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Female executive director of Bay Area police union charged with importing fentanyl, opioids to U.S. over six years

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Head of the San Francisco Bay Area police union is facing federal charges for her involvement in not only  smuggling thousands of synthetic opioids including fentanyl into the United States, but also intent to distribute them as well to our citizens.

64-year-old Joanne Marian Segovia, Executive Director of the San Jose Police Officers Association, “has been charged with attempt to unlawfully import a controlled substance — specifically valeryl fentanyl, a fentanyl analog — according to a complaint filed in federal court earlier this week” reports ABC News.

Documents show that between 2015 and 2023, Segovia received 61 shipments labeled with unsuspecting terms such as “Wedding Party Favors,” “Shirts Tops,” “Gift Makeup,” “Chocolate and Sweets,” “Food Supplement,” “Health Product” and “Supplement.”

The illicit drugs were shipped to Segovia from countries including Hong Kong, Hungary, India and Singapore, according to the complaint.

ABC News reports:

Between July 2019 and January 2023, as part of an ongoing Homeland Security investigation into controlled substances being shipped into the San Francisco Bay Area from India, authorities intercepted and opened five such shipments and found that they contained thousands of pills, including the synthetic opioids Tramadol and Tapentadol, prosecutors said.

In a voluntary interview with Homeland Security agents in February, Segovia reportedly claimed to have only ordered “supplements” and “nothing out of the ordinary,” according to the complaint. She reportedly denied ordering or receiving prescription medications through the mail and said that she would never do so, adding, “I wouldn’t even know where to start,” according to the complaint.

In a second interview earlier this month, Segovia allegedly told investigators “that she had nothing to do with the orders sent to her” and blamed them on a woman she identified as a “family friend and housekeeper,” according to the complaint.

Segovia continued to order controlled substances even after the February interview with Homeland Security, prosecutors allege. On March 13, federal agents in Kentucky seized a parcel purportedly containing a clock that originated from China that was addressed to Segovia and allegedly contained valeryl fentanyl, the complaint said.

Amid the investigation, agents also found emails and WhatsApp chat messages on Segovia’s phone allegedly talking about shipments of drugs.

 

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Israel Defense Forces say coalition successfully intercepted over 99 percent of Iranian drones, missiles

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The U.S., U.K, France, and Jordan came together with Israel to intercept the onslaught of Iranian drones targeting Israel, according to multiple reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded defiantly, saying his country is “strong” and prepared to defend itself from any threat.

“Our defense systems are deployed, and we are prepared for any scenario, both in defense and offense. The State of Israel is strong, the IDF is strong, the public is strong,” Netanyahu said.

“We appreciate the US for standing by Israel’s side as well as the support of the UK, France and many other countries,” he continued.

“I established a clear principle — whoever hurts us, we will hurt them. We will defend ourselves from any threat and we will do so calmly and with determination.”

In conjunction with the attack, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei launched a tirade against Israel on Saturday and blamed the Jewish state for the recent attack on an Iranian compound in Damascus, Syria.

“The malicious regime has made a wrong move in this case. It should be punished and it will be punished,” he said of Israel.

National Review reports:

Iran typically targets Israel through its network of well-resourced regional proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel continues to fights its war against Hamas sparked by the terrorist group’s mass civilian slaughter and rape on October 7.

Hamas rejected another temporary cease-fire proposal after negotiations began in Cairo, Egypt last weekend between U.S., Qatari, and Egyptian officials. The cease-fire proposal would have seen Israel exchange hundreds of Gazan prisoners for dozens of the hostages held in captivity by Hamas.

As for injuries, a seven-year-old girl suffered severe injuries from shrapnel that fell directly onto her home. She was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a head wound. An estimated 31 people in total were treated for stress and minor injuries.

 

 

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