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Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts



Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts

The woman’s breast implants were found to contain 1.7 kilos (3.74 pounds) of cocaine. Breast implant photo: Shutterstock

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts

Published: 15 Aug 2014 13:55 GMT+02:00

Updated: 15 Aug 2014 13:55 GMT+02:00

A Venezuelan woman with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in her breast implants was arrested at Madrid airport after arriving on a flight from Colombia, police said on Friday.
 “During a check of passengers from a plane from Bogota, the gestures and behaviour of a supposed tourist raised the suspicions of narcotics agents,” they said in a statement.

After a baggage search revealed nothing, female officers conducted a body search of the 43-year-old woman and discovered “certain irregularities and deformations in both breasts”.

At that moment, the suspect started to act nervously and “confessed that she was carrying implants with cocaine inside,” the statement said.

The woman was taken to a hospital where the implants were removed and found to contain 1.7 kilos (3.74 pounds) of the drug.

Although unusual, it is not the first time Spanish police have seen drug smugglers using breast implants to try to beat detection.

In December 2012, a Panamanian woman arriving in Barcelona from Bogota was found with 1.4 kilos of cocaine in her fake breasts. Her recent insertion wounds were still bleeding under bandages.

Other techniques have included drugs hidden under wigs, mixed into a cast put on a leg, and shaped and hardened into crockery.

Spain has a special police unit that checks “hot flights” from major drug-trafficking countries.

So far this year, in Madrid airport alone, the squad has seized around 500 kilos of cocaine and six kilos of heroin, and had made 189 arrests.

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How Hunter S Thompson paid for drugs cuz he’s awesome


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Cocaine use in UK so widespread it can be found in DRINKING WATER

Cocaine use in UK so widespread it can be found in DRINKING WATER


Cocaine use in UK so widespread it can be found in DRINKING WATER


Cocaine use in Britain is now so common that traces of the drug can be found in our drinking water, tests show.

Inspections of tap water at four different sites found a metabolised form of the illegal drug, which showed it had already passed through the human body.

The levels were so low that they posed no danger to health, but come as a startling indication of how widespread drug use has become.

Well-publicised tests in the past have found traces of cocaine on nearly every banknote in circulation, in toilets in the House of Commons and at two thirds of Cambridge colleges.

But being able to find traces of cocaine in tap water, even after stringent purification processes, demonstrates how common the drug has become.

Benzoylecgonine, the form of cocaine that is generated once the drug has been processed by the body, was found in tests at four sites by the Drinking Water Inspectorate.

It is the same compound that is searched for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine.

Steve Rolles, from the drug policy think tank Transform, told The Sunday Times that the findings were an indication of the scale of the use of the drug in Britain today.


‘We have the near highest level of cocaine use in western Europe,’ he said.

‘It has also been getting cheaper and cheaper at the same time as its use has been going up.’

Cocaine is the only major drug for which use has increased overall since 1996, with its falling price thought to be a major reason for its prevalence.

Now, the drug costs around £40 per gram in Britain, compared to as much as £115 in the U.S..

While in the 1980s and 1990s it was seen as a drug of the wealthy and fashionable, it is now widely taken by people of every class and profession – and even by schoolchildren.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that one in 20 British teenagers aged 15 and 16 have tried cocaine.

The number of people in treatment for cocaine addiction in the UK rose from 10,770 in 2006-07 to 12,592 in 2007-08 – and nearly 700,000 people aged 16 to 59 are estimated to take cocaine every year.

A report by St George’s University London, published in February, found that cocaine killed 115 people in Britain in 2012, of 1,700 drug-related deaths.

See also: Water Facts – Disease

As well as benzoylecgonine, the drinking water tested also contained significant quantities of caffeine.


Traces of the common pain-killer ibuprofen and carbamazepine, a drug for treating epilepsy, were also discovered.

Cocaine can be foundA report from Public Health England published in September 2013 analysed the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s results and concluded there was nor risk to the public.

