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Intelligence results in €3m drug seizure from Kinahan gang

Assault rifle also found in Sallins raid which is third blow to cartel in little over a week

Garda believe a large seizure of cocaine and heroin, along with at least one assault rifle, found at a rented property over the weekend is linked to the Kinahan drugs gang.

If so, the weekend operation in Co Kildare would be the third major strike against the cartel in just over a week.

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What’s next for Mexico’s drug cartels after El Chapo

As Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman awaitsextradition to the United States, he leaves behind what appears to be a new landscape for Mexico’s drug cartels.

Last week, his son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman, was kidnapped by men authorities believe were members of a rival cartel. Sources tell CNN he was released Saturday, but his abduction signals that the game of thrones for Mexico’s next top drug cartel has already begun.

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Stephen Fry Apologizes for Taking Cocaine at Buckingham Palace

The U.K. actor also admitted to taking the drug at Pinewood Studios and BBC headquarters. Stephen Fry has revealed that he once took cocaine while at Buckingham Palace.

The U.K. actor and TV personality admitted to and apologized for his actions in his latest autobiography, More Fool Me, excerpts of which have been widely circulated in the U.K. press. He also wrote that he used the drug in other high-profile locations, including the former BBC headquarters, Pinewood Studios and British parliament during the height of his 15-year addiction.

“I take this opportunity to apologize unreservedly to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame,” he wrote.

“You may wish to have me struck off, banned, black-balled or in any other way punished for past crimes,” he wrote. “Surely now is the time to reach for the phone, the police or the club secretary.”

Published on Thursday, the third installment of Fry’s autobiography chronicles his life in the 1980s and 1990s as he found fame on U.K. TV and the expensive habit that grew out of it.

“How can I explain the extraordinary waste of time and money that went into my 15-year habit? Tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds, and as many hours, sniffing, snorting and tooting away time that could have been employed writing, performing, thinking, exercising, living,” Fry wrote.

Fry, who suffers from bipolar disorder and has previously admitted to his drug addiction, also explained that he didn’t take the drug because he was depressed, unhappy or under pressure. “I took it because I really, really liked it,” he wrote.

Nigeria: Drug Mule Left to Die At Madrid Airport

A Nigerian drug mule has died in a Spanish airport after cocaine bags inside his body split open – because airport staff refused to touch him fearing he had Ebola.

The man collapsed in the customs area of the Madrid-Barajas airport outside the capital after arriving on a flight from Istanbul. Upon hearing that the man was from Nigeria, staff were too afraid to approach the man and left him in shivers on the airport floor.

The man, who had landed on a flight from Istanbul on October 18, died 90 minutes later from a massive drugs overdose, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper said. It later transpired that the man was suffering the effects of a cocaine overdose after several bags of the drug burst in his stomach. 

Reuters / Rafael Ibarra

A passenger accompanying the Nigerian later told police that he had flown from Madrid to Istanbul on October 14 and had not been to Nigeria for four years.

Ebola has killed 4,877 people in the past six weeks, almost all of whom were infected with the virus in West Africa.

€2.5 million in cocaine ‘disappears’ from Paris police HQ

Paris police headquarters at 36 Quai des OrfèvresParis police lose 51kg of seized cocaine from their own headquarters

Drugs worth £2m vanish from force’s famous HQ at 36 Quai des Orfèvres, just months after building was mired in rape allegation

Paris police HQ at 36 Quai des Orfèvres. The bags of cocaine were last seen in a secure room in the building on 23 July. 

Paris police are investigating the disappearance of 51kg of cocaine from a supposedly locked and sealed room in their own headquarters on the banks of the Seine.

The cocaine “bricks” with a street value of around €2.5m (£2m) were seized a month ago after officers smashed a drug trafficking network in the capital.

They were supposed to be under lock and key at the force’s legendary headquarters at 36 Quai des Orfèvres, for ever associated with the fictional French detective Maigret.

Officials say the cocaine, placed in numbered evidence bags, was definitely still in the secured store room on 23 July when it was last checked, but was definitely missing on Thursday.

Police chiefs immediately ordered an inquiry, and the force’s own internal investigations squad was sent into the building with sniffer dogs. So far, there have been no leads.

It is the second time this year that 36 Quai des Orfèvres has made damaging headlines.

In April, two officers belonging to an “anti-gang crime” squad were put under official investigation for the alleged rape of a 34-year-old Canadian woman visiting Paris. She had met the men during an evening of heavy drinking at a nearby Irish pub.

The officers said she agreed to follow them to their headquarters, just across the Seine from the pub. Once there she said she was raped. One of the police officers charged admitted having sex with the woman, but claimed she had consented. The investigation is ongoing.

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has ordered the national police investigation squad to leave no stone unturned in its search for the missingdrugs and promised the culprits would be treated with “the utmost severity”.

In a statement, the prefecture of police said: “This investigation will look into whether the relevant rules were followed for the management of evidence in the offices of this brigade in particular, and at 36 Quai des Orfèvres in general.”

It promised “very firm measures” would be immediately taken “if the investigation shows the law has been broken”.

10 facts that reveal the absurdity of Pablo Escobar’s wealth

The “king of cocaine” was the son of a poor Colombian farmer. But by the time he was 35, he was one of the world’s wealthiest men.

Despite his humble origins, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria became the infamous leader of the Medellín cartel — responsible for 80% of the global cocaine market.

“El Patron,” as he’s often called, brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, easily making him one of the wealthiest drug lords in history.

While verifying Escobar’s wealth is impossible due to the nature of drug money, figures range up to $30 billion.

