Force believes missing money placed in police bank account
Halifax Regional Police have located 34 of 72 exhibits that were
missing from their evidence storage, but the remaining 38 - including
nearly $5,000 in cash - are still unaccounted for.
Chief Jean-Michel Blais will present a report to the municipality's
Board of Police Commissioners on Monday updating the force's progress
on finding the missing items from the Drug Exhibit Audit released last
That audit was conducted between June and November 2015 after an
officer was accused of stealing from an evidence vault. Police
originally found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault were
unaccounted for, and 55 per cent of the evidence in the money vault
wasn't where it was supposed to be.
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Health, community and emergency service agencies from the Kingston
area gathered Monday to plan for what many fear is a coming
With a sudden spike in opioid overdoses across the country, medical
experts, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, community health
groups and representatives from public health units from Kingston,
Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Grenville and Lanark and Prince
Edward County met for a daylong set of table-top exercises and
discussions about how best to cope with the opioid overdose crisis
should it hit the Kingston area.
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WATERLOO REGION - A group of parents sit around a small table. Their
eyes are red from crying.
Nearby are framed photos of the children they have lost to drug
overdoses. Among them are Iain Goddard, Brittany Cobbing and Austin
Janice Walsh-Goddard didn't even know what fentanyl was when she heard
it killed her son.
Iain Goddard died last May while Janice was in England on vacation.
She got the call on the last day of her weeklong trip.
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When asked if fentanyl is the now biggest reason to fear recreational
drugs, Valemount RCMP Officer, Chris Gallant said, "To answer the
question simply, yes."
The Valemount Secondary School hosted a fentanyl forum to educate
residents on what fentanyl is, what an overdose looks like and how to
reverse the effects of an overdose. A similar presentation was given
to students earlier in the day.
Principal Dan Kenkel emceed the forum and the panel consisted of the
B.C. Ambulance Service's (BCAS), Dakota Stone, B.C. Emergency Health
Services' (BCEHS) Community Paramedic, Jasmin Gasser, Northern Health
Mental Health and Addictions Counselor, Heather Whalen, Northern
Health Community Health Nurse, Bernita Nesjan, and RCMP Officer, Chris
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Reporter's eerie experience in simulator suit
I felt like Jimmy Hoffa with one leg encased in cement.
I was lurching because of my super heavy left leg, which made it tough
to walk and impossible to navigate in a straight line.
My ears buzzed with random sounds.
My double vision was blurry with flashing red, blue and green lights
on the periphery.
If I shut one eye I could kind of focus on what was straight ahead.
When four tennis balls were lobbed my way, I was so uncoordinated and
my reaction time so slow I couldn't catch one. My right arm
chronically twitched and I could barely turn my neck or bend my elbows
because of my restricted movement.
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Here we are in the biggest fatal overdose epidemic in B.C. history and
what's top of mind for the province's addiction treatment experts? The
need to "destigmatize" addiction. In fact, let's not even call the
taking of deadly illegal drugs an "addiction" or "drug abuse" any
more, they tell us. We're supposed to call addicts "patients" with a
Excuse me if I don't buy the nicey-nicey language. And I doubt if most
people who live in the real world and who have to pay millions of
dollars in taxes for all these latest trendy approaches to drug
addiction do, either.
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All first responders in the Fernie area are now equipped to take on a
potential opioid crisis.
Fernie Fire and Rescue were the last group in the area to become
trained in opioid overdose situations by BC Emergency Health Services.
The main area of focus for training was on Naloxone, the antidote for
Unable to give any numbers at this time, Elk Valley RCMP Corporal Bob
Wright did state that, "We have responded to Fentanyl drug use in the
Elk Valley. It has resulted in overdose-type situations."
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Provincial health officer says powerful drug, found in recent
treatment-facility tests, may be to blame for spike in deaths last
The appearance of the deadly opioid carfentanil may explain the
dramatic spike in overdoses in British Columbia, despite efforts to
slow the carnage, the provincial health officer says.
Perry Kendall said as the number of overdose deaths climbed to record
levels in November and December, officials suspected the synthetic
drug normally used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as
elephants was to blame.
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Nelson Police Chief aims to educate public and those vulnerable to
The numbers are terrifying.
Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart has the B.C.Coroners Service annual
report sitting on his desk, as well as alarming Interior Health
statistics that show fentanyl has come to the Kootenays.
In 2016 there were 914 overdose deaths in B.C.,a record number for the
province and more than double the total for 2015.
"It certainly does scare me," Burkart told the Star.
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The Haldimand- Norfolk Health Unit wasn't exaggerating last year when
it warned about the threat of illegal street drugs cut with powerful
Norfolk paramedics responded to 37 drug overdoses in all of 2014. This
rose to 59 in 2015. In 2016, the total was 90.
"These are only the number of calls that were specifically dispatched
as drug overdoses and do not account for other primary problems
associated with overdose that the crews were sent to such as vital-
signs- absent, unconscious-unresponsiveness, seizures, respiratory
problems or behavioural-psychiatric occurrences," Sarah Townsend,
Norfolk's manager of emergency medical services, said Jan. 6 in an
update on opioid occurrences.
