------------------------------------------------------------------- County Treasurer Accused Of Choking Girlfriend ('Associated Press' Says Bob Dantini, Treasurer Of Snohomish County, Washington, Is Accused Of Choking The Woman And Threatening To Kill Her After She Allegedly Hid His Cocaine) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen - Olympia"
To: "-Hemp Talk" Subject: HT: Sno-Co Treasurer's on/off girlfriend makes coke charge Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 11:11:30 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org County treasurer accused of choking girlfriend The Associated Press 05/30/98 11:38 AM Eastern EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Snohomish County Treasurer Bob Dantini has been accused of choking his girlfriend and threatening to kill her after she allegedly hid his cocaine. Through his lawyer, Dantini has pleaded innocent to a fourth-degree assault charge and denied any involvement with illegal drugs. The dispute stems from a pair of calls to emergency dispatchers early Thursday by a 27-year-old Lynnwood woman with whom Dantini, 47, has had an off-and-on relationship for several years. Responding to the call from Dantini's house, deputies arrested him, booked him into jail and confiscated a "small brown vial" of cocaine the woman told them she took from Dantini's pants pocket and hid in her car. An affidavit filed Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court said the vial was found inside a shoe in the car, where she told deputies she put it. Dantini, released on his own recognizance Thursday, "adamantly denies he was in possession of or has used any controlled substances," said James Trujillo, his lawyer. Trujillo also said Dantini was acting in self-defense after the woman got "extremely upset" over a relationship he had while the couple was separated for three months recently.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Monthly Monday March To End Prohibition (List Subscriber Posts Update On Seattle Demonstrations - The Next One, June 8 In Westlake Park, Is Part Of The International 'Global Days Against The Drug War' Rally) Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 18:33:17 -0700 (PDT) From: turmoil (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org), email@example.com Subject: HT: Monthly Monday Marches - Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Just a reminder of the following actions in Seattle: We could still use speakers for any of these events. If you are interested in speaking please email email@example.com - Monthly Monday March To End Prohibition! Prohibition has failed. It is time for a new approach. Join us for a series of educational protests aimed at hastening an end to prohibition. June 8th 6PM- Global Days against Drug War Meet at Westlake Park for March to Convention Center July 6th 6PM - INDEPENDENCE from prohibition Meet at Hammering Man - March down Harbor Steps August 3rd - Family's March to End Prohibition Meet at Alki Statue of Liberty - march along Alki Sept 7th - Prison Labor Days March around Denny Park - Ring the park with signs Oct 5th - Marijuana IS Medicine Meet at Harborview Hospital for march to Swedish Nov 2nd November march to end Prohibition Meet at King County Court House march to Pioneer Square For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org http://seattlemusicweb.com/protest/ June 8th is the First in a series of Monday Marches to End Prohibition that will be held in Seattle Washington. Our March in Seattle will coincide with 100's of actions all over the world. The 1998 Global Days against the Drug War email@example.com Seattle Music Web firstname.lastname@example.org http://seattlemusicweb.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- City Of San Francisco May Get Into Medical Pot Business (Cable News Network Notes City Officials Are Looking For Loopholes In State And Federal Laws That Would Allow The City To Distribute Marijuana, Possibly Through The Health Department - Officials Believe Their Long Experience With AIDS Gives Them The Right To Send A Message To The Federal Government About Marijuana Laws) Date: Mon, 01 Jun 1998 00:09:04 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: City of San Francisco May Get Into Medical Pot Business Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Patrick Henry Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: CNN Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.cnn.com/ Author: Susan Reed and AP CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO MAY GET INTO MEDICAL POT BUSINESS SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) -- With the federal government cracking down on medical marijuana clubs, San Francisco is looking at entering the marijuana distribution business. "With 75 to 80 percent of the people in San Francisco saying it should be available for medicinal purposes and with the district attorney having the same attitude, the Board of Supervisors with the same attitude, I have the same attitude, the Department of Health having the same attitude, there ought to be some way this can be achieved," said San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. California voters legalized the medical use of marijuana by approving Proposition 215 in 1996. Users need a prescription from a doctor to treat symptoms of AIDS, cancer and other serious diseases. California Legalization Not Legal To U.S. The clubs that sprang up after the law was approved have faced challenges in state and federal courts. A federal judge shut down six northern California medical marijuana clubs earlier this month. The California law does not override the federal ban on marijuana, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said. However, San Francisco District Attorney Terrence Hallinan generally was satisfied with the operation of the city's marijuana club. He said the operation was more loosely managed than he would have liked, but it cooperated with his office and the city's health department. But with the federal government crackdown, city officials are looking for loopholes in state and federal laws that would allow the city to distribute marijuana, possibly through the health department. But where would the city get the marijuana? City Considering Producing, Distributing Pot "Somewhere down the road, I think, the city is either going to have to produce that crop or contract with somebody who will do it under proper and secure circumstances," Hallinan said. The federal judge's ruling is under appeal, so U.S. Attorney Michael Yamaguchi declined to comment. Before the trial, however, he cast doubt on any possibility of the city distributing pot. "It has been suggested that local government might step in and distribute marijuana if the clubs close down. Without prior approval from both the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration, such distribution is illegal," Yamaguchi said. But San Francisco officials believe their long experience with AIDS gives them the right to send a message to the federal government about marijuana laws.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Club's Peron - Such A Dope ('San Francisco Chronicle' Columnist Ken Garcia Blames The Victim In A Rather One-Sided Diatribe Against Dennis Peron, Co-Author Of Proposition 215 And Former Proprietor Of The San Francisco Cannabis Buyers' Club, Shut Down Without A Jury Trial In A City Where The Board Of Supervisors And 80 Percent Of The People Voted For Proposition P) Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 12:02:05 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: OPED: Pot Club's Peron -- Such a Dope Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Tom O'Connell) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Author: Ken Garcia POT CLUB'S PERON -- SUCH A DOPE His Fantasy Was To Ride His Cause To Governorship So Dennis Peron no longer gets to play ringmaster in his smoke-filled circus tent. At least now he'll be able to concentrate on his next job -- after he wins the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday. You've got to give Peron credit. Most people might back down when the president, the Justice Department, the state attorney general and almost every cop and court within 500 miles starts telling you to pack your baggies. But Peron just puffed and he puffed until the whole house blew down. The end came quietly this week, as sheriff's deputies conducted a holiday morning raid at Peron's aromatic headquarters on Market Street. Well, relatively quietly, anyway. Peron was running around screaming about the injustice of it all. He promised to reinvent the club. He said it would ascend like a phoenix, appropriately enough, out of the ashtray. Don't bet on it. Peron deserves credit for raising the public consciousness about the need for medicinal marijuana, and for being a relentless advocate for decriminalization of a personal vice. But along the way he fell in love with the spotlight and has burned almost every bridge he's crossed, making it tougher for every other legitimate pot club to carry on its business. Peron had to work hard at it, because he had the backing of his own city's district attorney, the sheriff and a number of other elected officials. But his refusal to clean up his act after repeated run-ins with the law leaves him today as just another run-of-the-mill pot-smoking GOP candidate -- and approximately 9,000 people with medical problems in San Francisco looking for a place to score. He flaunted his own club's borderline legality, refusing to file for a business license or to pay taxes, suggesting that his operation was based on a doctrine of civil disobedience. And he paid little heed to the claims that people without medical prescriptions were lining up outside his shop to get their hands on some Maui Wowie or Humboldt Green -- emerging ever happier. In this case, it's appropriate to ask what he was smoking. Because anybody who ever went by his club could have told you that young skateboarders and the city's frenetic gutter punks did not exactly meet the description laid out under the law of people with dire medical conditions. ``There were drug deals on the streets, kids crowding the sidewalk, congregations of homeless people. . . . It was a zoo,'' said one nearby business owner. ``After we began complaining, they'd clean it up for a day and then it would revert to business as usual. We all support the premise of the club, but it was never run properly -- or legally.'' That never seemed to matter much to Peron -- at least until the state and federal authorities began closing in. But it certainly mattered to other pot clubs around the Bay Area that began feeling the heat because Peron saw himself as a martyr unaffected by the law. When a judge ordered the San Francisco Cannabis Cultivators Club shut down, he said fine, we'll just give it another name. When he became the target of most of the court orders, he said no problem, I'll just pick a 79-year-old pot-smoker as the new director. And when police and judicial authorities began scrutinizing other pot club operations because of his legal problems, he played the part of defenseless victim. Peron's GOP gubernatorial rival, Attorney General Dan Lungren, certainly deserves his share of the blame. Lungren blithely ignored the will of the voters by cracking down on pot clubs -- singling out Peron -- and then preened before the assembled media. And one can only hope the Justice Department has more important matters to tangle with than trying to exert its heavy-handed will on issues best left to state and local authorities. But Peron's bullheadedness did not serve him well at a time he should have been trying to fulfill his self-sworn duty to make marijuana available to thousands of people with HIV, glaucoma and other serious medical problems. And why would anyone lock horns with the state and federal judiciary? This falls under the category: Why do you think they call it dope? So now the city is faced with coming up with a way to distribute pot to those people -- a scary thought in itself. District Attorney Terence Hallinan said it might be possible for the city to begin growing its own pot, which would no doubt give national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal another reason to brush up their annual ``only in Sin City'' stories. Peron clearly did the right thing for a majority of Californians who support the cultivation and distribution of medicinal marijuana. He just took the wrong path along the way. Maybe he'll get back on track in Sacramento. Copyright 1998 San Francisco Chronicle
