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Briton wanted for drug trafficking in US nabbed in Subic

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MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Immigration agents have arrested a Briton wanted for drug trafficking in the United States, acting Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison said Saturday.

Mison said Gypsy Nirvana, 53, was apprehended after the US Embassy sought his arrest for allegedly manufacturing, exporting, and importing marijuana, and money laundering.

“There will be no letup in the BI’s campaign to catch foreign fugitives who are hiding in the country to evade prosecution for their crimes,” Mison said in a statement.

He said Nirvana, who is now detained at the BI detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City was arrested on August 27 at the Subic Freeport in Olongapo.

Mison added that a US district court in Maine had issued a warrant for Nirvana’s arrest after he was indicted on multiple counts of narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

The BI chief described the Briton as a high-profile fugitive, adding that a team of US marshals was expected to fetch him in Manila after the BI Board of Commissioners issues an order for his summary deportation.

For several years, the suspect profited hugely from his UK-based a marijuana seed auction business, which catered mostly to American customers who transacted with him either via the Internet or by mail and money wire transfers, Mison said.

He added that the racket was uncovered only after several informants, who were Nirvana’s former associates, tipped US authorities about his activities.

On July 11, 2011, customs agents at the Boston Logan International Airport in Maine intercepted a UK-bound shipment of marijuana seeds that were allegedly purchased by Nirvana, Mison said.

The incident resulted in raids by US Drug Enforcement Agency agents on several marijuana plantations in Maine and the arrest of suspects who exposed and detailed the extent of the Briton’s marijuana business, he added.

Mison said Nirvana was later indicted for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana; conspiracy to import marijuana; and conspiracy; and conspiracy to export marijuana from the US to England.


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  • walaywalay

    lol but they could not find LACSON NAPOLES or even JOC JOC
    imagine that

  • SamFox

    People need to know the history of cannabis prohibition. Cannabis was made illegal based on deception, lies, fear based propaganda & the greed of WR Hurst.

    Hurst was not even after the smoking version of cannabis. He was after hemp. So he tricked people into thinking that industrial hemp was the same as the cannabis that is smoked.

    Also some border states passed anti marijuana laws as a cover to discriminate against Mexican workers, other states to go after black jazz musicians. Jazz was supposed to have been evil. Go figure.

    Hurst is responsible for the loss of a LOT of trees. Hemp can be used to make paper superior to what comes from trees. Many, very many, ecological benefits could be realized if hemp was RE-legalized.

    While you research the benefits of med cannabis & industrial hemp, take a look at jury nullification. What you will find is that cannabis prohibition is based on a lot of big fat lies & jury rights have been suppressed.

    SamFox



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