News Briefing – Week of 15 March 2021

15/03 – In southern Italy, the “Rinascita-Scott” trial, the first so-called “maxi trial” of the ’Ndrangheta, began on January 13.   15/03 – The latest ENACT paper considers solutions Africa should take to limit the proliferation of small arms and light weapons on the continent.   16/03 – A joint operation of the Uruguayan and…

News Briefing – Week of 08 March 2021

08/03 – Ukraine border guards prevented two attempts to smuggle cigarettes into Romania.   08/03 – The Brazilian criminal group Primeiro Comando da Capital has expanded exponentially, both inside Brazil and in Paraguay, over the last two years.   09/03 – Danish police arrested 13 individuals for their alleged role in smuggling counterfeit cigarettes, which…

News Briefing – Week of 01 March 2021

01/03 – In Belize, corrupt police officials have been implicated in facilitating drug flows through the nation, according to a new InSight Crime article.   01/03 – French law enforcement arrested 38 people, accused of trafficking Moldovan nationals to France for illegal labour on construction sites, providing falsified EU identification documents, and money laundering.  …

News Briefing – Week of 11 January 2021

11/01 – Europol and Frontex signed an agreement to exchange liaison officers.   11/01 – Argentinian authorities found 216 amazon parrots at checkpoint in Santiago.   11/01 – The Colombian Policía Antinarcóticos in coordination with the Armada Nacional, seized 1,539 kilograms of cocaine and another five kilograms of amphetamines on a merchant ship in Cartagena.…

News Briefing – Week of 04 January 2021

04/01 – Workers from the Liège Port Authority discovered 1.28 tonnes of cocaine, worth around 100 million euros, in cement bags on an unloading dock on the banks of the Meuse.   04/01 – The Colombian Policía Nacional in cooperation with the D.E.A. Anti-Drug Agency, the United States Coast Guard and the Dominican Armada de…

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 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 6 July

(In French) 6/07/2020 – Luis Abinader has been elected president of the Dominican Republic. 7/07/2020 – Thailand and Laos enforcement authorities are cooperating in the fight against drug trafficking at the northeastern Thai border with Laos that is highly vulnerable to the trafficking of methamphetamines and heroin. The Golden triangle (Myanmar, Lao and Thailand) is associated with high levels…

News Briefing – Week of 29 June

29/06/2020 – A joint investigation between Spanish and Italian law enforcement enabled the dismantlement of an organised crime group trafficking waste from the canary islands to Africa. It is estimated that the organised crime group trafficked around 250 tonnes of hazardous waste. 29/06/2020 – Greek authorities arrested two suspected traffickers after the discovery of 11kg of heroin…