Ten people killed in cartel shooting at Mexico pool hall

The Santa Rosa de Lima cartel has allegedly claimed responsibility for the violent scene at the bar in the Tarimoro municipality, in the state of Guanajuato, Infobae reported. The assailants ambushed El Jarras pool hall, an establishment in the area downtown, where local festivities were taking place. Nine people died on the scene and one victim succumbed to their injuries after being transported to a hospital. Gruesome images of the attack on Wednesday night began circulating online shortly after. In a harrowing video reportedly recorded by the attackers, shots can be heard as an injured man is shown lying on the … Continue reading Ten people killed in cartel shooting at Mexico pool hall

Saudi Arabia seizes record 46 million amphetamine pills hidden in flour

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized 46 million amphetamine pills that were smuggled in a shipment of flour – a record for the kingdom. Security forces tracked the shipment as it arrived at the Riyadh Dry Port and was taken to a warehouse, the General Directorate of Narcotics Control said. Six Syrians and two Pakistanis were arrested in a raid on the warehouse. The GDNC did not name the amphetamine, but Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tablets bearing the captagon logo. Captagon, typically a mix of amphetamine, caffeine and various fillers, is reportedly one of the … Continue reading Saudi Arabia seizes record 46 million amphetamine pills hidden in flour

Australia makes largest-ever drug bust found in marble

Almost two tonnes of methamphetamine has been seized by Australian police – the biggest bust of the drug in the country’s history. Police found 1,800kg of what is known locally as ice inside shipping containers at a Sydney port. The record haul was concealed in marble and has a street value of more than A$1.6bn ($1.1bn; £942m). Three men have been charged over their alleged roles in importing the drugs from the Middle East. Authorities say the men are part of a broader syndicate with international links. New South Wales Police said the group was “sophisticated” but officers could not … Continue reading Australia makes largest-ever drug bust found in marble

Mexican drugs lord Rafael Caro Quintero arrested

Mexican drugs lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who is on the US most wanted list, has been arrested in the western Sinaloa state, the Mexican Navy says. Mr Caro Quintero, who is accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a US drug enforcement agent in 1985, was held in the town of Choix. The Navy said Mr Caro Quintero, believed to be 69, was found in bushes by a specially-trained dog called Max. The US said it would seek Mr Caro Quintero’s immediate extradition. “There is no hiding place for anyone who kidnaps, tortures, and murders American law enforcement. We are deeply … Continue reading Mexican drugs lord Rafael Caro Quintero arrested

Underwater drones seized by Spanish police

Spanish police have seized three underwater drones built to smuggle drugs across the sea from Morocco. The unmanned submersibles are apparently capable of carrying up to 200kg (441lbs) of cargo. As part of the 14-month investigation, eight people have been arrested in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona. Police say it means they have broken up a gang suspected of building the vehicles and supplying them to drug smugglers across Europe. Spanish police say it is the first time they have discovered an underwater vehicle capable of being operated unmanned. “These devices could allow drug traffickers to transport large quantities of narcotics … Continue reading Underwater drones seized by Spanish police

US Customs finds methamphetamines worth $60,000

US Customs authorities in California have seized methamphetamines worth $60,000 (£49,000) hidden in child booster seats at a checkpoint. Earlier this week, officers at the Newton Azrak Border Patrol Station in Murrieta stopped a vehicle on an interstate near the checkpoint. There were two adults and four children inside the vehicle. Upon dispatch of a K-9 team, narcotics were detected inside the children’s three booster seats. “In those booster seats, several packages were found containing a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine,” US Customs and Border Protection officers said in a statement. The inspection revealed that the driver, who is … Continue reading US Customs finds methamphetamines worth $60,000

Colombian police find 1,300kg of cocaine hidden in potatoes

Police in Colombia said they discovered approximately 1,300kg of cocaine in an unlikely hiding place – potatoes. This video shows officers removing drugs from the food. Destined for Spain, the shipment raised suspicions with the Ministry of National Defense of Colombia when they saw the ‘food’ had no expiration dates. The drugs, which authorities said had been shaped using a hydraulic press, were seized from a shipment in Cartagena, a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Continue reading Colombian police find 1,300kg of cocaine hidden in potatoes

British men charged in Greek court over cocaine smuggling

Four British men have appeared in court in Greece charged with smuggling almost 300kg of Colombian cocaine, concealed in a shipment of bananas. The four suspects, from London and Liverpool and aged 38, 45, 48 and 52, were arrested last week at a luxury villa in northern Greece. A fifth man is also wanted by the police. Greek police allege two of the men are “leaders of an international drug-trafficking ring”. The men made no comments in court, citing their right to remain silent. According to police, the drugs were transported first to the southern Italian region of Calabria, before … Continue reading British men charged in Greek court over cocaine smuggling

Seven bodies found dumped at Mexico tourist area

Seven bodies have been found dumped in Mexico’s popular Huasteca region, in an apparent case of cartel rivalry. The group of men were found dead on a roadway late on Thursday with extensive bruising on the bodies, suggesting they had been beaten. According to Mexican authorities, the men appear to have been killed in a different place and then dumped in the rural area. The corpses had “this is what happened to me for working with the Gulf” written on them, in a reference to the Gulf Cartel, which operates along the United States border to the north. The message was … Continue reading Seven bodies found dumped at Mexico tourist area

Former Colombian drug lord dies in U.S. prison

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, a former leader of Colombia’s once-powerful Cali cartel, has died in the United States while serving a 30-year drug trafficking sentence, his family said on Wednesday. Sometimes known by his alias ‘Chessplayer,’ Rodriguez was extradited to the United States in 2004. The 83-year-old was serving time at a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina. “The children and wife of Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela regretfully inform that yesterday, Tuesday May 31, 2022, at 6:54 p.m., our father and husband died of a lymphoma,” the family said in a statement shared by Rodriguez’s daughter Alexandra. They were beginning the process … Continue reading Former Colombian drug lord dies in U.S. prison

Cocaine smuggler involved in $150million cocaine plot jailed for 18 years

A British man Andrew Cole was sentenced at court on Thursday after he confessed to trying to smuggle two tonnes of cocaine with a street value worth up to $150million into the UK. Cole was travelling on a luxury yacht, KAHU, when it was stopped about 80 miles off the coast of Plymouth on September 9 2021. In an operation led by the National Crime Agency and supported by Border Force and the Australian Federal Police, 33-year-old Cole was found to be the link between senior members of an international organised crime group and a UK group who were planning for the arrival of … Continue reading Cocaine smuggler involved in $150million cocaine plot jailed for 18 years

Eleven shot dead in police raid to capture leaders of Rio’s largest drugs gang

Eleven people have been shot dead in a raid to capture the leaders of the biggest drug-trafficking organisation in Rio de Janeiro, police have said.A woman reacts outside the Getulio Vargas Hospital after the deadly raid The operation targeting crime gang Comando Vermelho took place in a slum on the north side of the Brazilian city. Heavy shooting began around 4am on Tuesday in a wooded area next to Vila Cruzeiro, according to residents who posted on social media. Of those who died, 10 were suspected gang members who opened fire at police with automatic weapons. The other was a … Continue reading Eleven shot dead in police raid to capture leaders of Rio’s largest drugs gang