‘Drug Kingpin’ Gets Life Sentence

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first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – A Matawan man has been handed a life sentence in prison for his role as a drug kingpin responsible for overseeing a major heroin distribution ring in Monmouth County’s Bayshore area, authorities said.Dectric Rawls, 32, will have to serve at least 25 years in state prison before being considered for parole for his conviction as a “leader of a narcotics trafficking network,” under the state’s drug kingpin statute, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Along with the life sentence, Superior Court Judge Francis P. Vernoia handed down an additional eight-year prison term on Friday, Aug. 17, for Rawls’ conviction on possession of a firearm in the course of committing a drug offense. That second degree offense, authorities said, would require Rawls to serve at least four years in prison before being considered for parole, and must be served consecutively to his other sentence.Rawls pleaded guilty to the charges on April 30. The charges stem from a multi-department investigation that began in July 2008 and resulted in the arrest of 19 people on Nov. 16, 2009, according to the prosecutor’s office. Another six codefendants were subsequently arrested and charged.The investigation involved detectives from the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office, officers from the Sayreville and Old Bridge police departments and the Monmouth County Prose­cutor’s Office’s Bayshore Narcotics Task Force, which includes officers from Keansburg, Union Beach, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Hazlet, Matawan, Keyport, Middletown, Aberdeen and Holmdel.The task force’s investigation determined that Rawls’ operation was responsible for selling about 100 bricks of heroin, with a street value of approximately $25,000, per week. A brick contains 50 bags or packets of heroin, authorities said.During a search of Rawls’ Fredwood Place home in Matawan at the time of his arrest, investigators seized approximately 63 bricks of heroin, a Lorcin .380 caliber automatic handgun and $28,766 in cash. The seized drug bricks had a street value of about $15,000.The search of Rawls’ home led investigators to a facility on Highway 9, Morganville, rented by Rawls, where, investigators discovered a safe containing $258,491.last_img read more


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first_imgThe fort’s master reuse plan, being administered by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), defines the site’s future use as office and/or research and development or an alternative commercial use consistent with the “array of commercial and light industrial uses in a campus-like setting” planned for that section of the former fort. FMERA plans also included demolition of two of the site’s nine buildings for open space and continued use of the former pistol range and fire training area also located there. The minimum purchase price was set at $4.5 million. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski The revised RFOTP now requires clearly defined uses of any intended open space on the property, the inclusion of a roadway design concept and a price proposal that meets the $4.5 million minimum with no associated contingencies as the property is being sold in “as is condition.” The two proposals received late last year were reviewed internally by professional staff to determine compliance with state guidelines, as well as whether the plans would result in the “highest and best use” of the property. Names of bidding entities are not revealed until further along in the process, as per FMERA rules. Both proposals left a significant portion of the parcel as “unplanned, undefined open space leaving the majority of the property undeveloped for an undetermined timeframe” according to FMERA documents. Final negotiations are underway with the intended new owner of Fort Monmouth’s former Expo Theater that will keep it a community entertainment and recreation facility. Photo by Laura D. C. Kolnoski Parcel B, ‘The Front Door of the Fort’ “The staff was not particularly happy with either proposal,” said Robert Lucky, FMERA interim chairman, adding, “The same people may rebid with more specificity.” In general, redevelopment proposals should “promote, develop, encourage and maintain employment, commerce, economic development and the public welfare.” Officials said they did not want to leave the large site susceptible to future development that doesn’t meet FMERA standards and could adversely affect the three towns the fort spans – Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. IN OTHER FORT NEWS TINTON FALLS – A lack of specifics from two potential developers has sent redevelopment plans for a substantial commercial parcel on the former Fort Monmouth back to the drawing board. center_img At their Jan. 18 meeting, FMERA members voted toreissue the parcel’s request for offers to purchase withtighter guidelines. Officials said they expect the newRFOTP to be released next month. Expo Theater The 31-acre site, located in the Tinton Falls section of the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base, was known as The Charles Wood Area before being re-envisioned as the Tinton Falls Commercial Parcel, located at Pearl Harbor Avenue and Pinebrook Road. “The RFOTP and the proposal both required use as a community theater,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director. “We’re waiting for more information from the proposer that reflects the percentage of programming as a center for community productions. That’s part of the negotiations.” Negotiations with the lead proposer for the fort’s 1968- era Expo Theater were nearing completion last week. Lucky said the facility will be a “recreation-based area.” Four proposals were received for the facility on 7.8 acres along Route 537 (Avenue of Memories) in Eatontown last August. The 995-seat live theater and cinema property includes the adjacent Dean Field. Also nearing final negotiations is the long-awaited redevel-opment of Parcel B, the high-profile 77-acre parcel in Eatontown along Route 35 just inside the red brick Johnson Gates. Fort watchers may recall the fanfare generated by a plan and colorful renderings depicting a modern retail/entertainment/ residential complex proposed by Paramount Properties before that firm withdrew from the project some three years ago. After Paramount backed out, the second-highest bidder began negotiating with FMERA. The developer, who will not be named until the contract is presented, proposes a mix of 250,000 square feet of retail and 302 housing units with 20 percent affordable housing. Lucky, who has expressed cautious optimism about the latest Parcel B plans throughout the negotiation process, said, “The staff has done a great job of securing an acceptable development.”last_img read more


