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Diplomatic Bag Is Used To Bring In Heroin (UK)
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-30-2003 | Tim Butcher

Posted on 10/29/2003 5:18:30 PM PST by blam

Diplomatic bag is used to bring in heroin

By Tim Butcher, Africa Correspondent
(Filed: 30/10/2003)

A row between Britain and Sierra Leone was threatened yesterday after Gatwick customs officials discovered heroin worth thousands of pounds spilling out of what appeared to be a diplomatic bag en route to the West African nation's high commission in London.

They found the heroin after the bag, which had arrived at Gatwick from Freetown, burst open, scattering video tapes packed with the heroin.

Four Sierra Leonean government officials have been arrested in Freetown and are being questioned in connection with an alleged smuggling ring.

There are suggestions that a Nigerian drug cartel ring is behind the incident.

London has demanded a full explanation of such an apparent abuse of diplomatic protocol by President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah's government in Sierra Leone.

"Initially it would appear to have been part of the diplomatic bag from Freetown to London, but further investigation is needed to clarify this point," a Foreign Office spokesman said in London.

"If it is confirmed as part of the diplomatic bag, I would have thought a protest would be made to the Sierra Leonean High Commission."

Corruption is blamed for plunging the country into economic decline and civil war since independence from Britain in 1961.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: africa; bag; diplomatic; heroin; nigeria; sierraleone; wod; wodlist

1 posted on 10/29/2003 5:18:30 PM PST by blam
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2 posted on 10/29/2003 5:18:49 PM PST by Bob J ( them out!)
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To: blam
I just hate it when my heroin laden bags bust open like that !
3 posted on 10/29/2003 5:21:53 PM PST by Delta 21 (MKC USCG-ret)
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To: Delta 21
Yeah- I'm sure that it "just happened" to burst open all by itself, right in front of the Customs guys. BWAHAHAHAAA!
4 posted on 10/29/2003 7:03:50 PM PST by RANGERAIRBORNE ("My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me"- Benjamin Disraeli)
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To: blam
I knew about the Nigerian 4-19 scams, but not only didn't I expect the participants to be paid at all, I certainly didn't expect them to be paid in pure heroin! From government officials, whose recently deceased uncles were the Comptroller General of the treasury.
5 posted on 10/29/2003 8:17:44 PM PST by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: blam; *Wod_list; jmc813
So if you criminalize a commodity its dealers get rich enough to corrupt government officials. How 'bout that.
6 posted on 10/30/2003 6:38:12 AM PST by MrLeRoy (The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. - Jefferson)
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WOD Ping
7 posted on 10/30/2003 8:42:22 AM PST by jmc813 (Michael Schiavo is a bigger scumbag than Bill Clinton)
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To: coloradan
Whenever I receive a letter from a Nigerian whose deceased relative left him with $millions to move out of his country, I reply that I met the supposedly deceased relative during a "swinging singles" orgy and that he was laughing at his stupid family and government and was spending money as if there were no tomorrow.

I then offer to recover their money and relative for a large fee to be paid in cash. My e-mail my "bio," includes a photo of the subject now-living "relative" (actually, one of Al Sharpton, PeeWee Herman or Bill Clinton, depending on my mood), and is "cc-ed" to a fictional Treasury agent."

Tis better to give than receive. And I have been receiving fewer and fewer "requests for my kind assistance".... 8~)

8 posted on 10/30/2003 9:43:22 AM PST by tracer
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