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New Zealand says yes to Nigella despite US exclusion

2014-04-20 08:25

New Zealand officials have granted a special visa to British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who has admitted cocaine use, in an apparent confirmation she has been blocked from entering the US, says a report.

Cops targeting drug 'demons' - Mthethwa

2014-04-16 22:42

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says SAPS have turned their focus to catching more druglords along with the average petty drug dealers.

Saudi seizes drugs worth millions, arrests 6

2014-04-13 18:00

Saudi Arabian police have arrested six people and seized illegal drugs worth $267m that were being smuggled into the country from Bahrain, the interior ministry says.

SA woman arrested for drugs in Thailand

2014-04-06 15:26
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A South African woman has been arrested for the possession of drugs in Thailand, the department of international relations says.

Nyaope declared an illegal drug

2014-04-02 14:31

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has welcomed legislative amendments declaring nyaope an illegal drug.

Mexican marines kill Templar cartel's leader

2014-04-01 09:07

Mexican officials say a leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel has been killed in a clash with marines in the central state of Queretaro.

No drug court for man arrested amid Philip Seymour Hoffman probe

2014-03-27 13:25

A jazz musician arrested on heroin possession charges amid an investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has lost a bid to have the case handled by a New York drug court.

Loved ones wait anxiously for Beetge to arrive

2014-03-27 07:12

Loved ones of Tessa Beetge have arrived at OR Tambo International Airport to welcome the convicted drug mule home.

R2bn drug bust a victory - Mokonyane

2014-03-26 18:15

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says the raid on a Mandrax manufacturing laboratory in Benoni on the East Rand is a victory in the fight against drugs in Gauteng.

Huge R2bn drug bust in Benoni

2014-03-25 08:48
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Mandrax with a street value of about R2bn has been seized in Benoni on the East Rand in one of the biggest drug busts of the year.

Germans seize cocaine addressed to Vatican

2014-03-23 21:16

German weekly Bild am Sonntag have reported that customs officials intercepted a cocaine shipment destined for the Vatican in January.

Police describe mayor's crack tape

2014-03-20 09:04

Toronto police say that a video first reported a year ago shows Mayor Rob Ford apparently holding a glass cylinder and a lighter while smoking crack cocaine, according to court documents.

Alleged organ trafficker nabbed

2014-03-18 08:23

Police in Mexico's western state of Michoacan has detained an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel, saying he is suspected of trafficking organs.

Rio policeman shot by drug traffickers

2014-03-15 16:23

A Brazilian policeman was shot dead in clashes with drug traffickers in a "pacified" shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, hours after security forces occupied another violent favela.

Berlusconi secretary caught with 24kg cocaine

2014-03-13 21:14

Italian police have arrested Federica Gagliardi, a woman who acted as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's secretary at two international summits in Canada in 2010, on suspicion of smuggling 24 kg of cocaine.

2 held for drug dealing

2014-03-10 18:13

Two men have been arrested in Durban for dealing in drugs.

6 drug suspects killed in Thailand

2014-03-08 16:01

Six suspected drug dealers have beenshot dead during a shoot-out with Thai security forces who seized illegal amphetamines at the scene.

Drugs hidden in baby's nappy

2014-02-28 21:05

A woman has been arrested after 14 packets of the drug cat (methcathinone) were found in an allegedly abducted baby's nappy in Brakpan.

Pupils caught smoking dagga at Sowetan girls funeral

2014-02-25 14:05

Soweto pupils have been caught smoking what appears to be dagga and cigarettes at the funeral of two Sowetan girls, who were found dead with cuts on their hands and necks.

France seizes 1.4 tons of cocaine

2014-02-22 07:55

French police say hey had seized a record 1.4 tons of cocaine and four people have been arrested in a "severe blow" to an international drug trafficking chain.

New Zealander arrested in Bali for hash, ecstacy

2014-02-21 14:18

A New Zealand woman has been arrested on the Indonesian resort island of Bali in possession of hash and ecstasy after police raided her villa, an official says.

MP tables medical dagga bill

2014-02-20 17:30
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Terminally-ill IFP MP Mario Oriano-Ambrosini, who is stricken with late-stage lung cancer, says unconventional and illegal medical treatment has extended his life expectancy.

SA drug mule Tessa Beetge freed in Brazil

2014-02-18 07:23
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South African drug mule Tessa Beetge has been released from a Brazilian jail after five and a half years behind bars, reports say.

