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RTw  05/10/94      SINGER WILLIE NELSON ARRESTED ON MARIJUANA CHARGE

    WACO, Texas, May 10 (Reuter) - Country singer Willie Nelson was arrested in
central Texas on a marijuana possession charge Tuesday after he was found
napping in a car, police said.
     Nelson was found asleep in the back seat of a car parked along a service
road off Interstate 35 in Hewitt, a suburb of Waco, police said. When police
tapped on the window and asked for identification, he produced a driver's
license, said Sergeant Mike Cooper of the Hewitt police department.
     What appeared to be a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette was in the car's
ashtray and Nelson was put under arrest for possession of the drug, police said.
At that time, Nelson told police there was more marijuana in the front of the
 car, said Lieutenant Wilbert Wachtendorf, Hewitt police spokesman.
     Police found a clear plastic bag containing what is beleived to be
marijuana, police said. Nelson was taken to the McLennan County jail in Waco and
charged with possession of under two ounces of marijuana.
     Police said Nelson told arresting officers he was on his way to his home
near Austin, Texas, when he stopped for a nap. Nelson posted bond and left
within hours of his arrest.
     The singer is known for such hits as "You Were Always On My Mind," and "On
The Road Again."
  REUTER


RTw  05/11/94      DRUG USE IN U.S. ON RISE, GOVERNMENT SAYS

(Eds: Recasts, adds details)
     By Jim Wolf
     WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuter) - Drug abuse in the United States is on the
rise despite more than $52 billion in drug-related federal spending over the
past five years, the top U.S. anti-narcotics official said Wednesday.
     Lee Brown, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said he was
very disturbed by the latest survey of national trends, which showed steady or
increased use of heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
     "We have a very, very serious drug problem in this country and it's not
getting any better," he told a news conference. "That's the bottom line."
      Brown released a survey of street-level drug trends called "Pulse Check,"
completed in March. Based on interviews with police, care providers and others
in touch with the problem, it reported growing use of increasingly pure heroin
in the Southwest, West and parts of the South.
     The survey also found a nationwide rise in marijuana consumption and a
trend toward simultaneous use of two or more drugs to heighten their effect.
Brown said a decade-long decline in drug use among young people had ended and
was on its way back up.
     "We can't continue to glamorize drugs and violence and think that that will
not have an effect on the children," Brown said.
     He estimated that 11.4 million Americans, about four percent of the
population, use drugs on a regular basis, defined as once a month.
      About 2.7 million of these are chronic abusers indulging at least once a
week, including about 2.1 million cocaine abusers and 600,000 heroin addicts.
     The survey supported other recent findings that the stigma of heroin use
was fading as it becomes increasingly trendy among certain artists and
performers.
     One reason for this may be that the elevated potency of heroin now
available on the streets. This makes it possible to get high by snorting or
smoking the drug rather than injecting it, Brown said.
     In the past, the needle scared off many would-be users, a fear reinforced
by the AIDS epidemic.
     Reports from New York show that heroin inhalation has become the "in thing"
in the nightclub drug scene "and dealers are specifically targeting that
 market," the survey said.
     It quoted New York and New Jersey sources as reporting that the current
strength of heroin is as high as 40 percent pure, or 10 times as potent as a
decade ago. At the same time, prices remain constant at street level, the survey
said.
     Brown touted the Clinton administration drug-control strategy, which shifts
more resources toward rehabilitating hardcore drug users while mounting more
selective and flexible drug interdiction efforts.
     Clinton has requested a record $13.2 billion to implement his blueprint in
the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1. That is $1 billion more than
last year.
     The federal government has spent more than $52 billion on drug-related
 efforts since the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 mandated measurable goals be
spelled out in each annual anti-narcotics blueprint.
     The U.S. effort, which used to be known as the national war on drugs, has
brought down the number of casual drug users sharply.
     But "hard-core abuse continues unabated, drug-related crime and violence
have not dropped significantly, and recent studies indicate that our young are
returning to drug use," the executive summary of the 1994 national drug strategy
said.
  REUTER


