News Briefing – Week of 14 December 2020

14/12 – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges concealed in bags of rice. Three suspects were arrested and investigation is ongoing.   14/12 – The Spanish Agencia Tributaria, in collaboration with the Guardia Civil, seized a cargo of 200 kilos of marijuana in the Port of Bilbao.…

News Briefing – Week of 7 December 2020

07/12 – Panamanian law enforcement destroyed 6.2 tons of marijuana and 30.2 tonnes of cocaine, which were part of the seizures made during operations carried out by the Policía Nacional, Servicio Nacional de Fronteras (Senafront) and Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (Senan) in recent months.   07/12 – Operation Armstrong VII, a joint operation among law enforcement agencies in 25…

News Briefing – Week of 30 November 2020

30/11 – The Spanish Guardia Civil dismantled an organization in Granada that distributed large consignments of marijuana in Europe. 30 people were arrested and more than 13,000 marijuana plants, as well as numerous firearms were seized.   30/11 – The Panamanian Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (Senan), in coordination with the US and Colombian Coast Guard as…

News Briefing – Week of 9 November 2020

09/11/2020 – The Spanish National Police in a joint operation with Europol dismantled a criminal organisation based in Barcelona involved in human trafficking in several European countries. 09/11/2020 – The Guatemalan authorities located a crashed plane containing 1028 kilograms of cocaine in a coastal area on the border with Mexico. In the accident, one person…

News Briefing – Week of 2 November

02/11/2020 – Hong Kong Customs Officers seized more than 500 kg of methamphetamine. The drug, believed to be worth 300 million Hong Kong dollars (33 million Euros) was discovered in a container that also contained a declared cargo of cement bags. 03/11/2020 – A joint operation between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Federal…

News Briefing – Week of 12 October

12/10/2020 – During an operation at the port of Tema, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority seized  436 pistols, ammunition and pepper spray.  13/10/2020 – Dutch law enforcement authorities dismantled an illegal factory producing cigarettes. They seized 3.6 million cigarettes, 32,000kg of tobacco and arrested 13 suspects.  13/10/2020 – 250kg of cocaine was seized in the…

News Briefing – Week of 28 September

29/09/2020 – The 2020 report on economic development in Africa estimates that $89 billion per year is lost due to illicit financial flows. The UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa KITUYI emphasised the fact that “Illicit financial flows rob Africa and its people of their prospects, undermining transparency and accountability and eroding trust in African institutions”. 29/09/2020 – A former Belgian…

News Briefing – Week of 21 September

21/09/2020 – Peruvian authorities destroyed two illegal laboratories that were discovered manufacturing cocaine in Cusco.   21/09/2020 – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveals that several banking institutions have been managing the dirty money of alleged criminals for years. The volume of funds involved could represent as much as $2 trillion between 1999 and 2017. This journalistic investigation,…