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Caracas farmers’ market showcases grassroots responses to economic war

Caracas: Hundreds gathered in Los Caobos Park in downtown Caracas on Saturday morning for an ecological farmers’ market organized by grassroots organizations and cooperatives. Founded by half a dozen agro-ecological collectives last autumn, the market is held the first Saturday of every month and features organic, locally-grown fruits and vegetables as well as a plethora of handmade products from artisanal ... Read More »

Cuba, US to announce agreements in various sectors

HAVANA: Cuba and the United States are able to announce in the coming weeks agreements on civil aviation, direct postal services, environmental protection and fight against drugs, announced today the senior official of the Cuban Foreign Ministry Josefina Vidal. After finishing the second meeting of the Bilateral Commission created to move towards normalization of relations, Vidal said that both countries ... Read More »

US border agents seize $617K of Heroin on I-15

TEMECULA: Leveraging a defense-in-depth enforcement posture, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 46-year-old woman Thursday who had 31 pounds of heroin hidden inside her car. At approximately 9 a.m., agents on the Interstate 15 corridor conducted a vehicle stop on a 2006 Nissan Sentra near the Border Patrol checkpoint and conducted an immigration evaluation on the driver. During ... Read More »

US Congress approves bill to keep Guantanamo prison

NEW YORK: The US Congress approved yesterday a bill of 607 billion dollars which prohibits transfer of Guantanamo detainees to US soil. The Senate vote, which hampers the initiative of President Barack Obama to close the prison in Cuba, adopted (91 in favor and 3 against) a revised version of the so-called National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has already ... Read More »

US agric secretary visits green market in Cuba

HAVANA: Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, visited the green market 19 y B, Vedado, along with members of his delegation. 19 y B is green market led by the provincial company in the sector in which they work eight state workers and an average of 50 workers of the private sector who have a space at ... Read More »

Ports in Arizona urge holiday travellers to apply early for permits

TUCSON: Travelers holding a Mexican border-crossing card (or “laser visa”), and planning to make an extended visit to the United States during the upcoming holiday season, are urged to apply for their I-94 early to avoid expected delays at Arizona ports of entry. “With the holiday season just around the corner, we expect November and December to be very busy ... Read More »

Ireland customs seizes €200K worth of cannabis in Dublin

DUBLIN: As part of intelligence led operation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Dublin area, Revenue’s Customs Service, the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, and the Divisional Drugs Unit in Finglas/Cabra conducted a search operation at an address in Cabra. During the operation herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €200,000 (pending analysis) was seized. ... Read More »

Canada: 3 charged for trafficking illicit drugs

SASKATCHEWAN: Mounties in Swift Current, Sask., have charged three people and seized a variety of prescription drugs. A man and a woman, both 32, from Medicine Hat, Alta., and a man, 35, from Sioux Valley, Man., are scheduled to appear in provincial court on Nov. 16. The three are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, or simple possession, ... Read More »

US: 2 arrested, drugs seized in Dearborn County raid

DEARBORN COUNTY: Two brothers were arrested and multiple types of drugs were seized during a drug raid in Dearborn County. Brothers Michael Peters, 50, and Bryan Peters, 49, were arrested on numerous charges. Officers said their arrests followed a lengthy investigation by Indiana State Police and drug agents in Hamilton County. Indiana State Police served a warrant Friday morning at ... Read More »

2 Nigerians arrested at MMIA for smuggling N59m of cocaine

LOGAS: The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two Nigerians at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) who smuggled N59 million worth of cocaine from Brazil. The accused, Michael Okwuma and Chidiebere Nwajagu, smuggled the drugs in whiskey bottles and wooden frames, Pulse NG reports. Okwuma confessed to the crime, stating: “I live in Sao Paulo with my wife ... Read More »

