A Czech national with more than five kilograms of cocaine in his luggage
was arrested at the airport near Montevideo, in Uruguay on Friday, local
media reported citing Uruguayan Interior Ministry sources.
The man is reported to have spent three days in the country and intended to board a flight to Hong Kong. The man is in custody, awaiting interrogation.
Three men of Vietnamese origin received sentences between 9 to 10 years in
jail from a court in Plzeň on Wednesday, the news site Novinky reports.
Court spokeswoman Lucie Jíchová told Novinky that they were part of an
organised crime group which, posing as a company called Alchema 3000, sold
chemicals to methamphetamine produces across the country.
The three men, who were arrested in 2017, appealed the decision on the spot. They claim that they were merely company employees selling legal chemicals and that it was not their problem whose hands they ended up in.
Police are monitoring a techno party in Čížkov, near the west Bohemian
town of Pilsen, this weekend. Some 2,000 people are attending the event,
which got underway on Friday night. Police have been dealing only with
minor offences related to transportation and drug abuse, police spokeswoman
told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
This Saturday marks 15 years since an infamous police crack-down on a huge illegal techno music festival, known as Czechtek, which had spilled over onto private property. The intervention left dozens of people injured on both sides.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or party drugs, with marihuana being the most commonly used substance. However it is the illegal production of methamphetamine that remains the most pressing problem in fight against drug abuse, both for the Czech Republic and neighbour states.
The majority of the methamphetamine seized by the Czech police last year was produced by Vietnamese crime gangs. Indeed, almost 70 percent of the illegal drug impounded last year was Vietnamese- produced. Police say cultural differences and the language barrier make it harder to combat these activities.
A young Czech woman has been sentenced by a Pakistani court to eight years
and eight months in prison for drug trafficking, Pakistan's Geo TV
The now 22-year-old, a professional model, was arrested in January last year at the airport of the East Pakistani city of Lahore with several kilograms of heroin in her possession.
She was accused of trying to smuggle the drug to the United Arab Emirates.
Police have charged seven people with illegal production and sale of
marihuana over the internet.
The suspects allegedly produced large quantities of marihuana at eleven plantations in Moravia selling it to people in 75 countries.
The two main organizers, who were in charge of production and sales, may get a jail sentence of up to 12 years.
A Czech non-profit organisation based in Brno has developed a special mobile phone application for drug users and people living on the streets. Called Čára or Line, it will help them find accommodation, food or free needle exchange. The app, reported to be the first of its kind in Europe, has just been launched for a trial run.
The State Institute for Drug Control has urged British pharmaceutical
companies to file for a new export licence to the Czech Republic, according
to its head Irena Storová.
Ms. Storová said that around twenty British companies exporting pharmaceutical products to the Czech Republic had failed to do so, which would present a serious problem post-Brexit and could result in fall-outs on the Czech market.
The issue concerns all EU member states some of which have reportedly made a similar appeal.