APn  05/11/94      Helpful Jurors

   BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- First, jurors acquitted a woman of drug charges. Then,
they passed the hat to collect $55 to pay her bus fare home to Texas.
   Elizabeth Ann Recio, 38, was acquitted last week on a charge of possession of
marijuana with intent to deliver.
   In addition to the bus fare collection, one juror offered to take her home
for the night before she started back to Falfurrias, in southern Texas.
   "It's the most remarkable experience of my life, as far as courtroom
proceedings," her attorney, Michael Crosby, said Tuesday.
    Recio was arrested Oct. 29 after police searched the van she was driving to
Florida and found about 150 pounds of marijuana in a hidden compartment. Recio
said she was driving the van as a favor for a friend and did not know it
contained marijuana.
   She also said she had been in jail since her arrest and that she was
humiliated by having to show up in court in an ill-fitting dress that another
inmate had left behind.


RTw  05/11/94       THAI POLITICIAN IN DRUG SCANDAL FACES EXPULSION

    BANGKOK, May 11 (Reuter) - A Thai politician indicted by the United States
for alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling operation
is facing expulsion from his party, a party official said on Wednesday.
     Thanong Siripreechapong, a member of parliament from the opposition Chart
Thai (Thai Nation) party, is likely to be expelled on the grounds he damaged the
reputation of the party and the country, senior party official Burin Hiranburana
said.
     U.S. authorities on Tuesday revealed the contents of a previously secret
indictment against Thanong, accusing him of smuggling tonnes of marijuana to the
United States.
      "Things have become clearer since the U.S. court revealed the indictment,"
Burin said. "Party regulations are to oust him if he is judged to be guilty of
wrong-doing."
     Burin is leading a five-person committee appointed by the Chart Thai party
to investigate the drug-smuggling allegations against Thanong.
     Thanong, who last week denied the accusations, was not available for
comment on Wednesday.
     "According to our party regulations one who causes damage to the reputation
of the party will be expelled. In Thanong's case it is more serious because he
has damaged the reputation of the country as well," Burin said.
     Party members found guilty of criminal offences also face expulsion, he
said.
      "I think the party will take action as soon as possible," he said.
     Under the Thai constitution any member of parliament who loses his party
membership automatically loses his parliamentary seat.
     In San Francisco, U.S. attorney Andrew Scoble told reporters on Tuesday he
expected the United States to seek Thanong's extradition.
     An affidavit in support of a prosecutor's request to seize property
belonging to Thanong in California, made public last week, gave details of his
alleged drug-trafficking activities.
     U.S. authorities alleged Thanong was involved in the smuggling of more than
45 tonnes of marijuana into the United States between 1977 and 1987, earning him
more than $10 million.
     Last week the U.S. embassy here revealed that U.S. authorities had in
 January last year seized a Los Angeles home and a Mercedes-Benz car belonging to
Thanong.
  REUTER


RTw  05/12/94       U.S. OFFERS TO ASSIST THAI POLITICIAN'S TRAVEL

    BANGKOK, May 12 (Reuter) - The U.S. embassy on Thursday offered to help a
Thai politician, indicted by the United States for alleged involvement in a
multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling operation, travel to the United States.
     U.S. authorities on Tuesday revealed the contents of a previously secret
indictment against Thanong Siripreechapong, a member of parliament from the
opposition Chart Thai (Thai Nation) party, accusing him of smuggling tons of
marijuana into the United States.
     Thanong had earlier told reporters he was innocent of all charges and
wanted to travel to the United States to clear his name.
     "The United States notes Mr Thanong's recent statement that he is willing
 to travel to the United States," the embassy said in a statement.
     "The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is prepared to facilitate Mr Thanong's travel
to the United States at the earliest possible date," it said.
     Thanong was not avaiable for comment on the offer.
     U.S. federal prosecutor Andrew Scoble told reporters in San Francisco on
Tuesday that he expected the United States will seek Thanong's extradition.
     An affidavit in support of a prosecutor's request to seize property
belonging to Thanong in California, made public last week, gave details of his
alleged drug-trafficking activities.
     U.S. authorities alleged Thanong was involved in the smuggling of more than
45 tonnes of marijuana into the United States between 1977 and 1987, earning him
more than $10 million.
      Last week the U.S. embassy revealed that U.S. authorities had in January
last year seized a Los Angeles home and a Mercedes Benz car belonging to
Thanong.
  REUTER


