African and Iranian Traffickers are incorporating in the Asia-Pacific!

 

Africa drugs and Iran collaboration!

Africa drugs and Iran collaboration!

A growing number of African and Iranian Traffickers are incorporating in the Asia-Pacific Region, and have become one of the largest production and trafficking centres for synthetic drugs, the UN said today in a report.

“In addition to the threat of organized crime endemic region, the report draws attention to the increasing reach and presence of transnational criminal groups” in Africa and Iran, said the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, for short in English).

The report on the trafficking of synthetic drugs in 2010 found an increase in African groups, using Cambodia as a center for financial operations, China, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand.

“To avoid arrest, African trafficking organizations have diversified their routes through the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia,” says the report.

Iranians believe criminal groups of methamphetamine or amphetamine factories in Japan, Malaysia or Thailand, where multiplied Iranian arrests of drug trafficking.

However, the majority of synthetic drugs are produced locally in the region, with major centers in China, Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines.

Gary Lewis, head of UNODC in the Asia-Pacific, said that the countries of East Asia require more resources to stop the trafficking of methamphetamine, which last year reached 136 million tablets seized, compared to 32 million 2008.

“We must be more active on all fronts to help the countries of the region to prevent the dangers of the South and East Asia will become the largest producer of illegal drugs,” said Lewis in a statement.

According to the UN office, the manufacture of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine and amphetamine are replacing from the 90 to plants producing heroin and cannabis that have proliferated in the region in previous decades.

In 2010, the largest seizure of these synthetic drugs in China was 58.4 million pills, followed by Thailand (50.4 million) and Laos (24.5 million).

In total, 442 factories were dismantled methamphetamine and amphetamines last year in East Asia, five times more than in 2006.

Of the 15 countries the report methamphetamine use decreased or remained in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines and Korea, while it expanded in Cambodia, China, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam.

The UN warned that drug design, in cases such as Indonesia have overtaken the use of hashish, not only pose a serious security problem and crime, but also a serious danger to public health.

Bloody slaying shocks Oregon theater town

Paying respects to a friend!
Paying respects to a friend!

By JEFF BARNARD

The Associated Press

Zhawen Wahpepah, left, prays with August Haddick on Friday at a memorial for their friend David Grubbs along the Ashland, Ore., bike path where he was slain.

ASHLAND, Ore. — In this storybook Southern Oregon town, murder is commonplace on the stages of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where sword fights are carefully choreographed entertainment and the blood that spurts is fake.

The real-life slaying of a young grocery clerk, who was nearly decapitated by an apparent stranger wielding a sword or machete, has sent a shiver of horror through Ashland residents and visitors alike, and stumped investigators searching for clues.

A small shrine is growing beside the bike path where 23-year-old David Grubbs was killed last weekend while walking home from work, as he had countless times, as darkness was falling. It’s an open area next to a parking lot where the path goes through a park with ballfields and tennis courts — and past an elementary school — where parents bring their small children to play.

“I’m freaking out,” said Zhawen Wahpepah, who came to the shrine Friday morning with her boyfriend, August Haddick, to burn sage and leave a booklet of music that she and Grubbs had played together as members of a school chamber orchestra. She added it to the candles, flowers, carrot cake, New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, music CDs, photos, and lyrics from the song “Stairway to Heaven.” They all were placed carefully on the ground next to a green metal cross painted with the name David and driven into the ground.

“I think it was a thrill kill,” Wahpepah said. Grubbs “was not into anything bad. He was just really shy and really nice.”

Haddick worked stocking shelves at the Shop’n Kart grocery with Grubbs.

“I used to walk this way home, and now I don’t anymore because of this,” he said. Living in the same student neighborhood, he and Grubbs often walked home together, but Haddick’s schedule on the night of the slaying had him working three hours later, so Grubbs left for home alone.

When Haddick drove by Saturday night with a friend, the spot was cordoned off by police, blue lights flashing. Haddick didn’t know until the next day, when “Rest in Peace” tributes appeared on Facebook, that Grubbs had been killed.

“It’s hard to imagine it could just as easily have been me,” Haddick said.

Ashland is a liberal outpost in conservative rural Oregon. The town of 20,000 is known for good schools, good restaurants, high housing prices and deer that walk freely through town. For the chance to live in the city, many residents are happy to work at low-paying jobs serving tourists.

“It’s like this little paradise,” said Brenna Heater, who knew Grubbs growing up and now works behind the counter of a downtown pizza joint. “The fairy-tale land is like the definition to us. I always use the word magical — our little magical Ashland. New people are coming here every day. The Shakespeare festival keeps this town upbeat and hip.”

