Rugby stars charged in Paris over cocaine

The pair were arrested outside a nightclub near the Champs Elysees on Saturday and spent a night in jail.

Williams, 35, will appear in court at a later date having accepted a charge of buying cocaine, judicial sources say.

O'Connor, 26, faces a charge of possession. They were found with 2.4 grams of the drug.

Police, quoted by AFP, alleged Williams was seen in a car with two suspected drug dealers. O'Connor was allegedly spotted outside the car acting as a lookout.

Williams plays for the French team Racing 92 and O'Connor is at Toulon.

Australian police seize more than a ton of cocaine in record-breaking bust

The December 25 bust, along with a seizure of 1336 pounds (606 kilograms) of cocaine from the same syndicate earlier this year, was worth about $259 million (AUD$360 million) and is Australia's largest ever haul from a single cartel.

Police said it was among their ten largest seizures ever.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Okesi, was a joint effort between Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police and Australia's Border Force.

Ben Barba's first cocaine strike fell on 2015 Mad Monday

However, a number of revelations have surfaced in recent days in relation to Barba’s past indiscretions in testing positive to cocaine. 

In fact, according to The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield, the timing of Barba’s first positive test for cocaine in 2015 is almost unbelievable. 

Mad Monday, 2015 was Barba’s first brush with the recreational drug, with the Sharks informed a number of months later that their star fullback had received a strike for using the drug at the team’s end of season celebrations. 

Former Colombia international caught smuggling cocaine in his underwear

The ex-Atletico Nacional man, 46, was apprehended in Medellin's Jose Cordova Airport while trying to board a plane for Madrid. 

Osorio allegedly had 1.145 kilos of the narcotic stuffed in his underwear when he was intercepted by security at the airport, with an estimated street value of £40,000.

The former defender had also been held in Miami for cocaine possession in 2002, and had been released on bail.

When questioned Osorio, who made 17 appearances for Colombia, said he was "trying to pay off a debt" and was later released pending charges by a judge in Rionegro.

Bikinis, selfies and $23M cocaine

Melina Roberge, 23, and Isabelle Lagacé, 28 -- as well as a third Canadian, 63-year-old Andre Tamine, who could also face a life sentence -- were refused bail this week, a source close to the case told CNN.

The three have been charged with importing drugs of a commercial volume into the country, Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

The haul reportedly has a street value of around AUD$30 million ($23 million), and police told CNN affiliate Channel 7 that the seizure was Australia's biggest-ever drug bust through a "passenger stream."

Colombia destroys cocaine labs in jungle region

Officials say the raids are part of a new strategy to target producers and traffickers rather than poor farmers who grow the coca plant.

The raids took place where Farc rebels have been operating. Their leaders have denied involvement in the drug trade.

Police said the labs could produce around 100 tons of cocaine a year.

"This is a structural blow to the finances of drug-trafficking," anti-drug police director General Jose Angel Mendoza told Reuters news agency.

2 die in Mexico crash, car's air bag replaced with cocaine

The passenger-side air bag compartment was apparently being used to smuggle 55 pounds (25 kilos) of cocaine. The driver's air bag apparently did deploy.

Federal police said they recovered 23 packages of the drug from the car after it crashed in the town of San Fernando in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.

Emergency personnel took the two occupants of the car to a hospital, where they died of their injuries.


Colombia seizes 2 metric tons of cocaine on Mexico flights

Police in Bogota's El Dorado airport were tipped off when a drug-sniffing dog detected the narcotics hidden in 48 boxes of a 1-metric ton cargo shipment bound for a company in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Authorities alerted their Mexican counterparts, who then found a similar amount sent a few hours earlier on a flight to Mexico City.

Colombia is the largest supplier of cocaine to the U.S. and much of the narcotic lands on American streets through Mexican drug cartels.

Cocaine seizures skyrocket off Latin America's Pacific coast

This was reported by officials on Monday.

The agency has seized 119,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1.8 billion so far this year, Adm. Paul Zukunft said before crews used a crane to move dozens of massive drug bundles off a Coast Guard vessel in San Diego.