Nigerian man sentenced for running drug ring

2014-10-01 14:28

A Nigerian who authorities say ran one of the most expansive heroin smuggling networks ever uncovered involving Houston's main airport has been sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison.

Girl dies on night out celebrating 16th birthday

2014-09-30 10:45

A 16-year-old Eastern Cape girl's birthday festivities ended in tragedy when she died from apparent drug-related complications, according to a report.

Six Russians die after smoking designer drug

2014-09-26 13:56

Six Russians have died and dozens have been hospitalised after they smoked a legal synthetic drug in the far northern city of Surgut.

Deadly bath salts legal high banned across EU

2014-09-26 07:13

The European Union has banned the party drug nicknamed "bath salts" and other so-called legal highs that have been linked to nearly 150 deaths.

Albania destroys marijuana worth €6.4bn

2014-09-23 20:51

Albania's Interior Ministry says the country's authorities have destroyed marijuana of an estimated market value of €6.4bn this year.

Corrupt cop trapped in undercover operation

2014-09-15 20:45

A police constable assured a drug peddler it would be "no problem" to obtain the drug tik, unaware the peddler was actually a police agent in an undercover operation, a court has heard.

KZN man held for heroin possession

2014-09-11 20:18

A man has been arrested in Westcliff for possession of heroin, KwaZulu-Natal police say.

'Crack mayor' may have a tumour

2014-09-11 09:15

Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became infamous after he admitted to using crack cocaine in a 'drunken stupor', is believed to have a tumour in his abdomen.

Coca plants found growing in 'unusual region'

2014-09-10 08:27

Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas say they have confiscated 1 639 coca plants, and say that cultivation in the region is highly unusual.

Ex-Deputy Minister in drugs probe

2014-09-07 12:12

A former deputy minister is being investigated by the Hawks for alleged involvement in drug dealing.

Legal or not, the pot business is still wacky

2014-09-04 21:18

The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold cause major headaches for marijuana businesses

3 Mexican mayors charged with organised crime

2014-09-02 15:40

A Mexican federal official says three mayors in the western state of Michoacan have been charged with allegedly having links with a drug cartel.

Man appears for Mandrax drug bust

2014-09-01 19:04

A 72-year-old man and a woman found in possession of Mandrax with a street value of around R1.2m has appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court, the NPA says.

7.6 tons of cocaine seized in Peru

2014-08-31 07:32

Peru's interior ministry said on Saturday the final tally of a record cocaine seizure this week totalled 7.6 tons, with a street value of more than $300 000m.

Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home

2014-08-28 06:16

People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home are now able to register to do so as the government launches the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalisation programme.

Women held for drug possession at CT airport

2014-08-26 17:48

Two women were arrested for alleged possession of drugs at Cape Town International Airport, Western Cape police have said.

Saudi executes 4 hash smugglers

2014-08-18 21:28

Saudi Arabia has executed 4 for smuggling hashish, bringing the number of executions this year to 32.

Diepsloot residents protest over drug abuse

2014-08-14 07:27

About 200 residents of Diepsloot in Johannesburg have handed over an alleged drug dealer to police during a protest over drug abuse in the area.

Eastern Cape man held over drugs

2014-08-11 18:51

Eastern Cape police have arrested a 26-year-old man found in possession of drugs in Bhisho.

Undercover operation used to bust cop

2014-08-07 21:30

An undercover operation was authorised to trap a police officer suspected of smuggling drugs to prisoners, the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court has heard.

US anti-drug efforts in Africa used to protect wildlife

2014-08-06 14:40

The US hopes to expand a two-year-old effort against organised crime in West Africa to include wildlife trafficking and money laundering, activities that exploit the same networks used for drug trafficking.

Foreigner found dead after police raid

2014-08-05 11:10

A foreign man has been found dead in Rustenburg after he was allegedly assaulted by police during a drugs raid, North West police say.

Dagga plantation found in Johannesburg suburb

2014-08-03 20:34

Four people have been arrested after the discovery of a dagga plantation in a Johannesburg suburb, Gauteng police say.


Pot decriminalisation bill drafted in Jamaica

2014-10-01 13:03

Jamaica's justice minister says that legislation has been drafted to decriminalise marijuana on the Caribbean island where the drug has been pervasive but prohibited for a century.

