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1 US NY: 8 Accused Of Helping Move Pot Worth $27mThu, 02 Jul 2009
Source:Watertown Daily Times (NY) Author:Winters, David Area:New York Lines:72 Added:07/07/2009

MALONE - Authorities charged eight people, including four from Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, over their alleged roles in an international drug smuggling operation linked to the Russian Mafia that moved about $27 million worth of marijuana.

The two-year investigation exposed a pipeline moving thousands of pounds of marijuana from the north country to Cleveland, prosecutors said. The crime syndicate is alleged to have moved the marijuana, which came from Canada through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, over the last three years.

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2US NY: Agents Seize 50,000 Ecstasy Pills In Border BustFri, 03 Jul 2009
Source:Star-Gazette (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:07/07/2009

MASSENA -- Federal authorities are charging two Canadian men with trying to smuggle $1.5 million in Ecstasy across the border at the Massena port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested 53-year-old Mitchell David and 50-year-old Silas Benedict Wednesday night after finding 50,000 Ecstasy star-shaped tablets stuffed inside a spare tire in plastic sandwich bags.

The two men, of Cornwall Island, were charged with importation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Federal prosecutors in Syracuse are handling the case. Officials said the men did not yet have attorneys.


3 US NY: 44 Pounds Of Cocaine Seized From Truck At Peace BridgeFri, 03 Jul 2009
Source:Buffalo News (NY)          Area:New York Lines:41 Added:07/07/2009

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- Canadian border police seized 44 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $2.7 million, that had been concealed in a truck attempting to cross the Peace Bridge, officials announced today.

Ontario public safety officials said it was the largest seizure of cocaine ever made in the Niagara Falls and Fort Erie section of the province.

The drugs were confiscated last Saturday, when a truck driver attempting to cross at the Peace Bridge was referred for secondary inspection, according to a news release from the Canada Border Services Agency.

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4 US NY: Huge Drug Ring Busted, Officials SayWed, 01 Jul 2009
Source:Press-Republican (NY)          Area:New York Lines:50 Added:07/01/2009

Ohio is one of 31 states where drug smuggling has been directly linked to Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, Champagne said.

The first transaction in this investigation occurred Sept. 14, 2007, and the last on June 14, 2009, and included 45 separate trips made between the two states, using Avis rental cars and coordinating cellular-telephone calls, investigators say.

Champagne said at least 18 of the loads, which had a street value of $500,000 each, came directly from Franklin County in one year, with the entire smuggling operation having a value of $18 million to $27 million.

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5 US CA: Column: Michael Phelps Ads Prove a New CulturalTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Neil, Dan Area:California Lines:110 Added:07/07/2009

Super-swimmer Michael Phelps returned to big-time advertising Sunday with a TV spot for Subway titled "Be Yourself." Oh, the irony.

Surely Phelps -- 14-time Olympic gold medalist and endorsement juggernaut -- was being only himself, only human, when he was photographed in November hitting a bong at a party at the University of South Carolina. That photograph, first published by the British tabloid News of the World in January, resulted in a three-month competition ban and cost Phelps a reported $500,000 deal with Kellogg. The swimmer promptly issued a sniveling apology, copping to "regrettable," "inappropriate" and "youthful" behavior (doesn't the latter want to excuse the former?). Phelps, 24, has more or less cheerfully dined on PR ashes ever since, in interviews with Matt Lauer, among others.

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6 Denmark: City Trying to 'Hash Out' Pot IssueTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Copenhagen Post, The (Denmark)          Area:Denmark Lines:125 Added:07/07/2009

Decriminalisation of cannabis has moved from public to political debate following the release of a city committee report

A new Social Affairs Committee report on cannabis has recommended that the City Council seriously consider decriminalisation of the substance's as being a means to curbing gang violence.

The Social Liberals, Red-Green Alliance and Socialist People's Party (SF) at City Hall have all backed the legal sale of cannabis in small quantities for personal use for some time. And in February, the committee was given the green light to review the matter when the council's largest party, the Social Democrats, gave their support to looking into the issue. Over the past few years the government has made a point of cracking down hard on the city's cannabis dealing, sending waves of police and armoured vehicles into the city's self-proclaimed autonomous area of Christiania, where much of the trade is based.

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7 US: Web: How the DARE Generation Got HighMon, 06 Jul 2009
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Grim, Ryan Area:United States Lines:191 Added:07/07/2009

The following is an excerpt from Ryan Grim's new book, "This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America (Wiley, 2009).

In the summer of 1999, the sixties generation celebrated itself by throwing a concert to mark Woodstock's thirtieth anniversary. The do-over event was organized by the same ponytailed businessman who'd put the first one together, and typical of something organized by an aging boomer, it was a corporate shit show. Pizza sold for six dollars a slice, and in the middle of a heat wave, water cost four dollars for a tiny bottle. For those who couldn't make it to the concert in upstate New York -- at a Superfund-listed former U.S. Air Force base -- the entire festival was available on pay-per-view.

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8 US NH: Medical Marijuana Bill Nearing Lynch's DeskTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH) Author:Landrigan, Kevin Area:New Hampshire Lines:57 Added:07/07/2009

CONCORD -- The controversial bill to legally let those with debilitating illness use marijuana to relieve pain is one person away from getting to the desk of Gov. John Lynch.

The bill (HB 648) needs the signature of Senate President Sylvia Larsen before it goes to Lynch, according to Assistant Secretary of State Paula Penney.

Once the bill is Lynch's possession, the governor has five days to decide whether to sign, veto the bill or let it become law without his signature. Sundays and holidays don't count during this five-day waiting period.

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9 US: The Drug War In Six ActsWed, 01 Jul 2009
Source:Mother Jones (US) Author:Wallace-Wells, Ben Area:United States Lines:219 Added:07/01/2009

How Right-Wing Posses Started the Crack Trade, and Other Tales That Will Blow Your Mind.

Vivian Blake's War

In the late 1970s, a young Jamaican man named Vivian Blake, a scholarship kid from the Tivoli Gardens ghetto of Kingston, arrived in New York as part of a traveling cricket exhibition, stuck around, and began selling marijuana.

One of the last great political proxy fights of the Cold War was then unfolding in Jamaica: Both the left-wing party, friendly to Castro, and its right-wing opponents built violent electioneering posses to persuade friendly voters and attack unfriendly ones--800 Jamaicans died. Blake was affiliated with the right-wing Shower Posse. He helped funnel pot and, later, cocaine to the United States and sent guns back home to help the posses intimidate voters. After the election, the new government tried to drive the posses off the island, and many arrived in New York and Miami, fully formed, violent organizations, deprived of their political purpose and looking for something to do.

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