Latest news on synthetic drugs - December 2017

December 2017 – Singapore: Clandestine synthetic drug laboratory dismantled

According to a press release issued by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) of Singapore, a suspected synthetic cannabis manufacturing facility was dismantled in the vicinity of Yishun Industrial Street 1 on 6 December 2017. Two Singaporean males were arrested at the scene, and a total of 2.6 kg of synthetic cannabis and 500 g of unknown powdery substance were seized. Singapore has not reported any seizure of drug laboratory in recent years prior to this case.

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December 2017 – Australia: Largest methamphetamine seizure in history

Australian national authorities seized 1.2 metric tons (mt) of methamphetamine on the west coast of the country, and eight men were charged as a result. The seized amount was recorded as the largest, surpassing the previous seizure of the drug with 903 kg, reported early 2017. The drug was transported by sea but the embarkation point of the seized drug is unknown.

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December 2017 UNODC : Heads of Asian law enforcement gather in Bangkok to address regional drug challenges

The 41st meeting of the Heads of Narcotic Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA) for Asia and the Pacific has started in Bangkok to discuss issues of drug production, supply, and use. Set to run for four days, the conference brings together senior law enforcement, public security, United Nations and partner organization officials to assess the situation and discuss associated strategies and operational responses, and to consider progress implementing the recommendations of the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem or UNGASS.

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