Donegal searches follow seizure of Seven million contraband cigarettes

first_img Facebook Donegal searches follow seizure of Seven million contraband cigarettes Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – March 11, 2011 Previous articleDonegal man recounts Japanese earthquake experienceNext articleRoads passable despite snowfall News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Newsx Advertscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Seven million contraband cigarettes have been seized by Revenue’s Customs Service as part of Operation Marble.They were found in a 40 foot container which had arrived at Dublin Port from China via Rotterdam and were described as Ceramic Tiles.The truck was later stopped in Co Louth and follow up searches were carried out at two private premises in Co Donegal.It’s believed the cigarettes have an estimated retail value of three million euro and represent a potential loss to the exchequer of around two and a half million euro.Several individuals in both Co. Donegal and Co. Louth have been interviewed. Twitter Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Sinaloa Cartel operatives fight for power in Honduras after security forces capture the ‘Black Wolf’

first_img Honduran security forces have captured key members of the Sinaloa Cartel, which has prompted a violent battle among members of the drug trafficking group for control of the cartel’s operations in Honduras. The cartel operatives are fighting over criminal enterprises which generate about $18 million (USD) annually. They are fighting over control of drug trafficking routes, properties owned by the cartel, some of which are worth millions of dollars, and weapons, La Prensa reported on June 9. Since January 1, the bloody conflict has claimed the lives of more than a dozen people. Some Sinaloa Cartel operatives in Honduras are killing each other as they seek power, according to Armando Rodríguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “The Sinaloa Cartel has lost some command and control over criminal cells that operate in Honduras after various arrests have been made by security forces in Mexico. Some members of the cartel are looking to make more gains,” Rodríguez Luna said. The battle for control of Sinaloa Cartel operations in Honduras has led to 13 violent deaths since January 1, authorities said. Eleven of the victims were suspected of being linked to organized crime, César Johnson, spokesman for the National Police of Honduras, said during a press conference that was reported by Proceso on May 28. The infighting among Sinaloa Cartel operatives began after Honduran authorities captured Carlos Arnaldo Lobo, an alleged drug trafficker who is suspected of having worked closely with the Sinaloa Cartel. Lobo is also known as the “Black Wolf.” Special agents from the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime (FESCO) captured the Black Wolf on March 27 in San Pedro Sula. U.S. federal authorities allege the Black Wolf transported tons of cocaine through Honduras and Mexico to the United States. Honduran authorities extradited the Black Wolf to the U.S., where he is accused of drug trafficking, on May 8. The capture of the Black Wolf created a power vacuum within the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations in Honduras, said security analyst Rodríguez Luna. “There will obviously be new criminals who need to settle in San Pedro Sula to show loyalty to the new commanders,” he said. Honduran authorities must remain vigilant and develop and use “intelligence capabilities” to fight the alliances formed by international drug cartels and local gangs. The Lopezes and Bonilla Guzmán were top lieutenants of Nelson Molina, a Guatemalan who was second-in-command of the Sinaloa Cartel in Honduras. An attacker or attackers killed Molina on April 29 in his home in the Villa San Antonio neighborhood. Less than two weeks later, on May 12, gunmen killed another alleged Sinaloa Cartel operative, Miguel Ángel Martínez Bueno, of Venezuela, during a gun battle in the Trejo neighborhood. “All these deaths are linked to and involve the same cartel with the ulterior motive being money and power,” said Johnson, the National Police spokesman. A father and son are killed The capture of the ‘Black Wolf’ Cartel leader killed An objective analysis on the actions of transnational organized crime. By Dialogo June 18, 2014 Transnational threats A father and son from Mexico were among those killed in the battle for control of Sinaloa Cartel operations in Honduras. Heavily-armed gunmen killed Juan José López Gómez and his son Adolfo León López Marín in the industrial city of San Pedro Sula on May 21. The two were also known as Juan Carlos Rivera Guerra and Luis Adolfo Rivera, respectively. The father and son were in their car on May 21 when eight men armed with AR-15 rifles surrounded them, officials said. The gunmen opened fire and killed both men. The two men were killed because other organized crime operatives suspected they had stolen Sinaloa Cartel safe boxes, which contained money and weapons. A Honduran, Dennys Roberto Bonilla Guzmán, who worked for the Lopezes, also helped take the safe boxes. Five days after gunmen killed the Lopezes, on May 26, Sinaloa Cartel operatives fatally shot Bonilla Guzmán in the parking lot of a shopping center. Two law-abiding people who were not involved in cartel activities, medical student Karen Alvarado and security guard Dany Umanzor were also killed during the attack. Security agents have recovered the stolen safe boxes, which contained $700,000 (USD) and documents which showed that Bonilla Guzmán was a treasurer for the Sinaloa Cartel, La Tribuna reported on June 11. The Sinaloa Cartel and other transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas, smuggle large quantities of cocaine from South America through Honduras and ultimately to Mexico, the United States, Canada, and other destinations. The Sinaloa Cartel has forged criminal alliances with local gangs in Honduras, such as Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18, which is also known as 18th Street. The cartel also works with the drug trafficking group Los Cachiros. The violence generated by the Sinaloa Cartel and other organized crime groups put San Pedro Sula first on the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world, according to a study by the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice based in Mexico. In 2012, the country averaged 21 killings a day. Thanks to the efforts of Honduran security forces, that figure has since been reduced to about 14 killings a day. Authorities are working to reduce the level of violence even further, Security Minister, Arturo Corrales Álvarez said on June 9 during a commemoration for National Police Day. last_img read more

