Gibraltar: A gateway for drug smugglers

At the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, a stone’s throw from the Moroccan coast, the Strait of Gibraltar has become a gateway for the trafficking of drugs between Europe and Africa. The 14-kilometre stretch of water sees a never-ending procession of speedboats loaded with hash and cocaine, despite a police crackdown. Our reporters travelled … Read more Gibraltar: A gateway for drug smugglers

‘He’s nuts mom’: Amber Heard shared fears about Johnny Depp in 2013 | ABC News

Actor Amber Heard texted her mother in 2013 that she was heartbroken to discover her then boyfriend, Johnny Depp, became violent and abusive when high on drugs and alcohol, likening him to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The texts were read to the High Court in London, where Ms Heard was giving evidence on behalf … Read more ‘He’s nuts mom’: Amber Heard shared fears about Johnny Depp in 2013 | ABC News

Johnny Depp attacked my sister, Amber Heard’s sibling tells court | ITV News

Amber Heard texted her mum pleading for help during one of Johnny Depp’s cocaine and whisky fuelled binges that she claims lasted 36 hours. She texted her mother Paige in March 2013 saying: “He’s nuts” adding, “I am heartbroken that this is who I love.” She told her mother that Mr Depp was having crazy … Read more Johnny Depp attacked my sister, Amber Heard’s sibling tells court | ITV News

Italian police find cocaine hidden inside coffee beans – BBC News

Italian police have discovered cocaine hidden inside individual coffee beans, in a package sent from Colombia. Police at Milan Malpensa Airport said they became suspicious of the package as it was addressed to a Santino D’Antonio, the name of a crime boss in the film John Wick: Chapter 2. A 50-year-old man was arrested after … Read more Italian police find cocaine hidden inside coffee beans – BBC News

Suspected drug cartel plane SET ON FIRE after being forced to land in Mexico

A jet believed to belong to a drug cartel made an emergency landing on a Mexican jungle road before being set alight. The plane flew in from South America and was tracked as soon as it entered Mexican airspace. The military intercepted the jet, causing the drug smugglers to make an emergency landing and torch … Read more Suspected drug cartel plane SET ON FIRE after being forced to land in Mexico

Operation Venetic: 746 ‘untouchable’ criminals arrested after police infiltrate encrypted system

WARNING: Contains flashing images. Police have arrested hundreds of suspected top-tier criminals involved in murder, gun smuggling and drug trafficking after infiltrating their encrypted phone system. In an operation led by the UK’s National Crime Agency, investigators say they have seized £54m in cash, two tonnes of cocaine, 77 firearms including assault rifles, sub-machine guns … Read more Operation Venetic: 746 ‘untouchable’ criminals arrested after police infiltrate encrypted system

Exclusive: Towie’s James Argent On His Cocaine Addiction That Nearly Killed Him | This Morning

After seven years of struggling, Arg is opening up about the true extent of his cocaine addiction for the first time. Having suffered two near-fatal overdoses in October and December last year, Arg admits he hit ‘rock bottom’. But it wasn’t his overdoses that sparked his latest bid to get clean – it was spending … Read more Exclusive: Towie’s James Argent On His Cocaine Addiction That Nearly Killed Him | This Morning

The Virus Pandemic Is Disrupting the Illegal Drug Trade

The novel-coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the illicit drug trade through increased border controls, reduced air traffic and supply shortages, though the outbreak’s economic fallout may lead to more people getting involved in the business, a United Nations-sponsored report warned. The upcoming opium harvest in Afghanistan may be hurt by virus-related labor shortages, and cocaine output … Read more The Virus Pandemic Is Disrupting the Illegal Drug Trade

Colombia steps up coca eradication operations during lockdown

Despite a full lockdown in the country, the Colombian government has intensified the manual eradication of coca plants in remote parts of the country. It is the main ingredient for cocaine and is grown in remote parts of the country by growers who depend on the crop for their livelihood. Their representatives, and an international … Read more Colombia steps up coca eradication operations during lockdown

Michael O’Leary: ‘Branson can bail himself out’ during coronavirus crisis

Speaking on the UK’s Sky News, Ryanair boss, Michael O’Leary said that Richard Branson “can bail himself out” and said Virgin Atlantic should not receive Government assistance. Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has told Sky his billionaire rival Sir Richard Branson should not be given a government bailout to save Virgin Atlantic. Mr O’Leary also said … Read more Michael O’Leary: ‘Branson can bail himself out’ during coronavirus crisis

Cocaine trafficker Cassie Sainsbury released from Colombian prison | ABC News

Convicted Australian drug trafficker Cassie Sainsbury has been released from a Colombian prison less than three years into her six-year sentence, her lawyer has confirmed. Read more here: https://ab.co/3bgaGUx For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: https://ab.co/2OB7Mk1 Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ab.co/1svxLVE Go deeper … Read more Cocaine trafficker Cassie Sainsbury released from Colombian prison | ABC News

Give it a rest! Corona-hit US finds time to put $15mn bounty on Maduro

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro fired back at the US, which is offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his arrest, dismissing the narco-terrorism charge as a smear to deflect attention from its coronavirus woes. Maduro came out swinging after the US Justice Department, in an almost unprecedented move, indicted the president of the … Read more Give it a rest! Corona-hit US finds time to put $15mn bounty on Maduro

US indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on narco-terrorism charges

The United States Department of Justice has announced that it has indicted Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro and several key aides on charges of narco-terrorism. The department accused them on Thursday of conspiring with Colombian rebels “to flood the United States with cocaine”. “We estimate that somewhere between 200 and 250 metric tonnes of cocaine … Read more US indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on narco-terrorism charges

U.S. Indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on Drug-Trafficking Charges With $15 Million Reward

The U.S. indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for drug trafficking on Thursday, offering a $15 million reward for information leading to his arrest, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on an adversary it has sought to push aside. The U.S. also indicted 14 key Maduro associates, including former Vice President Diosdado Cabello, offering $10 … Read more U.S. Indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on Drug-Trafficking Charges With $15 Million Reward