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California's Marijuana Legalization Aims To Repair Damage From The War On Drugs

California's Marijuana Legalization Aims To Repair Damage From The War On DrugsLOS ANGELES ― California is now the largest state in the nation to have legal and regulated recreational marijuana.



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British tourist jailed for three years in Egypt after mistakenly confessing to smuggling drugs

British tourist jailed for three years in Egypt after mistakenly confessing to smuggling drugsA British woman has been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt after mistakenly confessing to smuggling drugs. Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested at Hurghada airport in October carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase for her Egyptian husband whom she said suffered from back problems. The strong opioid painkiller is available on prescription in the UK but is illegal in Egypt, where it is often abused as a recreational drug. The hearing lasted half a day and the judge at Safaga Criminal Court in the Red Sea resort deliberated for an hour before returning his verdict. British holidaymaker Laura Plummer, 33 The 33-year-old shop assistant sobbed as police guards led her in handcuffs back to her cell on Tuesday. “I just can’t believe it, she couldn’t do three months, now it’s three years,” Roberta Sinclair, Ms Plummer’s mother, told the Telegraph. “I’m in shock, I’m really in shock,” she added. “She (Ms Plummer) can’t believe it either. She said 'mum, there must be a mistake'. It’s not fair. She wanted to help, he is the kindest person.” Ms Plummer’s defense team said that they will appeal the decision as soon as the judge submits his reasoning, which could take up to 60 days. Standing before the judge in court on Christmas Day, Ms Plummer was asked: “You are accused of smuggling and possessing Tramadol to Egypt?” Misunderstanding the question, she replied “yes” and the judge then instructed the session clerk to record that she had confessed. Laura Plummer pictured with her sisters Rachel Plummer and Jayne Synclair But when the defence translator later explained the question again, she denied she was guilty. The case was adjourned for a day after Ms Plummer became too distraught to continue. In court on Tuesday, her legal team attempted to clear up the confusion, which they said was down to an inexperienced translator. They also submitted to the court her clean criminal record, a character reference from her employer, a letter from the Foreign Office indicating that Tramadol did not appear on Egypt’s travel advice on banned medicines, as well as a medical report for her husband showing he suffered back problems. Omar Abdel Azim, her husband, had testified before the court earlier on Tuesday morning, saying he had suffered from a herniated disc for five years. “I loved her (Ms Plummer) and she loved me. “She is my wife and she wants to relieve my pain. She had brought me ointments before,” he told the judge. “Last time, she was visiting, my pain had increased. She was trying to help.” Mr Dia al-Bassal, Ms Plummer’s lawyer, said there was a lack of criminal intent because she was unaware that the pills were banned in Egypt. He said the court could also not prove she brought them into the country to sell them. “It’s not logic that a British citizen would trade five boxes of Tramadol. The ticket she brought to come to Egypt cost more than the value of the Tramadol she was caught with,” Mr Bassal said. The family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just "daft". They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner. Mrs Sinclair said her daughter was being held in terrible conditions in a cell with no beds, sharing with up to 20 other women. Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty. Reacting to news of the sentence, Karl Turner, MP for the family’s constituency Hull East, said the court's decision was "devastating". "Laura, most of all, will be absolutely devastated," he said, "She's not been well lately, she's sleep deprived and she's been very anxious. "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play."  



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Chicago police say Facebook 'secret groups' traffic in guns and drugs

Chicago police say Facebook 'secret groups' traffic in guns and drugsAnnouncing the arrests at a news conference, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson initially criticized Facebook as being unhelpful during a 10-month investigation by his department. Police did not detail charges facing the 50 men and women arrested through Thursday, but said there were “dozens and dozens” of private Facebook groups being used for illegal drug and weapons transactions. Arrest warrants for 18 more suspects have been signed, and most have prior criminal histories, police said.



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British Navy fires nine from nuclear submarine over failed drugs tests

British Navy fires nine from nuclear submarine over failed drugs testsNine British sailors assigned to a nuclear submarine have been discharged from the Royal Navy after failing compulsory drug tests, Britain’s ministry of defence has confirmed. The service personnel, stationed aboard HMS Vigilant — one of four Royal Navy submarines equipped with nuclear missiles — were dismissed after all tested positive for an illegal substance. “We do not tolerate drugs misuse by service personnel,” a Royal Navy spokesperson said.



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Philippine anti-narcotics chief warns of drugs war slowdown, police target assassins

Philippine anti-narcotics chief warns of drugs war slowdown, police target assassinsBy Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) – The head of the Philippines’ anti-narcotics agency on Friday warned of a reduced intensity in the country’s war on drugs after a removal of police from the campaign, which he hoped would only be temporary as his unit lacked manpower. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said he had only a fraction of the personnel and budget of police, and hoped President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to make his agency responsible for all operations would not be lasting. “I hope this is just a temporary arrangement, we need the police.” Amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct, the mercurial Duterte issued a memorandum on Tuesday ordering police to withdraw.



