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French consular employee caught smuggling guns to Gaza using diplomatic car

French consular employee caught smuggling guns to Gaza using diplomatic car

An employee of France’s consulate in Jerusalem is under arrest for allegedly smuggling weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, according to French media reports, which have been confirmed by Israel.
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Trump administration accuses California of “bankrolling” human smuggling operations

Trump administration accuses California of “bankrolling” human smuggling operations

The Trump administration on Monday accused the California state officials of “bankrolling” criminal human smuggling rings via so-called sanctuary policies.

On the eve of President Trump’s first visit to the state since taking office, his administration took another shot at California lawmakers who have pledged to fight a federal lawsuit against new state laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally. Administration officials said those laws and policies endanger federal agents and make immigrant communities less safe.

“We’re giving them a selling point,” said an administration official. “We’re lining their pockets. Sanctuary cities are bankrolling the very criminal organizations that can smuggle terrorists, that smuggle weapons, that smuggle drugs and have killed border patrol agents.”

Last week, the Trump administration filed suit against California challenging a new state law that restricts how and when state law enforcement can interact with federal immigration authorities.

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Israel claims to have ‘blocked WMD smuggling to Hezbollah’ after alleged strike on Damascus airbase — RT News

Israel’s defense minister has broken Tel Aviv’s secrecy over its policy on Syria, stating it is working to prevent weapons of mass destruction from reaching Hezbollah. It came hours after a rocket attack on a Damascus air base was blamed on Israel. Speaking to ambassadors from the European Union on Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel is “working, first and foremost, to defend the safety of our citizens and to protect our sovereignty, and we are trying to prevent the smuggling of

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DHS may leave known smuggling route into U.S. unprotected

DHS may leave known smuggling route into U.S. unprotected

Agent told ‘by end of month we’re not covering it anymore’ An active smuggling route at the U.S. southern border with Mexico will be largely abandoned by the government at the end of this month, an agent with U.S. Border Patrol has informed WND. The so-called “S2 route” runs along a two-lane county road through […]

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Israel thwarts smuggling of rocket fuel material, commando knives into Gaza

Israel thwarts smuggling of rocket fuel material, commando knives into Gaza

August 10, 2016, 3:57 PM (IDT)

Israeli customs inspectors at the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Tuesday foiled efforts to smuggle graphite bars, used for the production of rocket fuel, and commando knives into Gaza. The bars were headed to a facility of Gaza’s electric utility while the knives were hidden in a shipment of tools. The inspectors made the discoveries after receiving a tipoff from the Shin Bet domestic security service.      

 

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Russian customs seize hundreds of bear paws in illegal smuggling operation to China

Russian customs seize hundreds of bear paws in illegal smuggling operation to China

Customs officers carrying out an anti-smuggling operation in Russia’s Far East came across a grisly discovery  –  525 bear paws headed for China. Apart from the bear paws, 3,978 mink furs, 2.4 kilograms of jade, and a 4-kilogram fragment of mammoth tusk were among the contraband seized on Monday, RIA Novosti reports.

The total value of the undeclared goods is estimated at around US$620.000. The cargo, which was sealed in big bags with labels written in Chinese, was seized from a boat in Russia’s Khabarovsk Region. The owner of the vessel has been charged with two counts of smuggling. The perpetrator confessed that the cargo was to be transported from Khabarovsk to Tongjiang city in the Heilongjiang province of China to be sold on the black market.

Bear paws are considered a delicacy in Chinese restaurants, where they are often added to soups or barbecued. Some dishes containing them can cost up to $1000. According to experts, the paws from the smuggled load belonged to both Brown and Himalayan bears. Himalayan bears are on the critically endangered list, as their population is dramatically decreasing.
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British-Iraqi man accused of smuggling hundreds of migrants into Britain

British-Iraqi man accused of smuggling hundreds of migrants into Britain

A British-Iraqi man is accused of leading a human trafficking network that has smuggled hundreds of migrants into the UK since 2014. Rekawt Kayani, an Iraqi Kurd who arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 2003, is facing extradition to France for allegedly managing a trafficking ring in Dieppe on the northern coast […]Source: British-Iraqi man accused of smuggling hundreds of migrants into Britain