Limerick drug dealers cutting heroin with cattle medicine

first_imgDrugs epidemic threatens to engulf Limerick City Email Facebook Gardaí across Ireland take on viral dance challenge Man and woman arrested after Gardaí seize cash and suspected drugs worth more than €28,000 Previous articleLimerick man jailed for threatening to kill Garda detectiveNext articleIce cream vans used as cover for Limerick drug dealer Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Youth arrested in connection with alleged assault on female Garda NewsLimerick drug dealers cutting heroin with cattle medicineBy Staff Reporter – November 4, 2016 3044 Linkedin HEROIN and cocaine sold by Limerick drug dealers is mixed with everything from talcum powder to cattle ringworm medicine.Forensic Science Ireland, based at Garda Headquarters, have confirmed the common belief that drug purity levels in Limerick can be less than 20 per cent with the other 80 per cent made up of a host of ingredients.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dublin purity levels are recorded at 28 per cent, which is well below the European average of 35-45 per cent.According to analysis of drugs seized by Gardaí, unscrupulous dealers are bulking or “cutting” cocaine with potent levels of levamisole which is used to kill parasitic worms in animals.Three out of every four cocaine seizures had levamisole present.Heroin found in Limerick had been cut to just 30 per cent but bulk seizures had purity levels of more than 40 per cent, indicating that local gangs are further cutting the drugs before distributing them on the streets.The State laboratory said that white sugars, caffeine, diazepam, paracetamol and creatine were also used in the drug mixes.Earlier this year, Kieran (40) and Brian Collopy (43) were jailed for eight years after they were found cutting, mixing and bagging €37,000 of heroin in mixing bowls and in the bath of a house in St Mary’s Park.The brothers were described as being at the “top end of the drugs pyramid”.Testing has shown that the drugs also contain benzocaine and lignocaine, which are local anaesthetics used in dentistry, as well as caffeine and phenacetin, a painkiller banned in a number of countries due to its cancer causing properties.There have been large quantities of Amphetamine seized in Limerick which have have had purity levels as low as 9.2 per cent.center_img TAGScollopydrug dealersdrugsGardaheroinlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Twitter Print WhatsApp Newcastle West Gardaí move Gardaí warn students of rental scamslast_img read more

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Former Turks and Caicos premier seeks immunity

first_imgMichael MisickPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — According to sources in the Haitian community in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), who tend to exchange information with their friends and relatives in Haiti, former TCI premier Michael Misick (45), who has reportedly sought refuge in the Dominican Republic, may be trying to use matrimony to escape repatriation and prosecution in the TCI. Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, is therefore in close proximity to sources in the Dominican Republic, who claim that Misick has married the daughter of a high ranking Dominican Republic official and therefore is immune from extradition. This would be the third known marriage for Misick.According to earlier reports, the Dominican Republic authorities had previously given assurances to their American and British counterparts that they would hand over Misick if called upon to do so.While this story has yet to be confirmed there is much local concern over the fact that the special investigation and prosecution team (SIPT) has yet to question Misick, who was the central figure in the 2009 Commission of Inquiry into allegations of widespread government corruption. Misick has rarely visited the TCI in recent times and has not been seen here since members of his former administration have been arrested and charged with a number of offences, including money laundering and bribery.One of Misick’s last political moves was to support current Progressive National Party (PNP) leader Clayton Greene in his quest to lead the besieged party in a late 2010 convention. All of the contenders were beneficiaries of the Misick regime and all were known to have supported Misick in the February 2007 elections, less than two years before the British Foreign Affairs Committee began to call for a Commission of Inquiry.Misick is the only member of the PNP to flee justice.Meanwhile, in a newly released press statement, former TCI chief minister turned pastor, Oswald Skippings, has said, “Michael Misick was neither the master or the mind that masterminded such an diabolical plot to take over the Crown land and all other tangible assets of the Turks and Caicos people and milk its coffers dry.”The former member of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) executive council and now party stalwart, who last served as deputy leader under Floyd Seymour, did not explain who in his opinion did mastermind the massive sale of Crown land and make the large and expensive loans for the hospitals, other large operating loans, approve purchases of millions of dollars worth of pavement and other government projects without the ability to pay for them.Skippings does, however, appear to contradict himself and charge both past politicians and administrators, saying, “Yes, some of the poor past politicians and administrators are guilty of some infractions and I might add with the help and collusion of executives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) who are no less guilty, including British governors and British appointed governors.”Skippings, who was once TCI’s youngest chief minister, goes on to chide those who continue to support the British takeover, which is now two-and-a-half years old. When the FCO first announced the need for an interim government, they anticipated two years of direct rule more or less.“The situation is such that even its [the direct rule government] once most ardent supporters and sympathizers have lost all confidence in this British regime, with the exception of a few like minded privileged sympathizers who are reaping where they have not sown and arbitrarily calling the shots at Waterloo [the governor’s residence on Grand Turk],” said SkippingsFinally, Skippings goes on to warn that the people of the TCI will soon emerge from an inactive submissive state to contest the continuation of British direct rule. Skippings did not call for any financial assistance, despite the wide spread discontent over massively increased taxation needed to address the large and increasing debts, as well as health care costs.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 20 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Former Turks and Caicos premier seeks immunity by: – February 27, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Program provides permanent housing for homeless vets

first_imgHousing Authority of the City of Gary Indiana Partnering VA Medical Facility Chicago HCS Public Housing Agency Cincinnati 5 Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority $34,755 Washington D.C. — To help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today awarded $239,745 to provide a permanent home to an estimated 46 veterans experiencing homelessness in Indiana.  The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.HUD-VASH reduces veteran homelessness because it provides funding for both the housing and supportive services that are essential for ending homelessness for veterans, many of whom are living in unsheltered locations. These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans.“We have few responsibilities greater than making sure those who have sacrificed so much in service to their country have a home they can call their own,” said HUD Secretary Carson. “The housing vouchers awarded today ensure homeless veterans nationwide have access to affordable housing and the critical support services from the VA.”   “The brave men and women who have served in our armed forces and their families have made incredible sacrifices to protect our freedoms. We must uphold our obligation to support those who have answered the call of duty,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. “While, we have made great strides in reducing veteran homelessness in half nationally since 2010 and by almost 20% in Indiana, these housing vouchers will help continue this trend by providing safe and affordable housing in conjunction with vital wrap-around services from the VA. We are proud to support those who have served.”Since 2008, more than 93,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 150,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. More than 600 PHAs administer the HUD-VASH program, and this most recent award includes 22 additional PHAs, increasing HUD-VASH coverage to many communities. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s veterans.In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Amount Indianapolis Housing Agency Indianapolis 5 Indianapoliscenter_img HUD-VASH AWARDS $52,506 21 $24,487 5 Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette 10 Number of Vouchers $25,150 Indianapolis $102,846 Indiana Housing and Community Development Authoritylast_img read more

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