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US takes aim at deadly Chinese fentanyl networks

Washington - The US Treasury took action Wednesday to crack down on Chinese traffickers of deadly fentanyl, sanctioning producer-exporters and warning banks on financial schemes used to distribute the synthetic opioid behind thousands of US overdose deaths.

Mexican court rules to allow recreational cocaine use

Mexico - A Mexican judge has granted two people's requests to be allowed to use cocaine recreationally, the organization behind the cases said Tuesday, calling it a "historic step" -- though it must first be reviewed by a higher court.

Bulgaria seizes cocaine smuggled in banana shipment

Sofia - A warehouse worker has discovered 75 kilogrammes (165 lb) of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas, prosecutors and police said Saturday.

New Zealand cocaine haul believed drifted 2,100 km from Australia

Wellington - A multi-million dollar haul of cocaine washed up on a New Zealand beach this week is believed to have drifted more than 2,100 kilometres (1,300 miles) across the Tasman Sea from Australia, police said Friday.

High tide: cocaine haul washes up on New Zealand beach

Wellington - Cocaine worth millions of dollars has washed up on a New Zealand beach with police urging the public Thursday to hand in any more packages that may turn up.

Colombian cocaine crops reduce but still world's largest: UN

Apo - Illegal coca plantations in Colombia reduced slightly in 2018 but the country remains the world's biggest producer of the primary ingredient in cocaine production, the United Nations said on Friday.

Canadian officials surprised over U.S. medicine imports

The U.S. government plans to allow its citizens to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada. The problem is, they neglected to tell Canadian officials about the scheme.

French drug smuggler's death sentence commuted in Indonesia

Mataram - A French drug smuggler's death sentence has been commuted by an Indonesian court to 19 years in prison, less than three months after the surprise ruling put him in line for execution by firing squad.

French drug smuggler's death sentence commuted in Indonesia

Jakarta - A French drug smuggler's death sentence has been commuted by an Indonesian court to 19 years in prison, less than three months after the surprise ruling put in him line for execution by firing squad.

Drug lab raids in Myanmar's meth capital met with artillery fire

Raids on jungle drug labs have been met with heavy artillery fire, Myanmar narcotics police said Thursday, in an area riddled with armed groups accused of pumping out much of the world's methamphetamine.

US immigration agency names Venezuelan minister among 'most wanted'

Washington - United States immigration officials have added Venezuelan government minister Tareck El Aissami, a suspected drug smuggler, to their list of most wanted fugitives, they said Wednesday."Have you seen this #mostwanted #fugitive?

Two suspected Israeli mafiosi murdered in Mexico

Mexico - Two Israelis suspected of mafia links were shot dead in a luxury Mexico City mall in what could have been a settling of scores, Mexico's attorney general's office said on Thursday.

Brazil cocaine seizures up more than 90 percent in first half of 2019

Bras - Brazil seized 25.3 tons of cocaine bound for Europe and Africa in the first half of 2019, up more than 90 percent on the same period last year, officials said Monday.

Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' appeals life sentence

New York - Fallen Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, once one of the world's most powerful and notorious criminals, has appealed his life sentence, court documents published on Monday showed.

Russia raids rehab centre where addicts 'handcuffed to beds'

Moscow - Russian investigators on Thursday opened a criminal probe into a rehabilitation centre in Siberia where alcoholics and drug addicts were handcuffed to beds, charging the facility's management with unlawful imprisonment.

Louvre museum removes Sackler name amid opioid controversy

Paris - The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from one of its wings, amid a controversy that has seen the billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

Easter attackers should be executed says Sri Lanka president

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president has demanded capital punishment for the "terrorists" responsible for the deadly Easter Sunday attacks just days after he blamed international drug dealers for the suicide bombings.

Drug gangs behind Sri Lanka Easter bombings, president claims

Colombo - International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country's leader claimed Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists.

Colombia Supreme Court seeks former FARC leader for drug trafficking

Washington - Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a former FARC guerrilla leader for alleged drug trafficking, after he became a fugitive for failing to appear in court.

Philippine senator draws flak over toddler's drug-raid death comments

Trece Martires - A Philippine senator who initially led President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war sparked outrage Thursday when he dismissed the killing of a toddler in a police anti-narcotics operation with an expletive and as collateral damage.

Protesters urge Louvre to cut ties with donor over opioid crisis

Paris - Protesters gathered outside the Louvre in Paris on Monday to condemn the museum's ties with the Sackler family, billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

Sri Lanka president rebuffs UN chief over hangings

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president said Monday he had rejected a telephone appeal by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to reconsider his push to reintroduce the death penalty after 43 years.

Sri Lanka faces legal challenges in bid to resume hangings

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president is facing fresh legal challenges in his attempt to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and start executing drug convicts, officials said Sunday.

Sri Lanka president signs four death warrants to end moratorium

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president said Wednesday he has signed death warrants for four condemned drug offenders to become the first people to be executed on the island in decades "very soon".

Cocaine production hit new record in 2017: UN report

Vienna - Global cocaine production reached an all-time high in 2017, breaking the previous year's record by 25 percent, the UN drugs and crime agency said Wednesday in its annual report, as production soars in post-conflict Colombia.

Historic US drug bust nets 16 tonnes of cocaine

New York - US authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia.

Mexican cartel leader sentenced to 55 years for kidnapping

Mexico - A judge in Mexico sentenced drug kingpin Servando Gomez to 55 years in prison on Monday following his conviction for kidnapping, authorities said.

Drones, big money and cheap drugs: the Laos route spewing meth into Thailand

As dusk falls along the Mekong River, a nightly dance begins between Thai border security and Laos drug gangs now using drones, scouts and a pool of poor fishermen to shift record amounts of meth into Thailand.

Philippines rejects call for UN rights council probe

Manila - The Philippines on Saturday rejected a call for an independent United Nations probe into Manila's alleged human rights violations, describing it as interference in the affairs of the Asian nation.

Australian police in record $840m haul of drug 'ice'

Sydney - Australian police have seized a record US$840 million worth of the drug "ice" hidden in stereo speakers shipped from Thailand, officials said Friday.Australian Border Force agents found 1.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine and 37 kilograms (81.
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