All About Synthetic Drugs

FEATURED / 21 JUN 2019

Mexico crime groups are targeting Australia, where high methamphetamine prices are attracting traffickers willing to negotiate the long and difficult journey with other syndicates.

ARGENTINA / 12 JUN 2019

The seizure of a rocking horse stuffed with a large quantity of methamphetamine traveling from Belgium to Argentina has exposed yet more evidence of the…

CHILE / 6 JUN 2019

The dismantling of a laboratory in Chile used to synthesize the hallucinogenic drug DMT shows that an ever-widening range of psychoactive drugs is in high demand in wealthy Latin countries.

COSTA RICA / 2 MAY 2019

A bumper seizure of ketamine bottles in Costa Rica shows evidence that the Central American Country is seeing growth and diversification of its internal synthetic drug market. …

COLOMBIA / 3 DEC 2018

Colombia authorities have dismantled a network of traffickers who hid the synthetic drug ketamine inside superhero figurines on their way to the United States, China and other countries.

ARGENTINA / 28 JUL 2016

Authorities in Argentina seized a massive 80-ton shipment of precursor chemicals used to make cocaine just meters from the Bolivian border, highlighting the nation's importance as a supplier in the…

COLOMBIA / 30 APR 2015

Authorities in Colombia and the United States have broken up a synthetic drug trafficking network that reportedly supplied six countries in the region, indicating transnational criminal groups are beginning to…

ARGENTINA / 6 MAR 2013

Latin American criminal organizations are relying on increasingly innovative ways to get the chemicals needed for drug production as a result of successful crack downs on the precursor chemical trade, according to…

HONDURAS / 26 NOV 2012

Honduran officials dismantled a network involved in synthetic drug production that is reportedly linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, seizing some $100 million in assets.

GUATEMALA / 31 AUG 2012

So far in 2012 Guatemala has seized 22 percent more chemicals used to produce drugs than in the same period the previous year, highlighting the country's growing status as a…

CHILE / 31 MAY 2012

Synthetic drugs like the one that reportedly sparked a vicious attack by the infamous “Miami cannibal” are becoming increasingly popular in Latin America, as production of drugs like cocaine falls.

GUATEMALA / 13 JAN 2012

In an indication that Guatemala lacks the resources to deal with the tide of drug precursor chemicals entering the country, the US Embassy has warned its citizens not to travel…

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