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- In Bogota, Columbia a U.S. helicopter crashed, killing seven police officers. This was the third fatal crash involving U.S owned helicopters in less than a month. The UH-1H helicopter was part of a sortie of "Hueys" donated by the U.S, to aid the war on drugs in South America. Wreckage was found on Sunday in Urada province, a banana growing region which has long been a battleground for leftist rebels and the state.

- 12 officers in Mazomanie, Wisconsin spent Sunday destroying wild growing hemp from all over Dane County. The task force, which was made up of members of the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, worked most of the day collecting, cutting and burning the crop. "Most of the marijuana is left over from hemp farming during the two World Wars," Sheriff Sgt. Mark Twombly told an AP reporter. Industrial hemp contains THC in amounts far too small to produce intoxication.

- In England this week, a night watchman discovered two thousands grams of marijuana on a Royal Navy destroyer. Ironically the HMS Newcastle was returning from a six-month tour of duty combating drug-running in the West Indies. After the whole crew was fingerprinted, two men were caught and found guilty of conspiracy to import drugs. Six other men have also plead guilty for their role in the smuggling ring.

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