Regional partnership on maritime security sealed by SEACOP in Ghana

On Wednesday 15 May 2024, SEACOP -on behalf of Expertise France– and the Regional Maritime University of Ghana signed a memorandum of understanding in Accra, #Ghana. This marks the officialisation of a valuable partnership, whereby the SEACOP project will support the Ivorian partners in their fight against illicit maritime trafficking. With the RMU as an…

News Brief – Week of 6 May 2024

06.05.24 – Law enforcement dismantle cocaine lab in Spain with 100 kg monthly capacity. On 30 April, the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) arrested 20 suspects after dismantling a cocaine laboratory capable of producing 100 kilograms of the drug each month. A number of those arrested were considered by law enforcement as High Value Targets…

SEACOP participates in Tradewinds 2024 Exercise

SEACOP is currently participating in the 39th iteration of Exercise Tradewinds (TW24) which opened last week (4 May 2024) in Christ Church, Barbados. 📸 SEACOP Deputy Regional Coordinator Alexander Kellman delivers a brief and ‘Intro to Maritime Intelligence’ lesson. About Exercise Tradewinds: Since its inception in 1984, Tradewinds has been a cornerstone for regional security…

News Brief – Week of 29 April 2024

29.04.24 – Almost 1 400 firearms removed from circulation in 16 European countries. A total of 1 388 firearms were seized during an operation led by Romania and coordinated by Europol, spanning across 16 European countries. After months of intelligence gathering to identify key targets, an action took place in February, the details of which…

SEACOP’s visit to JIATFS: Strengthening Regional Counter-Narcotics Operations

In April 2024, SEACOP was invited to visit the facility of the US SOUTHCOM’s Joint Inter Agency Task Force South (JIATFS) in Key West, Florida. Recognised globally as a pinnacle of interagency intelligence fusion and operational coordination, JIATFS is a key player in Caribbean regional security. During the visit, the SEACOP Project Coordinator and Regional…

News Brief – Week of 22 April 2024

22.04.24 – Several people arrested in large-scale operation into drug trafficking in Brussels. As part of the fight against the sale of drugs by criminal organisations in Belgium, a large-scale judicial operation was organised, the Brussels Public Prosecutor’s Office reported on Monday after the operation had ended. “This Monday, more than 20 searches were carried…

News Brief – Week of 15 April 2024

17.04.24 – 20 arrests in clampdown against gang suspected of laundering EUR 10 million. 20 members of an intercontinental criminal network engaged in drug trafficking and money laundering have been arrested following a large-scale operation on 6 and 7 March in Spain and Portugal. The suspects laundered more than EUR 10 million using stolen identities…

News Brief – Week of 8 April 2024

08.04.24 – 63 forgers arrested in Naples. 63 money counterfeiters responsible for faking Euro banknotes worth over EUR 6 million have been arrested on an action day conducted today by the Italian Carabinieri and French National Police, supported by Europol.  Of the 63 arrests, 62 were made in Italy, with 1 in France. The Italian…

SEACOP strengthens ties with Colombia 🇨🇴 Anti-Narcotics Forces

This past week (April 2-5, 2024), SEACOP carried out an important mission in Bogotá, Colombia which has been an enduring partner throughout the years.“Colombia has played a crucial role since phase V, enhancing our intelligence, analysis, and maritime anti-drug operations across the Americas,” explains SEACOP Regional Coordinator for Latin America Alfredo Diaz. He cites the…

News Brief – Week of 1 April 2024

01.04.24 – Violent Chinese organised crime gang operating in Ireland linked to cannabis grow-houses. A violent Chinese organised crime gang operating in Ireland ran a series of cannabis grow-houses and abducted fellow nationals. Details of the underworld network emerged as the Criminal Assets Bureau took a case against Yan Yan Fan and her ex-boyfriend Guang…