufacturing a prohibited drug.


Couple face two drug charges
April 10th 2007

SUNGAI PETANI: A couple were charged yesterday with two counts of trafficking in more than 10kg of cannabis. In the first case, Mazmin Murad, 50, and his wife, Zaiton Hassan, 48, were charged with trafficking in 9,680g of cannabis at the Sungai Merbok jetty complex here at 2.25pm on March 26. In the second case, they were charged with trafficking in 960g of cannabis at an unnumbered house in Kampung Pengkalan Langgar, Bedong, about 3.30pm on the same date. The couple, who were unrepresented, nodded to signify that they understood the charges when they were read to them. Both cases will be mentioned on June 10.


'cannabis as a 'cure' gets 3 years jail'
April 2nd 2007

Magistrate Geeta Chandan sentenced a woman to three years imprisonment after she told the court that she is sick and uses cannabis as a cure. According to the Fort Wellington Court report Jennifer Glasgow of Lamaha Springs, Georgetown, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking when she appeared at court. She was also fined $10,000 or an additional 20 days imprisonment. Glasgow on Wednesday had in her possession 2.2 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Hatty Anthony, told the court that the woman was travelling in a minibus which was stopped and searched during a police roadblock and she was found with the items that included weeds, seeds and stems. Glasgow told the magistrate that she was sorry for the offence and that she is sick and takes the drugs to cure her fibroids.


The Independent's born-again drug war: Round Two
March 26th 2007

The Independent on Sunday have followed on last week's Cannabis panic front page splash with another front page splash. This time it is 'The Great Cannabis Debate'. Inside we get more news coverage revelling in the faux-controversy they have stirred up, scary brain scans showing how cannabis 'may' melt your brain, two opinion pieces; one by the head of the UN drug agencies Antonio Costa, another by child psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans, and another leader defending their retraction of support for cannabis law reform (on the basis that it is more dangerous than they thought).

Jonathan Owen from the Independent on Sunday, who is apparently taking the lead on this latest salvo of cannabis coverage, rang me on Friday. He had read the Transform blog critique on last weekend's IOS cannabis 'apology' and wanted a response for this weeks 'Great Debate' follow up piece. This is what I sent in:

"The IOS makes the mistake of confusing their legitimate concern with the health impacts of cannabis misuse amongst a small group vulnerable young people, with support for the failed ideological policy of prohibition. Rather than supporting an evidence-led regulatory response based on public health and harm reduction principles, they advocate a policy that has not only failed to address the problems they describe (and has arguably created many of them), but also one that offers no prospect of sorting them out. The blanket criminalisation of millions of non-problematic occasional users that the IOS has now re-stated its support for, cannot be justified on the basis of a relatively tiny vulnerable population, especially of teenage heavy users, who have serious problems with the drug (even if this group has grown proportionally with the overall population of users over the last three decades). This is akin to prohibiting cars because of a small population of teenage joy-riders.

Cannabis use undoubtedly involves risk, as does all drug use, legal or illegal. But these risks have been well documented and well understood for generations. The debate around our response to cannabis use is not well served by hype and misrepresentation of statistics on potency, impact on mental health, or treatment and addiction – all of which last week’s IOS coverage was guilty of. This was scaremongering in the cause of an attention grabbing headline, very much in the pattern of many previous cannabis scares and precisely the sort of moral-panic the recent RSA report criticised for historically distorting policy priorities. The IOS also perpetuate the misunderstanding that the cause of cannabis law reform is predicated on the fact that cannabis is harmless. On the contrary – the exact opposite is true: Is precisely because drugs are dangerous that the need to be appropriately regulated and controlled by the State rather than be left in the hands unregulated criminal profiteers. This remains true however harmful a particular drug is shown to be.”
Whilst they have printed some..Full Blog....


Greek drug agents fight uphill battle on border smuggling
March 22nd 2007

Ioannina, Greece - Sitting in an unmarked car a few metres away from the Greek-Albanian border, the head of Ioannina's narcotics police spots a driver behind the wheel of a silver Mercedes moving past customs officials at the entry point at Kakavia. Speaking into his two-way radio he alerts his fellow anti-drug officers stationed nearby to move into action.
'We have received a tip from one of our informants that something big will be coming through here from Albania in the next few days so we are not taking any chances,' Greek drug agents fight uphill battle on border smugglingsays the Greek officer, who asked that his identity be withheld.
Within a matter of seconds, drug officials begin tailing the foreign-plated Mercedes through the remote mountainous hills of north-western Greece and quickly close in on the suspect as he approaches a roadblock on the outskirts of the city of Ioannina.

