Police in southern Italy have seized over a tonne of cocaine hidden in a Germany-bound refrigerated container used for transporting bananas, news agency ANSA said Thursday.
The drugs, with a street value of around 275 million dollars, were split in 144 packages hidden in a container from South America, the agency said.
According to the shipping documents the container’s destination was Germany.
The drugs were seized by Carabinieri police,with the help of customs agency and Interpol, in the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria near the Strait of Messina.
The agency cited a police statement as saying that the drugs were discovered after a few of the containers transported on the same boat from South America were scanned by customs.
Edited by Halima Sheji/Sadiya Hamza
Police arrest 23 criminals in Kabul
The Afghan police have arrested 23 individuals on charge of involvement in various crimes over the past two days in Kabul, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
The arrested men, according to a statement released by the ministry, were involved in theft, murder, disturbing public orders and holding illegal arms in and outside the capital city.
Seven pistols, two vehicles, three daggers and a fake vehicle’s number-plate have also been confiscated from the possession of arrested during the operations, added the statement.
Police patrol teams also arrested 10 outlaws and seized a large amount of narcotics elsewhere in the country on Monday, it said.
Rome marks 100th birth anniversary of Italian cinema icon Alberto Sordi
Rome on Monday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian cinema legend Alberto Sordi, with tributes from his peers, political leaders, and a street artist.
Sordi, who died in 2003, may have been Italy’s most beloved cinema figure, starring in more than 150 films in a career that spanned nearly seven decades, from the 1930s to the 1990s.
A famous scene from the 1954 comedy classic “Un Americano a Roma” (An American in Rome) featured Sordi trying to fit a huge forkful of spaghetti into his mouth in a single bite. Photos of that scene became such a cultural touchstone that they are still a common sight hanging on the walls of traditional Roman eateries.
Sordi is also known for playing comedic roles and some dramatic parts in numerous films.
On Monday, many of Italy’s best-known actors and President Sergio Mattarella gave tributes to Sordi.
Mattarella said that a sense of nostalgia has added to Sordi’s legacy. “Italy appreciates Sordi even more now than at the height of his career,” said the president.
Street artist Harry Greb also honored Sordi Monday, with a mural of the late actor driving a motorcycle — a scene from “Un Americano a Roma” — with current Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi as a passenger.
An exhibit honoring Sordi would have been open Monday, but was delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The “Alberto Sordi: 1920-2020” exhibit, set in his Roman villa, will open in September.
New York City Police Department to disband plainclothes anti-crime unit
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) will transition some 600 plainclothes anti-crime officers to other assignments including neighborhood policing and detective work, the NYPD commissioner said on Monday.
At a press conference at the NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan, Commissioner Dermot Shea said it is “a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city.”
Officers of the anti-crime unit specialize in undercover operations and perform patrol services in unmarked vehicles, in an attempt to spot criminals of usually violent crimes.
The unit has caused some tension between the NYPD and the community. According to The New York Times, it has been involved in some of the city’s most notorious police shootings.
The overhaul is also “in the realm of closing one of the last chapters of stop-question-and-frisk,” said Shea, referring to a controversial policing practice that often targets minorities.
“What we always struggle with, I believe, as police executives, is not keeping crime down — it’s keeping crime down and keeping the community working with us,” said the commissioner.
“I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city. We can do it with brains. We can do it with guile. We can move away from brute force,” he added.
The announcement came after weeks of protests against police brutality in the city, during which a number of officers were disciplined for using heavy-handed tactics toward largely peaceful protesters, and one was charged with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing for shoving a woman to the ground.
However, Shea noted on Monday that it is a policy shift “coming from me personally” instead of any reflection on NYPD officers, adding that discussions about the overhaul had occurred for about a year.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a police reform agenda that would ban chokeholds by police and allow for transparency of offices’ disciplinary records, among other reforms.
One feared dead in Kwara communal clash – Police
The Police Command in Kwara has confirmed the killing of one person in a communal clash that ensued between some herdsmen and the indigenes of Lata in the Patigi Local Government Area.
The spokesman of the command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, while confirming the development, however, noted that normalcy had returned to the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that many sustained varying degrees of injuries in the incident, which happened on Sunday.
Dangerous weapons such as knives, cutlasses were reportedly used by the people, while the crisis lasted, pandemonium was said to have enveloped the agrarian community.
Okasanmi said, “we learned that some indigenes of Lata community accused the herdsmen of riding motorcycles in dangerous and rough manner.
“The Fulani herdsmen were confronted and an altercation ensued between the two parties over the way they were acting.
“It was gathered that one of the herdsmen sustained serious wound during the melee that followed,” he said.
The Police spokesperson said this made the herdsmen to mobilise for a reprisal attack on the indigenes leading to the death of one person.
According to him, many others from both parties sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Felix Ajide (NAN)