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    HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuter) - Two of Hong Kong's top judges want the use of
the drug cannabis legalised.
     One High Court judge, Justice Godfrey, said the ban made no sense while
alcohol and tobacco were legal, the South China Sunday Morning Post reported.
     "I am for decriminalisation," Godfrey, 61, said. "Since human beings are
allowed to smoke themselves to death with cigarettes they ought to be allowed to
smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes."
     Justice Kaplan, 52, also of the High Court, said the use of cannabis was
commonplace and there was no proof it led users to more dangerous drugs, the
newspaper reported.
      "There is clearly a growing demand for the drug and a lot of money to be
made from it," he said. "So if someone is going to supply it why should it be


    BOGOTA (Reuter) - Drug traffickers are buying up Colombia's agricultural
land in massive quantities, the head of the country's farmers said in a letter
published Monday.
     Farmers' Society president Cesar De Hart said drug traffickers had bought
7.5 to 10 million acres
 of the 67.5 million acres
 used for grazing. He did not say over what period.
     Since Colombia has another 10 million acres
 of farmland cultivated with crops "there are as many hectares in the power of
drug traffickers as there are for cultivation in the whole country," De Hart
     De Hart made his comments in a letter to Central Bank president Miguel
Urrutia. He said central bank policies were inadvertently leading to
"concentration of rural property ... in the hands of drug traffickers."
     Economists estimate that between $1 billion and $3 billion in profits from
the marijuana, cocaine and heroin trade finds its way back to Colombia each year
and much of this money is invested in farmland or prime commercial property in


   HOBART, Aug 1 AAP - The Tasmanian Greens will introduce  legislation to
liberalise but not decriminalise the state's  marijuana laws.
   Prohibition, which aimed to reduce drug use, had been a "dismal  failure,"
the Greens said.
   Liberalisation would not (NOT) lead to increased use of  marijuana as had
been shown by a review conducted in South  Australia five years after similar
legislation was enacted, the  Greens spokesman on social justice, the Rev Lance
Armstrong, said  today.
    The Greens would introduce a Poisons Amendment Bill to allow  people charged
with personal possession or use of marijuana to  avoid a court appearance and a
criminal record, Rev Armstrong said.
   "Our Bill, which is modelled on the ACT legislation, will  clearly liberalise
the laws relating to the personal poseesion and  use of marijuana.
   "However, neither the substance nor the use of it is being  legalised.
Therefore, it is inappropriate to use the term  'decriminalisation,'" Rev
Armstrong said in a statement.
   But it was no longer appropriate to treat users of marijuana as  criminals,
he said.
   Offenders would instead pay an on-the-spot fine within 60 days  of a charge
being laid.
    Possession of 25 grams - enough to fill a small tobacco pouch -  or less of
marijuana would attract a fine of $40.
   A fine of $100 would be levied for possession of 25 to 50 grams.
   Smoking or consumption of marijuana would attract a fine of $40.
   Cultivators of up to five marijuana plants would be fined $40  and for six to
10 plants the fine would be $100.
   People convicted on marijuana charges were limited in future  employment and
travel opportunities because they had criminal  records, Rev Armstrong said.
   Taxpayers' money and police resources were wasted because they  were being
diverted from more serious offences such as murder, rape  and assault.
   People suspected of marijuana offences were also subjected to  intrusive body
searches by police and social stigmatisation.
    AAP tsc/co 

UPn  08/02/94    us-lollapalooza

   Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Rock and politics got equal billing
Tuesday at Lollapalooza, the traveling rock 'n' roll circus making its eastern
swing through North America, at the Saratoga racecourse.
   Donita Sparks of L7 set the tone by reminding the crowd of the group's
connection to Rock For Choice, the pro-choice rocker's activist group.
   "This goes out to Paul Hill, who murdered that doctor and his escort the
other day in Pensacola, Florida," said Sparks. "Here's a little number for that
---hole called "---t List."
   George Clinton later delivered a rap during his set that accused the CIA of
 profiting from the drug trade.
   "There's no profit in pretending that we're stopping it when we're selling
it," said Clinton.
   Other bands offered other political perspectives to an event that featured
live music on two stages and a midway dotted by booths calling for an end to
China's occupation of Tibet, the legalization of marijuana and a campaign to
keep abortion legal.
   The atmosphere of Lollapalooza stuck to ioung as the original Woodstock
revelers, and just as partial to pot instead of alcohol. High-energy "moshing"
was the preferred crowd response to the music on the main stage, with men and
women bodysurfing across the top of the crowd's outstretched hands.
   The rest of the audience wandered the alternative midway filled with exotic
 vendors, new-age rides and virtual reality demonstrations.
   At the Rev. Samuel Mudd's Little Armageddon & Spoken Word Revival, poets and
rappers added more political opinion as they spun an advertised "Coney Island of
the mind" in day-long poetry "slams."
   Across the raceway at the second stage, a barker worked against the din of
main-stage Japanese speed metal rockers The Boredoms.
   "What are you people doing standing out on that grass when this is supposed
to be a nightclub?" he yelled out to the meandering crowd in front of second
   The barker brought out Girls Against Boys, a New York City quartet of men who
struck an effective trance-grunge groove. The best moment of the second stage
was provided by Lucious Jackson, an all-woman quartet that played a spirited
 funk set, bringing up several audience members to dance onstage with them.
   Back on the main stage, L7 provided the day's first moments of excitement
with their dynamic guitar-based hard rock. Nick Cave invoked the spirit of Jim
Morrison while fronting the Bad Seeds before Tribe Called Quest played a
rain-interrupted set.
   Though the sudden cloudburst stopped the music, the sunburnt crowd stayed on,
cheering each lightning bolt as it flashed from the sky.
   The storm created sound problems that plagued the rest of the night, however.
The Breeders played a solid, though rain-shortened set.
   Clinton and the P Funk All Stars followed with a blistering 45-minute set of
his classic dance grooves from "Cosmic Slop" to "Atomic Dog." Damp microphones
shorted and crackled, taking some of the edge off Clinton's magic.
    Most of the crowd had come to see the Beastie Boys, and the fans responded
enthusiastically to a set high on energy but low on fidelity.
   The soggy, tired audience had already begun to leave by the time Smashing
Pumpkins came out to end the show. The Pumpkins, a capable band under most
circumstances, are finding out the hard way that headlining a day-long festival
has its drawbacks.


