------------------------------------------------------------------- Expo Vendors Tout Products, Politics (The Eugene, Oregon 'Register-Guard' Does A Nice Job Representing The Range Of Participants And Patrons At The Second Annual World Hemp Expo Extravaganja This Weekend In Harrisburg, One Of The Largest Hemp Festivals In The United States - 'Thirty Years Ago, Farmers Were Laughing About Soybeans, But Today It's The Best-Selling Crop In America - And Right Now Hemp's A Joke, But 30 Years From Now, You Just Watch') Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 01:07:06 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US OR: Expo Vendors Tout Products, Politics Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: William Conde Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Source: Register-Guard, The (OR) Section: Front Page Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.registerguard.com/ Author: ALLISON LINN EXPO VENDORS TOUT PRODUCTS, POLITICS Iya Berry waited an hour Friday to be the first customer at the Hemp Scream stand. Berry, who traveled from Hawaii to attend a few hemp festivals on the mainland, wanted the biggest serving of the chocolate frozen dessert, a nondairy product made from hemp seed milk and hemp seed oil, plus a hemp seed cookie. She didn't blink at the $5 price tag. "I had it last year, and it was so good," Berry said before closing her eyes and savoring the first bite. The vendor, Agua Das of Boulder, Colo., was one of more than 150 who gathered in Harrisburg on Friday for Whee2!, the second annual Hemp Expo. The for-profit event, which continues today and Sunday, is organized by High Times magazine. Many vendors were selling products made of hemp - food, clothes, even teddy bears (the Environmentally Aware Bear, on sale for $10) and bean bag chairs (the Green Bag, with a removable, washable hemp cover, yours for $100 to $150). At the Hemp Train stand, Oana Bolton of Denver had information on the feasibility of hemp houses - said to be naturally bug-repellent and fire-retardant - as well as an all-hemp car that would run on a hemp oil-based fuel. Other vendors were hoping to appeal to your average earthy audience with flowing dresses, jewelry, tie-dyed Jerry Garcia banners and more. And a small but active number of people were at the expo with a political stance, to spread information about the medical use of marijuana and efforts to legalize hemp crops in the United States. Geri Kult, with the Hemp Club of Southern Oregon, sat at a booth with a loudspeaker, broadcasting messages such as, "Thank you for pot smoking." Kult, who has been involved in the hemp movement for more than 25 years, said her goal was to educate people about the medical marijuana measure on Oregon ballots this year, and to make sure people are registered to vote. Even vendors without a clear political issue were advocating the legalization of hemp and/or cannabis on some level. Das, the Hemp Scream vendor, said his products don't contain any THC, the ingredient in cannabis that makes people high. But, he said, they're low-fat and full of protein and vitamins. He predicted that people will eventually embrace hemp. "Thirty years ago, farmers were laughing about soybeans, but today it's the best-selling crop in America," Das said. "And right now hemp's a joke, but 30 years from now, you just watch." Thousands of people from across the country are expected to attend the Hemp Expo, making it one of the largest hemp festivals in the United States. Stephen Gaskin, an advocate for the legalization of marijuana and hemp, said it's important to have such events to show what nice people hemp advocates are. "We are some of the 35 million people who only break one law," he said. "And that's pretty scary because it's twice as many people as voted for Ross Perot." Among those who came for the festivities was Barbara Lefkowitz, whose trailer was covered with stickers, some put on by her and others added by strangers at festivals like this one. Lefkowitz, who is HIV-positive, said she uses marijuana to quell the nausea that comes from taking protease inhibitors, which in turn help reduce her chances of developing AIDS symptoms. Anne, from Long Beach, Calif., and Louise, from Atlanta, were unexpected visitors to the Hemp Expo, having been taken there by Anne's granddaughter on the way to visit family in Newport. The self-proclaimed "LOLs," or "Little Old Ladies," were too shy to give their full names but did say they were having a good time talking with the various vendors. "It reminds me of when my children were growing up," Anne said. "I'm learning a lot," Louise said, adding that she and Anne had started joking about how much the two ladies stuck out in the crowd. "They're making cookies with hemp over there, and there giving away free samples," Louise said. "I was saying that we need to get us some cookies and get a buzz on." Whee2! Hemp Expo When: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. today and Sunday Where: High Five Music in Harrisburg; take Interstate 5 north to Exit 209 and follow signs Cost: $10 daily admission, $40 for a weekend camping pass, $5 daily to park
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Seller Sentenced To Jail Time (MSNBSC Says David Lee Herrick, A Former San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Who Was Prevented By Superior Court Judge William Froeberg From Invoking Proposition 215 During His Trial, Despite Its Connection To His Work At The Orange County Cannabis Co-op, Was Sentenced To Four Years In Prison Friday) Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 22:14:22 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA; Wire: Marijuana Seller Sentenced to Jail Time Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Source: MSNBSC on KNBC Website: http://www.msnbc.com/local/KNBC/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 MARIJUANA SELLER SENTENCED TO JAIL TIME SANTA ANA, July 17 - The first man prosecuted in Orange County for selling marijuana, despite claims that he provided the drug under a law decriminalizing its medical use, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison. David Lee Herrick, 48, was convicted of two counts of marijuana sales in May, and acquitted of two other counts. Superior Court Judge William Froeberg did not allow Herrick to use Proposition 215 as a defense, nor could Deputy Public Defender Sharon Petrosino invoke a 'medical necessity' defense, which allows a person to break the law in certain circumstances. Before jurors convicted Herrick, they sent a note to the judge asking about the 'will' of the people in passing Proposition 215, but were told that it offers no protection for marijuana sales. Herrick, who was a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy for a dozen years before an accident in which he was run over by a car - claimed he provided the marijuana to members of the Orange County Cannabis Co-op for donations. Deputy District Attorney Carl Armbrust said Froeberg indicated during the sentencing hearing that he did not buy Herrick's claim that he thought his activities were covered under the law. The judge cited Herrick's law enforcement background, Armbrust said. Herrick has a prior conviction for selling marijuana that led to his arrest in Orange County, the prosecutor said. Herrick served 26 days in jail for possessing marijuana for sale and was on probation, but left San Bernardino County without notifying his probation officer. When his car was spotted at a motel parking lot in Santa Ana, police checked the computer and learned he was wanted for a probation violation, Armbrust said. When police entered his room, they found the marijuana, although according to police reports, the seven bags were marked 'Not for sale. For medical purposes only.' Herrick has been jailed since his May 1997 arrest, so he only has about two more years on the sentence, Armbrust said. But he could face additional time for the probation violation. Armbrust is gearing up for next Friday's pretrial hearing involving Marvin Chavez, who founded the co-op and was also arrested for marijuana sales. Armbrust said he subpoenaed the medical records of co-op members to determine if they really have doctors' prescriptions for the drug. 'I don't think (Chavez) determines if there is any slip from the doctor,' Armbrust said. Chavez's attorney, Robert Kennedy, said he will argue to quash the subpoenas for the medical records.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Former Deputy Headed To Prison ('The Orange County Register' Version)Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 17:54:19 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Former Deputy Headed To Prison Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W. Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: 18 July 1998 Author: Stuart Pfeifer - Orange County Register Editor's Note: County Line poll-Saturday's Question-Was David Herrick's four-year sentence too harsh? Total responses: 300 Yes: 214 (71%) No: 86 (29%) Courts: He gets four years for selling marijuana to those with doctor's permission. A former San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison for selling marijuana to people who had obtained doctors' permission to use the drug under Proposition 215. David Lee Herrick, 48, who said he started using marijuana to deal with a back injury he suffered on duty, was convicted in May of selling pot through the Orange County Cannabis Co-Op. Jurors in that trial were not allowed to consider the state's medical marijuana initiative, because it allows only the use of the drug, not the sale. Cannabis co-op founder Marvin Chavez, awaiting trial on a similar charge, criticized the sentence handed down by Orange County Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg. "What they did today was wrong," Chavez said. He said groups like his exist only because local government agencies have not done their share to make marijuana available to ill people, as the proposition had suggested. The group accepted donations in exchange for marijuana but made no profit, Chavez said. Deputy District Attorney Carl Armbrust said Herrick deserved a prison sentence because of a prior conviction for marijuana sales - which occurred before voters approved Prop. 215. Herrick was on probation for that offense when he was arrested. "I don't see any difference between Mr. Herrick and a street dealer," Armbrust said. Froeberg said to impose a lesser sentence would violate his oath of office. "He used to be a law enforcement officer," Froeberg said. "He should have known what he was doing was against the law, especially because he was on probation for the same thing. "He's nothing more than a marijuana salesman."