15/02 – Afghanistan’s opium poppy economy presents a complex policy problem. The latest Drugs & (dis)order project report gives an overview and background understanding of the counter-narcotics laws, policies and programmes that have underpinned counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan since 2001.
15/02 – Due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable communities in the North African region have increasingly fallen prey to criminal gangs, finding themselves trapped between unemployment and the risk of exploitation in countries along the human trafficking route.
16/02 – The Brazilian Navy intercepted a sailing catamaran loaded with 1.5 tonnes of cocaine in the port of Recife. The operation, conducted with international entities in the fight against drug trafficking, led to the arrest of five people, all Brazilians. The drugs were bound for Europe.
17/02 – The National Bureau of Investigation and the Slovenian police have dismantled a criminal organisation accused of possessing and attempting to sell invaluable religious artefacts.
17/02 – Bulgarian agents seized nearly 400 kg of heroin in Varna. The drugs arrived on a container ship from Dubai with a value of about BGN 32 million (16.361.340 euros).
18/02 – The EU-ACT project works with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Internal Affairs on the implementation of an intelligence analysis system.
18/02 – In South Africa, the use of terrorist tactics by criminals highlights the urgency of dealing with smuggled explosives.
19/02 – The Polish and German law enforcement, with the support of Europol dismantled an organised crime group allegedly involved in international VAT fraud and money laundering.
19/02 – Hong Kong police arrested a suspected drug trafficker while seizing HK$35 million (3.724.819 euros) worth of cannabis buds.