Apr 27, 2015

Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

Customs officials in Thailand say they’ve seized 3 tons of ivory worth $6 million hidden in tea leaf sacks in what they’re calling the second-biggest bust in the country’s history. Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse says the 511 elephant tusks were bound for Laos ...

Apr 26, 2015

Indonesia gives 72-hour execution notice to drug traffickers

Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them. Authorities also asked the four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a ...

Apr 6, 2015

Indonesian court rejects appeal by Australians on death row

An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country’s legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad. Following the ruling lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran vowed ...

Feb 20, 2015

Two Japanese held at Bangkok airport with horde of exotic animals

Thai customs officials arrested two Japanese men Friday at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport as they allegedly tried to smuggle exotic and endangered animals to Japan. The officials said the men from Shizuoka Prefecture had pig-nosed turtles, woodchucks, lizards and snakes packed in small boxes, cages ...

Feb 12, 2015

Afghan Taliban smuggling drugs and gems like mafia: U.N. report

Afghanistan’s Taliban Islamist movement is increasingly financed by criminal enterprises including heroin laboratories, illegal ruby and emerald mines and kidnapping, making negotiated peace harder, according to a report for the U.N. Security Council. The report said there was a new “scale and depth” to ...

Feb 6, 2015

Police used wiretaps in 10 investigations in 2014

Police last year intercepted telecommunications during investigations of 10 cases, leading to 72 arrests, the Justice Ministry said Friday. In all, police sought 26 court orders under a communications intercept law that took effect in 2000 and all requests were granted, the ministry said. ...

Dec 26, 2014

Refugees drown in river in attempted Sudanese smuggling

At least eight asylum-seekers have drowned trying to cross a river in Sudan during an attempt to smuggle them out of a refugee camp, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday. The accident happened as a group of from the Shegarab-1 camp in the eastern ...

Sep 28, 2014

Smugglers of hundreds of new iPhone 6 handsets busted in Shanghai

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release there, with officials Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai. Hundreds more were seized during three separate busts ...