‘Intakes of the compounds detected in drinking water are many orders of magnitude lower than levels of therapeutic doses,’ the report said.

‘Estimated exposures for most of the detected compounds are at least thousands of times below doses seen to produce adverse effects in animals and hundreds of thousands below human therapeutic doses.

‘Thus, the detected pharmaceuticals are unlikely to present a risk to health.’

Sue Pennison, principal inspector at the Drinking Water Inspectorate, said: ‘The study which looked at “worst case” scenarios is reassuring in that it demonstrated that water treatment was generally very effective in the removal of a number of pharmaceuticals which were detected in untreated river water in trace amounts.

See also: The Effects of Water on the Body

‘Only six compounds were detected in treated river water and advice on the results received from Public Health England concluded that exposures for the detected compounds was of the order of thousands of times below the level associated with adverse effects in animals and hundreds of thousands of times below human therapeutic doses.’

She added: ‘The study contributes to the update of national risk assessments of water supplies which is an ongoing activity.

Khat-the stimulant-banned in the U.K.- About and a “Dateline” and a BBC video


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Khat – is it more coffee or cocaine?
The narcotic leaf is a time-honored tradition in Africa but illegal in the U.S., where demand is groWASHINGTON — In the heart of the Ethiopian community here, a group of friends gathered after work in an office to chew on dried khat leaves before going home to their wives and children. Sweet tea and sodas stood on a circular wooden table between green mounds of the plant, a mild narcotic grown in the Horn of Africa.

As the sky grew darker the conversation became increasingly heated, flipping from religion to jobs to local politics. Suddenly, one of the men paused and turned in his chair. “See, it is the green leaf,” he said, explaining the unusually animated discussion as he pinched a few more leaves together and tossed them into his mouth.

For centuries the “flower of paradise” has been used legally in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as a stimulant and social tonic.

But in the United States khat is illegal, and an increased demand for the plant in cities such as Washington and San Diego is leading to stepped up law enforcement efforts and escalating clashes between narcotics officers and immigrants who defend their use of khat as a time-honored tradition.

In the last few years, San Diego, which has a large Somali population, has seen an almost eight-fold increase in khat seizures. Nationally, the amount of khat seized annually at the country’s ports of entry has grown from 14 metric tons to 55 in about the last decade.

Most recently, California joined 27 other states and the federal government in banning the most potent substance in khat, and the District of Columbia is proposing to do the same.

“It is a very touchy subject. Some people see it like a drug; some people see it like coffee,” said Abdulaziz Kamus, president of the African Resource Center in Washington, D.C. “You have to understand our background and understand the significance of it in our community.”

Increased immigration from countries such as Ethiopia, Yemen and Somalia has fueled the demand in this country and led to a cultural conflict.

“We grew up this way, you can’t just cut it off,” said a 35-year-old Ethiopian medical technician between mouthfuls of khat as he sat with his friends in the office.

In the Horn of Africa and parts of the Middle East, khat is a regular part of life, often consumed at social gatherings or in the morning before work and by students studying for exams. Users chew the plant like tobacco or brew it as a tea. It produces feelings of euphoria and alertness that can verge on mania and hyperactivity depending on the variety and freshness of the plant.

But some experts are not convinced that its health and social effects are so benign. A World Health Organization report found that consumption can lead to increased blood pressure, insomnia, anorexia, constipation and general malaise. The report also said that khat can be addictive and lead to psychological and social problems.

“It is not coffee. It is definitely not like coffee,” said Garrison Courtney, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It is the same drug used by young kids who go out and shoot people in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is something that gives you a heightened sense of invincibility, and when you look at those effects, you could take out the word ‘khat’ and put in ‘heroin’ or ‘cocaine’.”

Khat comes from the leaves and stems of a shrub and must be shipped in overnight containers to preserve its potency. It contains the alkaloid cathinone, similar in chemical structure to amphetamine but about half as potent, according to Nasir Warfa, a researcher in cross cultural studies at Queen Mary University of London.

