Month: November 2021

El Chapo’s Wife Emma Coronel Was Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

This is a developing story. Please refresh for updates. Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera became infamous for daring jailbreaks in Mexico only to end up serving life in prison in the United States. Now his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, has managed to avoid a similar fate. The 32-year-old Coronel was sentenced Tuesday

New Zealand Becomes First Country in the World To Fully Legalise Drug Checking

New Zealand has become the first country in the world to permanently legalise drug checking services, which will allow individuals to test the safety of illicit substances at festivals and other locations without the fear of legal repercussions. The new legislation replaces a previous law, introduced on a trial basis 12 months earlier, that legalised

We Spoke to the Unlucky Company With the Same Name as the Investor of Taliban’s Marijuana Center

On Wednesday night, the Twitter account for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI) announced that a foreign company was investing $450 million into setting up a hashish processing factory within the country. The factory – due to launch soon, according to the Twitter account – would manufacture hashish-based medicines and creams and give job opportunities to hundreds

Cops Are Needlessly Scaring People With Fentanyl-Laced Weed Stories

For years, law enforcement has been claiming that dealers are lacing weed with fentanyl, the scariest possibility as synthetic opioids flood the illicit drug supply. Then last week, a public health alert reported a "lab confirmed" case. The problem is the evidence is weak and anecdotal but can still be used to justify the ongoing war

Inside a Booming Black Market for Heroin in the Shadow of the Himalayas

Srinagar, KASHMIR – Javed has been looking over his shoulder more often than he'd like. A 100-strong anti-narcotics police task force was formed in his conflict-ridden state last year. Since then, drug peddlers like him have been busted seemingly every week. But they haven’t arrested Javed yet. Since he was a teenager, he has been

Drug Kingpin El Mencho’s Wife Was Just Arrested in Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Mexican authorities announced the arrest Tuesday of Rosalinda González Valencia, charged with laundering money for the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is led by her husband, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho. The founder and leader of the cartel, known by its Spanish acronym CJNG, El Mencho currently has a $10 million bounty

Did Astroworld Attendees Get Stabbed With Drugs? Not Likely

Drug experts say it’s unlikely that an Astroworld Festival attendee began mass-stabbing people with syringes filled with a mystery drug—a theory bolstered by Houston police, seemingly without evidence. Eight people, including a 14-year-old boy, died Friday at the festival in Houston, which was organized by rapper Travis Scott; Scott was performing as people in the