Smuggling News – Thunder From Under Tue, 07 Jun 2022 23:51:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Smuggling News – Thunder From Under 32 32 Two WA men jailed for cocaine trafficking Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:41:00 +0000

This is a joint publication between the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force.

Editor’s note: Photos of the arrest available here

Perth District Court has jailed two men who were arrested by AFP as they tried to access a supply of cocaine they expected to find in a package sent from Europe.

The Perth men, now aged 24 and 41, were sentenced last week (3 June 2022) after being found guilty by a jury following a trial in January (2022) for their role in the import of four kilograms of cocaine sent to Western Australia inside a wooden reel of electrical cable in November 2018.

AFP launched an investigation after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers from Perth Air Cargo Operations examined the package containing the wooden spools. They removed the ends of a coil and found a sealed hollow with four wrapped bundles inside.

The packages contained a white powder presumed positive for cocaine.

The case was forwarded to AFP, where forensic experts established that the packages contained around four kilograms of cocaine.

The cocaine was removed and replaced with a harmless substance before being delivered to the address of a cafe in the western suburbs.

Later that afternoon, the young man picked up the package from the cafe and then drove in a convoy with the 41-year-old to a house in Balcatta where the couple opened the package.

Shortly after breaking the wooden spool and removing the wrapped bundles, AFP officers entered the property and arrested the men.

Police found the surrogate powder packages along with several items consistent with the border controlled drug supply, including a set of scales, boxes of clip-on bags, a large tray containing white powder residue and two containers containing a substance often mixed with drugs to increase the volume of distribution.

AFP chief agent Dan Arthurs said there was a misperception among some people that cocaine was a safe drug and that its use did not harm others.

“These drugs are supplied by international organized crime syndicates who are prepared to murder people to protect their market share and drug addicts in Australia fund these groups,” he said.

“Cacao leaf cultivation, which is used to make cocaine, has been linked to deforestation in the Amazon and chemicals and pesticides are used to protect the crops.

“AFP and our partners are working hard to prevent illicit drugs from reaching our communities and disrupting anyone involved in the supply chain.”

ABF Superintendent Clinton Sims said the intercept was just another example of the ABF using a range of technologies to identify concealments in air cargo shipments entering Australia.

“Our officers are highly skilled in detecting anomalies and inconsistencies in order to find cover-ups, which in this case was cocaine hidden in a wooden reel of electrical cable,” he said.

The men were found guilty of one count each of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.5 of the Penal Code 1995 (Cth).

The 24-year-old was sentenced to four years and three months in prison before being eligible for parole.

The 41-year-old must serve five years and three months before being eligible for parole.

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Foreign cigarettes smuggled from Myanmar seized in Mizoram Sun, 05 Jun 2022 17:25:21 +0000

Aizawl: Assam Rifles soldiers seized cigarettes of foreign origin, valued at around 2.35 crore rupees in Mizoram after they were smuggled from Myanmar, officials said on Sunday.

An Assam Rifles official said that following a whistleblower, its staff seized the cigarettes of foreign origin, contained in 78,333 boxes, in Khuangphah, Champhai district, eastern Mizoram , Saturday night.

“Cigarettes of foreign origin after being smuggled from neighboring Myanmar were stored in a house. None were arrested in this connection,” the official said.

Later, the seized cigarettes were handed over to customs officials for further legal action.

A statement from Assam Rifles said: “The continued smuggling of cigarettes of foreign origin is a major cause of concern for Mizoram State, particularly along the India-Myanmar border. The Assam Rifles, aptly dubbed the “Sentinels of the North East”, continued their efforts against smuggling activities in Mizoram.

Besides various harmful drugs, especially heroin, highly addictive methamphetamine tablets, also known as “Yaba”, poppy seeds, opium, ganja (marijuana), morphine, bottles of cough syrup valued at hundreds of crores, various other contraband like gold, foreign cigarettes as well as weapons and ammunition are often smuggled from Myanmar to northeastern states especially Mizoram and Manipur, along their more than 1,600 kn long unfenced border.