Company blocked from selling execution drug

2014-02-14 05:45

A federal judge has temporarily blocked an Oklahoma compounding pharmacy from selling a drug to the Missouri department of corrections for use in an upcoming execution.

 

Dagga activists to host 4.20 celebration

2014-04-19 15:14

A party to raise funds for a legal challenge against dagga prohibition laws will be held in Johannesburg.

Drugs worth R14.8m seized in March

2014-04-14 21:04

Drugs with an estimated street value of over R14.8m have been prevented from entering South Africa in March after being seized by the SA Revenue Service.

Zille leads Cape Town anti-crime march

2014-04-06 16:12

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has led a march against crime and drugs through Mitchell's Plain in Cape Town.

Poll: US marijuana legalisation inevitable

2014-04-02 20:58

Marijuana legalisation in the US seems inevitable to three-fourths of Americans, whether they support it or not.

Government clamps down on nyaope

2014-04-02 07:15

People found dealing in or in possession of nyaope or other altered drugs can now be prosecuted, the department of justice says.

Zac Efron's friends 'worried sick' he is back on drugs

2014-03-31 17:30

Zac Efron's friends are "worried sick" he has fallen off the wagon and is using drugs again, after his weird run-in with three men which saw him getting punched in the face.

Beetge arrives, whisked away from media

2014-03-27 11:37

Convicted drug mule Tessa Beetge has arrived at OR Tambo International Airport but was whisked away by officials as she attempted to avoid the media.

Beetge to be reunited with daughters

2014-03-26 22:10

The family of drug-mule Tessa Beetge, who returns to SA after being in prison for five years in Brazil, expect her to be a "bit overwhelmed" when she’s reunited with her daughters.

Beetge wants no comment on status

2014-03-25 08:48

Convicted drug mule Tessa Beetge has asked the international relations department not to release information regarding her, a spokesperson says.

Couple held for planting dagga

2014-03-24 14:40

Two people have been arrested for allegedly planting dagga at their home in Zizamele informal settlement near Butterworth, Eastern Cape police say.

Drugs at Johannesburg taxi rank

2014-03-20 12:13

Dagga and other drugs with an estimated street value of R10 000 have been seized at the Bree Street taxi rank in Johannesburg, police say.

US halts 2 executions over drug shortage

2014-03-19 10:57

Two upcoming executions in the southwestern US state of Oklahoma have been postponed by the courts because of a shortage of lethal injection drugs.

Morsi's son on drugs charge

2014-03-17 21:02

The son of Egypt's ousted Islamist president has been referred to trial on drug allegations.

80% of Colombian drugs gets to US

2014-03-14 05:30

A US General says he lacks the resources to get drug traffickers, letting 80% of Colombian drugs get into the US.

KZN cops bust alleged drug dealer

2014-03-12 07:27

KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly dealing in drugs and for possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Drug drone found 'hovering' near Aussie prison

2014-03-10 10:15

Australian police say they have arrested a man after a drone allegedly carrying drugs was seen "hovering in the vicinity of a prison".

Tons of cocaine seized at sea

2014-03-06 07:18

The US Coast Guard in San Diego has unloaded $122m worth of cocaine seized in sea interdictions.

Cops to test a million straws for heroin

2014-02-27 13:35

More than a million straws will be tested for heroin by police forensic laboratories before a trial against 19 men can proceed, the Pinetown Magistrate's Court has heard.

Girl Scout's cookies 'go to pot'

2014-02-23 13:10

US customers of some medical marijuana dispensaries are discovering this week that they don't have to go far if they have a case of the munchies.

Filipino police kill 7 'drug' dealers in shootout

2014-02-22 05:30

Philippine authorities killed at least seven alleged drug traffickers and arrested dozens of others in raids in a southern city, police say.

Where Ohio got its execution drugs

2014-02-20 21:27

Records obtained show that Ohio's most recent batches of lethal execution drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment.

Decriminalise medical use of dagga - MP

2014-02-19 17:23
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Cancer-stricken Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini has made an impassioned plea to the government to decriminalise the medical use of dagga.

Woman arrested for drug stash

2014-02-15 22:59

A 41-year-old woman was arrested with dagga worth over R1.7m in Emanguzi, KwaZulu-Natal police say.

Nigeria's drug agency warns on funding

2014-02-13 09:06

From heroin stashed in human hair to drugs concealed in tins of sardines, Nigeria’s anti narcotics agency is used to having to deal with increasingly ingenious attempts as smuggling.

 
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