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Sri Lanka seizes record drugs haul at sea

Colombo - Two foreign trawlers packed with over $33 million worth of heroin and crystal methamphetamine were seized in Sri Lanka's biggest-ever drugs bust at sea, a navy spokesman said Thursday.

Meth boom adds to Afghanistan's opium and heroin woes

Kabul - At a sprawling rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Kabul, dozens of dazed-looking drug addicts clamber out of police buses and shuffle toward the facility.

'Lance with love': Afghans revel in bountiful opium harvest

Tarin Kowt - Lashes swished and whirled through the air in a burst of celebration around a sea of opium poppies, as farmers in a southern Afghan village rejoiced over a bumper harvest with a traditional rope game.

'Playboy's' reign of terror over, but Rio still on edge

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro officials celebrated Monday the death of "Playboy," a brutal gang leader famous for thumbing his nose at the authorities -- yet his killing left new questions unanswered.

How opium poppies process morphine revealed for the first time

The process by which a poppy encodes enzymes to make morphine has been discovered. This relates to a specific gene. This could lead to alternative ways to produce the drug.

New bomb detector launched

Salt Lake City - A new type of bomb detector which uses a carbon nanotube has been produced. The detector is said to be superior to others on the market in terms of speed and the range of explosives that it can detect.

Op-Ed: Not your average bake sale — Sweet desserts used to smuggle drugs

Drug smugglers use cookies, chocolates and other tasty treats to hide and transport narcotics. Are smugglers becoming more creative or more desperate?

Traffic stop yields 100 bags of heroin hidden in man's rectum

Trenton - A routine traffic stop along New Jersey's Palisades International Parkway resulted in law enforcement officers finding 100 bags of heroin hidden in a man's rectum.

Mexican drug violence spreading, Arizona man beheaded

With more than 28,000 people dead in Mexican drug violence since December 2006, US authorities are concerned about cross-border killings, after an Arizona man was found decapitated.

Marijuana use increases while arrests rise to record high

Washington - Marijuana arrests accounted for more than half of all United States drug arrests in 2009, while its use among by Americans during this same period increased by 8 percent, according to two reports released recently by government officials.

Drugs stolen from Toronto pharmacy

Toronto - A large quantity of narcotics have been stolen from a pharmacy in the Kipling Avenue/Redcliff Boulevard area of Toronto.

$8 million methamphetamine bust in California

Ontario - On Wednesday of this week, two methamphetamine seizes were made by agents from the state Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. One seizure in Ontario, California brought in drugs worth a street value of $8 million.

Terrorist networks, narcotics groups increasingly aligned

A disturbing trend is emerging in information sharing among major terrorist organizations and narcotics groups. "They are one part terrorist organization and are becoming one part global drug trafficking cartel," says one expert.

FBI raid New Haven police station

Two New Haven narcotics officers and 3 bondsmen are charged with theft of government funds, bribary and criminal conspiracy.

Songs, Fashion And A Patron Saint: Mexico's ''Narco'' Culture

MEXICO CITY (dpa) - Mexico's drug dealers have a patron saint. His name is Jesus Malverde and in his heyday at the beginning of he 20th century he was something of a genuine Robin Hood figure.In the northwestern state of Sinaloa he stole from the rich ...

Misery On Main Street - Europe's Desolate Drugs Scene

HAMBURG (dpa) - In the centre of downtown Hamburg, one of the richest cities in Europe, is a twilight world of drug-induced misery.It lies just a few steps from the German port city's train station in the St.Georg district where drug dealers peddle the...

Bogus-Brand Cigarettes Flood The EU Market

HAMBURG (dpa) - They are hidden inside upholstered furniture or among noodles, or they are lying behind crates of woks or tea sets. And they are increasing in number.Smuggled cigarettes from China are flooding the European market. "We are in the midst ...

Bumper poppy crop undermines Taleban attempts to check drugs

Ghanikhel, Afghanistan (dpa) - The bazaar in Ghanikhel may only be a collection of kiosks and mud shops but it offers everything - from fertilizer to seeds, from oil to entire engines and of course, opium, the most notorious ware on sale. Gela...

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Large consignment of cocaine seized by US Navy in Latin America. Much of the cocaine produced heads ...
Large consignment of cocaine seized by US Navy in Latin America. Much of the cocaine produced heads to Spain for production and eventual sale throughout Europe
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