The drugs come mainly from Asian countries, such as China and India, and enter U.S. ports illegally. On June 26, U.S. authorities announced an international effort against synthetic drug trafficking with Australia, Barbados, Canada, and Panama, resulting in over 150 arrests. Project Synergy started in December 2012 with 75 arrests and intensified in the last three days, with raids and arrests in 49 cities, DEA chief of operations James Capra told the press. Synthetic drug trafficking causes the loss of “millions of dollars from the loss of lives of young people. It is a level of evil that is not fully understood by many people,” Capra stated. The majority of victims who died from the use of these drugs are between 12 and 29 years old, Tracy Lembke, Homeland Security’s Deputy Assistant Director in charge of operations, stated. “It represents the largest operation against synthetic drugs in the history of the war on drug trafficking,” Rusty Payne, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stated. Capra added that “now more than ever” terrorists are funding their operations through international drug trafficking, even though the official did not specify if this was the case for this investigation. Authorities have since seized over 1,500 kilos of synthetic drugs, out of which 550 kilos were captured only on June 26. They are sold in small packages with warnings against being consumed by people, but they come with colorful labels (alluding to cartoons, for example) that attract young people, according to authorities. In February 2012, the U.S. Drug Czar’s office issued a special warning due to the sudden deaths of about 30 young people who had used envelopes containing substances that quickly provoked dizziness, nausea, and hallucinations that can last for days. Authorities highlighted the collaboration of the Panamanian government in the investigation, a country where traffickers kept assets, although the investigation is still tracking the financing of these groups to the Middle East and other parts of the world. By Dialogo June 28, 2013 According to Capra, synthetic drugs represent a “new boundary” for the fight against drug trafficking, because as soon as authorities declare certain substances illegal, traffickers may transform them into legal products only by modifying a molecule. In recent years, the United States suffered a considerable increase in the use of “designer drugs,” manufactured with chemical precursors and packed in envelopes, as if they were bath salts, incense or even fertilizer.
RelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo, could miss the club’s next “few games” after suffering a head injury in Wednesday’s League Cup win over Livingston.The Nigeria international required 20 stitches after a challenge by Livingston’s Rickie Lamie.Steven Gerrard confirmed Aribo will miss Saturday’s visit of Aberdeen after being “cut all the way to the bone”.“I will be very surprised if we see Aribo play before the international break,” the Rangers boss said.“It is his first time out of London and he has settled very well. This will be a setback but knowing him he will bounce back, he didn’t even want to come off yesterday which shows his mentality.”As well as Aberdeen, Rangers face Young Boys away in the Europa League on Thursday and then Hamilton at Ibrox before the next international break.He also now looks set to miss out on playing for Nigeria against Brazil in Singapore on 13 October, having recently won his first cap.Aribo was substituted before the break in the 1-0 win at the Tony Macaroni Arena after Lamie’s forearm hit the former Charlton midfielder on the head.After the match Gerrard questioned whether the Livingston defender should have remained on the pitch, and repeated his thoughts on Thursday.“I don’t think the player has gone in to intentionally hurt him but that in my book is serious dangerous play and in any other league it is a red card,” he said.Tags: BrazilJoe AriboRangers
Earlier in the week, MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark expressed his desire to see the trade completed.“The proposed trades between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins, and Angels need to be resolved without further delay,” Clark said in a statement. “The events of this last week have unfairly put several players’ lives in a state of limbo. The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often players are treated as commodities by those running the game.” Four days after news of a blockbuster trade that would bring Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers, the deal is in limbo and indications are it might take some new blocks to complete it.As originally constituted, the Dodgers would send Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol, then package Graterol with outfielder Alex Verdugo and send the pair to the Red Sox for Betts and Price.But the Red Sox apparently balked after reviewing Graterol’s medical records. The 21-year-old Venezuelan spent time on the Injured List last season with a shoulder impingement, though he did make his big-league debut with the Twins in September and pitched an inning in their American League Division Series loss to the New York Yankees.Amid reports that the Red Sox are seeking additional assets in the trade – most likely another prospect from the Twins or Dodgers – the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Saturday that the Twins are reluctant to include any other players to complete the trade and might be willing to walk away entirely, leaving the Dodgers to rework the deal with the Red Sox (and, possibly, keep Maeda). With the three-way trade still incomplete, the Dodgers’ deal with the Angels is also in limbo. In order to clear payroll for Betts and Price, the Dodgers have agreed to a trade that would send outfielder Joc Pederson, right-hander Ross Stripling and minor-league outfielder Andy Pages to the Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo and a prospect.That trade is in doubt – or in need of reworking – if the Dodgers cannot complete a trade with the Red Sox.Graterol’s agent, Scott Boras, disputed any characterization of his client as somehow damaged goods.“To suggest that this player is not healthy going forward, or has any form of substantive medical defect that would in any way damage his career, all of that is false,” Boras said in a statement. “This is a scant supposition created by medical review, by someone who has never seen him physically.”With the opening of spring training camps just days away, the trade complications leave several players in limbo, unsure where they will be reporting for camp. The Red Sox, in particular, are in an awkward position, potentially welcoming Betts and Price after publicly showing their willingness to shed their salaries – and enduring harsh criticism as a result. That should provide motivation to get a reworked deal done. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error