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 08 March 2021

08/03 – Ukraine border guards prevented two attempts to smuggle cigarettes into Romania.   08/03 – The Brazilian criminal group Primeiro Comando da Capital has expanded exponentially, both inside Brazil and in Paraguay, over the last two years.   09/03 – Danish police arrested 13 individuals for their alleged role in smuggling counterfeit cigarettes, which…

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.  …

COLIBRI launches its Geoportal, a new tool for General Aviation

During the last decade, organised crime has increasingly exploited General Aviation to traffic illicit commodities, in particular drugs. Since 2019, COLIBRI, within the framework of the Global Illicit Flows Programme (GIFP), aims to improve security in General Aviation by enhancing international cooperation and intelligence sharing among law enforcement agencies. Technology can help specialised services monitor…

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…

News Briefing – Week of 01 February 2021

01/02 – Hungarian officials found 3,000 boxes of smuggled cigarettes in Röszke during an inspection of a Turkish truck transporting smoked trout fillets.   01/02 – The Bulgarian authorities, with Europol support, took down an organised crime group suspected of currency and document counterfeiting.   02/02 – The Colombian Policía Metropolitana seized 457 kilograms of…

News Briefing – Week of 25 January 2021

25/01 – According to a new report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Balkan arms smugglers are supplying Sweden’s criminal groups with assault rifles, Serbian pistols and Yugoslav-era hand grenades.   25/01 – The Spanish Civil Guard dismantled an organisation allegedly trafficking drug to other European countries. The agents arrested 24 people and…

News Briefing – Week of 18 January 2021

18/01 – Panamanian law enforcement authorities seized 600 kilos of cocaine hidden in a container in the port of Colon City, Panama.   18/01 – The Dirección Nacional de Control de Drogas (DNCD), in a joint operation with the Armada de República Dominicana and the Ejército, seized 191 packages presumed to be filled with cocaine…