Brazilian drug traffickers are using Amy Winehouse and Osama bin Laden to sell drugs. During a bullet ridden drug bust, Brazilian law enforcement found bags of cocaine that contained pictures of Winehouse inserted in the packaging. The insert is described as “Amy House” and were sold for $6-$16.
The popular but troubled British songstress had well documented issues with drugs and alcohol and the drug dealer’s insensitive marketing move was initiated to increase the sale of their merchandise. Winehouse was 27 years old when she died in her north London home July 23, of unknown causes. Although toxicology reports are not available yet, the speculation is that she died of an overdose or alcohol withdrawal.
During the raid, Lieutenant Colonel Glaucio Moreira led police into the shanty town of Manginhos, where authorities also found bags of marijuana and crack cocaine with pictures of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the packaging. Automatic weapons, grenades, and other drugs were also confiscated in the raid.
For the past three years, Rio authorities have routinely invaded slum areas or favelas in an attempt to drive out criminal activity in preparation for two major sporting events; the 2014 Football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Brazil isn’t the only country that has to prove that they can curtail criminals activity and ensure the safety of competitors and patrons of major world-wide sporting events. The UK is slated to host the 2012 Olympics, but with the on-going violent riots and looting taking place in Winehouse’s home town of London, authorities are also under the gun to prove that they can supply adequate security. As a consequence, all police leave across the country has been cancelled until the roving gangs and destruction is under control.
Home Secretary Theresa May told The Telegraph:
”This morning I convened and chaired a conference call with chief officers from forces across the whole country in which I ordered that all special constables should be mobilised, all police leave should be cancelled and the robust tactics used on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Police adopted by all forces dealing with public disorder.”