(Video) President Trump Outlines Death Penalty For ‘Big Pushers’ On Fight Against Drugs

Tessa Berenson


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President Donald Trump travelled to New Hampshire Monday to unveil a new plan to combat the opioid crisis in the U.S., including seeking the death penalty for major drug traffickers.

“If you break the law and illegally peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you and we will hold you accountable,” Trump said in Manchester Monday afternoon.

There are three prongs to Trump’s new plan: reduce demand and over-prescription, cut off the supply of illegal drugs, and support treatment and recovery for those struggling with addiction. The most controversial of his proposals concerns law enforcement— Trump officially announced Monday, after weeks of floating the idea, that he wants the Justice Department to seek the death penalty against drug traffickers.

“If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time,” Trump said onstage in New Hampshire. “That toughness includes the death penalty.”

Donald J. Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters and local politicians at an event at Manchester Community College on March 19, 2018 in Manchester, New Hampshire.© Spencer Platt—Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters and local politicians at an event at Manchester Community College on March 19, 2018, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Trump reasoned that “if you kill one person, you get the death penalty or you go to jail for life,” but drug dealers can kill “thousands” of people through their actions and wouldn’t get the same sentence. He said he wants capital punishment for “the big pushers, the ones that are really killing so many people.”

But some experts in the field are concerned. “We see that policing around drug use is skewed toward black and brown communities,” says Widney Brown of the Drug Policy Alliance, arguing that this policy would be a return to the “War on Drugs” era of the 1970s. “There’s no reason to think that the application of the death penalty would not also be skewed toward targeting people in those communities.”

Trump also walked through the other parts of his plan, including promising increased federal funding for the development of non-addictive painkillers and creating “very, very bad commercials” that show “unsavoury situations” brought on by drugs to scare children off trying them.

New Hampshire is an early primary state, but the president’s trip was billed as a non-political, policy-oriented event. “The opioid crisis is viewed by us at the White House as a nonpartisan problem searching for bipartisan solutions,” counsellor to the president Kellyanne Conway said on a call with reporters Sunday evening.

But Trump swerved into politics during the speech, linking his opioid efforts to building a border wall, sanctuary cities and the fight over DACA in Congress. And he made an explicit nod to a reelection campaign when he said, “I want to win this battle. I don’t want to leave at the end of seven years and have this problem.” Amid the ensuing cheers from the assembled crowd, he joked there were “a lot of voters in this room.”

Trump’s message to New Hampshire, one of the states hardest hit by the crisis, was simple: “I see what you’re going through,” he said.

“We’re pouring a lot of money and a lot of talent into this horrible problem,” he promised. “We’ll be spending the most money ever on the opioid crisis.”   (Time)


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Two Brothers Charged Over Bringing Suitcases Of Cocaine Worth £50m In A Private Jet

A suitcase containing packages of cocaine that was detained at Farnborough Airport© PA A suitcase containing packages of cocaine that was detained at Farnborough Airport  

Two British brothers are among five men charged with importing cocaine after £50m worth of the drug was found on a private jet.

Martin and Stephen Neil, from Poole in Dorset, are jointly charged with bringing the Class A drug into the UK.

Half a tonne of the substance was found during a raid on a private aircraft at in Hampshire, the National Crime Agency said.

The twin-engined jet which was carrying half a tonne of cocaine   © PA The twin-engined jet which was carrying half a tonne of cocaine  

The Britons, aged 48 and and 53, have been charged along with two Spaniards and an Italian national.

All five were held after the twin-engined jet was searched when it landed at Farnborough Airport after travelling from Bogota in Colombia on Monday.

The drug was hidden in 15 suitcases which were found on board, the Border Force said.

Border Force officers seized suitcases containing cocaine worth more than £50 million at Farnborough Airport© PA Border Force officers seized suitcases containing cocaine worth more than £50 million at Farnborough Airport  

National Crime Agency operations manager Siobhan Micklethwaite said the seizure was “one of the largest flown into the UK by plane in many years”.

The Neil brothers are due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning, alongside Italian national Alessandro Iembo, 28, of Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, and Spanish nationals Victor Franco-Lorenzo, 40, and 45-year-old Jose Ramon Miguelez-Botas.  (Sky News)

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Nigerians Top List of Foreigners Held For Drug Smuggling, Say Indian Officials

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Since 2012, the Navi Mumbai police have arrested 14 foreign nationals for smuggling drugs to the city and 13 of them were from Nigeria. One was from Ghana, the Hindustan Times has claimed.

Nigerians have reportedly topped the list of foreigners arrested for drug smuggling in Navi Mumbai over the past five years.

According to the sources from the anti-narcotic cell of Navi Mumbai police, a total of 66 narcotic related cases were registered between 2012 and April this year in the city. Nigerians were involved in 14 of these cases, the police said.

Barely a week ago, the police arrested one Nigerian from Kopar Khairane who had come to sell mephedrone rock and powder. Around 25g of the drug in powder form and 85g in rock form was seized from his possession.

Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police (special branch) said, “When it comes to drug smuggling by foreign nationals, by and large all the criminals are from Africa in general and from Nigeria in particular.

“The number of foreign nationals including those from Africa has also increased in the city over the past two years.”

The police said these Nigerians work in networks which also operate in other cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.

Apart from their countrymen, several Indians are also working in those networks.

Maya More, police inspector from the anti-narcotic cell said, “These criminals collect their drugs from people in their networks and then smuggle those to different cities.

“The biggest problem faced while trying to get details about their business is the language issue. We cannot interrogate them properly after their arrests, as many of them cannot speak proper English or any Indian language.”

Officials from the city special branch told Hindustan Times that presently, around 950 foreign nationals from nearly 70 counties are staying in Navi Mumbai and around 50 of them are Africans.

Amit Shellar, police sub-inspector from the anti-narcotic cell said, “Most of the Nigerians arrested for drug smuggling had come to India on a business visa.

“Initially, they would export garments from Mumbai to their country. However, when their business would fail, they would trade drugs for easy money.”

According to the crime branch official, such networks are operating in the city through word-of-mouth publicity.

“They initially target students from the affluent families and help in forming a habit of taking the drug. Once they create a good number of customers, they keep selling it to them,” an officer said on condition of anonymity.

Apart from drug smuggling, several Nigerians were also arrested for online cheating, credit card and debit card frauds among others.   (

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