A record number of ecstasy pills have been seized by Moroccan police

Nearly a quarter a million ecstasy pills have been uncovered by Moroccan police, marking a record breaking seizure for the North African country. The 241,319 illicit tablets, which were were discovered on Monday at the Tangiers-Med port. Two people accompanying the shipment were arrested at the scene. Morocco has emerged …

New research says making cocaine legal would boost the economy

Researchers are saying that legalising cocaine and heroin would boost the economy by reducing violence related to drug gangs. Dr Chivers Durham University presented the findings at the Royal Economic Society annual conference, saying murders relating to drug territories in countries such as Mexico bring down the skill premium. This …

Breaking Bad-inspired students made over £800k running dark web drugs ring

FourstudentsfromtheUniversityManchestermadeover£800,000whilstrunningtheirowninternationaldrugsdistributioncentrefromaflatinthecityacrossMay2011toOctober2013. TheywereinspiredbyTVseriesBreakingBadandusedthedarkwebsiteSilkRoadtooperatethebusiness,supplyingecstasy,ketamine,2CBandLSDtocustomersacrossEurope,USA,AustraliaandNewZealand. Whileoperating,thestudentsdidn’tskimponluxuryandtravelledtotheBahamas,AmsterdamandJamaicaforholidays.Onetheindividualsevenboughtaflatandpaidforhisuniversitytuition. ThegroupwerebustedbytheFBIaftertheUSintelligenceagencyshutdownSIlkRoadandseizeditsserversinIceland. PaymentforthedrugswastakeninBitcoin,thecryptocurrencywhichsoaredinvalueby1,000percentin2017,meaningthetotalpritwilllikelybemorevaluablethantheinitialestimation.Thedigitalfortunehasnotyetbeentracedbyprosecutors. ComputersciencestudentJamesRodenandpharmacologystudentJaikishenPatelwerealsoinvolvedinthedrugoperation.GeologystudentElliotHyams,afellowschoolmateAssaf’satDrChalloner’sGrammarinBuckinghamshire,wasinitiallyinvolved,untilAssaf”lostpatience”withhimandcuthimoutthegroup.MarketingstudentJoshuaMorganhadminorinvolvement,occasionallypackagingandsendingoutdrugparcels. Hyams’barristerJamesPickupQCaccusedAssafexploitinghisschoolfriend,whohesaidhadsufferedbullyingatschoolandwas”naive”and”weakwilled”.

​Amsterdam’s wastewater contains the most ecstasy in Europe

A new study has found that Amsterdam’s wastewater contains the most ecstasy residuals in Europe. The recent was conducted by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction testing wastewater in 56 European cities in 19 countries in order “to explore the drug-taking habits those who live in them. …

Warnings have been made about blue 'Punisher' ecstasy pills

Dorset Police have issued a warning about blue ecstasy pills pressed with the skull face Marvel film The Punisher. The South Western Ambulance Service told the police that two people had to be treated in Bournemouth after suffering “serious side-effects”, according to . It’s said one those treated experienced convulsions …