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March 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Meth lab found in trunk of stolen car

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a father and son face charges after police discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in the trunk of a stolen car.

Daytona Beach police said the 1995 Pontiac Firebird, which had been reported stolen in January, was stopped outside the Daytona Family Market around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. The driver, Robert Smith Jr., 37, told officers a friend from Bowling Green, Ky., where the car was reported stolen, had let him use the vehicle to visit his father, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.

Police said they discovered a mobile meth lab in the trunk of the car and arrested Smith and his father, Robert Smith Sr., 72, on charges of manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. The younger man was also charged with grand theft auto.


Postal worker arrested for pot delivery

MARATHON, Fla., March 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they arrested a postal worker who admitted to delivering marijuana for a man who paid her $200 per package.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the U.S. Postal Service received a tip about a suspicious 10-pound package and it was given to Veronica Denise Johnson, 49, of Marathon, Fla., to deliver.

Deputies said Johnson took mail to the address on the package but placed the parcel itself in the trunk of her car.

Investigators said Johnson admitted she had been delivering packages of marijuana for a man who paid her $200 per delivery. She told deputies she had performed the service several times in the past and knew what was inside the packages.

Johnson was arrested and charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana.


Alleged mafioso had 'Scarface' bust

BOSCOREALE, Italy, March 30 (UPI) -- Italian police said they found a bust of actor Al Pacino as his character from 1983 film "Scarface" in the home of an accused mafia drug lord.

Police said Carlo Padovani, 34, who was arrested on suspicion of leading a large drug distribution operation in Boscoreale, near Naples, had a bust of Pacino as fictional Cuban drug kingpin Tony Montana in his home, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Investigators said more than 30 people were arrested in connection with Padovani's alleged operation, which police said used children as young as 6 years as lookouts for drug pushers.

Prosecutors said Padovani and his alleged accomplices are believed to be connected to three clans from the Camorra mafia, which allegedly operates in the Naples area.


'Vindaloo' wins girl Canada spelling bee

TORONTO, March 30 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old Newfoundland girl clinched the championship in Canada's national spelling bee in Toronto by correctly spelling vindaloo.

Jennifer Mong won the eighth annual Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee with the word she only learned a week ago, the National Post reported.

Vindaloo is a type of East Indian curry dish.

The national competition sends the top three finalists to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington in May. This year, all three Canadian participants are girls.

Mong won $7,500, which she said she'll probably bank toward her planned studies to become a veterinarian.

The second prize was $5,000 for 12-year-old Mignon Tsai of British Columbia. She lost out by misspelling "Zanzibari," an island off the east coast of Africa.

The third prize of $2,500 went to 11-year-old Zhongtian Wang of Ontario, who stumbled on the word "epistolary," an adjective meaning suitable for or pertaining to letters or letter writing.

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