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Former Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced To Four Years For Selling Pot ('The Sacramento Bee' Version) Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 22:51:24 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Former Sheriff'S Deputy Sentenced To Four Years For Selling Pot Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Contact: http://www.sacbee.com/about_us/sacbeemail.html Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Pubdate: 18 Jul 1998 FORMER SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS FOR SELLING POT SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A retired sheriff's deputy who volunteered at a medical marijuana club that took donations was sentenced to four years in state prison for selling the drug. The maximum sentence was handed down Friday to David Lee Herrick, a retired San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who had been convicted in May. Herrick, 48, was a volunteer with the Orange County Cannabis Co-Op, which had a policy of distributing marijuana to the sick. Co-op founder Marvin Chavez, awaiting trial on a similar felony charge, criticized Herrick's sentence. "What they did today was wrong," he said. The Orange County Superior Court case had been seen as a test of Proposition 215, the 1996 state initiative that allowed patients with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and other illnesses to possess and grow marijuana for medical use with a doctor's recommendation. However, the judge refused to allow Herrick to use the initiative as a defense because the club took donations for the marijuana. The judge said that amounted to selling the drug, which the initiative doesn't protect. Herrick, 48, said he started using marijuana to deal with a back injury he suffered on duty. Prosecutor Carl Armbrust said Herrick had a previous conviction for selling marijuana before the initiative was approved. Judge William R. Froeberg said imposing a lesser sentence would violate his oath of office. "He used to be a law enforcement officer," Froeberg said. "He should have known what he was doing was against the law, especially because he was on probation for the same thing. "He's nothing more than a marijuana salesman."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Agent's Wife Attacks His Alleged Mistress ('The Orange County Register' Says The Wife Of A California State Narcotics Agent Charged With Stealing And Selling Cocaine, Who Learned About Her Husband's Affair Wednesday From A Prosecutor Intent On Derailing Her Plans To Post His Bail, Was Released On Her Own Recognizance After Assaulting The Alleged Mistress A Few Hours Later)Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 11:09:09 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Agent's Wife Attacks His Alleged Mistress Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Author: Stuart Pfeifer and Jeff Collins AGENT'S WIFE ATTACKS HIS ALLEGED MISTRESS A federal prosecutor had told the indicted narcotics agent's spouse of the affair. The wife of a state narcotics agent charged in a drug-dealing scheme has been accused of assaulting his alleged mistress, authorities said Friday. Diane Parker, 42 a retired Orange County sheriff's deputy, had learned of the alleged affair in court Wednesday when a prosecutor derailed her plans to post his bail by telling her about the other woman. Her husband, Richard Wayne Parker of San Juan Capistrano, a nine-year veteran of the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, was arrested July 2 on cocaine trafficking charges. Authorities said Diane Parker attacked his alleged mistress Wednesday, a few hours after she had announced plans to pledge her home, her retirement account and her mother's Connecticut condominium as bail collateral. A federal prosecutor then told Diane Parker her husband had been having an affair for the past year and paying for the other woman's $1,000-a-month Newport Beach apartment. Diane Parker slipped off her wedding ring and said, "I need a drink and a couple of hours to think about" supporting him. Bail was not granted. Authorities said Parker walked into the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement office in Orange around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and struck civilian employee Laura Valois several times. A witness said Parker then explained that Valois had been having sex with her husband for two years, court records show. Parker was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and was ordered to appear in Central Orange County Municipal Court on Aug.12. Central Orange County Municipal Judge Steven Perk released Diane Parker on her own recognizance, but ordered her to stay away from Valois and not to carry a gun outside her home.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Not Necessarily Fan Mail ('San Jose Mercury News' Columnist Jim Trotter Notes His Description Of The National Youth Anti-Drug Campaign As A Waste Of Money Has Provoked A Response From Chuck Blanchard Of The White House Office Of National Drug Control Policy, Who Says The Television Ads By The Partnership For A Drug-Free America Have Been Endorsed As Effective By The Annenberg School Of Communications)Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 22:13:02 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Column: Not Necessarily Fan Mail Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family (email@example.com) Pubdate: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Author: Jim Trotter Mercury News Staff Columnist NOT NECESSARILY FAN MAIL: As part of the team that helped design the national youth anti-drug campaign, I read your column (describing it as a waste of money) with great interest. When I saw the updated frying pan ad, I, too, was very skeptical. Yet, when the Annenberg School of Communications tested our ads, this ad tested as the most effective with our target audience. You and I are not the audience. Kids are the audience, and the research says that this ad will work. About half of the ads are not geared to kids; they are geared toward parents. There is extensive evidence that kids DO listen to parents on issues like drugs. The problem is that many parents don't believe that their kids are affected by drugs. Our parent ads (also tested) are designed to increase this dialogue. As the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future studies (and other research) have demonstrated, ads aimed at youth attitudes will decrease drug use if there is a long-term and concerted campaign. In sum, the media campaign is far more thought-out than you might have been led to believe. Chuck Blanchard Chief Counsel White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Via e-mail Well, I have to admit this is the fastest response I've ever received from a White House office. Come to think of it, it may be the only one. So let's give Chuck credit for being on his toes. He also invites those interested in the campaign strategy to check it out at: www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov. I wish the campaign well but am still unconvinced this is the best allocation of resources. I think there are two fundamental flaws (in the new anti-drug ad campaign). 1. As consumers, we are conditioned to do (buy) something that an ad references, not to avoid doing it. 2. Teenagers and young adults are often reflexively opposed to any authoritative message, especially (one that says) not to do something. I'm sure that's why in large measure that the `Just say no' campaign failed. Carl Peters Via e-mail ``Just say no'' would appear to be the opposite of ``Just do it.'' And yet the former is about drugs, the latter a shoe company. In time, I think all those slogans hang out there as relatively meaningless jargon. Write Jim Trotter at the San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, Calif. 95190; call (408) 920-5024 or e-mail to email@example.com.