The United Kingdom determined last year that evidence does not warrant restriction of khat. In the United States, the substance has been illegal under federal law since 1993.

But the world supply of khat is exploding. Countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya now rely on it as a major cash crop to

bolster their economies. Khat is Ethiopia’s second largest export behind coffee.

Khat usage has grown so much in San Diego that Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) wrote a 2008 bill that added cathinone and its derivative cathine to California’s list of Schedule II drugs along with raw opium, morphine and coca leaves.

As of Thursday, Anderson’s bill made possession of khat a misdemeanor in California, punishable by up to one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of the leaf with intent to sell is a felony that carries a three-year maximum sentence in state prison.

In some cases, khat seizures have resulted in warnings and probation. In other instances, like New York City’s “Operation Somali Express” bust in 2006, which led to the seizure of 25 tons of khat worth an estimated $10 million, the perpetrators were sent to jail for up to 10 years.

“In my mind, [such arrests are] wrong,” said an Ethiopian-born cabdriver who was arrested in November in a Washington, D.C., khat bust and spoke on condition of anonymity. “They act like they know more about khat than I know.”

The Kenyan farmers who grow the mild stimulant khat, which is banned in some countries, have had a tough year.
Exports dropped by 40% when its consumption was banned in Somalia, their main market, by Islamists during their six-month rule of the south and centre of that country.

But after Somalia’s transitional government, backed by Ethiopian soldiers, defeated the Islamists, daily khat flights from Kenya to Somalia have resumed.




Former boxer makes startling admission in autobiography to throw spotlight on drugs cheats


FORMER world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has admitted that he used a fake penis filled with uncontaminated urine to avoid drugs testers during his career, and went into the ring while high on cocaine.

The revelations come in his autobiography Undisputed Truth, in which he confesses that he was taking coke and marijuna for a large part of his troubled career.

“I was a full-blown cokehead,” he admits, and also reveals that he was taking drugs shortly before his shock defeat to Britsh boxer Danny Williams in 2004. Four years earlier he had resorted to using a device called a “whizzer” – a fake penis full of clean urine – after a fight against  Lou Savarese in Glasgow.

He also admits taking cocaine before the famous press conference in 2002 when he attacked his opponent Lennox Lewis and bit him on the leg.

The Daily Telegraph describes the book as a “vivid portrait” of the life of a man who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and became heavyweight champion of the world, a convicted rapist and one of sport’s most divisive figures.

Tyson’s startling admission that he used a fake penis, rather more successfully than Richard E Grant’s character in the film Withnail & I, comes after an Italian distance runner was caught trying the same trick in September.

Devis Licciardi’s efforts to siphon clean urine through a fake organ failed when he was spotted by officials, reported the Telegraph. But it suggested that the practice might be widespread and added: “Fake penises are readily available on the internet and even come in different colours to match users’ skin colour, including white, black and Latino.”

Tyson’s admission of drug taking and the unusual methods he used to evade the testers will put the issue of drugs in sport back in the spotlight.

The revelations come as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong embarks on what The Guardian calls a “media offensive”, claiming that his lifetime ban for systematically cheating his way to seven Tour de France titles has led to a “massive personal loss of wealth”.

And earlier this week Jamaica’s most senior drug tester told the BBC that the country’s recent rash of failed tests might be the “tip of an iceberg”. So far this year former 100m record holder Asafa Powell, Olympic gold-medallist Sherone Simpson and several others have failed tests. ·

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/sport/drugs-sport/56050/mike-tyson-used-fake-penis-pass-drugs-tests-while-coke#ixzz2kdGeUXrI




Elizabeth Warren On Justice Double Standards

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Quotes

elizabeth warren laundering Elizabeth Warren On Justice Double Standards

The pigs she’s referring to in this instance are the HSBC bankers now-infamous for laundering over $880 million in drug cartels between Mexico and Colombia. Will Warren’s goals come to fruition? Doubtful, but it’s important that she’s bringing the issue into the so-called hallowed halls of Congress.

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