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…

CRIMJUST and the UNODC launch the second issue of the series Cocaine Insights

While the first issue of the “Cocaine Insights” series focused on the trade of cocaine, the trends, and the evolving market, the second issue concentrates on the variety of cocaine products available. As cocaine presents an important health and security risk for Europe and globally, it is important to understand the ways coca is cultivated,…

News briefing week of 4 October

04/10 Police across EU arrest 330 organized crime suspects. Spanish authorities coordinated a Europe-wide operation that targeted several transnational organized crime groups and resulted in 330 arrests and dozens of new investigations into drug smuggling and illegal firearms trafficking. International police bodies, such as Interpol and Europol, facilitated intelligence sharing for the operation that involved…

News briefing week of 27 September

27/09 U.S. Coast Guard crews stopped a speedboat off the Dominican Republic that the agency said was hauling around 250 kilos with a wholesale value of about $7.5 million. 27/09 World Bank: Global illegal tobacco trade estimated at $50 billion annually, global counterfeit trade to reach $4 trillion by 2022. 27/09 Law enforcement agencies from…