Month: November 2020

Thailand Admits Historic Ketamine Bust May Not Be So Historic After All

THAI AUTHORITIES CONFISCATED 11.5 TONS OF KETAMINE WORTH NEARLY $1 BILLION ON NOV. 12 IN A WAREHOUSE OUTSIDE BANGKOK. PHOTO SUPPLIED Thai narcotics officials are scrambling to test hundreds of sacks of powder after prematurely hailing the seizure as the country’s biggest ever bust but which initial checks revealed to contain legal chemicals, including for

Police Arrested 100 White Supremacists And Seized a Bunch of Their Drugs and Guns

An 11-month-long investigation by federal and local law enforcement has resulted in more than 100 arrests and disrupted a notorious white supremacist gang operation responsible for terrorizing people in four states and the California prison system. The gang, known as the “Fresnecks,” is accused of working with incarcerated members of the Aryan Brotherhood to commit

How to Get Through This Tough Winter Without Leaning on Drugs and Alcohol

Illustration by Hunter French “Happy” “Holidays” 2020 is a series about feeling connected and vaguely festive during the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no real way around it: This year has been terrifying and exhausting and generally horrible, to the extent that there’s almost no solace in the fact that it’s ending. To top it all off,

Mexico Threatened to Kick Out the DEA to Get US Charges Dropped Against Former Top General

President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (R) and Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda watch the annual military parade at Zocalo main square, in Mexico City, Mexico on September 16, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) The Mexican government threatened to kick out the DEA and limit cooperation with the U.S. on international narcotics investigations

Thailand Seizes $1 Billion Worth of Ketamine in Record Haul

Thai authorities confiscated 11.5 tons of ketamine worth nearly $1 billion on Thursday, Nov. 12 in a warehouse outside Bangkok. Photo courtesy of UNODC Thailand has seized nearly $1 billion worth of ketamine pills in hundreds of sacks weighing 11.5 tons in a record-shattering bust, authorities said. Pictures of the haul posted Thursday evening showed

Even in a Pandemic, Goa Raves on

Amira Pednekar*, a 23-year-old writer from the western Indian state of Goa was one of 30 odd people who queued up to get into a Halloween party. It was around 3 a.m. on a Saturday night, last month.  Before coming to the club, she had popped half a pill of ecstasy. As she felt the high

Oregon Just Voted to Decriminalize Heroin, Cocaine, and Meth

Whatever happens with the rest of the 2020 election, the state of Oregon made history on Tuesday by decriminalizing possession of all illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and meth.  Oregon’s Measure 110 — the first state law of its kind in the United States — won with support from an emphatic 59% majority of voters.

People Are Using Ketamine at Home to Escape Their Pandemic Reality

Illustration by Richard A. Chance As most of America shut down earlier this year, people suddenly found themselves sitting at home, bored as hell and wondering what to do. For Masha, a 30-something journalist in New York City whose name has been changed for her privacy, that meant starting to use ketamine for the first