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 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…

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…

News Briefing – Week of 28 December 2020

28/12 – The Dirección Central Antinarcóticos (DICAN) of the Dominican Policía Nacional seized 2,708 grams of different types of drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and crack during operations on 27 December.   28/12 – Under the Operation “Alfil Caído”, the Chilean Carabineros seized 631 kilos of cocaine in the north of the country.   29/12…

News Briefing – Week of 14 December 2020

14/12 – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges concealed in bags of rice. Three suspects were arrested and investigation is ongoing.   14/12 – The Spanish Agencia Tributaria, in collaboration with the Guardia Civil, seized a cargo of 200 kilos of marijuana in the Port of Bilbao.…

News Briefing – Week of 7 December 2020

07/12 – Panamanian law enforcement destroyed 6.2 tons of marijuana and 30.2 tonnes of cocaine, which were part of the seizures made during operations carried out by the Policía Nacional, Servicio Nacional de Fronteras (Senafront) and Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (Senan) in recent months.   07/12 – Operation Armstrong VII, a joint operation among law enforcement agencies in 25…

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…