Rocker Rick Danko convicted of heroin smuggling
CHIBA, Japan (AP) Rick Danko, bassist for the legendary rock group The
Band, was found guilty today of colluding with his wife to smuggle heroin
into Japan, but received a suspended sentence and won't go to jail.
Danko was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by the Chiba District Court, but
the sentence was suspended for five years, meaning that he won't serve time if
he doesn't commit any crimes in Japan during that period.
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MIAMI (AP) Federal scientists were under ``intense pressure'' from the
tobacco industry to soften their conclusions on the dangers of secondhand
smoke, according to a doctor testifying in a lawsuit by flight
attendants against tobacco companies.
Dr. David Burns, who wrote the 1975 surgeon general's report on smoking,
testified Thursday during the second week of testimony in a $5 billion lawsuit
by flight attendants who blame a variety of illnesses on smoky cabin air.
``We would tend to look at what the data could show, and then we'd take one
step back in order to be conservative because we knew that anything we said
would be intensely criticized by the tobacco companies,'' he said.
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By: Dianne Rinehart
Allegations of misconduct and betrayal flew from all sides Thursday in
the debate over a controversial prison team that was investigating
A prison guard who led the team, which he says found evidence
corrections officers were dealing drugs to inmates, claims his union
refused to protect him, his staff and their families from threats and
harassment from other corrections officers.
Ron Leskun said John Shields, president of the B.C. Government and
Service Employees Union, refused to investigate complaints his team
was being harassed by union members, including shop stewards, after
two guards were dismissed in July 1995 for dealing drugs to inmates
because it's in bed with the NDP government that disbanded his unit.
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The illegal earnings of drug dealers, prostitutes and gamblers has been
included in the latest official figures on the Dutch economy.
According to a government report, approximately UKP1 billion is earned
from drug dealing, UKP300 million from prostitution and UKP200 million
from illegal gambling. The sale of stolen goods is believed to have
contributed UKP56 million to the Dutch economy.
In total this represents 1 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Netherlands is the first country to officially publish its illegal
earnings. "We were going to keep the figures quiet but somehow they got
onto the Internet, so we decided to go public," a government spokesman
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Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES A jury unanimously found Friday that actor Carroll
O'Connor did not defame his son's "cocaine connection," ending an
emotionpacked civil court trial that blended fame, tragedy and
freedom of speech.
After deliberating about six hours over two days, the six men and
six women underscored, with their verdicts, the grieving father's
right publicly to expose his dead son's drug supplier.
O'Connor sighed with relief and smiled slightly as the jury found
that he had not ruined the reputation of Harry Perzigian by
calling him "a partner in murder."
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NETCOTICS / Web pages promoting everything from marijuana to cocaine are
blossoming all over the unregulated Internet.
Saturday, July 26, 1997
By Alexandra Gill
The Globe and Mail
A columnist with Cannabis Canada magazine who goes by the pen name of
Webguy recently shared a chuckle with his readers. On May 15, the
Saskatoon police had raided a local music store, confiscating printed
editions of the periodical. Technically, Cannabis Canada, like other
literature promoting the use of marijuana, is illegal in Canada under
section 462.2 of the Criminal Code. But the code is rarely invoked.
Webguy called the incident 'meddlesome' and told his readers that he was
"grinning sardonically and beaming with pride" because that very same
magazine was about to be posted word for word in electronic form
on the Hemp B.C. Web site on the Internet, making it available to
readers who make more than onemillion hits on the site each month.
"Someone tried to stop this from being read," he wrote. "And now it can
be read worldNetwide."
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