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ex-DEA Agent Convicted Of Stealing $178,000 ('San Francisco Chronicle' Version Of Yesterday's News About San Francisco DEA Agent Clifford Shibata) Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 11:15:18 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Ex-DEA Agent Convicted Of Stealing $178,000 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Page: A16 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Bill Wallace, Chronicle Staff Writer EX-DEA AGENT CONVICTED OF STEALING $178,000 A former official of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Francisco was convicted this week of stealing $178,000 from a drug-buying fund the agency used in its undercover investigations. Clifford Shibata, a veteran DEA agent and supervisor who has worked for 25 years at the federal narcotics agency, is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing September 4. Shibata was indicted by a federal grand jury last year on charges of mail fraud, theft from the government and making false statements. According to investigators, while working as a DEA group supervisor in San Francisco from 1994 to 1996, Shibata made 137 cash withdrawals from an agency fund used to pay for undercover drug purchases and informants. Although many of the withdrawals were for amounts of only a few hundred dollars, some involved several thousand dollars. Shibata forged the signatures of other DEA personnel and police officers on forms he used to withdraw the money, and apparently returned some of the cash to the agency with an anonymous letter that was intended to cast suspicion on a co-worker. During Shibata's three-week trial in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, prosecutors from the U.S. Justice Department's Profession Integrity Section in Washington, D.C., introduced scores of documents related to the transactions and put on numerous witnesses who testified that they did not sign the documents Shibata used to obtain the money. Neither Shibata nor his attorney, Stuart Hanlon, could be reached for comment yesterday.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Candidates Make A Late Pitch For The Undecideds ('San Francisco Examiner' Notes California Gubernatorial Candidate Jane Harman Would Support Efforts By City Officials To Provide Marijuana To Sick People, Though She's 'Not Sure' It's The Right Answer For Sick People In The Rest Of The State - The Leader In The Polls, Gray Davis, Who Opposed Proposition 215, Said He Supports Legislation By State Senator John Vasconcellos Urging A Three-Year Study Of The Effects Of Marijuana On Particular Ailments) Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 23:09:36 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Candidates Make A Late Pitch For The Undecideds Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Authors: By Zachary Coile and Gregory Lewis of The Examiner Staff Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 CANDIDATES MAKE A LATE PITCH FOR THE UNDECIDEDS Rep. Jane Harman said she would support efforts by city officials to provide marijuana to sick people in San Francisco, even if she's not sure it's the right answer for the rest of the state. In a campaign visit with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has endorsed her, Harman said she backed "city officials taking whatever steps they think they need to take" to assure access to the drug for the truly ill. Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, who leads Harman and financier Al Checchi in the polls, was also in The City, touting his endorsements by San Francisco officials. An Examiner poll released Friday showed Davis with a double-digit lead over his Democratic rivals Harman and businessman Al Checchi. As the campaign for the primary election wound down to its last couple of days, Davis and Harman campaigned in The City, while Checchi delivered his education platform to schools in San Diego and El Centro, Imperial County. Attorney General Dan Lungren, the expected GOP nominee, campaigned in Los Angeles and called for eliminating the state's vehicle license fee over the next five years. Davis, who opposed the voter-approved medicinal marijuana Proposition 215, said he supported legislation by state Sen. John Vasconcellos that urges a three-year study of the effects of marijuana on particular ailments. "I'm not in favor of legalizing marijuana," Davis said. "On the other hand, I don't believe politicians should interfere with medical judgments." The Democratic front-runner, who began the campaign lagging third in the polls, appeared confident at pep rally-style press conference with a rainbow coalition of elected officials -- including Mayor Brown and Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris -- and labor leaders. "I believe voters all along were looking for someone with my profile," Davis said in an interview, "but couldn't find me until I could get on television (with campaign ads)." "I believed that once my message got out, the voters would support me," he said. Asked what he planned to do in the final days of the campaign to hold his lead, Davis replied: "Just get up every morning, fight for every vote and share my vision with people in the state." Davis' message is three-pronged: As governor, he will preside over the booming state economy in a logical manner, fix schools and bring the people of the state together. "As governor, I will end the politics of division," Davis vowed from a podium set up outside the War Memorial Building. "The era of wedge-issue politics is over. ... The long nightmare of Pete Wilson is passing on to wherever he's going -- San Diego, New Hampshire." Harman was in The City for a series of events, including a news conference on gun violence and an evening rally with gay and lesbian activists headlined by Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts. Appearing on the Ronn Owens show at KGO-radio Friday morning, she was asked by a caller about her stand on medical marijuana. She said she had opposed Prop. 215, the initiative passed by voters that legalized medical marijuana, because she thought it was too broad. She said she favored more research into medical marijuana, and wanted to fine-tune Prop. 215 to end the current stalemate between pot clubs and law enforcement officials. "I support efforts to limit distribution so we are not promoting drug use, but so that we are helping heal people who are suffering," Harman said. "If that's our principle, if cities have the best tools to implement it, cities should do it, but otherwise the state should supervise it." After the event, she said the idea of allowing city officials to provide pot to patients, suggested by San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, should be considered. "I feel it should be looked at," Harman said. "But I don't know whether that makes good sense for every city. We have to consider whether the states or the cities should be the primary vehicle for refining the intention of 215." However, Harman added, "I support city officials' taking whatever steps they think they need to take to do what they need to do." Feinstein, in her first public appearance with Harman since endorsing her last week, praised the third-term congresswoman for her experience and her ability to work with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. She also challenged the notion that Harman was out of the race because of polls showing she was tied with Checchi well behind Davis. "There's a big undecided (vote)," Feinstein said. "If the undecideds move her way, she could win." Feinstein also took a swing at Checchi, saying his bottoming out in the polls reflected the negative approach of his TV ads. "I just hope this shows you can't trash somebody to pump yourself up," Feinstein. "I hope it sounds the death knell for this kind of political advertising in the state." Examiner news services contributed to this report. 1998 San Francisco Examiner
------------------------------------------------------------------- Repeal Exemptions Of Tobacco, Alcohol (A Pharmacist's Letter To The Editor Of 'The Boulder Daily Camera' In Colorado Says It's Absurd To Debase The Constitution With The Idea That The Deadliest Of All Drugs, Tobacco - The Drug That Kills More People Than All Other Drugs Combined, Including Alcohol - Should Specifically Be Exempt From The Drug Laws, While Users Of Less Deadly Drugs Are Subject To Prison, While Pretending That We Have Equal Protection Under The Law) Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998 21:27:31 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CO: PUB LTE: Repeal Exemptions Of Tobacco, Alcohol Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Tom.Barrus@Cahners.com Pubdate: Sun, 31 May 1998 Source: Boulder Daily Camera (CO) Section: Open Forum Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.bouldernews.com Author: Tom W. Barrus, R.Ph., MBA DRUG LAWS REPEAL EXEMPTIONS OF TOBACCO, ALCOHOL Your editorial, "Kicking the habit" (April 30) pointed out: "The tobacco companies have argued that Congress never gave the FDA explicit authority to regulate cigarettes ..." Just another lie from the tobacco drug lords. Even the political definition of drugs in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act states that drugs are: "... (C) articles (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals; ..." Since the drug lords intend that tobacco affect the taste of man, it is a drug. Tobacco is the only drug that could actually be classified as a schedule I controlled substance since it: 1. has no medical use, 2. is subject to abuse and 3. cannot be used safely under medical supervision (400,000-plus deaths per year active; 50,000-plus deaths per year passive). Yet, in spite of a so-called "War on drugs" (which is really "An insane war on some drug users") and lots of pious rhetoric, especially from Republicans, tobacco is still a legal product, only because it is specifically exempt from the drug laws by name. To debase the Constitution with the idea that the deadliest of all drugs, tobacco - the drug that kills more people than all other drugs, including alcohol, combined - should specifically be exempt from the drug laws, while less deadly drugs are subject to these same drug laws, and pretend that we have the equal protection of the laws is absurd. It has been said that Congress cannot legislate morality. While true, it is also true that Congress can legislate immorality. Why should tobacco (and alcohol) be exempt from our drug laws? As a pharmacist, I can attest that tobacco, a poisonous insecticide, has no legitimate medical purpose. Still, is there any reason why an adult citizen cannot engage in commerce, buy his poisonous tobacco, and poison himself, just as long as he does not poison anyone else? Let's demand that the General Assembly of Colorado repeal C.R.S. 25-5-402 (4)(a) and (4)(d), and make tobacco and alcohol subject to the Colorado Food and Drug Act just like Tylenol and aspirin. Let's be honest and restore the rule of law to our state and nation, instead of the rule of money! Call your legislator today to demand that the exemptions of tobacco and alcohol from the drug laws be repealed now!
