Latest Smuggling Stories

2008-08-02 09:00:08

A tunnel used to smuggle goods into Gaza from Egypt has collapsed, killing at least five people and injuring 16, Palestinian sources say. CNN reported Saturday that the tunnel was near Rafah and is one of many that have been dug to get around Egyptian government blockades of Gaza border crossings, imposed after the militant group Hamas gained control of the territory.

2008-07-24 09:01:06

Text of report in English by Vietnamese news agency VNA website [Unattributed article from the "Society" page: "PM calls for end to petrol smuggling"] Hanoi (VNA) -Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged relevant ministries, cities and provinces to take bold measures to prevent petrol smuggling across borders in an official document released on July 22. According to Document No 4803/VPCP-KNTN released on the Government's website, the central board on anti-smuggling, counterfeiting and...

2008-06-26 09:02:50

By Stuart Arnold HEALTH and community workers could be asked to collect information on smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes as part of a plan to cut off their supply in the North-East. Smokers trying to quit could also be persuaded to give information anonymously to the authorities about tobacco smuggling. The North of England Health Action Plan on Cheap and Illicit Tobacco reveals the scale of the problem in the North-East. It describes how "tab houses", where youngsters obtain cheap...

2008-06-24 15:02:58

By GEMMA FRASER DOZENS of pupils and parents staged a "strike" outside Bonnington Primary School today over plans to close it at Christmas. Children carried placards with Save Our School messages, while a huge red banner reading "Bonnington Say No To Closure" was draped along the school railings. Cars, trucks and taxis beeped their horns in support, while children cheered, sang and chanted. Bonnington is one of three schools facing the axe under plans announced by the city council...

2008-06-22 15:00:19

By Gemma Fraser CHILDREN at an under-threat primary are staging a "strike" outside their school to protest against plans to close it. The pupils and their parents will form a picket line - complete with banners and placards - outside Bonnington Primary in Leith during the first hour of lessons on Tuesday morning. The protest is being organised by the school's parent council in response to widespread anger at the closure plan. The school is one of three facing the axe under plans...

2008-06-22 15:00:19

By Gemma Fraser ANGRY parents will join pupils in staging a "strike" outside their under-threat primary school. The mums, dads and youngsters will form a picket line complete with banners and placards, outside Bonnington Primary in Leith. The school is one of three facing the axe under plans announced by the city council and the protest has been organised by the school's parent council. Parents at Bonnington are furious at the idea of closing in the middle of a school year, claiming...

2008-06-20 15:00:12

By W Zachary Malinowski Federal agents seized $2.7 million that had been paid for illegal shipments of a human growth hormone. PROVIDENCE -- A U.S. District judge has ordered the forfeiture of $2.7 million traced to illegal shipments of HGH, human growth hormone, from an alleged steroid distribution company in China. Federal agents seized the money last year from branches of Chinese banks in New York City after they determined that the funds had been sent to bank accounts linked to...

2008-06-19 15:00:24

SNIFFER dogs have been deployed to Edinburgh Airport as part of a crackdown on drug smuggling. Police are working with the UK Border Agency to tighten security at the airport as part of the week-long initiative. They were also keen to boost their profile to deter passengers from attempting to bring drugs from abroad. Two police dogs have been assisting officers in patrolling the airport floors in the scheme which ends tomorrow. Although drug seizures from the airport are rare, it is...

2008-06-18 18:00:45

A magistrate and a sheriff's deputy were indicted on human trafficking charges involving a nanny from India, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. Malika Garrett of Woodstock, Ga.; her husband, Russell Garrett, a sheriff's deputy, and her father-in-law, D. William Garrett Jr., a county magistrate, were charged with human trafficking, alien harboring, witness tampering and making false statement, the department said in a release. U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said the woman was brought...

2007-05-11 18:00:08

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Dutch customs police turned a fake break into a real bust Friday when they stopped a woman trying to smuggle 3.3 pounds of cocaine into the country in a plaster cast on her leg. Police spokesman Rob Stenacker said the woman, whose name was not released, acted nervously while her passport was being checked and agents became suspicious about the thickness of the cast. "She had two different letters from a doctor about her leg, and both of them appeared fake," he...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'