Jul 4, 2015

Beltran Leyva cartel boss is arrested in Mexico City

One of the leaders of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel was arrested Friday in a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City, authorities said. Martin Villegas Navarrete, 38, was captured without a shot being fired while celebrating his birthday in the Roma Norte district of ...

Jul 1, 2015

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Oregon

Recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday as a voter-approved law took effect that will ultimately see it sold in shops, similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado. The new state laws reflect a shifting legal landscape for a drug that ...

Jun 27, 2015

Toyota's drug problem, and Japan's

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Toyota has a drug problem. The company and CEO Akio Toyoda are dealing with the fallout from a bizarre case surrounding his newly promoted head of global public relations, Julie Hamp. It all started on June 18, when Hamp, an American who moved to ...

Jun 26, 2015

Scientists crack gene secret that lets poppies make morphine

Scientists have identified a key gene used by poppies to make morphine, paving the way for better methods of producing the medically important drug, potentially without the need for cultivating poppy fields. The latest finding follows recent success in engineering brewer’s yeast to synthesise ...

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. Toyota exec 'asked father to mail' controlled painkiller

An American executive at Toyota Motor Corp. suspected of illegally importing a painkiller considered a narcotic in Japan has told police that the tablets in question were not prescribed for her, investigative sources said Thursday. Julie Hamp, 55, also said that she asked her ...

Jun 24, 2015

China says 'Golden Triangle' source of most dangerous drugs

Southeast Asia’s lawless “Golden Triangle” region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine sold in China, the country’s Cabinet said in a report issued Wednesday. The report said 90 percent of the 9.3 tons of heroin and 11.4 tons of methamphetamine seized ...

Jun 20, 2015

Cambodia seizes meth, heroin in biggest drug bust in years

Cambodian police say they have made one of their biggest drug seizures in several years, netting 55 kg of methamphetamine and heroin. Police said at a news conference Saturday that two Chinese men and a Cambodian woman were arrested in raids at four locations ...