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prescribing Viagra For Sex Offenders May Become Illegal ('The San Francisco Examiner' Says Assemblyman Robert Prenter Has Introduced A Bill To The California Legislature, Which Has Previously Mandated Chemical Castration For Repeat Child Molesters, That Would Punish Doctors For Prescribing Pfizer's Drug For Impotence To The Wrong People, Requiring Doctors To Query Their Patients About Their Criminal Background - Prenter Said He Was Reacting To A Report About An Alleged Case At The Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center, But The Newspaper Was Unable To Verify It) Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 22:37:32 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Prescribing Viagra For Sex Offenders May Become Illegal Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Author: Robert Salladay Examiner Capitol Bureau PRESCRIBING VIAGRA FOR SEX OFFENDERS MAY BECOME ILLEGAL Assembly bill targets sex-enhancing drugs SACRAMENTO -- A conservative Central Valley lawmaker wants to make it tough for sex offenders to buy Viagra and other sex-enhancing drugs. Assemblyman Robert Prenter, R-Hanford, said Friday he will introduce legislation to outlaw prescriptions of the popular anti-impotency pill to registered sex offenders in California. "Obviously, empowering known sex offenders to be able to repeat their crimes is of great concern," Prenter said. "It would be even more outrageous if it occurred at taxpayers' expense." Prenter said he was reacting to a report that a doctor at the Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center prescribed Viagra to a patient whom the doctor knew was a sex offender. Under a draft of Prenter's bill, any doctor who prescribes Viagra to someone they know is a registered sex offender could face up to a year in jail and be fined up to $20,000. The measure applies to any drug marketed to enhance sexual performance. The bill does not make it a crime for a sex offender to possess Viagra, but "that may be something we would look at in the future," Prenter said. "There is great concern that some sex offenders stop because they are impotent and this allows them to be sexually abusive again." Prenter has written the state Department of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asking them to clarify their policy on prescribing Viagra. Prenter said he began writing the bill in May, after hearing about the alleged incident in Fresno. The incident was reported by the Fresno media this week, but the names of the doctor and patient were not released. A spokesman for the Fresno VA hospital said the hospital has never allowed doctors to prescribe the drug on the premises and the pharmacy does not distribute it. All doctors, however, are free to prescribe any drug they see fit outside of work. "We don't know where that story is coming from," hospital spokesman David Phillips said of news accounts this week. In the past three months, doctors nationwide have written more than 2 million Viagra prescriptions. Caught off guard by the tremendous demand for the drug, insurance companies and hospitals have been scrambling to figure out whether to cover the costs for patients. A national panel at the VA is evaluating the drug's safety and writing guidelines covering whether to prescribe the drug to sex offenders. Most VA hospitals have declined to distribute the drug until the guidelines are completed. "We expect the policy within a few months," said Joe Barison, a spokesman at the VA's regional headquarters in Los Angeles. In Fresno, some doctors expressed concern about having to ask patients about their criminal history. "I think that kind of check-off list in a routine private urologic practice might, in fact, hamper a patient-doctor relationship," Dr. William Schiff told the Fresno Bee recently. California already requires chemical castration for repeat child molesters. 1998 San Francisco Examiner
------------------------------------------------------------------- Proof Sought To Save Marijuana Initiative ('The Las Vegas Review-Journal' Says Representatives Of Americans For Medical Rights Were In Lyon And Nye Counties Friday Looking For Evidence To Support A Claim That The Measure To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Nevada Should Be Qualified For The November Ballot) Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 22:37:50 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US NV: Proof Sought To Save Marijuana Initiative Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 702-383-4676 Website: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 PROOF SOUGHT TO SAVE MARIJUANA INITIATIVE CARSON CITY -- Supporters of an initiative to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Nevada were in Lyon and Nye counties Friday looking for evidence to support a claim that the measure should be qualified for the November ballot. "We have people in the field in those two counties looking at the results," said Dan Hart, a spokesman for Americans for Medical Rights. "We're looking at rejected signatures." Secretary of State Dean Heller announced earlier this week that the initiative would not qualify for the ballot because supporters failed to obtain enough signatures of registered voters in two of 13 counties. The measure was seven signatures short in Lyon County and 36 short in Nye County. Hart said the notice of the failure of the petition has been received. The group has until early next week to file an appeal with Heller. Hart said an appeal is likely, once the field work has been done by initiative supporters.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Wild Marijuana To Be Cut Down Sunday In Dane County ('The Associated Press' Says A Program Called The Wisconsin Cannabis Enforcement And Suppression Effort Will Cut Feral Hemp Stands Near Madison Sunday - Sergeant Mark Twombly Of The Dane County Narcotics And Gang Task Force Says, Even Though Its Potency Is Only 0.5 Percent To 1 Percent, 'You Can Get A Buzz Off It - It's Available To Kids And Can Get Them Hooked On It And They End Up Addicted To Other, Harmful Substances') Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 10:45:14 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US WI: Wire: Wild Marijuana to be Cut Down Sunday in Dane County Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 WILD MARIJUANA TO BE CUT DOWN SUNDAY IN DANE COUNTY MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Marijuana that grows wild in Dane County is to be cut down Sunday. Most of the marijuana is left over from hemp farming during the two World Wars, Sgt. Mark Twombly of the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force said. The effort is part of the Wisconsin Cannabis Enforcement and Suppression Effort program. Authorities already know where much of it is, based on flyovers in state-owned aircraft, citizen complaints, routine patrol and "kids stopped with dope in their cars, who tell us where they found it," Twombly said. Eradicating wild marijuana is a good use of tax money and officer time, he said, even though its potency is only 0.5 percent to 1 percent compared to 6.66 percent for high-quality, commercially grown marijuana. "You can get a buzz off it. Even though it isn' t high-grade marijuana, it's available to kids and can get them hooked on it and they end up addicted to other, harmful substances, said Twombly, county CEASE coordinator. "It does present a significant problem. We have kids running out in people' s fields, trespassing, to get to this stuff." The best way to get rid of the wild weed is to yank it out by the roots, Twombly said. "But at this time of year it' s four to eight feet tall, so we' ll probably chop it down and burn it," he said. Copyright 1998 Associated Press.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Researchers Find Black Market For Ritalin Among Students ('The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' Says A New Study By Marshfield Clinic Researchers In Milwaukee, Published In The Journal, 'Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics,' Suggests 16 Percent Of Students In Kindergarten Through High School Who Are Prescribed Ritalin Say They've Been Approached To Sell, Give Away Or Trade Their Pills) Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 18:09:06 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US WI: Researchers Find Black Market For Ritalin Among Students Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W.Black Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.jsonline.com/ Pubdate: 18, July 1998 RESEARCHERS FIND BLACK MARKET FOR RITALIN AMONG STUDENTS Medication: Abuse potential is indicated as 16 percent of students polled say they've been asked to sell, trade or give away the drug. Milwaukee - Sixteen percent of students in kindergarten through high school who are prescribed Ritalin say they've been approached to sell, give away or trade their pills, a new study by Marshfield Clinic researchers here reveals. It suggests that abuse of Ritalin - a drug that thousands of students take to help them concentrate in school - is far more common than has been believed. "This is probably an underreporting. It's a conservative figure," Marshfield psychologist Frederick They said of the 16 percent who said they had been pressured to part with the drug. "We had several of them say to us spontaneously, 'I was asked to sell or give this to my classmates.' That was our first warning that this (abuse) was out there." The study also found lax security for storing Ritalin and other medications in many schools. Policies ranged from keeping Ritalin under lock and key to allowing students to carry it around in their pockets and take it as needed. "What we're saying to (schools) is: 'Heads up. This is a potential area for concern, and you ought to be proactive rather than reactive,'" They said. The study involved 53 rural and small-town schools in Wisconsin that collectively enroll 15,800 students. Of those, 161 students who have been treated for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder at the Marshfield Clinic for at least five years were surveyed and included in the study. Results were published in the medical journal Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Shakedown Charges Raise New Corruption Concerns (MSNBC Says Three Chicago Police Officers Are Free On Bond After Being Charged With Home Invasion And Armed Robbery - Two Off-Duty Wood District Police Officers Who Witnessed The Alleged Home Invasion And Extortion Reported The Incident) Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 11:11:39 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US IL: Wire: Shakedown Charges Raise New Corruption Concerns Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Patrick Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: MSNBC/WMAQ Website: http://www.msnbc.com/local/WMAQ/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 SHAKEDOWN CHARGES RAISE NEW CORRUPTION CONCERNS CHICAGO, July 18 - Three Chicago police officers are free on bond after being charged with home invasion and armed robbery. At a bond hearing, prosecutors called Officers John Labiak, Rodney Carriger, and Ernest Hutchinson a danger to the community who showed particular brazenness in their alleged shakedown. But Judge Nicholas Ford said the defendants have substantial community ties, and are unlikely to flee. Bond was set at $75,000. An attorney representing two of the defendants called the decision fair. They are all married, they are all residents of Chicago, they all own homes. They're going to come to court. They're going to fight this, said attorney Joe Roddy. The incident allegedly began June 23 when the cops entered a garage at 1200 West Huron as a door was closing. One woman was handcuffed as police searched the house without a warrant. When another woman asked to see a warrant, Officer Hutchinson allegedly spat on her. Police found two illegal guns and a small amount of marijuana. When the gun owner returned home, the three cops allegedly demanded $8,000 or he'd go to jail. When he paid, the cops left. Two off-duty Wood District police officers who allegedly witnessed the shakedown reported the incident. The alleged victims have filed a civil lawsuit in federal court. The officers are charged with armed robbery, home invasion, and official misconduct. Although the incident allegedly happened last month, the charges were filed Thursday. Yesterday, while taping this weekend's edition of News Channel 5's City Desk, Police Superintendent Terry Hillard said cops under suspicion shouldn't expect any breaks. If you do the right thing...not only will myself, but the command staff will stand behind you, he said. But if you get out there and you commit some type of violation of the law...we're going to come after you.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Top Motorcycle Racer Suspended After Positive Marijuana Test ('The Associated Press' Says Anthony Gobert Of Australia, Second In AMA Superbike Standings, Was Prevented From Competing Sunday At The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course In Lexington - 'I Did Have A Bit Of Smoke' He Said) Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 10:55:02 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US OH: Top Motorcycle Racer Suspended After Positive Marijuana Test Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Patrick Henry (email@example.com) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 TOP MOTORCYCLE RACER SUSPENDED AFTER POSITIVE MARIJUANA TEST LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Anthony Gobert, a leader in one of the nation's top motorcycle racing series, has been suspended from competition for the rest of the year after testing positive for marijuana. The suspension was announced Friday by the American Motorcyclist Association after the organization received results of a urine sample taken earlier in the day. The positive test was his second this month and third since last fall. Gobert, 22, of Australia, was banned indefinitely from racing at the world level last fall after testing positive at an event in the Czech Republic. A similar test result this month made him ineligible for an AMA event at Laguna Seca, Calif. In addition, he admitted smoking marijuana June 21 following a third-place finish at a race in New Hampshire. Gobert was second in points in the AMA Superbike standings and was scheduled to compete in a 100-kilometer event Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He has won three races this season and was two points behind two-time defending series champion Doug Chandler in the Superbike standings. Gobert has been nicknamed ``Wild Child'' because, much like the Chicago Bulls' Dennis Rodman, he regularly changes his hair color. He showed up at Mid-Ohio with pink hair and also has competed with hair dyed fuchsia, fire-engine red, blond, black and a combination of black and blond. ``I was wrong. Just plain wrong,'' Gobert said following the Laguna Seca event. ``I did have a bit of smoke after Loudon (site of the New Hampshire race), in celebration, which I didn't realize would be considered a serious problem. ... ``I would never do it before or during a race, because racing is everything to me, and I know I have disappointed a lot of people, most of all my fans and teams. ``I hope everyone will chalk this up to a true mistake in judgment, and give me another chance to bring home a championship.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Trooper Says He Was Ostracized By Superiors Because Of Report ('The Boston Globe' Says A Suffolk Superior Court Jury Heard Opening Statements Yesterday In A Civil Trial Against The State Police, One Of The First Trials Under Massachusetts' Whistle-Blower Law, Brought By State Trooper Robert Monahan When He Languished Without An Assignment For A Year And A Half After He Reported That Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Had Paid Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To An Informant Suspected Of Drug Running, Money Laundering, And Hiring Other Troopers To Conduct Illegal Wiretaps) Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 10:05:14 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US MA: Trooper Says He Was Ostracized by Superiors Because of Report Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Evans) Source: Boston Globe Contact: Letters@globe.com Website: http://www.boston.com/globe Author: Wm F. Doherty Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 TROOPER SAYS HE WAS OSTRACIZED BY SUPERIORS BECAUSE OF REPORT State Trooper Robert Monahan believed he had done the right thing when he reported that federal law enforcement agencies had paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to an informant suspected of drug running, money laundering, and hiring other troopers to conduct illegal wiretaps. But after making the allegations, Monahan says his investigation was terminated, his supervisors were pressured to protect the informant, and he languished without an assignment for a year and a half. Yesterday, a Suffolk Superior Court jury heard opening statements in Monahan's civil trial against the State Police, one of the first trials under the state's whistle-blower law. Monahan, 40, of Dorchester, said he sued under the law because he is still bitter over the coverup. He is seeking an unspecified amount of damages. ''They tried to kill the messenger,'' he said. In his lawsuit, Monahan, says federal officials pressured his superiors to protect the informant, Michael L. Taylor, from prosecution. But his superiors maintain Monahan had conducted a rogue investigation outside of his duties at the time and had requested what became his next assignment - patrolling the Massachusetts Turnpike. The state whistle-blower statute, passed in 1994, is designed to protect public employees who expose wrongdoing. The first verdict under the law was returned earlier this month in Norfolk Superior Court. Monahan, a state trooper since 1985, contends that while investigating an international marijuana smuggling ring, he discovered that Taylor, a private detective, had been paid as an informant by the Boston offices of the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the US Customs Service. Earlier this year, a Middlesex County grand jury indicted Taylor on wiretapping and drug charges. Taylor is awaiting trial. In his opening statement, Eric Maxwell, Monahan's lawyer, said the trooper's superiors ''chose to try and destroy him, branding him insane, unreliable, and incompetent and removing him from the job he loved for political convenience.'' But Assistant Attorney General James A. Sweeney, who is representing the State Police, told the jury that Monahan's allegations were taken seriously. In court documents, Monahan said Taylor had been arrested for several crimes but the charges had been dropped under questionable circumstances. When he reported his finding, Monahan said his superiors discredited it. Days after sending his report to then-State Police Colonel Charles Henderson, Monahan said he was ordered to terminate his investigation of Taylor. The trooper said he was directed to speak to Paul V. Kelly, at the time the federal prosecutor who was handling several drug cases in Boston in which Taylor was an informant. According to court documents, Kelly allegedly said Taylor was a valuable informant, and it would be embarrassing if he was indicted. After sending his report, Monahan said he was increasingly ''ostracized and isolated'' by State Police officials. From May 1994 until he was transferred in January 1995, Monahan said he ''was assigned virtually no duties and was prohibited from working on any criminal cases'' and was the only Massachusetts State Police trooper subject to such an order. In an affidavit, then- Lieutenant Colonel Francis Reilly said Monahan, although assigned to the State Police's Asset Forfeiture unit, had continued working on a drug investigation left over from his assignment in the Suffolk narcotics unit during the late 1980s. Reilly said he ordered the trooper not to work on investigations which were outside the responsibility of the asset forfeiture unit.
