News Briefing – Week of 8 February

Barbados is now better equipped to fight transnational organised crime and boost its drug interdiction capacities following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of AIRCOP. An INTERPOL operation named “Operation Adwenpa” to strengthen border controls along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor has resulted in major seizures of drugs, stolen cars, currency, firearms and…

News Briefing – Week of 25 January

Ghana, Benin and Senegal are proposing a progressive approach to drugs in line with the AU Common African Position for UNGASS 2016. Rather than focusing on disproportionate law enforcement and repression, this common position will emphasise harm reduction over punitive measures. Ghana is currently reviewing its drug law, and it has set up an inter-ministerial…

Analysis of Regional Threats on Money Laundering

The XXX GAFILAT Plenary approved the implementation of a regional study of threats on money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) of the member countries of the Financial Action Task Force on Latin America with the financial support of the European Union. The pursued objective is for countries to achieve greater effectiveness in mitigating risks…

News Briefing – Week of 18 January

Eighty seizures of drugs and 70 people were arrested  during an INTERPOL operation targeting drug trafficking routes from Latin America via Africa to Europe. The operation was realised in collaboration with AIRCOP JAITFs that were able to share information via INTERPOL’s system I-24/7 and CENcomm, WCO’s communication tool. Argentinian President Macri declared a one-year national…

News Briefing – Week of 11 January

The Nigerian civic group called the Civil Society Network against Corruption (CSNAC) submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a reported case of money laundering that would have involved the National Assembly between 2009 and 2015. According to the civil society, several members of the National Assembly repeatedly violated the…

Military bombings against Urabeños’ camps will continue in Colombia

Rodolfo Palomino, Director of the Colombian National Police, opened 2016 with a new phase of “Operation Agamemnon” that involves airstrikes against the camps of so-called bacrim (criminal bands) and the Urabeños group, descendants of ERPAC (Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia). The Urabeños, along with with the Rastrojos, Meta, and Aguilas Negras, have evolved into major drug…

News Briefing – Week of 4 January

Spanish authorities seized  three tonnes of cocaine  coming from Colombia and arrested 12 alleged traffickers from Spain, Britain and the Netherlands. Seven-hundred kilos of cocaine were hidden in the bottom of a van, while the other 2.3 tonnes were disguised in the form of wooden pallets. According to a statement from the Nigerian National Drug…