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first_imgMcGregor started brightly in the early rounds but was unable to really hurt Mayweather. Courtesy photo.By Daniel Kazungu & AgenciesFloyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor to win their money-spinning superfight by technical knockout late Saturday securing his place in boxing history and heading into retirement with a record 50th straight victory.Mayweather who had come out of a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The former Welter weight champion finished the fight in the 10th round with a tired McGregor doubled over on the ropes as Mayweather landed two hard left hooks prompting referee Robert Byrd to intervene as a 14,623 crowd with A-list celebrities roared their approval.“He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be,” a jubilant Mayweather said of McGregor. “He’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”Mayweather led comfortably on all three judges’ cards when the fight was stopped.The American boxer said he had deliberately taken his time in order to take advantage of a fatigued McGregor.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” he said. “I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance.”Clinical displayThe Irishman has not ruled out continuing his boxing career following the defeatMcGregor, meanwhile, suggested the fight could have been allowed to go on, but praised Mayweather’s clinical tactical display.“He’s composed, he’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed,” McGregor said.“I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots.“I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”It was an explosive finale to their much-hyped contest which proved surprisingly competitive in the early rounds, as McGregor managed to land a string of scoring punches.But once Mayweather began to find his range and McGregor wearied, it was clear who the winner would be.The 40-year-old American scored at will after the early rounds, snapping back McGregor’s head with a series of stinging blows.McGregor, 29, somehow survived an onslaught in the seventh round when a right counter from Mayweather staggered him badly.Finally McGregor’s resistance broke in the 10th when a Mayweather right sent him lurching across the ring.A hard left put him on the ropes and another hook saw him bent over and helpless, prompting the stoppage.The fight had followed a largely expected script — but McGregor, in his first ever boxing appearance, by no means embarrassed himself.Retirement; For now or forever?Mayweather will now head into what he says is a permanent retirement with a perfect 50-0 record, one better than heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.He rejected suggestions that his 50th win, against a novice boxer, would be destined to have an asterisk against it.“A win is a win, no matter how you get it,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day.“This was my last fight tonight. For sure. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with.”Mayweather is also expected to be around $200 million wealthier, taking his career earnings to around $1 billion.McGregor, who was an unemployed former plumber four years ago before emerging as one of the biggest stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is expected to earn around $100 million. If pay-per-view television targets are met, the fight could become the most lucrative in history.Mayweather pounds McGregor enroute to a brutal stoppage.The start of the bout had been delayed by several minutes as anticipation built to fever pitch and television providers struggled to cope with the surge in demand from pay-per-view customers.Anticipation had built steadily at ringside as an array of stars from the sports and entertainment worlds took their seats, including Bruce Willis, LeBron James and Mike Tyson.Ever since the fight was announced in June, the boxing community dismissed it as a farce and a freak show.But fears of a one-sided massacre failed to materialize, and McGregor finished with some respectable statistics. The Irishman’s 111 landed punches were 30 more than Manny Pacquiao managed against Mayweather in their 2015 “Fight of the Century.”McGregor said later he was open to venturing into the boxing ring again.“People ask me what’s next, I’m not quite sure. I’ve multiple titles in the UFC to think about,” he said.“I could also continue in the boxing game. I’m sure there’ll be options in boxing.McGregor’s sojourn into the boxing ring from the Mixed Martial Arts discipline has been compared to a lion finding its way into a river to wrestle with an alligator. On the land, the lion is invincible and in the water, the alligator is a king.Rare bravadoAs heavyweight boxing legend Lennox Lewis said, McGregor has no reason to be ashamed of the loss to Mayweather.“Boxing and MMA are two different sports requiring different skill sets,” Lennox posted on his facebook wall. Commentslast_img read more


