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By Los Angeles Times | August 21, 1991
WASHINGTON -- An apparent surge in the smuggling of hashish across the Pacific has left federal officials baffled and troubled by what some fear may be a new effort to market the drug in the United States, according to law enforcement sources.In the past several weeks alone, federal authorities patrolling off the West Coast have intercepted many times more hashish than the nation's entire estimated annual consumption of the concentrated marijuana derivative, officials say.Authorities say they have not yet uncovered any signs that large quantities of the drug have become available on American streets.
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June 24, 2002
Thirty-two adults and one juvenile were arrested and charged with possessing and distributing drugs at a concert Saturday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Howard County police said the 33 were arrested by uniformed and undercover police at a concert featuring Trey Anastasio. Police said 16 adults were charged with distribution of drugs and 17 adults were charged with possession (one of those also was charged with distribution). The juvenile was charged with possession. Police said they seized LSD, Ecstasy, opium, hashish and marijuana.
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By Michael Slackman and Michael Slackman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 4, 2001
BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon - For seven years, Abu Mohammed tried to support his wife and five children by growing melons. But there was never enough water, and even when weather conditions were good, no one wanted to buy his produce. So now he's cultivating a crop sure to sell: Cannabis sativa, the spiky, olive-green plant used to produce hashish. "To us, this is just a crop," he says as he checks his plot, stretching the length of a football field alongside the main road in this sunburned valley in northeastern Lebanon.
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By Michael Slackman and Michael Slackman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 4, 2001
BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon - For seven years, Abu Mohammed tried to support his wife and five children by growing melons. But there was never enough water, and even when weather conditions were good, no one wanted to buy his produce. So now he's cultivating a crop sure to sell: Cannabis sativa, the spiky, olive-green plant used to produce hashish. "To us, this is just a crop," he says as he checks his plot, stretching the length of a football field alongside the main road in this sunburned valley in northeastern Lebanon.
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January 19, 1994
A headline Sunday on a news brief in The Sun erroneously indicated that the seizure of 40 tons of hashish in Pakistan was accomplished by U.S. troops. The troops involved were from Pakistan's Anti-Narcotics Task Force, which has been funded by the United States.The Sun regrets the error.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2001
An East Baltimore man was arrested this week just minutes after a female resident of the house where he lives signed for delivery of a golf bag that contained cocaine with an estimated value of $75,000, police said. Lt. Michael Tabor, head of the Central District drug enforcement unit, said police received a tip a few days ago from U.S. Customs agents in Miami that the golf bag was on its way from Jamaica to a house in the 1700 block of E. Lombard St. Tabor said the bag was delivered about 3 p.m. Monday by an undercover officer posing as a courier service employee, and the man was arrested.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer | March 30, 1995
On the surface, David Basta appeared to be a general contractor whose wood-and-stone home graced a 57-acre parcel on pricey Belfast Road in northern Baltimore County.But narcotics investigators say that the company was bogus and that from the mid-1980s to 1993, Mr. Basta headed one of the largest marijuana and hashish rings in Maryland.An indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court charges Mr. Basta and seven others with offenses that include drug trafficking and money laundering, federal prosecutors announced yesterday.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | April 23, 1992
Two Canadian nationals were being held last night on $100,000 bail each after their arrest at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport in connection with the possession of 4.8 pounds of hashish oil, worth more than $20,000, according to a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service official.Christena Saunders, 28, a resident of Ontario, Canada, arrived at the airport Monday night on an Air Jamaica flight from Montego Bay. She was waiting to board a flight bound for Canada when her nervousness aroused the suspicion of an immigration officer, said Louis D. Crocetti, deputy director of the Maryland office of the INS.Ms.
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June 24, 2002
Thirty-two adults and one juvenile were arrested and charged with possessing and distributing drugs at a concert Saturday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Howard County police said the 33 were arrested by uniformed and undercover police at a concert featuring Trey Anastasio. Police said 16 adults were charged with distribution of drugs and 17 adults were charged with possession (one of those also was charged with distribution). The juvenile was charged with possession. Police said they seized LSD, Ecstasy, opium, hashish and marijuana.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1999
After stopping a van for speeding on southbound Interstate 95 in Jessup yesterday, state troopers searched the vehicle and reported finding several pounds of suspected semisolid marijuana and hashish oil worth several thousand dollars.Three Florida men were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, police said. Tfc. Clifford Hughes of the Waterloo barracks, who was driving an unmarked patrol vehicle, said he paced the 1986 Chevrolet van with Florida tags at 77 mph in a 65-mph zone and stopped it about 8: 30 a.m.He said he became suspicious when he noticed that there was no luggage in the van and when the men gave conflicting information about their trip to New York.
