Over the weekend, local authorities working the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival made a major drug bust on the festival grounds. Brian Anthony Wiley, 29, and Trevor Franklin Watson III, 24, both of Chattanooga, were arrested on multiple drug-related charges after local deputies were tipped off and discovered the two men selling and distributing “a very large amount of drugs” to festival attendees.According to a report from Coffee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lucky Knott via ABC13 News: “Deputies found Wiley to be in possession of 202 jars of THC oil, weighing about 15 milliliters; two bags of mushrooms, weighing about 7 grams each; three bags with about 60 panes of blotter acid; 241 bags of about 120.5 grams of what is believed to be Ketamine; 22 bags of a white powdery substance weighing about 144.5 grams of what is believed to be cocaine; six Xanax bars; and 220 bags weighing about 1,210 grams of a green plantlike material believed to be marijuana.”“Watson was found to be in possession of six bottles containing 15 milliliters of THC oil; 10 bags of a green plantlike material weighing about 20 grams believed to be marijuana; two grams of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine; four Molly capsules; 14 bags of a crystal substance weighing about 14 grams of a substance believed to be Molly; and 13 bags of a powdery substance weighing about 13 grams believed to be Ketamine.”Both Wiley and Watson are currently being detained by authorities on $255,000 and $50,000, respectively, and are due to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on August 12th on charges of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of a controlled substance, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.[via ABC13 News]
By Dialogo August 12, 2014 A joint approach with society, plans to unify the initiatives against the growing challenges that threaten the region â€“ transnational threats, according to Benedict Andersonâ€™s expression of nation as an â€˜imagined communityâ€™: – People coming from different places who start feeling identified with a territory and/or nation, and seeking the construction of peopleâ€™s homogeneity, providing basis for a belonging feeling (to that place, to that problem). When there is the understanding that the matter concerns everybodyâ€™s interests, it works as a â€œjoint capacity forming a whole.â€ A forum of great value! Paraguay was also there to weigh in, especially since it is the venue for next year’s event. This week, senior military and civilian leaders from nine nations participate in executive-level, face-to-face discussions during the Fourth South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) in Santiago, Chile, from August 12-14. United States Southern Command Commander, U. S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly and Chilean Chief of the Armed Forces Joint Staff, Vice Admiral José Romero co-host the fourth annual SOUTHDEC conference with meetings, discussions and briefs focused on this year’s theme – “Civil-Military Cooperation in Support of Regional Security.” “Through this forum, we will have the opportunity to independently discuss issues of mutual interest amongst the various Chiefs of Defense present and also will allow us to consolidate a much-needed military link between the countries of South America.” said, Vice Admiral José Romero during his opening remarks. “One of the objectives of the conference is to also promote dialogue aiming to establish solid, enduring paths against all criminal groups, especially those involved in narcotrafficking and all related illegal activities in our region. We must share our experiences,” he added. Participants arrived August 11 to begin discussions regarding lessons learned, new threats and opportunities to collaborate on evolving and complex challenges. General Kelly helped direct the flow of the conference during his opening remarks in the morning of August 12. “The threats we face are transnational – narco-trafficking, human trafficking, illicit trade, weapons smuggling, money-laundering, natural and man-made disasters, and environmental phenomena. These are not challenges we can take on alone; nor are they the primary responsibility of the military. They require a whole-of-government or, as I prefer to say, whole-of-society approach,” General Kelly said as he addressed the audience. “The theme of this year’s conference directly gets at this point, specifically, the need for collaborative solutions to address these challenges.” In the next couple of days, participants will have the chance to learn about some concrete, real-world examples of what General Kelly and Vice Admiral Romero talked about during their opening remarks. Chile will share its experience providing military support to civilian authorities during the Valparaiso Fires; Colombia will chair a panel on the role of the military protecting natural resources; Argentina will chair a roundtable discussion on military support for international peacekeeping operations (PKOs); and U. S. Southern Command environmental and energy expert Myrna López Ortiz will talk about the impact of environmental and energy security on the work of the armed forces. Representatives from U.S. Northern Command and from international prominent organizations related to security, such as the Inter-American Defense Board also take part in this year’s SOUTHDEC. Throughout the three day conference, security leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States will convene to discuss in detail how the region’s military can improve their joint capabilities as a whole. Participants will also discuss new opportunities to collaborate in joint efforts and lessons learned, amongst other complex challenges currently facing the region. Days two and three of the conference will include bilateral meetings between conference participants focused on mutually agreed topics and areas of interest. SOUTHDEC is one of three regional security conferences sponsored by U. S. SOUTHCOM each year to provide forums for dialogue and exchanges among defense and security leaders from the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The last SOUTHDEC conference took place in Bogotá, Colombia, en 2012.