Toys – Figures And Playsets – Emergency Services
- Police stop man using his mobile phone, find three kilos of meth on Friday
- Saturday a man was caught moving 10 kilos in a suitcase in St John’s Park
- Hours later they recovered ?1.4 million in cash in a house on Canberra St
- Afterwards, a raid on a house in Marrickville uncovered 76.7kgs of meth
A routine traffic stop by police of a driver who was talking on his mobile phone has led to the seizure of nearly ?45 million worth of methamphetamine. Police said they pulled a 26-year-old man over in Haymarket, in inner Sydney, on Friday after they spotted him using his phone while driving. Superintendent Danny Doherty, operations manager for the Central Metropolitan Region, says the man’s demeanour prompted officers to take a closer look.
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In a series of raids over the weekend, officers recovered 90 kilograms of the methamphetamine, with a street value of ?45million (pictured)
‘His behaviour, mannerisms and certain other information they had formed an opinion they had to search the vehicle – three kilos of meth were allegedly found in the car,’ Superintendent Doherty told reporters on Sunday. The discovery led police to stop a 30-year-old Marrickville man carrying a suitcase along Canberra Street in St Johns Park, in the city’s west, on Saturday afternoon. Inside the suitcase was another 10 kilograms of meth, police say.
Within hours police swooped on a home in the same street, where they arrested a 21-year-old man and allegedly seized ?1.4 million cash.
The raids began when police pulled over a man for talking on his phone while driving and found him to be acting suspicious
PIctured: Ann Street in Marrickville, where police uncovered 76.7 kilograms of meth
Another search warrant was executed at a home on Ann Street in Marrickville, where police say they found almost 76.7 kilograms of meth.
‘That equates to 900,000 street deals that have been prevented from hitting the streets, with an estimated street value of ?45 million. So that’s a significant impact on this network, he told reporters.
‘I was there last night, and to see nearly 77 kilos of meth in a room – that’s the largest amount of meth I’ve seen in 31 years in policing.’
The 30-year-old and the 21-year-old are in custody and will face Parramatta Local Court later on Sunday over proceeds of crime and drug charges. The 26-year-old man, from Hornsby in the city’s north, has already appeared in court and is expected to remain behind bars until he reappears in Central Local Court on Thursday. He has been charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
In a home on Canberra Street in St John’s Park, police found ?1.4million cash (pictured)
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The US House of Representatives could end the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lifeline subsidized phone program in a vote today. The bill, HR55251 or the End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2016, threatens to prohibit the FCC paying out subsidies to mobile phone carriers who offer discounted mobile phone service for low-income customers. The program, which was launched under the Reagan administration in 1985, was designed to give low-income households access to emergency services by eliminating the hurdle of high phone bills.
The program was later updated to give the option of using mobile phone service rather than landline and, under a 2016 reform2, broadband internet service was added to the program. HR5525, introduced by Representative Austin Scott (R-GA), would cut the program by prohibiting the FCC from using its Universal Service Fund to pay out subsidies to mobile phone providers to help cover the costs of the discounted phone service. Additionally, the bill would call for mobile carriers to pay back any funds they received from the FCC this year in 2017.
This is not the first time Scott has moved to kill mobile phone service for the poor. A bill with the same title was introduced by the Congressman in 2014 and failed to pass.
Among those opposing the current iteration of the bill is mobile industry lobbying group CTIA The Wireless Company, which argues3 in a letter to Congressional leaders that the bill “ignores America’s inexorable shift away from wireline and toward wireless service, and the reality that many of those the Lifeline program aims to help, like the homeless, simply cannot be served with wireline connections.”
“While CTIA appreciates the interest some have in limiting the size of the Lifeline program, capping the Lifeline program may be counterproductive to encouraging low-income consumers to adopt communications services that are essential to participation in today’s economy.”
The Register will have more on the story as it develops.