News briefing week of 02 August

02/08 Dominican gangs have become Spain’s primary urban security threat. On July 23, Spanish authorities announced the arrest of seven members of the Dominicans Don’t Play (DDP) street gang and the dismantling of a local chapter that operated in the Henares corridor of the greater Madrid area. 03/08 Colombia announces seizure of 116 tons of…

News briefing week of 26 July

28/07 Paraguay seizes more than 3,400 kilos of cocaine. Authorities say the cocaine was being stashed in a load of sugar for international shipment. The destination is for the moment unknown. 28/07 Over 4,500 kilos of cocaine were seized in the Rotterdam port in two different fruit shipments. Customs officials found over 1,500 kilograms of…

News briefing week of 19 July

22/07 Spain and Serbia dismantle Serbian marijuana trafficking network. 43 members of a Serbian organised crime group have been arrested for their involvement in producing and distributing marijuana and hashish. 22/07 350 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a coffee bean shipment from Guatemala were seized by the Greek police at the port of Piraeus. The…

News briefing week of 12 July

13/07 Cocaine worth $15 million was seized in Puerto Rico, two men arrested, following the interdiction of a go-fast vessel in Mona Passage waters near Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The interdiction resulted from multi-agency efforts in support of U.S. Southern Command’s enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere and coordination with the Caribbean Corridor Strike…

News briefing week of 5 July

06/07 315kg of heroin bound for Australia were seized in Thailand. While still of unclear origin, $29 million worth of heroin were seized in the biggest Thai Customs seizure this year. The seizure comes amid concerns that production may surge in neighboring Myanmar, the region’s main supplier of illicit drugs, because of severe instability following…

News Briefing – Week of 15 March 2021

15/03 – In southern Italy, the <a href=”https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/03/italy-mob-trial-rinascita-scott-history.html”>“Rinascita-Scott” trial</a>, the first so-called “maxi trial” of the ’Ndrangheta, began on January 13. &nbsp; 15/03 – The latest ENACT paper considers solutions Africa should take to limit the proliferation of <a href=”https://enactafrica.org/research/policy-briefs/an-explosive-situation-managing-arms-caches-in-africa-the-case-of-the-recsa-region”>small arms and light weapons on the continent</a>. &nbsp; 16/03 – A joint operation of the…

News Briefing – Week of 08 March 2021

08/03 – Ukraine border guards prevented two attempts to <a href=”https://border-security-report.com/ukraine-border-guards-prevent-groups-smuggling-cigarettes-to-romania/”>smuggle cigarettes into Romania</a>. &nbsp; 08/03 – The Brazilian criminal group <a href=”https://insightcrime.org/news/how-brazils-borders-became-more-diverse-dangerous/”>Primeiro Comando da Capital</a> has expanded exponentially, both inside Brazil and in Paraguay, over the last two years. &nbsp; 09/03 – Danish police arrested 13 individuals for their alleged role in <a href=”https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/seizure-of-%E2%82%AC14-million-worth-of-contraband-cigarette-leads-to-13-arrests-in-danish-dutch-sting”>smuggling…

News Briefing – Week of 01 March 2021

01/03 – In Belize, corrupt police officials have been implicated in facilitating drug flows through the nation, according to a new InSight Crime article.   01/03 – French law enforcement arrested 38 people, accused of trafficking Moldovan nationals to France for illegal labour on construction sites, providing falsified EU identification documents, and money laundering.  …

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 15 February 2021

15/02  – Afghanistan’s opium poppy economy presents a complex policy problem. The latest Drugs & (dis)order project report gives an overview and background understanding of the counter-narcotics laws, policies and programmes that have underpinned counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan since 2001.   15/02 – Due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable communities…