Month: January 2021

Drug Cartels Used Australian Banks to Launder $380m

Photos by Getty, Bloomberg / Contributor (L) and ORLANDO SIERRA / Stringer (R) A number of Australian banks inadvertently washed $383 million (AU$500 million) for Latin American drug cartels between 2014 and 2017, in a sophisticated transnational money-laundering scheme. Profits from drugs sold in North America were transferred to bank accounts in south-east Asia, before being laundered through multiple

‘Asia’s El Chapo’, One of the World’s Most Wanted Men, Has Been Arrested

Photos by Getty,  Choochart Choochaikupt / EyeEm (L) and ANTHONY WALLACE / Contributor (R) Tse Chi Lop, one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives and a man who’s been described as “Asia’s El Chapo”, was arrested in Amsterdam on Friday. The 57-year-old, Chinese-born Canadian national is alleged to have headed up an international drug syndicate known as “The Company” or

2 Sentences and an Exit Scam: It’s Been a Big Week on the Dark Web

Yellow Brick Market disappeared from the darknet just days after DarkMarket A lot’s happened in the world of the dark web over the past 10 days. Last Monday, authorities shut down DarkMarket, a website that was described as “probably the largest illegal marketplace on the Darknet”, following the arrest of its primary operator in Germany.

A Promising Meth Addiction Treatment Uses Two Widely Available Medications

Navinpeep via Getty Images A study published today in the January issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a cocktail of two widely available drugs may be effective as a chemical treatment for methamphetamine use disorder. While the results of the study don’t suggest a cure-all, the combined medications could be a

Inside a Massive, Illicit Peyote Ceremony During Mexico’s COVID Lockdown

TEOTIHUACÁN, Mexico —  On December 18, Mexico City and neighboring Mexico State entered a weeks-long coronavirus lockdown for the first time since the spring. The next evening, I hid in a sleeping bag surrounded by people vomiting in a small park near the famed Teotihuacán pyramids outside the capital, as dozens consumed the psychedelic peyote

A Deadly ‘Ketamine Cocktail’ Is Causing Overdoses on the Streets of Bangkok

A Thai policeman from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau guards some of the 25 tons of narcotics confiscated from court cases to be incinerated to mark the United Nations’ “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” at the Bang Pa-In industrial estate in Ayutthaya on June 26, 2020. Photo:Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP Thai police are

A Guy Tried Mainlining Shrooms. Then They Grew in His Blood

A man who injected magic mushroom tea ended up in intensive care after developing a life-threatening outbreak of fungi growing in his blood. In a case report released this week, a team of doctors and medical students from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix describe an incident in which a 30-year-old man with