News Briefing – Week beginning on 7 September

Ecuador’s National Council for Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (Consep) has announced a new four level system to differentiate between drug users, microtraffickers and large scale traffickers in terms of prison sentences. Significant changes have also been applied on the amount of heroin and cocaine a person can possess for personal use. Colombian security forces intecepted…

News Briefing – Week beginning on 24 August

Europol coordinated an operation against a Nigerian drug trafficking gang with police forces in the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Sweden. The operation led to the arrest of 10 people and to the seizure of significant amounts of cocaine throughout Europe. The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) will soon…

News Briefing – Week beginning on 17 August

Peru’s Congress approved the resumption of the aerial interdiction practice, which would allow police forces to shoot down flights suspected of transporting cocaine and other illicit drugs in Peruvian air space. According to President Ollanta Humala, this law would act as a deterrent in the fight against drug trafficking. Since January 2015, more than 36…

News Briefing – Week beginning on 10 August

Representatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) declared that, from January to June 2015, the agency has seized 445.125 kg of  drugs worth approximately US$14 million at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. Moreover, the police were able to intercept US$2.5 million from money laundering and arrest 75 alleged drug traffickers, with…

News Briefing – Week beginning on 20 July

Colombian police have seized approximately 2.3 tonnes of marijuana in the village of Dabehia, Antioquia department. According to the authorities, the drugs allegedly belonged to the paramilitary group of the Urabeños. The Gambia hosted the first international conference on drug dubbed, “Moscow-Africa anti-drug dilogue”. The conference aimed to enhance strategies to tackle drug trafficking in…