Areca Nuts: Foundation To Pm: Curbing Areca Smuggling | Mangaluru News Sat, 04 Jun 2022 02:45:00 +0000 Mangaluru: The Chairman of the Areca Nut Research and Development Foundation (ARDF), Dr Veerendra Heggade, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request ministries to take strict action against the smuggling of areca.
Heggade’s appeal to Modi came in a press release on Thursday. He explained how the illegal smuggling of areca nuts from outside the country affects prices and farmers.
India produces 15.63 lakh tonnes of areca nuts every year and is the backbone of nearly 16 million people in the country, Heggade wrote. Smuggling destabilizes the price of locally grown areca nut and is said to affect the livelihoods and financial situation of thousands of farmers.
“Although India is self-sufficient in areca nuts, around 24,000 tonnes of areca are legally imported every year. Recently, the Minister of State for Finance, Pankaj Chaudhary, said that smuggling of areca nuts still exists. He also said that the amount of areca nut traded outside the fiscal network is not available and that the Areca Nut and Spice Development Directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture and Welfare of farmers reported that around 15% of areca nut is marketed by cooperatives such as CAMPCO Limited of Mangaluru. , TSS in Sirsi, MAMCOS, Shivamogga and TUMOCS in Chennagiri, etc. while 85% of the areca nut is traded by private traders,” Heggade said.
The illegal activity of smugglers will negatively impact the revenue generated in the form of GST on areca nut, he said and urged the Prime Minister to take strict action against this illegal import of areca and its transport without proper legal documents.
In order to combat the under-invoicing of areca nut, a competent nodal agency of the cooperative sector familiar with both white and red areca nuts, such as CAMPCO or ARDF, can be identified to assess and make reports on these goods. “As a grower of areca nuts, I urge the prime minister to direct ministries to take strong action on these issues so that areca growers as well as the country as a whole benefit,” he said. -he declares. ]]>
Iran ‘deliberately floods’ Yemen with drugs: minister Thu, 02 Jun 2022 14:42:00 +0000

Yemen’s information minister has accused Iran of “deliberately flooding” Yemen with drugs after authorities arrested six Iranians for trying to smuggle drugs into the country.

Yemeni Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani has criticized the Iranian regime, saying it is not only smuggling weapons to the Iran-backed Houthi militia, but also intentionally flooding the drug country to “kill Yemenis (and) alter the security and stability” of the country. country and region.

Eryani added on Twitter that the Iranian regime is taking advantage of “international silence over its terrorist practices” as it continues to run proxy wars and threaten shipping lanes.

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Police in Yemen’s al-Mahra governorate announced on Wednesday evening that they had foiled the smuggling attempt, Yemeni newspaper al-Ayyam reported on Thursday.

Authorities seized crystal meth (crystal methamphetamine) after intercepting a boat with six Iranian sailors on board.

The police did not reveal the exact quantity of drugs seized.

He noted, however, that “large amounts of drugs smuggled by Iranian nationals have been seized” in recent months, adding that the perpetrators have been transferred to Hadhramaut authorities.

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San Jose man faces up to 30 years in prison for smuggling US aircraft technology from NASA contractor to China Tue, 31 May 2022 23:32:53 +0000

A San Jose, California man has been charged with smuggling and violating export control laws after he allegedly sent sensitive aircraft software to a public university in Beijing.

Jonathan Yet Wing Soong, 34, worked as a program administrator for the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) between April 2016 and September 2020. Program Agreement (STA),” according to a press release issued Thursday by the US Department of Justice.

As a program administrator, Soong had primary access to sensitive data. He generated software licenses and physically exported software, among other tasks.

The 19-page complaint against Soong alleged that he “facilitated the sale and transfer of software” to Beihang University – also known as Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) – which happens to be included in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s strictly regulated “Entity List.” Due to his involvement in military rocket systems and the Chinese government’s unmanned aerial vehicle systems, Beihang is on the list and he he is prohibited from receiving certain unlicensed items.

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Soong reportedly exported CIFER, an unmanned aircraft production software package. Prosecutors said he learned of Beihang’s Entity Listing in April 2017, but facilitated CIFER’s transfer to Beihang and succeeded in July 2018.

A certain Beijing Rainbow Technical Development Ltd. served as an intermediary, according to the complaint. Soong allegedly received payment from this intermediary after arranging the transfer from CIFER and sending his access codes to Beihang.

The USRA allegedly received a wire transfer of $2,182 for the sale in January 2018. According to the complaint, Soong also admitted that the nonprofit did not always receive payments for the software it was selling. , because some of them had gone to his own account.

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“He claimed that when customers wanted to pay by credit card, the USRA did not have a method in place to accept credit card payments. He claimed that he justified the payments as granting himself a “bonus” and estimated that he had stolen “tens of thousands” over the years,” the complaint states.

