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Drug courier leaps into a ravine in Kalinga to elude arrest

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:18 PM

When cops discover loaves of marijuana in his bag, the suspect panics and jump off a nearby ravine

Sea of meth as Myanmar army smashes 3 drug labs

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:53 PM

The seizure in one of the world's biggest narcotics-producing regions hauled in 43 million meth tablets worth nearly $100 million in Myanmar

Foreign military attaches check drugs in a football ground where seized drugs, vehicles, laboratory accessories and precursor chemicals are being displayed to be witnessed by invited military attaches and journalists in Kawnghka at Shan State on March 6, 2020. - 97 million US dollar worth of drugs and related items were seized this year during a special operation held to crack down drugs trafficking, a military spokesperson said. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

4 British men arrested in record Australia drug bust

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Authorities seized 766 kilograms of the 'highest purity' MDMA recorded in Queensland state, carrying a conservative street value of $US61 million

Cagayan de Oro mayor's son arrested in drug bust

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Sean Moreno is arrested with 7 other suspects in Angeles City, Pampanga, in possession of party drugs

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

Myanmar police seize massive haul of meth pills

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Two different busts take place in the west of the country at the weekend, one in Magway region and one in Maungdaw in Rakhine state

MYANMAR METH BUST. This photo taken on January 11, 2019 shows a drug user user holding low-grade crystal meth tablets, known in Southeast Asia as "yaba", in Muse, Shan State, along Myanmar's border with China. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Massive drug bust exposes Mexico-Australia cartel ties

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The investigation appears to reveal cooperation between Mexican cartels and Australian biker gangs

DRUG BUST. This undated handout picture released by the Australian Federal Police on February 8, 2019 shows confiscated drugs hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment bound for Australia, in California city. Handout photo by Australian Federal Police/AFP

Cops seize P1M worth of marijuana in Angeles City buy-bust

Dec 15, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Police arrest Jayvee Canillo and his 3 companions after he was caught selling marijuana to an undercover cop


PDEA nets P7.2M worth of high grade marijuana inside Ayala Alabang

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Live-in partners are caught with 6 kilos of kush or high-grade marijuana, already repacked and ready for distribution to alleged high-end and celebrity clients

PDEA operatives arrest two suspects for selling and repacking high grade Marijuana amounting to P7.2 million inside a posh subdivision in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City on October 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Huge drugs haul intercepted in Bali – Indonesia police

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Some 600,000 pseudoephedrine tablets being sent from South Korea to Australia are found during a stopover on the Indonesian resort island. The bust, which occurred in January, is announced Monday.

DRUG BUST. An Indonesian customs officer speaks to journalists during a press conference after they seized cold relief tablets that contained a key ingredient for making illicit drugs at at Ngurah Rai International Airport on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on July 16, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

82-year-old woman, 2 others nabbed in Batangas drug bust

Jun 20, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Police recover from the suspects sealed sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P1.17 million

DRUG BUST. Police present the illegal drugs and money seized from the suspects in Batangas City. Photo from Batangas Provincial Police Office

PNP-PDEA team seizes P50M worth of shabu in Alabang drug bust

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:32 PM

After the entrapment operation at the parking lot of Alabang Town Center, the police do a followup operation and arrests the alleged supplier, a Chinese suspect only identified as Mr Lin

DRUG BUST. Police show off the arrested drug sellers at a press conference on March 23, 2018. Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO

Myanmar makes record drug bust with 30 million meth pills

Jan 18, 2018 - 5:40 PM

In addition to the meth tablets, the authorities find 502 kilograms (1,104 pounds) of heroin and 1,750 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, bringing the total estimated value to $54 million

3 days after leaving jail, 3 brothers killed in Cebu drug bust

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Police say the Umpad brothers were killed after fighting back in a buy-bust operation, but the suspects' mother says her sons were sound asleep when cops barged into their home

DOJ drops drug charges vs Marcelino, Chinese informant

May 18, 2017 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED The justice department flip flops on its earlier resolution and now says Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino and his informant were in performance of a lawful duty when found in a shabu warehouse in January 2016

RELEASED. Marines Col. Ferdinand Marcelino offer a salute to PAO chief Persida Acosta after his release from a Military custody at Camp Aguinaldo on Thurdsay, May 18. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler.

DOJ probes suspects in San Juan shabu raids

Jan 02, 2017 - 2:32 PM

All 6 suspects are facing criminal charges after authorities recovered 890 kilos of shabu worth P3 million

UNDER INVESTIGATION. The DOJ is set to begin its probe on the 6 suspects involved in a major series of drug busts led by the National Bureau of Investigation. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Thai drug police make record crystal meth bust

Dec 16, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The haul of high grade meth better known as ice has a street value of around 40 million the Narcotics Suppression Bureau NSB says in a statement

Several arrested after major Vietnam heroin, marijuana busts

Nov 28, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Police confiscate 112 kilograms 250 pounds of heroin in the northern Phu Tho province arresting 4 people after discovering the drugs in large plastic water jugs

Taiwanese tour guide arrested in Boracay drug bust

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Police identify the drug suspect as 54 year old Wei Tang Yao alias Julian a resident of 163 Lane Shang Cheng Street in Taipei Taiwan He was temporarily staying at Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag

12 'lady boys' arrested in Boracay drug buy bust

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:45 AM

PO2 Juno Gregorio says Mark Galicia – alias Manikin – sold sachets of shabu to a poseur buyer in a resort at around 8:45 pm During the buy bust operation the policemen also saw 11 other ‘lady boys’ having a pot session inside their rented room

DRUG BUST. Photo from Boracay Police.

4 drug suspects killed in Negros Occidental bust

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Among the casualties is Andrew Tuvilla Pontevedra town s top drug personality who had surrendered to authorities days before but still allegedly continued his criminal activities

Sri Lanka detains 14 foreigners over $7.5-M drug bust

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:36 PM

Authorities seized 10 kilograms of heroin worth millions from an Iranian fishing trawler

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

The wRap Indonesia: Jan. 6, 2015

Jan 06, 2015 - 1:49 PM

The latest news on AirAsia QZ8501 a massive drug bust involving 800kg of crystal meth reports that Indonesian actors will appear in the new Star Wars film and more

MASSIVE HAUL. Police confiscated 800 kilograms of methampetamine from an international drug syndicate arrested in West Jakarta on Jan. 5, 2015. Photo by Rappler

The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 30, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 - 11:17 AM

The latest political drama in the legislature slight improvements in ease of doing business in Indonesia a comedian busted for drugs and more

FIRST TRIP. President Joko Widodo (C) speaks to villagers who fled their houses after the eruption of Mount Sinabung at a refugee camp in Gurukinayan village, Karo, North Sumatra, on October 29, 2014. Photo by Dedi Sahputra/EPA

7 shot dead in massive Davao drug raid

Feb 21, 2014 - 4:23 PM

At least 35 people are arrested

DRUG RAID. A 200-person team raided a suspected drug den, killing 7 and arresting at least 35 in the process.