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A driver pulled over for using his mobile phone leads police to a £45MILLION meth haul

  • 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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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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.

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Apple announces iOS 10, which puts 3D Touch almost everywhere

While 3D Touch was a nifty addition to iOS 9 with the iPhone 6S, it seems genuinely useful in iOS 10. From your lock screen, you can press on the right side of the screen to unlock the camera quickly, or the left side to open up widgets (things like weather and recent news). And when it comes to third-party apps, you can use 3D Touch to do things like see live action from ESPN’s app or track your car by pressing down on Uber’s app.

At WWDC today, developers seemed particularly excited about being able to tap into Siri. As one example onstage, Apple’s software engineering head, Craig Federighi, showed off dictating a WeChat message using Siri. You can also have Siri call for cars with Uber and Lyft; search for photos in apps like Pinterest and Shutterfly; and control workouts from Runkeeper. Siri will even be able to send payments to others with voice commands. Siri will also bring its intelligence to iOS 10’s keyboard, powering things like smart suggestions, scheduling with friends as well as multilingual typing.

Basically, you’ll see much more relevant QuickType suggestions appearing above the keyboard. And if you’re chatting with a friend about getting dim sum at 11, Siri will be able to schedule that into your calendar pretty easily.

As for other updates, the new iOS 10 Photos app will use “advanced computer vision” to power facial and object recognition. That’ll allow it to automatically tag and categorize your photos, similar to Google Photos (the only difference is that Apple’s version works locally). A new “Memories” feature groups together related photos to let you quickly relive your vacation experiences on the fly, complete with a variety of music mood choices and a map of where you’ve traveled. On the iOS 10 Maps front, Apple is aiming to be a lot more proactive. You can slide up from the bottom of the app to see suggestions of potential trips, which includes entries from your calendar. Turn-by-turn navigation is a lot more detailed, and it’ll be able to take over your car’s console if it’s CarPlay ready.

iOS 10 Maps is also opening up to developers, which will let you do things like book Uber cars and make OpenTable reservations without even leaving the app.

There’s also a redesigned Apple Music app1, which sports a face-lift and can help you find music you’d like more easily. You can also glimpse lyrics right below songs currently playing. The revamped Apple News app sports around 2,000 publications, and it finally supports built-in subscriptions and breaking news notifications. If you’re paying for the WSJ, you’ll be able to access stories without leaving the app (though I wonder how Apple’s partners feel about users being led away from their own apps). On the HomeKit front, Apple has created a new app called “Home” that’ll serve as your connected home hub. It’ll also let you do things like watch your security camera feed right from the lock screen. While lots of companies have vowed to support HomeKit, the Home app will hopefully unify all those disparate smart home devices.

Apple has also revamped the phone experience this time around. iOS 10 can transcribe your voicemails2, so you don’t have to waste time listening to messages. And, as seems to be the theme today, Apple is opening up its phone extensions to third parties. A call-security app from Tencent, for example, can tell you if an incoming call is potentially spam. And VoIP apps will be able to have their calls show up on your recent calls list and lock screen. You’ll also be able to add contacts from those apps to the iOS favorite contact section.

Last, but certainly not least, are a slew of upgrades for the Messages app. Those include bigger emojis, the ability to find emojis based on text and special effects that take over your entire phone’s screen. A new “invisible ink” feature will also obscure messages and photos, which adds a bit of allure (or potential danger if you’ve got pranksters among your contacts).

“I’m not sure I want to open that,” Federighi said when confronted with an obscured image during the demo. That’s something all iOS users could end up feeling later this year. You’ll also be able to send handwritten messages, as well as edited live photos, through the new Messages app. Apple is basically trying to make Messages a lot more fun — hopefully so that people will use it instead of something like Snapchat.

And yes, third-party apps will also be able to integrate much more easily with iOS 10’s Messages app. Developers will be able to get their hands on iOS 10 today, and we hope to get some time with it soon. As a major new OS release, it seems a bit disappointing if you were expecting an entirely new look.

But for Apple, a company known for not playing well with others, it’s also a big step towards making iOS a lot more developer-friendly.

Get all the latest news from WWDC 2016 here3!


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