BRATISLAVA, Aug 2 (Reuter) - Slovakia has turned to the U.S. Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) to help fight a flood of heroin and other drugs crossing
its borders, Slovak Interior Minister Ladislav Pittner said on Tuesday.
     "Slovakia is a main transit route for drugs being smuggled through the
Balkan and Afghan corridors," the minister, who is preparing to travel to
Washington on Sunday for talks with U.S. law enforcement officials, told
     "From the Balkans, we measure the illegal drugs coming through in
kilograms, while the drugs from the Afghan corridor we estimate in the tonnes,
 and this is a sign of a real boom in the problem," he said.
     Pittner said the bulk of the drugs smuggled through Slovakia is mostly
heroin originating in Afghanistan, and destined for Western Europe and the
United States.
     Large amounts of marijuana as well as weapons and plutonium from the former
Soviet Union are also being transported through Slovakia, Pittner said.
     On June 29, FBI chief Louis Freeh signed an agreement with Pittner in
Bratislava which set down the groundwork for cooperation between law enforcement
groups from the two nations in fighting international crime and terrorism.
     Pittner said that the Slovaks would have access to the FBI's data bases and
learn new crime-fighting methods. The Slovak Intelligence Service and the FBI
are currently working together on two criminal cases.


By Tim Moynihan and Jonathan Brown, PA News
   The war against drugs can never be won despite the seizure of a record  75
million worth of illegal substances at London's airports last year, Customs said
   "There is a way to stop drug smugglers and that is stop every single
 passenger. It's not acceptable to the politicians or to the general public,"
said David Chesters, Assistant Collector for Customs at Gatwick.
   He was speaking as Customs unveiled figures for confiscations at Heathrow,
Gatwick and Stansted in the financial year ending in March.
   Drug seizures rose from 1,637 with a street value of  70.8 million in 1992-93
to 1,724 worth  75 million in 1993-94.
   "Put another way, that is 33 seizures per week or four to five every day of
the year," said a Customs spokesman.
   Douglas Tweddle, Customs Collector for London airports, said: "There will
always be incentives for people to sell narcotics. We cannot stop the problem
without draconian measures."
 Customs said Britain was seen by overseas drug barons as a difficult target.
    "Narco lords are concerned about operating in Britain. Too many of their
colleagues are locked up in our prisons," said Mr Tweddle.
   He added that drug "mules" were paid extra money to smuggle into the UK and
the high prices paid on Britain's streets for drugs were a testament to the
effectiveness of Customs procedures.
   Although a kilogram of cocaine could be produced for a few hundred pounds, it
sold in Britain for  200,000.
   The London airports' record drug haul fits into the general pattern which saw
total Customs seizures for the UK for the calendar year 1993 at  519 million --
an all-time high.
   Customs said the most worrying trend among the 1993-94 airport figures was
the rise in seizures of Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
    Of the 1,724 seizures, 506 were from traffickers smuggling for gain and more
than 1,200 from travellers bringing in drugs for personal use.
   The confiscated drugs broke down into 124kg of heroin, 407kg of cocaine and
360kg of opium, plus more than 50,000 doses of synthetic drugs such as LSD and
   Officers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted seized 1,768kg of herbal cannabis,
434kg of cannabis resin and 3.3kg in oil form -- a total of more than two
   Other illicit imports seized by customs included pornography, guns, gas
sprays and other offensive weapons.
   Also seized were more than 12,000 products of endangered wildlife, including
live animals.
  Customs said drug smuggling techniques such as swallowing and stuffing
substances inside the body were on the decrease. Instead, smugglers were now
packing drugs around them.
   The typical image of a drug smuggler also did not fit with reality.
   Drug barons preferred to use attractive women or respectable-looking men in
suits and ties.
   Mr Tweddle said: "This is where we have to go much beyond the appearance of
people. We have to use information about conduit routes and on data bases and
shared intelligence."
   He identified the rise in counterfeit goods as another worrying aspect.
   "The problem is not with fake watches and perfumes but with counterfeit
pharmaceuticals and car and aeroplane parts which don't always do what they are
 supposed to."
   To illustrate the trade in products related to rare and exotic animals,
Customs put on display live lizards and snakes smuggled into the country, as
well as crocodile shoes and handbags.

APn  08/04/94    Mexico-Marijuana

   MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities are calling it one of the most important drug
seizures in Mexican history.
   Federal agents seized and burned more than 3.6 million marijuana plants from
a 220-acre field in the northern state of Chihuahua, the Attorney General's
Office said Wednesday.
   It did not say when the seizure occurred or when the plants were destroyed.
   Agents were tipped off by an anonymous telephone caller, and eight suspected
drug traffickers were arrested, authorities said.
    Federal agents last month seized more than 26 tons of marijuana in
northwestern Sonora state after surveillance pilots flying over the area spotted
fields where the drug was being grown.
   Agents in Sonora also seized weapons and arrested nine men suspected of
growing and packaging the drug for transport to the United States.


