The Countering Firearms Trafficking project alerts on evolving trends during a webinar on new trends in firearms trafficking

As part of the business of organised crime groups (OCGs), firearms are a tool for criminal violence  enabling OCGs to leverage other forms of criminality, like gang violence, intimidation, or coercion. Apart from the violence and tension that a high number of firearms in a region creates representing a major human security concern, it also…

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…

Double Anniversary: 20 years of the Firearms Protocol and the Programme of Action on small arms

The Firearms Protocol and the Programme of Action on small arms turn 20 this year. On the 26th of July 2021, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held a joint high-level side event on the continued importance of the two instruments. Esteemed experts,…

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…

News Briefing – Week of 08 February 2021

08/02 – In a joint operation by the Spanish Civil Guard, the National Police and the Internal Revenue Service dismantled an alleged Chinese Mafia organisation dedicated to international drug trafficking and money laundering through parcel companies. Agents arrested 38 suspects and carried out 30 searches in the provinces of Madrid, Salamanca, Toledo, Asturias, Lugo and…