Guns, axes used to destroy illegal moonshine operation in South Carolina, deputies say
Deputies in Orangeburg County discovered an active liquor still in a remote part of the woods and used guns and axes to destroy it. On Monday afternoonm investigators with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Sheriff Leroy Ravenell went to the still to destroy it. The illegal operation was hidden a few miles east of Holly Hill, deputies said. When they got there, deputies said they found more than a dozen 55-gallon barrels with liquor fermenting inside them. They said they also found barrels of mash, which is used to start making moonshine.
on Thursday, Police in Chicago said they have arrested 50 people suspected of using “ secret groups ” on Facebook to deal in guns and drugs . They also said they have teamed up with the social media network to crack down on criminal trafficking online . Announcing the arrests at a news conference
Chicago Police arrested 50 people for using " secret groups " on Facebook to sell guns and drugs , the police said on Thursday, and they criticized the "We do not allow the sale of guns or drugs on our platform. We routinely work with law enforcement and outline how officials may submit a request
Chicago Police said Tuesday that 53 people are in custody as part of "Operation FaceBOOKED," a two-year operation to infiltrate secret groups selling drugs and guns on Facebook.
Interim superintendent Charlie Beck announced the mass arrests at a news conference Tuesday and took aim at Facebook's privacy policies, which he said facilitated the practice.
"Today's announcement will help educate everyone on how some of these dangerous weapons are being sold, and how social media conglomerates like Facebook are encouraging this type of illegal activity by turning a blind eye in the name of member privacy," he said.
Three White Plains men charged in major drug ring
Three White Plains men were charged in a major drug ring involving carfentanil, heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine, some of which was seized in Rockland.Giovanny Arias, Victor Salazar and Hector Maren were three of 11 people who were recently arrested and indicted in connection to the operation, which authorities said used long-haul truckers to move carfentanil, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, ketamine and tramadol throughout the United States.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, at a news conference to announce the arrests, criticized Facebook for not helping police . (Reuters) - Chicago Police arrested 50 people for using " secret groups " on Facebook to sell guns and drugs , the police said on Thursday, and they
Chicago police arrested dozens of people accused of using social media to sell drugs and guns .
The investigation began in December 2017 when an informant told police drugs and weapons were regularly sold on these private groups on Facebook, according to First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio. The private groups are unsearchable, effectively making them invisible to anyone not invited in, he explained.
"Facebook claims to monitor these groups but CPD detectives have labeled these private hidden sites as a version of the dark web that is more accessible to everyday users," Riccio said.
Sixty-five people were targeted and identified in the operation, and of those, 53 are in custody and two have active arrest warrants as a result of the investigation. Police recovered seven weapons -- four handguns, two shotguns and a high-powered rifle -- totaling about $4,100 and 23 types of narcotics totaling about $105,000, Riccio said.
130 guns, 39 lbs of meth and 20 lbs of pot: Agents arrest two dozen suspects in massive bust
Federal and state authorities joined forces to seize illegal goods and arrest more than two dozen alleged drug and gun dealers across the South Bay, authorities said. © San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via FacebookOfficials on Wednesday arrested and charged more than two dozen people and seized 130 guns, 39 pounds of methamphetamine and 20 pounds of marijuana in a massive bust coordinated by the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the agencies announced on Friday.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department carried out several raids overnight after infiltrating a Facebook group where guns and drug were being sold . Undercover officers were able to pose as drug and gun purchasers, and over the course of the investigation got 18 illegal guns off the street.
CPD arrested 50 people, including a CPS teacher, and have warrants for another 18 after infiltrating secret Facebook groups selling illegal drugs and guns , police said.
"Illicit drug and firearms sales have no place on our platform. We remove content and accounts that violate our policy and catch over 97% of drug sale content and over 93% of the firearms sales content we remove before it is reported to us," said Sarah Pollack, a Facebook spokeswoman.
"We've had productive conversations with Mayor (Lori) Lightfoot's office about promoting public safety in Chicago and look forward to continuing them. We remain ready to quickly respond to valid legal process from the Chicago Police Department in order to prosecute those who break the law and refer any matters involving credible threats to prevent harm."
