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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 21. 1974 Major narcotics campaign smashes smuggling ring NEW YOKK (AP> A ma- jor United States-Canadian campaign against narcotics from Southeast Asia led Wednesday to the opening of smuggling charges against 44 men and two women of various nationalities. U.S. officials indicated that the street value of the heroin allegedly smuggled might run to more than million. There was no estimate of the total value of opium, also said to have been handled by the group. "They are significant in- dictments, in a new area of the narcotics traffic." said U.S. Attorney Paul Curran. announcing a two-year joint investigation by United States enforcement agencies and the RCMP. Curran said a widespread roundup was underway in New Specialists in all types ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 York. San Francisco, Van- couver and other cities with a number of persons already in custody. One reason for keep- ing the indictments secret was the extradition of defendants from Thailand, it was said. Curran said the smuggling charges were "the initial re- sults of an ongoing major international effort designed to disrupt the flow of heroin and other opiates from Southeast Asia to North America." The indictments, filed and sealed last September and October, indicated smuggling activity in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Van- couver, Japan, the Philli- pines, Thailand and Hong Kong. The United States has mov- ed for extradition of some de- fendants from Canada and Thailand and for arrests in Thailand and Singapore. Marijuana penalty removal assists courts, police EF101 OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. Work line More than 250 young people line up to apply for jobs on the False Creek, B.C., redevelopment project in Vancouver. Men and women applied for jobs building an extension to the sea wall. Ice skating latest craze in Singapore By JOHN ROBERTS SINGAPORE (Reuter) Iceskating on the Equator? Sounds like a joke. But its the latest craze in sports- conscious Singapore. When the first ice rink open- ed a few months ago, four resident nurses were kept busy patching up novice skaters whose only previous sight of ice was in cubes. The Jurong rink, planned by a Japanese company and developed along with local firms, has already proved its immense popularity. As for broken, or twisted an- kles, the Singaporeans are too keen to be put off and are rap- idly finding their balance. The rink attracts some skaters or spectators every day and the number leaps to at weekends. It's all great fun for a country that knows little of seasons or cold spells. The giant freezing equip- ment at the Jurong rink transforms the normal humid Singapore temperature of 86 degrees to a delightfully cool 49. The visitor would never know he was just 80 miles north of the Equator. INSTRUCTION FREE Free guidance is provided by 27 instructors, seven of them Japanese. Their main task is to prevent any serious accidents and to give new- comers a sense of security as they wobble round the rink for the first time. The most common skating accident, cut hands, is largely prevented by insistence on thick woolen or leather unusual sight in sweltering Singapore. Officials are surprised at the success of the enterprise, especially as the rink is about 10 miles from the centre of town and costs, with the ren- tal of skates, more than twice the price of a movie ticket. "Its amazing how people have picked it up. Scarcely anyone before knew how to skate. Now it seems everyone is doing it." one company representative said. By MICHAEL SATCHELL Washington Star News WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 Twelve months ago Oregon quietly became the first state to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Today, according to an Oregon prosecutor, state courts have been unclogged, there's more jail space, the police have more time to pur- sue crimes and respect for the police by young people has im- proved substantially. BIG SUCCESS J. Pat Horton, district at- torney for the Eugene area, told participants at the third annual convention here that decriminalization in Oregon has enjoyed a comfortable transition with widepsread acceptance by the electorate. In a word, it's success. Equally as significant, ac- cording to Dr. Thomas E. Bryant, president of the privately funded Drug Abuse Council, are results of a sur- vey the council commissioned in the state. Preliminary analysis indicates that the number of pot smokers has not significantly increased since decriminalization and that.of those who have smok- ed marijuana since the new law was passed, 40 per cent said theis use decreased while only 5 per cent said they were smoking more. The Oregon experiment is crucial to the success of NORML's goal of nationwide decriminalization of the mari- juana laws, a fact underlined when Dr. Robert L. Dupont, chief White House spokesman on drugs told the conference that the government wanted hard facts and results before following the Oregon lead with federal marijuana laws. Pot smokers in Oregon face a fine of up to for posses- sion of an ounce or less of the weed and they are ticketed by police rather than formally arrested. State courts have generally settled on a fine and there is no recidivism provision meaning that, like a parking ticket, the fine doesn't increase with multiple offences. BIGGEST FEARS Horton said one of the biggest fears of Oregon law- makers was that endorsing decriminalization would mean legislative sanction for using the drug and for the reason they retained criminal penalties for selling. The prosecutor also made these points: Before decriminalization, police were spending a dis- proportionate amount of time chasing pot smokers who are an "easy arrest." The change in laws has given them more time to pursue violent crimes and thus, better serve the community. The impact on criminal courts has been significant. One third of the total number of cases awaiting trial have been removed from the docket. And the jail population is now made up of felons rather than young people whose marijuana smoking "crime" was victimless. The change in pot laws has removed the threat of a ciminal arrest record that would hamper a young per- sons future or prevent an arrested pot smoker from entering several of the professions such as law or teaching. "Acceptance of the new legislation in Oregon has been over whelmingly positive, es- pecially among middle aged people who have children in grade, junior high or the high school Horton said. "An attempt by a small number of people to restore the criminal penalties for possession was overwhelmingly defeated." Rep. Edward Koch, D N.Y., the co sponsor with Sen. Jacob Javits, C N.Y., of a decriminalization bill that has gone nowhere in Congress, said he would re introduce it in January. GREY CUP INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL RY World's First remote control color TV that flashes the channel number across the screen everytime you change a channel. Model C2033 20" Color Remote control TV with "Electronic Channel Display" that flashes channel number on screen every time channel is changed. 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