Two held in R12m drug lab bust

2014-07-30 18:19

Two men have been arrested while allegedly manufacturing drugs in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg.

Dagga clubs make Barcelona new Amsterdam

2014-07-28 15:12

Welcome to Pachamama, one of the hundreds of cannabis clubs that are making Barcelona rival Amsterdam as a smoker's haven.

Paracetamol 'just a placebo' for back pain

2014-07-24 14:05

Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to a new study.

Before anthrax mishap, CDC made similar safety pledges

2014-07-18 15:12

US lawmakers investigating repeated safety lapses at government labs have questioned whether the US CDC was up to the task of fixing the problem, given similar promises to remedy such breaches.

Wonder drug that may stop you from getting drunk

2014-07-17 14:35

Mutant worms generated at a lab at the US may provide a pathway to prevent people from becoming intoxicated after drinking alcohol, a study says.

Kenya seizes mega heroin haul

2014-07-15 20:27

Kenyan police have seized a large quantity of heroin hidden in the diesel tank of a ship, the biggest ever single seizure of drugs at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.

Knysna drug dealer gets four years

2014-07-14 20:55

The Knysna Magistrate's Court has sentenced a drug dealer to four years' imprisonment, police say.

Uruguay pot sales delayed until 2015 - president

2014-07-10 09:22

Uruguay President Jose Mujica has told AFP that sales of marijuana will be delayed until next year because of difficulties in implementing the controversial law legalising the drug.

Bring back drug unit - DA

2014-07-09 17:21

The DA says the KwaZulu-Natal community safety department should re-instate the drug intervention unit.

Mother who slayed 6 infants was hooked on meth

2014-07-09 09:04

A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade has told investigators she had been suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction.

Washington state goes to pot

2014-07-08 20:37

Legal marijuana has gone on sale in Washington, the second US state to allow recreational pot.

New York governor signs health dagga bill

2014-07-07 22:10

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has signed legislation making New York the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana.

Kabila destroys own dagga

2014-07-03 21:01

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has directed security officials to destroy a marijuana plantation grown by his own guards.

5 facts about drug abuse in Western Cape

2014-07-03 05:00

Recent reports of a drug rehab “crisis” in the Cape has set off alarm bells. Has drug abuse got worse, and if so why? News24 finds out.

Bali court jails New Zealand woman over joint

2014-07-02 13:36

A New Zealand woman has been jailed for 10 months on the Indonesian resort island of Bali after being caught with a half-smoked hash joint.

Three held in Free State for manufacturing drugs

2014-06-28 20:45

Two Nigerian men and a South African woman have been arrested for allegedly manufacturing and being in possession of drugs at a house in Phomolong, Free State.

Police analyse drugs found in KZN bust

2014-06-28 14:18

Drugs, initially thought to be heroin, found during a raid on a drugs lab in Kloof this week, are being analysed, KZN police say.

Drug lab probe takes sinister twist

2014-06-27 10:04

Forensic detectives have swarmed the grounds of a R3b drug lab near Durban, searching for buried bodies and blood as the investigation took a sinister twist.

Three in court for R3bn drug bust

2014-06-26 23:23

The case against three men arrested in a raid on the biggest drug laboratory ever uncovered in South Africa has been postponed.

Hunt on for R3bn drug kingpins

2014-06-26 08:24

The search is on for the kingpins of an international drug ring after nearly 10 tons of pure heroin was seized in one of the country's most prolific drug busts.

Sex and drugs make Dutch economy roll

2014-06-25 22:13

The Netherlands' famous red light districts and 'coffee' shops selling sex and drugs contribute 2.5 billion euros a year to the national economy.

R2bn drug bust in KZN

2014-06-25 10:07

Police have seized uncut heroin worth over R2bn from an international drug cartel in Durban, in what is believed to be one of the biggest busts in recent history.

Mexico arrests alleged son of drug lord

2014-06-22 09:00

Mexican federal police have captured a 22-year-old man who identified himself as the son of Servando "La Tuta" Gomez Martinez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, officials said.

Tons of dagga seized in Albania

2014-06-18 22:34

More than 10 tons of marijuana have been seized or destroyed in an Albanian village known as Europe's cannabis capital.


