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Poppies bloom across Afghanistan as drought eases

Iran - A vast field of towering white poppies sways gently in the breeze, silky petals sometimes tumbling to the ground, a visible marker of the resilience of Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade.

Ex-Venezuelan general detained in Spain on US warrant

Madrid - Former Venezuelan general Hugo Carvajal, head of military intelligence under Hugo Chavez, was held in temporary detention Saturday while Spain waits for a formal US extradition request on charges of cocaine trafficking, judicial sources said.

Seven convicted in French 'Air Cocaine' smuggling trial

Aix-en-provence - A French court on Friday sentenced seven people implicated in a drug smuggling operation to up to 18 years in prison each with two ex-air force pilots getting six-year terms.

Trump retreats from Mexico border closing, threatens car tariffs instead

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday retreated from his threat to close the US-Mexican border, warning he will instead impose car import tariffs if the major US trading partner does not do more to stop undocumented migrants and drug smugglers.

China lists fentanyl as controlled substance in US gesture

Bejing - China announced Monday it will launch a crackdown on all fentanyl-like substances from May 1 following US pleas for Beijing to control a drug fuelling a deadly opioid crisis.

Ukraine police seize $60mn of heroin, say 'never seen so much'

Kiev - Ukraine police seized heroin worth about $60 million -- over half a tonne of the powder -- in raids in the country's centre and west, officials said Sunday, describing it as the biggest haul they had ever seen.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' seeks new trial

New York - Lawyers for the convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman requested a new trial Tuesday, saying some jurors followed media coverage of the first one, violating the judge's orders.

Colombia's coca growers facing stark choices over crops

Lebrija - Decades into the US-led war on drugs, coca plantations continue to surge like a green tide across ally Colombia's Catatumbo region.

Medicines Discovery Institute aims to bring new drugs to patients

Cardiff - A new research centre based in the U.K. called the Medicines Discovery Institute aims to bring a new generation of medicines to patients by pioneering the latest in biomedical and pharmacological research techniques.

Pakistan court jails Czech model to 8 years for drug trafficking

Lahore - A Pakistani court sentenced a Czech national to over eight years in prison, more than a year after being arrested in the eastern city of Lahore for trafficking eight and a half kilograms of heroin.

Majority of the public don’t know if their medicine is safe

London - The Independent Pharmacy have revealed that although 28 million U.K. residents would shop online for medication, 94 percent of over 55’s don’t know how to check if their medicine is legitimate or not.

Messaging app dope-dealing ring busted in Israel

Jerusalem - Israeli police said Tuesday that undercover officers had broken up a drug-dealing network that used a popular messaging app and had connections in the United States, Ukraine and Germany.

Guinea-Bissau polls close in vote to end long leadership deadlock

Bissau - Guinea-Bissau voted Sunday in legislative elections it is hoped will end a protracted leadership deadlock in a country renowned for drug trafficking and instability.

Guinea-Bissau votes in hope of ending long leadership deadlock

Bissau - Voters in Guinea-Bissau went to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament in the hope of ending a protracted leadership deadlock in a country that has become renowned for drug trafficking and instability.

US indicts Venezuela ex-vice president Tareck El Aissami

New York - The United States indicted Venezuelan industry minister and former vice president Tareck El Aissami on sanctions violations Friday, two years after naming him a narcotics "kingpin" for allegedly giving cover to drug traffickers.

Myanmar police seize massive haul of meth pills

Myanmar authorities seized more than 10 million meth pills worth $13.3 million over the weekend, police said Monday, another massive haul in a country widely believed to be the world's largest methamphetamine producer.

Canadian police seize drugs from Mexico's Sinaloa cartel

Montr - Canadian police said Wednesday they have seized methamphetamine worth more than $3 million smuggled in by the powerful crime syndicate once run by feared Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

El Chapo to seek new trial over jury misconduct, lawyer says

New York - Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- convicted earlier this month of trafficking crimes spanning a quarter-century -- plans to request a new trial following media reports of jury misconduct, his lawyer announced Friday.

US charges two of El Chapo's sons with drug trafficking

New York - Two sons of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- both on the run in Mexico -- have been charged with drug trafficking by US authorities, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

'Air Cocaine' smuggling trial starts in France

Aix-en-provence - Two former French air force pilots went on trial in France on Monday six years after they fled the Dominican Republic following a spectacular drugs bust on a private jet in the Caribbean nation.

Trump hails China's use of death penalty for drug dealers

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday praised China's use of capital punishment for drug dealers, suggesting that the United States would deal better with narcotics trafficking if it put offenders to death.

Cyprus legalises medical cannabis

Nicosia - Cypriot legislators on Friday voted to approve the cultivation and use of medical cannabis, joining a growing trend among other European Union nations.

El Chapo likely headed to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'

Los Angeles - He has already managed to escape twice from high-security prisons in Mexico.But this time, crime lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may find it more difficult to slip away from the "Supermax" prison in Colorado where he is likely headed.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty by NY jury

New York - Mexican mobster Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty Tuesday by a New York jury of crimes spanning a quarter of a century as head of one of the world's most powerful drugs gangs.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' convicted by NY jury

New York - Mexican mobster Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was convicted Tuesday of crimes spanning a quarter-century in a trial that laid bare his lavish lifestyle and penchant for extreme violence as the head of one of the world's most powerful gangs.

Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? Indonesia cashes in on Kratom

Pontianak - The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety.

Spanish police deal blow to Camorra crime network

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had broken up a violent branch of Italy's Camorra crime group which they believe stole hashish from rival drug traffickers in Spain and then transported it to Rome in motorhomes.

Jury weighs fate of Mexican drug kingpin

New York - A New York jury began deliberating the fate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Monday after a three month drug trial that laid bare the loves, schemes and escapes of Mexico's most famous drug lord.

Indonesian cop charged over French drug suspect's jailbreak

Lombok - An Indonesian police officer has been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe to help a French drugs suspect escape from jail, authorities said Friday, as the search for the fugitive continued.

US Border Patrol make major fentanyl bust — with technology, not wall

Los Angeles - The US Customs and Border Patrol announced Thursday they had seized 115 kilograms (254 pounds) of deadly fentanyl, one of the largest-ever seizures of a drug blamed for tens of thousands of overdose deaths annually in the country.
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