RTw  05/12/94       MOROCCO SEIZES MORE THAN A TONNE OF HASHISH

    RABAT, May 12 (Reuter) - Moroccan police seized more than a tonne of hashish
hidden under a consignment of potatoes in a Spanish truck in Tangier, lawyers
said on Thursday.
     Truck owner Vincent Vidal Francisco, a Spaniard, was arrested and charged
with drug trafficking after the 1,200 kgs (2,640 pounds) of cannabis resin was
found in the truck loaded with potatoes, the sources added.
     In 1993, an estimated 130 tonnes of hashish and cannabis resin were seized
and about 300 foreigners implicated in drug smuggling were arrested in Morocco,
officials said.
     The ports of Tangier and Casablanca have been the main exits for hashish
 products produced in the Rif mountain area of northern Morocco.
  REUTER


RTw  05/12/94      THAI POT SMUGGLED TO POLAND ENDS UP BACK IN BANGKOK

    BANGKOK, May 12 (Reuter) - More than five tonnes of marijuana smuggled from
Thailand to Poland last year was found in a Bangkok warehouse after it was
shipped back from Poland when it was not claimed, customs officials said on
Thursday.
     The drugs, hidden in a consignment of dog food, was left in storage at a
Polish port for seven months before authorities there, unaware of the real
contents, decided it would never be claimed and shipped it back to Thailand.
     Thai authorities are looking for the owner of the abandoned shipment.
  REUTER



APn  05/12/94      Rodham Qualifies

   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Hugh Rodham qualified as a Democratic candidate for
the U.S. Senate on Thursday and declined a challenge to say whether he has used
illegal drugs.
   Rodham, a former Dade County assistant public defender and younger brother of
Hillary Rodham Clinton, hopes to win the nomination in the Sept. 6 primary to
challenge first-term Republican Sen. Connie Mack III.
   Ellis Rubin, another Democratic hopeful, filed qualifying papers Tuesday and
handed out copies of a sworn statement saying he has never knowingly used
 controlled substances. Rubin, a Miami lawyer, challenged other candidates to
sign similar statements.
   Mack, who qualified by mail Monday, admitted during his 1988 campaign that he
had experimented with marijuana in the past.
   "When he asks me, we'll take that question up at the time," Rodham said at a
news conference when asked about Rubin's challenge. He also declined to
criticize the drug statement tactic.
   Other Senate candidates who have qualified are Democrat Arturo Perez, a
Winter Haven physician, and Green Party member Johnny Ardis of Pensacola.



UPce 05/13/94      Senior citizen jailed for pot growing

   MUNISING, Mich., May 13 (UPI) -- A 65-year-old Grand Marais man was being
held in the Alger County jail Friday for operating what one state trooper called
"the most sophisticated marijuana growing operation I've ever seen."
   The man was discovered preparing to plant pot in more than 100 spots near the
Fox River in the Grand Sable State Forest, police said.
   The man's name was being withheld pending arraignment next week. He does not
have a criminal record, police said, but faces up to four years in jail if
convicted on the felony charge of manufacturing marijuana.
   State conservation officer Jim Rubin stumbled on the operation Thursday while
checking a trout stream. The suspect was using a gasoline pump to divert river
 water into a 2,600-gallon plywood reservoir camouflaged with a tarp, police
said.
   State Police Sgt. Michael Loyd said the reservoir, nestled among pine trees,
would have been impossible to see from the air. Near the reservoir was material
for building electric fences and more than 100 isolated spots where soil had
been turned.
   Rubin and State Police Trooper Donald Tillery questioned the man.
   "He told me he was about to plant marijuana and some squash," Tillery said.
"This was the most sophisticated marijuana-growing operation I've ever seen."
   The man admitted to Rubin and Tillery he planned to grow pot. But because
there was no marijuana on site they could not arrest him on drug charges, and he
was released.
    Police then got a warrant to search the man's Grand Marais home. Loyd said
they found 43 young marijuana plants and evidence that others had been burned in
the suspect's back yard. He was then arrested.
   The man's land, home, two vehicles and cash could be confiscated if he is
found guilty of using those items to manufacture drugs.


