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Hong Kong must continue cross-border co-operation on narcotics

Australian Federal Police seized drugs from a crime syndicate operating across South East Asia. Photo: AFP

One of the challenges to anti-drug authorities posed by the growing trade in methamphetamines is that they are easily produced in small, widely dispersed laboratories, so it is difficult to cut off at source. This has attracted international drug syndicates to the highly profitable logistics of getting large consignments together for shipment to markets in rich countries. To intercept these shipments and make arrests before distribution, narcotics agents need high-grade intelligence - and they need to share it across borders.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 3:55am

Myanmar delays 'drugs-free' target by 5 years

Poppy plants from a destroyed field in Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar has extended by five years its deadline to eliminate drug production within its borders, a senior official said yesterday, as the nation struggles to stem a growing narcotics crisis.

7 May 2013 - 1:58am

Drug dealers selling more to ESF school students in Hong Kong: police

Drug dealers selling more to ESF school students in Hong Kong: police

Police have warned of "an alarming increase" in drug dealers who sell to schoolchildren - in particular, those at English School Foundation (ESF) schools.

16 Apr 2013 - 12:34am 11 comments

113 held in biggest-ever crackdown on triad drug gangs

Ireland's police force said officers arrested 113 suspected drug dealers and seized five marijuana growing facilities in the nation's biggest crackdown on triad drug-trafficking gangs, including Hong Kong's notorious Wo Shing Wo.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Steamroller yields A$237m China drugs haul

One of the sports bags seized during the raid. Photo: AP

Australian police said yesterday they had seized cocaine and methamphetamine worth A$237 million (HK$1.9 billion) shipped from China and hidden in a steamroller.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Israeli company trains mice to detect drugs and explosives

Developers, Eran Lumbroso (right) and Israel Alva from the Bio Explorers Company with their detector mice. Photo: AFP

An Israeli company is aiming to revolutionise the way explosives, narcotics and even money are detected at airports, docks and border crossings with the help of specially trained covert agents.

But these are not just any regular agents. They are mice, which are being used as sniffer animals for the first time

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

Opium cultivation surges in Laos and Myanmar amid drug boom in Asia

Cultivation of opium is on the rise in Shan state, Myanmar. Photo: AP

Opium cultivation in Southeast Asia has doubled over the last six years as growing demand for heroin in China and the rest of Asia lures more farmers to grow poppies, the UN said yesterday.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:20am

Afghan police burn 24 tonnes of narcotics on outskirts of Kabul

Afghan counternarcotics police poured petrol on more than 24 tonnes of narcotics and other illegal substances, then set the pile ablaze on the outskirts of Kabul, officials said.

Afghan authorities said the drugs, drug-making chemicals and alcohol were seized in and around the capital during the past nine months.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am