A man from Pakistan was arrested in Indonesia while he was attempting to smuggling packs of heroin to Thailand. When arrested at the airport, the man had 767 capsules in his stomach that contained 966 grams of heroin.
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According to security forces, the man reportedly stated that he was paid $15,000 to swallow the capsules and transport it from Indonesia to Thailand.
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Source: “Drug smuggling ‘controlled from Thailand’,” Jakarta Post, March 7, 2014.
Intelligence agencies estimate that up to 15,000 hectares land across Jamaica is dedicated to the growing of marijuana. The plant is grown in all 14 parishes of the country in areas that are hidden from the general public. Many of the grow operations take place in small plots scattered across mountain areas.
According to the US State Department’s 2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Jamaica is the top Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the United States and other Caribbean countries.
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In 2013, security forces in Jamaica eradicated 247 hectares of marijuana fields, destroyed 1.9 million cannabis seedlings, and seized 285 kilograms of seeds. Back in 2012, 711 hectares were eradicated, 2.5 million seedlings were destroyed and 785 kilograms of seeds were destroyed.
Source: “Jamaica largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the US, report says,” Jamaica Observer, March 4, 2014.
According to a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, most people in the United States who are addicted to prescription drugs receive the drugs from doctors or friends and relatives for free and not from drug dealers.
Over 25 percent of people who abused painkillers daily said that they had received the pills from one or more physicians, a practice commonly called “doctor shopping.” Roughly the same amount of people reported that they received painkillers from their friends and family, and got the drugs for free.
15 percent of frequent prescription drug abusers stated that they bought the pills on the black market.
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Around 12 million people in the United States used a prescription opioid painkiller such as OxyContin or Vicodin each year.
Source: Lindsey Tanner, “Friends common source of abused prescription meds,” Associated Press, March 3, 2014.
According to data released by security services, India is a main supplier of illegal narcotics to countries in South Asia.
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reported that drugs and ingredients from India’s pharmaceutical industry is diverted to the black market. The illicit pharmaceutical pills are either trafficked domestically or smuggled on to the global black market.
In addition to prescription drugs, India provides most of the heroin that is consumed in Bangladesh. Most of the cannabis that is consumed in Bangladesh and Nepal is also produced in India and smuggled across the border.
Most of the ephedrine and pseudoephedrine uses to make meth in Myanmar is believed to have originated from India as well.
The rate of opium seizures in India has grown in the last three years. In 2009, security forces seized about 1.7 tonnes of opium in India. In 2012, over 3 tonnes of opium was seized.
14 kilograms of cocaine was seized in India in 2011. In 2012, the amount of cocaine seized tripled to 42 kilograms.
Source: “Prescription drug abuse growing in India: UN report,” Indian Express, March 5, 2014.
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According to our reader, marijuana is sold for $15.56 to $18.67 (100 to 120 Swedish Krona). The marijuana is available for sale in bags filled with 4 to 5 grams of marijuana. The 4 gram bags are sold for 500 Krona ($77.80), and the 5 gram bags for 600 Krona ($93.36).
Back around 2005 or 2008, the price of marijuana in Stockholm increased from 500 Krona per gram to 600 Krona per gram.
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Source: User Submitted Data, received by Havocscope on February 27, 2014.
In 2013, security services at Narita International Airport in Japan seized 270 kilograms of illegal drugs. The amount of drugs seized was the highest amount recorded since the airport opened in 1978.
The illegal drugs were seized in 82 cases of drug smuggling. In 12 of the cases, the drugs were being smuggled into Japan from flights originating from India. Following India, the next country of origin was China, where 9 people were arrested with narcotics, followed by Hong Kong with 5 people being arrested.
The amount of illegal drugs seized at Narita Airport in 2013 had a street value of $184 Million (18.8 Billion Japanese Yen).
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Source: Julian Ryall, “Japanese drug smugglers use online shoppers as mules,” South China Morning Post, March 1, 2014.
Based on media reports from 2014, the latest available figures on the number of overdose deaths in the United States from heroin and prescription drugs abuse is as follows:
In 2010, there were 13,652 deaths from overdosing on prescription drugs in the United States. The number of deaths from overdosing on prescription drugs was more than triple the deaths reported in 1999.
For heroin, there were 2,789 deaths caused by overdosing on heroin in 2010.
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Source: Andrew Blankstein, “Heroin Overdose ‘Cure’ Exists, But Can Users Find It?,” NBC News, February 19, 2014.
The following is the top ten states that had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths based on 100,000 people.
The data was collected by the National Center for Health Statistics and the WONDER Online Database. The data is based on deaths in 2010.
1. West Virginia (28.9 deaths per 100,000 people.)
2. New Mexico (23.8)
3. Kentucky (23.6)
4. Nevada (20.7)
5. Oklahoma (19.4)
6. Arizona (17.5)
7. Missouri (17)
8. (tie) Tennessee and Utah (16.9)
10. Delaware (16.6)
Source: Michael Ollove, “States combat alarming drug overdose deaths,” USA Today, February 20, 2014.
According to police estimates, sales of illegal drugs in Goa, India is worth $950 Million a year.
The types of drugs sold in the Western state includes all major drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Drug trafficking in the popular tourist areas were previously controlled by organized crime gangs with members from Britain, Israel, Russia, as well as domestic Indian gangs.
Since 2009, security intelligence and arrests have shown that there have been an increase in trafficking gangs from Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2013, police in Goa arrested 189 Nigerians for crimes such as drug trafficking or lacking proper visas and travel documents. Roughly 40 percent of all foreigners arrested for trafficking illegal drugs in Goa was from Nigeria.
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Source: Rama Lakshmi, “Tourism crisis on India’s ‘cocaine coast’,” Toronto Star, February 15, 2014.
According to intelligence released by law enforcement agencies in Montana, a gram of meth sold on the streets of Montana goes for $187 per gram on average.
The state has seen an increase in the amount of meth being seized by police. In 2011, security forces seized 818 grams in Helena, Montana. In the first month of 2014, over 828 grams of meth has been seized.
In 2012, a total of $128,000 worth of meth has seized by the Helena Police Department during the entire year. In the first month of 2014, $150,000 worth of meth was seized.
An estimated 50 percent of prison inmates in the state are serving time for meth-related cries. The cost to house these inmates costs the Montana Government $60 Million a year. Nearly 20 percent of adults in drug treatment centers are addicted to methamphetamine. The drug rehab program in Montana costs the state around $6 Million a year.
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Source: Melissa Anderson, “The cost of meth in Montana,” KAJ18, February 13, 2014.