   SUVA, Aug 4 AAP - Some students of the International Secondary  School in
Suva will be disciplined for allegedly smoking marijuana  while on a field trip
last week.
   A report in the Fiji Times says it is alleged at least five or  six students
smoked the illegal drug while spending a night in a  hotel during a combined
Form Six and Seven geography field trip to  the west coast town of Nadi.
   The International Secondary School, considered to be one of the  more
prestigious learning institutions in the country, has a  student body composed
 of local students from well-to-do families  and expatriate students, including
many from Australia and New  Zealand.
   Concerned parents met with the school principal, Anne Rosa, last  night to
discuss what disciplinary action will be taken.
   Some parents are upset that all of the students on the field  trip, whether
they smoked marijuana or not, are to appear before a  disciplinary committee,
despite the fact many did not know of the  incident.
   A 16-year-old boy has already been suspended from school after  he admitted
giving the drug to other students.
   However a school spokesman says any further action on the matter  will be
dealt with internally.
   AAP str/nb/jtb/de

UPma 08/05/94      Apartment renters tested for drugs

   EUCLID, Ohio, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Prospective renters at a Euclid apartment
complex are being subjected to what's believed to be the first mandatory drug
testing for would-be apartment tenants in the nation.
   Summerwood Commons Apartments, which opens later this month, is a private
project run by National Church Residences, a Columbus- headquartered
   National's director of communications, Steve Spaulding, said his organization
is a non-profit agency founded in 1961 to help provide housing for elderly and
low income people by four Presbyterian churches. National now operates
 properties in 22 states and Puerto Rico.
   "The Euclid property has been in existence for quite a while," Spaulding told
United Press International Friday. "In its previous life, there was a lot of
problems with drugs and crime and eventually the property was closed by Fanny
Mae and the city of Euclid. We decided we wanted to do something different and
have a comfortable and safe environment for parents to raise their children."
   The "something different" includes a mandatory drug test for all applicants,
who must also meet strict income requirements and agree to police and credit
checks, a family interview, and an examination of their bank accounts before
being allowed to live at the apartment complex, located just east of Cleveland.
   Spaulding said he was unsure what drugs were specifically being looked for in
the tests, being performed by an independent testing company. But he said he
 assumed they include cocaine, LSD, and marijuana. He said no tests would be
performed for alcohol.
   "Just about every person who has picked up an application for an apartment
has been enthusiastic we are doing this," Spaulding said.  "Our staff explains
the drug testing and everyone comments they are glad that it is happening."
   Money to renovate the complex came from several federal, state and local
grants, Spaulding said. Renovation costs are estimated to be between $4 million
and $6.3 million.
   Rents at Summerwood start at $340 monthly for a one-bedroom unit and rise to
$495 monthly for a three-bedroom apartment.
   Prospective renters must have a minimum income of $12,000, and a maximum of
$25,740 for a family of four. An individual wishing to live at Summerwood must
 have a maximum income of $18,000.
   Spaulding said his organization decided to enforce the drug testing and other
strict requirements because of the history of the apartment complex and has no
plans to expand the program to other parts of the nation.
 (Contact: Steve Spaulding 614-451-2151)


    SYDNEY, Aug 5 (Reuter) - A serving drug squad police officer was among 18
people arrested on Friday in what a police spokesman said could prove to be
Australia's largest-ever drug haul.
     Several tonnes of cannabis resin originating in the Middle East, as well as
illegal firearms, were seized from several boats in the tourist town of Hervey
Bay, 250 km (155 miles) north of Brisbane on Australia's east coast, a spokesman
for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said.
     "Further inquiries are being pursued in relation to the source of the
drugs," the spokesman said, adding that both AFP officers and overseas law
enforcement personnel were involved.
      He said the arrests of the Australians and seizure were the result of the
largest investigation ever undertaken by the AFP, Australia's national police
force. The investigation had lasted for more than two years, he said.
     Arrests had been made in the states of Queensland, where the cannabis was
seized, New South Wales and Victoria, and more would be made, he said.
     The crew of an Australian-registered trawler MV Paulsun and those of
smaller vessels to which cannabis had been unloaded were arrested following
lengthy surveillance, he said.
     Among those arrested in Sydney was a serving member of the AFP's Drug
Operations Division," an AFP statement said.
     Seven people appeared in Sydney's central local court in relation to the
haul. The serving policeman was named as George Sabados, 27, of Sydney.
      Two of those arrested were granted bail. Sabados and four others were
remanded in custody. All will reappear in court on August 12.

APf  08/05/94      Workplace Drugs

 Associated Press Writer
   PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Positive tests for drug use among American workers and
job applicants is continuing downward, except for marijuana, a major testing lab
   SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, which collects fees for performing
worker drug tests, found that 7.8 percent of 1.8 million workers tested positive
for drug use between January and June -- down from 8.5 percent for the same
 period last year.
   If the trend holds true for the rest of the year, it would be the seventh
straight decline among those who underwent SmithKline tests, the company said.
   Among those who tested positive, the rate of positive marijuana tests rose
8.8 percent from last year, to 43.3 percent of all positive drug tests, the
company said.
   SmithKline spokeswoman Tobey Dichter said a majority of the people tested
were job applicants and therefore knew they would be screened for drugs soon.
   That could skew the results in favor of higher marijuana use since it can be
detected even months after use while many other drugs are expelled from the body
more quickly.
   SmithKline said it has no opinion on the reasons for the trend but Milo C.
 Sawvel, director emeritus of the National Committee for the Prevention of
Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in Appomattox, Va., offered several possible
   "A lot of people feel that marijuana is not quite, well, let's say as
addictive and strong on its impact ... and so they turn to that rather than the
use of cocaine, heroin, some of the others," he said.
   "A marijuana user feels that he or she can function better with a little
marijuana use. Studies, though, reveal that this is not true," Sawvel said.
"Unfortunately it does do harm."
   The SmithKline statistics showed that 24.3 percent of the positive tests
indicated cocaine use; 11.5 percent tranquilizers such as valium and librium;
8.9 percent opiates; and 4.5 percent barbituates. Cocaine use was down slightly.
    Transportation workers in safety-sensitive jobs had a 3.2 percent positive
drug test rate, compared to 9.2 percent for the general workforce, SmithKline
reported. More than half the transportation workers who tested positive showed
marijuana use.
   Last month, the Clinton administration reported that Americans' use of
illegal drugs leveled off last year after 13 years of decline. Based on
household surveys, the government estimated that three-quarters of the 11.7
million drug users use marijuana, with 7 million of them using marijuana alone.


