21/09/2020 – Peruvian authorities destroyed two illegal laboratories that were discovered manufacturing cocaine in Cusco.
21/09/2020 – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveals that several banking institutions have been managing the dirty money of alleged criminals for years. The volume of funds involved could represent as much as $2 trillion between 1999 and 2017. This journalistic investigation, the FinCEN files, has led to the publication of a series of articles.
21/09/2020 – Amid the COVID19 pandemic and the restriction on alcohol sales, illicit trade and the consumption of alcohol in Mexico is increasing. This is a worrying trend as there have already been several deaths due to alcohol poisoning.
22/09/2020 – 179 suspects were arrested in a joint operation between Europe and the US. Operation ‘DisrupTor’ targeted the illicit trade of illicit drugs and other illicit products on the darknet. During the operation, 500kgs of illicit drugs that included Fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone as well as 64 firearms were seized. EUROPOL supported the operation announcing that the golden-age of the dark web marketplace is over as Law enforcement now had the capability to tackle the trade and those responsible.
23/09/2020 – Around one tonne of cocaine was seized at Dover by the National Crime Agency, Police Scotland and Border Force colleagues. As part of the Organised Crime Partnership, officers searched a shipment of fruit that had emanated from Latin America. Two suspects were arrested in connection with the haul that is thought to have an estimated street value of £100 million.
23/09/2020 – Nigerian President Buhari spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message urging the international community to fight firearms trafficking as well as to ratify the treaty on The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
24/09/2020 – Vietnam has scaled-up its response to pangolin trafficking by adopting a more robust legal framework and incorporating stricter sanctions.
25/09/2020 – A week-long operation against county-line gangs across England and Wales has resulted in the shutdown of 102 “deal line” devices, linked to phone numbers used to buy drugs. County line gangs are criminal gangs who move illegal drugs from big cities to more rural locations and sell them via dedicated mobile phone lines. The operation also led to the seizure of cash, firearms and drugs.
26/09/2020 – Ghanaian authorities seized 152kg of cocaine that had been concealed in a load of sugar. The discovery was made at the port of Tema, inside a container that had emanated from Brazil.