All posts tagged: lowlevel

From low-level drug dealer to human trafficker: are modern slavery laws catching the wrong people? | UK criminal justice

From low-level drug dealer to human trafficker: are modern slavery laws catching the wrong people? | UK criminal justice

Glodi Wabelua. Photographed in London by David Levene 23/1/24 Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian When armed police burst through his front door in Tottenham, north London, at 5am in September 2014, Glodi Wabelua knew things looked bad. The house was full of drug paraphernalia, including a hydraulic press, scales and mixing bowls, as well as a mobile phone full of incriminating texts advertising deals for crack cocaine and heroin. The case went to trial in February 2016, and Wabelua’s two co-defendants – who, like him, were aged 20 – received 10- and 11-year sentences. Wabelua, who had lodged an early guilty plea a year before, was handed six years for dealing class A drugs. He was not new to the criminal justice system, having already served three years for drug offences in his teens. But soon he would be charged with an even more serious crime. The dawn raid had been the result of a months-long investigation by the Metropolitan police gang unit. In spring 2014, five teenagers from London had been picked up by police …

Drone attack kills U.S. troops in Jordan and may point to low-level regional war

Drone attack kills U.S. troops in Jordan and may point to low-level regional war

A satellite view of the U.S. military outpost known as Tower 22, in Rukban, Rwaished District, Jordan, in October last year. Planet Labs via Reuters hide caption toggle caption Planet Labs via Reuters A satellite view of the U.S. military outpost known as Tower 22, in Rukban, Rwaished District, Jordan, in October last year. Planet Labs via Reuters Questions about the possibility of a low-level regional war in the Middle East are rising after attacks there have escalated in the past 24 hours. On Sunday, an aerial drone strike killed three United States service members and injured at least 34 others. The strike happened at a support base known as Tower 22 in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border and likely hit a barracks. “We had a tough day last night in the Middle East. We lost three brave souls,” President Biden said on Monday. “And we shall respond.” This is the first fatal attack on U.S. forces in the Middle East since the war in Gaza broke out following the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks …