News President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto

Militia groups have grown in size and scope since Enrique Pena-Nieto was sworn in

5.7m smuggled cigarettes found hidden in lorry meant to be carrying children's play equipment

More than 5.7 million smuggled cigarettes have been found by Border Force officers in a lorry that was meant to be carrying children's play equipment.

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Man's body found in Lancashire after 2005 murder

Police have found a body in the hunt for a man whose disappearance seven years ago resulted in his girlfriend's ex-husband being jailed for murder.

Mexico says marijuana legalization could change anti-drug strategies

Mexico says marijuana legalization could change anti-drug strategies

The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has left President-elect Enrique Pea Nieto and his team scrambling to reformulate their anti-drug strategies in light of what one senior aide said was a referendum that "changes the rules of the game."

Man who hid 14 million cigarettes in refrigerated lorries carrying fruit and vegetables is jailed

A freight distribution manager who hid more than 14 million cigarettes in refrigerated lorries carrying fruit and vegetables, to evade an estimated £2.5 million in duty and VAT, has been jailed, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Dirty bomb terror threat breakthrough: British scientists build machine to detect smuggling of nuclear materials

Technology expected to be rolled out across Britain's ports and airport as part of the UK's secret Cyclamen nuclear monitoring system

Bolivian journalist set alight while on air

A Bolivian radio journalist has been attacked while presenting his radio show in the city of Yacuiba, Bolivia.

Jailed for 20 years: The slave trader in Britain who sold women around Europe for sex under the spell of his 'juju' witchcraft

A sex trafficker who used African witchcraft rituals to silence young girls smuggled into Britain to be sold on as prostitutes has been jailed for 20 years.

Two held after £6.8m cocaine seized

Two men have been arrested after Border Force officers seized cocaine with a street value of £6.8 million on a lorry at a UK ferryport.

Plantains used in cocaine smuggling bid, reveals UK Border Force

Smugglers stuffed cocaine worth £750,000 into hollowed out plantains in a consignment of fruit and vegetables, the UK Border Force said today.

Florist jailed for smuggling £23.5m worth of cocaine in flower boxes

A florist owner who tried to smuggle cocaine worth £23.5 million into the country in boxes of flowers has been jailed for 18 years.

Anti-drugs police in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio Park

Cartels take cover in Costa Rica

With military crackdowns elsewhere, drug smugglers shift operations to the Central American country's vast national parks

UK's 20 'most wanted' tax fugitives named

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has taken a leaf out of the FBI's book, publishing the details of Britain's "most wanted" tax fugitives.

Pregnant woman seeks bail

Lawyers for a heavily pregnant British woman will plead tomorrow for her to be released from a Pakistani jail.

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