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Cocaine Mom' Undergoes Sterilization ('Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' Article About A Woman In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Detained By An Unconstitutional Secret Court During Two Pregnancies, Now Known Statewide As The 'Cocaine Mom') Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 17:11:06 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US WI: 'Cocaine Mom' Undergoes Sterilization Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Contact: email@example.com Fax: (414) 224-8280 Website: http://www.jsonline.com/ Author: Lisa Sink of the Journal Sentinel staff 'COCAINE MOM' UNDERGOES STERILIZATION She Says She Hasn't Used Drugs Since April 1, Has Regained Custody Of Baby Waukesha -- After being detained by officials during two pregnancies, the Waukesha woman known statewide as the "cocaine mom" said Friday that she has undergone sterilization to avoid having more children. The woman, who was in court Friday to announce she was ready to resolve a drug paraphernalia case, said in an interview outside the courtroom that she was concentrating on her 6-week-old son and her drug treatment and no longer wanted more children. "I got my tubes tied," the 26-year-old woman said. "This is my last one," she added as she gestured to her infant, wrapped in a blue and white checked blanket. That the woman had custody of the baby was news itself. A judge has closed court hearings on the county's move to provide protective services for the infant. As she cradled her baby, she said: "They aren't going to get him. I'm going to show Waukesha that I can do it without them." The woman's case made national headlines in 1995 when a judge ordered her detained under child protection laws to protect her fetus from her cocaine abuse. She lost her parental rights to that son, now 2 1/2. The woman, who is being identified by the Journal Sentinel only as Angela to protect her children's identity, is living with her youngest son in a drug abuse treatment facility. She voluntarily entered the facility in April just days before a judge ordered her there for violating her probation on a drug paraphernalia case. She violated the conditions of her bail on the possession of crack-cocaine pipes case by testing positive for drugs, which came during the eighth month of her latest pregnancy. Assistant County Corporation Counsel William Domina said in an interview Friday that he could not discuss Angela's medical history. He said that while the county never advocates sterilization, even in its worst child neglect or abuse cases, the procedure in some cases can end "a continuation of children who will end up in foster care." "Sterilization is not the object of the county in any termination of parental rights or CHIPS (Child in Need of Protective Services) case," Domina said. "Our goal is to work with families and not to have families perpetuate poor environments for children," he said. Last spring when the state Supreme Court ruled in Angela's case that state law did not allow the detention of pregnant, drug-abusing women to protect their fetuses, there were some who advocated for the woman's sterilization. Angela said Friday that she decided on her own to undergo tubal ligation, in part because her last pregnancy was "too painful." "I thought I would die," she said. She insisted once again that she would regain custody of her 2 1/2-year-old son, who was the subject of the illegal 1995 detention. That boy remains in foster care while she appeals. The foster parents want to adopt him. "I will get him back," said Angela, who appeared healthy and rested and wore a long green dress she said the treatment center had given her. Ordered by a judge to stay at the facility around the clock and to leave the grounds only with her counselor, Angela has not walked away from treatment and has actively participated in group and individual sessions, officials said. She is tested weekly for drugs, and all tests have been clean, according to Wisconsin Correctional Service, a private agency monitoring her as a condition of her bail. "She's making great progress," said Craig Mastantuono, the assistant state public defender representing her on the paraphernalia charge. "If your paper continues to refer to her as the 'cocaine mom,' that would be unfair and off-base, because that's just not the current situation," he said. The woman told a reporter that the last time she used drugs was April 1 -- 17 days before she delivered her son. "I had some withdrawals," she said. "I got so depressed. But I did my steps . . . They're helping me. And I have parenting classes." She said she "loved" living at the facility, the identity of which was ordered to remain confidential under court seal. In court Friday, Mastantuono told Circuit Judge Lee S. Dreyfus Jr. that the woman would not be going to trial next week as scheduled to contest her drug paraphernalia charge. Mastantuono said that at a June 18 hearing she would plead guilty or no contest and be recommended for probation. Prosecutors will not seek any jail time or a fine, he said. The woman likely will remain at the treatment center for six months to as long as a year, he said. In ruling on Angela's 1995 detention, the state Supreme Court said that a fetus was not a child entitled to protections under the non-criminal CHIPS laws. Shortly after that legal victory, the woman, still using drugs by her own admission, became pregnant again. Months later, she was arrested and charged with possession of crack-cocaine pipes. She was released on a $250 signature bond with conditions that she remain drug-free. However, in March authorities said she tested positive for cocaine twice. The tests were ordered as part of an unrelated Juvenile Court case involving one of her older sons, who live with their grandmother.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cops Mistake Remains For Drug ('Associated Press' Article In 'The San Jose Mercury News' Says Michael Anthony Horne Sued The City Of San Antonio, Texas, On Thursday, After Spending A Month In Jail And Losing His Job, His Pickup, His Apartment And His Military Reserve Status When Police Refused To Believe His Grandmother's Ashes Weren't Methamphetamine - In A Case Reminiscent Of 'Curse Of The Cocaine Mummies,' The Remains Tested Positive) Date: Mon, 01 Jun 1998 00:18:04 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US TX: Cops Mistake Remains For Drug Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ COPS MISTAKE REMAINS FOR DRUG San Antonio, Texas (AP) - Honest, officer -- it's my grandmother. Michael Anthony Horne insisted the powdery substance police found in a plastic bag in his pickup was the ashes of his cremated grandmother. But when police tested the contents, it tested positive for methamphetamine. Horne was hauled away to jail for a month. Unable to make bail, he lost his job, his pickup, his apartment and his military reserve status. Subsequent test confirmed that the substance was indeed human remains, something Horne had insisted since his arrest in July. "It's in the police report that he told them that," said his attorney, Luis Vera. Thursday, Horne sued the city for unspecified damages. Unfortunately, repeated testing has destroyed most of the evidence. "The sad thing is, most of his grandmother's remains are gone now," Vera said. "He can't get that back."