circa  05/13/94      [untitled - Singapore Hangs 6 for Drugs]

     SINGAPORE - Six Malaysian men convicted for drug trafficking were hanged at
Singapore's high security Changi prison, the Central Narcotics Bureau said. In
Singapore, the death sentence is mandatory for anyone found guilty of
trafficking in more than 15 grams (half an ounce) of heroin, 30 grams (1 oz) of
morphine or 500 grams (18 oz) of cannabis.
     - - - -


RTna 05/13/94       SINGAPORE HANGS SIX MALAYSIAN DRUG TRAFFICKERS

    SINGAPORE (Reuter) - Six Malaysian men convicted for drug trafficking were
hanged at Singapore's high security Changi prison Friday, Singapore's Central
Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said.
     Hanafiah Bin Bedullah, 26, was arrested in December 1990 aboard a railbus
at a train station here after he was caught carrying 5.51 pounds of cannabis.
     Customs officials arrested Mat Repin Bin Mamat, 40, in October 1991 at a
border checkpost as he was driving by scooter from Malaysia. They found 2.20
pounds of cannabis concealed beneath the scooter's gasoline tank.
     Lai Kam Loy, 27, was arrested while attempting to deliver 6.95 ounces of
heroin to an undercover narcotics officer in May 1991. Three other Malaysians,
 Tee Seh Ping, 26, Yeo Choon Chau, 23, and Yeo Choon Poh, 26, were charged for
abetting Lai in trafficking the heroin.
     The court of criminal appeal, the highest court in Singapore, rejected
appeals by all six men.
      Under Singapore's strict anti-drugs laws, the death sentence is mandatory
for anyone found guilty of trafficking in more than half an ounce of heroin, one
ounce of morphine or 18 ounces of cannabis.
     Including the latest executions on Friday, Singapore has hanged 59 people
for drug trafficking since 1975 when its tough anti-drug laws were introduced.
     REUTER



RTw  05/14/94     STRONGER BRITISH DRUG LAW FACES MANY CRITICS

    By Paul Harris
     LONDON, May 15 (Reuter) - Sixties rock stars were renowned for smoking it.
American President Bill Clinton tried it and famously didn't inhale. But a new
British drug law aims to crack down on the icon of hippy culture -- cannabis.
     An amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill, currently before parliament and
expected to become law in July, will increase the maximum fine for possessing
the drug to 2,500 pounds  ($3,700). The fivefold rise is the first for 17 years.
     But the move against cannabis use has met unexpected opposition from police
and magistrates, who will implement it.
     "We don't think it will be particularly effective. There is a danger it
 could lead to more crime as users may commit crimes to pay for their fines,"
said Fran Edwards, spokeswoman for the Police Federation, which represents
police in England and Wales.
     Increasingly British police have simply cautioned people possessing small
amounts of drugs for personal use. In 1992, 51 percent of drugs offences were
dealt with in this way, compared with two percent in 1982 and the trend has been
towards lenience.
     Guidelines to magistrates suggest a fine of 180 pounds ($270) for
possession against a present maximum of 500 pounds ($750). Rosemary Thomson,
chairwoman of the Magistrates' Association, is dismissive of higher fines.
     "It's utter rubbish, so far out of synch with the seriousness of the
offence,"  she said.
      "It is not on our agenda," said Thomson when asked if the new law would
cause Magistrates' Association guidelines on fines to go up.
     The attitude of the magistrates and police may make the increased fines
pointless. Police will still caution most cases and magistrates will keep their
old guidelines.
     Ironically the drive to discourage the use of cannabis has instead opened a
debate about its legalisation.
     Mike Goodman, director of the drugs welfare charity Release, said it had
done people who want to legalise cannabis "a real favour."
     "Most people involved in the field find cannabis non-problematic. It gets a
clean bill of health compared to heavier drugs," he added.
     Not everyone agrees. Conservative member of parliament Tim Rathbone,
 chairman of a parliamentary committee on drug abuse, told Reuters: "It is very
dangerous for the people who use it. It can damage their brains and their
bodies."
     Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in Britain. A recent survey
said that nearly a third of 14 and 15 year-olds had used it. Some experts call
for the complete legalisation of all illicit substances.
     Richard Stevenson, an economist at Liverpool University, wrote a paper
called "Winning the War on Drugs -- To Legalise Or Not?" for the Institute of
Economic Affairs, a right-wing think tank.
     Stevenson believes that all drugs should be legalised, marketed and
regulated so that they can be controlled.
     "I am prepared to argue that drugs should be as legal as beer. They could
 be available from chemists clearly labelled and unquestionably with a government
health warning," he said.
     But easy availability could increase the number of users. The idea of
buying heroin as easily as a bottle of wine angers Rathbone. He said that
society's experience of alcohol abuse did not recommend making heroin equally
obtainable.
     "Ready availability has already made alcohol by far the greatest drug
threat. More crimes are committed, more families are split and more work days
lost through alcohol," he said.
     Rathbone's views are shared by Steven Green, chairman of the Conservative
Family Campaign, a Christian lobbying group.
     Green does not see cannabis as harmless and believes users will move on to
 "harder' drugs like heroin and crack-cocaine.
     "The link between hard and soft drugs is pretty much established," he said.
     He welcomed the higher cannabis fines as a "signal that the government is
not going soft on drugs."
     The ruling Conservative Party has little intention of reversing its tougher
policy. But opposition Labour politician Tony Banks has called for the setting
up of a Royal Commission to debate Britain's drug laws.
     "A Royal Commission should look at the whole issue of legalising or
decriminalising soft drugs and hard drugs," he said. But others oppose the idea.
     "It would serve no purpose. All the facts are already public that prove
drugs are harmful and shouldn't be legalised," said Rathbone.
     Banks admits a Royal Commission could be a long way off. But he believes
 British drug laws will change within the next 10 years. "It may be the triumph
of hope over experience but at least I'm trying," he said.
  REUTER