   ADELAIDE, Aug 5 AAP - Marijuana and illicit drugs should be  legalised for
medicinal purposes so they could be used in the  treatment of glaucoma,
AIDS-related diseases and cancer, the  Australian Democrats' South Australian
leader said today.
   Mike Elliott made the comments to a rally of around 500  protesters gathered
at the steps of SA's Parliament House to call  for marijuana to be legalised.
The group was also addressed by representatives of the Help End  Marijuana
Prohibition (HEMP) party, who ran unsuccessfully for a  seat in the state's
 Upper House at last year's election.
   A number of protesters wore masks impersonating Liberal Leader  Alexander
Downer and Health Minister Carmen Lawrence -- who have  both admitted to trying
   Mr Elliott, a member of the state Upper House who heads a select 
parliamentary committee looking into the issue of legalising drugs,  told the
group it was Democrat policy to legalise and decriminalise  marijuana and
illicit drugs for personal use.
   He also called for marijuana and illicit drugs to be legalised  for medicinal
   "Marijuana can be used for the treatment of glaucoma, which  won't respond to
other drugs, and is used for the treatment of some  cancer and AIDS patients,
 yet it is not allowed to be used," he  said.
   "It's the best drug for certain purposes, and that ... is an  absolute
   "It's important that the process of education continues because  some of the
strongest opponents of marijuana are those who know  absolutely nothing
whatsoever about it."
   Mr Elliott said he hoped the committee would report back to  parliament with
recommendations by the end of the year.
   He said he was also a member of a national parliamentary law  reform group
which would be calling for the legalisation of  marijuana for medicinal
   The rally follows Hemp Week, which included a conference, a  series of
 student meetings, and a "smoke-in" at Flinders University  in Adelaide.
   AAP ear/co

APn  08/06/94      Northwest-Marijuana

   EAGAN, Minn. (AP) -- The co-chairman of Northwest Airlines was caught with a
bag of marijuana and a pipe in his briefcase as he tried to board one of the
company's commercial flights in Boise, Idaho.
   Gary Wilson, 54, removed himself from his duties with the airline after he
was cited Tuesday for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug
   Wilson, who had been on vacation, was allowed to board the flight to Detroit
after security discovered the marijuana during a routine screening of carry-on
   His lawyer, Thomas McCabe, said Wilson was carrying "considerably less than
one ounce" of marijuana.
   "Mr. Wilson sincerely regrets any embarrassment this incident may cause his
friends and colleagues," McCabe said.
   Wilson faces up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

WP   08/07/94    State Legislators Rethink `3 Strikes' Laws as Costs Begin to Hit Home 

By William Claiborne 
 Washington Post Staff Writer 
    NEW ORLEANS - Barely a year after "three strikes and you're out" became the
mantra of anti-crime crusades in Congress and state capitols, many state
legislators are beginning to rethink the fiscal consequences of the concept.
    The enormous cost of warehousing aged inmates in expensive institutions for
the rest of their lives when they are convicted of three serious felonies is
beginning to trouble the lawmakers, whose budgets already are being stretched by
 the new prisons being built to satisfy the public clamor to get tough on crime.
    Delegates to the annual meeting of the National Conference of State
Legislatures (NCSL) here last month said in interviews and during workshops on
the subject that they are conflicted over their constituents' demands that
repeat felons be removed permanently from society and the costs of implementing
new habitual-offender laws.
    "In our minds, we know it's not going to work out in the long run because of
the costs. In our hearts, we want to listen to the people when they say they
want the confidence that the system will finish with those who repeatedly commit
crimes," said New Hampshire Rep. Donna Sytek (R), who is chairman of her
legislature's committee on corrections and criminal justice.
    "As a general rule, what we hear is, `lock them up and throw the key away.'
 It's a tug between your heart and your head," she added.
    Some lawmakers said judges already hand down harsh sentences to most repeat
violent offenders and that "three strikes" laws often lead to life sentences for
criminals who were not intended to be covered.
    "What alarms the public most is that dangerous people are being released. We
should focus more on what type of offender needs to be incarcerated. We need to
reallocate the cells so that people who truly pose a threat to the public safety
are the ones who stay in prison," said Rhode Island Rep. Jeffrey J. Teitz (D),
chairman of his legislature's judiciary committee.
    As violent crime became a preoccupation of the public and the media during
the last year, state lawmakers began enacting tough new sentencing provisions,
with "three strikes" legislation one of the most favored.
     Popularized by a referendum adopted in Washington state last November - and
President Clinton's endorsement during his State of the Union address - the
concept seized the public imagination like no other crime control measure, even
though many states already had mandatory minimum sentences for repeat offenders
of violent  crime, and nearly all had some type of repeat-offender law.
    According to an NCSL survey, legislatures in about half the states have
introduced "three strikes" or similar bills, 12 of which have been enacted
already. Most of the rest are pending.
    The measures range in severity from Kansas's doubling of guideline sentences
for many second and third convictions for serious violent crimes to Georgia's
and South Carolina's mandatory life without parole for the second conviction of
a serious violent felony.
     The range of crimes to which the mandatory sentences apply varies widely
among states. Sentencing experts estimate that New York's relatively narrow law
could affect as few as 300 three-time felons a year, while Pennsylvania is
projected to add as many as 11,000 additional inmates by 2005 through its
repeat-offender law.
    California's new "three strikes" law, according to the state Department of
Corrections, will increase the prison population there by 275,000 inmates by
2028 at an annual incarceration cost of $5.7 billion. In addition, the state
expects to incur prison construction costs of $21 billion.
    Gregory Schmidt, staff director of the California Senate Judiciary
Committee, said the highly publicized murder last year of Polly Klaas -
allegedly by a just-paroled, three-time felon - gave impetus to a "three
 strikes" ballot initiative even though the state already had a tough
repeat-offender law with mandatory life sentences - though with the possibility
of parole - for a third felony.
    "It's redundant. We will now be in place to run the world's largest
retirement home for chronic misfits... . We may soon be moving to a no-parole
public policy, which is absolute fantasy," Schmidt said.
      In Alabama, a repeat-offender law swelled the prison population so much
that the legislature was forced to give judges the power to suspend part of the
relatively recent law's "enhanced" sentences for repeat offenders.
    Several lawmakers pointed out that incarceration costs can range from
$20,000 a year per inmate to more than $60,000, as elderly inmates serving life
terms require costly medical care.
     Some sentencing experts attending the conference warned that while "three
strikes" laws may satisfy the public desire for harsher punishment of serious
crimes by taking discretion away from sentencing judges, they often give that
discretion to prosecutors. This could lead to misuse of the provision, the
experts said.
   Marc Mauer, assistant director of the Washington-based Sentencing Project,
said that in some drug cases, prosecutors refuse to plea bargain with a two-time
felon accused of playing a relatively minor role in a drug operation if he has
no useful information to provide. As a result, he may receive a mandatory life
    But a "kingpin" in the same drug ring who is willing to divulge important
information sometimes can bargain for a lesser charge and avoid a three-strikes
 sentence, Mauer said.
    State Rep. Elvin L. Martinez (D), chairman of the Florida House criminal
justice committee, said that in his state, prosecutors charge black defendants
under the repeat-offender law three times as frequently as whites. "I want to
caution anyone thinking about (three strikes) that discretion is not always
colorblind," Martinez said. 