------------------------------------------------------------------- A Brooklyn Prosecutor Faces Drug Charges ('The New York Times' Says Assistant Brooklyn District Attorney Jason Friedman Was Busted With Four Friends, Sharing Some Cannabis Outside A Concert Featuring Jimmy Page And Robert Plant At Madison Square Garden Thursday Night) Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 22:09:38 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US NYT: A Brooklyn Prosecutor Faces Drug Charges Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Dick Evans) Source: New York Times (NY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 A BROOKLYN PROSECUTOR FACES DRUG CHARGES An assistant Brooklyn district attorney was arrested outside Madison Square Garden on Thursday night on charges of possession of marijuana and hashish, the police said early yesterday. The assistant district attorney, Jason Friedman, 30, was arrested by narcotics officers from the Midtown South precinct about 9:30 P.M. on a night when Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, were performing in a reunion concert at the Garden. Also arrested were William Rumbold, 32, of Rochester; Michael Krebs, 30, of Brooklyn; Michael Chrumba, 32, of Huntington Station, N.Y., and Scott Rawiszer, 32, of Suffern, N.Y., said Officer Dennis Laffin, a Police Department spokesman. Officer Laffin said police officers observed the five passing a marijuana cigarette and smoking it. When officers approached, Friedman tossed a bag and metal object onto the ground, Officer Laffin said. That bag contained hashish and the metal object was Friedman's district attorney's shield, Officer Laffin said. Investigators speaking on the condition of anonymity said that it was the first time in recent memory that someone from a district attorney's office had been arrested on drug charges.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Life Of A Gangster ('The Vancouver Sun' Portrays Phin Van Nguyen, A Vietnamese Immigrant To Vancouver, British Columbia, Allegedly Involved In The City's Illicit Heroin Trade) Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 19:01:52 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: CANADA: The Life Of A Gangster Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Vancouver Sun (Canada) Pubdate: Sat 18 Jul 1998 Section: News A1 / Front Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.vancouversun.com/ Author: Rick Ouston THE LIFE OF A GANSTER The 34-year-old Vietnamese man passes himself off as a lowly kitchen worker and clam digger, apologizing in a letter to immigration officials that he "hadn't speak and understand English." But on the street he swaggers and smirks as only a powerful gang leader can. Dressed in tailored suits and casually tossing orders to his underlings, the man who tried to take over the Vancouver and Nanaimo heroin trade ordered beatings and kidnappings and randomly attacked fellow members of the Vietnamese community to establish his power. His name is Phin Van Nguyen (pronounced Win) and for years, according to a report from B.C.'s secretive Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit (CLEU), he has been behind shootings and mayhem that tore into the legitimate Vietnamese community. On the street they called him Gai da -- literally, "older brother" in Vietnamese, but used only to refer to gang hierarchy, not family relationships. An immigrant from Vietnam, he was ordered deported in 1996, although he continues to live in Vancouver. After years of crime and gang activity, Nguyen applied for Canadian citizenship, a step that would prove to be his downfall. The application precipitated an investigation by immigration authorities, who subsequently ruled that Nguyen was a danger to Canadian society. His citizenship application was denied and he was ordered removed from the country. The removal order was challenged but confirmed by a judge and reinstated in May of this year. An immigration department spokesman says Nguyen will be deported as soon as the required paperwork and travel documents are complete. Though Nguyen could not be reached for comment for this story, his lawyers deny their client was a criminal mastermind, calling the CLEU allegations preposterous, hearsay and without foundation. But a federal court judge considered the claims strong enough to rule that Phin Van Nguyen must go. The CLEU report on Nguyen is a window on a criminal organization said to be behind a string of crimes that looked like unrelated acts of violence but were, in fact, connected to a years-long struggle to control the city's heroin trade. The shootings, the beatings and the extortions lit the night sky of the Downtown Eastside with the red and blue flashing lights of police cars and terrorized law-abiding members of the Vietnamese community. The Hoang Gia restaurant at 535 East Hastings Street was a popular night-time meeting spot for younger Vietnamese immigrants in 1993. People would gather with friends who knew their language in this strange, new city, drinking the strong "French coffee" sweetened with condensed milk popular in their homeland. It was considered a safe hangout, until a new group of men started showing up unannounced and attacking single victims with broken beer bottles and glasses. The assaults came out of the blue, lightning quick, some against drug dealers, others against law-abiding patrons of the restaurant. One of the main participants in the brutal assaults, and the man directing other attacks, was Phin Van Nguyen, police informants told Vancouver police department Constable Eric Wickberg. "Phin was making it known that his gang was in Vancouver to take over the Vietnamese drug trade," Wickberg would later write in a CLEU report to immigration officials. "They intended to prove how powerful they were by the use of unprovoked violent attacks against drug dealers and other legitimate members of the Vietnamese community." Nguyen had come to the attention of B.C. police agencies in 1992. Police believed he bought and sold heroin, moving the expensive drug in multi-ounce units which street dealers would later break down into packages of a half or quarter gram for resale. Nguyen had arrived at Vancouver International Airport on April 23, 1990, telling immigration authorities that he had been living in a refugee camp in Hong Kong and was hoping to acquire landed-immigrant status. He arrived with a wife and child, and spent time in Kingston, Ont. and Nanaimo before returning to Vancouver in 1993. Sources in the Vietnamese community told Wickberg that Nguyen and his accomplices were believed to have committed several violent home invasions and drug ripoffs of rival dealers. He had not been charged or convicted of any offences -- some immigrants were willing to share their knowledge with Wickberg but too frightened to be seen as cooperating with the police by testifying or laying complaints. Left unsaid in the CLEU report were the problems police face trying to get criminal convictions in communities cut apart from the Canadian mainstream by language, coercion and violence. Nguyen and his group started taking over the Little Saigon Restaurant at 406 East Hastings later in 1993, extorting free food and intimidating other customers. At this time the group of men were living in an apartment on Union Street near the restaurant in the city's Downtown Eastside. On Nov. 11, 1993, Nguyen and eight of his "underlings" had a parking dispute with a Vietnamese male living in the apartment complex, police say. "Using pieces of wood they attacked this person and beat him unconscious," Wickberg wrote. Nguyen and others were charged with assault causing bodily harm, but were acquitted. "During the course of the trial there was open intimidation in the court by the accused toward the victim. At the end of the trial they were acquitted due to the change in some of the witness testimony," Wickberg said. On Dec. 7, 1993, a member of Nguyen's gang called Dinh Xuan Cao was shot outside a casino in Nanaimo. Cao survived and told police his wounds stemmed from an attempt by robbers to steal his money. "It is more likely that this was retaliation for Phin and his group's conflict with the local drug dealers in that area," the CLEU report said. The only criminal charge -- plea-bargained down from a raft of other charges -- to result in a conviction against Nguyen occurred because of a sloppy home invasion at 6 a.m. on Dec. 12, 1993. Nguyen and nine males who police described as "members of his gang" showed up at the basement suite at 2735 Oxford Street in Vancouver. It was thought the men who lived there worked for a rival Vietnamese drug dealer, and Nguyen had arranged a home invasion robbery to rip off their drugs. Two of the three men had nothing to do with drugs, but all were awakened when Nguyen and his men burst into the suite, armed with knives, a blue-steel .357 Magnum and a Browning high-power 9 mm semi-automatic. Both pistols were loaded. The three men were bound with electrical wire, stabbed, beaten with gun butts and fists, a subsequent court trial would be told. Nguyen directed the interrogation and the search of the apartment, threatening the men with death if they didn't reveal the location of money and drugs. The assault was noisy enough to awaken residents living upstairs who called 911. Police arriving at the scene found 10 fully dressed males and three frightened Vietnamese men, two in underwear and one in blue pajamas. The gang members were arrested, jailed and photographed. The victims identified their assailants from the photos. Shown a Polaroid of Nguyen, one of the victims was quoted by a police officer as saying: "He's the leader, big brother, dai ga." Nguyen was collecting welfare at the time and driving a near-new silver Toyota Camry, which was found parked at the back of the home. Dressed nattily in a grey turtleneck and dark suit, the ringleader was jailed and charged with robbery, unlawful confinement and using a weapon in an assault. Nguyen would later also be charged with attempting to obstruct justice by threatening one of the victims with a further beating if he said anything to police. While in custody, police said, Nguyen threatened to kill one of the sheriffs and was involved in numerous fights with other prisoners. Nguyen and his accomplices were held in jail for the 14 months it took