dpa  05/15/94     Festnahmen bei verbotenem Haschisch-Happening - Einer hatte 436 Gramm
                          dabei: "Das geht ja wohl ueber den Eigengebrauch deutlich hinaus" 

    Darmstadt/Bonn (dpa) - Rund zwei Wochen nach dem spektakulaeren
Haschisch-Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts sind 51 "Kiffer" auf dem Weg zu
einem verbotenen "Haschisch-Wochenende" in Darmstadt festgenommen worden. Bei
ihnen wurden am Samstag insgesamt rund 650 Gramm Hasch und Marihuana gefunden,
so das Polizeipraesidium.

     Bis zu 1 000 Cannabis-Anhaenger hatten die suedhessische Stadt bevoelkert
und dort nach einem Veranstaltungsort gesucht. Viele reisten aus anderen Teilen
des Bundesgebietes an, verliessen Darmstadt aber im Laufe der Nacht. "Am Sonntag
sind nur noch etwa 150 Leute uebriggeblieben", so ein Polizeisprecher.

    Urspruenglich hatten zwei Initiativen rund 10 000 Teilnehmer erwartet.
Geplant waren Ausstellungen, Diskussionen und Vortraege und rund um die
Hanf-Pflanze. Die Stadt hatte das Treffen untersagt.

    Vier der Festgenommenen wurden bis zum Sonntag nicht wieder auf freien Fuss
gesetzt. In drei Faellen habe ein Haftbefehl wegen Koerperverletzung oder
Drogendelikten vorgelegen. Ein 38jaehriger Darmstaedter sollte dem Haftrichter
 vorgefuehrt werden, nachdem bei ihm 436 Gramm Haschisch sichergestellt wurden.
"Das geht ja wohl ueber den Eigengebrauch deutlich hinaus", sagte der
Polizeisprecher.

    Trotz des Verbots hatte die Polizei mit zahlreichen Haschisch-Fans gerechnet
und an Einfallstrassen fuenf Kontrollpunkte errichtet. Dort kam es zu langen
Staus. Beschlagnahmt wurden ausser den Drogen auch  drei Cannabis-Pflanzen, etwa
30 Pfeifen, sechs Schreckschusswaffen, mehr als zehn Messer, Schlagstoecke und
Traenengas.

