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.
The number of drug overdoses has been rising steadily along with the use of
opioids, according to the latest annual report by the National Monitoring
Centre for Drugs and Addiction. Last year, 42 people died from drug
overdoses, up from 32 the year before, it says.
Meanwhile, large-scale production of a form of crystal meth known locally as pervitin has moved from the Czech Republic to Poland, but also to Germany and the Netherlands, according to the annual drug report.
The centre also notes a rise in addiction to opioids prescribed for relieving chronic pain. It estimates there are now 35,000 pervitin addicts and 13,000 people addicted to opioids, or about 1,000 more addicts in total.
Czech police say a criminal gang based in Karviná, near the Polish border,
over the past two years sold an astounding 163 kilos of crystal meth, known
locally as Pervitin.
The street value of the drug could have been between 100 million to 200 million crowns.
Police said last week they arrested seven members of the gang at various locations throughout the country. They had used highly sophisticated methods to avoid their production and distribution networks from being detected.
Customs officers at Prague airport have caught a man carrying around six
kilogrammes of cocaine, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. The non-Czech
national, who is 25, had travelled from Rio de Janeiro via Lisbon. Officers
discovered the drug in a piece of false-bottomed leather luggage.
It is the second case in a short period in which Prague customs officials have uncovered cocaine being smuggled from Brazil.
Czech scientists are preparing for a research trip to the Amazon Forest to
study a hallucinogenic drink used by indigenous South American people,
known as “ayahuasca iowaska” or “yagé” for short.
The Czech team will be led by neuroscientist and leading researcher of psychoactive substances Tomáš Páleníček of the National Institute of Mental Health.
Yagé is used by people in the Amazon River basin in spiritual rituals and is believed to have for the healing properties. Under clinical conditions, its therapeutic effects have been demonstrated on people suffering from depression.
However, the long-term effects of yagé on the brain have not been studied, according to Páleníček.