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Duterte's family grilled at Senate inquiry on drugs, payoffs

Duterte's family grilled at Senate inquiry on drugs, payoffsMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The son and son-in-law of the Philippine president, who has been accused of condoning extrajudicial killings of thousands of drug suspects, on Thursday appeared in a Senate inquiry looking into a huge shipment of illegal drugs from China that slipped through Manila's port.



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'The King of Cocaine'. Alleged mafia drugs kingpin arrested in South America after 23 years on the run

'The King of Cocaine'. Alleged mafia drugs kingpin arrested in South America after 23 years on the runAn alleged mafia boss nicknamed “the King of Cocaine” has been captured in South America after 23 years on the run. Rocco Morabito, who was wanted by Italian police for allegedly masterminding the trafficking of cocaine from Latin America to Europe, was arrested in a hotel in Uruguay. He is considered to be one of Italy’s five most dangerous fugitives and has been on the run from arrest since 1994.  During a search of his home in Uruguay, police found 13 mobile phones, which investigators said were used for drug deals, a 9mm pistol, ammunition, a hunting knife and 150 passport photos of himself in different guises. Morabito had been on the run for more than 20 years when he was captured in Uruguay. Credit: EPA Morabito, an alleged kingpin in the ‘Ndrangheta mafia, is believed to have been living in Uruguay for around a decade under the alias Francisco Capeletto Souza. He had been able to obtain Brazilian identity documents as well as the right to live in Uruguay. His arrest was the result of a joint operation between police in South America and investigators in Calabria, the home of the much-feared ‘Ndrangheta. The villa in which Morabito lived with his wife in Uruguay. Credit: Uruguay interior minister The organized crime network, which for years has been extending its reach from its home territory to other parts of the world, makes millions by smuggling cocaine into Europe, often via Italy. Italian police described Morabito as “one of the most important members of the 'Ndrangheta”.  He was arrested in a hotel in Punta del Este, a tourist resort about 90 miles from the capital, Montevideo.  Morabito was on Italy's list of most wanted fugitives. Credit: Italian police The arrest came “after months of intense international cooperation in intelligence matters,” the Italian police said in a statement. His false identity was known to Interpol and when he checked into the hotel, an alert was generated.  “He didn’t put up any resistance,” said Emilio Russo, an Italian officer involved in the investigation. “He tried to deny who he really was, but when put under pressure admitted to his real identity. “We maintain that Morabito was still actively involved in criminality. He was not a former member of the ‘Ndrangheta, he was still very much an active member.” Police found weapons, ammunition and 13 mobile phones when they searched Morabito's home in Uruguay. Credit: Uruguay interior ministry His wife, a 54-year-old Angolan woman with a Portuguese passport, was also arrested.  When police searched their home, also in Punta del Este, they found the 13 mobile phones and weapons, as well as a dozen credit cards. A Mercedes car was impounded. Morabito is expected to be extradited back to Italy in the coming months, where he faces 30 years in prison for various crimes, including mafia association and drug trafficking. Italy’s most notorious fugitive remains Matteo Messina Denaro, the alleged head of the Cosa Nostra mafia in Sicily, who has been on the run for 24 years.  His ability to elude capture has earned him almost mythical status among some Sicilians, and he has not been seen in public for years.  He is among the 10 most wanted criminals in the world, according to Forbes magazine.  He is alleged to have killed up to 50 people and once boasted: “I filled a cemetery all by myself.” It is believed that he moves between safe houses in the Trapani area of western Sicily.



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Trump Lawyer Asks Journalist If She's On Drugs After James Comey Question

Trump Lawyer Asks Journalist If She's On Drugs After James Comey QuestionWhite House special counsel Ty Cobb asked Business Insider’s Natasha Bertrand if she was on drugs during an email thread late on Saturday.



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More than a thousand turn Philippine funeral to protest against war on drugs

More than a thousand turn Philippine funeral to protest against war on drugsBy Erik De Castro and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) – More than a thousand people attended a funeral procession on Saturday for a Philippine teenager slain by police last week, turning the march into one of the biggest protests yet against President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs. The death of Kian Loyd delos Santos has drawn widespread attention to allegations that police have been systematically executing suspected users and dealers – a charge the authorities deny. Nuns, priests and hundreds of children, chanting “justice for Kian, justice for all” joined the funeral cortege as it made its way from a church to the cemetery where the 17-year-old was buried.



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More than a thousand turn Philippine funeral to protest against war on drugs

More than a thousand turn Philippine funeral to protest against war on drugsBy Erik De Castro and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) – More than a thousand people attended a funeral procession on Saturday for a Philippine teenager slain by police last week, turning the march into one of the biggest protests yet against President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs. The death of Kian Loyd delos Santos has drawn widespread attention to allegations that police have been systematically executing suspected users and dealers – a charge the authorities deny. Nuns, priests and hundreds of children, chanting “justice for Kian, justice for all” joined the funeral cortege as it made its way from a church to the cemetery where the 17-year-old was buried.



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