3 Top Stories from Home and Away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Coca and the Cup
In Argentina, so-called ‘Merchants of Death’ gang members were found to have hidden cocaine and contraband inside replica World Cup trophies in an attempt to smuggle the drugs around the country, reports Sky News.
Police seized eight trophies containing 10kg of the white powder, 20kg of marijuana, 1,800 doses of crack cocaine and 400,000 ARG pesos during a raid in Buenos Aires.
The gang is believed to operate from several locations around the capital city. Four men and two women are under arrest at this time.
NATIONWIDE – Access Denied
U.S. Border Patrol is accused of having arrested and detained a jogger within an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash. for what’s being described as an unintentional illegal entry into the US.
Visiting her mother from France, Cedella Roman, 19, went jogging last month just south of White Rock, British Columbia and mistakenly ran to Blaine, Wash., reports CNN.
Roman claims to have stopped to take a picture when she was detained by two US Border Patrol officers.
Roman’s mother, Christiane Ferne, who visited her daughter several times while she was detained, called the detention unfair because she says there are no signs warning pedestrians of the international border.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Behind the Bars
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation seek public assistance in locating an Anchorage defense attorney accused of conspiring to smuggle drugs into the Anchorage jail.
Anchorage Daily News reports additional charges recently filed against defense attorney Kit Lee Karjala, 55, and her client, 34-year-old Brandon Miller, also known as “Mellow.” Each faced only two prior charges related to the alleged drug conspiracy. Now, Karjala and Miller each face 15 and 14 charges, respectively.
The charges, filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, include drug conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and providing contraband in prison.