------------------------------------------------------------------- In Texas, It Was Ashes To Ashes, This Is A Bust ('Los Angeles Times' Version) Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 00:45:19 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US TX: In Texas, It Was Ashes To Ashes, This Is A Bust Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.latimes.com/ IN TEXAS, IT WAS ASHES TO ASHES, THIS IS A BUST SAN ANTONIO--Michael Anthony Horne has sued San Antonio for unspecified damages after police jailed him on charges of possession of methamphetamine. What he actually possessed was the ashes of his cremated grandmother. After police said a field test showed the presence of the drug, Horne was hauled away to jail for a month. Unable to make bail, he lost his job, his pickup, his apartment and his military reserve status, he said. Subsequent tests confirmed that the substance was indeed human remains, something Horne had insisted since his arrest in July. "It's in the police report that he told them that," said his attorney, Luis Vera, after the suit was filed Thursday. Horne, who had recently gotten out of the Army, was given the ashes by his grandfather so he would always remember his late, cremated grandmother, and had not yet taken them from his truck, Vera said. He said it was hard to believe the police mistook the ashes for drugs because speed "looks like baby powder," while the ashes were various shades of gray, white and black. Vera said it also was important to lay to rest any doubts about Horne's grandmother. "Grandma wasn't a doper," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Was Bag Granny's Remains Or Dope? ('Orange County Register' Version Quotes Horne's Lawyer Saying He Wanted To Know More About The Field Test, Because Either 'Someone's Lying Or I Have Got A Case Against The Manufacturer Of The Test, Too') Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 21:47:28 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US TX: Was Bag Granny's Remains Or Dope Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk:John W.Black Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Author:Jacque Crouse-San Antonio Express-News WAS BAG GRANNY'S REMAINS OR DOPE Courts: Man sues authorities who initially mistook woman's cremated ashes for an illegal substance. SAN ANTONIO - It's a federal court lawsuit, but it could be the lyrics of a sad country Western song. Too sleepy to drive, Michael Anthony Horne pulled off a San Antonio roadway on July 30, 1997, for a nap. A suspicious San Antonio patrolman stopped and searched the vehicle and Horne, who was arrested for possession of a powdery substance. Horne was jailed. He lost his job, his pickup, his apartment, his military reserve status. And some of his grandmother's cremated remains. Despite Horn's protests that authorities were making a terrible mistake, the plastic bag that contained his grandmother's ashes was field tested for methamphetamine. Grandma passed, but Horne was sent to jail. Horne, of San Antonio, on Thursday filed a federal court lawsuit seeking unspecified damages. Unable to make bail, Horne was jailed for about a month before the case was dismissed because the contents of the bag proved to be his grandmother's remains and not illicit drugs, according to his lawyer, Luis Vera. Assistant City Attorney Amy Eubanks said the city handles arrests and is not responsible for decisions to prosecute or when someone is released from jail. The field test for methamphetmine, sought by the arresting officer Michael Katsfey, was positive, Eubanks added. Vera said the search was illegal and Horne told the officers the bag contained the ashes of his grandmother. Horne, who had recently gotten out of the Army, was given the ashes by his grandfather so he would always remember his late, cremated grandmother, and had not yet taken them from his truck, Vera said. "It's in the police report that he told them that," Vera said. The lawyer said he wanted to know more about the field test, because either "someone's lying or I have got a case against the manufacturer of the test, too." Vera said the ashes were tested twice after the field test. Both tests were negative. "After the second test, they finally dismissed the case and let him go," Vera said. "The sad thing is, most of his grandmother's remains are gone now (because of the testing)," Vera said. "He can't get that back." The lawsuit alleges that police violated Horne's constitutional rights and denied him due process of the law. Vera said it was also important to lay to rests any doubts about Horne's grandmother. "Grandma wasn't a doper," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Campus Unrest Fired By Alcohol, Not Social Activism ('Associated Press' Has The Nerve To Suggest That American College Students Fighting Repressive Prohibitionists For Their Right To Party Aren't Social Activists)Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 23:17:11 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Wire: Latest Campus Unrest Fired By Alcohol, Not Social Activism Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: Patrick Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 LATEST CAMPUS UNREST FIRED BY ALCOHOL, NOT SOCIAL ACTIVISM (AP) -- Bonfires in the streets. Bottles whizzing through the air at police. Chants and tear gas and television footage of students being led away in handcuffs. The images may have harkened back to the 1960s, but it wasn't war or segregation that inspired scores of college students to take to the streets this year. It was the right to party. Students from at least 10 schools rallied and rioted, saying new restrictions on how they drink and carouse were the latest evidence that their freedom is at stake. Bans on porch furniture, limits on how many people can share a house, tickets for riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the street -- rule upon rule made without student input, they say. "It's been one thing after another. Each one was not enough to set off a protest, but we were getting sick of it," said Adam Herringa, 22, who graduated this spring from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. An e-mail summons answered by 3,000 Through e-mail, Herringa summoned 3,000 fellow students into the streets May 1 after the school banned drinking at a popular spot where students party before and after football games. Police fired tear gas as students lit bonfires and threw rocks and bottles at officers. But faculty, police and some students say something less meaningful is at work. "What I saw seemed to have no rhyme or reason, no ideological passion, just rebelliousness without a cause," said Richard Little, a spokesman for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Oxford police clashed with about 200 students on the nights of May 9-10 when they tried to break up parties near campus after months of tension over drinking. Forty-five people were arrested. "Some people theorize that there's always going to be that rebelliousness for people of this age, yet with no war, no civil rights struggle, nothing to latch on to -- that cork's going to pop," Little said. Not much to do in peacetime? "If there's peace, there isn't much to do -- or it appears there isn't," said Wallace Reese of the Greater Lansing Area Peace Education Center, which works on mediating disputes such as the one there between students and police. Some student activists are disgusted by the gatherings, the largest at some schools since the Vietnam War. There are still traditional social issues to work on, like racism, education equity and labor conditions, they said. "People riot after a football game, but what's the point? Yet when we want to have a nonviolent sit-in, not even a third of those people show up," said Michael Norman, 21, a public relations and political science student at Ohio State. Norman was among a few dozen students who occupied an administrative building for a week this month to protest a reorganization of the school's minority affairs office. The sit-in ended when the school agreed to hold off until fall. Aldo Valmon, 31, a psychology student, has rallied for lower tuition and more minority professors at New York's Brooklyn College. "To pick alcohol, drugs as a thing to mark your career in college, to say `I fought for the right to drink,' I find it weak," he said. Restrictions on parties, alcohol stir clashes About 175 people were cited this spring in clashes involving partying students and police at Miami, Ohio State University, Ohio University and the University of Akron. Some students said they were frustrated by police harshness on partying students. Other recent clashes include one on May 3 at Washington State University in Pullman, where 23 police officers were injured during a riot by 2,000 students. Some students said they were angered by a year-old ban on alcohol at fraternity parties and restrictions on off-campus parties. And police in Plymouth, New Hampshire, were pelted with bottles and rocks when they tried to disperse more than 500 partying students in early May. Students were angered by recent restrictions on large gatherings and underage drinking. "If they were after something that was more humanity-centered than taking away the right to drink, perhaps I would be sympathetic to them," said Henry Dittum, who retired this month after 33 years as an English professor at Plymouth State College.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Anti-Drug Cooperation In Jeopardy, Mexico Tells US ('Los Angeles Times' Says Operation Casablanca, The Biggest Money-Laundering Investigation In US History, Has So Incensed Mexican Officials That They Are Now Warning It Will Damage 'Vital' Anti-Drug Cooperation With The American Government) Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 20:52:19 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Mexico: Anti-Drug Cooperation in Jeopardy, Mexico Tells U.S. Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: May 30, 1998 Author: Mary Beth Sheridan, Times Staff Writer Note: Times staff writer Robert L. Jackson of The Times' Washington Bureau contributed to this report. ANTI-DRUG COOPERATION IN JEOPARDY, MEXICO TELLS U.S. Diplomacy: Money-laundering sting by Americans angers officials. Probe has damaged nation's trust, they say. MEXICO CITY--Operation Casablanca, the biggest money-laundering investigation in U.S. history, has so incensed Mexican officials that they are now warning it will damage vital anti-drug cooperation with the American government. The diplomatic row has cast a pall over an operation that the Clinton administration hailed as a success earlier this month. The investigation, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Fe Springs, has led to more than 150 arrests and the indictment of three Mexican and four Venezuelan banks accused of laundering drug money. But Mexican officials have been infuriated by the discovery that U.S. Customs operatives apparently carried out part of the sting investigation here without their knowledge. The Mexicans are so upset that some officials have even threatened to formally charge the American operatives and seek their extradition. "Our mutual confidence has been damaged. Our cooperation has been damaged," Foreign Minister Rosario Green told reporters Thursday. "Therefore we must now sit down to talk and reestablish the terms of our cooperation." Green said Mexico will demand that the U.S. government sign a "code of conduct" that would prohibit any more such covert cross-border operations. Mexico's cooperation in the anti-drug fight is considered vital because the country is not only an important source of other drugs but also the biggest conduit for cocaine entering the United States. After Mexico filed a protest with the U.S. government last week, President Clinton expressed regret that Mexican officials were not informed in advance about Operation Casablanca. But his apology was clearly not enough to put the matter to rest. The Mexican irritation stems from two factors. The most serious is that U.S. Customs agents or informants were apparently secretly working in Mexico as part of their sting operation, which led to the indictment of 26 Mexican bankers. Such an operation not only could violate Mexican laws but also touches deep-seated fears in a country that lost half its territory to the U.S. in the last century and remains wary of its powerful neighbor. One senior Mexican official offered this argument to substantiate their anger: What would American officials do if they discovered Mexican police in Los Angeles carrying a shipment of cocaine to use in a Mexican sting operation there? "The Americans would say: 'Wait a minute, who authorized this operation in the U.S.? You are committing a crime,' " said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Sting operations are legal in Mexico only if authorized by the attorney general. Mexican officials are also angry that they were left in the dark about the U.S. investigation until it was announced in Washington. Authorities here have come under fierce attack from opposition party members who claim that officials meekly allowed a violation of Mexican sovereignty. In Washington, Justice Department officials said privately that the operation had to be secret to protect the lives of U.S. agents. Asked about Green's remarks on cooperation, U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno said the two governments have worked well together. "I think we must all do everything that we can to focus on drug trafficking and the damage it is doing to both nations and to take the appropriate steps, based on our laws, that will bring these people to justice," she said. An official at the Treasury Department, which oversees Customs, responding to claims that agents may have violated Mexican laws, said: "We understand their concerns, and we're looking at the situation." Copyright Los Angeles Times
