Mexican beauty queen, 20, killed in gun battle between soldiers and drug dealers
A 20-year-old state beauty queen died in a gun battle between soldiers and the alleged gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with in a scene befitting the hit movie “Miss Bala,” or “Miss Bullet,” about Mexico’s not uncommon ties between narcos and beautiful pageant contestants.
The body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez was found Saturday lying near an assault rifle on a rural road in a mountainous area of the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa, the chief state prosecutor said Monday. It was unclear if she had used the weapon. (AP Photo/El Debate, Gladys Serrano)
Toronto and Ottawa should open multiple safe-injection sites: study
Ottawa and Toronto should set up a total of five safe-injection sites where drug users can shoot-up legally, urges a new report whose recommendations would mark a major expansion of the controversial concept if implemented.
Spearheaded by two public-health experts, the report suggests the site would curb the spread of HIV and other infectious disease, prevent some overdose deaths and reduce injection in public places.
Six-tonne Afghanistan hash shipment disguised as chocolate drink intercepted en route to Canada
The RCMP says a massive shipment of hash, disguised as “specially formulated” chocolate drink flavouring and hidden in hollowed-out particle board before being shipped out of Afghanistan for Toronto, likely would have seen profits returned to the troubled region to fund militants if not for an international police effort.
Five men — four Canadians and a Dutch national — were arrested in Toronto when they tried to pick up the 500 wood boards from the sea container. Another man was arrested earlier in the Republic of Tajikistan, where the load was first discovered before its wending, international journey.
To the shock of the men in Canada, police say, most of the expected cargo — 5.7 tonnes of hash, with an estimated street value of $69-million— had not even made it out of Asia. (Photos: Adrian Humphreys/National Post;RCMP)