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Sunday 18 February 2018

In brief: Cocaine hidden in fake pineapples

Customs officers found half a tonne of cocaine hidden inside plastic pineapples stored among a shipment of the real fruit in the Netherlands.

They said the shipment had a street value of €27.5m. Although Dutch police tolerate soft drug use, they crack down on trafficking in hard drugs like cocaine.

A holy smoke for drugs minister

A man who claims marijuana is a sacrament in his religion has been convicted of drug charges.

Trevor Douglas, from Colorado, said he would appeal after being found guilty of possessing the drug. He argued he should not be charged because marijuana served the same role in his religion, the THC Ministry, as communion wine in Christianity.

Barbers' fury as women banned

Male hairdressers in Gaza have complained over a Hamas edict banning them from having women customers.

The territory's Islamic militant rulers announced the ban last week. Islamic custom bars women from exposing their hair to strangers.

Cyanide killer jailed for life

A US judge handed down a life prison term for a doctor convicted of killing his wife with cyanide.

Relatives of the victim sobbed and held each other as Yazeed Essa (41) was sentenced in Cleveland. He could be eligible for parole after 20 years.

Cop charged on Katrina killings

A second ex-New Orleans officer was charged in a conspiracy to cover up a deadly police shooting of unarmed residents after Hurricane Katrina.

The shootings on the Danzinger Bridge killed two and wounded four others.

Writer handed out jobs and abuse

A New York City writer who offered jobs to women from Hungary, France and Brazil was accused of sexually abusing them.

A Westchester County grand jury indicted 66-year-old Joseph Yannai on charges including labour trafficking and sex abuse.

Irish Independent

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