for the case to reach court. Days after the trial began, three of the accused, including Nguyen, pleaded guilty to unlawful confinement. The Crown dropped the other charges against them and the men were held in jail for a further nine months. Finally released in 1995, Nguyen started insulating himself from his gang's street operations, allowing his henchmen to take direct control of some of the younger Vietnamese males in the gang while Nguyen remained in the background, sharing the profits, police said. One of his most trusted lieutenants set up gambling houses where members of the gang took a percentage from each game. By now, police referred to Nguyen's followers as "Phin's boys." An inter-gang squabble arose in September 1995, when one of Nguyen's associates returned to Vietnam with Nguyen's wife. Believing that gang member Kevin Minh Nguyen -- no relation -- knew where his wife had fled, the gang leader had the man kidnapped and held in one of the group's gambling houses at 3040 East Fifth Avenue. "There he was tied up, beaten repeatedly and forced to drink his own urine. This was done by Phin as well as by others at Phin's direction," Wickberg wrote. "Kevin subsequently escaped and charges were laid against Phin and several others in his gang. Just before the case came to trial, Kevin suddenly disappeared and has not been seen since. There is speculation that either he was paid to disappear or he was executed. Either would have been done at Phin's direction." Lawyers acting for Nguyen argued that speculation and vanishing witnesses did not prove their client was a criminal mastermind. "It's important to point out that the so-called details in [Wickberg's] report are a compilation of source information, i.e. rumour and gossip," lawyer Jerry Cikes said at an immigration hearing. "It's puffery, smoke and mirrors." But among the Vietnamese community in Nanaimo, a big shot from Vancouver was letting it be known that he was taking over the heroin trade in that island city. The gang leader called himself "Phin Huu" -- the street name that Nguyen had adopted to protect his identity. Members of the Phin Huu gang provoked a fight with some of Nanaimo's heroin dealers in a popular karaoke spot on Dec. 10, 1995. A Phin associate called Cuong Chung shot two males from the other group, whose friends retaliated by beating to death a member of Nguyen's gang. All three are currently facing charges of attempted murder or murder. By the spring of 1996, members of Phin's boys started hanging around several Vancouver restaurants, selling their drugs. Former Vancouver Sun reporter Nicole Parton caused a public stir when she wrote a first-hand account of how she bought heroin at the counter of what was then the Casablanca Vietnamese Restaurant at 535 East Hastings. Vancouver city council voted to revoke the restaurant's business licence and shut it down. Reopened by a new owner and called the Blue Sky Restaurant, the building once again became a magnet for Phin's boys, who stabbed the new owner with a broken beer bottle while trying to extort money. They were charged with the assault -- and the restaurant mysteriously burned down that same year. "No charges were ever laid related to this arson, however it is believed this same group was involved," Wickberg wrote. By late 1996 Nguyen returned to Vietnam to visit his family in the northern city of Hong Gai. Police sources said he took $10,000 with him to "make drug connections and likely bring drugs back to Canada upon his return," Wickberg wrote. Customs officers were instructed to pay close attention to anything brought back by members of his gang. Still on probation for the unlawful confinement conviction, Nguyen committed a pivotal mistake -- he applied for Canadian citizenship, which brought his case to the attention of the federal immigration department. A section of the immigration act allows Canada to deport anyone convicted in this country of a crime punishable by as much as 10 years in prison -- the maximum penalty for his confinement conviction. An unidentified immigration officer wrote a note on Nguyen's file: "This appears to be just the kind of case that this legislation was written for." A federal judge agreed and Nguyen was ordered deported in 1996. His lawyers delayed his departure for two years by asking for a judicial review based largely on an argument that the CLEU report contained hearsay evidence. Federal court justice Yvon Pinard dismissed the application, ruling that "it must be remembered that these allegations are consistent with the violent offence for which he was convicted, are the result of extensive investigation, and were not refuted . . . ." Nguyen attended his own hearing on Aug. 6, 1997, using crutches after being shot in a leg and the chest. He has never revealed to police the identity of whoever tried to kill him the previous month. Nguyen's deportation order was reinstated May 25. During the past year, Phin Van Nguyen has lived in a house in the 2200 block of East 33rd Avenue, and another which he shared with a common-law wife and a child in the 4000-block Beatrice. Today, he is waiting for a knock on the door by immigration authorities ready to escort him to Vietnam. 'I WAS SO UPSET AND I BEATEN HIM. . .' Even after six years in Canada, Phin Van Nguyen had only a rudimentary command of the English language, having spent most of his time immersed in the Vietnamese emigre community. Told that he was considered a danger to Canadian society because of a confinement conviction, Nguyen tried in a letter to immigration officials to explain away the charge by claiming he was the victim of the men he confined, arguing they cheated him in a card game. "So I move to Vancouver I met some my friends they made to me some bad things on 13th of November 1993 I played card gambling with some of them. I was lied by them they are dishonest trick and got my money by that way, when I knew that I was so upset and I beaten him and I tied his hands till police came," Nguyen wrote. "Please forgive me everything I did before give to me last chance in my life let me try my best to build up my future as your wish from me. One more time I beg you forgive me."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Heroin - Our $1.6 Billion Habit ('The Sydney Morning Herald' Describes A Yet-To-Be-Released Report The Newspaper Has Obtained, Written By Four Of Australia's Leading Drug Researchers, Titled 'Running The Risks') Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 01:34:19 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Australia: Heroin: Our $1.6Bn Habit Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Ken Russell Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.smh.com.au/ Author: Greg Bearup HEROIN: OUR $1.6BN HABIT Australia's heroin epidemic appears to have peaked but the effects will be felt for years, with thefts to buy the drug estimated at up to $1.6 billion a year. This week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures revealing a surge in heroin-related crimes, especially armed robbery, which saw an additional 2,000 robberies in NSW alone. In a yet-to-be-released study obtained by the Herald, titled Running the Risks, four of Australia's leading drug researchers estimate that regular heroin users steal a total of between $500 million and $1.6 billion a year to support their habit. In interviews for the study in south-western Sydney, 202 heroin users reported earning $237,291 from crime in the previous week, an average of $1,175 each. The main author of the study, Dr Lisa Maher, said she believed that the epidemic, at least in Sydney, appeared to have peaked in 1995 and 1996 and that the take-up rate looked to be slowing. "Like most epidemics it moves in cycles and this one appears to be past its peak," she said. While less that 2 per cent of Australians had tried heroin, Dr Maher said, a 1996 survey of schools in south-western Sydney showed that in one school 11 per cent of 13-year-old boys had tried heroin in the previous year. The effects of the 1995-96 peak is now being felt through increased break-and-enters, armed robberies and car thefts because it takes up to two years from initiation to the drug to dependency, which is when the criminality begins in earnest. Professor Ian Webster, head of public health at the University of NSW and a member of Prime Minister's drug advisory council, said that the study was an "extremely important" one. It highlighted the need for an integrated approach to dealing with the problem involving not only law enforcement but education, grass roots support and the health system. Australia had led the world in reducing harm "to both the individual and the public" but there was a political shift back towards law enforcement to solve the problem and "this emphasis could cause us to lose ground we have gained". A spokeswoman for the Acting Police Minister, Mr Knowles, said the problem with heroin in NSW was a direct result of the Federal Government cutting funding to the Australian Federal Police and Customs. She said that all heroin was imported and that 80 per cent of it came to Sydney. Until Mr Howard got serious about stopping the problem at the border it would continue. The reason Australia suffered such an epidemic in the first place appears to be related to a flood of high-grade and cheap heroin which effectively halved its cost, Dr Maher said. Since the end of the study in 1997 there has been further drop in price from $30 to $20 a cap. This was combined with some "pretty aggressive and strategic marketing" of the drug. "There also seemed to be some targeting of the poor and disadvantaged areas," Dr Maher said. She said the reason for the apparent slow down in initiation rates appeared to be a wary younger generation having seen their "older brothers and sisters and, in some cases, their parents" become addicted. While there had been a targeting of certain areas the idea of the "drug pusher" was inaccurate and most users were offered the drug by friends. The study also showed that aggressive policing may actually cause harm on the health front as well as driving users to commit other crimes. "One of our participants, a 17-year-old Vietnamese-Australian, had supported her habit through street level selling but was unable to sell because of the police presence," she said. "She held a knife to a shopkeepers throat to get her money." Dr Maher said that rather than a "get tough on junkies" policy there needed to be an expansion of methadone programs and needle exchanges.