Archives de 25 août 2014

Drugs gang jailed for more than 100 years

By rsherdley  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

Ben Mullins

Ben Mullins received 18 years and eight months. He will serve half.

Criminal gang members in Nottinghamshire and country-wide have been jailed for more than 100 years for spreading the “misery” of drugs in towns and cities.

Ten people were sentenced for their involvement in the case at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, August 22.

The longest sentence –18 years and eight months – was handed to Ben Mullins, 33, of Church Street, Ripley, in Derbyshire.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to producing amphetamine and conspiracy to supply amphetamine and cocaine.

Co-accused Anthony Donnelly, 31, of Southwell Road, Mansfield, a self-confessed steroid dealer, was jailed for 12 years for conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

Judge James Sampson, who sentenced the men, said Anthony Donnelly was the leader of the gang supplying amphetamine and an arrogant, dishonest man whose word was worthless.

Addressing them all as he handed out the sentences, he said: “All of you in various ways and varying degrees were peddling misery in the towns and cities in this country.”

The plot began to unravel in July last year when a van was stopped on the A1 near Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, containing ten kilos of amphetamine, worth an estimated £227,000.

The drugs were linked to Protein Masters store, owned by Anthony Donnelly, in King Street, in Sutton, and a warrant was executed at the vacant shop a few weeks later.

Officers from Nottinghamshire Police and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) discovered over seven kilos of a substance in residue form which contained amphetamine in buckets, drains and toilets within Protein Masters.

Also recovered was a vacuum packing machine and mixing tools, similar to those used in the construction industry.

Daniel Robinson, 30, of Paling Crescent, Sutton-in-Ashfield, and Craig Donnelly, 23, of Barker Street, Huthwaite, each received 17 years, of which they serve half.

They were both found guilty after trial of conspiracy to produce amphetamine and conspiracy to supply cocaine. They each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

The judge said they both played significant roles.

Michael Lawrence, 25, of Victoria Street, Stanton Hill, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply and was jailed for nine years.

Richie Fido, 29, of Broad Lane, Brinsley, admitted conspiracy to produce amphetamine and conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Mason, of EMSOU, said: “This case demonstrates the complexity of drugs supply conspiracies which operate through a network of associates, some of whom may be located in different parts of the country, let alone the region.

“The number of suspects involved also gives a clue as to the level of detail the officers investigating the case had to uncover from their enquiries in order to piece together a successful prosecution case.

“We are grateful to our colleagues in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the other forces which helped us to carry out enforcement activity against the suspects.

“The East Midlands forces are determined to dismantle criminal groups which supply drugs to and within our region, and through EMSOU the forces have been targeting organised crime for a number of years now.

“This is the third case of its kind to be concluded at court this month and it is very satisfying to know that in just a matter of a few days more than 30 determined criminals from across the region who attempted to bring drugs into our communities have now been put behind bars.”



Legalizing marijuana in Prague

Publié: 25 août 2014 par Marc Fievet dans Narcotrafic INFOS


prague marijuana

Like nearly every other country, the Czech Republic is in the midst of a battle between the young and older minded generations. Older generations, having grown up with a force fed Government line on just about everything, still reflexively listen to and go along with the authorities when they say pot is dangerous and should remain illegal. This is in stark contrast with what most young people know to be true. You don’t die from pot, you don’t get poisoned by it. You just get high and enjoy yourself.

We have read the information on pot. Seen the research and experienced the truth. Brave activists from here and all over the world have been fighting for our pot rights and suffering at the hands of militant police forces. The police are hammers viewing every situation as a nail. If, as is the case with pot, that the punishment is more…

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MAROC: l’une des richesses du roi, c’est le commerce international de la drogue (Narcotrafic).

Publié: 25 août 2014 par Marc Fievet dans 36, Cannabis - Hachis - Haschich, Cocaïne, DEA (USA), DNRED, Douane française, GRC - RCMP (Canada), Guardia Civil, Guardia di Finanza (Italie), HM Customs Excise (UK), Maroc, NARCOTRAFIC, Narcotrafic INFOS, Police, Policia, SERVICES FRANCAIS, SVA, TRACFIN
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The international informant

Maroc: révélations accablantes de l’ex-officier des services secrets marocainsVu ses révélations accablantes sur les vérités de la monarchie marocaine et ses services d’espionnage dans les enlèvements, la torture et le trafic de drogue, on vous présente la traduction intégrale de l’interview de l’ex-officier marocain des services secrets comme publiées dans le journal Echourouk “Echoroque”

Quelles sont les raisons qui vous ont poussés à quitter les services secrets marocains, et quelles sont les tâches qu’on vous a consignés?

