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Hordes of seized marijuana makes Spanish police 'dizzy'

Barcelona - Huge stashes of seized marijuana are piling up at police stations across Spain, leaving officers dizzy and feeling like "they smoked something illegal", a police union said Thursday.

Hunting Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar

Algeciras - As the powerful motors of their speedboat roared, Spanish police used a thermal imaging camera to scan the sea in the Strait of Gibraltar for traffickers smuggling hashish from Morocco.

Russia lifts Wikipedia ban after it edits drugs entry

Moscow - Russia's media watchdog said Tuesday it had lifted a short-lived ban on Russian-language Wikipedia over an entry on a form of cannabis.

Australian police find $12.6 mn cocaine haul on yacht

Sydney - Australian police said Tuesday 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of cocaine worth US$12.6 million has been seized from a yacht, as they crack down on syndicates trafficking drugs through the South Pacific.

Peru permits military to down drug trafficking planes

- Peru's Congress unanimously has approved a bill reauthorizing its air force to shoot down planes linked to drug trafficking.

Pot economy thrives in Uruguay

Montevideo - Working at a decidedly un-slackerly pace, employees are racing to get ready for the opening of the latest marijuana boutique to sprout up in pot-friendly Uruguay.

Amgen fined in the U.S. over 'improper advertising'

The pharmaceutical company Amgen has been fined by U.S. authorities in relation to the advertising of its products. The settlement is $71 million.

New skin cancer drugs in development

Two new skin cancer drugs are moving towards regulatory approval and market launch, with release intended for both U.S. and Europe.

Compounded drugs in syringes warning

Washington - A warning has been issued by the U.S. FDA for health professionals not to administer medicinal drug products prepared in Becton-Dickinson syringes. This is due to a drug potency issue.

U.S. regulators approve 'female Viagra'

Washington - US regulators Tuesday approved the first "female Viagra," a drug known as Addyi that works on the brain to boost younger women's libido if they have lost interest in sex.

Bolivia cuts coca crop by 11%, chides U.S. war on drugs

La Paz - The amount of farmland in Bolivia dedicated to cultivating coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, fell by 11 percent last year, the fourth straight drop, the United Nations said Monday.

Spanish police find hashish in wheelchair cushion

Madrid - Spanish police have arrested a man who tried to smuggle two kilos (4.4 pounds) of hashish stuffed inside a wheelchair cushion, the interior ministry said Monday.

Bangladesh sentences six to jail for deadly children's medicine

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court sentenced six senior employees of a drug company to jail Monday for making toxic paracetamol syrup that doctors say killed hundreds of children in the 1990s, a prosecutor said.

Four Frenchmen jailed in Dominican Republic for drug running

Santo Domingo - Four Frenchmen have been sentenced to prison terms of 20 years for drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic, a punishment a French official said Saturday was "very heavy.

'Fake weed' triggers U.S.-wide alarm

Washington - It goes by many names -- K2, Spice, Bizarro, Scooby Snax, Kryp2nite and Stoopid, to name but a few -- and it's setting off alarm bells across the United States.

Drug boss, journalist among six killed in Mexico bar shooting

- Gunmen opened fire on a bar in the Mexican state of Veracruz, killing six people including a local boss of the Zetas drug cartel and a journalist, officials said.

Mexico court confirms halt to drug lord's extradition order

- A Mexican court upheld a ruling suspending the arrest warrant to extradite escaped drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, in a setback for government lawyers.

Man, 91, charged for cocaine 'soap' haul in Australia

Sydney - Australian authorities have charged a 91-year-old Sydney man with importing cocaine disguised as soap, as they warned travellers Tuesday against becoming unwitting drug couriers.Federal police said the suspect was charged in July over 4.

Man arrested for soliciting a prostitute with his son

Pittsburgh - A Pittsburgh man was arrested over the weekend and charged with drug possession and child endangering after he allegedly solicited a sex worker with seven-year-old child in the vehicle.

Spanish customs pursue drug smugglers onto Gibraltar beach

Gibraltar - A Spanish customs vessel and helicopter chased suspected drug smugglers onto a beach in Gibraltar early Sunday, in what the British government said was "clear violation of UK sovereignty.

Spain detains 34 suspected members of Colombian drug ring

Madrid - Police in Spain have arrested 34 suspected members of a gang based in Colombia that smuggled drugs between the two countries, police said Saturday.

Photographer among five found bound, killed in Mexico

- A news photographer was among the five people found tortured and fatally shot in a Mexico City apartment, a journalism advocacy group said Sunday.

Novartis forms biotech spin-off called Mereo

Zurich - The pharmaceutical giant Novartis has established a biotech spin-off company called Mereo. The company will be based in the U.K. and it will work on three bespoke investigational drug products.

Judge rules fugitive Mexico kingpin to be sent to US

- A Mexican judge has issued an order to extradite fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States -- if he is recaptured after his jailbreak, authorities said Thursday.

Cops from US to Australia in hunt for Mexico capo: DEA

- Police from the Americas to Europe and Australia have joined forces in a "marathon" to catch Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a top US law enforcement official said.

Britain's Lord Sewel resigns after cocaine and prostitutes scandal

London - A British peer who was in charge of lawmakers' ethics quit the House of Lords on Tuesday after allegedly snorting cocaine off a prostitute's breasts, fuelling calls for reform of the unelected upper chamber.

Lord Sewel exposed in 'drugs and prostitutes' romp

London - A senior member of Britain's House of Lords responsible for upholding standards was facing calls to quit the chamber Monday after he was filmed allegedly snorting drugs off a prostitute's breasts.

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

London - The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease.

Submarine seized with eight tonnes of cocaine on board

The U.S. Navy has intercepted a submarine off the coast of El Salvador. The vessel was found to be carrying around eight tonnes of cocaine.

Too many drugs given to people with learning difficulties

London - A new review of drugs policy has found that people with learning difficulties have been over-prescribed medications. This includes psychiatric drugs without any recorded diagnosis.
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