Guam moves ahead with medical marijuana ballot

2014-09-29 22:26

An election official in Guam says a medical marijuana vote will go forward as planned unless told otherwise.

Call for prison drug treatment

2014-09-26 12:36

Providing drug treatment campaigns in prisons will benefit prisoners and society, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has said during at discussion in Pretoria.

Man held in Durban for cocaine possession

2014-09-25 17:36

A man has been arrested in Greenwood Park, Durban, for the alleged possession of cocaine worth more than R2 200.

2 men charged over $68m drug haul in Sydney

2014-09-15 08:59

Two people have been charged with smuggling heroin and methamphetamine worth $68m hidden in a consignment of frozen fish fillets shipped from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, officials say.

KZN drug dealer arrested

2014-09-13 16:15

A man was arrested for dealing and possession of drugs in Shallcross, Durban, police said on Saturday.

US teens see alcohol, dagga differently

2014-09-12 09:47

Using alcohol leads to unsafe driving and compromised relationships with peers, while using marijuana harms relationships with authority figures, US teens say in a survey.

Texas executes inmate despite drug controversy

2014-09-11 11:35

Texas has executed a man convicted of killing both his ex-girlfriend and her brother, officials said amid controversy over the drugs used to put him to death.

Panel of global leaders urges drug policy changes

2014-09-10 11:42

A 21-member international panel has urged a global overhaul of drug policies, calling for some drugs such as marijuana to be regulated, an end to incarceration for drug use and possession.

Drug awareness in Eastern Cape school

2014-09-09 19:23

Police have held a drug awareness campaign at a school in Mdantsane, near East London, Eastern Cape police say.

Alleged hit man returns to California

2014-09-06 06:56

Authorities say a suspected contract killer charged with slayings across the US has pleaded not guilty to committing nine murders in California.

Dutch man admits to running drug hub in US

2014-09-04 13:47

A Dutch national has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to operating an online drug marketplace that sold LSD, ecstasy, marijuana and more.

Police seize millions in huge fake Viagra swoop

2014-09-01 21:29

Police in several European countries have arrested 12 people and seized millions of euros in assets in a swoop on counterfeit Viagra dealers.

US patients seek narcotics from multiple doctors

2014-09-01 16:31

'Doctor shoppers' seek narcotics from many different physicians – a new study finds.

Surgeon deported after sex party turns deadly

2014-08-28 09:02

An Australian neurosurgeon jailed after two prostitutes died following cocaine-fuelled sex sessions at his home has been deported to his native Malaysia, authorities say.

Colombia kingpin Escobar's hitman freed from jail

2014-08-27 12:45

One of Colombia's most feared drug cartel assassins has walked free after serving 22 years in jail for scores of murders ordered by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar during the cocaine trafficking heyday of the 1980s.

Hitch-hiker arrested with drugs in her luggage

2014-08-26 13:57

A 53-year-old woman has been arrested after drugs worth an estimated R67 000 were found in her luggage, Northern Cape police say.

French company delivers first synthetic malaria drug

2014-08-13 09:40

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has announced the delivery of the first anti-malaria drugs using a semi-synthetic version of their key ingredient to millions of patients in Africa.

Pity moved cop to give dagga to prisoner

2014-08-09 14:29

A former police sergeant accused of corruptly giving a food parcel containing dagga to a man in custody at the Cape Town Central police station has appeared in court.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa skips court date on dagga charge

2014-08-07 11:25

A warrant has been issued for rapper Wiz Khalifa's arrest after he skipped a court date on a marijuana possession charge in West Texas.

Rwanda island rehab haven has dark side

2014-08-05 22:17

Surrounded by glittering waters, Rwanda's remote Iwawa island appears idyllic, but it has housed thousands of drug users, as well as reputedly those the authoritarian government deems unsuitable for society.

Cop testifies in Krejcir's trial

2014-08-04 19:40

A man who confessed in the case against himself, Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, and four others was not forced to make the statement, the South Gauteng High Court has heard.

50kg of cocaine missing from Paris police HQ

2014-08-01 12:04

French authorities have ordered a probe after more than 50kg of seized cocaine worth millions of euros went missing from the Paris police headquarters.

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