    Das Verfassungsgericht hatte Haschischbesitz zwar nicht erlaubt. Kuenftig
bleibt es aber der Staatsanwaltschaft bei kleinen Mengen ueberlassen, ob sie
 einen "Kiffer" verfolgen will. Allerdings haben sich die Laender noch nicht
darauf geeinigt, was als kleine Menge zu gelten hat, wie Justizministerin Sabine
Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) in einem Interview der "Frankfurter
Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung" erneut klarstellte. Auf "harte" Drogen beziehe sich
das Urteil auf keinen Fall.

    Das sieht das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen anders. In eigenen Richtlinien hatte
Justizminister Rolf Krumsiek (SPD) am Freitag "geringe Mengen zum
Eigenverbrauch" mit zehn Gramm Haschisch oder Marihuana sowie jeweils einem
halben Gramm Heroin, Kokain oder Amphetamine definiert. Bei Funden, die unter
diesen Mengen liegen, koennen die Staatsanwaltschaften Strafverfahren
einstellen. In Schleswig-Holstein gelten 30 Gramm Haschisch als kleine Menge,
 waehrend in Brandenburg die Grenze auf 0,5 Gramm festgesetzt ist.  dpa kf/doe re



dpa  05/16/94      Koalition beschaeftigt sich mit Karlsruher "Haschisch-Urteil" -
                           Lintner: NRW-Beschluss unverantwortlich 

Bonn (dpa) - Die Koalitionsrunde wird sich an diesem Dienstag mit dem
Beschluss des Bundesverfassungsgerichts befassen, den Besitz geringer Mengen von
Haschisch zwar nicht zu erlauben, den Staatsanwaltschaften aber die
Strafverfolgung freizustellen. Das wurde am Montag in Bonn zuverlaessig bekannt.
Bei dem Gespraech zwischen CDU/CSU und FDP soll versucht werden, eine gemeinsame
Sprachregelung der Koalition zu finden. 
 
    Waehrenddessen kritisierte der Drogenbeauftragte der Bundesregierung,
Innenstaatssekretaer Eduard Lintner (CSU) die Entscheidung des
nordrhein-westfaelischen Justizministers Rolf Krumsieck (SPD) scharf, auch den
Besitz kleinerer Mengen harter Drogen zu tolerieren. Lintner sagte in einem
dpa-Gespraech, er halte die von Krumsieck vorgeschlagene Praxis, den Besitz von
0,5 Gramm Heroin, Kokain oder Amphetaminen nicht mehr unter Strafe zu stellen,
"fuer einen schlimmen und unverantwortlichen Missbrauch des Beschlusses des
Bundesverfassungsgerichts". 

    "Das Verfassungsgericht beschraenkt seinen Beschluss ausdruecklich und
wirklich ausdruecklich nur auf Cannabis" und koenne deshalb fuer harte Drogen
 nicht in Anspruch genommen werden, sagte Lintner. "Von einem Justizminister
erwartet man eigentlich, dass er das respektiert und zur Kenntnis nimmt, wenn er
es nicht tut, so muss er an Recht und Gesetz gemahnt werden" - so der
Drogenbeauftragte. 

    Die Krumsieck-Entscheidung war zuvor von mehreren Politikern aller grossen
Parteien scharf verurteilt worden. Nach Auffassung des Parlamentarischen
Geschaeftsfuehrers der Unionsfraktion, Juergen Ruettgers, macht sich der Staat
damit "mittelbar zum Dealer". Der Hartmann-Bund, die Vereinigung der
niedergelassenen Aerzte, nannte den NRW-Beschluss einen "verhaengnisvollen
Schritt in Richtung auf eine totale Freigabe".  dpa rt uh kb  