Forcing the car to the side of the road, drug officers armed with hand-guns and sporting bullet-proof vests, order the man out of the vehicle and sniffer dogs are immediately called in to conduct a thorough search.
'Every day there is a huge line of cars at the Greek-Albania crossing point - this makes it almost impossible for customs officials to do a proper check of all the cars coming into Greece because people are constantly finding new ways to hide drugs - so this is where we take over,' says the narcotics agent, who often goes undercover as a buyer.

With a 125-kilometre border that continues to be difficult to patrol, Albania, with its poverty, anarchy and hard-to-reach hills has flourished in recent years into one of the biggest exporters of drugs, mainly cannabis, into Greece and the rest of Europe.
Given its geographical position, Greece lies at the crossroads between countries that produce illegal substances and the markets that consume them.
'Large quantities of cannabis are smuggled every year into Greece and Italy from Albania which over recent years has become a major source country,' says Athanasios Palaiopanos, Ioannina police chief. 'Trafficking is controlled by Albanian organized crime groups that co-operate closely with Greek nationals.'

In 2005, Greek law enforcement agencies seized 8 tons of cannabis, up from 4.2 tons the year before, the majority of which originated in Albania. Cannabis is normally transported by foot or vehicle from Albania to Greece across the border through unguarded or steep paths or by speedboat. There have also been cases where drug smugglers used donkeys without riders to transport goods across the border.

'We just had a recent case where we confiscated 120 kilos of cannabis which was transported using mules from Albania over a mountain into Greece. The mules made their way to a remote area where the drug smugglers were waiting to unload the goods,' says the narcotics agent, who is responsible for monitoring five main points along the border.
Apart from cannabis, both Greece and Italy are increasingly affected by the trafficking of heroin which enters the country via Albania or from the Evros area in north-eastern Greece.

'Greece forms part of a southern Balkan axis and this is one of the main axes for transporting heroin from Afghanistan and other Asian opium producers to Europe. The drugs reach Turkey, then Greece and Italy where they are distributed to other European countries,' said Palaiopanos. 'The drugs are purchased cheaply in Turkey and the profits to be made are huge.'
Greek authorities insist that many parts of Albania, which are either beyond the control of authorities or are embedded with corruption, serve as an easy access route for heroin to make its way from Turkey and then for it to be transported into Greece.

Situated just 15 minutes from the Greek-Albanian border, the remote southern Albanian village of Lazarat is known as a drug traffickers' haven despite a recent clamping down on cannabis cultivation by Prime Minister Sali Berisha. Lazarat residents have become beholden to smugglers whose activities pump cash into the community, and in 2004 villagers reportedly shot at an Italian drug-spotting helicopter as it tried to photograph marijuana fields. 'The drug smugglers own the place and walk around the town with automatic machine guns. For many years the area was a no-go zone for Albanian police and in many ways still is,' says another undercover officer.

'These drug trafficking rings are big and the village is only a stone's throw away from the Greek border,' he adds.
While Greek and Albanian police chiefs have met on several occasions to discuss issues concerning organized crime as well as drugs and arms' trafficking, the problem will likely not fade unless Albania commits itself to meeting European Union regulations.
'In almost every case the drug smuggler that we encounter, whether he enters the country on foot or by car, will be armed with either a rifle or a hand grenade,' says the head of the narcotics police.
'In many cases, drug traffickers are more afraid of being killed and having their stuff taken away than being caught by police,' he says. 'It seems dirt can only be fought with dirt.'

UN warns of looming social crisis
March 19th 2007

Kenya is slowly becoming a country of drug abusers. It is now easier to obtain drugs on the streets, and a United Nations (UN) report has warned that a "spillover effect" of drugs being trafficked through Kenya and other African countries could cause a social crisis.
The report, by the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board names Nairobi as a hub for trafficking of cocaine and heroin and urges action and increased surveillance at airports. The effect of drugs on people and families is demonstrated by a shockingly high number of patients seeking treatment following mental imbalance after drug abuse. The report says more than 7,000 drug abusers made use of one outreach project in just a year. More than half of them were referred for voluntary counselling and testing, says the INCB’s annual report for last year, released two weeks ago.
It also shows how easy it is to obtain drugs. When we set out to investigate, it cost us just Sh20 to buy a roll of bhang (cannabis), which is cited in the report as the biggest challenge for anti-abuse campaigners and law enforcers across Africa., Full Crisis....


Macedonian border police seize cannabis on border with Greece
March 16th 2007

Skopje. The Macedonian border police have detained last night two illegal immigrants on the border with Greece smuggling 5 kg of cannabis, the correspondent of Focus Agency in Skopje reports.
The Interior Ministry announced the two were noticed in the region of Star Dojran where they tried to illegally cross the border. The police found 5 kg of cannabis, packed in 5 packages.

