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.
02/03 – Eighty percent of Uganda’s timber trade is illegal, denying Uganda around US$9.8 million annually in taxes.
03/03 – COLIBRI has developed Geoportal, a new IT tool that aims to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement administrations in Latin America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa and Europe.
03/03 – To mark World Wildlife Day, the Royal Thai Police with the support of UNODC and the European Union Delegation to Thailand, opened an environmental crime command centre.
04/03 – South African authorities seized hundreds of fake COVID-19 vaccines following a global alert issued by INTERPOL warning vaccines would be a prime target for criminal networks.
04/03 – Illegal purchase of endangered species via social media has become increasingly convenient in Mexico, according to a SinEmbargo investigation.
05/03 – In Brazil large plots of Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, with some listings advertising plots as large as 1,000 football fields.
06/03 – Colombia proposes centralizing the purchase of gold to combat illegal mining, violence, and environmental damage and prevent the mineral from entering the black market.