Warning over party drug dubbed ‘Dr Death’ after the ‘super strength ecstasy pill’ is linked to deaths of oil rig worker and her partner
By Hugo Gye / Mail Online
(UK) Two young women found dead in mysterious circumstances are feared to have fallen victim to a deadly batch of party drugs nicknamed ‘Dr Death’, police revealed today.
Oil rig worker Rachel Clayton and her partner Emma Speed were discovered at their home in Macclesfield earlier this month after a friend went to check up on them.
It was initially believed that the women, who had been [...]
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and DREW HINSHAW / The Wall Street Journal
GAO, Mali—After French troops drove militants from towns at the edge of the Sahara in late January, locals looted the newly abandoned stucco palaces of “Cité du Cocaine”—Cocaine City.
It has been a tough couple of months for the traffickers of Gao, the desert trading outpost where this district of luxurious villas is located. The French military offensive that evicted Islamist militias also drove out drug smugglers who, according to security experts and Malian officials, enjoyed militant protection in their business of transporting Europe-bound drugs across [...]
by Monica Mark / The Guardian
One May evening last year, as a tropical downpour lashed Lagos, Nigerian drug enforcement agents received the tipoff that would lead to a game-changing bust. Hours earlier, Baez Benitez Milan, a car dealer from Paraguay, had entered the country, telling airport officials that this, one of Africa’s most notoriously gridlocked, chaotic cities, was ideal for plying his motor trade.
Instead, he drove to an unfinished, weed-choked building on the deserted outskirts of town, and holed up there for weeks. When agents eventually stormed the building, they found an amphetamine-producing factory capable [...]
Two articles from Gambia, just a minimum sample of how drug traffic has increased lately in West Africa. Poor countries with poor institutions are caught in traffic, consumption, and corruption. Meanwhile, south-american traffickers reinforce their main objective, flood Europe with drugs.
Drug Traffickers Bought Off Gambian Security Agents
The Gambia is now an open market for cocaine trafficking to western nations, Freedom Radio can report. Drug cartels and their local agents stationed in the Gambia have bought off airport security staff, including some key people in the government to help facilitate the cocaine trafficking. Cocaine [...]
Human rights activists are applauding Singapore’s decision this week to abolish the mandatory death sentence for low-level drug couriers, giving fresh hope to dozens of inmates awaiting execution.
Singapore’s amendments to its drug law will help authorities dismantle narcotics networks from the top as they ease penalties on runners who provide information on these syndicates, a lawmaker said yesterday.
However, the nation will uphold the death penalty for those who manufacture and traffic drugs, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In a statement issued late on Wednesday, the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) said parliament had formally [...]
The eBay for drugs: ‘Silk Road’ website allows UK drug users to buy cocaine and heroin by mail order from all over the world
By Martin Robinson / Mail Online
Class A drugs are being delivered to homes across the UK by Royal Mail to customers who have bought them online like they were using Amazon or eBay, it has been revealed.
Ecstasy, heroin, cannabis and cocaine are all on offer on the website Silk Road, and users say it is ‘easier and safer’ than buying drugs from dealers on street corners.
UK shoppers can choose their [...]
By Jo Willey / Express
(UK) Dangerous “chemical cosh” drugs used to sedate dementia patients are being far more widely prescribed than previously thought, shocking research has revealed. Tens of thousands of elderly sufferers are being subdued by potentially lethal anti-psychotic drugs, despite calls for them not to be given to vulnerable patients.
A damning study has laid bare Britain’s dementia scandal, revealing that the dishing out of the dangerous pills may be almost 50 per cent greater than official estimates.
At least 1,800 dementia sufferers die each year from being forced to take the drugs.
BRIDGETON — Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced what is believed to be the largest drug and currency seizure in the history of the county at a press conference Wednesday.
After investigating what Webb-McRae called, a “large-scale narcotics operation,” for several months, the prosecutor’s office seized over 10 kilograms of cocaine and two pounds of marijuana.
Eleven people, including nine from Cumberland County, were charged in the drug bust.
The street value of the cocaine seized is believed to be as high as $2 million, according to Webb-McRae.
The marijuana has a street value of $7,000.
Another three people have been charged in Aylesbury’s biggest ever drug bust.
It has also now led to eight further arrests – taking the total number up to 29.
Operation Sideline took place on Tuesday when 16 addresses were raided by police in the town and the London area.
Two men aged 42, a 17 year-old boy and men aged 27 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
Officers have now charged 14 people. All except one of those charged appeared before High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on [...]
by By Matthew Green / Reuters
One night in March, police found a body slumped in the back of a black Toyota parked in an affluent district of Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital.
The man, a prominent public servant named Abdul Rehman Dashti, had been shot in the face. His watch, ring and money were gone.
Not far away, servants scrubbed blood from the driveway of an imposing house belonging to Imam Bheel, a businessman from the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Camera crews rushed to the scene, and Deputy Inspector-General Shaukat Ali Shah named the suspected killer: Bheel [...]