RCMP lay charges on 70-year-old Saskatchewan woman for cocaine trafficking
A Saskatchewan woman is facing cocaine trafficking charges after a bust in Saskatchewan led to the 70-year-old woman’s arrest.
RCMP have said that officers from the Green Lake and Meadow Lake detachment, as well as a police dog unit, searched the Green Lake home on August 8, according to RCMP and CTV News.
Arkansas siblings Elizabeth Catlett, 29, and Don Furr, 33, face drug-related charges following the former’s accusation that her brother fed her a “meth sandwich.”
The two were arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas after police witnessed Catlett, who was driving, “moving about the vehicle in a quick, nervous manner.” Another officer was called and the two were questioned.
Initially, Catlett claimed that they had no weapons or drugs in the car, but she quickly changed her tune.
“In Catlett’s front pocket, police found a small plastic-wrapped bag that had small scraps of paper, a straw cut into a smaller length, and several plastic bags,” reports ABC 7 News. At this point, police found a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine and Catlett was arrested.
When questioned about the possibility of more dugs in the car, her brother told police “if there is anything in the car it would be in the console and it would be ice.” Furr was also arrested.
Furr further admitted that he and his sister had both used meth earlier in the day, prompting Catlett to claim that Furr had fed her a “meth sandwich.” Furr did not deny this claim, and Catlett also claimed that he sometimes put methamphetamine into her drinks.
According to ABC 7 News, “Catlett faces additional charges of DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Her bond was set at $14,500 while Furr’s was set at $13,500.”
They will both make their first court appearance on November 4.
The Colombian navy made an unorthodox rescue on Sunday following a shipwreck off the country’s coast.
Thirty miles off of the Colombian Pacific coast, three suspected drug traffickers used bales of cocaine to stay afloat amongst the flotsam of the ship.
Navy officers reportedly threw the traffickers life belts from the coastguard ship to make the rescue.
According to CNN, nearly 3,000 pounds of cocaine hydrochloride were recovered.
The men have now been turned over to federal prosecutors, where they are expected to face charges of drug manufacturing, trafficking, and possession.
Columbia has long been synonymous with cocaine, both in popular culture and in reality. According to a September 2018 United Nations report, production of cocaine in the country has reached “a record high,” with projections estimating that it will only get worse before it gets any better.
With that, Columbia holds the throne as the number one cocaine producer in the world, with nearby markets being home to the majority of cocaine users. One recent survey found that as many as 1 in 20 American adults between the ages of 18 to 25 used the drug in 2015, with particularly high popularity along the Northeastern corridor.
According to the 2017 annual report from the American State Department, “there are troubling early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade,” with the number of overdose deaths in the United States involving cocaine in 2015 being the highest since 2006, and the second-highest since 1999, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported last year.
Canadians don’t shy away from cocaine use, either. Researchers at the Global Drug Survey. Out of the 36 countries surveyed, Canada came in second place for most usage in a year, trailing only Scotland. The median number for Canadians was 10, meaning that Canadians used cocaine just under once a month, on average.
An investigation into allegations against the University of British Colombia’s (UBC) fraternities has been launched following a professor’s tweet claiming that multiple students came to her with allegations of being drugged at a party.
However, Campus Security and University RCMP have yet to receive any formal reports of the alleged drugging, reports Global News.
“UBC RCMP confirmed it was investigating, but said it had no further comment at this point,” reports Global News. “Vancouver police confirmed no report of this nature had been received.”
Providence Healthcare also reports that no drugging cases have come before St. Paul’s hospital during the alleged time of the fraternity’s alleged drugging. Vancouver Coastal Health is also investigating their emergency department records.
“The information shared online is being taken very seriously and will be fully investigated,” UBC vice-president of students Ainsley Carry said in a statement.
“Our first priority at this stage is to encourage anyone who has experienced or has information about the criminal behaviours described to call the UBC RCMP at 604-224-1322, or 911, to report the incident.”
Besides the professor’s tweet, there is currently no evidence that druggings took place. Due to the severity of such crimes, however, it is still incredibly important for police to investigate and they are currently doing so.
“We want to ensure the safety and well-being of the students affected, which is why the resources at the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre are available to any student who wishes to access it,” said AMS president Chris Hakim.
During a speech in Winnipeg, Green Party leader Elizabeth May promised to decriminalize all drugs as a means of tackling the opioid crisis.
“We must stop treating drug addiction as a criminal issue,” May said. “This is a national health emergency.”
Manitoba has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis, and May believes that decriminalization of drug possession will be necessary to handle the epidemic, as will full legalization—she said he party would “consider lifting the decriminalization in the future if the drug crisis subsides,” reports CBC.
Additionally, she drew attention to the fact that indigenous communities are often hit harder by drug addiction and subsequent arrests and said that more needed to be done to aid indigenous communities.
Tackling mental health problems in the province was also a major talking point. Specifically, May drew attention to the need for greater suicide prevention programs to curb suicide in all communities, but particularly those in indigenous areas.
May hopes that by legalizing all drugs, certified drug providers could ensure that addicts are only using a clean supply of drugs, rather than drugs found on the street which are often mixed or enhanced with other powerful drugs.
She said that, if elected, the Green Party would declare a national crisis, as well as blanket decriminalization to deal with the opioid crisis.
A Canadian truck driver coming across the Windsor-Detroit Ambassador Bridge has been arrested for allegedly attempting to illegally smuggle over six million dollars worth of cocaine into Canada.
Border officials made the discovery after stopping Jatinderpal Singh for an inspection as he attempted to bring the schedule one drug over the Ambassador Bridge early on Saturday, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and obtained by CTV News.
According to the documents, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent saw Singh was visibly uneasy, showing “extreme signs of nervousness.” A drug-sniffing dog was brought to the vehicle, where the pup then alerted officers.
The documents went on to say that 120 kilograms of cocaine, discovered after an X-ray and physical inspection of the transport truck.
An affidavit from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say the street value of the bust would be around six million dollars in Toronto. They added that truckers can typically earn $1,000 per kilogram for each brick smuggled across the U.S.-Canada border.
Obtained court documents show that Singh had crossed the U.S.-Canada border over 70 times since 2017, indicating that he is likely not a novice. According to the ICE agent, drivers who are given more than 40 kilograms of narcotics are only given such a large amount if “they have completed multiple successful smuggling ventures.”
Singh denies having any knowledge of the cocaine and will appear in federal court this afternoon. Singh is also allegedly attempting to be tried in Canada, noting that Canada has “generally incarcerated to significantly lower total sentences.”
Toronto police say three small children were taken to hospital following their discovery of used syringes near a Roncesvalles elementary school early on Wednesday, according to The Toronto Star.
The children found the discarded needles near St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, according to a Thursday news release.
According to the chief of communications for the Toronto Catholic District School Board Shazia Vlahos, the syringes were found at a property near the school and not on actual school grounds at around 11:30 am.
The syringes were found at a property adjacent to the school. It wasn’t until a child reported to staff that they were “poked” that paramedics were called.
Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook of the Toronto police says the area was searched thereafter and no other dangerous or hazardous materials were found.
Police remind the community to have a conversation with their children about the dangers of needles and discarded syringes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.