Peru: The New Home of Cocaine?

Peru attracted a new unwanted title as ‘the King of Cocaine’ when it overtook Colombia in coca production in 2013. The president of the National Commission for Development of Life and Drugs (Devida), Alberto Otarola, has explicitly stated, ‘Peru doesn’t want to be a country with the title of coca or cocaine producer’, but losing…

Drones, a new form of transportation for drug traffickers?

Small recreational drones flown autonomously by remote pilots have gained popularity.Used for photography, film-making and sports, most recreational drones are innocuous. Punitive anti-drugs strategies in Latin America may be creating a new market for drones though. For example, the destruction of landing strips in Peru by the military creates a need for new ways to…

News briefing – week beginning 12 January

Six Nova Scotia men have been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, following “Operational Hancock” an international investigation into illegal trafficking of drugs originating from Panama into the Port of Halifax, Canada 150 grams of cocaine concealed in chorizo sausage bound for France has been seized following the arrest of three men by the Spanish…

News briefing – week beginning 05 January

2.5kgs of cocaine valued at 6 million pesos (~USD400,000) has been seized, following the arrest of a Mexican in joint efforts involving the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. A drug baron, Karl Wilson, has been jailed for 16 years for running a multi-million pound smuggling ring,…

News briefing – week beginning 01 January

An alleged drug trafficker suspected of brokering deals between Colombian terrorists and drug traffickers and Mexican transnational criminal organisations, Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez, has been arrested by officials of the Colombian National Army. 339kgs of cocaine paste, used in the production of cocaine, were discovered by Honduran security forces in the Caribbean port of Puerto…