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J'can drug trafficker to face court
BOSTON, United States (CMC):
A Jamaican national, described by law-enforcement authorities as a major marijuana trafficker, will appear in a court today, following his arrest in Philadelphia over the weekend.
Dwight Langley, 49, was taken into custody outside his house in the community of Stonehurst. Law-enforcement officials said that several barrels filled with 83 pounds of marijuana with a street value of US$360,000 were seized.
They said they also confiscated just over US$8,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia.
Investigators believe Langley is a major drug trafficker with international connections, and Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Langley was being investigated for months.
A judge arraigned Langley on charges of violation of the Health and Safety Act for possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bail was set at US$250,000 pending his court appearance today.
Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules
The German government proposed measures yesterday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet was proposing a six-month limit on EU citizens staying in the country, which is Europe's biggest economy, without a job. In addition, he said EU citizens suspected of having abused Germany's welfare system can be banned from re-entering the country.
"Freedom of movement is an essential part of the European integration, which we fully stand behind," de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin. "However, that does not mean we should close our eyes to the problems that come with it."
He said the new regulations were similar to those adopted by other EU countries.
De Maiziere said poor EU citizens have tended to go to certain regions of Germany, exacerbating problems there. To help alleviate them, he said the government was setting aside some €25 million (US$32.9 million) this year for cities that are especially affected by so-called poverty migration.