News Briefing – Week of 30 November 2020

30/11 – The Spanish Guardia Civil dismantled an organization in Granada that distributed large consignments of marijuana in Europe. 30 people were arrested and more than 13,000 marijuana plants, as well as numerous firearms were seized.   30/11 – The Panamanian Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (Senan), in coordination with the US and Colombian Coast Guard as…

News Briefing – Week of 9 November 2020

09/11/2020 – The Spanish National Police in a joint operation with Europol dismantled a criminal organisation based in Barcelona involved in human trafficking in several European countries. 09/11/2020 – The Guatemalan authorities located a crashed plane containing 1028 kilograms of cocaine in a coastal area on the border with Mexico. In the accident, one person…

News Briefing – Week of 2 November

02/11/2020 – Hong Kong Customs Officers seized more than 500 kg of methamphetamine. The drug, believed to be worth 300 million Hong Kong dollars (33 million Euros) was discovered in a container that also contained a declared cargo of cement bags. 03/11/2020 – A joint operation between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Federal…

News Briefing – Week of 5 October

05/10/2020 – The Spanish Police arrested 14 members of the clan “los Kikos” in an operation codenamed ‘Maiz’. The clan was allegedly controlling illicit trafficking activities and the local drugs trade in Cañada Real, a poor area in Madrid. The operation saw the seizure of 18 firearms, ammunition, cash as well as heroin and cocaine. Within the…

News Briefing – Week of 28 September

29/09/2020 – The 2020 report on economic development in Africa estimates that $89 billion per year is lost due to illicit financial flows. The UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa KITUYI emphasised the fact that “Illicit financial flows rob Africa and its people of their prospects, undermining transparency and accountability and eroding trust in African institutions”. 29/09/2020 – A former Belgian…

The European Drug Report 2020 is out!

The European Drug Report (EDR) 2020 was released on 22 September 2020. The EDR is a yearly publication produced and presented by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). It aims at providing a picture of the drug and drug addiction situation across Europe as well as identifying current trends. The 2020…

News Briefing – Week of 14 September

15/09/2020 – A former DEA agent who was active in Colombia and was facing corruption charges in the US has pleaded guilty. 17/09/2020 – The Albanian-speaking cocaine trafficking organisation “Kompania Bello” was taken down in an international operation named “Los Blancos”. The operation was supported by EUROJUST and EUROPOL. On 15 September 2020, simultaneous raid in several…

News Briefing – Week of 7 September

07/09/2020 – The French Minister for Home Affairs declared that the fight against drug trafficking is his first priority. Indeed, he considers drug trafficking as the source and driver for many kinds of other types of trafficking. 08/09/2020 – Spain and Morocco are committed to strengthening their ties in the fight against organised crime. The cooperation agreement,…

News Briefing – Week of 17 August

18/08/2020 – 600kg of cocaine were seized in Rotterdam. The drugs were hidden in a containerised chemical shipment from Brazil. 19/08/2020 – Brazilian authorities dismantled a large drug trafficking ring during an operation mobilising about 600 officers in 13 regions. During this operation, seven aeroplanes and five helicopters as well as other assets linked to the network were confiscated.  21/07/2020 –…