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Death Toll of Heart Patients in Pakistan Growing

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The death toll in Pakistan’s Punjab province from suspected drug reactions to heart medication appears to be growing. Reports from Pakistan said Tuesday that close to 70 people have died in the past month, and many more have been admitted into hospitals after taking heart medication. All the patients died in the Lahore area. Authorities […]

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Pakistan Investigates 25 Heart Patient Deaths

Posted January 23rd, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan health authorities have opened an investigation into the deaths of at least 25 heart patients in one city since last month. Officials say they suspect the deaths in Lahore – the capital of Punjab province – are a result of a tainted batch of drugs. Dr. Javed Akram, head of the investigative committee, says […]

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Mexico Arrests Cocaine Smuggler Wanted by US

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico says it has arrested a suspected drug trafficking kingpin who also is wanted in the United States. Mexican federal police Wednesday said they detained Luis Rodriguez Olivera, known as “El Guero,” at Mexico City’s international airport the day before. The U.S. had offered a reward of $5 million for information leading to his capture. […]

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12,000 Arrested in Chinese Online Drug Sale Crackdown

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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China’s state-run news agency say police have arrested more than 12,000 people and seized 300 kilograms of illicit drugs in a nationwide crackdown on narcotics sold through online chat rooms. The official Xinhua news agency says authorities were alerted to the online sales after uncovering chat rooms in the western cities of Lanzhou and Xi’an […]

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Malaysia Sentences Japanese Nurse to Hang for Drug Smuggling

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Malaysia has sentenced a Japanese woman to hang for smuggling 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine into the country. Officials said Tuesday that Mariko Takeuchi, a 37-year-old nurse, is the first Japanese citizen to be sentenced to death in Malaysia. Takeuchi was arrested on her arrival from Dubai in October 2009. She argued at […]

Gambia Sentences 8 Foreign Drug Traffickers to 50 Years

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Gambia has sentenced eight foreigners to 50 years in prison each for trying to traffic more than two tons of cocaine thorough the West African country. The judge said Wednesday he wants to send a signal to other drug traffickers that Gambia is a “no-go” area. The suspects are four Venezuelans, two […]

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Police Make Hong Kong’s Biggest Cocaine Bust

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong police say they seized 560 kilograms of cocaine and arrested eight people in the territory’s largest-ever cocaine bust. The chief of the police narcotics bureau said some of the drugs could have been destined for other countries. Police said five men and three women were arrested in a series of raids that began […]

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Thai Drug Seizures Go Up in Smoke

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand has found a way to make sure hundreds of kilograms of illegal drugs never end up back on the streets, setting them on fire at a plant outside of Bangkok. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra presided over the burning Saturday in Ayutthaya. Officials said the narcotics came from more than 130,000 drug busts carried […]

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UN Sees Meth Use Surging in Southeast Asia

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:51 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations agency says amphetamine-type stimulants, or ATS, are now the number-one illicit drug threat facing East and Southeast Asia. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says in a report Tuesday that methamphetamine seizures increased fourfold in the Greater Mekong countries of Laos, Burma, Thailand and China between 2008 and 2010. It says […]

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High-Ranking Mexican Drug Cartel Member Extradited to US

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department says a high-ranking member of the criminal organization known as the Gulf Cartel has been extradited to the United States from Mexico to face drug conspiracy charges. A statement issued Monday says Aurelio Cano-Flores, also known as “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” appeared in a federal court in Washington D.C. earlier in the […]

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