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Colombia, U.S. seize 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panama waters

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and coca leaves from which the drug is made, according to the United Nations. The United States is the largest consumer.

ILLEGAL. File photo of a cocaine warehouse. Shutterstock.com

China sentences Australian to death for drug trafficking

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The man, identified by Australian media as Cam Gillespie, is handed the death penalty by Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on June 10, according to a notice posted on the court website

Thai drug smugglers spared from death penalty in Bali

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The district court in Bali's capital Denpasar says the two Thai women – a janitor and an operator of a motorcycle rental shop in Thailand – had shown remorse for their crimes and deserved leniency

This picture taken on February 26, 2020 shows Kasarin Khamkhao (C) and Sanicha Maneetes of Thailand (L) attend their trial at a Denpasar court on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The two Thai women convicted of smuggling methamphetamines into Bali have escaped a possible death sentence after the court slapped them with a 16-year prison sentence instead. Tut PARWATA / AFP

Thailand drug suspects run to ground days after daring escape

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The couple is facing death penalty charges for drug trafficking, although sentences are rarely carried out

Pacquiao wants death penalty by firing squad for drug traffickers

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Meanwhile, evangelical Senator Manny Pacquiao supports inclusion of plunder for crimes punishable under the proposed death penalty bill

BACK TO WORK. Senator Manny Pacquiao returns to the Senate on July 23, 2019, 3 days after winning the WBA superwelterweight from undeafeated champion Keith Thurman. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Korean drug smuggler arrested in Caloocan

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Lee Yun-sung, 49, is facing arrest warrants from at least 3 different South Korean courts for drug smuggling

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Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

NBI arrests alleged drug middleman Kenneth Dong

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Kenneth Dong is among the personalities listed in the arrest warrant issued by Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002

KENNETH DONG. Businessman Kenneth Dong is presented by Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after his arrest during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on August 15, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'The court completely rejects the accused person's explanation and defense because it is completely at odds with the facts,' says the chief judge

Chinese police patrol in front of the Canadian embassy in Beijing on December 14, 2018. China confirmed on December 13 that two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a US request. GREG BAKER / AFP

Mexican presidents accused as defense opens El Chapo trial

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:05 AM

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, is on trial in New York after twice escaping from prison in Mexico

ON TRIAL. This handout picture released by the Mexican Interior Ministry on January 19, 2017 shows Joaquin Guzman Loera aka 'El Chapo' Guzman escorted in Ciudad Juarez by the Mexican police as he is extradited to the United States. HO/INTERIOR MINISTRY OF MEXICO / AFP

Trump champions death penalty for drug dealers

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:26 AM

'If we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we're wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty,' says US President Donald Trump

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. US President Donald Trump calls for drug traffickers to face the death penalty. File photo by AFP

Australian grandma escapes death in Malaysia drugs case

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying

FREE. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto reacts after she was cleared of drug trafficking charges at Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, on December 27, 2017. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Brazil's 'most wanted' drugs suspect caught in Paraguay

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga, known as 'Marcelo Piloto,' is accused of murder and supplying drugs and weapons to Rio de Janeiro's biggest criminal gang, the Comando Vermelho, or Red Command

PILOTO. Brazilian drug lord Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga, nicknamed 'Marcelo Piloto" is presented to the press in the headquarters of the Paraguayan Anti-Narcotic National Secretary (SENAD), in Asuncion on December 14, 2017. Photo by Norberto Duarte/AFP

NBI arrests drug trafficking fugitive from Australia

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Markis Scott Turner, also known as Filip Novak, has settled in Samal, Davao del Norte, after he fled Australia, where he faces drug trafficking cases

Journalists bear invisible scars of Mexico's drug war

Jun 13, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Many Mexican crime reporters suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as they either bear daily witness to violence or experience it themselves

Journalists protest against violence during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the murder of Mexican journalist Manuel Buendia at the Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City on 30 May, 2017.  Mexico ranks third in the world for the number of journalists killed, after Syria and Afghanistan, according to the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF). / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA

Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

May 28, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The beauty school dropout hit Australian headlines when she was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport aged 27 with several kilos of hashish stashed in her surfing gear

