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      10 The Portugal News •  19 Jan 2018                                News


      Defendants confirm prison drug                                                                                       A third of air


                                                                                                                           ambulances
      trafficking network led by Brit                                                                                      unable to fly



      Two prisoners confirmed in a court case on Monday there was a drug trafficking network                               at night
      inside Coimbra prison in northern Portugal.
                                                                                                                           A third of air ambulances,
                                                                                                                           A third of air ambulances,
                                                                                                                           A third of air ambulances,
                                                                                                                           A third of air ambulances,
                                                                                                                           A third of air ambulances,
                                                                                                The first defendant to give
                                                                                                                           including the one based at
                                                                                                                           including the one based at
                                                                                                                           including the one based at
                                                                                                                           including the one based at
                                                                                              evidence said he took part in the  including the one based at
                                                                                              trafficking network, taking  Santa Maria hospital in
                                                                                                                           Santa Maria hospital in
                                                                                                                           Santa Maria hospital in
                                                                                                                           Santa Maria hospital in
                                                                                                                           Santa Maria hospital in
                                                                                              advantage of the fact that he was  Lisbon, are unable to make
                                                                                                                           Lisbon, are unable to make
                                                                                                                           Lisbon, are unable to make
                                                                                                                           Lisbon, are unable to make
                                                                                                                           Lisbon, are unable to make
                                                                                              serving his sentence in open
                                                                                                                           medical emergency night
                                                                                                                           medical emergency night
                                                                                                                           medical emergency night
                                                                                                                           medical emergency night
                                                                                              custody to receive doses of  medical emergency night
                                                                                              hashish, which he took into the  flights for not complying
                                                                                                                           flights for not complying
                                                                                                                           flights for not complying
                                                                                                                           flights for not complying
                                                                                                                           flights for not complying
                                                                                              prison in Coimbra, adding that on  with technical requirements
                                                                                                                           with technical requirements
                                                                                                                           with technical requirements
                                                                                                                           with technical requirements
                                                                                                                           with technical requirements
                                                                                              one occasion he managed to
                                                                                                                           such as lack of light-
                                                                                                                           such as lack of light-
                                                                                                                           such as lack of light-
                                                                                                                           such as lack of light-
                                                                                              smuggle 60 pellets of hashish  such as lack of light-
                                                                                              into the prison.             signalling landing guidance.
                                                                                                                           signalling landing guidance.
                                                                                                                           signalling landing guidance.
                                                                                                                           signalling landing guidance.
                                                                                                                           signalling landing guidance.
                                                                                                The defendant said he did not  According to the Portuguese
                                                                                              gain anything from the scheme,  newspaper Jornal de Notícias on
                                                                                              claiming he had opted to take part  Tuesday, which quoted data from
                                                                                              in order to guarantee that he  the country’s National Civil
                                                                                              could pay back the money he  Aviation Authority (ANAC), of the 33
                                                                                              owed to his brother.         hospital units that have facilities to
                                                                                                Questioned by Judge João   accept helicopters, 10 have a ban
                                                                                              Ferreira, the 23-year-old    on landing at night, including
                                                                                              defendant explained that part of  Lisbon’s Santa Maria hospital
                                                                                              the drug’s final destination was
      Coimbra prison guards pictured here last month protesting against working conditions. The facility is
      Coimbra prison guards pictured here last month protesting against working conditions. The facility is
      Coimbra prison guards pictured here last month protesting against working conditions. The facility is
      Coimbra prison guards pictured here last month protesting against working conditions. The facility is  one of the alleged leaders of the  which needs to use the Lisbon
      Coimbra prison guards pictured here last month protesting against working conditions. The facility is
      currently under scrutiny due to a complex drug trafficking network which reportedly operated within the
      currently under scrutiny due to a complex drug trafficking network which reportedly operated within the
      currently under scrutiny due to a complex drug trafficking network which reportedly operated within the
      currently under scrutiny due to a complex drug trafficking network which reportedly operated within the              military airports.
      currently under scrutiny due to a complex drug trafficking network which reportedly operated within the
      prison. (Photo: Paulo Novais/Lusa)
      prison. (Photo: Paulo Novais/Lusa)
      prison. (Photo: Paulo Novais/Lusa)
      prison. (Photo: Paulo Novais/Lusa)                                                      group, known as “Sabat,” with the  The prohibition was enforced by
      prison. (Photo: Paulo Novais/Lusa)
                                                                                              intermediaries keeping another  the authority which is responsible
             oimbra criminal court  that the group had an “organised”  Steven Johnson, who had been  part of the drug.     for certification and supervision.
             began a trial this week  nature, involving prisoners and  sentenced in 2013 to a maximum  Another 26-year-old defendant  In addition to lack of signalling,
             of 28 defendants       non-prisoners under the      sentence (25 years), as the leader  said, he was a drug user and was  the authority said that it is also due
      Caccused of drug              leadership of three “highly violent”  of a group that kidnapped and  in charge of collecting the drugs  to “regular inspection.”
      trafficking inside the prison.  men, who were even feared by  tortured a Briton in the Algarve in  taken into the prison. He also  According to the newspaper,
        At the beginning of the trial, two  some prison guards.  2010. The inmate is currently  said, he ended up being    this is happening for more than
      defendants confirmed the       Leaders of the network include  serving his sentence in the United  threatened when one of the  twenty years after the start of the
      prosecutor’s charges which stated  a 54-year-old British citizen called  Kingdom.       orders went missing. TPN/Lusa  air ambulance service. TPN/Lusa
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