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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.

Europe seizing record amounts of purer cocaine: report

Apo - European authorities are seizing record quantities of increasingly pure cocaine, the EU drugs agency said in a report published Thursday, also warning of a growing use of synthetic drugs and dealing via smartphones.

Three large meth labs dismantled in Mexico

El Dorado - Three synthetic drug labs producing an estimated $160 million worth of methamphetamine were dismantled in Mexico on Tuesday, in what officials called one of the country's biggest blows to drug trafficking this year.

Tough journey: from Venezuela crisis to Colombia conflict zone

Arauca - Every day, hundreds of Venezuelans cross the Arauca river into Colombia in search of a better life -- but first, they must run a gauntlet of rebels, drug runners and land mines.

Ice, ice maybe? Myanmar cop held for crystal meth switch

Yangon - A Myanmar policeman has been arrested after switching 64 kilograms (140 pounds) of seized crystal meth with salts loosely resembling the party drug known as "ice", officials said Tuesday.

What is Mexico doing to stop flow of migrants, drugs to US?

Mexico - Despite calling himself a champion of migrants' rights, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has actually stepped up detentions of Central Americans crossing Mexico -- just not enough to please Donald Trump.

Amid fentanyl crackdown, Mexico risks 'balloon effect'

Mexico - President Donald Trump says China's new ban on all fentanyl-related substances will be a "game-changer" in the deadly US opioid crisis, but experts warn it may just shift production elsewhere -- particularly Mexico.

Spanish policeman killed in drug op chase

Madrid - A policeman was killed on Thursday as he chased a car with a French number plate carrying hashish in a drug trafficking hotspot in southern Spain, police said.

Man dies accidentally, having ingested 246 packets of cocaine

A passenger on-board a flight from Mexico City has died after inadvertently ingesting 246 packets of cocaine. The high level of drug consumption triggered a cerebral edema.

Colombia's top court orders release of ex-rebel wanted by US

Apo - Colombia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the "immediate release" of a former rebel leader accused of drug trafficking and shot down revisions to the country's peace accord in a double blow for President Ivan Duque.

Colombia's top court orders release of ex-rebel wanted by US

Apo - Colombia's Supreme Court ordered Wednesday the "immediate release" of former FARC guerrilla leader Jesus Santrich, who is wanted by the United States for drug trafficking.

Landmark US opioid trial begins in Oklahoma

Chicago - The first civil trial that could hold a drug company responsible for the US opioid epidemic began Tuesday in Oklahoma -- a landmark case that could impact thousands of others like it.

Landmark US opioid trial begins in Oklahoma

Chicago - The first civil trial that could end up holding a drug company responsible for the US opioid epidemic began Tuesday in Oklahoma, in a landmark case that might impact thousands of others like it.

Desperate Rohingya caught on cross-border narcotics runs: police

Dhaka - Growing numbers of outcast Rohingya refugees are risking their lives by crossing the closed Myanmar-Bangladesh border with narcotics pills packed into their stomachs, police said Tuesday.

Government of British Columbia expands biosimilar medicines

The Government of British Columbia has announced a program in which patients taking originator biologic drugs will be "switched" or transitioned by their clinicians to a biosimilar biologic drug within a six-month period.

Lebanon arrests Saudi at airport with 10 kg of captagon drug

Beirut - Lebanon has arrested a Saudi man at Beirut airport carrying about 10 kilograms of the amphetamine-like drug captagon, said authorities cited in local media.

Spain raids hashish traffickers

Madrid - Over 300 police officers swooped Wednesday against hashish smuggling in southern Spain, the main gateway into Europe for the drug, the latest in a string of police stings in the region.

French drug smuggler sentenced to death in Indonesia

Mataram - Indonesia on Monday sentenced a French drug smuggler to death by firing squad, in a shock verdict after prosecutors had asked for a long prison term.

Indonesian court sentences French drug smuggler to death

Mataram - An Indonesian court sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling on Monday, in a shock verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term.

Colombian ex-guerrilla leader arrested, hospitalized upon prison release

Apo - A former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking was hospitalized in police custody Saturday with what authorities said were self-inflicted arm wounds.

US sanctions Mexican judge, ex-governor for corruption

Washington - The United States on Friday sanctioned a Mexican judge and a former state governor for corruption and maintaining links with drug cartels.

Vietnam seizes half tonne of ketamine in crackdown on synthetic drugs

Hanoi - Vietnamese police have seized half a tonne of ketamine worth $21 million in Ho Chi Minh City, a key transit hub that has seen record busts of synthetic drugs in recent weeks as narcotics gangs use its ports and air links to shuttle drugs across the reg...

El Chapo's lawyers denounce 'cruel and unusual' prison conditions

New York - Lawyers for convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have denounced his prison conditions and made several requests, including more water and fresh air and earplugs to allow him to sleep.

China sentences another Canadian to death for drug trafficking

Bejing - A Chinese court sentenced a second Canadian man to death for drug trafficking on Tuesday, eliciting a rebuke from Canada's foreign minister, amid diplomatic tensions between Ottawa and Beijing.

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.
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