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…

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 –…

News Briefing – Week of 1 June

  1/06/2020 – As law enforcement focuses of the Coronavirus lockdown measures, a substantial increase in cannabis cultivation in Albania is anticipated. Recent seizures indicate that the Balkan route remains a favoured trafficking route for Europe destined cannabis. Albania is also about to conclude a draft law which allows for the cultivation of medical cannabis in…

News Briefing – Week of 6 April

Heroin production is on the rise in the Golden Triangle according to the Narcotics Control Board secretary-general in Thailand and as seizure along the border between Myanmar and Laos suggest. The Golden Triangle is one of the largest areas where opium is grown.   A large criminal network involved in fraud, money laundering and social…

News Briefing – Week of 23 March

  Several prisoners escaped from four Brazilian prisons after authorities announced the suspension of the one-day release programme. This decision was taken as a preventive measure to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.   Honduras is becoming a cocaine producing country in addition to being a transit country. Reporting indicates that, between 2009 and 2020, 12…

News Briefing – Week of 9 March

  Turkish authorities announced that 2384kgs of heroin have been seized as a result of international operational cooperation with five countries and EUROPOL. The seizures are the result of an investigation that followed a seizure of 300kgs of heroin in Genoa, Italy, back in 2018. The biggest seizure of 1105kgs was made in Kazakhstan, 703kgs in Germany, 350kgs…