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August 2017 – Viet Nam: Synthetic drugs from Asia are fuelling global public health and crime concerns

East and Southeast Asia are at the heart of the global synthetic drug trade, with some drugs manufactured and trafficked in and from the region causing serious public health problems in the region and other parts of the world, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at a high level in Hanoi, Viet Nam, with the ASEAN group of states, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the European Union.

 
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https://www.unodc.org/southeastasiaandpacific/en/vietnam/2017/08/smart-regional-workshop/story.html

 

August 2017 – Vanuatu and Solomon Islands: Data collection and evidence base on synthetic drugs strengthened in the Pacific

A recent UNODC report, "Transnational Organized Crime in the Pacific: A Threat Assessment (TOCTA)", identified the increasing use of the Pacific Islands States and Territories (PIST) as transit points for illicit drugs and precursor trafficking. The report also noted the scarcity of data and information relevant to illicit drugs, and encouraged the PIST to strengthen their capacity to better generate data and information, as a first step to developing evidence-based policies to respond to the increasing flows of illicit drugs and precursor chemicals from neighbouring regions, in particular Asia.

 
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https://www.unodc.org/southeastasiaandpacific/en/2017/08/drugs-smart-workshop-pacific/story.html

 

August 2017 – Australia: Transnational organized crime groups dismantled

In recent years, outlawed motor cycle gangs (OMCGs) play a significant role in the trafficking of crystalline methamphetamine and other illicit drugs into Australia, often in cooperation with chapters of OMCGs established in other countries. On 8 August, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced that they have destroyed two interlinked crime syndicates operating Australia, Dubai and the Netherlands, resulting in the seizure of 1.8 metric tons of MDMA, 136 kg of cocaine together with 15 kg of crystalline methamphetamine. A total of 17 people were arrested.

 
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https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/international-organised-crime-syndicates-dismantled-17-arrested-sydney

 

August 2017 – China: more than 100 kg of meth precursor chemical seized

According to media reports,   Chinese national authorities seized 105.73 kg of ephedrine, a key precursor chemical used for making methamphetamine, in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. A total of 8 suspects were arrested, and further investigation is ongoing.

 

For more information, please see:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-08/10/content_30429129.htm

 

August 2017 – New Zealand: authorities seized large quantities of psychoactive substances

New Zealand national authorities seized large amounts of new psychoactive substances (NPS), including 10 kg of synthetic cannabis, following nationwide raids. The investigation began in June when the New Zealand Customs Service intercepted more than one kg of AMB-Fubinaca and AB-Pinaca, which led to the seizure of another two kgs of AMB-Fubinca together with 11 kg of synthetic cannabis in Rodney District, Auckland. A 48-year-old male was arrested for related offences.

 
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http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/stories/Pages/Police-seize-large-quantity-of-psychoactive-substances-following-nationwide-raids-.aspx