28/03 Maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The rapid rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea poses a threat to regional security and could fuel jihadist movements coming from inland.
30/03 Armenian criminal gang dismantled in France over counterfeit cigarettes. A total of 11 individuals suspected of being part of an Armenian organised crime group involved in the large-scale import and distribution of counterfeit cigarettes have been arrested by French Customs (judicial investigation unit of the Ministry of Finance) with the support of Europol’s European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC).
31/03 Corrupt port and airport workers ‘central’ to operations of organised crime gangs in Ireland. Irish ports and airports have been infiltrated by organised crime groups to facilitate widespread smuggling of illegal drugs and other commodities, a new report into Irish and British organised crime has found.
01/04 Drug trafficking via freight containers, a major challenge. The emerging trend of international criminal syndicates using containerised trade networks for trafficking drugs has posed a major challenge to the enforcement agencies in the region. In the past year, about 3,500 kg of drugs, mostly heroin, has been seized from freight containers in the country.
03/04 US Coast Guard Offloads US$243 Million In Narcotics Seized Caribbean. The United States Coast Guard said the crew of its cutter Dauntless has offloaded at its Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, more than US$243 million in illegal narcotics seized in the Caribbean Sea.