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2006-04-17 19:24:47

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The United States will give three additional planes to Colombia this year to help its fleet of 21 aircraft already spraying defoliants on plants used to make cocaine, a top U.S. official said on Monday. The planned move follows a report showing an increase in coca crops in the Andean country and a request from Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for more anti-drug assistance. The U.S. government's 2005 survey of Colombia's coca crop found...

2006-03-30 22:44:25

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two men suspected of helping smuggle cocaine to New York from Mexico inside statues of the Virgin Mary were arrested on Thursday, U.S. authorities said. Peter Matheis, 52, and Rafael Serrano, 36, both Mexican nationals, were indicted in New York and Houston respectively on money-laundering and narcotics charges along with six others arrested previously in the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration said. Five 3-foot-tall (1-meter) statues of the Virgin...

2006-03-30 08:15:48

By Linda Hutchinson-Jafar PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Reuters) - More than a dozen gunmen attacked a gas station in Guyana late last month, fired on passing cars, torched a house and machine-gunned the occupants of another. Eight people died in the rampage. Somehow, say police in the jungle-clad Caribbean country, the attack was linked to a high-speed chase between the Guyanese coast guard and a trawler escorted by two speedboats as it carried suspected drugs down the Demerara River....

2005-11-17 17:07:22

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Cocaine is becoming more expensive on U.S. streets in a sign that a $3 billion aid program to Colombia is finally bringing results and reducing illegal drug imports, the White House drugs czar said on Thursday. The price of cocaine on U.S. streets rose by 19 percent from February to September, hitting about $170 per pure gram, according to data published by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Higher prices probably mean...

2005-10-27 18:35:31

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - About 80 right-wing paramilitaries and Marxist rebels died in battle over lucrative cocaine-producing land in western Colombia, a local official said on Thursday, a day after the morning to night gunfight. "There was combat all day, from five in the morning to nine at night. The confrontations left 40 paramilitaries dead and an equal number of guerrillas," Federico Cuellar, a local official in the jungle town of San Jose del Palmar in Choco province told...

2005-10-21 16:13:00

COAST GUARD ISLAND, California (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday it intercepted a record 150 tons of cocaine at sea during the past year, preventing an estimated $9.6 billion of the illegal drug from entering the United States. Displaying 11.5 tons of cocaine seized in three recent interdictions of smuggling boats off the Pacific coasts of Cental America and South America, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Kevin Eldridge vowed to break the 150-ton record, which had topped the 120...

2005-10-13 09:11:21

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have seized 3.5 tonnes of cocaine in a fishing boat bound for Spain from Venezuela after tip-offs from U.S. authorities, a government statement said on Thursday. Smugglers had stowed the drugs in a false bottom of the boat and intended to sell the haul throughout Europe. Police arrested the 10 crew members. Spain's coastline is a favorite entry point for illegal drugs into Europe, particularly the Northwestern Galicia region. Portuguese police in...

2005-10-11 11:25:16

MIAMI (Reuters) - Police from the United States, Spain and Canada said on Tuesday they had dismantled an international drug-smuggling ring and arrested Canada's top drug kingpin in Spain over a shipment of one ton of cocaine. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Miami said four suspects were arrested. The office did not name the leader of the gang, whom it described as "the largest drug trafficker in Canada." It said the collaboration between Spain's Guardia Civil,...

2005-09-19 16:02:25

Researchers believe there could be 46,000 crack cocaine users aged 15-44 in London, suggesting one in every hundred young adult Londoners could be a user. Research published online in the Society for the Study of Addiction, shows how researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Bristol, used statistical modelling to estimate the number of crack cocaine users aged between 15 and 44 across London. Dr Matthew Hickman, from Imperial College London, and an author of the paper,...

2005-09-19 14:20:00

LONDON -- London has a substantial problem with crack cocaine, researchers said on Monday, publishing a study which claimed one in every 100 Londoners aged between 15 and 44 could be using the drug. Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Bristol published research in the Society for the Study of Addiction, which said there could be 46,000, crack cocaine users in that age group. "Although crack cocaine use has been a cause for concern in many countries since the 1980s,...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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