Tag - drugs



Investigators from Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department search the dormitory of the Nihon University American football team in Tokyo's Nakano Ward on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 23, 2023
Police search Nihon University dorm amid cannabis probe
Police arrested 21-year-old Noriyasu Kitabatake earlier in August on suspicion of possessing cannabis and an illegal stimulant.
Members of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces stand guard outside a penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during a joint operation between the police and the military last Saturday. A state of emergency was declared in the country on Aug. 10, following the assassination of popular presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 18, 2023
Ecuador to vote in election dominated by 'horror' of violence
The country's murder rate has soared above that of Mexico or Colombia, and several politicians have been assassinated in the run-up to the vote
Fake oranges filled with captagon pills, intercepted by the customs and the anti-drug brigade at Beirut port, Lebanon, in 2021.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 18, 2023
‘Poor man’s cocaine’ costing $3 a pill threatens to proliferate
Selling for around $3 to $25 per tablet, experts say captagon is primarily produced and trafficked by groups tied to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Mariko Hayashi, chairwoman of the board of trustees at Nihon University, bows to the media after giving a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 8, 2023
Nihon University chairwoman apologizes for student drug scandal
Mariko Hayashi denied reports that she was kept in the dark about facts surrounding the case, which involves the university's American football team.
Even as some countries have moved to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, Japan has maintained a zero tolerance policy on the drug, prohibiting its possession or sale.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / EXPLAINER
Aug 7, 2023
Navigating Japan's maze of cannabis-related laws
Japan has maintained a zero tolerance policy on cannabis, but the legality of other products on the market, including ones sold as CBD, is murkier.
Police leave the dormitory of Nihon University's American football team in Tokyo after finishing the search on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 6, 2023
Police say cannabis use is rising among youth
Citing lower prices and easier access, nearly a third of offenders under 30 that were surveyed said they purchased through the internet.
Noriyasu Kitabatake, a 21-year-old member of Nihon University's American football team, is arrested Saturday for alleged possession of cannabis and an illegal stimulant, at his dormitory on Saturday morning.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 5, 2023
Nihon University student arrested for alleged drug possession
A 21-year-old member of Nihon University's American football team was arrested Saturday for alleged possession of cannabis and an illegal stimulant.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police investigators search the dormitory of Nihon University's American football team in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 4, 2023
Illegal stimulants found in Nihon University football player dorm
Police are planning to conduct a further investigation into the 21-year-old male football player who is suspected of possessing them.
Up until the 1980s, Mexico was a country in which drug cartels and a corrupt state could cut deals that took much of the bloodshed out of the business. The government's crackdown on the drug traders, at the behest of the U.S., changed that.
Aug 2, 2023
Mexico and the U.S. are divided by guns and fentanyl
The two neighbors see the toll taken on their citizens by violence and drugs in different ways and can’t agree on which poses the most pressing threat.
Mariko Hayashi, head of the board at Nihon University, speaks to reporters in Tokyo on July 11.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 2, 2023
Football players at Japan university allegedly caught with cannabis
Club activities for the team have been suspended and the college has conducted interviews with coaches, club members and former club members.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
Japan Boxing Commission says Kazuto Ioka's doping sample contained traces of cannabis
'Ioka hasn't taken or used any banned substance,' his Shisei Gym said in a statement. 'We'll prove his innocence. We wonder why they needed to announce that at this time.'
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 8, 2023
U.S. takes aim at China over Latin America trade tactics and fentanyl role
China has denounced U.S. sanctions on Chinese firms and individuals over their alleged involvement in the fentanyl trade and has accused Washington of trying to deflect blame.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 7, 2023
Four Chinese arrested in Japan for smuggling 700 kilograms of stimulants
The amount of stimulants, with an estimated street value of ¥43.4 billion ($311 million), was the second largest ever confiscated at one time in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 25, 2023
U.S. Navy probing crew of Japan-based aircraft carrier over drug allegations
Officials say they are cooperating with authorities in Japan as they investigate several crew members of the USS Ronald Reagan suspected of involvement in drug use and trafficking.
Japan Times
May 22, 2023
Xylazine spreads faster than U.S. officials can act
The U.S. needs better ways of tracking illicit xylazine, a sedative that’s especially dangerous when mixed with fentanyl.
Japan Times
May 17, 2023
Fentanyl will win the war on drugs
Instead of a hopeless struggle against the supply of fentanyl, the U.S. must focus on reducing demand and the harm.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 5, 2023
Heavy marijuana use increases schizophrenia in men, study finds
The latest study, based on Danish health records, adds to growing research into cannabis and mental health outcomes in the U.S. and other countries.
Japan Times
Apr 27, 2023
Singapore hangs prisoner over 1 kilogram of cannabis
Tangaraju Suppiah was hanged in defiance of a plea by the United Nations Human Rights Office for Singapore to 'urgently reconsider' and calls by British tycoon Richard Branson to halt it.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 26, 2023
Tokyo police use quick test kit to arrest suspect for using date rape drug
Tokyo police arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of offering a drink containing a sleep-inducing drug to a female college student and committing an indecent act against her.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Apr 23, 2023
Family of Singaporean on death row for cannabis pleads for clemency
Tangaraju Suppiah, 46, was sentenced to death in 2018 for conspiring to smuggle drugs and the Court of Appeal has upheld his sentence, which is scheduled to be carried out Wednesday.


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