In this file photo, convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby (C) is escorted by two policemen as she leaves a beauty salon in Denpasar on Bali island on July 2, 2008. Sonny Tumbelaka/File/AFP

The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking Southeast Asia on pills

May 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The downfall of millionaire Mr X long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos has highlighted the role of the secretive communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia

DRUG LORD. This file photo taken on April 18, 2017 shows Xaysana Keophimpa, allegedly a key figure among gangs buying drugs from Myanmar's meth labs, arriving at a criminal court in Bangkok after being detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport on January 19. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

NBI seizes P120M worth of shabu, guns in Tondo

Apr 03, 2017 - 3:59 PM

An alleged drug syndicate was supposed to transport the drugs to Mindanao

NBI operation yields guns and drugs

Vietnam drug smugglers sentenced to death over heroin haul

Mar 22, 2017 - 7:01 PM

While 9 drug traffickers are sentenced to death for smuggling 500 kilograms of heroin another 9 are jailed for life as a result of the drug bust

DRUG TRAFFICKING. This picture taken on March 21, 2017 shows drug traffickers (in civilian clothing), flanked of policemen as they stand listening during a trial at a local people's court in the northern Vientamese province of Hoa Binh. Photo by AFP

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Feb 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

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Thai cops seize millions of meth pills

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Following a dramatic car chase Thai police finds 3 4 million meth tablets and 20 kilograms of ice – a purer form of methamphetamine – in the truck of one arrested Thai national

Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP

6 drug traffickers die in gunfight with Thai army

Dec 08, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Thai officials seize 554 000 methamphetamine tablets approximately 30 kilograms 66 pounds of heroine and two firearms from the men after the gunfight

Afghanistan burns 5 tons of drugs, alcohol in single blaze

Oct 16, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The country s national drug use rate stands at 11 one of the highest in the world according to the United Nations

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

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

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Sep 26, 2016 - 8:24 PM

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Lessons from Colombia: Dela Rosa wants 'Search Bloc' in PH

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The PNP chief also says key legislation is needed to support the crackdown on the drug trade in the Philippines

Colanggo, De Lima, Saudia | 6PM wRap

Sep 20, 2016 - 10:31 PM

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Muntinlupa’s top drug suspect nabbed in Negros Occidental

Sep 16, 2016 - 8:31 PM

The recovered drugs weighing 300 grams amount to P3 million

Olongapo court metes life term to drug syndicate leader, 5 others

Sep 09, 2016 - 2:17 PM

Filipino Chinese Albert Sijuela Chin is believed to have links to Chinese drug syndicates

Elderly Chinese-American nabbed with 2.3 kg cocaine at Clark airport

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:43 PM

PDEA Region III confirms in a laboratory test that substance seized from Allan Soo Hoo is high grade cocaine with a street value of around P16 million

SUSPECT. American Chinese Allan Soo Hoo (in blue jacket with hood) was on board an Emirates flight that landed in Clark on Sunday evening, August 28, 2016. He is escorted here by Clark International Airport Corporation acting president Alexander Cauguiran and PDEA agents. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

What it was like waiting for death

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Merry Utami one of the drug convicts spared from execution narrates her experience to her lawyer and a human rights activist

Women on death row: 5 similarities between Mary Jane Veloso and Merry Utami

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:12 PM

Both women were scheduled to face the firing squad for alleged drug trafficking but both were spared last minute by the Indonesian government

SIMILARITIES. Merry Utami and Mary Jane Veloso have quite a bit in common. Utami photo from LBH, Veloso photo from Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Indonesia executes drug convicts as country sleeps

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Here are photos on the lead up and the conclusion of the controversial executions

DEATH PENALTY. Indonesian activists throw flower petals during a candlelight protest against death penalty executions, outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, 28 July 2016. EPA

WATCH: Indonesia executes 4 drug convicts

Jul 29, 2016 - 5:58 AM

Only 4 out of 14 scheduled to be executed are put to death by the Indonesian government

DEATH PENALTY. Indonesian activists hold candles during a candlelight protest against death penalty executions, outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, 28 July 2016. EPA