Police launch anti-drugs programme in schools
March 16th 2007

The 2007 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) programme has kicked off in all primary schools across the Cayman Islands and it is hoped that, throughout the year, hundreds of children will benefit from the training.
Neighbourhood Policing Officer, PC Rob Stewart is delivering his first DARE course on Cayman Brac after qualifying as an instructor at the National Air Guard Base in Minnesota.
“I have been assisting with DARE for a while and have now begun teaching the course to a class of 16 children at Spot Bay School,” he said, adding, “I really enjoy teaching the course and take great pride in knowing I am helping young people learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.”
PC Stewart has also asked the DARE Headquarters in the USA to recognise his newly formed Little Cayman class as the smallest group ever to be taught under the programme. “We have two pupils in the class on Little Cayman and I am pretty sure there has never been a class so small,” he explained, Full Programm...

Cruise ship crew arrested for cannabis
March 14th 2007

Two Ukrainians are now in police custody after being arrested last Friday for possession of cannabis. The two, Shshchuk Igor, 26, and 28-year-old Shumouyah Ruslan were passengers on board the Carnival Destiny, which had docked in St. John’s on Friday. The men, who had disembarked the ship and were touring the city, were arrested after being found with the illegal drug. They are expected to make an appearance before a St. John’s Magistrate.

'a tonne of cannabis in south-west Western Australia'
March 13th 2007

2 men will face court over the seizure of more than a tonne of cannabis in south-west Western Australia. Police estimate the haul is worth more than a million dollars. A police aircraft was used to find the plants, which were in 15 different locations in state forest at Nannup, Augusta and Margaret River. A 52-year-old man and a 48-year-old man have been charged with cultivating cannabis with intent to sell and supply. The 52-year-old has also been charged with possessing cannabis and will appear in court later this month.


I am sick of these low-lifes stealing my things
March 10th 2007

A 75 yearI am sick of these low-lifes stealing my things.. old New Zealand woman rang police to report a theft of cannabis plants she had been growing in buckets at her North Island home, local media reported today.
The crying woman told a constable at the police station in the city of Napier the plant theft was the fourth from her property in four years.
The woman lamented someone had again sneaked on to her property at night to steal her three carefully nurtured marijuana plants.
"I am a good person. I am sick of these low-lifes stealing my things," the unnamed woman told a police communications officer.
Senior Sergeant Mal Lochrie told local media late today the officer found it hard to stop smiling as the woman gave details of the theft over the phone. A community constable who visited her to take details of the theft had also warned her that her horticultural pursuits could have legal consequences, Snr Sgt Lochrie said. Police had decided no action would be taken against the gardener, he said.

'amphetamines, daggers, swords, fake handguns'
March 10th 2007

A Kangaroo Flat man charged with drug trafficking after this week's raids was yesterday bailed.
Nicholas Ferrari, 49, was arrested on Thursday after police seized about 60 grams of amphetamines, daggers, swords, fake handguns and other property when they swooped on his Mockridge Drive address. Ferrari is charged with 13 offences including trafficking amphetamines, possessing amphetamines and possessing prohibited weapons. He was remanded in custody on Thursday, before making a bail application yesterday in the Bendigo Magistrates Court. The application was not opposed by the prosecution. Magistrate Richard Wright bailed Ferrari until April 3. Bail conditions include that he report to Bendigo police station twice a week, abstain from the use of illicit drugs and not contact prosecution witnesses or co-accused, Full Stash...

'cannabis weighing about 10 quintals'
March 10th 2007

A huge cache of cannabis weighing about 10 quintals was unearthed by police during a raid today on a house on the city's outskirts. The raid was carried out after four days of surveillance by sleuths of the anti-narcotics department engaged in an intensive combing operation in and around the city in the wake of the busting of a rave party on March four. Around 280 youths, including girls, were nabbed at the party for drug consumption. When police reached the house-cum-godown on the bank of a canal in Hadapsar, it was found abandoned by the peddlers, Deputy Commissioner of Police (anti-narcotics) Sunil Phulari said. The market price of the haul, according to a preliminary estimate, was put at least Rs 10 lakhs, he said. No arrests have been made in this connection, Phulari said.

40 Kgs at the port of Turku
March 10th 2007

Helsinki police said Thursday they had seized 40 kilogrammes of hashish at the port of Turku in early February. The drugs were found in a stash built in the place of the backseat of an estate driven by a Dutch man. "In Finland's scale, we are talking about a sizeable shipment," Inspector Juha Piippo told the Finnish News Agency (STT). Earlier in the week, Finnish police announced they had seized 30kg of hashish in Sipoo in what reportedly was the biggest cache discovered last year. Inspector Piippo said the cannabis seized from the Dutchman had been bound for the capital region's market, adding the Helsinki street value was at least 250,000 euros. "It goes without saying that a seizure of this quantity will be seen on the street for quite some time." The Dutch national, 60, is held suspected of an aggravated drug offence and will in due course face the charge before the Turku district court.

.: The News from Drug Policy Central