News Briefing – Week of 15 March 2021

15/03 – In southern Italy, the “Rinascita-Scott” trial, the first so-called “maxi trial” of the ’Ndrangheta, began on January 13.   15/03 – The latest ENACT paper considers solutions Africa should take to limit the proliferation of small arms and light weapons on the continent.   16/03 – A joint operation of the Uruguayan and…

News Briefing – Week of 08 March 2021

08/03 – Ukraine border guards prevented two attempts to smuggle cigarettes into Romania.   08/03 – The Brazilian criminal group Primeiro Comando da Capital has expanded exponentially, both inside Brazil and in Paraguay, over the last two years.   09/03 – Danish police arrested 13 individuals for their alleged role in smuggling counterfeit cigarettes, which…

News Briefing – Week of 22 February 2021

22/02 – German police arrested two suspects and raided over 20 locations in Berlin during a massive operation that targeted members of a family-based organized crime group allegedly involved in arms and drug trafficking, financial crime, and other crimes.   23/02 – Indonesian authorities seized over 11,000 wild birds last month, mostly songbirds headed for…

News Briefing – Week of 01 February 2021

01/02 – Hungarian officials found 3,000 boxes of smuggled cigarettes in Röszke during an inspection of a Turkish truck transporting smoked trout fillets.   01/02 – The Bulgarian authorities, with Europol support, took down an organised crime group suspected of currency and document counterfeiting.   02/02 – The Colombian Policía Metropolitana seized 457 kilograms of…

News Briefing – Week of 25 January 2021

25/01 – According to a new report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Balkan arms smugglers are supplying Sweden’s criminal groups with assault rifles, Serbian pistols and Yugoslav-era hand grenades.   25/01 – The Spanish Civil Guard dismantled an organisation allegedly trafficking drug to other European countries. The agents arrested 24 people and…

News Briefing – Week of 18 January 2021

18/01 – Panamanian law enforcement authorities seized 600 kilos of cocaine hidden in a container in the port of Colon City, Panama.   18/01 – The Dirección Nacional de Control de Drogas (DNCD), in a joint operation with the Armada de República Dominicana and the Ejército, seized 191 packages presumed to be filled with cocaine…

News Briefing – Week of 11 January 2021

11/01 – Europol and Frontex signed an agreement to exchange liaison officers.   11/01 – Argentinian authorities found 216 amazon parrots at checkpoint in Santiago.   11/01 – The Colombian Policía Antinarcóticos in coordination with the Armada Nacional, seized 1,539 kilograms of cocaine and another five kilograms of amphetamines on a merchant ship in Cartagena.…

News Briefing – Week of 04 January 2021

04/01 – Workers from the Liège Port Authority discovered 1.28 tonnes of cocaine, worth around 100 million euros, in cement bags on an unloading dock on the banks of the Meuse.   04/01 – The Colombian Policía Nacional in cooperation with the D.E.A. Anti-Drug Agency, the United States Coast Guard and the Dominican Armada de…

Newsbriefing – Week of 21 December 2020

21/12 – Law enforcement authorities from 15 EU Member States and the UK dismantled a major black market cigarettes racket.   21/12 – Operation KAFO II (30 November – 6 December), coordinated jointly by INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), targeted firearms trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel. It…

News Briefing – Week of 12 October

12/10/2020 – During an operation at the port of Tema, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority seized 436 pistols, ammunition and pepper spray. 13/10/2020 – Dutch law enforcement authorities dismantled an illegal factory producing cigarettes. They seized 3.6 million cigarettes, 32,000kg of tobacco and arrested 13 suspects. 13/10/2020 – 250kg of cocaine was seized in the…