Maroc: révélations accablantes de l’ex-officier des services secrets marocainsTous d’abord je dois remercier le journal d’Echoroque et son équipage d’avoir offert cette occasion qui est rare dans mon pays bien-aimé à cause des pratiques sordides du Makhzen qui impose la censure contre toutes les voies libres qui demandent le changement, la liberté et la vraie démocratie.

Revenons à votre question, l’une des raisons qui m’a poussé à quitter les services secrets marocains est l’absence d’une loi qui encadre ces services et définit leur mission. Au même temps, il…

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Lancashire Telegraph: Businessman Darren BowlingA ‘NOTORIOUS’ drug dealer was living a luxury lifestyle while peddling thousands of pounds of cocaine and cannabis.

Businessman Darren Bowling was involved in a conspiracy to supply the drugs which spread across the North West and the entire country, police said.

Investigators said breaking up the gang represented a ‘massive dint’ in the importation and selling of class A and B drugs in East Lancashire.

Police said Bowling had been living in a luxury €1.5million villa in Malaga, complete with swimming pool and had properties in Bulgaria as

well as a converted barn in East Lancashire.

Lancashire Telegraph: Businessman Darren BowlingThe 48-year-old drove a Porsche Cayenne with a personal number plate 36 BOW and also had a brand new Volkswagen Golf.

He owned his own storage company in Hapton as well as a car sales business in Burnley and had a stake in a popular town centre bar.

But despite all of this, police said they had never seen him do a hard day’s work.

Officers said Bowling teamed up with Paul Bell, 49, from Cheadle, and alleged dealer Michael Donnelly, to set up an underground drugs business.

Donnelly has not been seen since he fled the United Kingdom to South Africa via Dubai in September last year.

Bowling, who admitted, conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs and money laundering, was living the life of a millionaire while organising drug deals police said.

Speaking after the hearing Det Insp Martin Kane, who led the year-long serious and organised crime unit investigation, said: « In my experience of investigating organised crime, Darren Bowling was certainly one of those individuals that lived a fantastic luxury lifestyle from the proceeds of crime.

« From our investigation, we know that he owns property in Spain and Bulgaria and has a converted barn-style house in Barrowford. He owns the Castle Mill premises, Mojitos bar and the Castle Car Sales and he drove around in a Porshe.

« But we never saw him do a hard day’s work, despite him owning all these things.

« There is no doubt Bowling has become a very wealthy man over the years from importing and supplying cocaine into the United Kingdom and Lancashire. »

Dennis Bury, who co-owned Mojitos bar with Bowling, of Colne Road, Barrowford, said he bought his business partner’s share as soon as the allegations against him came to light.

He said: “Mojitos has nothing more to do with Bowling. That company ceased trading and Dennis Bury Ltd bought it.

“I wanted nothing to do with him and I had no idea what was going on.”

The police’s Operation Victor investigation, which saw officers seize more than 2kgs of cocaine, 15kgs of amphetamine, cannabis and £200,000 in cash, came to a head in January.

They had been monitoring Bowling’s activities, which included him frequently heading to his properties in Spain to arrange for cocaine to be imported to the UK.

He would then meet up and talk with his co-conspirators to organise deals.

Also involved in the conspiracy was Mark Waring, 39 of Peel Mount, Blackburn. He was described as a courier for Donnelly and pleaded guilty in December 2013 to possession with intent to supply 2kgs of cocaine and production of cannabis. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Shaun McDonald, 37, of Colshaw Road, Manchester, was a courier for Bell, who had only been out of prison for a short while after being sentenced to 20 years in 2003 for being part of a gang that imported drugs with a street value of £200million, when he got involved with the conspiracy.

McDonald admitted being in possession with intent to supply 15kgs of amphetamine and money laundering in October 2013 and was sentenced to three years four months behind bars.

Stephen Barton, 42, of Brandy House Brow, Blackburn, was a customer of Donnelly and was found guilty of conspiracy to supply class B drugs at Preston Crown Court. He was cleared of charges of possessing criminal property.

Barton stood trial alongside Melvin Harrison, 52, of Causey Foot, Nelson, who faced two charges of concealing criminal property. He was an employee of Bowling who had worked for the family company for 27 years.

The court heart how he admitted creating a hide from a cardboard box with a metal container inside for his boss at Castle Storage, Hapton but denied he knew or suspected the cash inside to be ‘dirty’ drugs money. He was found not guilty on both charges.

Det Insp Kane said: « This investigation is another example of Lancashire’s serious and organised crime unit’s relentless effort to combat the supply of controlled drugs.

« Drugs like cocaine cause misery to communities. The amount of cocaine and the scale of the supply of it on the streets of Lancashire can never be underestimated.

« We are now continuing to investigate the properties and wealth Bowling has amassed over the years to support proceeds of crime proceedings later this year. »

The gang will be sentenced on October 10.