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first_imgArcata >> Wyatt Tucker sat in the dugout Wednesday night and watched another local, Hoopa Valley native Junior Davis, twirl one heck of a final start to the summer. Two nights later, the roles were reversed. The performance, however, was just as impressive. Tucker, who led Arcata High to its first-ever North Coast Section title in baseball in 2016, struck out a season-high 11 and allowed all of five hits in six innings of work in the Humboldt Crabs’ 6-4 win over the Auburn Wildcats on a …last_img


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first_imgDoctors in Missouri face tough times in a state where voters approved medical marijuana. They don’t want to prescribe it.For the Kansas City Star, Andy Marso wrote, “Missouri made medical marijuana legal, but most doctors don’t want any part of it.” (See copy on Medical Xpress).Here are the key take-home points from this report:Kansas City doctors “opposed every marijuana measure on the ballot.”Ethical doctors don’t want to give patients substances lacking standard dosages or purities.Without knowing what the raw plant does for a condition, it’s impossible to measure risks and benefits.Doctors are very much opposed to giving permission for smoking marijuana.In other states, medical marijuana cards often act like permission slips than prescriptions.Shady doctors willing to prescribe medical marijuana cards stand to make a lot of money.The new law puts ethical doctors in a difficult spot when patients want a card with their blessing.Ethical doctors hope that new state guidelines won’t order them to prescribe cards when asked.“Based upon the publicity, individuals will go to their physicians and ask for marijuana, which actually puts physicians in a little bit of a difficult spot because there’s a lack of data to indicate when is a potentially good time, if there is one, to be able to suggest the use of marijuana.”Marijuana research has been hampered because the federal government deems it a Schedule I controlled substance. But it has shown promise in treating pain and psychiatric or neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and some parts of the plant have already been incorporated into FDA-approved products for treating epilepsy and for nausea caused by chemotherapy.But Mammen said marijuana, like other drugs or even herbal supplements, can interact dangerously with other medications patients might be taking, and doctors also need to be concerned about side effects like vomiting or, for people with mental illness, psychotic episodes.Marso shows what can happen with so-called medical marijuana bills. Jeff Howell, a regulator in Missouri, doesn’t want to see in Missouri what has happened in California: “The important thing for me is that it doesn’t turn into Venice Beach (California), where you have storefronts that say ‘Come in and get your marijuana card.’” That is not responsible medicine.Marijuana is just a plant. So is lettuce. So is stinging nettle. So is poison ivy, castor bean, and hemlock. When Jesus declared all foods clean (Mark 7:19), He was not throwing responsibility out the window. When the Lord showed Peter a vision of clean and unclean animals, including reptiles, and said, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat” (Acts 10), He was not telling Peter to pick up a venomous adder and munch on it. We have to use our brains. The Lord’s point was the the strict, objective Levitical dietary laws for Jews no longer applied to the church. Peter could still eat Jewish food (St. Peter’s fish, for example) if he wanted to, but he was no longer obligated to restrict his diet to foods declared “clean” under the Law of Moses. Evidence and logic will reveal, through experimental science, which plants and animals are healthy and which are not.With this in mind, what about medical marijuana? If it is just a plant, why worry? Aren’t many drugs derived from plants? The reason: plants can be very healthy or very toxic, with a wide range in between. We as consumers of plants have different health challenges, and have different genes and different susceptibilities to side effects. It will take years of clinical trials with many participants to establish statistical significance for conditions that might benefit from medical marijuana. Importantly, those dosages have to be regulated so that pills containing the active ingredients are known in detail, and all side effects accounted for. That has not been the case up till now. In fact, there are concerns that commercially grown marijuana has much higher THC content than the natural plants (THCs are the molecules that cause the mental impairment). That’s why Missouri doctors don’t want to be forced to prescribe it. They don’t know what their patients will be getting.The medical marijuana steamroller would run over ethics if not controlled. Legalization activists are often motivated by their own desire to smoke it without regard for the societal consequences. They use “medical marijuana” as a cover for their own desires. Those desires often have little to do with medical progress, and more to do with personal