The Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered the convener of the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Lahiru Weerasekara to be remanded till February 9.Lahiru Weerasekara was arrested and remanded for violating a condition imposed when he was granted bail over an earlier case. (Colombo Gazette)
An Italian rugby star who was inspired by the TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ to build his own crystal meth lab at his London home is facing jail.Lorenzo Bocchini, 36, cooked batches of narcotics at his hi-tech base in London’s Little Venice after being inspired by fictional drug baron Walter White.He even dyed the crystal meth blue – just as the dealers do in the cult TV show. When police stormed the Bocchini’s laboratory they found £300,000 of drugs, £33,000 cash and a stun gun.The former prop, who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, has admitted a series of drugs offences including possession of crystal meth with intent to supply.The hoard included 1,354 MDMA tablets, 34.9g of cocaine, and 813g of meth. Bocchini, brother Alessandro, 43, and his wife Justine, 36, were arrested after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home. The couple have been jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences. An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.Police say the Bocchini family ran a drugs enterprise using an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London. They are said to have accrued millions of pounds’ worth of assets.Det Con Matt Clark, who led the investigation, said: “The Bocchini family were making significant profits selling highly dangerous and addictive class A drugs. What we uncovered was the wholesale supply of crystal methlyamphetamine and other drugs, focusing on the ‘chemsex’ scene in south London.”The use of crystal meth within this scene is hugely damaging and we believe there are strong connections to drug deaths, rape and child sexual exploitation, links which we continue to investigate.”Det Insp Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: “It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.”They lived a high-roller, Breaking Bad lifestyle, not really knowing what to do with the cash. They even seemed to adopt the Breaking Bad signature of dying their crystal meth blue.”Lorenzo Bocchini, of Warwick Avenue, Bayswater, is due to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 1 December. The judge said he needed to hear further evidence before passing sentence after Bocchini claimed he was merely a custodian of the drugs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.