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By Richard Irwin | June 28, 2001
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Baltimore City Eastern District Drug arrest: A man free on bail after he was accused this month of importing cocaine and hashish oil into the country was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of 10 pounds of marijuana -- valued at $60,000 to $100,000 -- found in the basement of a house in the 500 block of E. 22nd St. Matthew Virtue, 34, was arrested...
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2001
An East Baltimore man was arrested this week just minutes after a female resident of the house where he lives signed for delivery of a golf bag that contained cocaine with an estimated value of $75,000, police said. Lt. Michael Tabor, head of the Central District drug enforcement unit, said police received a tip a few days ago from U.S. Customs agents in Miami that the golf bag was on its way from Jamaica to a house in the 1700 block of E. Lombard St. Tabor said the bag was delivered about 3 p.m. Monday by an undercover officer posing as a courier service employee, and the man was arrested.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1999
After stopping a van for speeding on southbound Interstate 95 in Jessup yesterday, state troopers searched the vehicle and reported finding several pounds of suspected semisolid marijuana and hashish oil worth several thousand dollars.Three Florida men were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, police said. Tfc. Clifford Hughes of the Waterloo barracks, who was driving an unmarked patrol vehicle, said he paced the 1986 Chevrolet van with Florida tags at 77 mph in a 65-mph zone and stopped it about 8: 30 a.m.He said he became suspicious when he noticed that there was no luggage in the van and when the men gave conflicting information about their trip to New York.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
The raid on George Goehring's Baltimore home was snake-bit from the start.First, federal agents slipped on ice as they tried to enter the house on Lake Montebello Drive, where they had traced a small package of hashish from Amsterdam. When they couldn't break the door down, they broke through the glass. Once inside, a U.S. postal agent opened fire, striking Goehring -- a songwriter and antiques dealer with no criminal record -- in the forearm.But there was a problem. Goehring, 63, said he was simply trying to surrender.
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January 19, 1997
This article appeared in the Sunday Sun on Aug. 24, 1924. Besides using stereotypes of Mexicans, Asians and other ethnic groups to create hysteria about marijuana, the article gives misinformation about the drug's effects. This article and others based on emotionalism rather than science created the groundswell that led to the criminalization of the drug. Today, the proponents of marijuana legalization use old articles and movies like "Reefer Madness," to argue that the public has been duped into believing that the drug is dangerous.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | August 4, 1996
JERUSALEM -- Simon Perry didn't shave. He dressed in his grungiest clothes and wore his baseball cap backward like a hip hop boy. This was his first "mesibat acid" -- his first acid party -- and he wanted to fit in. And he did.Perry mingled with more than 400 party-goers in a forest outside Jerusalem. And after a drug dealer sold him a tab of LSD, Perry -- a tall, athletic-looking undercover police officer -- busted him.In wooded parks across the country, young Israelis are letting their hair down at all-night parties featuring dissonant dance music, glow-in-the-dark decorations and hits of Ecstasy and other hallucinogens for sale.
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November 15, 1992
Police seize hashish, arrest 4 in EdgewoodA raid last Tuesday at an Edgewood apartment led to four arrests and the seizure of three ounces of hashish and an ounce of marijuana, police said.Arrested at an apartment in the 600 block of Edgewood Road and charged with intent to distribute hashish were Renee Gail Randolf, 21, Robert Scott Fiesel, 20, and Derek Donovan Garcia, 20.Christopher Charles Milland, 19, and a 17-year-old jumped from a third-floor balcony as members of the Covert Operation Division of the Harford County Sheriff's Office entered the apartment.
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By Richard Irwin | June 28, 2001
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Baltimore City Eastern District Drug arrest: A man free on bail after he was accused this month of importing cocaine and hashish oil into the country was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of 10 pounds of marijuana -- valued at $60,000 to $100,000 -- found in the basement of a house in the 500 block of E. 22nd St. Matthew Virtue, 34, was arrested...
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1996
Hoping to find answers to problems that plague Baltimore, two city police officers will leave for Rotterdam today to spend a month learning how their European colleagues police a society with liberal attitudes toward drugs and prostitution.The officers will study a range of police tactics and operations, and city leaders want the officers to bring back specific ideas, from how Rotterdam officers interact with citizens to how they deal with the infiltration of Russian organized crime.As in other cities in the Netherlands, hashish and marijuana are bought openly -- in small quantities -- and smoked in so-called coffee houses.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer | March 30, 1995
On the surface, David Basta appeared to be a general contractor whose wood-and-stone home graced a 57-acre parcel on pricey Belfast Road in northern Baltimore County.But narcotics investigators say that the company was bogus and that from the mid-1980s to 1993, Mr. Basta headed one of the largest marijuana and hashish rings in Maryland.An indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court charges Mr. Basta and seven others with offenses that include drug trafficking and money laundering, federal prosecutors announced yesterday.
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