Three Top Stories from Home and Away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Tug Boat Charlie
International law enforcement officials seized an estimated $260 million worth of 165 individual cocaine packages aboard a tug boat between Portugal’s Madeira and Azores islands.
The drugs, according to BBC Europe, weigh in at 23kg per package – a total of 3.7 tons – and were found concealed beneath a Comoros-flagged vessel’s cooking area after Spanish officials received intelligence from the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).
It is not clear where the drugs were being taken to, and the tug has been towed to the Spanish port of Cádiz.
NATIONWIDE – Ganja Game
Mainstream marijuana looks to receive a huge U.S. boost. Recreational marijuana sales will launch in three states next year, including California.
THC products are already for sale in five states, but the addition of a legal retail marijuana market in California, with its massive economy and population, will dramatically change the recreational-meets-retail landscape.
CNN reports the move to not only require stockpiling marijuana, but negotiating hurdles on the state and local level for licensing, zoning, taxation and other issues. California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Late Call
Police at Ketchikan, AK, responding to what callers described as a man asleep or passed out near a sidewalk, arrived to discover, 55-yr. old Richard Branda, the victim of recent homicide, reports KTUU News.
Officers received a call later the same day from a man confessing the murder, and 42-yr. old Joshua Bliss now faces charges for the killing yet, despite the rapid case proceedings, police report an estimated 12 hours to have passed before public notice finally led to a police check of Branda’s body.