Brit wanted in US for pot nabbed in PH

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

Mison said the US Embassy in Manila had sought the arrest of Gypsy Nirvana, 53, 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,” said Mison in a statement.

He said Nirvana, who is being held at the BI detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City, was arrested on Aug. 27 at the Subic Freeport in Olongapo City.

Mison said a US district court in the state of Maine had issued an arrest warrant for the fugitive after he was indicted on multiple counts of narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

The acting BI chief described the Briton as a high profile fugitive. He said a team of US marshals was expected to come to Manila to pick him up after the BI Board of Commissioners shall have issued the order for his summary deportation.

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

He said the scheme was uncovered after several informants, who were Nirvana’s former associates, tipped off US authorities about his activities.

On July 11, 2011, customs agents at Boston Logan International Airport 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 detailed the extent of the Briton’s marijuana business,” he said.

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

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  • blue_lights

    “had sought the arrest of Gypsy Nirvana”

    It would appear that his parents were also high on pot when they picked his name…

    • catmanjohn

      He might be an interesting dude,,, imagine with his business acumen and intelligence, he could help small businesses in the PH with advice and marketing skills. Recipients of micro loans could use an advisor like him for free. Besides, pot is practically legal now in the U.S.

  • 33Sam

    GOVERNMENT SHOULD COME CLEAN AND ADMIT THAT IT ITSELF IS THE BIGGEST DRUG DEALERS ON THE PLANET. THE U.S. MILITARY GROWING AND MOVING OPIUM IN AFGHANISTAN, ERIC HOLDER, JANET NAPOLITANO SHIPPING GUNS TO MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS IN FAST AND FURIOUS AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT GROWING MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

    BOTTOM LINE THESE “KINGPINS” WANT TO BE THE SOLE CONTROLLERS OF THE TRADE AND DO NOT WANT COMPETITION. THAT’S WHY THEY’VE MADE POT ILLEGAL SO IT CAN DRIVE THE PRICE UP AND DISCOURAGE ANYONE ELSE FROM GETTING A TASTE OF THE ACTION!!!

    GOVERNMENT, YOU ARE SO FULL OF $HIT!!!

    • go88

      Many ignorants in the USA, empty heads like this idiot crazy_joe, that’s why the US government is so eager to see Europe destroyed as there is still critical thinking ….

      • 33Sam

        YES I AGREE!!!

      • crazy_horse_101010

        where is your proof america wants europe destroyed since most of euope belongs to nato and they are allies. you show how smart you are by kissing the azz of the biggest loser and wacko in these forums . areyou to morons going to get married i pity your children they wont hae a chance with parents who have IQs lower than a tapeworm kissy kissy aint love grand. and you call everyone else ignorant thats a laugh moron HAWHAWHAWHWHAW 33sam and go88 a marriage made in hell

  • Oscuro

    I’m headed for Nepal next year for Shivaratri – I’m going to bring 2 boxes of Krispy Kremes along with me for the “trip”.

    Pot has been good for my migraines.

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