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  1. News - Hong Kong - DRUGS

    Crystal meth seizures at Lo Wu border crossing soar

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 04:52am by Bryan Harris

    ... Bryan Harris bryan.harris@scmp.com Soaring demand from Hong Kong drug users and rising profits makes methamphetamines a lucrative product for smugglers, says customs Ice seizures at border ... border crossing. Soaring local demand and increased profits for traffickers made the drug- also known as crystal meth- a lucrative product for smugglers, said Wong Jug-tung, deputy head ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580207/ice-seizures-lo-wu-border-crossing-triple-those-last-year-customs
  2. News - Asia - DISEASE

    Drug-resistant malaria parasites in SE Asia threaten fight against disease

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 12:36am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Worry at spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned. Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563722/drug-resistant-malaria-parasites-se-asia-threaten-fight-against-disease
  3. News - China

    Jackie Chan heads to Beijing to help son Jaycee after marijuana arrest

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 11:11am

    ... Associated Press Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan has travelled to Beijing in a bid to help his son Jaycee, following the 32-year-old's arrest on drugs charges. Police said they had found more than 100 grams of marijuana at the younger Chan's home. In the latest high-profile arrest during one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in decades, Chan was held ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1576663/jackie-chans-son-jaycee-had-100-grams-marijuana-kai-ko-tears-tv
  4. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Time to flush your drugs: airline’s tip for arrival in Sydney brings apology

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 09:52pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Airline's tip for arrival: time to flush your drugs An Australian airline apologised yesterday after a flight attendant warned passengers to "flush" any illegal drugs they were carrying because there were drug-sniffer dogs at Sydney airport. Many of the 210 passengers aboard the Jetstar flight from Gold Coast City on Sunday night had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1562913/time-flush-your-drugs-airlines-tip-arrival-sydney-brings-apology
  5. News - China

    Lawsuit filed on behalf of man who was tortured to death by police

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 06:00pm by He Huifeng

    ... had used torture to get a confession from a drug trafficking suspect surnamed Zhai and three of his friends. According to Zhai’s statement to police, he was in intense pain and screamed ... electricity by cranking an old-fashioned telephone, according to the report. When prosecutors investigated Zhai’s case, they found another suspected drug trafficker had died during an interrogation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1598039/lawsuit-filed-behalf-man-who-was-tortured-death-police
  6. Business - Companies - PHARMACEUTICALS

    Roche head says risks key to success

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by Reuters

    ... Schwan likes to crack open the champagne with his drug research teams at the end of a big project- especially when they fail. As the boss of one of the world's most successful pharmaceutical ... a failed experiment are an important component of Schwan's drive to encourage risk-taking in an intrinsically risky business, where nine out of 10 potential new drugs turn out to be flops. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1596347/roche-head-says-risks-key-success
  7. News - China - CORRUPTION

    GlaxoSmithKline hit with record 3b yuan fine for bribing Chinese doctors

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:51pm by Keira Lu Huang, Daniel Ren and Agencies

    ... Keira Lu Huang, Daniel Ren and Agencies Drug maker's former China head gets suspended three-year jail term; British firm issues apology GSK slapped with record ¥3b fine for bribing doctors China has imposed a record fine of three billion yuan (HK$3.78 billion) on British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for bribing doctors to use its drugs. Mark Reilly, the former ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1596109/drug-maker-gsk-fined-record-us492-million-over-bribery-case
  8. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    HK woman jailed in US$850,000 New Zealand drug smuggling case

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 03:38am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com HK woman jailed in New Zealand drugs case A Hong Kong woman who tried to smuggle US$850,000 worth of methamphetamine into New Zealand hidden in a statue has been jailed for 10 years by an Auckland court. Ching Ka-po, 25, pleaded guilty to two charges of importing the drug known as Ice. Auckland District Court told her she must serve four years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1561340/hk-woman-jailed-us850000-new-zealand-drug-smuggling-case
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Entertainers pressured to support Xi Jinping's crackdown on 'social ills'

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 03:43am by Cary Huang

    ... a significant war against drugs. In a written statement released on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, Xi called for "forceful action to wipe out drugs ... of the campaign. At least 11 Chinese celebrities from the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong have been detained for drug-related offences. Among the latest are superstar Jackie Chan's son, Jaycee Chan, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580092/entertainers-pressured-support-xi-jinpings-crackdown-social
  10. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Venezuelan diplomat held in Aruba on US drug charges freed

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:39pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Bogota, Colombia Aruba releases diplomat held on US drug charges Aruba has released a former Venezuelan spy chief who was detained on US drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home. A US State Department official said Washington had made a "legitimate request" for the arrest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561245/venezuelan-diplomat-held-aruba-us-drug-charges-freed

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