Federal authorities said yesterday that they had seized 126 pounds of
heroin hidden in bales of cotton towels on a container ship docked in
Elizabeth, N.J., and announced charges in the case against four people
tied to a Burmese warlord who has long been a dominant force in the
Southeast Asian heroin trade.
The four, who were arrested by Royal Thai Police in Bangkok on Jan. 19,
include a wife of the warlord, Khun Sa. Officials said they were being
held in Bangkok pending an extradition request, and were charged with
conspiracy and importing heroin in an indictment that federal
prosecutors filed yesterday in United States District Court in Brooklyn.
The heroin was seized last month.
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KINGSTON, Wis. (AP) -- The victims of a drug task force mix-up put
officials in two counties on notice that they will seek $550, 000 in
Jesus and Wendy Olveda contended their constitutional rights were
violated when drug task force officers raided their Green Lake County
home by mistake, according to the couple' s claim filed against Green
Lake and Marquette counties. The claim usually is the first step in a
Officers forced them to the floor as they executed a search warrant Oct.
5 that was meant for the house next door.
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Lincoln - State Sen. Jim Jensen said Nebraska needs a better way to deal
with the drug problem, one that forces addicts into a counselor's office
and not the penitentiary.
Jensen and Sen. Ernie Chambers have sponsored a bill that would require
judges to sentence those found guilty of nonviolent drug offenses to
probation, not jail time, and up to 12 months of counseling.
"We put them in jail with an addiction, they leave with an addiction,"
Jensen said Wednesday.
"We are treating them with incarceration when a medical treatment would be
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From Joyce Bowers, Greenbrier:
I recently moved back to Arkansas from Colorado. When I went to enroll my
child in junior high, I received an unpleasant shock. My child cannot take
choir classes at Greenbrier because I refuse to sign away my child's and my
parental rights, and let the school district do random drug testing on my
child so she can participate in extracurricular activities.
The repercussions of mistakes or mishandled information could destroy a
child's reputation, career choices and even eliminate possibilities for the
rest of their lives. Add to the factor that my child is on prescribed
medication and is followed by her doctors closely, not to exclude being
monitored by myself.
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ANNETTE GREEN was a casualty of the nation's "war" on drugs -- and her own
bad judgment in getting involved with them.
When a nation fights a war on its streets and sends a small platoon of
heavily armed and armored officers into people's homes, there are going to
be casualties. In this week's shooting in Wellston, the casualty was
"Nette" Green, the 37-year-old mother of six boys.
Civil rights leaders fault the officer who shot Ms. Green because she was
not carrying a weapon. They say she had a phone in her hand. Or she may
have been carrying a carriage bolt. Still, from the officer's vantage
point, a split-second hesitation can be fatal. Judgment calls are part of
the job. In a dimly lit staircase, he thought he saw a gun or a knife and
fired four shots in self-defense. As tragic as the result is, the officer
may have been justified in his use of force.
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Students advocating marijuana legalization used an article written by
George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in
the 1970s as testimony to their cause in a meeting Wednesday night.
The GW group Students for a Sensible Drug Policy passed out an
article Trachtenberg wrote in 1972 advocating the repeal of federal
marijuana laws. The article, published in the Federal Bar Journal and
co-authored by Lewis J. Paper concluded that laws prohibiting
marijuana usage should be repealed.
"I felt at the time and probably still feel that there is no reason
to give people reason to disrespect the laws," Trachtenberg said
"There is no compelling reason if the law is not enforceable."
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Former State Patrol Worker Charged With Pilfering Heroin From Crime Lab
A Washington State Patrol chemist pleaded innocent Thursday to charges that
he pilfered heroin that was sent to his lab after being seized by police,
but the man expects to admit his wrongdoing soon, his attorney said.
Michael R. Hoover, 51, of Edmonds entered the plea during a brief hearing
in Snohomish County Superior Court. Judge Gerald Knight scheduled trial for
April 13. The chemist and his attorney, Steve Garvey of Everett, swiftly
left the courthouse, slipping away unnoticed by television news crews that
had gathered to cover the hearing.
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Colombian Coca Crop Hard Hit, But Opium Poppies Untargeted
BOGOTA, Colombia -- U.S.-owned airplanes have sprayed herbicides on more
than 55,000 acres of coca fields -- 16 percent of Colombia's estimated
total -- in the first eight weeks of a campaign to eradicate half the
country's cocaine trade by the year 2005.
But massing the crop dusters in the southern state of Putumayo forced a
halt in the fumigation elsewhere of opium poppies, the raw material for
heroin, Colombian police and U.S. counter-narcotics officials acknowledged.
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Boulder's Basement Bud Forget Mexican Brick Weed, The County's Smokin'
Good ganja, like good beer, used to be imported. Today, quality beer
is brewed right here on the Front Range at an array of brew pubs and
microbreweries. The equipment used is cheap and easy to find.
Likewise, modern drug users in Boulder want local pot, so they grow
it, or their friends and acquaintances do. Small amounts are grown in
the basements and back rooms of homes on nearly every block in every
neighborhood in Boulder County. The days of potheads waiting on
packages from Jamaica, or bragging about "Tijuana Gold," are over.
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