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mexico's Most Violent Drug Kingpins Go Underground As Feds Turn Up Heat ('Associated Press' Says The Gangland-Style Shootouts That Plagued Tijuana Have Abruptly Stopped As The Arellano Felix Brothers Replaced Violence With A Quieter, More Businesslike Style) Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 18:37:36 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Mexico: Wire: Mexico's most violent drug kingpins go underground as Feds turn up heat Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Patrick Henry (email@example.com) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Author: Anita Snow, Associated Press Writer MEXICO'S MOST VIOLENT DRUG KINGPINS GO UNDERGROUND AS FEDS TURN UP HEAT TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- The gangland-style shootouts that plagued this drug-infested border city abruptly stopped. Local elections and land disputes replaced reports about the Arellano Felix drug gang on the nightly news. Apparently taking a cue from Colombian drug lords, the Arellano Felix brothers are replacing their attention-getting violence with a quieter, more businesslike style. ``They aren't seen in the discos and restaurants anymore,'' said newspaper publisher Jesus Blancornelas, who was almost killed six months ago by gunmen believed to work for the gang. ``Things are a lot more peaceful here now. It's almost like a normal city.'' Experts believe that after the gang's top enforcer, Ramon Arellano Felix, was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted List and indicted on U.S. federal drug charges last fall, members of Mexico's fastest-growing narcotics organization went underground for survival. ``They have definitely taken on a much lower profile,'' said Errol Chavez of the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego. ``But there is no sign that their business is slowing down.'' A similar shift occurred several years ago in Colombia, where the violent Pablo Escobar headed the Medellin cartel. With his bombings of shopping malls, political assassinations -- even the downing of a jetliner -- Escobar sought to intimidate the government so it would leave him alone. But his extreme violence made him a prime target of Colombian law enforcement. He was killed by authorities in December 1993. With Escobar's demise, the rival Cali cartel grew in importance under the guidance of businessmen who preferred bribes over bullets. The man once described as Mexico's No. 1 drug lord, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, learned from Cali mentors to keep phone conversations secure from snooping drug agents and to develop new ways of smuggling. He died last year after plastic surgery. The Arellano Felix brothers lived very publicly before Ramon was placed on the FBI list and a reward of $2 million was offered for information leading to his arrest. The brothers were often seen at Tijuana's upscale nightclubs and even appeared on the society pages. But their fast and violent lifestyle became a liability, particularly after befriending the sons of some of Tijuana's wealthiest families. Dubbed ``narco-juniors,'' those rich young men proved to be even more violent and foolhardy than the brothers themselves. Pumped up on the cocaine they often helped haul across the border, the juniors killed prosecutors and rivals with machine guns in broad daylight, inviting more attention than the gang needed. In one especially brutal killing, Baja California state prosecutor Hodin Armando Gutierrez Rico was shot more than 100 times outside his Tijuana home in 1996. The killers drove their van over his body dozens of times. About two years ago, law enforcers on both sides of the border launched an offensive against the juniors. Most are dead or behind bars. In February, U.S. federal authorities indicted 10 members of the gang on a variety of charges, including drug trafficking and murder. With Ramon and other leading members of his security force targeted for arrest, the Arellano Felix gang had no option other than to change its operating methods, Blancornelas said. ``They really got out of control with all the violence,'' said the editor and publisher of the feisty weekly Zeta. ``The juniors especially caused them a lot of problems. They would have become a much more powerful organization if not for the juniors.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Operation Weedeater - Two Convicted In Huge Drug Case ('Calgary Herald' Notes Charges Were Dismissed Against 14 Marijuana Cultivators After A June 1995 Raid Of 55 Residences Because Police Used Illegal Means More Often Than Not) Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 12:01:18 -0300 (ADT) Sender: Chris Donald (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: Chris Donald (email@example.com) To: AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (firstname.lastname@example.org) cc: Michael Harris (email@example.com) Subject: 14 Mj growers freed: Police used illegal means more often than not All, The enforcement of drug prohibition is often found to cause huge problems with civil rights because of illegal police tactics. Here's more evidence that enforcing drug laws often forces police to violate the Charter Rights of Canadians with illegal wiretaps and illegal search warrants. Note that a vast, two year, six or even seven figure (tax-dollars!) police sweep of growers in Calgary resulted in five people getting mostly minor convictions, and 14 people having charges against them dropped, because of illegal police procedures and weak cases being prosecuted to justify that vast expense of the investigation: *** Source: Calgary Herald Pub Date: May 30,1998 Author: Daryl Slade Operation Weedeater - Two convicted in huge drug case A mammoth drug case that began nearly two years ago with 21 people charged ended Friday with the conviction of two people on eight criminal charges. Linda Hews was found guilty by provincial court Judge Sandra Hamilton of five counts, and Timothy Downey was convicted of three counts stemming from a citywide police bust of marijuana-growing operations. The case, dubbed Operation Weedeater by police, began with a June 1995 raid of 55 residences. In the end, only five people were convicted. Three other people pleaded guilty to charges and were sentenced earlier this year. A total of 14 others were freed at various points in the trial after Hamilton ruled that search warrants and telephone wiretaps were improperly executed. Some of Hamiltonıs rulings that the evidence was inadmissible are now under appeal by the Crown. Hews was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit an offense, two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of trafficking in a narcotic. Downey was found guilty of one count each of conspiracy, cultivating and possession for trafficking. Bradley Anhorn and Charlene Lund were acquitted of three charges each after Hamilton found there was insufficient evidence against either of them. Anhornıs lawyer, Pat Horner, said the acquittal following a trial that began in September 1996 was a tremendous relief to his client. "There was no direct evidence against the two (acquitted) and the Crown came to realize there was no case against some individuals," Horner said. Linda Rae Larson, alleged to be the key person in the operation, was sentenced in February to 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy. Her boyfriend, Wendall Wade Shakotko, admitted to cultivating a narcotic and was sentenced last month to 22 months in jail. One other minor player, Gerald Ray, pleaded guilty before trial and received probation. Hamilton will hear sentencing arguments on June 17.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Rock Denies Cover-Up On Milk-Boosting Drug ('The Toronto Star' Says Canadian Health Minister Alan Rock's Office Issued A Statement Yesterday Denying The Newspaper's Allegation That Health Canada Suppressed A Study Of A Veterinary Drug Designed To Increase Milk Production In Cows) Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 09:47:46 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Dave Haans (email@example.com) Subject: TorStar: Rock denies cover-up on milk-boosting drug Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: The Toronto Star Pubdate: Saturday, May 30, 1998 Page: A15 URL: http://www.thestar.ca Contact: LetterToEd@thestar.com Author: Laura Eggertson Rock denies cover-up on milk-boosting drug Document is still in draft stage, minster argues By Laura Eggertson, Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA -- Health Canada has denied that officials are attempting to suppress parts of an internal report criticizing the department's study of a controversial veterinary drug. "There has been no pressure from 'top federal health officials' to cover up any aspect of the (report)," said a statement issued from Health Minister Alan Rock's office yesterday. Health Canada insisted the report is merely a draft and that the authors still have work to do. The report concerns Health Canada's study of a veterinary drug designed to increase milk production in cows. As The Star reported yesterday, three senior officials wrote memos directing the scientists who wrote the report to delete sections critical of the department. The drug, recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST, is not yet approved in Canada. It's a growth hormone that is among the world's first genetically-engineered products. Health Canada commissioned the report to see if there is any gap in the information Monsanto Inc. gave the government when the Missouri-based company asked it to approve the drug. The report concludes that Health Canada officials did not subject the drug to thorough long-term tests for human safety. It names those officials the authors consider responsible for failing to question Monsanto about its data. Pressure to change the report began shortly after the scientists filed it April 21. "All allegations of a scientific and personal nature should be removed from the report," says a May 13 memo from Donald Landry, chief of the pharmaceutical assessment division of the Bureau of Veterinary Drugs. A May 11 memo from André Lachance, the director of the bureau, tells the scientists their conclusions are "coloured by the many allegations which permeate the report and its appendices." He directed them to remove "all material" labelled as confidential from the document. Lachance warned the authors that by naming names they could be opening themselves to legal action. His memo also suggests the scientists may be harming their careers unless they make the changes he is demanding.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drugs In Our Schools (Alarmist Staff Editorial In 'The Hamilton Spectator' In Ontario About The Halton Police Carrying Out A Drug Sting At An Oakville High School That Resulted In 14 Drug Trafficking Charges Against Students)Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 00:06:43 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Canada: Editorial: Drugs In Our Schools Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: Hamilton Spectator (Canada) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.southam.com/hamiltonspectator/ DRUGS IN OUR SCHOOLS Alarm bells should be ringing in Halton households over the drug sting at an Oakville high school that has resulted in 14 drug trafficking charges against students. If Halton parents' eyes aren't open to the possibility their teenaged son or daughter may be using drugs then they should be. The fact of the matter is drug enforcement in Halton high schools has been so lax the kids have been smoking marijuana on school property. That's what an undercover Halton police officer witnessed at General Wolfe High School in a two month undercover operation. During that time the officer purchased marijuana, hashish and magic mushrooms. This incident comes on the heels of a report of 16 students at a Burlington high school who came down with a mysterious rash from smoking contaminated hash. And only a few months ago several Milton high school students tried to buy heroin just off the school premises. The most telling comment from all of this comes from Acting Detective Sergeant Carey Smith. "Drugs in the schools is a problem. It's not a problem for that particular school anymore than any other school." The fact is local high school students are buying and selling drugs at their schools. A study by the Hamilton-Wentworth public health department released this year revealed more Hamilton high school students were using marijuana than those across the province. POTENTIAL TO DO SERIOUS HARM The survey of 1,810 students found 38 per cent had tried marijuana compared to 33 per cent of high school students in Ontario. In 1996 a local high school's unscientific survey suggested 93 per cent of parents didn't believe students used cannabis. That compares to only 67 per cent of students who believed there peers weren't using the drug. What makes high school drug use such a concern? As we have seen with the contaminated hash, this stuff, unlike alcohol, comes with no labels and has the potential to do serious harm. Secondly, it raises the questions of where the students are finding the money to support their drug use. Is it such a stretch to believe petty theft may be the source of the drug buys? We commend the staff at General Wolfe for working with police to help solve the drug problem at that school. The reality is these kids involved in this drug use could be your kids. The onus is on all of us to try and open the lines of communication with our teens about these issues. Silence won't solve anything. Finally, we would hope these latest drug busts serve as a wake up call to Halton District School Board trustees as well. There are obviously much more serious issues happening in our schools than whether our students should be dressed in uniforms for the next semester. Let's start addressing them.
