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Mother caught smuggling drugs into prison in baby’s diaper

A young mother has been caught trying to smuggle amphetamines into a Rheinbach prison using her baby’s diaper, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Monday. The arrest provided clues that led to a larger bust in Siegburg.

Mother caught smuggling drugs into prison in baby's diaper
Photo: Polizeipräsidium Bonn

Police arrested the 22-year-old mother and her 41-year-old husband after a prison visit security check last Thursday, during which they found 15 grammes of amphetamines and 46 ecstasy pills in their 17-month-old daughter’s diaper. The mother also had 12 grammes of amphetamines hidden in her clothing.

The family had come to visit the woman’s father, who is an inmate at the facilty. But the drug find rendered the “visit to father and grandfather no more,” a police report said.

During their investigation of the incident, police discovered clues to a Siegburg couple already in the sights of local police. Fourteen officers with dogs searched their mobile home at a camping area and found 166 ecstasy pills, 530 grammes of amphetamine paste, 60 grammes of amphetamines and a Browning pistol with ammunition.

The 61-year-old man and 59-year-old woman were arrested but later released after giving statements, police said.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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