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April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019: Albania airport heist: armed gang stole £10m from Austrian plane

SITUATION An armed gang has reportedly stolen 10 million Euros from an Austrian Airlines passenger jet preparing to take off at the airport in Tirana, the capital of Albania, in a deadly heist in which one robber, suspected gang leader, was shot dead by law enforcement personnel. According to Euro news, four armed men “posing as tax investigators” pulled up in a van on the airstrip at Tirana International Airport as the money was loaded onto an Austrian Airlines plane for transportation to a bank in Vienna. Witnesses testified that three robbers forced the pilots to lie on the floor...

 

April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019 : Dozens arrested in US sex trafficking sting operation

SITUATION More than 50 people have been arrested in a sex trafficking sting operation coinciding with a major US sports tournament, and 28 alleged victims were rescued, police said Wednesday. Undercover agents posed as minors and "johns" -- customers of prostitutes -- for the five-day operation beginning April 4 and lasting throughout the "Final Four", the penultimate round of competition in the college basketball tournament known as "March Madness." The joint operation among 33 law enforcement agencies was timed with the arrival of tens of thousands of fans in the adjoining cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota, for...

 

April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019 : Louisiana : Suspect arrested over suspicious fires at black churches

SITUATION A suspect has been arrested in connection with a string of "suspicious" fires at historically black churches in Louisiana, authorities announced Wednesday. Three churches with predominantly African American congregations caught fire over the course of 10 days in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, this month, destroying the buildings and sparking fears about a possible racist motive. U.S. Attorney David Joseph announced the arrest in a statement late Wednesday, saying the unidentified suspect had been taken into state custody. “A suspect has been identified in connection with the three church burnings in Opelousas, Louisiana, and is in state custody," Joseph said. "The U.S....

 

April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019 : Owner of US-Canada border inn charged with helping 7 people to enter Canada illegally

SITUATION Robert Joseph Boulé, the owner of a U.S. border-town bed and breakfast has been charged with 21 counts under the Immigration Act for "inducing, aiding or abetting" seven people who attempted to illegally enter Canada. Boulé is the owner of Smuggler's Inn in Blaine, Wash. It is located just meters away from the B.C. border. Boulé was charged this week in B.C. with offenses alleged to have occurred between May 2018 and March 2019. He is accused of attempting to help seven different people enter Canada illegally. It's unclear whether any of them did, ultimately, enter Canada. Boulé remains in custody in Canada and none...

 

April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019 : Massive Seize by Singapore : 26 tons of endangered animal pangolin’s scales found

SITUATION Singapore has made the largest seizure of scales in its history. Endangered pangolins are the world's most trafficked mammal. Authorities have seized around 26 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered species over five days, authorities said Wednesday. In the latest seizure, customs officials on Monday found 12.7 tons of pangolin scales in 474 bags in a container marked as "cassia seed." The haul comes after authorities on April 3 discovered 12.9 tons of pangolin scales in another container disguised as frozen meat. Both shipments were en route from Nigeria to Vietnam and had a combined...