Keanu Labatte, 19, allegedly subjected his girlfriend to days of torture, including rape and waterboarding, at St. Catherine University. Despite the shocking accusations, Labatte remained defiant when confronted by authorities, invoking his right to remain silent by saying, “I plead the fifth amendment.”
Labatte’s girlfriend managed to escape after enduring the abuse for three agonizing days and immediately reported the incident to the police. The criminal complaint filed against Labatte includes charges of criminal sexual conduct, threats of violence, and domestic assault by strangulation.
According to the complaint, Labatte’s violent outburst was triggered by discovering incriminating texts, photos, and social media posts involving his girlfriend. In a fit of rage, he allegedly seized her phone, sexually assaulted her, and choked her to the point where she struggled to breathe and experienced dizziness.
Meanwhile, Colombia, known for its coffee and emeralds, is grappling with a pressing issue—the exponential rise in cocaine production. Last year, over 1,700 tons flooded the market, surpassing government attempts to curb the expansion of coca farms sprawling across 230,000 hectares in the provinces of Nariño and Putumayo. The estimated revenue of $18 billion is closing in on the country’s oil earnings of $19 billion.
As the demand for crude exports cools down, the production and profits from white powder are skyrocketing. If current trends persist, Colombia’s illicit cocaine trade on the black market will outshine oil as the country’s most lucrative export.