David Elms, is in jail awaiting trial in Los Angeles in a case unrelated to the site, leaving the fate of his influential underground world uncertain. In dozens of conversations and in postings on the Internet in recent weeks, prostitutes have expressed concern that if The Erotic Review goes offline it could hurt business. But in the same breath, many are rejoicing about the potential downfall of Mr. Elms…Ms. Link, the deputy district attorney, said the criminal charges against Mr. Elms stemmed from a night in 2006 when the police were called to a hotel where they found him with 3.8 grams of cocaine and a loaded semi-automatic weapon. A prostitute was there and said Mr. Elms had forced her to perform oral sex at gunpoint, but there was not enough evidence to press charges on that accusation………READ FULL STORY http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/us/17erotic.html

NEW YORK — Seven people have been arrested in connection with two robberies where people thought they’d bought a cheap Porsche on Craig’s list, only to be beaten up and robbed, police said.A Pennsylvania couple responded to a Craigslist ad for a 2006 Porsche, police said:When they arrived, a group of men attacked them……….READ FULL STORY http://www.wnbc.com/news/15013111/detail.html

WEST VANCOUVER — It was a business venture worthy of famed ’70s potheads Cheech and Chong: Police officers called to investigate a possible drunk driver discovered $60,000 worth of marijuana plants being grown inside a car.The 140 plants — in two stages of growth — were being farmed inside a Toyota RAV4.”The investigators also discovered a transformer used to boost the electrical input of the car, as well as a watering can, a spray bottle and fertilizer. The man also had white sheeting, electrical cords and the right lighting.”……..READ FULL STORY http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=f38e2a4b-5901-4094-b496-60b37c6d83b


June 29, 2008

At first sight it looks like a regular cell phone — same size, same shape, same overall appearance.

But beneath the digital face lies a .22-caliber pistol, a phone gun capable of firing four rounds in quick succession with a touch of the otherwise standard keypad.

The US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are aware of the device and have instructed baggage screeners to be on the lookout for suspicious mobile phones. This is especially after 9/11.

European law enforcement officials — stunned by the discovery of these deadly decoys — say phone guns are changing the rules of engagement in Europe.

Airport authorities across Europe are implementing systems to X-ray all cell phones

“We find it very, very alarming,” says Wolfgang Dicke of the German Police union. “It means police will have to draw their weapons whenever a person being checked reaches for their mobile phone.”

The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Customs Service say they’ve been briefed on the new weapons.

“This criminal invention represents a potentially serious threat to law enforcement and the public,” said U.S. Customs Service Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.
“We received word about these guns last month. We have since alerted our field personnel to be on the lookout for ‘cell phone guns’ at U.S. ports of entry.”

Guns on the Move
These new covert guns were first discovered in October when Dutch police stumbled on a cache during a drug raid in Amsterdam.

In another recent incident a Croatian gun dealer was caught attempting to smuggle a shipment through Slovenia into Western Europe.

Police say both shipments are believed to have originated in Yugoslavia.
Interpol sent out a warning to law enforcement agencies around the world.
European border police and customs officers are at a heightened state of alert at all ports, airports and border crossings.Realistic Appearance

‘If you didn’t know they were guns, you wouldn’t suspect anything,” said Ari Zandbergen, spokesman for the Amsterdam police.

“Only when you have one in your hand do you realize that they are heavier,” says Birgit Heib of the German Federal Criminal Investigation Agency.

The guns are loaded by twisting the phone in half. The .22-caliber rounds fit into the top of the phone under the screen. The lower half, under the keyboard, holds the firing pins. The bullets fire through the antenna by pressing the keypad from numbers five to eight.

Amsterdam police says they are very sophisticated machines constructed inside gutted cell phones which do not light up or operate as real phones.
“These are very difficult to make. We believe experts are involved,” says Zandbergen.

U.S. authorities, including the FBI, ATF, Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Customs Service Authority have been supplied detailed information and pictures of these new weapons.

“They’ve been given a heads up,” said Jim Crandall, ATF spokesman.
To date no phone guns have been discovered either in the United States or in the process of being smuggled in, authorities say. But they know it’s only a matter of time.

FAA spokeswoman Rebecca Trexler said airport security officers had been trained to deal with this new threat.

“We don’t want to tell the bad guys exactly what we’re looking for,” she says, “We are trying to stay one step ahead.”Will Affect Travelers

Airport authorities across Europe are implementing systems to X-ray all cell phones, those procedures will likely be followed by airports around the world.
“This is just one more item that we need to pay special attention to because nowadays, of course just about every passenger carries a mobile phone,” says the spokesman for Frankfurt airport security.

Customs officials in the U.S. say their safety procedure has normally been to require travelers to turn their phones on, however that may no longer be enough. Cell phone users will have to be made aware that reaching for their phones in some circumstances could be misinterpreted as a threat by authorities.


OCALA, Fla. — Two women arrested during a traffic stop were apparently trying to trade a rare World War II-era Japanese machine gun for crack cocaine, police said……..READ FULL STORY http://www.local6.com/news/16567104/detail.html


AMSTERDAM — Starting next week, you’ll still be able to legally smoke a joint in the famously relaxed coffee shops of Amsterdam — but for a cigarette, you’ll have to step outside.The new law prohibits smoking in bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs to protect people from secondhand tobacco smoke. It is similar to bans that have swept across Europe since Ireland made pubs smoke-free in 2004, as well as restrictions across the USA.

The contradiction here is that the ban extends to coffee shops in the Netherlands that are renowned since 1976 for letting people buy and smoke marijuana or hashish without being arrested……..READ FULL STORY http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080627/a_pot27.art.htm

Police found numerous automatic weapons and explosives in the home, along with two fully automatic pill presses capable of making 12,000 pills an hour, and other equipment for manufacturing drugs.Police also alleged they found explosives in that home and a marijuana grow operation. Ten nearby homes were evacuated during the raid……….READ FULL STORY http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/26/bc-richmond-super-lab-ecstacy.html?ref=rss

Officers went to William Nickologianes’s home on Center Street Thursday afternoon to help his girlfriend pick up her belongings because she took out a restraining order against him.
That’s when police say they found a plastic shopping bag full of pot and drug paraphernalia in the kitchen.
Nickologianes came home a few minutes later. He had just been released from jail after being arrested earlier in the day for domestic assault and battery and illegal possession of a shotgun without a license.officers went into the back yard, where they say they found a pit ten feet into the ground with a strong smell of pot in it.
When investigators went down into the hole, they discovered the bunker – approximately 20 feet wide by 40 feet long – with several marijuana plants in different stages of growth. ……………….READ FULL STORY http://wbztv.com/local/carver.pot.bunker.2.758465.html

A trained nurse, Rachelle Jackson immediately ran toward the sound of the crash. A Chicago police car had collided with another vehicle and was starting to smoke, two officers still inside. Fearing an explosion, she quickly pulled one officer from the passenger side.She never imagined her act of kindness nearly six years ago would land her in jail for more than 10 months on charges that she robbed, battered and disarmed a peace officer………..READ FULL STORY http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-federal_jury_verdictjun13,0,4630555.story