APn  08/08/94   Netherlands-Drug Tourism

   HENGELO, Netherlands (AP) -- A judge ruled Monday that a coffee shop in the
border town of Hengelo may sell marijuana and hashish to foreigners, striking
down a local law banning drug sales to tourists.
   The Happy Days coffee shop in Hengelo on the German border was shut down in
June for violating the 1992 municipal law. But a court ruled Monday that the
policy excluding foreigners was discriminatory.
   The sale and possession of drugs in the Netherlands is technically illegal,
but national authorities permit coffee shops to sell soft drugs to people over
 16 as a way of monitoring the trade.
   City governments, however, have recently introduced measures to stem the
trade, particularly in border regions where many foreigners come to buy cheap,
easily available drugs.
   Monday's ruling could be used as a precedent to overturn similar laws
elsewhere. A spokesman for the city of Hengelo, Han Paus, said it would consider
an appeal.


   By Geoff McCamey of AAP
   GOLD COAST, Qld, Aug 10 AAP - A 71-year-old Gold Coast man  alleged to be one
of the principals in a conspiracy to import  Australia's biggest haul of hashish
was again remanded on bail, to  appear before a Sydney court, when he went
before Southport  Magistrates Court today.
   Patrick William Warren, a retired wharf worker of Sorrento, was  granted bail
on a $250,000 surety, on condition that he reside at  home, not apply for a
passport, not go to any international airport  and report daily to Southport
   He was granted similar bail conditions in the same court after  his arrest on
Friday and today was successful in having an  extradition order to appear in
Sydney this week put back until  after he has undergone "extensive nasal
surgery" and a three-week  convalescence at a Gold Coast private hospital.
   Magistrate Chris Owens remanded Warren, who is charged with  conspiracy to
import a commercial quantity of cannabis resin into  Australia, to appear in the
Sydney Central Local Court on September  7.
   Crown prosecutor Frank Walsh today told the court the estimated  street value
of the cannabis resin, of which he said five tonnes  had been seized from a boat
at Hervey Bay last week, was $75  million.
   He said the 250 twenty-kilogram bags seized at Hervey Bay were  part of a
 conspiracy for a "much larger" 12-tonne importation plot,  the largest in
Australia's history.
   Mr Walsh opposed bail and asked for Warren to be remanded in  custody to
appear before the Sydney court on August 12.
   Defence counsel Shane Herbert tendered a doctor's statement that  Warren had
booked in for surgery to alleviate his emphysema and  asthma.
   Mr Herbert said if the surgery scheduled for tomorrow was put  off his client
could live, albeit in "grave discomfort".
   AAP gm/geb/wjf/de


   SYDNEY, Aug 10 AAP - A man accused of being involved in a  five-tonne
shipment of cannabis seized last week was today refused  bail even though
Sydney's Central Local Court was told he was to  begin radiation therapy for
   Chris Murphy, solicitor for Vincent Radovan, 58, of Edgecliff,  in Sydney's
eastern suburbs, told the court that if his client did  not get treatment soon
there was every chance cancer would take  hold.
   "There is no charter in the justice system to decrease his life  and that is
 what would happen," Mr Murphy said.
   The court heard that Radovan underwent a total laryngectomy four  weeks ago
in Melbourne.
   Magistrate Boyd Cleary ordered Radovan, who was extradited from  Melbourne
yesterday, to reappear in the same court on Friday.
   Mr Murphy said the case involved some 4,000 hours of electronic  surveillance
by the police and could drag on for years.
   Douglas Leslie Meredith, 48, of the Gold Coast, and William  Grigg, 52 of
Warrnambool in Victoria, also were extradited from  Melbourne yesterday over the
matter and appeared before the court  today.
   They also will reappear on Friday.
   Yesterday, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard a 5.2 tonne  shipment of
 cannabis resin seized last week in a nationwide drug  operation was the largest
drug import of its kind into Australia.
   AAP bm/adp/bwl


