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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Russian cop ‘in London gang rape’ | The Sun |News

Russian cop ‘in London gang rape’ | The Sun |News: "18-year-old girl was allegedly drugged and then filmed while being assaulted by seven Russian men, including intelligence officer Oleg Vladimirvich Ivanov, 23.

The attack is said to have happened early on Sunday during a party among English language students at prestigious Bellerbys College in Greenwich, South London.

Police retrieved iPhones with harrowing footage of the Malaysian victim being raped by a succession of men. Ivanov is one of four Russians charged with rape. He appeared at Woolwich Magistrates' Court yesterday with Gregory Andreev Melnikov, 22, who was also charged with attempted rape.

On Tuesday Norayr Davtyan, 25, and Arnen Simonay, 26, appeared at the same court charged with rape. All four were remanded in custody to appear at Woolwich Crown Court on February 1.

They all claim to be students, but well-informed sources say Ivanov worked in the Intelligence Section of the Moscow Police."

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

One Hyde Park, the world’s most expensive apartments, opens its doors for the first time - Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance

One Hyde Park, the world’s most expensive apartments, opens its doors for the first time - Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance: "A total of 86 flats at One Hyde Park, thought to be the most expensive residential development in the world, have been officially unveiled by the property duo, the Candy brothers. Prices at the highly anticipated Knightsbridge project start at £6.5m for a simple one-bedroom flat and soar to £140m for one of the penthouses. Averaging about £6,000 a square foot, the prices are higher than any other residential space, according to property experts.
City grandees including Lord Fink, the hedge fund guru, Ken Costa of Lazards, and Bernie Ecclestone of F1 joined international investors and celebrities including Gary Lineker, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Theo Fennell at the launch."

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Friday, 21 January 2011

Hong Kong seizes $33 mn cocaine haul

Hong Kong seizes $33 mn cocaine haul - Yahoo! News: "Hong Kong customs officers have made the territory's second largest ever drugs haul, seizing cocaine worth HK$260 million ($33.4 million) hidden in planks bound for mainland China.
The seizure of 290 kilogrammes (639 pounds) of the drug was the largest yet made by the city's Customs and Excise Department and is believed to be the second biggest the city has seen, a customs spokesman told AFP Thursday."

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Friday, 14 January 2011

Drugs courier awaits fate after decade on run - Local News - News - Gazette Live

Drugs courier awaits fate after decade on run - Local News - News - Gazette Live: "ONE-TIME fugitive’s future hangs in the balance today after he spent a decade on the run following a major drugs raid.
Former gym manager Zaffer Majid, 48, faced the music for a large narcotics seizure after fleeing UK justice to Pakistan more than 10 years ago.
He was caught delivering a sports bag packed with 684g of heroin to his Middlesbrough workplace back in April 1999, Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday.
The high-purity drugs, split into 25- ounce packages, were worth £25,000 in bulk, £37,600 broken down into deals, at the time.
Prosecutor Jolyon Perks said Majid brought the bag of drugs to the Cleveland Health Spa on Bright Street, which he ran.
Police found the sizeable stash behind the reception desk.
Officers in the former National Crime Squad, targeting the supply of large amounts of heroin in the town under Operation Paisley, were watching Majid and his gym."

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Sunday, 2 January 2011

South American drug gangs funding al-Qaeda terrorists - Telegraph

South American drug gangs funding al-Qaeda terrorists - Telegraph: "Islamic rebels familiar with the barren terrain of the Sahara have struck deals under which they provide armed security escorts for drug traffickers in return for a slice of their profits.
Counter-terrorism experts said that the terrorists belong to the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group, which has kidnapped a series of Westerners and killed a British tourist last year.
They warned that the money they receive from drugs gangs could be used to attract new recruits and plan terrorist attacks on European cities.
Olivier Guitta, a counter-terrorism and foreign affairs consultant, said that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Marxist rebel group, was the 'force behind the agreement with AQIM'.
In the past drugs were flown or shipped from South America straight to Spain or Portugal but the introduction of more rigorous controls in those countries led FARC to change its way of operating."

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The cartel of the Beltran Leyva brothers

The cartel of the Beltran Leyva brothers was so powerful and violent as ephemeral. Began to set in the administration of Ernesto Zedillo, after the death of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, and consolidated in the administration of Vicente Fox Quesada, when he got relations that led to Los Pinos. Then came the abrupt end after he declared war against the Sinaloa cartel and allied with the Zetas. Now only Hector, H, and so far there is only a shadow on the mystery.

The death of the Beltran Leyva criminal organization began as the January 21, 2008 with the sudden arrest of Alfred, the youngest of six sons of Don Carlos Beltran Araujo and Dona Ramona Leyva. It was this fact that caused the explosion of the Sinaloa cartel and the war broke out in a mob family that was currently fighting for control of drug trafficking throughout the country.