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An Edmonton DJ says he wants a "call to arms" to encourage artists and
venues to carry naloxone kits in an effort to curb the number of
opioid-related deaths in the city.
Dragan Jargic, who performs as DJ Dragon, said he recently picked up one
of the injectable packs used to combat fentanyl as a harm-reduction
"I took it upon myself as a personal thing to make sure there's one kit
around," he said. "So many people are unwittingly using fentanyl.
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[photo] Bruce Brandler is chief federal law enforcement officer for a
sprawling judicial district that covers half of Pennsylvania. (Matt Rourke
/ Associated Press)
The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local
hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape.
A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said.
Brandler didn't believe it. Erik had his problems, but heroin? It seemed
Nearly 10 years later, the nation is gripped by a spiraling crisis of
opioid and heroin abuse -- and Brandler, a veteran federal prosecutor
recently promoted to interim U.S. attorney, suddenly finds himself in a
position to do something about the scourge that claimed his youngest son's
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[photo] Heather Skorinko had hoped to grow industrial hemp on her North
Whitehall Township farm, but the state's restrictive pilot program will
lock out most family farms, she said. (APRIL BARTHOLOMEW/THE MORNING CALL)
Industrial hemp returns to Pennsylvania in 2017. So why are advocates so
Too often in recent years, Heather Skorinko has struggled to make money
growing corn and soybeans on her North Whitehall Township farm, which has
been in the family for more than 120 years.
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Narcotics suppression police question Francis Mukwamba, a Zambian passport
holder whose real nationality is uncertain, at a hotel room in Sukhumvit
area of Bangkok on Dec 26. (Photo taken from the Narcotics Suppression
Bureau Facebook page)
Two foreign nationals were arrested after 4kg of cocaine were found in
their bags when they arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport from Africa and a
third, their alleged contact, was later apprehended at a city hotel.
Pol Maj Gen Sommai Kongwisaisuk, acting commissioner of the Narcotics
Suppression Bureau, said Johnny Halop Sajulga, a Filipino, and a
Vietnamese woman, Chao Thi Thuong, 37, arrived from Ethiopia on Flight ET
628 on Dec 26.
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Police took down a Sydney crime syndicate and made 'the largest cocaine
seizure in Australian ... history'
[photo] An Australian investigator unloads cargo from a seize boat,
December 2016. Australian Federal Police
Australian police dismantled a major cocaine smuggling ring after a
two-and-a-half-year multi-agency operation undertaken with Tahiti,
Australian authorities announced on Thursday.
Operation Okesi, which began in July 2014, culminated in a Christmas-night
seizure of 500 kilograms of cocaine in New South Wales in eastern
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Thomas Elias writes the syndicated California Focus column, appearing
twice weekly in 93 newspapers around California, with circulation of over
As a United States attorney in Alabama serving under President Ronald
Reagan in 1986, the 39-year-old Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was
charged with enforcing civil rights laws. But he said then that he didn't
have much of a problem with what the Ku Klux Klan stood for, musing that
he thought the KKK was "OK until I found out they smoked pot."
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The courts must do whatever they can to stop or reduce drug
trafficking, a Nanaimo judge said last week as he handed a drug
trafficker a six-month jail sentence.
On Dec. 19, Trevor Lee Sihota pleaded guilty to possession of heroin
for the purpose of trafficking. Sihota, a 35-year-old recovering crack
cocaine and crystal meth addict, was arrested on March 7, 2013. Police
found 42.7 grams of heroin valued at $4,700 to $6,000 in his apartment.
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Ismael Gonzalez-Gonzalez was supposed to be deported nine years ago,
but Cuba wouldn't take him.
Instead, he wound up in Louisville and, police say, emerged as a local
boss directing the flow of drugs in the Louisville area and beyond for
a Mexican cartel.
It's unclear how Gonzalez, a convicted felon who was arrested in a
surprise drug raid last summer, first entered the United States before
he ended up in Louisville, where he settled into a house in
Jeffersontown. Many details about his case remain hidden in sealed
federal court records.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - No one knew what was in the baggie. It was just a
few tablespoons of crystalline powder seized back in April, clumped
like snow that had partially melted and frozen again.
Emily Dye, a 27-year-old forensic chemist at the Drug Enforcement
Administration's Special Testing and Research Laboratory, did not know
if anyone had died from taking this powder, or how much it would take
to kill you.
What she did know was this: New drugs were appearing in the lab every
other week, things never before seen in this unmarked gray building in
Sterling, Virginia. Increasingly, these new compounds were synthetic
opioids designed to mimic fentanyl, a prescription painkiller up to 50
times stronger than heroin.
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BEIJING -- U.S. assertions that China is the top source of the synthetic
opioids that have killed thousands of drug users in the U.S. and Canada
are unsubstantiated, Chinese officials told the Associated Press.
Both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the White House Office
of National Drug Control Policy point to China as North America's main
source of fentanyl, related drugs and the chemicals used to make them.
Such statements "lack the support of sufficient numbers of actual,
confirmed cases," China's National Narcotics Control Commission told DEA's
Beijing field office in a fax dated Friday.
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