Largest cocaine seizure in New York in a quarter century – ABC News

Largest cocaine seizure in New York in a quarter century – ABC News

The crates said dried fruit from Colombia. There was no indication that they were holding tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine but that is what federal agents said they discovered in the biggest coke bust in New York in a quarter century. After what was described as a routine interdiction, the agents said they found 3,200 pounds of cocaine in a shipping container that arrived at the Port of New York and New Jersey on Feb. 28.
The drugs had an estimated street value of $77 million.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Federal agents in and around New York seized a shipment of cocaine worth approximately $77 million at the port of Port of New York/Newark on Feb. 28, 2019.
“This is a significant seizure, in fact it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994,” said Troy Miller, director of Customs and Border Protection’s New York Field Operations.
After agents boarded the ship, they inspected several containers and noticed the sealing pins for a particular shipping container had been tampered with, a source told ABC News.
Agents x-rayed the container, opened it and that’s when they discovered the cocaine, the source said.
The cocaine was concealed behind boxes of dried fruit, according to a source familiar with the seizure. The cargo ship arrived in Newark from Buena Ventura, Colombia, and its next stop was Antwerp, Belgium.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is now working to identify the source of the drugs and who put it onto the ship, according to the source. Investigators are looking at several organizations who could be responsible and, eventually, they expect arrests.
The cocaine resurgence is due, in part, because of a surplus in Colombia, which used to eradicate coca plants but no longer do that, resulting in an overabundance of supply.
Traffickers are looking for a new market…which they find by mixing cocaine with fentanyl, creating what is, in effect, the modern-day speed ball.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Federal agents in and around New York seized a shipment of cocaine worth approximately $77 million at the port of Port of New York/Newark on Feb. 28, 2019.
Authorities weren’t sure whether the cocaine was meant for the United States or Europe, the source said, but the seizure was lauded for keeping the drugs off the streets.
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“Cocaine, New York’s nemesis of the 90s, is back-indicating traffickers push to build an emerging customer base of users mixing cocaine with fentanyl,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. “This record-breaking seizure draws attention to this new threat and shows law enforcement’s collaborative efforts in seizing illicit drugs before it gets to the streets and into users’ hands.”
Largest cocaine seizure in New York in a quarter century found in crates of fruit

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Stock market news: Brexit progress and Nvidia tech deal lift mood – Business Insider

6m Getty/Scott Olson Stock markets rose after British Prime Minister Theresa May secured an improved offer from the EU Bank of America’s buy rating on Apple and Nvidia’s $6.9 billion offer for Mellanox also lifted sentiment World stock markets rose on Tuesday after British Prime Minister Theresa May secured an improved offer from the European Union, which might be enough to win the support of lawmakers in the critical Parliamentary vote tonight. Under the new deal, the UK will have some authority to walk away if the EU doesn’t do enough to replace the ‘Irish backstop,’ a temporary arrangement designed to prevent a hard Irish border, with a full trade deal in the future. Sterling climbed 1% to 1.32 against the US dollar on the news. The limited gains “really betray the doubts that remain,” said Neil Wilson, the chief market analyst for Markets.com. “If Theresa May gets her deal through we could likely expect a relief rally for equities more broadly.” “The pound currently trades in neutral ground ahead of the key vote tonight suggesting that the outcome is anyone’s bet,” said Simon Harvey, market analyst at Monex Europe. Here’s the roundup as of 9.05 a.m. (5.05 a.m. ET) Asian stocks rallied on improved sentiment. Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.8%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 1.5%, and the Shanghai Composite Index showed a 1.1% gain. US futures were marginally up following a fresh “buy” recommendation from Bank of America on Apple’s stock, and Nvidia’s $6.9 billion offer for fellow chipmaker Mellanox. Shares in Boeing , which slumped 5% yesterday after regulators in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia grounded its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after two deadly crashes in five months, could fall further as other airlines and aviation officials have followed suit. European markets were little moved with less than 0.3% movement across the FTSE 100, DAX and Euro Stoxx 50 . Get the latest Nvidia stock price here >> Our Brexit Insider Facebook group is the best place for up-to-date news and analysis about Britain’s departure from the EU, direct from Business Insider’s political reporters. Join here.

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‘Rahul Gandhi’s claim not correct, Ajit Doval didn’t fly with Masood Azhar’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Sources in the security establishment have refuted Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s statement that NSA Ajit Doval had accompanied Jaish-e-Muhammed chief Masood Azhar to Kandahar where he was freed in December 1999 to secure the release of passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane.
“He (Doval) was not on the plane on which Azhar had to be flown to Kandahar to secure the release of 161 passengers on board IC-814,” a senior source said. He said Doval, then the additional director of Intelligence Bureau, had reached Kandahar ahead of Azhar’s release to negotiate with the ISI-controlled hijackers and Taliban leaders supporting them: a claim which is in line with the accounts given by then home minister L K Advani and then RAW chief A S Dulat in their books ‘My Country, My Life’ and ‘Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years’ respectively.
Jaswant Singh, the then foreign minister, flew with Azhar and two others terrorists — Omar Sheikh, who later killed American journalist Daniel Pearl, and Mushtaq Zargar.
“The decision to release Azhar was taken by the Vajpayee government which decided to save the lives of 161 Indians whom the terrorists had vowed to eliminate if their demand for Azhar’s re-lease was not conceded. Whether it was a good decision or a bad decision can be debated. But it cannot be pinned on officers mandated to carry out instructions of the day,” the source said.
The terrorists had begun by demanding the release of 36 terrorists from Indian prisons, besides a ransom of $200 million. While Doval and other Indian negotiators, who included his Intelligence Bureau colleague N S Sandhu and senior RAW officer C D Sahay, succeeded in getting the terrorists to scale down their demand, the latter threatened to kill the hostages if Azhar and Sheikh were not released.