1. In the mid-1980s, Escobar’s cartel brought in an estimated $420 million a week, which totals almost $22 billion a year.

1. In the mid-1980s, Escobar's cartel brought in an estimated $420 million a week, which totals almost $22 billion a year.

2. Escobar made the Forbes’ list of international billionaires for seven years straight, beginning in 1987 until 1993. In 1989, he was listed as the seventh richest man in the world.

2. Escobar made the Forbes' list of international billionaires for seven years straight, beginning in 1987 until 1993. In 1989, he was listed as the seventh richest man in the world.

3. By the end of the 1980s, he supplied 80% of the world’s cocaine …

3. By the end of the 1980s, he supplied 80% of the world's cocaine ...

4. … and smuggled approximately 15 tons of cocaine into the US per day.

4. ... and smuggled approximately 15 tons of cocaine into the US per day.

Pablo Escobar with his son Juan Pablo in front of the White House in 1981.

According to journalist Ioan Grillo, the Medellín cartel smuggled most of its cocaine straight over the Florida coast.

“It was a nine-hundred-mile run from the north coast of Colombia and was simply wide-open. The Colombians and their American counterparts would airdrop loads of blow out to sea, from where it would be rushed ashore in speedboats, or even fly it right onto the Florida mainland and let it crash down in the countryside,” Grillo wrote.

5. In other words, of the Americans doing cocaine, four in five of them were snorting lines supplied by “El Patron.”

5. In other words, of the Americans doing cocaine, four in five of them were snorting lines supplied by "El Patron."

6. The “king of cocaine” factored in a $2.1 billion loss in profits each month, but that didn’t really matter.

6. The "king of cocaine" factored in a $2.1 billion loss in profits each month, but that didn't really matter.

Escobar’s immense wealth became problematic when he couldn’t launder his cash quick enough.

He resorted to stashing piles of cash in Colombian farming fields, dilapidated warehouses, and in the walls of cartel members’ homes,according to Roberto Escobar, the cartel’s chief accountant and the kingpin’s brother, in his book, “The Accountant’s Story: Inside the violent world of the Medellín cartel.”

“Pablo was earning so much that each year we would write off 10% of the money because the rats would eat it in storage or it would be damaged by water or lost,” Escobar wrote.

That would be about $2.1 billion, given how much money he was reportedly making.

Escobar simply had more money than he knew to do with, and therefore haphazardly losing money to rodents and mold wasn’t an issue.

7. And he expensed $2,500 on rubber bands each month.

7. And he expensed $2,500 on rubber bands each month.

While hiding or destroying the exorbitant amount of money was one issue, the brothers faced another much more elementary problem — neatly organizing the banknotes.

According to Roberto Escobar, the Medellín cartel spent an estimated $2,500 a month on rubber bands which were needed to hold stacks of bills together.

8. Once he started a fire with $2 million because his daughter was cold.

8. Once he started a fire with $2 million because his daughter was cold.

Pablo Escobar with his wife Maria Victoria, son Juan Pablo, and daughter Manuela Escobar.

In a 2009 interview with Don Juan magazine, Escobar’s son Juan Pablo, 38, who has since changed his name to Sebastián Marroquí­n, described what life was like on the run with the “king of cocaine.”

According to Marroquí­n, the family was living in a hideout in the Medellín mountainside when Escobar’s daughter Manuela became hypothermic.

Escobar decided to torch $2 million in crisp banknotes to keep her warm.

9. He was nicknamed “Robin Hood” after handing out cash to the poor, building housing for the homeless, constructing 70 community soccer fields, and building a zoo.

9. He was nicknamed "Robin Hood" after handing out cash to the poor, building housing for the homeless, constructing 70 community soccer fields, and building a zoo.

10. He cut a deal with Colombia to be imprisoned, but in a luxury prison he built and named “la catedral” meaning cathedral.

10. He cut a deal with Colombia to be imprisoned, but in a luxury prison he built and named "la catedral" meaning cathedral.

Pablo Escobar with his top hitman “Popeye” in “la catedral.”

In 1991, Escobar was incarcerated in his self-designed prison he named “la catedral.”

In the terms of his agreement with the Colombian government, Escobar was allowed to select who was imprisoned with him and who worked in the prison. He could also continue to run his cartel business and receive visitors.

La catedral was equipped with a soccer field, barbecue pit and patios and was nearby another compound he built separately for his family.

Also, the Colombian authorities were not allowed within 3 miles of his prison.

Submarine carrying eight tonnes of cocaine seized by US authorities off coast of El Salvador

A submarine-like vessel carrying more than eight tonnes of cocaine has been seized by US authorities off the coast of El Salvador.

Authorities found 274 bales containing 7,650kg of cocaine worth hundreds of millions of dollars on the semi-submersible vessel after it was intercepted on Saturday.

Warnings of the use of submarines by drug traffickers go back as far as 2010, when Royal Navy officers said they were increasingly being used to transport the illicit cargo from Latin America to Europe and Britain.

Wealthy crime cartels were said to be using the underwater craft in a bid to avoid the rising number of naval patrols in the Caribbean.

In the incident on Saturday, US aircraft tracked the vessel as it made its way through international waters off the El Salvador coast, before it was intercepted by the Coast Guard, the Associated Press reported.

Four suspected smugglers were taken into custody after the vessel was stopped.

Last month Spanish police seized 200kg of cocaine found in hollowed-out pineapples on a ship from Central America.

The fruit was among ten containers which arrived in the port of Algeciras, the Spanish interior ministry said.

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