Niagara Regional Police have seized $2,700 in cocaine from a home on Northwood Drive in St. Catharines.They had been investigating in conjunction with the Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit and the Opioid Unit.A search warrant was executed on Tuesday, January 22 at 4 p.m. Three people were arrested.Arrested and charged were 19 year old Toronto resident Rubens Kanate, 57 year old St. Catharines resident Simone Caroselli and a 16 year old young offender. They were charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime. A search of the home revealed crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, as well as money believed to be the proceeds of drug sales. The residence in question was located directly across the street from a public school. Police surveillance showed the drug sales were active during school hours.All three men were held pending a bail hearing set for January 23, 2019.
“The Government and the company have disregarded the well-being, culture and livelihoods of the Phnong indigenous people who make up more than half the population of the province, and many breaches of the law and of human rights have been committed,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia, Peter Leuprecht, said in a statement yesterday.He asked Government to cancel the agreement of last August to provide an initial 10,000 hectares of state land to Wuzhishan L.S. Group for a pine tree plantation in Mondulkiri province, with a promise of a further 189,999 hectares. “As with other economic land concessions, no environmental or social impact assessments were carried out, and local populations and authorities were neither informed nor consulted,” he said.The concession encompasses hilly grasslands and dense forest in the valleys and along the waterways of southern Mondulkiri. In September, the company started spraying the hills with large amounts of the herbicide glyphosate, later burning sprayed areas. The hills are used by the Phnong to graze their cattle.Ancestral burial areas and spirit forests have also been desecrated and the company has taken farm lands and rice fields, Mr. Leuprecht said. The concession should not have been approved as the Land Law establishes the right of indigenous people to collective title, he added.
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