------------------------------------------------------------------- War? What War? Colombians Don't Want To Know ('Toronto Star' Says Peace Seems Just An Afterthought As A Blood-Soaked Country Gets Ready To Vote) Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 13:47:39 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Columbia: War? What war? Colombians don't want to know Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: Toronto Star (Canada) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.thestar.com/ Pubdate: 30 May 1998 Author: Linda Diebel WAR? WHAT WAR? COLOMBIANS DON'T WANT TO KNOW Peace seems just an afterthought as a blood-soaked country gets ready to vote Toronto Star Latin America Bureau SAN JOSE, Colombia THE WOMAN is belligerent. She is feeding her own children, as well as refugee kids, and has no time for questions from a Canadian reporter. ``What good does it do to tell the world about the killings in Colombia?'' asks Dora Maria, a respected teacher in this jungle village in Antioquia province. ``Canadians already know what's happening here,'' says the middle-aged woman. ``The whole world knows. Nobody does anything. Nobody cares.'' She gives only her first name. Others speak about her dedication to her elementary students and explain why she is so angry. Her town, about a four-hour drive north through the mountains from Medellin in northwestern Colombia, suffers first-hand from this country's dirty war. More than 800 refugees, driven off their land two weeks ago by death squads, are staying in this village of a few thousand. They are being fed by the International Red Cross and local Catholic church and they are sleeping at Dora Maria's school. They brought their fear with them. It's another sick victory for the death squads that control vast regions of northern Colombia through terror. What is interesting about Dora Maria's attitude is that her rage isn't directed against these paramilitary killers, or even the government of President Ernesto Samper. He will be replaced in presidential elections that begin with a first round tomorrow. But he leaves an indisputably weak legacy. During his four years, guerrilla violence has increased, narco-traffickers have intensified their grip and death-squad activity has surged, heaping atrocity on atrocity. Limits of human endurance are strained. Children are shot and left to die in a town square in Meta province, a butcher hangs from his own meat hook in Rio Sucio and paramilitary soldiers play soccer with human heads near the Gulf of Uraba in Antioquia. ``The country is in the throes of an all-out war trapped between barbarity and the empty rhetoric of an autistic political class,'' historian Arturo Alape wrote recently. Colombians refer to their country as ``the Black Hole'' or call it ``the Bosnia of South America.'' ``We are in a situation of national chaos,'' says Father Ernesto Gomez in San Jose. He is trying to hold his parish together despite death squads moving in from the north, the guerrillas holding firm to the east and south and the army seemingly powerless. Yet Dora Maria, like many other Colombians, plays a vague blame game, directing her great and understandable anger at some unknown culprit far away. When she is asked to sit down and consider what it is she expects the world - in this case, Canadians - to do, she throws up her hands. ``God only knows,'' she says. ``God only knows how we can end this nightmare.'' That is the paradox of Colombia on the eve of tomorrow's elections. Everybody talks about how bad things are. But evidence suggests the national will to stop the killings - or, perhaps more accurately, a belief they can be stopped - doesn't exist in Colombia. Not yet, anyway. In recent years, heavily armed guerrilla groups have taken control of 40 per cent of the country from a poorly led military and there is little indication new leadership has emerged to halt the nation's deterioration. Also, right-wing death squads are locked in a dirty war against leftists and suspected rebel sympathizers. Human rights groups claim the squads have the tacit support of the army. So, tomorrow, when Colombians go to the polls, they'll be looking for a new president to provide some relief. Polls show the two front-runners to be Andres Pastrana, 43, a conservative former Bogota mayor, and Horacio Serpa, a 55-year-old former interior minister under Samper who is backed by the powerful Liberal party that has ruled Colombia for much of this century. Noemi Sanin, 48, a former foreign minister running as an independent, is surging in third place, opinion polls show, while retired army Gen. Harold Bedoya, 59, campaigning on a law-and-order platform, lags well behind. No candidate is likely to win a majority of votes tomorrow, forcing the two top contenders to face a runoff June 21. ``Things are very complicated. But maybe until things get much more complicated, nothing is going to get better in Colombia,'' says Maria Teresa Ronderos, political commentator and editor of the magazine La Nota Economica. ``We are in a situation where the guerrillas and paramilitaries have become huge powers in Colombia. And, yet, I honestly don't believe the political and economic establishment is truly aware of that fact.'' It is a stunning statement. How can people not be aware? The country has been at war for 40 years. The fighting has worsened during Samper's years in office, under a president distracted by charges he accepted $8.5 million from the Cali drug cartel to win office. Bloodshed is widespread. In 1996, amid the tens of thousands of murders, officials say 1,420 people died in 288 massacres - many of the killings by rightist militias. Human rights agencies describe Colombia as the bloodiest country on Earth. There are more than a million refugees from war - mostly displaced by the death squads - in a population of only 38 million. There are more than 20,000 rebels, the biggest group being the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and an estimated 8,000 death-squad members, mostly belonging to private armies contracted by big landowners and calling themselves Headcutters, Scorpions, the Black Hand or the Cobras. ``All of this is true,'' Ronderos says in an interview. ``But this reality has not sunk in. We are no longer in control of our country after four years with Samper. But the established orders do not yet realize that war is worse than anything else. As unbelievable as it may be, they don't get it.'' Ronderos adds: ``The danger is that the state is leaving the paramilitaries to fight their war. The paramilitaries are much more interested in fighting rebels than the army. Down the road, the question will be: Who will control the paramilitaries? ``Up until now, everybody is benefiting from the war. That's why we keep having war. Everybody is winning in the short run. Everybody will lose in the long run.'' Ronderos is referring to landowners who use private paramilitary armies to throw peasants off their land under the guise of fighting guerrillas, rebels who finance their fight by taxing the cocaine trade and politicians who use the war in their campaign strategies. Sociologist Ricardo Vargas, from the Bogota-based human rights group CINEP, argues that the state has privatized the war against the rebels by delegating to paramilitary groups. ``This (war) has proven quite profitable to the new class of narco-landowners,'' he wrote in the Latin American review, NACLA Report On The Americas. According to Vargas, the landowners have accumulated more than 3 million hectares ``using newly created private armies to `cleanse' the countryside.'' ``War is the Number 1 employer in the country,'' says a human rights leader in Medellin who has to remain anonymous. He has received death threats and many of his colleagues have recently gone into exile. ``The guerrillas can pay wages of $400 a month, so can the paramilitaries. The army pays a little less,'' he says. ``In Colombia, our business is war.'' The failure of Colombia's politicians to come to grips with the tragedy is evident in the election campaign. One would think that, with reports of FARC rebels breaking out 346 prisoners from a Bogota jail, a retired general gunned down, three more human rights leaders assassinated and bombings at all political headquarters, there would be only one campaign issue: Peace. But that doesn't appear to be the case. On Thursday, for example, the biggest story in the media here was the decision by health officials to allow the sale of the potency drug Viagra. Other articles explored its effect on the female orgasm. In the campaigns, peace almost seems to be an afterthought. In television appearances, candidates offer views on possible peace talks after long dissertations about unemployment, international investment, Colombia's role in the global community and the country's World Cup soccer team. Of the top four candidates, only liberal Serpa's slogan - ``The Road to Peace'' - addresses the country's major issue. The others campaign under different slogans: * ``Change is Now'' from front-runner Pastrana. * ``Real Change'' from Sanin. * ``Law and Order'' from Bedoya. It is almost an invisible election. In the countryside, one might see a few posters, nothing more. In the capital, it is a low-key event. The campaign almost seems part of the unreality described by analyst Ronderos for what is going on in Colombia today. FARC guerrillas, who have grown from a small group of only 18 fighting units to having troops in half the municipalities in the country, still don't seem to be taken seriously as a fighting force by the government. In an interview, for example, Bedoya, who retired from the army last year, describes his frustrations with his failure to keep his army equipped. In March, 82 soldiers from an elite Colombian squad were killed in the