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Doped Skin (Britain's 'New Scientist' Says An Article In This Week's Issue Of 'Nature' Reports That Daniele Piomelli And His Colleagues At The Neurosciences Institute In San Diego Have Found That Two Cannabinoids, Anandamide And PEA, Become Concentrated In The Skin Near Injuries - Combined, They Have 100 Times The Painkilling Power Of Morphine) Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 11:00:50 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: New Scientist: Doped Skin Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Peter Webster Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Source: New Scientist (UK) Section: "In Brief" column Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.newscientist.com/ DOPED SKIN NATURAL compounds that are found in skin but related to the active ingredient in marijuana may help to filter pain. Daniele Piomelli and his colleagues at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego have found that two cannabinoids, anandamide and PEA, become concentrated in the skin near injuries. They say in this week's Nature (vol 394, p 277) that the two compounds combined have 100 times the painkilling power of morphine. This suggests that protein receptors for cannabinoids, which had previously only been found in the central nervous system, must exist in the skin as well. Piomelli speculates that the skin's cannabinoid system could help to moderate the pain of injuries and may filter out painful stimuli that are not harmful.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Drug-Runners Who Shamed A Regiment (Britain's 'Telegraph' Says One Of Britain's Most Distinguished Regiments Was Publicly Shamed Yesterday When Seven Of Its Soldiers Were Convicted Of Smuggling Cocaine, Heroin And Ecstasy Worth Millions Of Pounds Across The English Channel) Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 10:38:33 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: The Drug-Runners Who Shamed A Regiment Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Misty) Source: Telegraph, The (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Author: Nigel Bunyan THE DRUG-RUNNERS WHO SHAMED A REGIMENT ONE of Britain's most distinguished regiments was publicly shamed yesterday when seven of its soldiers were convicted of organising cross-Channel drug-runs. Seven men, all past or present members of 39th Regiment, Royal Artillery, used weekend leave to import cocaine, heroin and ecstasy worth millions of pounds. They would set out for Amsterdam in pairs on a Friday night, drop off their drugs in Liverpool on Sunday and return to their barracks , near Newcastle upon Tyne, in time for guard duty on a Monday morning. The non-stop trips covered 1,300 miles. At the end of a three-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court, three soldiers were convicted of conspiring to import drugs. Another four have previously admitted their involvement in the smuggling ring. All will be sentenced on Thursday. David Turner, QC, prosecuting, told the jury: "Until this case, those who man Customs were entitled to feel that the least likely drug smugglers were those who had sworn an oath to protect the realm. This case has changed that perception. These men abused their position as British Servicemen and, instead of protecting the country, provided for drug importers a cross-frontier transport system." Customs officers broke up the gang after an 18-month investigation with the national crime squad and military police. At one stage, the rogue soldiers were under 24-hour surveillance even inside their barracks. Some were photographed telephoning their paymasters from a camp callbox. A senior Customs investigator said last night: "They were like a League of Gentlemen, recruiting among themselves, handing out the drug-runs to men they had served with. Most spent their profits on new cars or paid off debts. They came to regard the collections as nice little weekend earners." Gang members are known to have made at least 15 trips. For centuries the Royal Artillery has lived up to its twin mottoes: - Ubique (Everywhere) and Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Whither Right and Glory Lead Us). Customs investigators estimate that, in total, the men brought back cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and ecstasy worth £12.5 million. They received between £3,000 and £5,000 for their runs. Some are thought to have made up to £85,000. Those involved would catch an overnight ferry to France and drive non-stop to Amsterdam. Drugs were hidden in a secret compartment in the soldiers' cars. At Customs, they allayed suspicion by piling duty-free beer on the back seats and flashing their military ID cards to the officers. Customs officers were alerted to the gang on Jan 13, 1996, when they spotted one of them passing through Dover as a foot passenger. Peter O'Toole, 26, from Liverpool, was not a soldier but had served with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Customs put him under surveillance and saw him meet two men in a red Honda Civic. They were Paul Bromiley, 31, the main courier, and Peter Jackson, 30, both gunners in the 39th Regiment. All three were arrested and Bromiley's car searched. Customs officers found a hidden compartment but, because it was empty, they had to let the men go. Nevertheless, a Customs intelligence team began to monitor the movements of the trio. In the months that followed, they uncovered an ever-widening network of soldiers making trips through several ports. Favourite drug routes were Ramsgate-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais. However, they also used the Channel Tunnel. It was while using the tunnel route that Dale Mills, 26, another gunner, celebrated a "successful" trip by having his picture taken. He is seen beaming at the camera's lens, the fingers of one hand held in a victory salute. The negative was recovered by Customs. Paul Wright, 29, left the Army to become one of the gang's meeting party in Liverpool. Jackson, from Greater Manchester, did more drug-runs than others but would delegate to others if he had been rostered for weekend guard duty. When the regiment was posted to Cyprus in 1996, Bombardier Kevin Jones, 31, came to the fore. Jones, of Newcastle upon Tyne, James Bull, 29, of Inskip, Merseyside, and Mills, of Northampton, were found guilty of conspiring to smuggle drugs. Those who have admitted conspiracy are: Jackson; Bromiley, of Preston; and civilians O'Toole, of Liverpool, and Darren Williams, 27, of Ellesmere Port. Billy Stott, 20, of Oldham, and Paul Wright, 29, of Liverpool, admitted being concerned in importing drugs.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Squaddies Ran £2.5M Drugs Ring (The Version In Britain's 'Independent') Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 17:28:37 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: Squaddies Ran £2.5m Drugs Ring Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Independent, The (UK) Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Author: Jonathan Foster SQUADDIES RAN £2.5M DRUGS RING A MAJOR drugs trial which has badly damaged the reputation of one of Britain's most famous regiments was drawn to a close yesterday. Customs officials believe that the 18-month investigation, codenamed Operation Cruiser, involved the smuggling into Britain of up to £12m of heroin, ecstasy, amphetamines and cocaine by soldiers and former servicemen with the 39th Regiment Royal Artillery. During the trial, it emerged that more than £1m of drugs had been found in two taxi cabs in Liverpool. In all, £2.5m of drugs were seized. One of the men, Dale Mills, 26, was found guilty of importing narcotics at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday. On Thursday two others - Bombardier Kevin Jones, 31, and former gunner James Bull, 29 - were convicted of taking part in the same two-year plot. Six other men, four of them either serving or former members of the regiment, based at Abermarle, near Newcastle upon Tyne, have already pleaded guilty to various drug charges. They are serving soldiers Peter Jackson, 29, Paul Bromiley, 30, and Billy Gee Stott; Paul Wright, 29, a former gunner; and Peter O'Toole, 26, and 27-year-old Darren Williams. All nine will be sentenced next week. A tenth man, Jason Foster, 25, a lance bombardier, was cleared by the court. The trial brings to an end one of the most extraordinary and embarrassing cases ever to involve the military in Britain. Customs officers hope it will also cut off one of the major drugs supply lines to the North-west. The ring was exposed two years ago after Customs officers grew suspicious of a foot passenger who arrived at Dover in Kent on a ferry from Calais. They found that the man had receipts for £4,500 cash deposited during the previous month and he claimed he was "buying property in Dusseldorf". Officers were further alarmed when he walked over to a red Nissan waiting to leave the docks. He climbed in, the car was pulled over and, on a cloudy night in January 1996, the British Army fell under suspicion of drug-running. In the Nissan were two off-duty gunners from 39th Regiment Royal