Q: What's the connection between heroin in Glasgow and a dead goat in Turkey? A: Anthrax
posted by Len
on Jul 21, 2012 -
How two American kids became big-time weapons traders
- "Working with nothing but an Internet connection, a couple of cellphones and a steady supply of weed, the two friends — one with a few college credits, the other a high school dropout — had beaten out Fortune 500 giants like General Dynamics to score the huge arms contract. With a single deal, two stoners from Miami Beach had turned themselves into the least likely merchants of death in history." (via
; previously on arms contractors
posted by kliuless
on Mar 21, 2011 -
As Americans raise a glass today to family and absent friends they do not have to worry if they are drinking The Real McCoy
was an American sea captain and rum runner
Originally from Daytona, he cut his ties
and moved North when
My mom passed away, my wife left me, and my bulldog died.
The foe was the Coastguard
; the smugglers normally had sail
The Halifax Historical Museum is now running an exhibition
about him; and here is a preview
of a documentary with an interesting review
and some publications
about Rum Running.
(* your interpretation may vary
posted by adamvasco
on Nov 25, 2010 -
tells "the fascinating story of smuggling in 18th and 19th century Britain, when high taxes led to an dramatic increase in illegal imports. As the 'free trade'" grew, smugglers openly landed contraband in full view of the customs authorities: columns of heavily-armed thugs protected the cargoes." Includes a gazetteer with Google maps links so you can scope out some lonely cove
to land contraband of your own in the footsteps of your forefathers and introduces you to famous smugglers
like Isaac Gulliver
, who never killed a man in a long career. Though of course, it was an enterprise where things often would turn ugly
posted by Abiezer
on Oct 9, 2008 -
Federal and state government officials and border activists say the garbage dumped in the Sonoran Desert
by illegal immigrants and their smugglers is staggering. The cleanup is costing taxpayers millions. The Southern Arizona Project
(pdf) is a multi-year program setup by the Bureau of Land Management to mitigate the impacts to the ecology by illegal immigration and smuggling. In 2006 alone, more than 1.18 million pounds of trash was collected along the southern Arizona border.
posted by netbros
on May 7, 2008 -
The Idol Thief
"Vaman Ghiya operated one of the most extensive and sophisticated clandestine antiquities rings in history, and he had grown rich in the past three decades by smuggling thousands of Indian antiques to auction houses and private collectors in the West."
posted by dhruva
on May 14, 2007 -
The Swiss are investigating an international smuggling ring suspected of providing nuclear program components to Libya. There's just one problem
. Meanwhile, the United States is opening full diplomatic relations with Libya
and removing it from its list of nations that sponsor terrorism.
posted by EarBucket
on Jun 2, 2006 -
If you're not Cheney's friend, be careful what you sell overseas
- While residing in Poland, British citizen Ali Manzarpour was arrested for the export of a Berkut 360
, a small kit plane manufactured in the United States, to Iran. The issues surrounding this application of American law overseas on foreign nationals notwithstanding, the US Department of Justice Attorney's office could not explain what sensitive technologies were in the plane, which could motivate the arrest. Coincidentally, Halliburton's use of a Cayman Islands subsidiary to trade with Iran without restrictions
, and, with the help of the Department of State, the United States remains the largest arms dealer
in the world.
posted by AlexReynolds
on May 30, 2005 -
Speaking of bibles, a man gets 2 years in prison
in China for smuggling them to an underground Christian organization. Nothing like religious tolerance.
posted by catatonic
on Jan 28, 2002 -
50 tons of weapons smuggled from Iran on a Palestinian ship. Palestinians claim the ship has nothing to do with them, even though Israel asserts that the ship's captain and officers are all Palestinian Naval officers. Palestine says it is an Israeli attempt to ruin the mission of the American, Zinni. I think Palestinians are lying here (similar to what they have always done) ... What do you think?
posted by yevge
on Jan 4, 2002 -
Perry Wacker gets a 14 year sentence.
For killing attempting to smuggle 60 people into the UK, he was sentenced to 8 years in prison. For killing 58 of them he was sentenced to a further 6 years.
He should have gotten the death sentence, or at least life-without-parole. Why was he charged with manslaughter instead of murder?
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Apr 5, 2001 -
Hizbollah supporters arrested for Cigarette smuggling.
The men may have netted up to $10,000, and according to an "confidential Canadian source" were under orders to buy night vision goggles for Hizbollah, which is considered a terrorist group by Israel and the United States. Their leader is said by another(?) source as being "very comfortable around weapons."
I don't think it's a coincidence that this story is coming to our attention during the peace talks at Camp David. There's nothing in any article I have read on this story giving any substantial proof that these people and their arrest were really front-page events. Does anyone else feel that reportage of the Middle East, and indeed US policy, is clouded and indeed skewed, perhaps in much the same way as the States' Cuba policy?
posted by chaz
on Jul 21, 2000 -