Drug overdoses soared due to the long cycle of pandemic-induced isolation, killing 93,331 Americans in 2020.
In addition to more widespread availability and higher purity, the pandemic has pushed the narcotics trade to become more creative in its distribution.
One of Europe’s largest drug hauls reveals the Netherlands' central role in the global drug market.
Fifty people were put under criminal investigation, with 13 arrests and 35 house arrests for the Ndrangheta mafia scam in Italy's poorest region, Calabria.
About 540 kg of cocaine is the largest single seizure of the drug in Turkey's history, Turkish officials say.
The latest seizure, with an estimated value of $73 million, more than doubles the previous record set in a 177kg haul at another port.
Police were called to the scene when $2M worth of drugs washed up ashore Bethells Beach in West Auckland.
Joaquín Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, will be standing trial in New York under high security. And a total of 27 people have so far been dismissed as potential jurors, out of nearly 60 who have been questioned.
Six suspected drug traffickers have been arrested after a year-long investigation into the discovery of nearly 400 kilograms of cocaine in the Russian embassy in Argentina, presumably on its way out of the country.
Luiz Carlos da Rocha, nicknamed White Head, is believed to have amassed $100 million in personal wealth in the form of vehicles, property and deposits in offshore bank accounts.
The Peruvian government wants to replace coca farms with alternative forms of agriculture, but first it must retake over 50,000 hectares of land from rebels.
For the second time this year, a 370-kilo stash of cocaine has been found in a shipping container that originated from South America and was sent to France. This time it was found in a shipment of orange juice sent to a Coca-Cola factory.
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