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Colombia seizes 12 tonnes of cocaine in its biggest ever drugs bust

Colombia seizes 12 tonnes of cocaine in its biggest ever drugs bust

President Juan Manuel Santos says the huge haul has a street value of $360m and links it to the Gulf Clan trafficking gangPolice have seized more than 12 tonnes of cocaine from Colombia’s top crime
Family fear for plight of British woman detained in Egypt on drug charges

Family fear for plight of British woman detained in Egypt on drug charges

Laura Plummer, who has been held in detention centre near Hurghada, suspected of trafficking hundreds of Tramadol pillsThe family of a British woman detained in Egypt on suspicion of trafficking drugs
Philippines president says he once stabbed someone to death

Philippines president says he once stabbed someone to death

Rodrigo Duterte claims he killed a person as a teenager, in defiant speech to promote his drug war before summit of world leaders The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he stabbed a
Mexico drug cartel's grip on politicians and police revealed in Texas court files

Mexico drug cartel's grip on politicians and police revealed in Texas court files

Los Zetas pumped money into elections in the border state of Coahuila but the detailed testimonies have been met with official denial and public apathyThe accusations made in three Texas courtrooms
Afghanistan's booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home

Afghanistan's booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home

With the country’s opium production rising by 87% on last year, a former US base in Helmand is now a drug abuse treatment centreFor a decade, the office of the British Provincial Reconstruction Team
Drugs firms join fight against opioid deaths epidemic

Drugs firms join fight against opioid deaths epidemic

New treatments for painkiller addiction from industry finally trying to tackle problem it helped to createThe numbers in the US alone are astonishing: more than 53,000 people over 12 months; an
Guns and phones deal 'maximum' carnage to Papua New Guinea's warring tribes

Guns and phones deal 'maximum' carnage to Papua New Guinea's warring tribes

Traditional codes of conflict are being torn up as automatic weapons replace bows and arrows, with women and children – future enemies – targeted“It was in the night, we didn’t see them coming. There
Dying to get clean: is ibogaine the answer to heroin addiction?

Dying to get clean: is ibogaine the answer to heroin addiction?

Ibogaine is a drug harvested from the roots of a plant found in Gabon. When all else fails, some heroin addicts have used it to conquer their cravings. But is it effective and are the serious risks it
Mexico maelstrom: how the drug violence got so bad

Mexico maelstrom: how the drug violence got so bad

The militarised crackdown on the cartels has seen 200,000 dead in 11 years, with 2017 the deadliest year yet – now many Mexicans just want the killing to stop Related: 'Why must I live in fear?'
Dutch councils vie to produce cannabis in bid to cut out criminals

Dutch councils vie to produce cannabis in bid to cut out criminals

Netherlands trial is designed to stop gangs from supplying cannabis-selling coffee shopsAt least 30 companies want to get into the legal mass production of cannabis in the Netherlands, according to
'Urk has a problem': Dutch fishing town caught up in cocaine-smuggling trial

'Urk has a problem': Dutch fishing town caught up in cocaine-smuggling trial

Five people, including three fishermen from Urk, are suspected of attempting to smuggle 261 kilos of cocaine in their boatIt may be the Netherlands’ most religiously devoted community, where
California's marijuana muddle – video explainer

California's marijuana muddle – video explainer

On 1 January, California became the latest state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana in licensed stores. But three days later, the attorney general issued new guidance calling on states to
Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall

Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall

Murder and violent crime found to have decreased most in states bordering Mexico as drug cartels lose business to regulationThe introduction of medical marijuana laws has led to a sharp reduction in
Drug violence blamed for Mexico's record 29,168 murders in 2017

Drug violence blamed for Mexico's record 29,168 murders in 2017

Homicide rate surpasses that from peak year of country’s drug war in 2011, official figures showMexico recorded more than 29,000 murders in 2017, the highest annual tally in decades, government
El Chapo trial: Brooklyn judge rules jurors' names will be kept secret

El Chapo trial: Brooklyn judge rules jurors' names will be kept secret

Jurors’ names, addresses and places of employment will be shielded from Joaquín Guzmán, his lawyers, prosecutors and the pressA US judge in Brooklyn has ruled that the identities of jurors expected to
'The training stays with you': the elite Mexican soldiers recruited by cartels

'The training stays with you': the elite Mexican soldiers recruited by cartels

Last year, Mexico’s murder rate reached the highest level on record – and years of military defections are fueling the violenceDelfino was handpicked twice. At 18, he was chosen by the Mexican army to
Cassie Sainsbury: drug mule's six-year jail term in Colombia could be cut

Cassie Sainsbury: drug mule's six-year jail term in Colombia could be cut

Judge to consider previously undisclosed evidence in Australian’s final legal opportunity to reduce her sentenceAdelaide drug mule Cassie Sainsbury, who is serving a six-year jail term for trying to
Netherlands becoming a narco-state, warn Dutch police

Netherlands becoming a narco-state, warn Dutch police

Officers say many victims do not report incidents and organised gangs have a free reinThe Netherlands is starting to resemble a narco-state with the police unable to combat the emergence of a parallel
Gold Coast schoolboys critically ill after suspected mass drug overdose

Gold Coast schoolboys critically ill after suspected mass drug overdose

Authorities suspect substance was powdered form of GHB, also known as fantasyFour teenagers at a private school on the Gold Coast are critically ill in hospital after a suspected drug
Drug used by cosmonauts may have caused Queensland students' overdose

Drug used by cosmonauts may have caused Queensland students' overdose

Police are investigating reports that the teenagers may have got the substance from the dark webAn anti-anxiety and insomnia drug once given to Soviet cosmonauts could be responsible for the overdose