Kidney shows faith in Murray

first_img Murray, who at 22 is the youngest member of the squad, won his two caps as a second-half substitute against France and England last month. It is a bold selection by coach Declan Kidney given that Murray only broke into Munster’s first team this year and has yet to play in the Heineken Cup. Conor Murray will make his full Test debut when Ireland open their World Cup campaign against the USA on Sunday. But he did enough in the warm-up Tests and during his time in camp this summer to secure a place alongside Jonathan Sexton at half-back, with Eoin Reddan dropping to the bench. “Conor’s been going well in training and we said we’d judge it off that. If we’re to know more about him, now’s the time to know,” said Kidney. “He deserves a go and we think he’s good enough to start. It’s a big call given it’s our first game in the World Cup, but what he’s been doing merits his inclusion.” Flanker Sean O’Brien and full-back Rob Kearney have been omitted from the 22 as a precaution. The Leinster duo have been passed fit from their respective knee and groin injuries but Kidney, mindful of the clash with Australia next Saturday, has given them another week to recuperate. Ireland team: Geordan Murphy; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Tom Court, Rory Best, M Ross, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Stephen Ferris, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Jerry Flannery, Tony Buckley, Donnacha Ryan, Denis Leamy, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O’Gara, Andrew Trimble. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

L.A. Clippers rally to defeat Portland Trail Blazers 106-102 behind J.J. Redick’s 30 point game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Redick was joined by a big game from Jamal Crawford (20 points), including two free throws with 7.2 seconds left and a last-second defensive rebound to seal the win. “J.J. and Jamal were terrific,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Jamal had his stretch and J.J. had his stretch.” Those stretches came in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, when the Clippers needed a jolt after trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half. Crawford went off for 11 points in the third quarter, making 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range to give the Clippers their first lead. And with the score tied at 79 entering the fourth quarter, Redick scored nine points down the stretch. That, along with Chris Paul’s eight fourth-quarter points (he totaled 22 points and 11 assists), allowed L.A. to take the lead for good. RELATED STORY: Griffin plays through stomach bug; new President of Business Operations introduced As an eight-year veteran of the NBA and star at Duke, J.J. Redick has played in front of his fair share of crowds. But on Saturday, Redick played in front of someone he never had before: his 11-week-old son Knox. “My wife brought him onto the court with about 12 minutes left until the game and it was one of the most surreal things I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said Redick. “I got emotional … I could have gone 0 for 30 and it still would have been one of the top three days in my life to have my son at my NBA game. It’s incredible.” But there would be no 0-for-30 performance. Instead, Redick put on a show for the Staples Center crowd and his special spectator, busting out of a shooting slump with 30 points to lead the Clippers to a 106-102 win over Portland in a battle of Western Conference contenders. PHOTOS: Clippers defeat Portland Trail Blazers 106-102center_img Portland’s Damian Lillard (25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) put the Clippers fans on edge in the final seconds, cutting the lead to two points twice with driving layups. The Clippers’ ensuing possession after Lillard’s drive cut the lead to 104-102 ended with a missed shot and groans from the crowd. But that quickly became roaring cheers as a last-second tip of the ball by DeAndre Jordan sent it to Crawford, who drew the foul and hit the two clinching free throws. L.A.’s win helped remove the bad taste from Wednesday’s 121-104 drubbing at the hands of Golden State and helps get Redick back into form. “I’m a believer in the law of averages, everything balancing out,” Redick said. “It’s tough to be in a shooting slump and shots are not falling. But I’m a very positive person … I knew I would eventually make some shots.” In addition to Redick and Crawford’s second-half play, the Clippers got a gutty effort from Blake Griffin, who was battling a stomach bug all afternoon. The star power forward managed to finish with 23 points and never considered sitting out. “He was big for us tonight to play and be out there battling,” said Redick. “He is an ultimate competitor and he knows how much this team needs him, particularly right now with the way we are playing this season. He was there for us for sure. It was great.” Portland outplayed the Clippers on their home court in the opening half, building up a nine-point lead behind some early hot 3-point shooting, as it hit six of its first seven attempts from deep. While the Clippers’ 3-point defense tightened up in the second quarter, holding Portland without one, the Blazers also put in 18 second-chance points. last_img read more