Artillery back from Calais on the same sailing as their passenger. They carried passports and authentic military identification. There was no contraband in the car, and Customs officers were used to soldiers travelling frequently to and from continental postings. But why had Paul Bromiley and Peter Jackson picked-up Peter O'Toole in the car park? Why would soldiers from barracks in the North-east travel out from Hull and return two days later through Calais? And why had two storage spaces been created in the car, concealed behind the rear seat? Customs let the three men go, but an investigation was launched which revealed that the soldiers spent time off-duty using their private cars and Army identification to run a 13-trip drugs caravan from Holland to Liverpool. "The Army were shaken," a Customs investigator said. "It was the first time military personnel had been involved at this level. There have been cases discovered of small quantities of drugs for personal use by soldiers, but nothing on this scale." The gang's trial heard that soldiers enjoyed a "privileged position as travellers". But any privilege has now ended, according to Customs and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). "Customs officers haven't known since abolition of British forces number plates if cars entering the country belonged to squaddies," the Customs investigator said. "But an officer may still have been swayed - he gives a car a pull, the driver shows his passport and then flashes a warrant card. The officer doesn't associate a soldier with drugs smuggling." Military Police seconded an investigator to work with the 20-member Customs team, and co-operation has subsequently become routine, including regular sharing of intelligence. "We didn't think smuggling by soldiers happened before," a MoD spokesman said. "Other men in 39th Regiment had noticed that something wasn't quite right with these men - extra money in their pockets, car loans being paid off, that sort of thing." The soldiers were being paid between £2-5,000 a trip, a cheap rate for loading a hatchback with a typical payload of eight kilograms of drugs plus 48,000 tablets. But it was good money for men such as Bromiley and Jones, gunners in their thirties taking home about £550 a month. Bromiley paid £27,525 into his TSB accounts during the 18 months. When 39th Regiment took its multiple rocket launchers off on a tour of duty in Cyprus in June 1996, regular runners were decommissioned. But Jones remained in Britain and readily assumed the drug courier duties. He bought a Honda Civic, made three runs to the continent, and banked £22,800. Suspicions at barracks of new-found wealth identified many of the soldiers to the investigation team. But command was probably vested in O'Toole, the foot passenger who first aroused suspicion. A 26-year-old Liverpudlian who variously described himself as a Merchant Navy cook or a painter and decorator, O'Toole's mobile phone and pager were busy. He also handled distribution of the drugs in Liverpool and banked £81,000 during the18 months. It is a tale that has severely damaged the reputation of the regiment. Its motto - Whither Right and Glory Lead - has been left tainted.
------------------------------------------------------------------- In A Major Sting Customs Men Let Drugs Worth £250.000 Into Britain (Britain's 'Express' Says It Has Learned That Undercover Customs Officers Handed Over Three Kilos Of Heroin To Informers, Then Lost Track Of It, And Now Believe It's Being Sold On British Streets) Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 10:48:17 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: In a Major Sting Customs Men Let Drugs Worth £250.000 Into Britain Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Misty) Source: The Express (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 Author: Kirsty Walker IN A MAJOR STING CUSTOMS MEN LET DRUGS WORTH £250,000 INTO BRITAIN. THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG.... AND NOW THE HEROIN IS ON OUR STREETS. Heroin worth £250,000 disappeared after undercover Customs officers handed over the drugs to informers, The Express has discovered. Now the lethal haul is believed to have been sold on Britain's streets. Amateurish mistakes by two separate Customs teams led to officers losing track of three kilos of the drug. The blunders, in Leeds and Glasgow, are being investigated and Customs insiders admit they are deeply embarrassed by it all. An internal inquiry is also going on into the use of informants who participate in drug smuggling operations. This follows the collapse of four high-profile court cases in the last two years. In almost identical cases, Customs teams in the two cities were given information by grasses about separate heroin smuggling operations from Pakistan. Under careful surveillance by Pakistan and British authorities as well as Customs, the informers were allowed to collect two consignments of heroin, worth £3.5m, in Pakistan. The drugs were then brought into the country by undercover officers. The first consignment of 20kg was destined for Leeds in July last year. The second was taken to Glasgow in November. To catch the head traffickers behind the importing of both consignments, the informers arranged for "middlemen" in Leeds and Glasgow to collect a sample of the heroin. This is standard business procedure used by drug dealers. After trailing the middlemen, the officers carry out the "sting" - arresting the leader as the sample is handed over to him for analysis. The smugglers are then arrested and the drugs recovered. Due to surveillance mistakes, both middlemen escaped with one-and-a-half kilo samples of heroin. Neither have been recovered. Custom officials have never admitted the loss of the drugs until The Express learned of the debacle. It is thought that the informers who were paid £35,000 for the jobs, then tipped off both Pakistani gangs that were being trailed. The heroin - 70 per cent pure - may have been sold to children as young as 12 in Glasgow and Leeds for as little as £2 a wrap. Shaukat Ali, the middleman in the Glasgow case, was arrested after disappearing with the sample and has since been jailed for five years. Although there were other arrests in both cases Ali, from Oldham, is the only trafficker to be convicted. One Customs insider said: "It is very embarrassing that three kilos of heroin have disappeared. A lot of questions are being asked. The whole issue of participating informers is a very sensitive one. "In both these cases, it was human error that the drugs went missing. "Unfortunately, incidents such as this do happen and that is the risk we take when we deal with informants who, by their nature are not altogether trustworthy. "Officers on cases such as these work under awfully difficult conditions and have to make split-second decisions. Heroin dealers are dangerous, sophisticated and professional criminals. "It only takes one traffic light to turn to red and the whole operation is blown." The two incidents have raised serious questions about dealings with informants, especially after a string of collapsed court cases led to known criminals walking free. Customs pay up to £1,000 cash per kilo of heroin to the criminal sources who provide information and work for them. In return, the informants are often provided with immunity from the law and protection. An increasing number of dealers are now turning on their colleagues to profit from the arrangement. Customs rely heavily on their information to seize drugs. A report by the National Audit Office last week found that Customs had seized nearly double their target amount of drugs in the last 12 months. Drugs worth £3.3 billion were discovered entering Britain and officers smashed 103 smuggling operations - way above their target figures of £1.7 billion seized drugs and 108 dismantled organisations. The vast majority of these successes came after information was provided by informers. There have been problems with the arrangement, though. One insider said: "Informers are our biggest risk because once they know how the system works they come to the conclusion that it's money for old rope." An official Customs spokesman said: "The movement of drugs m one country to another using participating informants to identify and arrest traffickers is a proven method successfully used by us. "This method has been tested through the courts on a number of occasions. Disquiet has been expressed in respect of some recent cases. We are reviewing all aspects of them." The official added: "We are aware that on two occasions samples of heroin regrettably have got onto the streets. This was due to operational difficulties and these cases are being thoroughly investigated." A new drugs scandal emerged yesterday with the revelation that the Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation into how a haul of cannabis came to be found aboard a destroyer. A "rigorous" inquiry was said to be going on over the discovery on a Royal Navy vessel. The MoD confirmed the investigation on HMS Newcastle "following a drugs related incident." The probe comes after a report that a two-kilo haul of cannabis with a street value of £4,000 was recovered from the Type 42 destroyer. "A naval investigation team is conducting an investigation into HMS Newcastle," said an MoD spokesman. "The investigation is ongoing and could take a matter of days rather than hours." The ship was believed to be returning from a six-month tour of duty in the West Indies when the haul was discovered. It is stood to have been helping the Americans with anti-drug smuggling exercises in the Caribbean. Navy detectives have taken fingerprints from all the crew, including the captain. The destroyer has now returned to Portsmouth. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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