There was no organization more powerful. The formed Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, Ismael "El Mayo Zambada, Ignacio Nacho Coronel, Juan José Esparragoza, Blu, the Beltran Leyva brothers, led by Arthur, Barbas, and Cázarez Salazar brothers, led by Victor Emilio.

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa had declared war on drug traffickers since he took power and the beating of cartels and agreements with some of them, kept pressure on criminal organizations.

2007 was a year dominated by clashes in several parts of the country, especially in Tijuana, Baja California and Michoacan, and drug seizures and destruction of crops. In an unprecedented event occurred Sinaloa, as it recorded the destruction of at least a thousand hectares of marijuana in place that was being grown on irrigated land, most located in the center of Sinaloa.

Not since Operation Condor, carried out by the government of former President Jose Lopez Portillo in several Mexican states, Sinaloa drug traffickers had felt such pressure. Still, the great barons were still in the trafficking of drugs into the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. And together, through the expansion of its legal business worldwide, through which clean silver, hard to destroy a monster.

But it was the Government itself paved the way for negotiations with the bosses of Sinaloa. At least since May 2007 it was discovered in Culiacan of the first contacts between senior military commanders and leaders of the cartel. Never say whether these meetings were endorsed by the Presidency of the Republic, but the contacts were of the highest level.

Still, the fight against drug trafficking did not stop. Continued seizures and destruction of orchards in the valleys and the mountains. But understanding the mechanisms of drug lords and government were the same. A year had passed and the war had not borne fruit Calderon regarding apprehension of major drug traffickers.

And this is where it is estimated that the arrest of Alfredo Beltran Leyva cartel was a delivery, a fee to be paid to operate and in which, he said, his brother (Mark) Arturo had agreed.

Mocha's arrest, which occurred the morning of January 21, 2008, was seen as the first blow to the Sinaloa cartel, but then the signs indicate that the federal government had reached agreements with the bosses to let them operate Sinaloa status to reduce their levels of public exposure: to reduce abuses, killings, murders of policemen, military attacks ...

This was the turning point, marked a before and after the most powerful cartel in America today. And anticipate their fate. Arturo Beltrán emplazaría their partners soon to rescue his brother from prison. He would put money, men and weapons, as necessary. But the request was denied. And then came the break, the explosion. From the last week of April, killing two machines were declared a war that eventually blood would bathe the entire country.

The end of Barbas

At the time of the break, the Chapo Guzman and the Beltran Leyva brothers shared territories in various parts of the country. Together they had conquered Guerrero, the last phase with the support of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, The Barbie, Barbas assassin's primary. As the cartel had decided to take Tamaulipas to the Gulf Cartel and its armed wing, the Zetas and that is why dozens of gunmen from Chapo and Arturo Beltrán had been transferred to that entity. They also began to fight Nuevo León. When war broke out, fighting between them began throwing casualties on both sides. Guerrero was bloodied and the drug war, police and military all denominations brought their share of executed. These balances are inscribed the feds killed in Culiacán in two events that occurred three days apart in June 2008 and the eight soldiers beheaded in Guerrero in December of that year. Like the assassination of the commander of the Federal Police, Edgar Eusebio Millán Gómez, in May 2008, just the war began, crime was attributed to Arturo Beltrán.

After the break, Arturo Beltran was harassed by the government. Coincidence or not, but in December 2008 when, under President George W. Bush, the United States formally joined Marcos Arturo Beltran Leyva cartel boss, under a U.S. narcotics.

The boss began to rise as a drug boss in the administration of Ernesto Zedillo after the death of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, and became important during the administration of Vicente Fox, after they went public with their relationship with Los Pinos through the tour coordinator presidential, Nahum Acosta Lugo.

But it was not until he broke with his former associates and friends of Sinaloa that the United States was put in the spotlight. A year later, on December 3, 2009, the Treasury Department froze U.S. assets of cartel Beltran Leyva brothers on U.S. soil. The restrictions included a 22 people and ten companies linked to the organization.

The provision of the Treasury did not disclose the identity of individuals and companies allegedly linked to the Beltran Leyva, but said that the organization controls related to air transport companies and land, sale of electronic trade in health products, consulting service businesses and even hospitals.

In Mexico, the companies were located in the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Chiapas, Sonora, Jalisco, Estado de Mexico, Baja California and the Federal District.

U.S. authorities accused the Beltrán Leyva cartel to smuggle cocaine from Central and South America and heroin from Mexico into the United States. They further claimed that he was responsible for countless murders of elements (police and soldiers) in the fight against drug trafficking.

The siege against the Beltran Leyva was closed. Thirteen days after the measure gringa, Dec. 16, the boss of bosses was killed and displayed by the Navy as a war trophy in Cuernavaca.:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder

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