ENACT Seminar – Central Africa: a growing hotspot for organised crime

On 26 July, GIFP component ENACT organised a seminar focusing on Central Africa as a growing hotspot for organised crime. Bringing together partners from ENACT, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, INTERPOL, and the Central African Police Chiefs Committee, the seminar explored organised crime drivers in Central Africa, the factors responsible for low resilience,…

Launch of CRIMJUST’s Cocaine Insights 4 – Brazil in the regional and transatlantic cocaine supply chain: The impact of COVID-19

The publication series “Cocaine Insights” has been developed by UNODC in the framework of CRIMJUST. On 19 July 2022, the fourth issue of the series was launched, examining Brazil’s role in the regional and transatlantic cocaine supply chain, and the impact of COVID-19. Through its research, CRIMJUST aims at providing a better understanding of the…

News Brief – Week 18 July

18/07 – Red-hot demand for ipê wood coincides with deforestation hubs in Brazil. The highest rates of illegal exploitation of ipê trees are found in areas of the Brazilian Amazon where deforestation is skyrocketing. Increasing domestic consumption and exports have encouraged the felling of these threatened tropical hardwood species, with demand outstripping the authorized supply…

News Brief – Week 11 July

14/07- 514 employers linked to labour infringements identified across the EU. An EU-wide coordinated action week targeting human trafficking for labour exploitation and related offences took place between 15 and 21 June 2022. The action days, supported by Europol, were led by the Netherlands and co-led by France, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom and…

News Briefing – Week of 4 July

4 July – Spanish police seize underwater drug-smuggling drones (video). Police in Spain have broken up a gang that was allegedly building semi-submersible drones, each capable of ferrying up to 200kg of drugs across the strait of Gibraltar. The Policía Nacional, which arrested eight people in Cádiz, Málaga and Barcelona, said it was the first…

Operation TRIGGER VIII West and Central Africa successful in dismantling vast criminal networks

An international police operation in West and Central Africa coordinated by INTERPOL led to the identification and dismantling of 14 organised crime networks. Operation Trigger VIII, carried out from 13 to 19 June, targeted the illicit trafficking and proliferation of firearms in Central and West Africa. 521 officers were deployed in eight countries: Burkina Faso,…