Mar 27, 2015

U.S. drug agents had sex parties funded by drug cartels: watchdog

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents had alleged “sex parties” with prostitutes over several years, said a report published on Thursday and stemming from a review of allegations of misconduct by several DEA agents in Colombia. The alleged parties were funded by local drug cartels, ...

Homegrown gourmet pot on the rise in Mexico

Mar 17, 2015

Homegrown gourmet pot on the rise in Mexico

Once upon a time, Mexican marijuana was the gold standard for U.S. pot smokers. But in the new world of legal markets and gourmet weed, aficionados here are looking to the United States and Europe for the good stuff. Instead of Acapulco Gold, Mexican ...

Mexico drug cartels adapting to legalization of marijuana in U.S.

Mar 17, 2015

Mexico drug cartels adapting to legalization of marijuana in U.S.

The growing legalization of cannabis in the United States is forcing Mexico’s drug cartels to rethink their illicit business model, turning to opium poppy plantations and domestic pot consumption, experts say. Americans have been legally allowed to light up joints in the U.S. capital ...

Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Mar 12, 2015

Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Australia has offered to cover Indonesia’s costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution, the foreign minister said Thursday. Australia is lobbying hard to prevent the executions by firing squad of Australians Andrew Chan, ...

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Mar 4, 2015

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Indonesia on Wednesday transferred two Australians early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. The preparations at the execution site have been completed and four ...

Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader Gomez

Feb 28, 2015

Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader Gomez

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police as he tried to sneak out of a house wearing a baseball cap and ...

Feb 25, 2015

Alaska quietly becomes third U.S. state to legalize pot

Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But the historic day passed with little public acknowledgement in a state with a savvy marijuana culture that has seen varying degrees of legal acceptance of the drug for 40 years. Supporters said ...