Nigerian pastor arrests in Tanzania for allegedly smuggling cocaine

DODOMA: A Nigerian pastor, one Mr Chukwudi Okechukwu, who preaches in Tanzania, under the umbrella of the Lord Chosen Church of Nigeria, has reportedly bagged a 30-year jail term after being convicted of smuggling cocaine worth Sh3.1 billion. According to reports, Okechukwu, who Anti-narcotics police allegedly believe is one of the top members of a drug syndicate operating in Tanzania, ... Read More »

Colombia policemen arrest over Venezuela border smuggling

BOGOTÁ: Sixteen Colombian policemen were arrested in a massive operation aimed at reducing the smuggling of contraband across the Venezuelan border. After weeks of following the smuggling networks, the Prosecutor General’s investigative body arrested a total of 34 persons, including the 16 policemen, for allegedly facilitating the illegal trade of gasoline and meat at the frontier. Authorities are currently investigating ... Read More »

Indonesian court sentences 2 men to death on smuggling charges

JAKARTA: An Indonesian court has sentenced two men to death on charges of smuggling the largest shipment of methamphetamine confiscated in the country so far. The National Narcotics Agency in January found more than 862 kilograms (1,900 pounds) of meth worth about 1.6 trillion rupiah ($116.8 million) in a car in western Jakarta and arrested nine people. Two of them, ... Read More »

Philippines customs to operate in 3 ports despite APEC holidays

MANILA: The Bureau of Customs (BoC) will continue to operate in three major ports with skeleton staff to continue accepting shipments despite the Metro Manila-wide holiday next week. In a statement, the bureau said the Port of Manila, the Manila International Container Port, and the port at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be fully operational during the Nov. ... Read More »

Colombia arrests drug trafficker wanted in Brazil, Venezuela

BOGOTA: Two subjects wanted in Brazil and Venezuela on drug charges were arrested in operations in southwestern and central Colombia, the army said. Luis Alberto Obyrne was arrested in the southwestern city of Cali by army troops and Attorney General’s Office Technical Investigations Team, or CTI, agents, the army said in a statement. Obyrne was “convicted by Brazilian justice” and ... Read More »

Thieves burgle 57kg of drugs from Cayman Islands P.S

GEORGE TOWN: In an about-turn from previous statements, Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has revealed that 24 kilos of cocaine and 33 kilos of ganja were stolen during a break-in at the George Town Police Station earlier this year. Having originally denied that thieves had breached a container located in the station yard, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) ... Read More »

New Zealand customs seizes drugs at Air Cargo Inspections Facility

AUCKLAND: A 21-year-old man has appeared in court after authorities intercepted a shipment of drugs that could be used to make millions of dollars of methamphetamine. Customs Investigations manager Maurice O’Brien said 14.6 kilograms of ephedrine was discovered in a courier package, which had come from Malaysia, at the Air Cargo Inspections Facility in Auckland last month. The ephedrine could ... Read More »

Texas DPS agents seize $1.2m in Mexican cartel cash

MCALLEN: Texas State Troopers seized more than a million dollars in cartel money from Chicago that was destined for Mexico. The seizure took place near Edinburg, Texas, when a state trooper pulled over a 2007 Peterbilt tractor towing a trailer, information provided to Breitbart Texas by DPS revealed. Inside the tractor authorities found 41,239,755 in bundles of cash and arrested ... Read More »

India gold imports drop to $2b in September

NEW DELHI: After rising for two months, gold imports reduced to almost half in September to USD 2 billion, trade data released by the Commerce Ministry showed today. The imports shrunk 45.62 per cent in September to USD 2.057 billion as against USD 3.783 billion in the similar month last year. The import of another precious metal silver too declined ... Read More »

US: Michigan authorities seize nearly $24m in suspected drug assets

LANSING: Law enforcement agencies across Michigan reported seizing nearly $24 million in assets last year from people suspected of dealing drugs. But the actual amount may be higher, because 56 of 686 agencies contacted failed to respond to the Michigan State Police Asset Forfeiture Report requests, according to The Detroit News. Of those that responded, only 332 reported seizing assets, ... Read More »