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Singapore: Two Convicted Drug Traffickers Executed

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Two convicted drug traffickers were executed at Changi Prison Complex on Friday (Nov 18), said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). They had made eleventh-hour appeals which were thrown out by the apex court.

The two men were 31-year-old Malaysian national Devendran A/L Supramaniam and 38-year-old Nigerian national Chijioke Stephen Obioha.

Devendran was convicted of importing 83.36g of diamorphine into Singapore and sentenced to death on July 29, 2014. The Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine, or pure heroin, imported is 15g or more.

His appeal against conviction and sentence was dismissed by the Court of Appeal last year on May 5. On Thursday, Devendran’s counsel filed two criminal motions in court for a stay of execution and to re-open his appeal. The criminal motions were heard and dismissed by the Court of Appeal on the same day.

Obioha was convicted of trafficking in 2.6kg of cannabis and sentenced to death on Dec 30, 2008. The MDA provides for the death penalty if the amount of cannabis trafficked is 500g or more.

Obioha’s counsel filed a criminal motion in court on Wednesday for a stay of execution and to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment. The criminal motion was heard and dismissed by the Court of Appeal on Thursday.

Kentucky: LMPD Seizes 100 Pounds Of Marijuana From Residence

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

A Louisville, Kentucky man faces drug trafficking charges after police seized 100 pounds of marijuana from his home.

Court records show police also found cultivation equipment, while serving a search warrant in the 4100 block of Landside Dr., according to an arrest citation released Thursday.

In addition to the 100 pounds of pot and the cultivation equipment, officers found 87 pot plants, drug paraphernalia, and currency in the basement, according to the citation.

Jason Tornay, 36, owner of the home, was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana (five plants or more), traffic in marijuana (more than five pounds), and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, court records show.

Tornay was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, court records show.

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Georgia: 46 Correctional Officers Charged For Drug Trafficking

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The FBI arrested 46 current and former corrections officers in an early Thursday sting at nine prisons around Georgia as a result of a two-year undercover operation.

The indictments showed "staggering corruption within Georgia Department of Corrections institutions," said John Horn, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, report Pamela Brown and MaryLynn Ryan at CNN.

Among the arrestees were five members of a super-elite squad intended to bust up drug dealing in prison -- who were, you guessed it, dealing drugs in prison -- called the Cobra unit. Two civilians and one inmate were also rounded up in the bust.

Officers were charged with using their badges to facilitate drug deals both inside and outside the prison walls. The trafficking included multiple kilos of cocaine and methamphetamine in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribe money.

Prison guards and staff were smuggling contraband including liquor, tobacco and cell phones into the cell blocks for money. Inmates used the illegal cell phones they acquired to commit wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

"It makes a huge challenge for law enforcement," said Britt Johnson, special agent in charge of the Atlanta FBI office. "After you chase down, arrest and prosecute criminals and put them away for life, and they continue to direct crime on the streets from their jail cells."

Mexico: Drug Trafficker 'El Chapo' Is Folk Hero No. 1

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In Sinaloa State, Mexico, where Joaquín Guzmán Loera -- better known as El Chapo -- was born, the notorious drug trafficker's spectacular escape through a hidden tunnel under what was supposed to be the most secure prison in Mexico has enhanced his status as an outlaw folk hero.

American officials claim Guzmán has contributed to "the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence and corruption," yet for many Mexicans, he is a combination of Robin Hood and billionaire, report William Neuman and Azam Ahmed for The New York Times.

El Chapo fought the law, and unlike the Bobby Fuller Four, he won. He beat what many Mexicans view as a corrupt ruling class, and Mexico -- just like America -- loves an outlaw.

“Why do people admire him?” said Adrián Cabrera, a blogger in Culiacán wearing a black T-shirt with a picture of El Chapo. “Because he’s a living legend. He’s like Al Capone. He’s like Lucky Luciano. Like Tony Soprano. Like Scarface. He’s like a character on a television show, except that he’s alive, he’s real.”

Saudi Arabia: Four Men Beheaded For Smuggling Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Four men have been beheaded by sword after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into Saudri Arabia, the interior ministry announced on Monday.

The government-run SPA news organization identified the Saudi men as two sets of brothers, Hadi and Awad al-Motleq, and Mufarraj and Ali al-Yami, reports Malta Today.

The four men were beheaded at Najran, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia, after they were found guilty of smuggling "a large quantity of hashish" into the country. The government didn't say when the executions took place.

The four beheadings raised to 32 the number of executions announced so far this year in Saudi Arabia, according to the AFP news agency. Amnesty International denounced what it called a "disturbing surge" in executions there.

"The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions," Amnesty said, adding that the executions of the two sets of brothers occurred "reportedly on the basis of forced confessions extracted through torture."

The latest executions "bring the number of state killings in Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks to 17 -- a rate of more than one execution per day," the organization said.

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