   JAKARTA, Aug 15 AAP - Indonesian authorities claim a  secessionist group in
the north Sumatran province of Aceh is  funding its ongoing rebellion through a
flourishing illegal trade  in marijuana.
   A sustained military campaign against the Free Aceh movement had  quelled the
rebels but continuing profits from marijuana hampered  efforts to wipe them out,
local military spokesman Colonel Rubi  Mukav told the official Antara
   "There is a strong link between the security-disturbing group  and the
 marijuana," Colonel Mukav said.
   "The profits from selling the illegal commodity are used to  finance the
outlawed organisation."
   He dismissed Free Aceh as "militarily meaningless" and numbering  only a
handful of rebels armed with home-made guns.
   But independent sources put Free Aceh's strength much higher,  with many
rebels seeking refuge in neighbouring Malaysia.
   "If we managed to annihilate the trading in marijuana in the  province then
we could also manage to put an end to Free Aceh's  activities, as until now the
illegal trading is their financing  source," he said.
   In a report last year, Amnesty International accused Indonesian  troops of
killing more than 2,000 civilians, including children and  the elderly, during a
 crackdown on the secessionst moevement since  1989.
   The London-based human rights group accused Indonesian forces of  "gross
human rights violations" and the "systematic abuse" of the  civilian population.
   Strongly Islamic Aceh, on the north-western tip of Sumatra, has  a long
history of seccessionist movements against outside rulers.
   Marijuana smoking is also a traditional activity and Aceh is one  of the main
sources of supply in Indonesia.
   Authorities confiscate an estimated 100 tonnes a year, although  production
is much higher.
   Last month, a single raid netted 59 tonnes of marijuana.
   AAP tf/lee

UPce 08/16/94       Man convicted of smuggling marijuana

   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A federal jury has convicted a former
Texas man of providing more than 15,000 pounds of marijuana for distribution in
Illinois and Missouri.
   The jury in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis deliberated less than three
hours before returning the guilty verdict Monday against Victoriano Garcia Jr.,
who failed to appear for the final arguments in his trial. U.S. District Judge
William Stiehl issued a bench warrant Monday for Garcia's arrest.
   Garcia was a member of a multimillion-dollar drug conspiracy headed by Roy
Vernon Dean, federal prosecutors said. They said Garcia provided marijuana to
Dena's drug ring, which operated in five states between 1983 and 1990.
    Garcia faces a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $4
   Dean and about 40 other co-defendants previously were convicted on charges of
money laundering and trafficking about 70,000 pounds of marijuana.
   The case against Garcia was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration and the Criminal Division of the Internal Revenue Service.


    HARARE, Aug 16 (Reuter) - Isaac Kawenyi Chirwa of Malawi told a Harare court
he was going to use nine kgs of marijuana to bath in the Indian Ocean to appease
evil spirits in his body.
     Chirwa, 23, was arrested by Zimbabwe police with the drugs while in transit
to South Africa.
     He told the court on Monday that a Malawian traditional healer had
prescribed them to cure his heart palpitations.
     Two medical doctors had failed to help him, he said. The magistrate has
ordered two doctors to examine him to verify his claim.


   BRISBANE, Aug 16 AAP - Three men have been sentenced in the  Brisbane Supreme
Court after pleading guilty to being part of a  ring producing a western
Queensland drug crop with a wholesale  value of $2.5 million.
   Joseph Paul Zucchelli, 31, of Kambah, ACT, Pasquale John Romeo,  32, of
Griffith, New South Wales and Warren Stuart Thomas, 40, of  the Gold Coast, each
pleaded guilty to one count of producing  cannabis at a property called Kemsley
Park, at Yuleba, near Roma,  between May 1 and November 16 last year.
   The crop, one of the biggest discovered in Queensland, took up  an area more
 than five times the size of the Lang Park football  ground in Brisbane.
   Sentencing the trio, Justice John Byrne said Zucchelli and Romeo  had been
critical to the success of the 8100 cannabis plants, but  Thomas was on the
fringe of the operation and stood to gain nothing  from it.
   "The success of the crop depended very much on the skills and  industry of
Zucchelli and Romeo," Justice Byrne said.
   "They were active, informed and important participants."
   Justice Byrne sentenced Romeo to six years jail and Zucchelli to  five years.
   Thomas received a 12 month wholly suspended sentence.
   Defence counsel for Romeo and Zucchelli said they had become  involved in the
project out of financial need after Romeo lost his  farming property and the
Zucchelli family's fruit and vegetable  business collapsed under financial
   Prosecutor Paul Rutledge said the trio were among 13 men were  arrested
following a lengthy surveillance operation by the National  Crime Authority.
   "It was one of the biggest cultivations ever discovered in  Queensland and
carried out with a degree of professionalism rarely  if ever seen by the court,"
Mr Rutledge said.
   The entire project had a budget in excess of $100,000 and the  31,500 square
metre crop was surrounded by an electrified fence.  Each plant had its own drip
feeder watered by pipes from two dams.
   AAP smk/geb/co/dmb  


   SYDNEY, Aug 17 AAP - A 37-year-old trainee police officer from  Goulburn
police academy in New South Wales' south-west was to  appear in court today
charged with possessing cannabis.
   A police spokesman in Sydney said police searched the man's room  at the
academy on Monday morning.
   The man from Cooranbong, south of Newcastle, had been charged  with
possessing a prohibited drug. He would appear in Goulburn  court today. 
   AAP adp/bwl/dmb