southern jungles of Caqueta, ambushed by FARC rebels. It was the same trick the rebels used last year to capture more than 100 soldiers in two separate incidents. Five rebels are decoys, then the trap closes in a pincer movement. It works, say military experts, because the army doesn't believe it is fighting a strong and dangerous equal. There is a sense of unreality, too, about the massacres. A journalist friend describes having covered the killing of 21 people in Meta, then telling friends what had happened at a Saturday night party in Bogota. They were middle- and upper-class Colombians in their 30s and 40s. ``Nobody wanted to listen,'' he says. ``They don't care. For them, it's still something happening very far away. The war doesn't concern them. Not really.'' War is immediate, though, for poor Colombians in the provinces. ``People talk about peace. The candidates say they have the answer, but it's just words. They won't do anything, either,'' says Fabian Cortes, 45, a refugee from the death squads. He is living in squalid settlement in El Pinal, a mountain slum above Medellin. ``We have no faith. We have no jobs. We have no food. It's hard to think of anything when your stomach is empty,'' says the banana worker, who fled with his wife and two children after seeing his co-workers killed in the Rio Sucio massacre 18 months ago. The death squad - the Iguanas - decapitated 16 so-called rebel collaborators and threw their bodies in the Rio Sucio. Then, they crucified 18 more, most of them youths, leaving their bodies on makeshift crosses. ``The vote on Sunday means nothing to us. Politicians don't care about poor campesinos,'' says Cortes. ``The killing will continue.'' Refugees in San Jose describe how the death squads killed seven banana and coffee workers on May 11. ``Then, they told us, `Get out in 15 days or we will come back and kill you all,' '' says Maria Duque, 63. Her son, John Fabio, 22, was killed. ``My son was a very good boy. He always looked after his mother. I ask God to forgive those who killed him, and I beg God not to let them kill anybody else.'' ``It is not God who is doing the killing,'' says Father Gomez. ``It is the evil of man. They have no respect for human life. It is horrible what they are doing. We are seeking any help we can get for our poor country.'' A few weeks ago, he went to say Mass in nearby El Aro. Death squads had killed six people, including a storekeeper who was said to have done business with rebels. Before he died, they pulled out his fingernails and cut out his tongue and genitals. Two final scenes from the election campaign offer a brighter view, an antidote to the pervasive feeling of hopelessness. Both took place Thursday. Both show the quirky optimism of the human spirit: * On a rainy Bogota morning, analyst Ronderos describes over breakfast all the reasons one should despair for the future of Colombia. Things will get worse, she asserts. ``And yet,'' says Ronderos, a short, dark woman in her late 30s, ``I do feel optimistic. ``The government is the same. The politicians are the same. But we are seeing now - for the very first time - a mobilization of the people.'' She describes the emergence of a dozen movements for peace, including the National Conciliation Commission, letter-writing campaigns, recent marches through the streets of the major cities, even the newly formed Soccer for Peace movement that has ordinary people playing the national sport for a different reason. ``Really, we have not seen such a thing before. This is really new,'' she says. ``We are, slowly, waking up - even if it is going to take a long, long time. I deeply believe we will have a better future. Eventually.'' * Later that gloomy day, Antonio Jose Fuentes, president of the left-wing Patriotic Union, gives an interview in the party's run-down Bogota offices. Since its formation in 1986, 3,500 party members, including a presidential candidate, two senators and two party presidents, have been assassinated. Fuentes, 58, has strikes against him. He is a senator and party president. ``Sure, the odds aren't good that I will survive,'' he says. ``I am afraid. You'd have to be crazy not to be. ``But I will keep fighting. I would rather risk death than do nothing to work for a better Colombia,'' he says. His children, civil engineering student Antonio, 28, and artist Tania, 26, agree with their father. They, too, they say, will find a way to work for peace in Colombia, no matter what the cost.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Elections And Mayhem In Colombia (11th-Hour Colombian Election Summary In 'The Chicago Tribune') Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 18:30:01 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Columbia: Editorial: Elections And Mayhem In Colombia Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: Steve Young Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: 30 May 1998 ELECTIONS AND MAYHEM IN COLOMBIA As Colombia's Sunday presidential election drew near, bookies in Bogota could have taken bets not only on which candidate would win but also on which would survive the campaign. In its May 11 edition, the Colombian newsweekly Semana reported there had been 18 documented death threats against Horacio Serpa, candidate of the ruling Liberal Party, and 25 against the main opposition candidate, Andres Pastrana of the Conservative Party. That, in brief, is the good news-bad news report from Colombia: An electoral system that seems to be functioning, but amid a hurricane of political violence and street crime that has claimed at least 31,000 lives during the past year alone. None of the four presidential candidates is likely to win the required 50 percent of the vote in the first round, so a runoff, most likely between Serpa and Pastrana, is expected for June 21. After a winner emerges, whenever that turns out to be, the United States ought to broaden its Colombia policy from one almost exclusively focused on drug interdiction to one that presses the country's warring factions toward a negotiated peace settlement. Colombia's civil war has been raging for nearly 35 years and has been aggravated immeasurably by the country's multibillion-dollar narcotics industry. The two guerrilla fronts, which had formerly espoused Marxist agendas, have all but abandoned most ideological pretenses and now live on ransoms and protection money from drug lords. The army supposedly leads the fight against the guerrillas but in fact has delegated part of its anti-insurgency mission to paramilitary units that operate with murderous abandon and have turned large chunks of the countryside into human-rights hellholes. Those who despair of breaking this cycle of violence should remember the recent history of neighboring Guatemala--or El Salvador or Nicaragua, for that matter--where peace agreements were brokered even after decades of fighting and hundreds of thousands of casualties. The U.S., in fact, already has taken some initial steps. On May 20--and bowing mostly to U.S. pressure--Colombia disbanded the army's notorious 20th Brigade, an intelligence unit accused of atrocities. Additional pressure by Washington--Colombia's chief source of military aid--should be applied to force the 146,000-man army to disassociate itself from the paramilitary units and to investigate alleged atrocities. The Leahy amendment, approved by Congress last year, stipulates that the U.S. must cut off aid to any military unit of the Colombian government whenever there's credible suspicion that it has been involved in human-rights abuses. That's one more instance of foreign policymaking by Congress--an unwise general principle--but it must be enforced. America's preoccupation with narcotrafficking, however justified it may be, has led in too many instances to a whatever-it-takes attitude toward the Colombian military. That's myopic: Human-rights violations, whether committed or merely condoned by the Colombian army, can only prolong the country's nightmare and compound the difficulty of fighting narcotraffickers. Except for retired Gen. Harold Bedoya, who is trailing badly in the polls, all presidential candidates profess to favor a negotiated settlement of the civil war. Independent candidate Noemi Sanin has offered to give the guerrillas parliamentary representation, a popular stance that has left some voters marveling that she seems to have more cojones than her male rivals. One guerrilla front began negotiations in Madrid a few months ago, and the other, larger one has offered to negotiate after the elections. A final, negotiated settlement will be an onerous task, particularly if the winning candidate doesn't get a resounding mandate. But a negotiated end to the war is the only course that holds any promise for the long-suffering people of Colombia, the only country in Latin America still at war with itself.