pleasure at the cost of sound judgment. In fact, many of them want to push cannabis onto other citizens in the form of cannabis-laden snack foods, which unsuspecting consumers might not even know are tainted with THCs, in order to get more people hooked and thereby spread cannabis use throughout society. Shady companies are capitalizing on the marijuana legalization movement, hoping to get rich without regard for their victims, just like others do with alcohol, tobacco, and gambling. A healthy government needs responsible citizens to vote wisely. It should not promote activities that impair logical reasoning, put innocent citizens at risk of car accidents, create unhealthy habits, and potentially cause permanent brain damage in the youth. Freedom should be freedom for good, not license for evil.The day may come when the active ingredients in cannabis become better known, such that pills for certain conditions can be prescribed safely. Most likely, smoking marijuana will NOT be on the prescribed treatment list! But we say, more power to researchers conducting ethical clinical trials. We agree; marijuana is just a plant. It deserves to be studied. Treatments have already shown it can benefit epilepsy in certain cases where nothing else has worked. There may be undiscovered miracle cures for some untreatable diseases. And for patients dying in pain, Proverbs 31:1-9 indicates (by analogy with “strong drink”) that marijuana could be used in such cases. But just as the Bible condemns drunkenness, it condemns getting “high” on anything that robs a person of his judgment or ability to serve God and others. Speaking on our liberty in Christ, Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.” (I Corinthians 6:12).  Paul said in II Corinthians 3:17, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” but in II Timothy 1:7 he tempered that truth with a counterbalance, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”As always, the Bible contains the principles we need to sort through human controversies with godly wisdom.(Visited 429 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation (OFSWCD) and its’ partner, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 12-18. The goal of this observance is to recognize people, who through volunteering, have furthered imaginative and productive ways to better their communities. Additionally, the hope is that by calling attention to these contributions, others will be inspired to emulate these public-spirited volunteers.“For NRCS, our organization nationwide has utilized more than 25,000 volunteers, who have donated 318,500 hours valued at $7.2 million,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist. “For Ohio, we were recognized with the ‘Chief’s Cup,’ the highest National Earth Team Program Award presented for excellence in leadership support, innovation, training, service and achievements. As a result of our focus on the Earth Team, Ohio led the country in both number of volunteers and volunteer hours with 5,310 volunteers and 38,285 hours of volunteer service valued at a whopping $861,418!”For the OFSWCD, “volunteers” created the conservation based organization more than 70 years ago. Throughout Ohio’s 88 counties, each Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is led by a locally-elected, volunteer board consisting of five supervisors. All in all, these 440 supervisors provide dedicated hours and multiple contributions to focused conservation programs and practices completed within each county making positive contributions to improving soil health, water quality and overall quality of life.“Nearly everyone has multiple claims on their time and resources. For many, it isn’t easy to find the time to be a volunteer,” said Kris Swartz, OFSWCD President and Wood County SWCD Supervisor. “National Volunteer Week is a good time to reflect on how each of us can contribute and to thank the many who have stepped up to make a positive impact on our natural resources.”For NRCS, the “Earth Team” program utilizes a volunteer workforce that is making a difference in every county in the nation. NRCS works with private landowners to improve soil quality, conserve water, improve air quality and enhance wildlife habitat. Earth Team volunteers work side-by-side with conservation professionals and are an integral part of the conservation partnership.The job of conserving our natural resources cannot be done by the government alone. Every individual can aid in reducing soil erosion, conserving our water and improving its quality, and developing pride in our country’s natural resource heritage.“Our organizations work hand-in-hand together to conserve our natural resources. Working together, our organizations are making a difference. But we cannot do this alone. We need our local constituencies to get engaged and involved in this worthy cause,” Swartz said.To learn more about volunteer efforts, please contact your county SWCD and/or NRCS office. Or contact either the OFSWCD office at 614.784.1900 or NRCS’ State Earth Team Coordinator Dianne Johnson at 614.255.2463, www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov.last_img read more


