KZN crime blackout - claim

2014-11-22 11:53

KwaZulu-Natal police reportedly are at the centre of a wide-scale public relations exercise in what appears to be a well-orchestrated media blackout to keep rampant crime out of the news.

Spain seizes nearly 1 ton of cocaine

2014-11-17 14:17

Spanish authorities have seized nearly one ton of cocaine from a yacht off the Canary Islands and arrested its three crew.

Mozambique police hunt for kidnapped ‘drug baron’

2014-11-14 05:00

Mozambican authorities have launched a large police operation after a wealthy businessman branded a "drug baron" by the US government was kidnapped at gunpoint.

Well known Moz 'drug kingpin' kidnapped in mall

2014-11-13 11:40

An alleged Mozambican "drug kingpin", who operates across Southern Africa and is wanted by US authorities, has reportedly been kidnapped inside his mall in Maputo.

Marijuana shops not always so popular

2014-11-12 08:45

The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public, but with other businesses.

Protesters furious over deaths of 43 missing students

2014-11-12 07:34

Mexican protesters angry at the presumed massacre of 43 students torched the ruling party's Guerrero state headquarters as demonstrations rocked President Enrique Pena Nieto's government.

Joost sex video stripper arrested

2014-11-11 08:17

The stripper known for the Joost van der Westhuizen "sex video", has been arrested for being in possession of the drug commonly known as ‘Cat’.

SA homeless boys declined by foster parents

2014-11-07 11:17

Two South African boys who were living on the streets of Brazil after their mother was arrested for drug trafficking have been put in a place of safety after their nominated foster parents declined to take them.

SA boys living on the streets of Brazil back home

2014-11-06 12:56

Two South African boys who had been living on the streets in Brazil after their mother was arrested for drug trafficking have arrived back in the country, the social development department says.

Men held after R85m drug haul

2014-11-05 15:51

Two men have been arrested at the Middelburg Toll Plaza in Mpumalanga for possession of ecstasy tablets police valued at around R85m.

Diamonds, drugs, seized at Lesotho border

2014-11-03 14:12

Diamonds, drugs and stolen vehicles have been seized at SA's Free State border with Lesotho over the past week, SADF says.

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.


German ex-soldier charged with US cocaine conspiracy

2014-11-21 14:57

A German former soldier extradited from Estonia has appeared in court in New York, charged with conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine on board an aircraft, prosecutors say.

Trio held for dagga possession in Uitenhage

2014-11-14 18:31

Two men and a woman have been arrested for possession of dagga with an estimated street value of R11 000 in Uitenhage.

Kenya to extradite 'drug kingpins' to US

2014-11-13 20:32

A Kenyan court has ordered police to process the extradition of four suspected drug traffickers to the United States.

Few Africa druggies seek help

2014-11-12 21:21

Africans are less likely than their international peers to seek treatment for drug addiction, an expert has told the national substance abuse treatment symposium.

What is the drug called CAT?

2014-11-12 08:38

Joost van der Westhuizen's ex stripper 'girlfriend' Marilize van Emmenis has been caught with half a bag of CAT in her possession. We take a closer look at this dangerous street drug.

Spanish cops seize 600kg of cocaine from yacht

2014-11-12 05:41

Spanish police have seized nearly 600kg of cocaine from a Czech-registered yacht sailing in the Atlantic.

New twist in case of Sao Paulo street kids

2014-11-10 05:05

New details have emerged about the case involving two South African boys who were repatriated from Brazil after their mother was arrested for drug trafficking.

US: Silk Road sequel leads to California arrest

2014-11-06 22:03

A man has been arrested for starting a spinoff version of the shuttered Silk Road website, enabling more than 100 000 people to buy and sell illegal drugs in the last year.

Men appear for R85m ecstasy possession

2014-11-05 21:06

Two men who were found allegedly in possession of ecstasy tablets valued at around R85m have appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court in Mpumalanga.

WHO advocates anti-overdose drugs

2014-11-04 20:23

A powerful drug that can counter the effects of overdose should be made widely available in order to reduce deaths among users of substances such as heroin, the World Health Organisation says.

Bodies of 3 US siblings found in Mexico

2014-10-31 08:18

The bodies of three US siblings of Mexican descent believed to have been kidnapped by armed assailants have been found in Mexico's troubled Tamaulipas state, a prosecutor says.

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.

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