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Costa Rica seizes record 5 tons of cocaine

Feb 16, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The drugs are concealed in a consignment of ornamental flowers at the port of Limon which was destined for Rotterdam, Interior Minister Michael Soto Rojas says

P6 million worth of cocaine fished out of Basilan waters

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho of Mohammad Adjul believes a Chinese vessel passing through must have dropped the package

RECOVERED. Hadji Mohammad Adjul Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho (in white t-shirt), with (to his right) Basilan Police Director Lieutenant Colonel Rufino Inot and municipal chief of police Lieutenant Dennis Alam present to the media the package of cocaine recovered by local fishermen on September 23, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Malaysia makes record $161-million drug seizure

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:35 AM

This is the biggest drug seizure in Malaysia's history. Foreigners are among those arrested.

U.S. Coast Guard seizes $350-M cocaine in Pacific busts

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:11 AM

The US Coast Guard releases footage of the high-speed chase by one of its cutters, one of six recent interdictions in international waters of the Pacific Ocean, off the Mexican and Latin American coasts

MARITIME CHASE. A boat is captured on video attempting to flee from the United States Coast Guard with packs of illegal drugs. Screenshot from US Customs and Border Protection video

Historic U.S. drug bust nets 16 tons of cocaine

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history,' tweets the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia

A Philadelphia Police SUV drives out of the Packer Marine Terminal after US authorities seized more than 16 tons of cocaine at the terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2019. US authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia. DOMINICK REUTER / AFP

P218 million worth of cocaine found floating off Sorsogon

May 28, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The haul adds to P2.8 billion worth of cocaine fished out of Philippine waters since 2009

MORE COCAINE. Fishermen found the illegal substances floating off Gubat town in Sorsogon. PNP photo

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

Floating packages of cocaine have also reached Batanes

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Substance believed to be cocaine packed in 3 plastics bags are found by fishermen floating off Basco, Batanes

COCAINE FOUND. Floating cocaine packs were found off the island of Basco in Batanes.

40 bricks of cocaine float off Surigao del Norte shores

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Police suspect the bricks to contain cocaine, which could be worth P212 million

MORE BRICKS. 40 cocaine bricks float to Burgos town in Surigao del Norte. PNP photo

34 more 'cocaine bricks' wash ashore in Surigao del Sur

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:15 AM

If confirmed to be cocaine, the bricks would have an estimated value of P230 million

FOUND BY FISHERMEN. The cocaine bricks are again wrapped in packaging tape and found floating towards the shore, this time in Surigao del Sur. Caraga police photo

A week's haul: P472.6-M cocaine bricks found on Philippine shores

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Cocaine bricks are found on the shores of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Camarines Norte, and Quezon

Russian 'mastermind' in Argentina cocaine plot arrested in Germany

Mar 02, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Prosecutors in Berlin say the 49-year-old Russian national was detained as part of an international investigation launched by Moscow

COCAINE. This undated handout picture released on February 22, 2018 by Argentina's Security Ministry and taken in Buenos Aires shows policemen working during an operation which resulted in the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires. Handout photo by Argentina's Security Ministry/AFP

Canadians caught with P100-M shabu sentenced to life imprisonment

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Makati RTC Branch 63 Judge Selma Palacio Alaras also orders James Clayton Riach and Ali Memar Mortazavi Shirazi to pay a P500,000 fine

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

P79 million worth of cocaine found off Isabela seas

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:58 PM

A blue container holding 18 tightly-packed plastic bags with cocaine is found floating near Barangay Dipudo in Divilacan, Isabela

COCAINE. 18 packed plastic bags filled with cocaine are shown to reporters on February 6, 2018. Photo by Gerard Lucena

Taiwan denies it was source of cocaine found in Sorsogon

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office says 'so-called Taiwanese documents' submitted by the captain of the 'Jin Ming' ship were forged

This undated handout from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Legazpi) released on January 5, 2018 shows police officials (in blue) and PDEA local director Christian Frivaldo (2nd R) sitting next to packs of cocaine during a press conference in Legazpi City, in Bicol region, south of Manila.  Millions of dollars of cocaine packed in a plastic drum has washed up on a seashore in the eastern Philippines, an anti-narcotics official said on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

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P125 million worth of cocaine found ashore in Sorsogon