APn  08/18/94      Crime Bill-Provisions

By The Associated Press
   The $33.2 billion crime bill blocked Aug. 11 by the House would have
   --Spending $11.1 billion for state and local police, including $8.9 billion
to help hire 100,000 new law enforcement officers to carry out community
policing by learning about neighborhoods in an effort to prevent crime as well
as catch lawbreakers.
   --Tossing third-time violent and drug felons in prison for life if the third
 conviction is in federal court, but allowing the release of some over 70 after
they served 30 years.
   --Spending $10.5 billion for prisons, including $8.7 billion for state
prisons and $1.8 billion to reimburse states for incarcerating criminal illegal
aliens. Recipient states would have had to keep prisoners incarcerated for 85
percent of their terms or make strides toward that goal.
   --Banning 19 named types of assault-style firearms and scores of others
deemed by the government to meet assault-style characteristics. It would have
limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds. It would have exempted 650 named
firearms and all guns legally owned when the law took effect.
   --Spending $7.6 billion for crime prevention programs and $1.3 billion for
drug courts. The prevention money would have included $1.8 billion for the
 Violence Against Women Act, including money for shelters, and $1.8 billion for
flexible Local Partnership Act grants.
   --Allowing some nonviolent, first-time drug offenders to avoid mandatory
minimum 5- and 10-year federal penalties. It would have been retroactive for
people now in prison, and Justice Department officials believe 5,000 prisoners
might have been eligible. The "safety valve" would have been limited to those
who used no gun or threat of violence, were not organizers and never served more
than 90 days for another crime.
   --Creating more than 50 new federal death penalty crimes. Many carried that
penalty before the Supreme Court overturned capital punishment in 1972. But some
would have been new, including car-jacking slayings, drive-by shooting murders
and major drug-traffickers, even those not directly connected to any specific


    By Alister Bull
     MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (Reuter) - A German car pulls into a parking lot
littered with syringe wrappers. An emaciated junkie quickly takes the order;
money changes hands.
     It is four o'clock on a Friday afternoon and business as usual on the
Dutch-German border. Children pass by on their way home from school, housewives
cycle past with the weekend shopping.
     Every day thousands of young foreigners flood into Dutch towns near Belgium
and Germany to buy the cheapest and purest heroin in Europe, untroubled by
border checks or police.
      But the Dutch citizens, who bear the burden of their country's tolerance of
drug use, have had enough.
     Maastricht -- the very symbol of a Europe without frontiers -- has banned
visiting drug users and granted police sweeping powers to expel foreigners on
the slightest suspicion of an intention to buy drugs. No proof is needed.
     The police powers are usually reserved for visiting soccer fans.
     Several other Dutch towns have also moved to bar outsiders from the
so-called "coffee shops," where soft drugs are sold.
     Drugs are officially illegal in the Netherlands, but the sale of marijuana
is tolerated and possession of heroin and cocaine allowed in modest amounts.
     Dealers who flock in from all over Europe know that even if they are caught
with amounts as large as seven and a half ounces of hard drugs, they risk only a
 few months in the relative comfort of a Dutch jail, compared with five years
elsewhere on the continent.
     Twenty minutes by car from Maastricht, the town of Heerlen also has a major
problem. Often as many as 60 heroin addicts hang around the city's railway and
bus stations each day, dealing to a steady stream of mainly German clients.
     Transactions are swift. Addicts work for dealers, selling drugs to
subsidize their habit. Police estimate that this well-oiled machine churns out
more than four pounds of hard drugs every week near the stations. More is sold
from nearby houses.
     "Sometimes there are more German cars in the parking lot than Dutch," said
Hans Ramaekers, head of Heerlen's drug squad.
     Heerlen is trying to contain the problem by keeping the peace and making
 life as hard as possible for foreign users.
     But in Maastricht there is broad support for the city's tough stance.
Social workers, residents, even the town's own addicts, back the ban on foreign
     "We felt we were under siege," said deputy mayor Theo Bovens. He made no
excuses for the drastic action, saying the town had no choice.
     "If every country took care of its own addicts, our problem would be less
serious," he said.
     The Dutch treat drug abuse as a social problem for the whole community.
Addicts are not criminals but sick people who need treatment.
     Maastricht's restrictions began with the closure of a small park in the
city center, where local junkies used to gather to buy and take their drugs.
      But hundreds of foreign addicts started flocking to the park to fix and
score, attracting dealers from all over the country.
     "When they started coming in there were more dealers than clients. You'd
get to the park at 7 a.m. and there'd be 20 or 30 guys waiting for you," said a
Dutch heroin dealer who called himself Marcelino.
     The street price of "brown" (heroin) and "white" (cocaine) plummeted to $14
for half a gram -- compared with $37 in Amsterdam for poorer quality drugs, he
     "The heroin was the cheapest and purest in the whole of Europe. We were the
market for the continent," Bovens said.
     Cheap drugs acted like a magnet. As the numbers using the park rose, health
deteriorated. People defecated in the bushes; rats emerged from the nearby
 river; hepatitis was rampant.
     When tension between locals and outsiders led to violence Maastricht took
action. There is a six-foot fence around the park but police still expel 60
foreigners every day on suspicion of coming to buy drugs.
     Maastricht wants to open two new centers to cope with its resident addicts.
A few days before the first was due to open, it was destroyed in a suspected
arson attack.
     Down the road in a Heerlen parking lot, an addict punches his girlfriend in
the face. A powerfully built man, his arms blood-streaked from injections,
attacks a rival with a stick.
     A tiny, sallow-faced junkie shuffles over to scour the ground for any drugs
which might have been dropped in the scuffle.
      "These people live off each other's deaths," murmurs Ramaekers as his men