Soong was charged with a violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and one count of contraband. Violating the IEEPA is punishable by a $1 million fine and up to 20 years in prison, while the contraband count is subject to a $250,000 fine and jail term. maximum prison term of 10 years.

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Government urged to control wheat smuggling to Afghanistan – Pakistan Sun, 29 May 2022 23:55:17 +0000

SWABI: Farmers and their leaders here on Sunday called on the government to take action to control the smuggling of wheat into Afghanistan in the post-harvest period of the harvest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

During a conversation with this correspondent, the producers said that the harvesting and threshing of wheat had been completed in all the lowland districts of the province and that it was the right time to prevent businessmen from getting sourcing grain and then smuggling it to Afghanistan while depriving the province of becoming self-sufficient in wheat production.

Anjuman-i-Kasthkaran, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, General Secretary Alam Sher Gohati said the wheat grain produced in the district could largely meet the needs of the people.

However, he said businessmen and flour mill owners were buying the crop in order to earn millions of rupees at the expense of the local people.

The farmers said the smuggling of wheat into Afghanistan had been a big problem for residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which was not self-sufficient in wheat production and depended on Punjab to meet its deficit.

Tamraiz Khan, a landowner, said wheat smugglers were harming the province’s interests and should be dealt with with an iron fist.

Khalid Khan, district chairman of Kisan Board, said it was incumbent on the federal and provincial governments to take action to stop the smuggling of wheat into Afghanistan.

REGISTERED FIRS: First information reports were registered in different police stations against pickpockets who stole mobile phones and money from many people during public meetings of President of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Imran Khan, and of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz here in the district and during Azadi. March on May 25.

PML-N District General Secretary Babar Saleem told the media that pockets of hundreds of people were cut at a public meeting of Maryam Nawaz in Chota Lahor on May 11 and FIRs were registered against them to the city police station.

PTI district chairman Anwar Haqdad said that during Imran’s public meeting at the Gohati cricket stadium on May 16, pickpockets deprived several party employees of mobile phones and money.

Posted in Dawn, May 30, 2022

Starter gun, £10,000 cash and devices seized in Co Derry drugs investigation Fri, 27 May 2022 18:37:41 +0000

A number of items, including a starter gun and £10,000 cash, were seized as part of a drugs investigation in Co Derry.

On Friday, detectives from the Organized Crime Branch of the Police Service of Northern Ireland carried out a search of a property in Bellaghy as part of an ongoing investigation into the importation of illegal drugs.

Around £10,000 in cash, a starter pistol, a high visibility jacket with Garda printed on it, CS Spray, a quantity of ammunition, business documents and devices were seized.

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Detective Inspector Craig said: ‘We continue to target those who seek to profit from the illegal drug trade and the misfortune of others.

“Any information we receive is taken into account and I encourage anyone with information to report it to the police to help us in our efforts.

“The police can be contacted on 101 or information can be provided anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also submit a report online using the non-urgent report form via or at”

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]]> Man arrested for smuggling durians worth 1 million baht in Laos Thu, 26 May 2022 07:37:24 +0000

A Thai man was arrested at the Customs Department’s border checkpoint in Ubon Ratchathani province in the northeast of the country. He was caught delivering durians, worth around one million baht, to a customer in Laos.

Chongmek Customs chief on the Thailand-Laos border, Wanlop Suiraksa, told Thai media that they had received leaked information that durians were smuggled into Laos yesterday. As customs officers and police watched cars and travelers at the checkpoint, they spotted a silver van about to pass the checkpoint into the Laos region. Then they asked the driver to pull over to the side of the road for inspection because the back of the truck was covered with a black plastic tarp.

Officers found 6,500 durians packed in the truck. The 21-year-old driver, Narongsak Sichana, is now charged with breaking the Plant Variety Protection Act by smuggling preserved plants without permission. He could face a sentence of up to 1 year in prison, a fine of 4,000 baht, or both. The driver also violated customs law by exporting restricted goods without permission.

The driver told authorities he was hired to deliver durians to a Lao customer living in the town of Pakse. He said this Lao farmer had nearly 40 acres of plantation and ordered durians from Thailand at 150 to 200 baht each. He added that he did not know that delivering durians out of the country was illegal. He claimed that the person who hired him had already requested clearance from the customs department.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, 11 preserved plants are durian, pomelo, longan, lychee, tamarind, coconut, pineapple, salak, Pueraria Mirifica grass and thong khruea grass or Butea superba. These preserved plants require authorization before being exported.

