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Albania: 2.2 tons of cannabis found inside sofas PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:52
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Police in Albania say they have seized 2.2 metric tons (4,850 pounds) of cannabis hidden in sofas to be shipped to nearby Italy.

Police found the drugs late Monday after searching a truck at the port of Durres, 33 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital Tirana. The Macedonian driver was arrested, according to a police statement Tuesday, which did not give further details.

The seizure occurred a day after police discovered 1.6 tons of cannabis hidden in a forest in southwestern Albania, also believed to be destined for Italy.

Albania, one of Europe's poorest countries, produces large quantities of cannabis. In the key southern growing region of Lazarat alone, annual production is estimated at 900 tons, worth about 4.5 billion euros ($6 billion) — about half the country's GDP.


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WWI artillery shells found in luggage at O'Hare PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:08

CHICAGO (AP) — Baggage screeners at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London.

The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe.

TSA spokesman Jim McKinney says a bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger.

The teens told law enforcement they obtained the shells at a French World War I artillery range. It was not clear how.

TSA explosives experts believe they are French 77 mm shells.

They were seized Monday evening while the teens were transferring to a flight to Seattle.

The teens were questioned then allowed to travel onward. They weren't charged.


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Woman complains to police about marijuana quality PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 15:24

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Police in East Texas have arrested a woman after she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased from a dealer.

Lufkin police Sgt. David Casper said Monday that an officer went to the home of 37-year-old Evelyn Hamilton to hear her complaint that the dealer refused to return her money after she objected that the drug was substandard.

Casper says she pulled the small amount of marijuana from her bra when the officer asked if she still had it.

She was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hamilton said Monday that she spent $40 on "seeds and residue." She says she called police when she got no satisfaction from the dealer's family.


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Massachusetts home intruder turns out to be a duck PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 10:05

NORTH READING, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman's home quickly quacked the case.

A North Reading woman called police Saturday from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had broken into her home.

Officers who responded found no sign of a break-in.

But during a quick search of the home, police found a soot-covered wood duck.

Police say it appears the duck got in through the chimney.

An officer caught the duck and released it into a nearby pond.


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Mystery surrounds death of Tennessee twins in home PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 08:01

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Strange, sad and macabre, the discovery of the skeletal remains of twin brothers Andrew and Anthony Johnson has mystified neighbors and others in Chattanooga and beyond. Each man was found seated in an easy chair inside the modest home they shared for decades, and where they apparently died together about three years ago, with no obvious signs of foul play.

Even while they were alive, though, the 63-year-old twins were something of a mystery to their neighbors, who occasionally saw them wearing surgical masks while gardening but never saw them with visitors.

"I didn't even know their names," said retiree Linda Maffett, who lived across the street.

In an interview about the Johnsons she added, "It's a strange story, it's a sad story. I think it's sad that they were sitting there that long with nobody checking on them."

Police went to the home March 29 after being asked to check on the brothers by a relative who had a key. Officers found the twins' decomposing bodies sitting in recliners in the living room. Their conditions suggested that both men had been dead since 2011.

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