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Two ex-police officers arrested over murder of Brazilian politician | World news

Franco, an outspoken critic of police violence against favela residents, was killed in 2018, prompting international outrage. Two former police officers have been arrested over the murder of the Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco , two days before the first anniversary of her death, which prompted international outrage.
Franco, a groundbreaking politician who was born in one of Rio’s largest favelas and became a voice for disadvantaged people in the city, was killed in a drive-by shooting along with her driver, Anderson Gomes.
She had criticised police killings in the favelas where she grew up and took part in a 2008 state legislature inquiry into the paramilitary gangs that dominate large areas of Rio state. Known as militias , these groups often include police officers.
The suspects were identified as Ronnie Lessa, a retired military police officer, and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former police officer.
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Investigators said Lessa fired the shots that killed Franco and Gomes on 14 March last year, on the north side of Rio. Queiroz drove the car that ambushed them, investigators said. Queiroz had been expelled from the police.
Prosecutors from a special organised crime unit said in a statement that the shooting was meticulously planned over the course of three months. “It is incontestable that Marielle Franco was summarily executed for her political activity in the defence of the causes she defended,” they added.
Both men were arrested at their homes, prosecutors said. Their homes were searched and documents, laptops, cellphones, weapons, ammunition and other items were seized. Prosecutors also requested that Lessa’s pension and weapons permit be suspended and damages to the families of the victims be paid.
Soon after the arrest, a photograph was shared on social media purportedly showing Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, with Queiroz. The Brazilian magazine Veja reported that the image had been taken in 2011 and posted on Queiroz’s Facebook page last year. The Facebook profile was reportedly deleted on Tuesday morning.
Jornal O Dia (@jornalodia) Publicação teria sido feita em outubro, mês de eleição presidencial. #ODia #RiodeJaneiro #CasoMarielle #Bolsonaro https://t.co/f2uX22yjso
March 12, 2019 Bolsonaro played down the photo on Tuesday afternoon. “There are photos of me with thousands of police officers,” he said.
The president said that he hoped investigators would find out who ordered Franco’s killing, but then added: “I am also interested in who ordered me to be killed” – a reference to the knife attack on him during last year’s presidential campaign.
At a press conference in Rio de Janeiro , investigating officer Giniton Lages also confirmed that one of Bolsonaro’s sons once dated a daughter of the other suspect, Lessa. “We will deal with this at an opportune moment. It’s not important right now,” Lages said.
The president’s press office did not respond to requests to comment.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Marielle Franco in Cinelândia Square, Rio de Janeiro, in January 2018. Photograph: Ellis Rua/AP
Lages described a massive investigation that involved wiretaps on 318 telephone lines, 760 GB of data and 5,700 pages, but he left the biggest question of all unanswered: who ordered the murder of Marielle Franco, and why?
This, Lages said, belonged to the “second phase” of the investigation. “The second phase is ongoing and no information about the second phase will be provided now,” he said.
Franco’s fiancee, Mônica Benício , told the Guardian: “This is an important step in the investigations, no doubt. But one year is too much time for a murder like this.
“More important than the arrests … is an answer to the most urgent question: who ordered Marielle to be killed? I hope I don’t have to wait another year to know who ordered all this.”
Marcelo Freixo, the congressman and former state legislature lawmaker with whom Franco began her career, also said the arrests had come too late. “It’s unacceptable that we waited a year to have a response,” he told Globo news. “Who ordered this?”
Franco’s aide, Fernanda Chaves, who survived the attack and has since been in hiding, described the incident to the Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias.
Chaves said she grabbed the handbrake after hearing a burst of shots and the car window shattering. “I just thought there had been a gunfight,” she said. “As it was very quiet in the street, I started to call people, who came closer, without understanding what had happened.”
Facebook Twitter Pinterest A flag depicting the image of Marielle Franco at Rio carnival. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty
She said she did not realise what had happened until she heard the police say “Two shot dead and one survivor”.
Since her murder, Franco has become a symbolic figure for Brazilian women. Last week, people used the city’s annual carnival to demand answers in the case.
Rio’s most famous samba school, Mangueira, paid tribute to the murdered politician with a sequinned show of song, dance and dissent. Partygoers streamed down Rio’s Sambadrome waving green and pink flags emblazoned with Franco’s image and placards reading “Justice for Marielle”.
After the prosecutors’ press conference, Franco’s family paid tearful tribute to her legacy. “Marielle started a movement, a worldwide movement,” said her sister, Anielle. “They didn’t silence Marielle – on the contrary, they started a gigantic noise.”
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