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Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations

Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegationsThe Philippine national police chief resigned on Monday after he faced allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of illegal drugs they had seized. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said his decision relinquishing his post was accepted by Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano over the weekend but insisted on his innocence, saying he has never been criminally or administratively charged for the alleged irregularity. Albayalde resigned a few weeks before his scheduled retirement on Nov. 8.



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Spanish police arrest drug traffickers who saved their lives in high speed boat chase

Spanish police arrest drug traffickers who saved their lives in high speed boat chaseSpanish police arrested four drug traffickers who stopped to save their lives after the officers were thrown overboard during a high speed boat chase off the coast of Malaga on Friday.  The three police officers fell into the sea following a collision with the trafficking boat during the chase, a Guardia Civil statement said.  A police helicopter hovering overhead appealed to the speedboat via megaphone to stop and help the officers after their boat "span out of control", and the traffickers did so, pulling the agents to safety unharmed. However, when police found three tonnes of hashish in the waters nearby, the rescue did not appear to work in the traffickers' favour. The four on board were arrested regardless.  "They were arrested for drug trafficking," a police statement said, indicating that more than 80 bundles of hash had been recovered from the sea.   In a video posted by the Guardia Civil, the boats can be seen zooming across the open ocean before the semi-inflatable trafficking boat turns into the path of the police vessel, forcing it to turn sharply, throwing the three officers overboard.  The video taken from the police helicopter then shows the officers bobbing around in the water below, before a wide shot shows the drug bundles floating nearby.  High speed chases are not unusual off the coast of Malaga and the Costa del Sol, a known drug smuggling route from Africa to Europe.  Morocco, just across the water, is the world's largest exporter of cannabis resin or hashish, according to the United Nations.  A dramatic chase at the end of last year saw police ram a suspected drug boat in the open water, before officers from the chasing helicopter managed to intercept the fleeing suspects on land.    The Spanish government has even moved to ban the high-speed semi-inflatable boats, known as RIBs, that are commonly used by traffickers to bring both drugs and more recently migrants from North Africa to Spain.



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Indictment: ‘Party and play’ sex and drug use turned deadly

Indictment: ‘Party and play’ sex and drug use turned deadlyWealthy California political donor Ed Buck was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for two overdose deaths in his West Hollywood apartment and charged with providing methamphetamine to three other men, one of whom survived two overdoses. The indictment returned in U.S. District Court charged Buck with distributing meth resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January and Gemmel Moore in 2017. Buck had previously been charged in Moore’s death after his arrest last month.



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Suspected drug smugglers saved from drowning by floating cocaine packs

Suspected drug smugglers saved from drowning by floating cocaine packsThree suspected drug smugglers whose boat capsized off the Colombian coast saved themselves from drowning by clinging to their floating bales of cocaine.The trio were rescued after seven hours of using their illegal cargo as makeshift life rafts in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean



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US prosecutor says Honduran president took fortune in drug bribes

US prosecutor says Honduran president took fortune in drug bribesHonduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez took millions of dollars in bribes from drug lords including jailed Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a US prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of his brother’s trial. The president’s brother, Juan Antonio Hernandez — a former Honduran congressman also known as Tony — was arrested at a Miami airport in November 2018 for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, weapons offenses and making false statements. “The defendant was protected by the current president, who has received millions of dollars in bribes from drug traffickers like ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who personally delivered one million dollars to the defendant for his brother,” prosecutor Jason Richman said.



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Ex-Mexican prosecutor sentenced to 20 years in US drug case

Ex-Mexican prosecutor sentenced to 20 years in US drug caseA former state attorney general from Mexico was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison in a U.S. drug-trafficking case accusing him of using wiretaps and other law enforcement tools to protect the turf of a violent drug cartel. Edgar Veytia told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn that he made a “mistake” by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from the cartel while he was chief law enforcement officer in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit. Veytia – a dual U.S.-Mexico citizen who had lived off and on in San Diego – had pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges he took bribes from a drug organization headed by Juan Francisco Patron Sanchez, a kingpin known as “H2.” In exchange, he helped the organization smuggle massive amounts of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to the U.S. from 2013 until the time of his arrest in 2017, prosecutors said.



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3 dead, 4 hospitalized in suspected drug overdose

3 dead, 4 hospitalized in suspected drug overdoseAll of the victims were wearing orange paper bands on their wrists. Police determined the victims initially went to a venue together, then headed to the apartment where they overdosed. It appears to have been isolated to a single location,” the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety said in a statement.



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San Francisco's dirtiest street has an outdoor drug market, discarded heroin needles, and piles of poop on the sidewalk

San Francisco's dirtiest street has an outdoor drug market, discarded heroin needles, and piles of poop on the sidewalkResidents of Hyde Street's 300 block report having to hose down urine in front of their offices or hold their breath to avoid the stench of feces.



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Joe Biden reportedly praised pharmaceutical companies at a private party despite publicly railing against high drug prices

Joe Biden reportedly praised pharmaceutical companies at a private party despite publicly railing against high drug pricesBiden told donors in private that there were "great drug companies out there — except a couple of opioid outfits," according to Bloomberg.



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A Sleepy Giant Seal Helped Foil an International Drug Smuggling Operation in Australia

A Sleepy Giant Seal Helped Foil an International Drug Smuggling Operation in AustraliaThe seal just wanted to sleep in peace



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