Police have little to go on. No one has come forward to report having witnessed the slaying. No weapon has been found. The 911 call came from a woman riding her bike down the path, who was stopped by a man who found Grubbs lying in the bike path. They initially thought Grubbs was passed out, but then saw the deep wounds around his head and neck, Police Chief Terry Holderness said.

The woman saw a man leaving the area, but didn’t get a good look at him.

“This community has very little crime of any type, especially violent crime,” Holderness said. “To have this type of thing happen anywhere is very rare. We are contacting most major police departments up and down the West Coast looking for similar situations and haven’t found any yet.”

A random attack ending with near-decapitation is so unusual that investigators have been unable to find an expert, Holderness added. There is not enough information to develop a profile of the killer.

Angie Sanclemente Valencia (beauty Queen) expresses remorse: Drug Trafficking!

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angie-sanclemente-valencia

From her very humble beginnings in Barranquilla, Colombia, she rose to be one of her country’s most coveted beauty queens. At 21, Angie Sanclemente Valencia was crowned as Colombia‘s “Queen of Coffee.”

It was 2000 and the beginning of a career that would propel Sanclemente into the world of her dreams as an internationally acclaimed model. After winning the Colombian pageant, she quickly found work as a lingerie model in Mexico and other countries. She also started training as an actress and took theater lessons.

But Sanclemente’s career came to a screeching halt in May of 2010 when she was arrested in Argentina and charged with drug trafficking.

Interpol had issued an arrest warrant against her in December of the previous year after she was connected to a 21-year-old woman who was arrested just before she was to board a flight to Cancun, Mexico, from Buenos Aires carrying 55 kilograms of cocaine (120 pounds). The fallen beauty was on the run for five months, hiding in Argentina.

While on the run, Sanclemente continued to update her Facebook page. In a Facebook message to CNN in 2010, she denied any involvement in the case, writing, “I’m very sad and hurt by the bad information. I don’t know how the press can destroy an innocent person.”

After being convicted in early November, Sanclemente is speaking from prison for the first time. It’s quite a change from the life of glamor she lived before her arrest.

“I have been here [in prison] one year and seven months. I’m innocent of all of the accusations. It was all a big misunderstanding,” Sanclemente said.

Her 2010 arrest was an international scandal and her Interpol mugshot made headlines around the world. The former queen of coffee became known as “the queen of cocaine.” Four men and two other women were also arrested in connection with the case.

Argentinian authorities charged her with leading a ring of fashion models to smuggle cocaine from South America and into Europe, via Cancun. She says her Argentinian boyfriend and his uncle, who are also in prison, were indeed involved in drug trafficking, but not her.

“It may sound ridiculous and incredible, but I’m innocent of this farce they invented. My boyfriend made a mistake, and I’m paying the consequences. But I love him and I love him because he loves me just the way I am. I never found in anybody else what I found in him,” Sanclemente said.

Now 32 and sentenced to six years and eight months behind bars, the promising career she once had seems like a vanished dream. Nicolas Gualco, her boyfriend, and Daniel Monroy, Gualco’s uncle, have also received the same sentence.

Moving to Argentina from Mexico, Sanclemente says in retrospect, was a big mistake. “I regret having taken the flight to Argentina, to be honest with you.”

Sanclemente had expressed regret once before about making the wrong choices. She was dethroned as Colombia’s queen of coffee for breaking the rules by having been married. Reports say that she was once married to a Mexican drug trafficker, but she’s always denied that was the case.

In an interview shortly after being dethroned, she spoke about the consequences of not listening to the woman who raised her as single mother. “I’m very capricious and a lot of [bad] things have happened to me for not listening to my mother,” Sanclemente says. Her words now seem prophetic

Chinas’ 1000 Slave Labour prisons-“The Laogai”

Prisoners Chinas Slave Labour!

Prisoners Chinas Slave Labour!

Once an isolationist communist state, over the last 20 years China has become the world’s biggest exporter of consumer goods. But behind this apparent success story is a dark secret – millions of men and women locked up in prisons and forced into intensive manual labour.

China has the biggest penal colony in the world – a top secret network of more than 1,000 slave labour prisons and camps known collectively as “The Laogai“. And the use of the inmates of these prisons – in what some experts call “state sponsored slavery” – has been credited with contributing to the country’s economic boom.

In this episode, former inmates, many of whom were imprisoned for political or religious dissidence without trial, recount their daily struggles and suffering in the “dark and bitter” factories where sleep was a privilege. Charles Lee spent three years imprisoned for religious dissidence. He says: “For a year they tried to brainwash me, trying to force me to give up my practice of Falun Gong. They figured me out … so they changed their strategy to force me to feel like a criminal … because, according to their theory, a prisoner should be reformed through labour. So they forced me to do slave labour.”

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/slaverya21stcenturyevil/2011/10/2011101091153782814.html