Sep 29, 2016

U.S. cutting off North Korea's sources of foreign currency

The United States is focusing on cutting off North Korea’s foreign currency sources to increase pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. “We’re focusing our efforts on cutting off sources of revenue for the regime’s unlawful ...

Three Taiwanese men arrested in Tokyo over 154-kg drug haul

Sep 5, 2016

Three Taiwanese men arrested in Tokyo over 154-kg drug haul

Tokyo police and customs officials served fresh arrest warrants on three Taiwanese men Monday for allegedly smuggling about 154 kg of stimulant drugs into Japan. The suspects allegedly hid the drugs inside 216 cardboard boxes containing lighting equipment that was shipped from Guangdong, China, ...

Thai tiger temple monk caught fleeing with skins, fangs

Jun 2, 2016

Thai tiger temple monk caught fleeing with skins, fangs

Thai authorities uncovered a trove of animal parts and intercepted a monk trying to leave a controversial “tiger temple” with skins and fangs Thursday, the latest discovery to fuel accusations that the zoo is involved in the illegal wildlife trade. Dozens of police and ...

Mar 2, 2016

Malaysia customs seizes 159 kg of smuggled ivory

Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they had confiscated 159 kilograms of ivory smuggled by air passengers, the latest seizures in a country used as a transit point in the illegal trade. Customs officials, who said the haul was worth $382,200, displayed the seized elephant tusks ...

Jan 12, 2016

Georgia nabs three men in effort to sell radioactive cesium-137

Georgia’s security agency said Monday it has arrested three men suspected of peddling radioactive cesium, the latest in a series of operations against nuclear smugglers in the ex-Soviet nation. The agency said Monday that the men were arrested in the capital, Tbilisi, while trying ...

Dec 2, 2015

Canadian smuggler with turtles in pants pleads guilty in U.S.

A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan. Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to ...