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Authorities suspect the illegal drugs came from a foreign cargo vessel marked 'Jin Ming'

RECOVERED. Packs of cocaine appear to have washed ashore in Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

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Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

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The drug scene, a year after the Close Up Forever Summer party

May 15, 2017 - 11:11 AM

On the anniversary of the tragic Close Up Forever Summer concert where 5 people died after allegedly consuming an illegal substance Rappler talks to drug dealers and people who use drugs about the risque mix of drugs and music

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Apr 28, 2017 - 11:39 AM

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How Duterte's drug war has affected rich users

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:38 PM

While shabu the poor man s cocaine is now as expensive as P25 000 a gram the price of cocaine choice drug of the rich has remained the same at P7 000 per gram

ILLEGAL DRUGS. The NBI displays the packets of ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana seized from the suspects. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

French anti-drugs cop sentenced over 50kg cocaine theft

Mar 17, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The presiding judge in handing down the maximum sentence to Jonathan Guyot a 36 year old officer in the drugs squad says he had been proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt

JONATHAN GUYOT. A court sketch shows Farid Kharraki (R) and French police officer Jonathan Guyot (L) during their trial over the theft of over 50kg of cocaine from the headquarters of the Paris police in July 2014, at the Paris criminal court on March 8, 2017. Photo by Benoit Peyrucq/ AFP

Malaysian with P23M worth of cocaine nabbed at NAIA

Nov 17, 2016 - 5:39 PM

Nasir Uddin Bin Mohd Hasnan was allegedly carrying 216 pellets of high grade cocaine hidden in chocolate bars in his backpack the customs bureau says

How much do illegal drugs now cost in the Philippines?

Oct 27, 2016 - 11:48 AM

A gram of shabu now costs P1 300 to P25 000 per gram while cocaine is pegged at P5 000 to P7 000 according to data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

One Time Big Time Operations on Illegal Drugs conducted by Raxabago-Tondo police station 1 in Gawad Kalinga Compound in Happyland, Barangay 105 Tondo, Manila on September 24, 2016.

Brazilian woman with cocaine nabbed at NAIA

Oct 16, 2016 - 1:02 AM

The drug bust comes nearly two weeks after Philippine authorities arrested 3 suspected foreign drug couriers at the country s premiere airport

DRUG BUST. Airport authorities nab a Brazilian woman carrying cocaine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on October 15, 2016

Paolo Duterte accepts Trillanes' dare for a drug test

Oct 08, 2016 - 7:42 AM

Senators dare the presidential son and Davao City vice mayor to name names instead of tarnishing the reputation of everyone in the upper chamber

File photo by Rappler

Arrested: 3 foreigners with P100M worth of cocaine

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:03 AM

3 suspected foreign drug couriers carrying cocaine worth P100 million are intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

CAUGHT. The arrested foreigners with the intercepted cocaine. Photo by Edwin Llobrera

Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury retires in profane tweet, immediately unretires

Oct 04, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Tyson Fury has not remained quiet amid reports that he tested positive for cocaine during an out of competition test

'TYSON MONTANA' RETURNS. The heavyweight champ has done virtually everything since winning the title - except for fight. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Boxer Tyson Fury makes light of cocaine reports in tweet

Oct 02, 2016 - 1:30 PM

ESPN reported Fury tested positive after providing a urine sample to Las Vegas based Voluntary Anti Doping Association VADA in Lancaster England on September 22

MAKING LIGHT OF IT. Tyson Fury posts a tweet that makes light of cocaine reports about him. OLI SCARFF / AFP

Colombia destroys 100 illegal cocaine labs

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:42 PM

The military arrests 3 people and seizes 1 745 kilos of cocaine along with other material

Obama commutes sentences of 61 offenders

Mar 31, 2016 - 12:23 AM

Obama commutes sentences that ranged from life imprisonment to lesser jail terms for possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs like crack or cocaine

OBAMA. US President Barack Obama leaves after participating in a panel discussion during a National Rx Drug Abuse Summit held at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 29, 2016. Photo by John Amis/EPA

Lamar Odom takes first steps in 'miraculous' recovery

Oct 21, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Khloe Kardashian issues her first statement since Lamar s hospitalization

PROGRESS. Lamar Odom's condition improves after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. Screengrab from Instagram/lamarodom

