05/05 Taliban opium ban could lead to increase in organised crime and terrorism. The Taliban’s recent ban on opium cultivation in Afghanistan, a repeat of previous attempts under Taliban rule up to 2001, shows how large-scale illicit drug economies are a fierce vector for organised crime and terrorism. The ban was announced last month in response to international demands for greater drug control in the country. It prohibits the buying, selling and use of a range of illicit drugs as well as alcohol.
06/05 Gun smugglers behind mail order service arrested in Poland and the Netherlands. An international operation involving law enforcement authorities from Poland and the Netherlands has resulted in the takedown of a gang of gunrunners accused of smuggling an arsenal of weapons into Poland using parcel delivery companies.
06/05 Interpol: Illegal Gold Mining is Devastating Latin America. Illegal gold mining – often led by organized criminal groups – is having a devastating effect on both ecology and local communities across Latin America, Interpol said in a new analysis published last week.
07/05 2022 EU drug markets analyses from Europol and the EMCDDA. Europe’s role in international drug production and trade is changing, according to new analyses released today by Europol and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA). In an in-depth look at the cocaine and methamphetamine markets, the agencies point to increased production activities in Europe and how collaboration between criminal groups worldwide is creating new security threats and expanding the market.
08/05 Ghana: Empower Youth to Fight Money Laundering. The Minister for the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, has called for the empowerment of the youth in the country to lead the fight against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.