News briefing week of 15 November

15/11 Narcotics trafficker extradited from Colombia to face international cocaine distribution charges. Fabian Emilio Zapata Taborda is allegedly responsible for supplying cocaine to the Clan del Golfo and other drug trafficking organizations. 16/11 Italian police break up drug smuggling ring tied to Calabria mob. Over 100 people were arrested in Italy as members of a…

News briefing week of 08 November

08/11 Gold, diamonds and drugs: Portuguese peacekeepers suspected of smuggling. Portuguese police have clamped down on a crime ring that allegedly involved the country’s U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) using military planes to smuggle gold, diamonds and drugs, authorities said on Monday. According to Portuguese police, the “criminal network” had international links…

News briefing week of 01 November

01/11 Customs officials made the largest drug bust of 2021 at the Port of Rotterdam as 4,178 kilos of cocaine was seized in the Netherlands. According to a statement published by the Public Prosecution Service in Rotterdam on Sunday, customs officials found the drugs in two containers from Paraguay, which were loaded onto another ship…

COLIBRI holds 4th expert coordination meeting

COLIBRI’s 4th expert coordination meeting was held in Brussels from October 25 to 29, 2021. The first in-person meeting after the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic brought together 25 experts from 3 continents. In the meeting, members from the French National Gendarmerie, as well as experts from the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre- Narcotics (MAOC-N),…

News briefing week of 25 October

26/10 Criminal group behind €45 million money laundering scheme dismantled in Spain. On 6 October 2021, 5 suspects were arrested in the Spanish province of Valencia for allegedly belonging to a criminal organisation that had laundered more than €45 million in Spain. This operation was carried out by the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), together…

SEACOP contributes to seizure of 2 tons of cocaine in Dakar

The Joint Unit for the Control of Containers and Vessels (Unité Mixte de Contrôle des Conteneurs et des Navires-UMCCN) in Dakar (Senegal) intervened on 18 October to carry out a search on the yacht “La Rosa” in the port of Dakar. The UMCCN trained in ship searches by the SEACOP project found a hideout behind…

News briefing week of 18 October

18/10 Morocco police seize over one tonne of cocaine in Tangier port -statement. The ship departed from Brazil and was heading to the ports of Antwerp in Belgium and Portbury in the UK, the police said in a statement. 19/10 Senegal seizes record 2 tonnes of cocaine off Atlantic coast. The 2,026 kilos of cocaine…

News briefing week of 11 October

14/10 Nigerian navy intercepts vessel, arrest 22 over cocaine trafficking. 22 Thai seafarers were arrested over alleged attempt to traffic 32.9kg of cocaine from Brazil into the shores of Nigeria. 14/10 Customs officers seized a total of 1,182 kilograms of cocaine in two different containers on the same ship at the port of Rotterdam. The…

AIRCOP holds its 7th Global Meeting- Special attention given to women in AIRCOP

AIRCOP held its 7th Global Meeting from 4 to 7 October 2021. More than 200 participants from over 40 countries, came together to discuss past successes and future challenges. The meeting highlighted AIRCOP’s achievements and results, with cocaine seizures, for example, amounting to more than 10 tons.     Regional and international communication, cooperation, and…