APn  05/17/94     Capriati Arrested

By NICOLE WINFIELD
 Associated Press Writer
   CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- As a precocious 14-year-old, Jennifer Capriati
gave the veterans of tennis all kinds of trouble. Now, at 18, Capriati is the
one finding trouble.
   The tennis star was arrested Monday on marijuana possession charges after
police looking for a runaway searched her $50-a-night motel room.
   Capriati was released and an arraignment date will be set within five days,
 said Mort Lucoff, a spokesman for Dade County courts. If convicted of the
misdemeanor, she will probably have only to submit to counseling, he said.
   Her arrest came five months after she was cited by Tampa police for allegedly
shoplifting a $15 ring from a mall.
   Capriati could not be reached for comment. Her lawyer, John Ross, did not
immediately return a call to his office. His home number is unlisted. Barbara
Perry, Capriati's agent, had no immediate comment.
   Her younger brother, Steven, who said he spoke to Capriati by telephone, told
The New York Times she "was crying a little bit, but was OK."
   Police went to the Gables Inn after receiving an anonymous tip that a
17-year-old runaway girl was in Capriati's room, police said. Capriati let
detectives search the room, and marijuana was found in her knapsack, police
 said.
   While police were conducting the search, the runaway and 19-year-old Tom
Wineland of Key Biscayne drove up in Capriati's sports car, and they, too, were
charged with drug offenses, Sgt. Mitch Fry said.
   The runaway was charged with possession of heroin and released to her
parents. Wineland was charged with possession of suspected crack and drug
paraphernalia and was jailed on $6,000 bail.
   Fry said he didn't know how the three knew one another.
   Capriati had recently been living in Boca Raton with friends after moving out
of her parents' home near Tampa. She told Sports Illustrated she was "chillin',
just having fun," and taking SAT preparation classes at Florida Atlantic
University.
    Capriati turned pro at 13 and won her first pro tournament a year later.
   In 1990, at 15, she became the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon.
She reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 1991 and has a career record of 149-45.
   She has won more than $1.5 million as a professional.
   Capriati has not played tennis since losing in the first round of the U.S.
Open last August. She left the tour because of an injured elbow. In January, she
said she wouldn't return to playing until after her high school graduation in
June.
   She later began talking about the importance of having a life outside tennis.
   In December, Capriati was acccused of shoplifting in Tampa. Her agent said
she had absent-mindedly wandering off with a silver ring. The matter was settled
without penalty; she was a juvenile at the time.


UPse 05/17/94       Germany rejects drug decriminalization

   BONN, May 17 (UPI) -- The German government said Tuesday it is preparing to
tighten federal drug laws to prevent North Rhine-Westphalia state from
decriminalizing cocaine and heroin.
   The Bonn government says North Rhine-Westphalia's justice minister, Rolf
Krumsiek, has wrongly extended a recent court ruling decriminalizing the
possession of small amounts of some drugs to also include heroin and cocaine.
   Krumsiek has chosen "the wrong way," said Eduard Lintner, a federal
government narcotics specialist.
   Germany's Federal Constitutional Court -- the country's highest court --
ruled on April 28 that the purchase and possession of small quantities of some
 drugs for personal use should be exempt from prosecution.
   The court's judges emphasized the ruling applied only to cannabis- based
products, such as hashish, and did not amount to full legalization. The court
called on Germany's 16 federal states to carry out a uniform implementation of
the ruling.
   But Social Democratic-run North Rhine-Westphalia subsequently announced it
would decriminalize possession of up to one-half of a gram of cocaine and
heroin.
   Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democratic-led coalition government
strongly condemned the move and vowed to get it reversed.
   However, Germany's decentralized federal system allows individual states a
certain amount of autonomy in implementing and policing drug laws.
    In addition, legal experts say the decision to decriminalize "soft drugs" is
highly confusing because Germany's present narcotics laws do not presently
distinguish between "hard" and "soft" drugs.
   The Kohl government Tuesday established a working group, including federal
interior, justice and health ministers, which is charged with drafting an
ammendment to tighten the present vaguely-worded federal drug laws.



RTw  05/18/94      ROMANIA POLICE CLAIM INROADS INTO DRUG SMUGGLING

    BUCHAREST, May 18 (Reuter) - Romanian police said on Wednesday they had
listed record successes against drugs smuggling, which had become a crime
battlefield since the 1989 collapse of Communist rule.
     Interior ministry official Major Cristian Timofte said that in the past few
years Romania has become a major staging point for drugs -- mainly cannabis --
on the Balkan route towards rich markets in north and west Europe.
     "There are no laboratories to process drugs and there is no market for
drugs in Romania, where drug addicts are virtually non-existent," he told
Reuters.
     But police had seized 11.4 tonnes of cannabis in 1993, compared to 30 kg
 (65 lb) the previous year and 35 kg (75 lb) in 1991.
     This week police also announced their biggest hard-drugs haul -- 112 kg
(245 lb) of pure heroin.
     They captured it in what police chief General Ion Pitulescu described as a
"blow to the Balkan connection."
     Police said they dismantled a bus carrying tourists from Turkey to Germany
through Romania and found the heroin packed in small bags hidden in the body of
the vehicle.
     They said they were still trying to trace the mastermind of the drugs
operation, who was believed to be hiding in Spain.
  REUTER