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Colombian Voters Hope To Clear Slate (Pre-Election Synopsis In 'The San Francisco Chronicle' Says That No Matter Who Wins, The Voters Will Cast Out A Disgraced And Despised Government, The Samper Administration, Whose Four-Year Term Has Been Dogged By Charges That He Won The 1994 Election With The Help Of $6.1 Million From The Cali Drug Cartel) Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 00:03:46 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Columbia: Colombian Voters Hope to Clear Slate Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: John Otis, Chronicle Foreign Service Bogota COLOMBIAN VOTERS HOPE TO CLEAR SLATE For disillusioned Colombians, tomorrow's presidential election is more a purge of the past than a vote for the future. No matter who wins, the voters will cast out a disgraced and despised government. Like the 1976 U.S. election after Watergate, analysts call Colombia's electoral process a catharsis - the first tentative step toward ending a "national nightmare." President Ernesto Samper, barred by the constitution from seeking a second term, has been dogged for four years by charges that he won the 1994 election with the help of $6.1 million from the Cali drug cartel. Colombia has been racked ever since by corruption probes, drug trafficking, economic decay and a spreading civil war, while Samper has fought to ensure his own survival. "The main importance (of the election) is that the country will finally get rid of Samper and stop this collective disaster," said Alejandro Reyes, a political science professor at the National University in Bogota. Even so, a leading candidate, former interior minister Horacio Serpa of the ruling Liberal Party, was intimately involved in Samper's 1994 campaign and remains one of his staunchest defenders. Serpa trails former Bogota mayor and Conservative Party candidate Andres Pastrana, whom Samper narrowly defeated in 1994 by about 6 points in the polls. Independent Noemi Sanin is in third place while retired military chief General Harold Bedoya, a hard-line rightist, is running fourth. If no one receives more 50 percent of the ballots, a run between the top two vote-getters be held June 21. The victor will face a daunting economic, political and moral up job. The campaign-finance scandal tainted nearly every aspect Samper's administration. Fiscal restraint was one first casualties. Samper funneled millions of dollars in state funds to the districts of key legislators who later cleared him of wrongdoing in the campaign. He also caved in to union demands for wage increases, in part to secure the backing of organized labor. 'To absolve Samper, (congressmen) pressured him to send money to their regions," said Maria Angelica Arbelaez, an economist with Fedesarrollo, a Bogota research center. "Samper was so close to falling that he needed any support he could get. It's all reflected in public spending." Colombia also was blacklisted by Washington for two consecutive years as an unreliable partner in the war on drugs and hit with economic sanctions that scared away foreign investment. After four years of expansion in the early 1990s, the economy has languished. The federal deficit has jumped to 3 percent of gross domestic product, inflation is running at 20 percent annually and unemployment has jumped to nearly 15 percent. The Samper government "talked about creating 1.5 million Jobs and we have inherited 1.5 million jobless. They said they were going to be the most honest government, and they ended up being the most corrupt in the history of Colombia," Pastrana said. Pastrana, 43, is the son of former President Misael Pastrana. He worked as a television journalist until 1988, when he was elected mayor of Bogota, the capital. During the 1994 race, he received tape recordings that linked the Samper campaign to the Cali cartel. But many observers questioned the authenticity of the tapes and attacked Pastrana for going public with them. Instead of leading the opposition against Samper, a devastated Pastrana moved to Miami. Alluding to his absence, Serpa said: "I have always been here. I have never run from debates or from the circumstances of the nation." But when Pastrana began his second presidential bid earlier this year, he worked hard to dispel his image as a blue-blooded lightweight and moved to the top of the polls by painting Serpa as the candidate of a failed government. Pastrana has pledged to lower taxes and maintain fiscal discipline but also plans to build schools, create 200,000 jobs and construct subways in Bogota and Cali. His supporters range from conservative business tycoons to leftists like Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Serpa, 55, grew up in a lowerclass family in the violence plagued northern oil boomtown of Barrancabermeja. A Liberal Party stalwart, he has served in public jobs ranging from judge to mayor, from senator to minister. An engaging populist with a quick wit, Serpa has criticized the United States for meddling in Colombian affairs and once called a U.S. Ambassador "an ugly gringo." He has promised to carry out many of the social welfare plans, such as expanded health care and subsidies for peasant farmers, that were derailed under the scandal plagued Samper administration. He says he will be able to carry out his agenda because "I'm not going to have this political crisis. I won't have to confront a situation so complicated, so complex." He has wide support among Colombia's poor, who make up 53 percent of the population. "I'm with Serpa," said Lisbeth Bonilla, as she stood in the rain with her three children at a Serpa campaign rally last week in downtown Bogota. "He's the candidate of the people. Andres (Pastrana) has always represented the rich." But critics contend that a Serpa administration would mean four more years of tension with the United States, future drug "decertifications" and the possibility that he would protect Samper in investigations into the 1994 campaign. Sanin, 48, a former ambassador and foreign minister, was considered a dark horse mostly notable for the fact that she is a woman. However, by criticizing what she calls the corrupt Liberal and Conservative party "machinery," Sanin has surged in recent weeks and now appears to have a chance at reaching the second round. She trails Serpa by only 3 points in the polls. Aside from restoring legitimacy to government, peace is the top issue in the election. Leftist guerrillas, who number about 15,000, are present in half of Colombia's 1,071 municipalities and have dealt the army a series of humiliating defeats in recent months. At the same time, paramilitary squads have slaughtered thousands of innocent peasants while hunting down the rebels. Massacres have become so routine that they sometimes get short shrift in Colombian newspapers. In a surprising move, Manuel Marulanda, commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said last week that the guerrillas are willing to talk peace with the next president if the army withdraws from five souther municipalities. However, the rebels are growing in number, territorial control and wealth and may have little to gain from negotiations. Analysts also question whether the next government will be able to make much of a difference when it comes to other seeming intractable issues like drug trafficking, rampant kidnappings and an increasingly lawless atmosphere in the countryside. Last year, Colombia report 31,000 killings, roughly the same number as in the United States which has seven times the population. According to a government report, 99.5 percent of the crimes are never prosecuted. "Things are getting worse said a Canadian diplomat. "A new president may give the people some oxygen. New faces will least make them feel that there chance to do something. But most of the problems are running along on their own dynamic."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Accounting Firm In Colombia Bought Laundered Money ('Associated Press' Says A US Government Affidavit Filed In US District Court Alleges Price Waterhouse Executives In Colombia Knowingly Bought More Than Half A Million Dollars In Laundered Drug Money On The Currency Black Market) Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 23:21:30 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Wire: Accounting Firm in Colombia Bought Laundered Money Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: Patrick Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Sat, 30 May 1998 ACCOUNTING FIRM IN COLOMBIA BOUGHT LAUNDERED MONEY LOS ANGELES (AP) Price Waterhouse executives in Colombia knowingly bought more than half a million dollars in laundered drug money on a currency black market, according to a government affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. Investigators seized $156,607 of the money from a bank account in New York, where the funds were wired by undercover officers posing as money launderers for Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. "In electing for an exchange of Colombian pesos for U.S. dollars on the black market, the officials at Price Waterhouse S.A. knew they were breaking Colombian law and had reason to believe the U.S. dollars they received were likely proceeds from drug sales in the United States," the seizure affidavit said. Officials in the U.S. Attorney's Office refused to comment. The director of Price Waterhouse's Bogota office, chief partner Hugo Ospina, was out of town Friday and the only person authorized to comment, his secretary said. Price Waterhouse, one of the nation's Big 6 accounting firms, said in a statement from New York that it did not believe the Colombian firm laundered any money or broke any U.S. laws. "Discussions are currently under way with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Customs Service, and we are confident that the matter will be resolved fully," the statement said. Law enforcement sources speaking on condition of anonymity said the United States was not contemplating criminal charges against Price Waterhouse S.A., the Colombian entity. Civil action could be pursued if the company contests the seizure of the money, sources said. Customs Service agents began investigating the Price Waterhouse office in Bogota as part of Operation Casablanca, a wide-ranging attack on money laundering that has resulted in the arrest of 160 people, including Mexican and Venezuelan bankers. Authorities also seized $87 million, two tons of cocaine and four tons of marijuana. Price Waterhouse has 56,000 employees in 119 countries and reported $6.5 billion revenue last year. The Colombia office has 19 partners, 350 employees and had revenues of $25 million last year, a company spokesman said.
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