Jul 17, 2015

China executes Japanese man for drug trafficking

China executed a Japanese man in his 60s in late June for drug trafficking, Japanese and Chinese sources said Friday. The man was the sixth Japanese national to be executed in China. Four were put to death in April 2010 and one in July ...

Video shows drug lord Guzman's daring escape

Jul 15, 2015

Video shows drug lord Guzman's daring escape

Mexico’s government released a video Tuesday showing fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman going into his prison cell’s shower and bending down behind a short dividing wall before disappearing. While Guzman paced back and forth several times between the bathroom area and his ...

Jul 15, 2015

'Narcocorridos' as Guzman's escape inspires drug ballads

Mexican drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had barely vanished from prison when the first rhymes hit the Internet — his second spectacular jailbreak has already inspired “narcocorridos,” controversial drug ballads. The genre is a big part of the “narco cultura” that is especially ...

Hamp case gave oxycodone a bad name, say doctors

Jul 14, 2015

Hamp case gave oxycodone a bad name, say doctors

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The high-profile arrest of former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp last month over importing oxycodone might fuel prejudice in Japan against the narcotic painkillers and other strong pain-relieving drugs, experts fear. Hamp, the automaker’s first female managing officer, was released by police without ...

Jul 14, 2015

Explaining Japan's tough drug rules

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Some medications available through prescription or over the counter in the U.S. are prohibited in Japan and cannot be brought into the country. Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis and stimulant drugs, including some prescription medications such as Adderall, are prohibited. There are no exceptions ...

Pot breathalyzer needed as U.S. relaxes cannabis bans

Jul 14, 2015

Pot breathalyzer needed as U.S. relaxes cannabis bans

As cannabis bans are relaxed in more U.S. states, the race is on to develop an instant roadside breathalyzer for police to test drivers who may be taking the “high” road. Vancouver-based Cannabix Technologies Inc, founded by a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, ...

With brazen escape, 'El Chapo' legend grows

Jul 13, 2015

With brazen escape, 'El Chapo' legend grows

Folk bands sang his praises. When he was arrested, supporters protested in his home state. Now that Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped again, singers may add a new verse. Guzman, 58, nurtured a Robin Hood image in his northwestern state ...

Mexico drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes prison again

Jul 12, 2015

Mexico drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes prison again

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped from a maximum-security prison for the second time in 14 years, authorities said Sunday, dealing an embarrassing blow to the government. The kingpin was last spotted by security cameras in the shower area of the ...