WATCH: Indonesia executes 4 drug convicts

Jul 29, 2016 - 5:56 AM

Only 4 out of 14 scheduled to be executed are put to death by the Indonesian government

EXECUTED. Cilacap waits for the bodies of those executed. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

Gunshots at night: Indonesia executes 4 drug convicts

Jul 29, 2016 - 2:42 AM

The government carried out the executions by firing squad some time after midnight

EXECUTED. Cilacap waits for the bodies of those executed. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

LOOK: Drug convict sentenced to death writes heartbreaking letter to President Jokowi

Jul 28, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Merry Utami 42 whom activists say was used as a drug mule without her knowledge writes a last minute plea to the Indonesian president to spare her life

Napolcom: Honest-to-goodness probe into 'drug' generals

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Vice chairman Rogelio Casurao says the commission will base its findings on evidence for and against 3 of 5 police generals named by Duterte as protectors of drug trafficking

Is he top 'drug lord' Peter Lim? 9 things about the Cebu businessman

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:17 AM

There are hundreds of Peter Lims in Cebu but there is only one who had been accused of being a drug lord in the Visayas and the subject of a congressional inquiry in 2001 Here are 9 things we know about him

DRUG TRADE MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte shows a matrix of personalities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Division

Lacson: No reason to doubt Duterte claim on generals

Jul 05, 2016 - 6:37 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he got the same information about 2 of the 5 generals as early as the campaign period He refuses to name them

GOOD BASIS. Senator Panfilo Lacson says President Rodrigo Duterte must have 'good basis' in divulging names of police generals allegedly linked to drugs, saying he knew 2 of the 5 names as early as the campaign period. File photo by Rappler

Duterte names alleged police generals in drug trade

Jul 05, 2016 - 3:56 PM

7th UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte says he is compelled by his sense of duty to divulge their identities

FIGHT VS DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte drops a bombshell at the Philippine Air Force anniversary in Clark Freeport, Pampanga, on July 5, 2016. Photo by Rey S. Baniquet/Malacanang/PPD

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' undergoes jail transfer – official

May 08, 2016 - 6:21 AM

The authorities say they are moving Guzman to prevent any escape attempt during construction to strengthen his maximum security prison in Altiplano

EL CHAPO'S TRANSFER. Mexican federal agents stand guard on the road leading to the Federal Social Readaptation Center (Cefereso) Number 9 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 07 May 2016. Photo by Alejandro Bringas/EPA

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 9PM

May 02, 2016 - 8:59 PM

BSP and AMLC deny leaking bank documents Grace Poe takes her homestretch effort to her bailiwick Luzon Archbishop Tagle says voting is a ‘holy duty’

Kill drug lords? If they fight back, says Senate bet Dionisio Santiago

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The former PDEA chief says the fight against illegal drugs should be everybody’s concern

FIGHT VS CRIME. Former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Dionisio Santiago replies to a question at the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate in UP-Diliman on April 15, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Indonesia: Regardless of case in PH, Mary Jane will be punished

Jan 13, 2016 - 2:12 PM

The fact is that she smuggled drugs to Indonesia and she was caught red handed at the airport

PUNISHMENT. The Indonesian government says Mary Jane Veloso, who is accused of trafficking drugs, will be punished somehow. EPA/BIMO SATRIO

One of TIME's 100 Most Powerful People: I find solidarity with Mary Jane

Jan 12, 2016 - 1:33 PM

We both had no hope at first She’s on death row I was severely tortured We had no hope whatsoever But when the public learned about it things changed

SOLIDARITY. Erwiana Sulistyaningsh, a formerly abused migrant worker, supports Mary Jane because of their common history.

VLOG: Veloso family visits Mary Jane on her birthday

Jan 11, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Their wish on her birthday? That Mary Jane finally comes home

Saving Mary Jane, the face of OFWs

Dec 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

How government handles the case of overseas worker Mary Jane Veloso mirrors its commitment beyond 2015 to the welfare of Filipinos seeking greener pastures abroad

Mary Jane Veloso. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA