News briefing – Week of 10 April

German police seized more than 800 pounds of cocaine (380 kilograms) in Cologne, dissimulated in cases of bananas shipped from Ecuador. The haul represents the biggest seizure in the history of the city. 26 employees of American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and DHL, as well as airport cleaning services and restaurant workers have been arrested at…

News briefing – Week of 3 April

Venezuela’s capital Caracas has been ranked by the Citizen’s Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP) as the world’s deadliest city for a second year in a row, with a homicide rate of 130 per 100.000 inhabitants. The city is notorious for its high rates of street and organised crime, becoming a major drug…

News briefing – Week of 27 March

Colombian police seized more than 6 tons of cocaine in the Caribbean port of Barranquilla bound for Spain. Colombian Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas confirmed that the shipment, worth €200 million, was carried out by several drug cartels, including El Clan del Golfo. The seizure represents the third largest cocaine seizure in the history of…

News briefing – Week of 28 November

Data from Argentina’s Attorney General Office reveals that more than a third of money laundering cases since 2013 were linked to drug trafficking, informs Insight Crime. According to one of the two prosecutors of the Economic Crime and Money Laundering Bureau (Procuraduría de Criminalidad Económica y Lavado de Activos – PROCELAC), the fact that such…

News briefing – Week of 14 November

Reportedly, there are 440 organized crime groups operating in Spain, out of the 3,600 identified in all of Europe, as indicated by experts from the Spanish Guardia Civil and the National Police. The majority of those criminal groups are dedicated to drug trafficking and fraud. Ten organised crime groups in Spain are labeled as “high…

Boletín de noticias – Semana del 24 de octubre

40 funcionarios de las Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (FANB), la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) y altos funcionarios del gobierno nacional aparecen involucrados en el tráfico de drogas en un periodo entre agosto del 2015 y agosto del 2016, según el Observatorio de Delito Organizado. De esta manera, la corrupción hace vulnerable la lucha contra el…

News briefing – Week of 19 September

During his address at the UN General Assembly, the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, highlighted the need to combating drug trafficking and violence associated with organized crime. Countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region are still facing important challenges, despite important progresses, including the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary…