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Ex-Norway cop gets 21 years for helping smuggle tons of hash

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Monday sentenced a former top police officer to 21 years in prison for allowing nearly 14 tonnes of hashish to be smuggled into the country over nearly a decade.

Rio's bid to wrest 'favelas' from gangs loses steam

Rio De Janeiro - Known as the setting of a Michael Jackson video clip in the late 1990s, Santa Marta is Rio's best known favela, a hillside community perched between Sugarloaf and a colossal Christ the Redeemer.

Safe cocaine snorting 'kit' under fire in Spain

Madrid - A northern Spanish city is under fire for distributing advice on how to safely snort cocaine.Plastic cards the size of credit cards -- a tool of choice for cocaine users -- were handed out by the health department in Bilbao.

Pope vies with narco for reverence in Colombian city

Medell - In her hair salon, Yamile Zapata is taking advantage of Pope Francis's visit to sell key rings with his face on it. But that's not where the real money is in Medellin.

Marital row exposes fugitive mafia boss in Uruguay

Montevideo - Fugitive Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito had split from his wife and was searching for a new apartment when he was arrested by Uruguayan police, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Main Colombia narco gang ready to surrender: President

Bogota - Colombia's most powerful drug trafficking gang is ready to turn itself in to the authorities, President Juan Manuel Santos announced Tuesday.

Colombian security forces kill top drug trafficker: president

Bogota - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday said security forces had killed the second-in-command of the Gulf Clan, the country's foremost drug gang.

US, Honduran agents hunt down fugitive wanted on drug charges

Tegucigalpa - US and Honduran anti-narcotics agents chased and caught a suspected drug trafficker in the wilderness of Honduras' Mosquito Coast, officials said Tuesday.

Bank boycott snuffs Uruguay's legal marijuana sales

Montevideo - Uruguay's unique new marijuana industry has run into a hurdle as international anti-money laundering rules are forcing banks to close the accounts of pharmacies legally selling the drug.

No guarantee 'Chapo' Guzman's private lawyers would get paid

New York - A US federal judge on Monday refused to help private lawyers hoping to represent drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman obtain guarantees that they would get paid if they take the case.

Screening for novel drugs using powerful computers

London - Searching for new types of drugs is a medical imperative. This is a complex task involving many types of diseases and chemical interactions. To assist with this process, Francis Crick Institute researchers have developed a new model.

Iran parliament softens drug death penalty laws

Tehran - Iran's parliament passed a long-awaited amendment to its drug trafficking laws on Sunday, raising the thresholds that can trigger capital punishment and potentially saving the lives of many on death row.

S.Africa at cannabis crossroads

Johanesburg - For one South African mother, cannabis was an illegal drug to warn her son about when he became a teenager: today, she uses it to treat his rare medical condition.

S. Africa at cannabis crossroads

Johanesburg - For one South African mother, cannabis was an illegal drug to warn her son about when he became a teenager: today, she uses it to treat his rare medical condition.

Doctors at heart of US opioid crisis

Chicago - When 55-year-old Sheila Bartels left her doctor's office in Oklahoma, she had a prescription for 510 painkillers. She died the same day of an overdose.

'Gang war' blamed for Nigeria church massacre

Lagos - Eleven worshippers gunned-down in a Nigerian church funded by a man accused by some of being a drug lord and described by others as a philanthropist may be victims of "gang war".

Football: Marquez, Mexico hero accused of cartel ties

Mexico - Mexico and former FC Barcelona star Rafael Marquez is dubbed "The Boss" for his leadership of the national football team -- but now the United States has branded him a drug criminal.

US links Mexico football captain Marquez to drug cartel

Washington - The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Rafael Marquez, captain of Mexico's national football team and a former FC Barcelona player, of being a "front person" for a major drug trafficking organization.

US sanctions Mexico football captain Marquez for alleged cartel ties

Washington - The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Rafael Marquez, captain of Mexico's national football team and a former FC Barcelona player, of being a "front person" for a major drug trafficking organization.

Philippines' Duterte announces 'dead or alive' bounties

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced "dead-or-alive" bounties worth $40,000 each for policemen he accused of helping an accused narco-politician, and said he prefered they be killed.

'El Chapo' moves to hire top-flight NY mafia defender

New York - Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman wants to dump his US public defenders for a quartet of top-flight criminal defense lawyers, including attorneys who got an infamous New York mafia boss out of prison.

From poppy to heroin: Taliban move into Afghan drug production

Kabul - The Taliban -- which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan -- now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country's heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials have told AFP.

Three killed in Mexico Cabos beach shootout

Aguililla - Three men were shot dead Sunday on a busy beach in Mexico's popular Los Cabos international tourist area where organized crime has surged in recent months.

Mass grave found in northern Mexico, authorities say

Mexico - A mass grave with the bodies of 14 people has been uncovered in a mountainous region of the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, state prosecutors said.

'El Chapo' seeks release from US prison, says conditions like 'torture'

New York - Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, is claiming his extradition to the United States was illegal and wants a US judge to dismiss his case.

Huge Australia-bound cocaine haul seized by French navy

Sydney - A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday.The 1.

Philippines' Duterte backs police in 'drug' mayor killings

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday defended a police raid that killed a mayor whom he had linked to narcotics trafficking along with 14 others.

Indonesia jails man who grew marijuana for cancer-stricken wife

Jakarta - An Indonesian man who grew marijuana to ease the pain of his seriously-ill wife was sentenced to eight months in prison on Wednesday, despite an outcry from right groups and activists.

Dutch deny Belgian demand to hand over drug suspects

Den Haag - The Netherlands on Tuesday refused to hand over eight suspects wanted on drug-smuggling charges by Belgium, seeking more information about the conditions under which they would be detained.

Indonesia says convict organised major drug trafficking ring

Jakarta - A convict in a maximum-security Indonesian prison masterminded an operation to import 1.2 million ecstasy tablets which led to two arrests and the death of another suspect, authorities said Tuesday.
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