News briefing – week beginning Monday 11 August

•California Assembly votes  to reduce penalties for the sale of crack cocaine

•South African cabinet minister under investigation for alleged involvement with cocaine-smuggling syndicate

•Argentine Supreme Court Judge announces national rise in drug-trafficking operations

•An international drug-smuggling and money-laundering ring was dismantled in the Dominican Republic

•A 78-year old US doctor was found guilty of drug-trafficking and money laundering charges by a federal jury

• The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency claimed they had dismantled a major narcotics-smuggling group which operated across the border with Ghana

• It was announced this week that China and Vietnam would intensify joint drug interdiction operations along their shared border following recent successes

•Delegates from Peru and Chile met in the Peruvian city of Tacna in order to discuss joint solutions to the cocaine-trafficking problem faced by both countries

•Vietnam sentenced six convicted drug traffickers to death