Lamar Odom moves hospital after brothel binge - report

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:44 PM

Lamar is showing signs of improvement after his drug fuelled binge at a Nevada brothel

LAMAR ODOM. The former NBA champion shows signs of improvement after his drug-induced coma and was released from the Las Vegas hospital where he was staying. Screengrab from Instagram/krisjenner

Drug groups tap persons with HIV as couriers

May 01, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Drug syndicates think that tapping an HIV positive foreign courier will result in repatriation to the country of origin rather than arrest

Britain's biggest hard drugs seizure 'worth $750M'

May 01, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Depending on purity if cut and sold on British streets the haul would have a potential street value of over £500 million 770 million

COCAINE DRUG BUST. A handout photograph made available by the British National Crime Agency (NCA) on 30 April 2015 showing the MV Hamal (L) being boarded by a team from the British Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast of Scotland on 23 April 2015. Photo by EPA/NCA

Brazil World Cup winner sold medal to buy cocaine

Apr 19, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Former Brazil international Paulo Cesar has admitted he sold his World Cup winners medal from 1970 to buy cocaine

WATCH: Apl's music video 'Be' with 'Voice PH' finalist Jessica Reynoso

Feb 06, 2015 - 6:31 PM

The music video features Jessica as a holographic version of herself as well as Canadian Cambodian rapper Honey Cocaine

ALL YA GOTTA DO IS JUST 'BE.' Apl collaborates with his 'Voice PH' finalist Jessica Reynoso and Canadian-Cambodian rapper Honey Cocaine. Screengrab from YouTube

UFC boss knew Jon Jones’ drug test results beforehand

Jan 08, 2015 - 4:12 PM

You worry about the person first you forget about the fighting and the work side of it and worry about the person says Dana White

UFC President Dana White appears on FOX Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame” to talk about Jon Jones testing positive on cocaine. Screenshot from

Jon Jones tests positive for cocaine, enters rehab

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:25 PM

The UFC says it supports Jones decision to enter rehab to address the situation

REHAB. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tests positive for cocaine and enters himself to rehab. Photo from Jones' Facebook page

Dutch seize huge cocaine shipment in cassava roots

Nov 30, 2014 - 11:17 PM

The cocaine was in a container with cassava from Costa Rica packed with 3 003 packages weighing a total of 3 5 tonnes says the Public Prosecutor s office in a statement

Crack mayor Rob Ford drops out of Toronto race

Sep 13, 2014 - 11:46 AM

In an open letter Ford says he is dropping out of the October 27 ballot to concentrate on his health battle

Warren Toda/EPA

Vietnam sentences 2 Filipino drug smugglers to death

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:39 PM

Emmanuel Sillo Camacho and Donna Buenagua Mazon both 39 were separately caught in 2013 bringing in cocaine into the communist country

Toronto's crack-smoking mayor to enter rehab

May 01, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Toronto mayor Rob Ford pledges to enter rehab after a new video emerged allegedly showing him smoking crack

ROB FORD. A file photograph showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford attends a city council meeting In Toronto, Canada, on 21 May 2013. Warren Toda/EPA

Duterte warns cocaine peddler: Your wife will be a widow

Apr 22, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The Davao city mayor says authorities have an idea who s hiding the remaining two bricks of cocaine missing from various raids and his shoot to kill order stays

Duterte: Shoot sellers of missing cocaine

Apr 07, 2014 - 9:47 AM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says those holding the missing illegal drugs can choose between a P100 000 reward or a shoot to kill order

P126M-cocaine stash seized in Davao

Mar 24, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Workers at a container yard discover high grade cocaine bricks in the ceiling of a container van intended for bananas

Police arrest 76-year-old feting birthday with cocaine in bar

Feb 07, 2014 - 3:54 PM

How would you celebrate your 76th birthday? One lady s party was an all time high

BIRTHDAY HIGH. A 76-year-old woman is busted for throwing a cocaine birthday bash

Cocaine cake joke in 'bad taste' - Carrefour Argentina

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Carrefour Argentina reassured its customers that their cakes do not have illegal drugs as ingredients apologizes

'JOKE IN BAD TASTE'. Carrefour apologizes for the cocaine joke made by a worker from their cake supplier. AFP Photo

US congressman Radel pleads guilty to cocaine possession

Nov 21, 2013 - 12:22 AM

First term US congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation