26/10 Criminal group behind €45 million money laundering scheme dismantled in Spain. On 6 October 2021, 5 suspects were arrested in the Spanish province of Valencia for allegedly belonging to a criminal organisation that had laundered more than €45 million in Spain. This operation was carried out by the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), together with the Spanish Tax Agency (Agencia Tributaria) and Europol.
26/10 International law enforcement operation targeting opioid traffickers on the darknet results in 150 arrests worldwide and the seizure of weapons, drugs, and over $31 million. the Department of Justice, through the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team joined Europol to announce the results of Operation Dark HunTor, a coordinated international effort on three continents to disrupt opioid trafficking on the Darknet. The operation was conducted across the United States, Australia, and Europe.
28/10 A littoral combat ship seized more than $20 million worth of cocaine last month after it interdicted a smuggling speedboat in the Caribbean Sea, the Navy announced this week. The LCS Sioux City, carrying an embarked Coast Guard team, seized nearly 1,110 pounds of the drug on September 19.
28/10 Chile to Dubai, a thriving route for gold traffickers. Chile has become a convenient exit point for illegal gold from the Amazon, with Dubai emerging as a consistent destination for such shipments. Leaders from three groups that are part of a so-called “Gold Cartel” – the Farías, Herrera and González clans – were recently arrested for smuggling over 500 kilograms of gold from Chile to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
28/10 Laos police seize record drugs haul in Golden Triangle. More than 55 million methamphetamine tablets and over 1.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine were intercepted by Laos police on Wednesday, who stopped a truck carrying beer crates in northern Bokeo, which borders Thailand and Myanmar, the two sources told Reuters.
31/10 Dutch customs officers discover four tonnes of cocaine in Rotterdam. Prosecutors labeled it “the largest haul discovered so far this year” as Rotterdam becomes a favorite European entry point for cocaine. Europol said the Netherlands and Belgium are becoming hubs for cocaine trafficking.
31/10 Panama, Colombia seize massive amounts of drugs headed to Rotterdam. The discovery of nearly 3,500 kilograms of narcotics in Panama was the largest-ever bust in that country. Another 2,300 kilograms of cocaine was also found in Colombia. The announcements were made the same week that investigators in Rotterdam found over 1,400 kilograms of cocaine.
31/10 London-bound cocaine, heroin and meth seized at Lagos airport. Narcotic officers of the Agency had on Thursday 28th October during outward routine clearance of cargo at NAHCO export shed of the airport intercepted 20 parcels of cocaine weighing 1.2kg concealed in packets of Zee black soap; 23 parcels of heroin weighing 1.4kg hidden in packets of Zee black soap and 39 parcels of 2.35kg methamphetamine concealed in Dudu-Osun black soap packets.