    SACRAMENTO, Calif (Reuter) - California's legislature has passed the first
bill in the nation calling for doctors to be allowed to prescribe marijuana to
chronically ill patients, a legislative aide said Friday.
     The bill was approved by the state Assembly on Thursday night on a 46-21
vote, said Chad Randolph, an aide to state Senator Milton Marks, a San Francisco
Democrat who authored the bill.
     The bill, already passed by the state Senate, now goes to California
Governor Pete Wilson, who may decide to sign it or veto it.
     Even if Wilson signs it, the law could not take effect without a change in
federal law, which bans the medicinal use of marijuana.
      Some seriously ill people and support groups have campaigned for marijuana
to be legalized for medical use. They say smoking marijuana helps dull the pain
of illnesses like cancer and AIDS or helps them cope with chemotherapy.
     Some Californians with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) have been
growing marijuana for their own use, running the risk of arrest.
     The bill passed with support from both majority Democrats and Republicans
in the Assembly, Randolph said.
     It seeks to have marijuana listed as a Schedule II drug under federal and
state drug classifications, which would enable doctors to legally prescribe it
to critically ill patients.
     At present, marijuana is a banned Schedule I drug. Possession of marijuana
is a crime in California, even if used for medical purposes.
      Randolph said 36 states have passed resolutions asking the federal
government to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug to allow its use for
medical purposes.
     But California's legislature is the first to go beyond that and pass
legislation seeking to do that, he said.


A man is to appear in court tomorrow after police found more than 1,500
cannabis plants with a potential street value of  1 million growing in a
   Police said Larry Rosental, 49, of Lime Grove, Doddinghurst, near Brentwood,
Essex, would appear before Epping magistrates charged with production of a Class
 B drug, namely cannabis.
   The plants were found in the rented 120ft by 40ft greenhouse in North Weald,
near Harlow, Essex, on Saturday after a tip-off.


    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23 (Reuter) - Security guards found about 120 marijuana
plants growing on the grounds of a northern California factory owned by
electronics firm Hewlett-Packard Co, the company said Tuesday.
     Jeff Weber, a spokesman for Hewlett-Packard's facility at Santa Rosa, 50
miles (80 km) north of San Francisco, said a worker at the plant found a hose
leading from the company's irrigation system near a baseball field to a heavily
overgrown open space on plant grounds last Friday.
     The worker alerted security guards who investigated and found a drip
irrigation system and about 120 marijuana plants at the end of the hose, Weber
      The security guards then called police who took away the plants, he said.
     "It's very surprising and we're quite unhappy about the situation," Weber
said, adding that it was the first time that marijuana plants had been found
growing on company property.
     Some 2,200 employees work at the 195-acre (80-hectare) facility in Santa
Rosa where Hewlett-Packard manufactures electronic test and measurement
     The plant is ringed by a perimeter fence and guards are posted at the main
     Weber said the plants were found in a virtually inaccessible area. "It took
a chain saw to cut our way through the thick undergrowth to get to the area."
     It was not known who was cultivating the plants and there were no leads, he
 said. It was possible that someone had entered company property illegally and
cultivated the plants.
     Weber said the company had not opened a formal internal investigation, but
it was checking remaining open space at the Santa Rosa plant to make sure no
other plants were growing there and was asking employees to contact the security
department if they had any information about the plants.
     Weber said the plants varied in size between three and eight feet (one to
2.5 meters) tall and had apparently not been harvested.
     Illegal growing of marijuana plants is quite common in several northern
California counties.


    BANGKOK, Aug 23 (Reuter) - The new police chief of a southern Thai island
has ordered an end to wild parties that attract hundreds of young tourists on
full-moon nights.
     Lieutenant-Colonel Prachuab Sangplod said on Tuesday the parties were
uncivilised and damaged the image of Phangan Island.
     "These people have been allowed to throw their uncivilised parties in the
area up to now, but I am the new law enforcer here and I will no longer allow
it," Prachuab told Reuters by telephone.
     "They will no longer be able to hold these uncivilised parties, which have
been damaging the image of our community."
      Prachaub signalled his intention to get tough with the full-moon frolickers
by raiding last weekend's event and arresting 11 British men, one British woman
and one Frenchman on marijuana possession charges.
     The 13 were due to appear in court on Wednesday. Prachuab said they would
probably be fined between $100 and $200.
     The monthly parties on Phangan Island -- when the full moon rises over the
Gulf of Thailand and wisps of marijuana smoke float over the tropical beach --
have in recent years become a must for adventurous travellers visiting Thailand.


    AMSTERDAM, Aug 24 (Reuter) - The Dutch government said on Wednesday it was
clamping down on the country's so-called coffee shops, where the sale of soft
drugs is tolerated.
     Drugs are illegal in the Netherlands, but the country tolerates the public
sale of cannabis and possession of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine in small
amounts. This approach draws thousands of young tourists to the Netherlands
every day.
     "Although Dutch drugs policy as a whole has been successful...developments
around the coffee shops need to be restored to a manageable level," the justice
ministry said in a statement.
      Existing rules banning advertising or the sale of drugs to minors by coffee
shops will now be strictly enforced to clean up their image and prevent them
from being used as a cover for hard-drug dealing, the ministry said.
     Dutch border towns including Maastricht tried to banish foreign drug users
this year after their numbers soared. But Dutch courts have since ruled it would
be discriminatory to limit nationwide drug sales on the basis of nationality.

UPn  08/28/94       DEA plane destroyed in Peruvian jungle

   LIMA, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency aircraft reported
missing Saturday with five agents aboard, was found wrecked in the Peruvian
jungle on Sunday, according to military reports.
   The Spanish-built Casa 212 was found destroyed on Sunday afternoon, some 273
miles (440 kms) north of Lima by four army helicopters that have been searching
for the aircraft since it was reported missing.
   Peruvian military sources reported that the plane had left on routine patrol
from the miltary base in Santa Lucia in the nation's coca- producing region.
   An emergency was declared when the plane failed to arrived at its destination
in Pucalpa.
    "From what we can see the plane has been totally destroyed and we believe
there are no suvivors," a military source who requested anonymity said. He added
that five DEA agents were traveling on the plane, all of them U.S citizens. None
of the dead have yet been identified.



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