08/02 – In a joint operation by the Spanish Civil Guard, the National Police and the Internal Revenue Service dismantled an alleged Chinese Mafia organisation dedicated to international drug trafficking and money laundering through parcel companies. Agents arrested 38 suspects and carried out 30 searches in the provinces of Madrid, Salamanca, Toledo, Asturias, Lugo and Las Palmas.
08/02 – Pakistani police is effectively using drones for surveillance and smuggling arms, explosives and narcotics across the border.
09/02 – Europe has become the most attractive cocaine market in the world, with production levels at record highs. InSight Crime’s report ‘The Cocaine Pipeline to Europe‘, based on two years of investigations in more than 10 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, explains the evolution of the cocaine trade in Europe and the relationship between Latin American and European criminal networks.
09/02 – Brazilian law enforcement launched the third phase of Operation “Bad Trip,” dismantling an allegedly drug dealing group accused of selling ecstasy by post, marketed it via social media and then retailed it at electronic rave parties in the northern state of Pará.
09/02 – The Black Sea Prosecutors Network (BSPN) held a webinar focused on “International cooperation in drug trafficking cases”. The webinar highlighted the importance of the international cooperation in the investigation of drug trafficking cases and included a case study to be examined during the activity.
10/02 – In three separate operations, Italian law enforcement agencies seized over 1300 kilos of pure cocaine in the Gioia Tauro port.
11/02 – The Spanish National Police seized more than 1,600 kilos of cocaine in a garage in the centre of Huelva, Spain
12/02 – The Irish National Police took down a criminal gang suspected of large-scale money laundering. Fund transfers in excess of €4 million were identified from other jurisdictions to Irish bank accounts linked to members of this criminal network.
12/02 – Colombia is losing billions of dollars every year to the illegal mining and smuggling of gold, according to “The Gold Standard” report, co-written by U.S.-based think tank Global Financial Integrity and several Colombia-based NGOs