“Mum said ‘You’re going to get caught soon. You can’t carry on like this’”

Comment: Joints and all-night benders – Ronnie O'Sullivan’s wasted tales reek of teenage desperation

'Mum said "You’re going to get caught soon. You can’t carry on like this"'

A woman sells coca leaves in La Paz, Bolivia, where the plant has traditionally had medicinal purposes

Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told

Coca can treat muscle pain and could provide income for impoverished farmers, says study

Officers of the new National Crime Agency participating in a training exercise

Volunteers top most wanted list for 'Britain's FBI' as National Crime Agency is launched

Britain's elite new police force launches today with appeal for private sector to fill its skills gap

Curtis Warren is thought to have netted tens of millions of pounds from drug smuggling

Notorious drugs baron Curtis Warren freed – but faces ban on using phone boxes

Trafficker accepts court restrictions because he wants ‘a quiet life’

Book review: The Silence of the Wave, By Gianrico Carofiglio, trans. Howard Curtis

A former anti-gang prosecutor takes his crime fiction down into an even darker place

Tough justice, tough love: Burglary plot criminal told he's not allowed romantic relationships as part of probation deal

‘You need to focus on yourself’ are words more likely found in a newspaper’s agony aunt column than a court room.

Switzerland has decriminalised marijuana possession

Switzerland changes law to decriminalise marijuana possession

Anyone caught with up to 10 grams of the drug will be let off with a CHF 100 (£68) fine and it will not go on their criminal record

Jay Z knows about budgets - he was a drug dealer: celebrity advice on narcotics

From Charlie Sheen to Lance Armstrong, what have the rich and famous told us?

The News Matrix: Thursday 3 October 2013

Honours for Dark Knight composer

Silk Road comes to an end: Dread Pirate Roberts arrested, millions of bitcoins seized

Ross Ulbricht, 29, was said to have had  £2.1m in his account in  July from commissions

Melissa Reid (R) and Michaella McCollum Connolly are escorted by police at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao

Peru 'drug mules' Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid could face six-month investigation if their guilty pleas are not accepted

Women hope admissions of guilt will bring their jail time down to six years and eight months

Phillip Simelane admitted the manslaughter of Christina Edkins

Judge dismayed at lack of medical help for paranoid-schizophrenic as Phillip Simelane admits manslaughter over Birmingham bus stabbing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins

23-year-old was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after random attack with 12-inch kitchen knife

Illegal drugs are now purer and cheaper to buy globally than they have been at any time in the last 20 years, a new report has warned.

Have we lost the war on drugs? Heroin, cocaine and cannabis now cheaper and purer globally than 'at any time in last 20 years'

New report says is time to consider drug use a public health issue rather than one of criminal justice

Decriminalise drugs - even the police agree

The case for reforming Britain’s draconian but ineffective drugs laws is a robust one

A drug addict smoking a crack pipe

Home Office: Drugs must remain illegal to 'protect society'

Government clashes with one of England's leading police officers who says Class A drugs should be decriminalised

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee