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US Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaine

WASHINGTON: US authorities seized about 18.5 tons of cocaine with a street value of $500 million (389.50 million pounds) in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday. The cocaine was taken off the Coast Guard cutter James in the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday after it was confiscated from 15 drug smuggling vessels in the international waters, the Coast Guard said. Multiple U.S. Coast Guard cutters helped seize the drugs of Mexico, Central and South America, it said. Some 49…

Spain’s police seize massive cocaine haul in banana cargo

MADRID: Spanish police said Thursday they had seized over six tonnes of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas and arrested 16 suspects, some of them wanted in the Netherlands. The police raid in the southern port of Malaga also netted cash, weapons and luxury vehicles. The operation broke up a trafficking ring made up of well-known Dutch criminals based on Spain's Costa del Sol, police said in a statement. They had specialised in smuggling cocaine into Spain and the Netherlands. "Some were considered priority…

Land mafia grabbed, sold President Arif Alvi’s plot in Karachi

KARACHI: A group of land grabbers not only occupied but sold President Arif Alvi's 400 square yards plot in Karachi, ARY News reported. Arif Alvi had bought this plot in Block 10, Gulistan-e-Johar, for Rs50,000 in 1978, 40 years ago. He could not reclaim it even after passage of many years. He had declared this plot in his asset details with the Election Commission of Pakistan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.  The PTI leader had submitted an application with the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) in…

Indian police seize balloons stamped with ‘I Love Pakistan’

RAJASTHAN: It’s not long ago when the Indian forces caught ‘spy pigeon’ claiming its root in Pakistan, and now cops in the neighbouring country have come up with something more startling. It’s balloons. The police in Rajasthan's Sriganganagar district captured two balloons with words 'Pakistan and I Love' written on them. Don't miss: From “spy pigeons” to home-grown rebels, Indian media never misses to establish Pakistani link The villagers informed the police about the balloons, SHO Raisighnagar police station Majid…

UK court lets Indian banks search, seize tycoon Mallya’s properties: media

NEW DELHI: A consortium of Indian banks can search and seize the properties of Indian businessman Vijay Mallya in Britain, media reports said on Thursday, citing the decision of a British court. India wants to extradite Mallya from Britain on fraud charges and to help nearly a dozen Indian banks recover loans granted to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the tycoon, co-owner of the Force India Formula One motor racing team, fled to Britain in March 2016. The case against Mallya centres on a series of loans…

54,610 liquor bottles, cans seized at sea

KARACHI: The security teams of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and Pakistan Navy seized a large quantity of liquor smuggled from International sea routes. According to a statement, the operation was carried out while conducting maritime security operations in the Pakistani Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).  “The successful seizure of liquor was an outcome of a coordinated and complex operation involving persistent surveillance & patrolling in the area.” A total of 9392 liquor bottles and 45218 beer cans…