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China seizes record 1.3 tonnes of cocaine

Bejing - Chinese police have seized 1.3 tonnes of cocaine from South America in the country's biggest ever haul of the drug, authorities said.

Accused Colombian drug kingpin charged in New York

New York - A Colombian former right-wing paramilitary accused of heading one of the country's largest drug cartels was formally charged Tuesday in New York after his extradition one day prior.

At UN, Colombia's president says drugs is main threat to peace

New York - Delivering a swansong address to the United Nations, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos called Tuesday for a shift in the global approach to drug trafficking, which he described as the main threat to peace.

Mexico murder rate soars with 7,667 killed in 3 months

Mexico - Some 7,667 people were killed in Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, up 20 percent on the same period last year, making it the most violent year in two decades, government figures showed Sunday.

China doctor detained over 'poison' tonic comments released

Bejing - A Chinese doctor held without charge for three months for calling a popular brand of traditional medicine "poison" has been released on bail following a public outcry, reports said.

Ecuador says two more kidnapped near Colombia border

Quito - Two more Ecuadorans have been kidnapped near the border with Colombia by the same group responsible for the recent abductions and killing of two journalists and their driver, the government said on Tuesday.

Rebels suspend handover of Ecuador press team's bodies: ICRC

Apo - Renegade Colombian rebels suspended plans Monday to hand over the bodies of a three-man Ecuadoran journalist team kidnapped and killed on the two countries' border, the Red Cross said.

'Drug flats' blight the heart of Spanish cities

Madrid - A decade after Spain's property bubble burst, dozens of vacant apartments in Madrid and Barcelona city centres have turned into "drug flats", to the dismay of local residents who complain of abandoned syringes and frequent brawls.

Kidnapped journalists were 'killed in Colombia': Ecuador

Quito - Two journalists and their driver kidnapped on March 26 in Ecuador by dissident FARC rebels were killed on the Colombian side of the border, Interior Minister Cesar Navas said Sunday.

Ecuador's Moreno returns home after report says abducted journalists dead

Quito - Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno announced Thursday he would return home from the Summit of Americas in Peru to address a "critical situation" related to a team of abducted reporters following reports they had been killed.

US prosecutors request to detail 'El Chapo' alleged brutal crimes in court

New York - When Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman learned in 2006 his men had captured two suspected members of the rival Las Zetas cartel, he first wanted to have lunch.

Colombia's FARC furious over ex-rebel's arrest on drugs charges

Apo - The arrest of a former FARC negotiator on US drug charges has brought Colombia's landmark peace deal to its "most critical point," the former rebel group warned on Tuesday.

Arrest of ex-negotiator could harm Colombia peace process: FARC

Apo - The arrest of a former FARC negotiator on drug charges could damage the group's landmark peace deal with the Colombian government as it enters its "most critical point," a spokesman for the former rebel group warned on Tuesday.

Colombia arrests ex-FARC negotiator, says could be extradited to US

Apo - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday that his forces have arrested a former peace negotiator for the FARC, the ex-rebel-group-turned-political-party, and that he could be extradited to the United States to face drug charges.

Manchester on the frontline: US hope in opioid battle

Manchester - Tucked away in the corner of a US fire station are two plastic chairs, a tiny poster saying "anyone, anytime, can recover," and a poem in memory of a 20-year-old woman who fatally overdosed in 2016.

US seizes 100 'pot-growing' houses linked to China

Los Angeles - Federal agents seized more than 100 homes in one of the largest residential drug busts in US history in a bid to combat Chinese-run marijuana operations, the government said Wednesday.

Ecuador doing 'everything possible' to free reporters

Quito - Ecuador's presidency said Tuesday it will do "everything possible" to gain the release of a press team abducted a week ago on the troubled border with Colombia.

ELN kidnaps four in Colombia border area: police

Apo - Suspected ELN rebels kidnapped four people near an area of the Venezuelan border marked by recent clashes between the guerrilla group and drug traffickers, police said Tuesday.

Two massive crystal meth seizures on Thai border

Bangkok - Thai authorities have seized two massive hauls of crystal methamphetamine near border regions this week, officials said Tuesday, highlighting the kingdom's role as a pipeline for drugs flooding through Southeast Asia.

Trump to champion death penalty for drug dealers

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday made a controversial call for drug traffickers to face the death penalty, as part of his plan to combat America's opioid epidemic -- a move that appears to be as much about politics as policy.

Were Blackberrys modified to help drug cartels?

Toronto - It appears that some Blackberry devices were modified to 'help drug cartels', according to U.S. authorities. The allegation is that Canadian company Phantom Secure sold modified Blackberry devices for illicit reasons.

UN drugs body approves controls on deadly opioid

Vienna - A UN's anti-drug body added carfentanil, a synthetic substance estimated to be thousands of times more potent than morphine, to its list of controlled substances on Wednesday.

Colombia: seeking peace but burdened by drugs

Apo - The participation of Colombia's ex-guerrilla group FARC in legislative elections for the first time Sunday is a major step, but the country continues to battle a massive drugs trade.Here is some background.

Police commander slain after kidnpping in Mexico's Acapulco

Acapulco - A police commander was kidnapped in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco and then shot to death, an official said Saturday.

Russian 'mastermind' in Argentina cocaine plot arrested in Germany

Berlin - German police said Friday they had arrested Andrei Kovalchuk, the alleged mastermind of a plot to smuggle cocaine to Russia from Moscow's embassy in Argentina.

Moscow battles growing scandal over Argentina embassy cocaine sting

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday scrambled to contain a growing scandal over suitcases of cocaine found in its embassy school in Buenos Aires, condemning what it called a smear campaign as the media questioned the official account.

Mexican troops kill 'El Chapo' family security chief

Mexico - Mexican soldiers and police killed the security chief for the family of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday, officials said.

Vietnam cops seize $2.5 mn heroin in China border drug bust

Hanoi - Five men were arrested in Vietnam for allegedly attempting to smuggle $2.5 million worth of heroin into China after police shot at their drug-packed vehicle as they tried to flee, local media reported Monday.

Ecuador's 'Pablo Escobar' drug kingpin extradited to US

Bogota - A drug kingpin dubbed Ecuador's "Pablo Escobar" who was under arrest in Colombia was extradited to the United States early Saturday, local officials said here.

400 kilos of cocaine found in Russian embassy in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.
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