Posts Tagged ‘Narcotics’

Via: Gawker
Some 2,600 police and army operatives swept through a Brazilian slum on Sunday, seizing 11 tons of marijuana and “a small arsenal” of weapons—including a missile—from a notorious drug gang. They also found a Justin Bieber mural.

Pezao, whom The Guardian describes as “one of the area’s top traffickers,” is apparently also one of the area’s top Justin Bieber fans. Brazilian news outlet R7 published the above photo, as well as several others documenting the narcos’ “mansions.” They’ll need to update for Bieber’s new haircut, obviously.

The “unprecedented” operation, which focused on the notorious 70,000-resident Complexo do Alemao, took place at 8 a.m. By 9:30 a.m. it had been “conquered,” (that’s what the police said, at least), and in the afternoon the government troops “hoisted the country’s green and yellow flag.” The hope was to weaken the Red Command drug gang and capture some of its notorious members—like Zeu, the drug lord behind the samurai-sword murder of Brazilian journalist Tim Lopes.

Will Farrell knows better than to hit a girl.


Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet. Via: BBC News
In its most recent issue, authoritative medical journal The Lancet published a study co-authored by Professor David Nutt, a former UK government advisor who was dismissed for suggesting that drugs should be classified according to harm, which used 16 criteria, “including a drug’s affects on users’ physical and mental health, social harms including crime, ‘family adversities’ and environmental damage, economic costs and ‘international damage’,’ in order to determine just how harmful certain drugs really were.

The UK’s Home Office responded to the report’s findings by reiterating their desire “to reduce drug use, crack down on drug-related crime and disorder and help addicts come off drugs for good.”