One of the men arrested Monday was arrested in 2017 in a previous Chicago Police investigation of Facebook, Riccio said.
He said Facebook has agreed to shut down the groups but refuses to block the individual members.
Australian, Dutch police break up massive ecstasy smuggling operation
International police have broken up a huge drug smuggling operation preventing millions of ecstasy pills flooding into Australia, officials said Friday, as a minister claimed the drugs were timed to target holidaying teens. The joint Dutch-Australian operation seized $200 million worth of MDMA -- the key ingredient in ecstasy -- in the Netherlands and Belgium and led to charges against 11 people, including one Australian woman, officials said.
Announcing the arrests at a news conference, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson initially criticized Facebook as being unhelpful during a 10-month investigation by his department. Police did not detail charges facing the 50 men and women arrested through Thursday, but said there were "dozens and.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police said Facebook needs to do more to prevent people from using the site to sell illegal guns and drugs , after a 10-month The department’s narcotics unit launched a covert operation to infiltrate several secret Facebook groups that operated as virtual black markets.
"Facebook often cites privacy concerns when they're confronted with the facts of our investigation," he said. "The truth is, Facebook is harboring criminals. These criminals know how to use the privacy Facebook affords them, and they profit from the sale of drugs and dangerous guns."
In addition, Chicago Police slammed the social media giant for banning undercover police profiles with false information. Under its authenticity policy,.
"I think that Facebook needs to recognize that all of us have an obligation to keep each other safe," Beck, the interim superintendent, said. "Another person's rights have to stop when the safety of another individual comes in jeopardy, and that's what laws are all about."
Philippines: Amnesty denounces Duterte's "war" on drugs
Six thousand six hundred.
This is the official number of victims that the "war on drugs" in the Philippines has been doing for three years. Figures that would be well below reality, according to NGOs and human rights defenders. President Rodrigo Duterte, who launched this repressive campaign in 2016, does not intend to put an end to it. He recently promised that the "next three years of his term will be the most dangerous for drug users and traffickers". In a report published Monday, July 8, the NGO Amnesty International denounces the way this "war" is conducted, and puts forward a well-oiled strategy.
This strategy starts with targeting the poorest Filipinos, says Rachel Chhoa-Howard, who co-wrote Amnesty's report: "They are targeted simply because they can not afford to defend themselves, these are easy targets. The police regularly publish statistics on the number of people killed in operations. This is to demonstrate that this so-called "" is a success. "
Privileged targets of law enforcement, these poor Filipinos have paradoxically, according to the police, the means to own a weapon. At each execution, the same explanations: coming to make an arrest, the police had to shoot, because the person was armed. In short, they systematically advocate self-defense.
A version challenged by Amnesty. "Our research has shown that the police version is not credible," said Rachel Chhoa-Howard. She is also challenged by families who describe the same scenario: police officers who tear down the doors of houses in the middle of the night, shoot people just out of their sleep, who implore them to let their lives be saved.
The police not only terrorize the population, but also the local authorities summoned to provide them with the names of potential consumers or drug traffickers. A refusal equates to a suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking.
► Death squads
Amnesty also recalls in its report the existence of death squads, which allegedly executed up to 23,000 people. Who are these armed men really? "Our report and our research conducted in 2017 had already established links between the police and these armed squadrons. Our interlocutors had often explained to us that they were plainclothes policemen, and that it was a way to exonerate the police of any responsibility for these murders. We believe that these gunmen continue to murder today, and the government still does not officially recognize the existence of these squadrons. We have also shown in our research that the police pay these killers and give them instructions. So all of this continues today, and increases the degree of impunity in a country where any policeman or any other individual can kill without any consequences, "says Rachel Chhoa -Howard.
High-Level Seattle Drug Bust Yields Meth, Heroin, Guns: Police .
Police seized large amounts of drugs and guns before arresting an "upper-echelon" Seattle drug dealer, authorities said.Police on Dec. 12 served a search warrant at a North Seattle home, where they recovered 215 grams of heroin, 270 grams of fentanyl nearly 2,700 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, two handguns and the pill press, according to police.