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first_imgFive alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed during an encounter with security forces in Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.Two security personnel also suffered injuries during the exchange of fire. Some reports suggest that seven Maoists were killed, but the security forces could recover only five bodies.“One of the dead Maoists was identified as area secretary of the Maoists’ Malangir area committee,” Chhattisgarh’s Anti Naxal Operations unit said in a statement.The injured sub-inspectors, Dogendra Patro and Sangram Singh, are said to be out of danger.last_img


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first_imgOver 12 months after the gang rape of a minor girl near Kunduli in Koraput district and her subsequent death by hanging, no leader of any political party or social organisation has come forward to file an affidavit or testify before the Judicial Commission set up by the Odisha government to probe the case.The 15-year-old victim had alleged that on October 10, 2017, she was gang-raped by four men dressed as jawans of paramilitary forces near Kunduli. She had killed herself by hanging at her home in Musaguda on January 22 this year.On November 8, 2017, the government had ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident by a sitting district judge. A parallel enquiry by the State Crime Branch was also ordered. But to date the culprits have not been identified.Speaking to The Hindu, special counsel of the Judicial Commission, Prabhakar Patnaik, said the time period of the Commission ended on September 25 this year and, as per his knowledge, it has already furnished its report to the State government. Mr. Patnaik said no leader of any political party or social organisation came out to testify or provide evidence before the Commission.According to Mr. Patnaik, advertisements were published in two Odia and one English newspapers inviting documents and evidence from any stakeholder to be furnished before the Commission. Family members of the victim were witnesses of the Commission. Fifteen others, including police officers involved in the investigation of the case, doctors who treated the victim and the Koraput District Child Protection Officer testified before the Commission.last_img read more


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first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Just shows that we got to put defense first,” Brownlee said. “Some nights we’re just not going to make shots. We just got to really focus on it (defense), knowing it’s our biggest strength.”Meanwhile, Phoenix Pulse will play the first of two games without coach Louie Alas and the first of what could be a lot without Calvin Abueva when the Fuel Masters return to the floor for the first time after that tumultuous Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAbueva was suspended by the league indefinitely after a weekend of controversies and the Fuel Masters will also break in a new import in Richard Howell when they battle Meralco in the 4:30 p.m. contest.“Despite what’s been happening, we still consider Phoenix to be a very dangerous team so we will have to be on top of our game,” mentor Norman Black said through the league’s website. Alas was also suspended for his participation in a scuffle three minutes into the game as the league slapped a total of P264,000 in fines for rough play.Ginebra’s LA Tenorio knows that they cannot rely too heavily on Brownlee, who hit some big baskets against the Batang Pier.“He’s tried and tested,” Tenorio said of Brownlee. “But whenever we share the basketball, we’re pretty much tough to beat.”The Gin Kings have a two-game winning streak going but know that the Painters will be no easy pickings, especially with former Best Import Denzel Bowles leading Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Azkals, U-22 team push training to high gear LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netInspired by the way it played defense to gut out a win the last time up, Barangay Ginebra looks to do it all over again when the Gin Kings battle Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations on Friday at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Tim Cone, following a narrow 73-70 escape from NorthPort last Saturday, conceded they were able to survive because of their defense, and import Justin Brownlee wouldn’t mind replicating such an approach in the 7 p.m. game against the Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more


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first_img The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. The Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID), in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has confiscated 70 metric tonnes (1575 bags) of White Cinderella rice, valued at approximately $4.6 million, which was imported from Guyana by a local distributor.Upon inspection the rice had signs of mould growth, clumping, discolouration and wetting. As a result, the rice was detained by a Food Storage Inspector.Subsequently, a statutory detention notice was placed on the rice and samples collected were submitted to the FSPID’s Microbiology Laboratory for testing. The results revealed that the rice had microbial levels above the accepted limits. Therefore, the rice was deemed not suitable for human consumptions and was condemned.This seizure is the first for the year. The rice was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively, and in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal.The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (Fspid) Condemns 70 Metric Tonnes of Imported White Rice Due to High Microbial Content This seizure is the first for the year. The rice was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively, and in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal. Story Highlightslast_img read more