The River Gee Detachment of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has arrested a woman with a huge quantity of chemical substances mixed with glucose used in the preparation of precursor used to mix illegal drugs. It is one of the substances involved in the production stages of toxic chemicals, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.River Gee DEA Detachment Commander, William Martins, identified the suspect as Satta Walker, a notorious drug importer.The suspect is said to have been trading in harmful drugs in the county over the years.DEA Director-General, Anthony K. Souh, confirmed to the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday that his agents are deployed all over the country. Director Souh, however called for the implementation of the drug law to help curb the proliferation of various harmful substances including cocaine and heroin in the country. He said if those caught in possession of dangerous drugs are not prosecuted, the country will lose many of its youthful population to drug addiction.The DEA County Commander for River Gee put the street value of the 400kg drug at L$200,000. The drug was tested in the presence of the peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Team in River Gee.Major Martins pointed out that Satta was arrested in Joquiken, a gold mining area where the use of narcotic drugs is widespread.Meanwhile she has been charged with illegal possession of unlicensed manufactured controlled drugs or substances under the country’s new drugs law that was approved by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on October 11, 2014.The suspect Walker has been sent to the Fishtown Magisterial Court for trial.Since the destruction of a huge quantity of drugs on June 26, during celebration of International Drug Day in the county, this is the first major arrest of drugs the DEA Office has made in River Gee County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Essequibo drug bustThirty-year-old Eknauth Persaud, called “Patel” of Lot 66 Onderneeming; and Dhanraj Singh, called “Roy Pang” of Golden Fleece Estate, Essequibo CoasEknauth Persaud aka Patelt were on Friday granted $1 million bail for the recent 42 kilograms drug bust.Additionally, Manuel Diaz, 36, a of Sand Felix, Venezuela, who was jointly charged with the men was however remanded.The trio made their first appearance before Magistrate Ester Sam at the SuddieMagistrate’s Court on Friday to answer to a narcotics trafficking charge. However, all three of the men denied the charge.The prosecution is contending that on January 6, 2017, at about 17:30h, the trioManuel Diaz from Venezuelahad in their possession 42 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.They were reportedly caught during a joint operation in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands).Reporters are the ranks went to ‘back street’ Golden Fleece, Essequibo Coast where a motor car bearing registration plates PMM 9059 was seen proceeding in a northern direction. The car had two occupants along with the driver, Dhanraj Singh.Ranks stopped the car and conducted a search, during which two white bags containing 70 parcels wrapped with clear tape and brown card board were found.Dhanraj Singh aka Ripe PangEach parcel contained leaves, seeds and stem suspected to be cannabis. The trio was told of the offence but remained silent.The matter will continue on February 2.
0Shares0000For many football fans, no game is complete without a beer © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Football fans from around the world are flocking to Russia’s bars, beer gardens and craft beer pubs to quench their thirst as the World Cup heats up.But the surge in sales will not have a lasting impact on Russia’s beer industry, where consumption has been losing fizz for years — ever since it lost its classification as a soft drink. Russia ranks 14th in terms of annual alcohol consumption per capita, according to the World Health Organization.But with spirits — chiefly vodka — traditionally playing a stronger role in social life, Russia ranks far lower at 32nd in terms of beer consumption, according to a 2016 survey by Japanese beermaker Kirin.Part of the reason why Russians are drinking less beer now than they were in the early 2000s is because of moves to restrict sales and advertising.Higher taxes on beer and declining consumer spending power have also contributed to the decline.The real turning point came in 2011, when beer was classified as an alcoholic drink rather than as a soft drink.Since then, nighttime sales have been banned, as have sales at street kiosks and in particularly large volumes.– ‘Compromise’ needed –Since 2013, with a major economic crisis in full swing, the market has contracted more than 24 percent and is set to lose another 11 percent by 2023, according to an estimate by Euromonitor.“Between 2007 and 2017, tax on beer grew almost tenfold,” said Pavel Yerankevich, senior development director at Baltika, Russia’s number one beer brand, which now belongs to Denmark’s Carlsberg group.Football fans in Russia are giving a boost to the local beer market © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV“All that together with the unfavourable macroeconomic situation has of course influenced the state of the market,” he added.Yerankevich thinks Russia risks going too far with measures designed to prevent alcohol abuse, even as he acknowledges the problem is widespread and needs to be tackled.“We need to find a compromise: on the one hand to put into action the government’s reasonable goals of lowering alcohol abuse and reducing the sales share of strong spirits, but on the other hand, not to put up artificial obstacles to business development,” he said.The World Cup may be a “driver of growth” in beer sales, he said.“But in this case, the increased demand will only affect this period without changing the overall annual trend,” he added.Yury Antonov, who heads the Ochakovo beer factory in a Moscow suburb, says sales to bars and consumers have risen ahead of the World Cup but he is downbeat about the longer term.“We don’t think that the market will stabilise any time soon. We think that the market will continue falling,” he said.– Anyone for a craft beer? –All-American lager Budweiser, as the official sponsor of the World Cup, may be the only beer likely to see a strong benefit.Budweiser, made by Belgium-based AB Inbev, is the only beer allowed in stadiums and fan zones.Alcoholic beverage sales are banned in a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) radius around the stadiums.The Budweiser brand has ensured its logo is highly visible at numerous spin-off events as well.A spokesperson for Budweiser said it does not disclose specific sales figures, but described the World Cup as a “great opportunity” for the brand.Some other beermakers are also performing better than usual, including alcohol-free brands.In 2017, alcohol-free beer sales saw “solid growth” thanks to “aggressive marketing” by major brands, Euromonitor said in a report.Big brands like to focus on advertising their alcohol-free beer partly because it dodges tough restrictions.However there is a genuine “rising consumer interest and demand” as Russians become more health-conscious, the market research provider said.A surge in beer sales is unlikely to live out the World Cup © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe other type of beer to buck the trend is craft beer, with specialised bars and shops popping up all over Russia’s larger cities.For the moment, craft beer is being produced only by small and medium-sized breweries.But Euromonitor analysts expect that “larger brewers will also increasingly focus on craft beer so as to help offset losses in the lager category.”Artyom Zimakov, who owns Beermood, a craft beer bar in central Moscow, said he is delighted to see his bar packed every day so far in the World Cup.The market for his type of product is “very dynamic and it’s growing,” he said.“It’s going to grow fast.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)