RTw  05/18/94       MORE THAI POLITICIANS FACE U.S. DRUG SUSPICION

 (Eds: adds opposition parties walk out of parliament)
     BANGKOK, May 18 (Reuter) - The United States suspects 17 Thai politicians,
including several members of parliament, are involved in the narcotics business,
Thai government officials said on Wednesday.
     Foreign Minister Prasong Soonsiri informed government colleagues of the
U.S. suspicions during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, an official said.
     Opposition members of parliament, alleging the government had political
motives for revealing the suspicions, walked out of the House in protest on
Wednesday after demanding Prasong identify those under suspicion.
     The only politician identified by name so far was Mongkol Chongsuthamanee,
 a member of the opposition Chart Pattana (National Development) party from the
northern province of Chiang Rai. Prasong said on Wednesday Mongkol had been
denied an entry visa by the United States.
     Prasong said he did not know the reason for the visa refusal last March and
refused to elaborate on the U.S. suspicions.
      The U.S. embassy declined comment on the matter and Mongkol was not
available for comment.
     U.S. authorities last week revealed the contents of an indictment against
another member of parliament, Thanong Siripreechapong of the opposition Chart
Thai (Thai Nation) party, accusing him of smuggling more than 45 tonnes of
marijuana to the United States between 1977 and 1987.
     One government official said some of the 17 suspects were provincial and
 district-level politicians.
     Three of the 17, including Mongkol, have been denied permission to travel
to the United States by authorities, according to newspaper reports.
     Mongkol is known to be an associate and former aide of veteran politician
Narong Wongwan, who withdrew as a prime ministerial nominee in 1992 when U.S.
authorities revealed he had been denied a U.S. entry visa on suspicion of
involvement in narcotics trafficking.
     Earlier this month the U.S. embassy said authorities seized a Los Angeles
home and Mercedes Benz car last year belonging to Thanong.
     An affidavit in support of a prosecutor's request to seize property
belonging to Thanong in California, made public last week, alleged Thanong
earned more than $10 million by smuggling marijuana into the United States.
      Thanong told reporters he was innocent of all charges and wanted to travel
to the United States to clear his name.
  REUTER


APn  05/18/94      Germany-Drugs

By LARRY THORSON
 Associated Press Writer
   BERLIN (AP) -- The government spoke out sharply for keeping hard drugs
illegal after Germany's most populous state said people should not be prosecuted
for possessing small amounts of heroin, cocaine and amphetamine.
   Germany's drug policy has been in question since April 28, when its highest
court ruled that people should not be prosecuted for possessing small amounts of
marijuana and hashish for personal use.
    The Constitutional Court did not define "small amount," saying that was up to
the 16 states.
   The debate moved from "soft drugs" to a new level over the weekend when the
justice minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state said he would extend the ruling
to harder drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamine.
   The minister, Rolf Krumsiek, said the state would no longer arrest people
found in possession of up to 10 grams of hashish or marijuana, or about a third
of an ounce, half a gram of heroin, cocaine or morphine, or three doses of other
drugs.
   North Rhine-Westphalia has a population of over 17 million, including Bonn,
the seat of government, and the major cities of Cologne and Duesseldorf. The
state government is run by the liberal Social Democrats.
    In Bonn, government spokesman Dieter Vogel said Tuesday that Chancellor
Helmut Kohl's conservative coalition rejects the decontrol of hard drugs, even
in small amounts.
   The national drugs commissioner, Eduard Lintner, said there was no precedent
for the new state policy and predicted it would pose "most severe dangers for
social and health policy."
   Germany registered 1,738 deaths from drugs overdoses last year.
   In Bonn, legislators were considering amending the drugs law to distinguish
between soft and hard drugs, the only way the government could force North
Rhine-Westphalia to change its policy.

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Compiled by Paul Stanford