Heroin production is on the rise in the Golden Triangle according to the Narcotics Control Board secretary-general in Thailand and as seizure along the border between Myanmar and Laos suggest. The Golden Triangle is one of the largest areas where opium is grown.
A large criminal network involved in fraud, money laundering and social engineering was dismantled in an international investigation. Europol and Eurojust supported the investigation which involved law enforcement and judicial authorities from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany and Serbia. Nine suspects have been arrested.
The growing number and trafficking in fake medicine and products (such as masks) is a worrying trend amid the COVID -19 pandemic. Traffickers takes advantage of problems encountered in Africa for instance for the supply of pharmaceutical products and the need to issue in getting the raw materials needed to produce some medicines.
The biggest quantity of cannabis was seized a month ago by the Lebanese security forces. Indeed, 25 tonnes of cannabis were intercepted and seized. The drug was hidden in eight trucks, inside bags of soil which were on their way to Beirut port. The drugs were bound to the African continent.
According to a survey conducted by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, 96% of the respondents in Myanmar are in favour of shutting down the wildlife markets in prevention of other deadly zoonotic diseases.
One of Brazil’s most wanted criminals, Gilberto “Fuminho” Aparecido dos Santos, an alleged leader of the First Capital Command (PCC) accused of running international cocaine operations of the country’s biggest gang, was arrested Monday in Mozambique. He has been on the run for more than 20 years.