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US govt to review Obama administration handling of Hezbollah drug initiative

Washington, United States | AFP | US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered an investigation into allegations that the Obama administration undermined efforts to target Hezbollah drug trafficking. The announcement comes after Politico reported that Project Cassandra, a program targeting trafficking by Iran-backed Hezbollah that could have undermined the push …

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Spain breaks ring that used bank warehouses to grow marijuana

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Spanish police said Sunday they had dismantled an international hashish trafficking ring which allegedly used industrial warehouses that had been repossessed by banks to grow huge amounts of marijuana. The authorities detained two Spaniards and a British national they believe headed the ring as part …

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US judge sentences Honduran ex-congressman to three years

New York, United States | AFP | A US federal judge on Friday sentenced a two-times former presidential candidate from Honduras to three years in an American prison for laundering drug proceeds from his country’s Cachiros cartel. Yani Rosenthal, 52, surrendered to US justice in October 2015, and in July pleaded …

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US sentences nephews of Venezuelan first lady to 18 years

New York, United States | AFP | A US judge on Thursday sentenced two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady to 18 years in prison for drug trafficking, damning them as “not the most astute drug traffickers that ever existed.” Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 31, and Francisco Flores de Freitas, 32, …

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THIS WEEK: NDA warns against use of Fluconazole

THIS WEEK: NDA warns against use of Fluconazole Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | In a Nov.27 circular by Victoria Nambasa, the Director of Product safety at the National Drug Authority (NDA), the public is warned against the use of Fluconazole, a drug used in treatment of specified fungal infections …

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Colombian military seizes more than two tonnes of cocaine

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Colombian authorities have seized more than two tonnes of cocaine belonging to a splinter group from the now-disarmed FARC guerrilla organization, the military said Saturday. A coordinated operation of air and ground troops destroyed a coca laboratory in the restive border municipality of Tumaco, the …

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US judge allows psychologist to evaluate ‘El Chapo’

New York, United States | AFP | A US judge on Wednesday authorized a psychologist to examine Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, after his lawyer complained that his mental state is deteriorating in a New York jail. The 60-year-old kingpin, accused of …

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UN, Colombia sign key anti-cocaine pact

Vienna, Austria | AFP | The UN and Bogota signed a major pact Friday to uproot Colombia’s booming cocaine business, as part of ongoing peace efforts between the government and drug trade-controlling rebels. The deal worth $315 million dollars (270 million euros) aims to wean farmers off growing coca — …

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