Four arrested in a drug bust in city of Gzira, Malta

April 2, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Four arrested in a drug bust in city of Gzira, Malta

SITUATION

On Monday, four men were arrested after a police raid in Gzira. Quite an  amount of cannabis and other objects related to drug trafficking were found in a garage. The area which was raided was under observation due to suspicion of it being used for drug trafficking. The Police found a considerable amount of cannabis and other objects related to drug trafficking. This raid was preceded by multiple days of observation. The police closed the road as they entered the garage. It was also reported that the police operation continued with a search of a BMW, which found a substantial number of bags, suspected to be cannabis. A magisterial inquiry is underway, as well as a police investigation.

Similarly in January, 2019, The Anti-Drug Squad, Special Intervention Unit and traffic division raided a residence in Triq tas-Sliema, Gzira, after being tipped off. Three men, aged between 30 to 48 and residing in Gzira and Sliema, were arrested after they were caught with sachets containing white and brown powder, suspected to be cocaine and heroin. Electronic weighing scales and other objects were also found in the building, indicating that the drugs were being prepared for sale.

CHALLENGE

Although in Malta, only 11% of treatment entrants solicit help for Cannabis, the percentage of those into heroin is the highest (70+). Cocaine use is more prevalent, at 15%, according to the same study

Cannabis resin also is the top-ranked drug which is seized in this country, based on quantities measured in kilograms. Government bodies must endeavour to provide a more coordinated mechanism to reduce the supply of and demand for drugs in society. Launched in 2008, the Maltese National Drugs Policy is built around six main pillars: (i) coordination; (ii) the legal and judicial framework; (iii) supply reduction; (iv) demand reduction, including harm reduction; (v) monitoring, evaluation, research, information and training; and (vi) international cooperation and funding

The government must do everything in its capacity and beyond to eliminate this drug crisis which plagues Malta. The authorities are trying to  process the huge number of arrested traffickers in a cost-efficient, time-efficient and human-resource- efficient manner. A fool-proof intelligence gathering mechanism is needed which can provide results-quickly, find out linkages between suspects, detect knowledge of specific crimes in a reliable and non-invasive manner.

The major challenge for the anti-drug-trafficking agencies is the inability to gain accurate intelligence such as  accurate background, involvement in recent criminal activity, how they managed to obtain such large quantity of contraband, the source of these drugs.

The other concern is that conventional systems such as DNA, fingerprints and interviews used during an investigation are not universally applicable and have proved to be useful to the extent which was expected.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

The Maltese anti-trafficking agencies aim to reduce drug abuse and related violent crime. For this the  agencies require accurate intelligence and leads from the arrested suspects or witnesses at an appropriate time. iCognative is a technology developed by Brainwave Science to support investigative agencies all over the world . It is the most advanced technology with an amazing accuracy to provide unprecedented levels of accuracy and reliability in intelligence gathering. It does so by tapping into the brain-a place where crime related information is stored for prolonged periods of time.

iCognative can be the weapon against rising crime and drug abuse. It is saviour of human rights because someone tested by this technology does not go through any torture or coercion. Law enforcement agencies must deploy iCognative technology to serve as a modern and valuable intelligence gathering tool to provide accurate critical intelligence, missing links, whereabouts of other criminals, route of drug smuggling and other vital information necessary for federal agents to investigate. This technology is precise in its results. Moreover, there are no false positives and false negatives. The cutting-edge iCognative test is completed in around 45 minutes and it provides virtually infallible intelligence which no other conventional investigation method such as interrogation, polygraph or fingerprinting can provide.

In this case, the four arrested persons can be made to go through an iCognative test to quickly screen and determine if they have crime related information present in their brains or not. The test administrator will use stimuli for this test. This information is related to the crime in question. Here, the stimuli can be image of the hidden piles of the contraband. With a bunch of contextual information and iCognative technology, investigations and interrogations can be most efficient and effective.

iCognative system records and analyzes the brainwave responses using a proprietary headset to record the brain responses of a suspect when confidential information (stimuli) are flashed on a digital screen. The test can determine with over 99% accuracy if the information under question is present in the suspect’s brain or not.

Brainwave Science’s  iCognative is applicable in more than 85% of criminal cases while the conventional investigation tools are helpful in only 1-2% cases. These features prove that iCognative is a technology which is fit to be used by law enforcement agencies around the globe. The Maltese authorities must add this technology to their arsenal, then it can greatly help them to reduce costs and time requirements for such cases.

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