In addition to delivering durians out of the country, exporting unripe durian is also illegal. Anyone selling or exporting unripe durians will be considered a deceptive customer. This person could face a sentence of up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht.

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India News | Step up vigilance to curb rice smuggling, Chandrababu tells TN CM Staline Tue, 24 May 2022 14:28:14 +0000

Amaravati, May 24 (PTI) Telugu Desam Party leader N Chandrababu Naidu has called on the Tamil Nadu government to intensify vigilance along the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border to curb rampant rice smuggling from the system of public distribution.

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In a letter to Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, MK Stalin, he expressed serious concern about “stolen welfare schemes” by the “rice smuggling mafia” in the two neighboring states.

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“The smugglers transport PDS rice from Tamil Nadu to Andhra Pradesh. The smuggled rice is sent to PA millers who in turn polish it and return it to their smuggling partners. This, in turn , is sold at a higher price to people at Rs 40 per kilo on the open market or is smuggled into Karnataka,” the former chief minister pointed out in the letter.

He also listed at least seven road routes through which rice smuggling was carried out.

“Over the past 16 months, approximately 13 cases have been recorded under the Essential Commodities Act at four different police stations in Kuppam (the border precinct he represents) in PA. This clearly highlights the volume of PDS rice smuggling that takes place on the Andhra-Tamil border of Nadu,” noted Chandrababu Naidu.

Noting that the “lack of vigilance” at the border favored smuggling, he asked Stalin to intensify vigilance to curb rice smuggling.

The Leader of the Opposition in the PA Assembly also wrote a similar letter to the Chief Secretary of State asking for increased vigilance along the PA-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka borders to control the threat of the smuggling.

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Four dead as Jordanian army thwarts drug smuggling attempt from Syria Sun, 22 May 2022 21:00:00 +0000

GAZA CITY: Delayed reconstruction efforts in Gaza have frustrated residents, many of whom are still living in temporary accommodation a year after the fierce fighting ended.

Ayman Dahman has been living with his family for more than a year in a rented house after his home was destroyed during the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in May last year.

Dahman does not know when his old apartment – for which he continues to pay installments – will be rebuilt.

The Gaza Strip has seen four conflicts, the last of which was in May 2021. The fighting lasted 11 days that year, during which around 1,700 homes were completely destroyed.

“I bought my apartment a few years before the war and I still pay my monthly salary installments. Now I live with my wife and two daughters and two sons in an apartment I rented after the war; we don’t know when we’ll be back home,” Dahman said.

Dahman and his family lived in a five-story building inhabited by 10 families, north of Gaza City.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees has provided rental assistance to 154 Palestinian families whose homes were completely demolished during the war, including the Dahman family.

Naji Sarhan, undersecretary at the Ministry of Public Works in Gaza, said no more than 20 percent of damaged properties have been rebuilt since the end of the war last year.

“What has been achieved and what is being done in the housing sector so far is no more than 20% of houses completely destroyed and 70% of houses partially damaged,” Sarhan told a press conference in Gaza on Sunday.

He added, “There is no commitment for the reconstruction of the high-rise and multi-storey residential buildings that were bombed and demolished by the occupation during the aggression last May.”

Last year, Egypt and Qatar pledged $1 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip after the war.

“Many friendly countries began to pledge to rebuild Gaza after the city was attacked last year, led by Egypt with a $500 million grant and Qatar with a $500 million grant. , in addition to some sporadic grants of limited amounts provided by countries and institutions,” said Sarhan.

Egypt has also started construction of Gaza’s 1.8 kilometer long Corniche Street, three residential communities comprising 117 buildings with a total of more than 2,500 homes, in addition to a plan to build a bridge in the Shujaiya area and an open-air tunnel in the Saraya Quarter.

Meanwhile, Qatar has started the construction of 200 housing units, in addition to the restoration of 11 partially damaged residential buildings. It is also repairing a number of destroyed street intersections pledging to continue the reconstruction process, Sarhan said.

Fears over new rounds of fighting between Israel and Hamas have mounted amid tensions over Israeli preparations to stage a May 29 flag march in Jerusalem. A similar movement led to the outbreak of violence last year.

Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas’ political bureau, told a conference held in Gaza: “We are following the threats to storm the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 29 or organize a flag march.

“I warn the enemy against such crimes and such measures.”

Palestinians in Gaza are divided on support for a new confrontation.

Supporters of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and some supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine express their willingness to confront Israel in flag parades. Others fear that any conflict will only aggravate the economic difficulties of the Gaza Strip.