UK Ex-Headmaster Jailed In Singapore Over Drug Case

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A British former headmaster of an international school in China has been jailed for 10 months in Singapore after admitting possession and consumption of methamphetamine, officials said Tuesday.

Damien Michael Charnock used to be the head of Dulwich College Shanghai, a branch of the exclusive London private school.

Police arrested the 60-year-old in March at an apartment in the city-state and discovered bags containing the drug and a glass contraption for smoking it, according to court documents.

The case has echoes of hit American TV show “Breaking Bad”, which tells the story of a chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and turns to making meth to raise money to secure his family’s future.

Charnock pleaded guilty to three drug charges, and the attorney-general’s chambers confirmed he was jailed on Friday.

His offences represented “a precipitous fall from grace”, defence lawyer Remy Choo was cited as saying by Singapore news outlet CNA.

“His life’s work as a talented and immensely devoted educator lies in tatters.”

He had been smoking crystal meth since 2017 and was employed as a curriculum developer at the time of the offences, the court documents said, without mentioning who his employer was.

Singapore — which has tough anti-narcotics laws — punishes consumption of methamphetamine with a jail term of up to 10 years, and a fine of up to Sg$20,000 ($14,700).

In an interview in 2015, Charnock said he was appointed to work at the Shanghai institution in 2014 after years as a headmaster at a school in London.

Dulwich College, founded in the 17th century, now has several branches in Asia, including in Singapore.

NDLEA Seizes Methamphetamine Worth 1.7 Billion Naira

drugscartelThe Anambra State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted 25.2 kilograms of Methamphetamine worth 1.7 billion Naira from a vehicle carrying the dangerous substance.

Addressing journalists at the Onitsha Command of the Agency on the latest development, the State Commander, Mr. Sule Momodu, says the command received intelligence information of the shipment of the dangerous drugs into the state for onward movement to Lagos.

In a swift stop and search exercise, the agency luckily intercepted the substance and arrested a 31 year old suspected hard drug dealer, Vincent Chidiebere.

Mr Momodu said the chemicals used for the production are highly toxic and can cause permanent destruction to the ecosystem while posing a serious health hazard to the community where it is produced.

He reminded the public that Governor of the state, Willie Obiano has pledged a reward of half a million Naira to anyone with information on where the substances are being produced within the state and assured of the readiness of the command, with support from the public in the area of information, to fight the illicit drug production and peddling in the state.

In a similar development, the Anambra state Police Command also paraded 20 suspected cultists and another notorious armed robbery suspect.

The new State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okaula, reiterated his crime fighting commitment and warned all criminal elements in Anambra state to relocate as the prevailing peace and security in the state can never be compromised.

Mr. Okaula said he has directed the Divisional Police Officers, Area Commanders and Heads of Departments to display their numbers for the public to access, as his own would also be displayed to ensure a collective attack on crime and criminality in the state.

NDLEA Discovers 40.255kg Of Meth Immersed In Melon

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have foiled a plot to smuggle 40.255kg of methamphetamine to South Africa on board a South African Airline flight.

The consignment is reported to have been detected at the cargo section of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos.

A total of 41 parcels of the methamphetamine were found hidden inside melon packed with cosmetics and provisions.

According to the NDLEA airport commander, Mr Hamza Umar, the drug was found in a bag of provisions and cosmetics.

The NDLEA also said that it has impounded a Hummer Jeep, Range Rover Jeep and a Bus from suspected members of the cartel.

The suspect, Mr. Ihedioha Chidi who is a patient medicine dealer said that he was given the sum of N450,000 to send the consignment.


NDLEA uncovers illegal drug factory in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has discovered a secret laboratory in Lagos South West Nigeria where the production of methamphetamine is done illegally.

Addressing journalist on Tuesday at the drug law enforcement agency’s headquarters, the Chairman of the agency, Ahmadu Giade says two buildings used to perpetrate the criminal act at the daily times estate in Satellite town, Lagos have been sealed.

He said that three Bolivians, Yerko Dorado, Ruben Jorge and Hugo Chavez Moreno have been apprehended and assisting the agency in its investigation on the matter.

Mr Giade also says 41.15 kg of ephedrine, 4.8 kg of methamphetamine as well as other chemicals and sundry gadgets used in the laboratory including three vehicles were recovered while two brothers Solomon Uzoka and Basil Uzoka have been declared wanted.

Methamphetamine is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol and is usually taken orally or intra-nasally by snorting the powder, by needle injection, or by smoking.

It is a strong stimulant that affects the central nervous system.

A derivative of Amphetamine, it is highly addictive.

Long-term methamphetamine abuse has many negative health consequences, including extreme weight loss, severe dental problems also known as “meth mouth,” anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behaviours.

Other psychotic features include paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions such as the sensation of insects crawling under the skin.
Some of the street names of methamphetamine are “speed,” “meth,” “chalk,” “ice,” “crystal,” and “glass.”