Seven Canadians May Face Trial on Drug Charges!

Seven Canadians May Face Trial on Drug Charges!
Posted by FoM on January 05, 1999 at 17:58:36 PT

MANAGUA Seven Canadians and one Nicaraguan were ordered to stand trial Monday on suspicion of growing Marijuana on a government-approved Hemp Farm. Only one Canadian, Paul Thomas Wayles, was under arrest. His hometown in Canada and other details about him were not immediately available. 
Officials said the other suspects were not in Nicaragua. Their identifies were also not available. The case involving the 100 hectare plantation has been an odd one ever since the Nicaraguan Agriculture Ministry approved the importation of hemp seeds from China to be used by the Hemp Agro International Nicaragua company for industrial use. Hemp was once widely used for its fibres in rope-making, but the plant also produces cannabis, or marijuana. The plantation, located just east of Managua, was burned in December by police on orders from the Health Ministry. Jose Dolores Talavera, a lawyer for Hemp Agro, said authorities "committed an error when they destroyed the plantation" and threatened to sue the government for damages suffered by the Nicaraguan-registered company.  The Canadian Press, 1999
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Comment #1 posted by Kymber Mayberry on April 21, 1999 at 11:16:56 PT:
DEA in Nicaragua
What the heck is the American Drug Enforcement Agency doing enforcing a flaky American law in another country? I though Reagan wasn't in office anymore? I hope the lawyers on this case really stick it to the American Government. Someone needs to really look into the operations of the DEA, and question their authority in this matter. Hello! Why does this agency refuse to draw a distinction and educate themselves? They stand to benefit too much by their stupidity...
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