Fans everywhere have been excited to binge watch the new season of Orange Is The New Black, which was released by Netflix on Friday, June 17th. We were delighted to learn that one of our favorite Philly bands, Swift Technique, was featured in the final episode of this season. The group answered a casting call with a YouTube video and got the gig, only to rock out for the cast on set.Bassist Jake Leschinsky shares some thoughts of his experience with us.“We had an absolute blast working with the cast & crew of Orange Is The New Black. It was an honor to be called upon by this particular show that is currently on the cutting edge of modern television. The opportunity was twofold – we spent an intensive day in the studio cutting a track for the show & we spent one day filming on set. The project materialized very quickly and we even had to cancel a high profile show. When all was said and done, I was so proud to see our guys rise to the occasion and absolutely knock this out of the park.”Congrats to Swift Technique!For fans of their funk, don’t miss the band performing a tribute to Prince at Brooklyn’s The Hall At MP, supporting an all-star “James Brown Vs. Prince” super jam session with members of Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band, Rubblebucket, Turkuaz and more. The show is this Wednesday, June 22nd, and more information can be found here. The band will then head to the Ardmore Music Hall on June 24th for a performance alongside Con Brio, so don’t miss out! More info can be found here.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – In their constant efforts to deceive counter-narcotics agents, drug traffickers have found another way to camouflage cocaine: diluting it. The method recently was exposed in Bolivia, where agents from the Special Force in the Fight Against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) confiscated 13 kilograms (28 pounds) of liquid cocaine in the city of Abapó in the department of Santa Cruz on April 28. Authorities also seized 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of sodium hydroxide in 20 bags before arresting the driver of the truck transporting the narcotics. “Drug traffickers will always try to use unconventional methods, because their goal is to deceive police controls so the substance can pass unnoticed,” Lt. Col. Fernando Amurrio, head of the FELCN in Santa Cruz, said during a media conference. It’s easy to transform cocaine into liquid because the narcotic is highly soluble. Half a kilogram (1.1 pounds) of the drug can be diluted in a liter (0.26 gallons) of water. It’s also easy for liquid cocaine to be returned to its original state, as 90% can be decanted and filtered, according to FELCN. A kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine costs about US$1,300 in Bolivia, but it’s worth more in Argentina (US$5,000), Spain (US$60,000) and New Zealand (US$100,000), according to the Bolivian daily El Día. Roberto Carlos Achá Arandia, a counter-narcotics prosecutor in Bolivia, said the trafficking of narcotics in their liquid forms is becoming more common throughout South America. “The mules [people who swallow the drug to transport the merchandise] now carry it in capsules made out of condoms [to protect the drug and the carrier’s digestive system],” said Achá, according to El Día. This type of smuggling makes the drug much harder to detect through the use of X-ray or ultrasound scanners, Arandia said. By Dialogo May 13, 2011 One of the largest seizures of liquid cocaine was on board the “Guasare II” vessel, sailing under a Venezuelan flag, in international waters. During the operation, carried out in April 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard confiscated a shipment of 2,000 liters (528 gallons) of liquid cocaine, according to Mexican daily El Universal. “Trafficking methods are like fads: What is hot today is cocaine in a solution, particularly in fuels,” said Hernán Bernal, coordinator of the Studies and International Relations Group of Colombia’s National Directorate on Narcotics, according to El Universal. In March, Colombian National Police reported the seizure 276 kilograms (608 pounds) of liquid cocaine during an operation in the city of San Félix in the department of Antioquia. “It is not usual to find [liquid cocaine], much less the level of purity found [by the police],” said Gen. Yesid Vásquez, commander of the Medellín Metropolitan Police, according to the website El Colombiano.com. Vásquez said narco-traffickers are smuggling liquid drugs to the United States and Europe more frequently because they are easier to get through airport security checkpoints without detection. On April 18, in the city of Barranquilla in the department of Atlántico, a drug-sniffing dog from the North Region Counter-Narcotics Company of Colombia’s National Police detected a 1,400-kilogram (3,086-pound) shipment of cocaine stored in seven motor oil containers on the ‘Seven Seas’ ship, sailing under a Honduran flag. Meantime, on April 25 in Argentina, authorities stopped a Bolivian woman carrying five kilograms (11 pounds) of liquid cocaine in her luggage on a bus departing from the province of Salta, on the Bolivian border. Police agencies worldwide are on alert. Barcelona National Police arrested a Spanish man and Brazilian woman at El Prat Airport on May 2 after finding eight kilograms (17 pounds) of liquid cocaine had been injected into clothing and two insect repellent cans allegedly in the couple’s possession.
The Trojans’ recent success has been supported by an even balance of offensive production — at least five players have dropped double-digits in the last three games. On any given night, forwards junior Nick Rakocevic and senior Bennie Boatwright can drop over 20 points. But the team has struggled on the road, going 0-4 outside of Galen Center so far this season. Notching two wins on the road would give the team a shot at the top of the conference and the confidence to continue to travel as the Trojans enter the heart of the season. The Huskies have already notched five double-digit wins in conference play, led by freshman guard Jaylen Nowell, who averages 17 points per game. The teams face off on Wednesday night, offering the Trojans an opportunity to mar the Huskies’ perfect conference record and take the top conference spot. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic hangs onto the rim after dunking in the game against Arizona at the Galen Center last Thursday. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Hot off a trio of dominant conference victories, the USC men’s basketball team hits the road this week to take on Washington and Washington State. The team vaulted the conference rankings over the weekend, moving quickly to the No. 2 slot early in a season of well-balanced Pac-12 play. In a conference without a single Top 25-ranked team, parity comes to the Trojans’ advantage when vying for an NCAA championship bid. Franks is the team leader in points, averaging 21.2 per game this season, while freshman forward CJ Elleby also adds 16.1 points per game. The rest of the roster averages under double-digits apiece, hefting most of the offensive burdens on the pair of forwards. For the Trojans, the game is a must-win, both to continue the team’s momentum and to separate itself from the bottom tier of the conference. The team will then head to Pullman to face Washington State on Saturday. While their in-state rivals have dominated the Pac-12, the Cougars have had far less luck, notching only one win in conference play and going 8-12 overall so far this season. The team’s lone win came in an 82-59 victory over Cal, the winless bottom team in the league, with junior forward Robert Franks ripping off 24 points to lead the win. This weekend, the Trojans have a chance to secure their first road win of the season and knock off the top-ranked team in the conference — the Huskies are undefeated in Pac-12 play and 16-4 overall. Washington has been decisive in their victories, most recently stomping Oregon State 79-69 and Oregon 61-56, and they have yet to drop a loss at home. Washington will host USC on Wednesday at 8 p.m.