Parents of Mexico missing meet with president

2014-10-30 10:46

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has met with parents of 43 teachers college students for the first time since they disappeared over a month ago, when investigators say police detained the students and handed them over to a drug gang.

Spanish woman had €55 500 hidden in stomach

2014-10-27 09:36

A woman arriving from Belgium has been arrested at an airport in the Dominican Republic with €55 500 hidden in her stomach and €54 600 in her luggage, anti-drugs police say

Mom accused of killing 6 babies

2014-10-20 21:04

A US woman accused of killing 6 newborns and storing their bodies in a garage is to face a December hearing.

New image for Natalspruit Hospital

2014-10-16 18:26

The Old Natalspruit Hospital in Katlehong could become a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, the Gauteng health department says.

R250 000 worth of dagga seized in Cape Town

2014-10-14 12:25

A 43-year-old man has been arrested and dagga with a street value of R250 000 seized in Killarney Gardens, Cape Town, police say.

Drug equipment seized in W Cape

2014-10-10 22:40

Equipment used to manufacture Mandrax has been confiscated from a house in Old Crossroads, Cape Town, say Western Cape police.

Painkiller junkies unaware of options

2014-10-03 13:07

Abuse of prescription painkillers can lead to overdose, and while safe and effective interventions are available, most narcotic abusers are unaware of their options.

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.


Cops only had authority for drug sting, court hears

2014-10-27 14:22

A police undercover operation into human trafficking, which led to the arrest of a Durban doctor and four others, was never authorised by the NPA, the Durban Regional Court has heard.

Australia cops seize $25m worth of methamphetamine

2014-10-24 10:35

Police in the Australian capital Canberra says they have seized 28kg of methamphetamine with a street value of around 25 million $22m, media reports.

Female 28 gangster held for murder

2014-10-19 21:12

A woman believed to be a member of the 28 gang has been arrested and charged with murder and dealing in drugs in Cape Town, Western Cape police say.

Sniffer dogs find 200kg tik at OR Tambo

2014-10-14 18:13

About 200kg of with a value of over R59m has been seized at the OR Tambo airport, says Sars.

Dagga, booze good for head injury survival

2014-10-14 05:00

People who use marijuana or drink alcohol may be more likely to survive a serious head injury than people who don't.

Four-year-old US girl hands out heroin

2014-10-07 20:42

A US mother has been charged after her four-year-old daughter handed out packets of heroin to friends at daycare in Delaware.

Cocaine worth R95m seized in Durban habour

2014-10-02 18:24

Police have seized blocks of cocaine with a street value of R95m hidden in a shipping container in Durban harbour.

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.

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