4 Taiwanese arrested in Australia over meth

2014-07-30 12:18

Four Taiwanese men have been arrested and charged over the seizure of crystal methylamphetamine worth $122m in Australia, police say.

R19m worth of drugs seized at OR Tambo

2014-07-26 06:30

Drugs with an estimated street value of R19.5m have been seized at O R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg.

Alleged drug dealer granted bail

2014-07-17 19:05

A woman accused of dealing in dagga with an estimated street value of R50 000 has been granted bail in the Durban Magistrate's Court.

Officials purge safety board after anthrax crisis

2014-07-16 14:56

Federal officials, amid the worst US biosafety crisis in years, have dismissed 11 scientists that advises the government on how dangerous pathogens should be treated.

In brain, sex addiction same as drug addiction

2014-07-15 15:10

Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers say, but that doesn't necessarily mean porn is addictive.

NPA losing the war on drugs - experts

2014-07-14 10:24

The NPA's Asset Forfeiture Unit has been paralysed by the vicious leadership battle in its uppermost ranks, and as a result it is losing the fight against well-heeled drug barons, according to a report.

2 held after drugs found near their homes

2014-07-12 16:03

Two men have been arrested in different areas of the North West after bags of dagga were found near their homes, police say.

California orders free pot for poor patients

2014-07-09 23:13

A California college town known for its liberal activism has voted to make medicinal marijuana dispensaries give away free a small amount of their pot to the poor.

'R3bn' drug bust downscaled to R20m

2014-07-09 09:11

What was billed as the country’s largest-ever drug bust has almost faded into insignificance after police and NPA officials scaled down the value of the haul from R3bn to just R20m.

Washington issues retail pot licenses

2014-07-08 21:38

Washington state has taken the final step in legalising recreational marijuana use when officials began issuing retail licenses to stores that could start selling cannabis.

Antibiotic resistance rising, will market cope?

2014-07-08 08:40

The drugs don't work, and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs that medicines used to kill within days start to fight back, all of healthcare, is in trouble.

Lengthy jail terms after 'world's largest' ecstasy bust

2014-07-04 12:09

Two men are handed lengthy jail terms in Australia for their part in the "world's largest" ecstasy seizure where police found 4.4 tons of tablets hidden in tomato cans.

Morsi's son sentenced to 1 year

2014-07-02 22:25

The son of Egypt's ousted president has been sentenced to 1 year for drug possession and use.

Woman's clothes found at Durban drug den

2014-06-30 10:08

Women’s clothing has been discovered at the plush R3bn drug den near Durban, as police pursue their newest suspect in their investigation into the international cartel.

Man swallows 20 condoms filled with drugs

2014-06-28 14:18

A Thai prison inmate has died after swallowing 20 condoms filled with methamphetamines, a report says.

Drug-smuggling Australian sentenced to death

2014-06-28 11:10

An Australian of Vietnamese origin has been sentenced to death after trying to smuggle 4kg of heroin out off the country, a report says.

Opium growth at highest level since 1998: UN

2014-06-27 07:35

Opium poppy cultivation worldwide has reached its highest level in 16 years with number-one producer Afghanistan growing record amounts despite efforts to eradicate the crop.

3 due in court over R3bn drug bust

2014-06-26 11:12

Three men arrested during a raid on the biggest drug lab ever uncovered in South Africa are due to appear in a Durban court, police say.

Huge heroin haul worth R3bn - Phiyega

2014-06-25 22:44

The estimated street value of heroin confiscated from a drug lab in Kloof, Durban, has increased to R3bn, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega says.

ANC welcomes R2bn drug bust

2014-06-25 14:18

The exposure of a drug laboratory and over R2bn worth of heroin in Kloof, Durban, has been welcomed by the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.

Greek police seize ton of heroin, 14 held

2014-06-22 13:05

Around a ton of heroin has been discovered in a warehouse near Athens and 14 people, most of them members of tanker crew, have been arrested, Greek port police say.

Pope to legalising recreational drugs: Just say no

2014-06-20 15:44

Pope Francis has come out strongly against the legalisation of recreational drugs, lending his voice to the debate which is raging from the US to Uruguay and beyond.

Man tried to toss drug-filled football into prison

2014-06-18 10:37

Michigan authorities say a man tried to throw a football loaded with drugs and cellphones into the yard of a state prison.

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