Cocaine disguised as charcoal worth up to $41 million seized by police (photos)
Cocaine disguised as charcoal with a potential value of up to $41.4 million has been seized in a joint operation between Irish and Dutch police authorities.
The drugs were found inside two shipping containers from South America that arrived at the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, as part of what Irish investigators believe was an attempt to import up to half a ton of cocaine to Ireland, according to a press release from Ireland’s national police and security service.
According to reports, 2,000 bags of charcoal were found inside the containers but due to the use of an X-ray scanner and police sniffer dogs, some of the bags were found to contain cocaine.
Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) later confirmed that cocaine was present, but it will reportedly take a number of days and perhaps longer for FSI to extract the cocaine from the product within which it is concealed.
Arrests are expected soon as part of an ongoing investigation by the Irish National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
“This is a significant development in the Garda Síochána’s effort to disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups suspected to be involved in the importation of cocaine and other drugs into Ireland,” said assistant commissioner John O’Driscoll of the Garda Síochána, nickname of Ireland’s national police and security service.
O’Driscoll emphasized the “significant international dimension” of the operation and the “importance of cooperation within the law enforcement community within Europe and further afield.”
Michael O’Sullivan, head of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre, which coordinates anti-drug trafficking operations by seven European Union countries including Ireland, said the seizure was “a massive seizure” that will “deal a huge blow to the organized crime group involved.”
O’Sullivan told Irish broadcaster RTÉ that Irish crime groups play a leading role in the importation of cocaine to Europe, where the market for the drug is estimated to be worth 14 billion euros ($16.6 billion).
Andre Onana of Cameroon retires from International football after fallout with management
Andre Onana of Inter Milan has announced his retirement from the Cameroonian national team following a squabble with coach Rigobert Song during the World Cup.
Despite a late winner against Brazil in Group G, the Indomitable Lions did not advance beyond the Group stage.
The Lions conceded three goals without Onana, but only one from his fellow Cameroonian native, Breel Embolo, while he was in goal.
The disagreement between the Cameroonian legend and the goalkeeper was over Onana’s goalkeeping style.
Back at club level, the 26-year-old comes out more and plays like an 11th man for the team, giving him more touches on the ball.
Rigobert demanded that Onana play a more traditional keeping style, which means he comes out less, but Onana refuses to change his game.
“After endless hours of training, endless trips, and a lot of perseverance, I can proudly say that I have fulfilled my great dream,” Onana wrote on his social media pages.
“But every story, however beautiful it may be, has to end. And my story with the Cameroonian national team has come to an end.
“Players come and go, names are fleeting, but Cameroon comes before any person or player.
“Cameroon remains eternal and so does my love for the national team and for our people who have always supported us”
“My feeling will never change. My Cameroonian heart will continue to beat and wherever I go I will always fight to lift the flag of Cameroon as high as possible.”
Onana returned home after only appearing in the Indomitable Lions’ first match against Switzerland.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin sends chilling threat, says ‘Satan 2″ missile is ready for launch.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that a new “Satan II” hypersonic missile will be ready for deployment in the near future.
Putin, who has promised to provide his Russian troops with whatever they require to win the war in Ukraine, has revealed little in terms of strategy as his invasion of the neighbouring country continues.
The hypersonic Sarmat missile, codenamed Satan II, is expected to be added to the Kremlin’s arsenal in the coming year.
Each Satan II warhead is thought to be capable of carrying up to ten nuclear warheads at five times the speed of sound and with a range of 12,000 miles.
Putin insisted on providing troops with the latest weapons during a televised end-of-year meeting with Moscow’s military chiefs.
He also chastised NATO, claiming that western leaders were prolonging the conflict by providing military assistance to Ukraine.
While Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the country’s nuclear forces must be assured of combat readiness, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed that the speed with which new weapons reach troops has improved.
Putin backed Shoigu’s suggestion to increase Russia’s military force to around 1.5million people, adding that the Russian military changes would be done “calmly” and “won’t be rushed”.
“What is happening is of course a tragedy, our common tragedy, but it is not a result of our policy, but third countries who have always striven for this, the disintegration of the Russian world… to a certain extent they succeeded, and pushed us to the line where we are now.”
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Priest exposed for inviting 2 nuns for “holy trinity” threesome
A priest has been accused of forming a “holy” trio with two nuns in order to imitate the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Marko Ivan Rupnik, 68, is believed to have invited two nuns to join him in the act and allegedly used “psycho-spiritual” methods of control to coerce his victims into having sex with him and watching porn.
At the time of the alleged incidents, Rupnik was the spiritual director of a Slovenian convent.
The former nun who accused him, now 58, said she complained about the violations at the time but was ignored for years.
“Father Marko started slowly and sweetly getting inside my psychological and spiritual world, exploiting my uncertainties and fragility and using my relationship with God to push me into sexual experiences with him,” the former nun told the Italian investigative newspaper Domani on Sunday.
“It was a true violation of conscience,” she added.
From 1987 to 1994, when she was a sister at the convent, Rupnik groomed her and took her virginity before using bullying tactics to keep her silent.
She asserted Rupnik requested that she and another nun have sex with him in order to recreate the three-way relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
She does not believe she is alone in experiencing clergyman abuse. She believes he abused up to 20 women.
“He should’ve been stopped 30 years ago,” said the nun.
The Jesuit order has called for other victims to come forward in response to the unnamed nun’s claims, saying, “You will be listened to with understanding and empathy.”
This latest accusation is just the most recent in a long line of allegations levelled against Rupnik.
Rupnik, a well-known artist in the Church, was accused of sexual misconduct in Slovenia in the 1990s, but the allegations were only recently made public.
In response to the allegations, the priest’s order stated that the Vatican investigated Rupnik but determined that the statute of limitations applied, which meant that too much time had passed from the alleged offence date for legal proceedings to begin, and that Rupnik would not be punished.
Days after the investigation, in May 2020, Rupnik was reportedly excommunicated – that is, he was barred from participating in Church services – for committing a serious sin in the Church: using a confessional to absolve a woman with whom he had sexual relations.
After Rupnik repented, the excommunication was lifted a month later.
Reverend Johan Verschueren, Rupnik’s boss, issued an appeal for additional information or claims against Rupnik on Sunday, December 18, 2022, saying he wanted to clarify some questions raised by the new allegations.
“My main concern in all of this is for those who have suffered, and I invite anyone who wishes to file a new complaint or discuss existing complaints to contact me,” he said.