News Briefing – Week of 22 February 2021

22/02 – German police arrested two suspects and raided over 20 locations in Berlin during a massive operation that targeted members of a family-based organized crime group allegedly involved in arms and drug trafficking, financial crime, and other crimes.   23/02 – Indonesian authorities seized over 11,000 wild birds last month, mostly songbirds headed for…

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News Briefing – Week of 15 February 2021

15/02  – Afghanistan’s opium poppy economy presents a complex policy problem. The latest Drugs & (dis)order project report gives an overview and background understanding of the counter-narcotics laws, policies and programmes that have underpinned counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan since 2001.   15/02 – Due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable communities…

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News Briefing – Week of 08 February 2021

08/02 – In a joint operation by the Spanish Civil Guard, the National Police and the Internal Revenue Service dismantled an alleged Chinese Mafia organisation dedicated to international drug trafficking and money laundering through parcel companies. Agents arrested 38 suspects and carried out 30 searches in the provinces of Madrid, Salamanca, Toledo, Asturias, Lugo and…

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News Briefing – Week of 01 February 2021

01/02 – Hungarian officials found 3,000 boxes of smuggled cigarettes in Röszke during an inspection of a Turkish truck transporting smoked trout fillets.   01/02 – The Bulgarian authorities, with Europol support, took down an organised crime group suspected of currency and document counterfeiting.   02/02 – The Colombian Policía Metropolitana seized 457 kilograms of…

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News Briefing – Week of 25 January 2021

25/01 – According to a new report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Balkan arms smugglers are supplying Sweden’s criminal groups with assault rifles, Serbian pistols and Yugoslav-era hand grenades.   25/01 – The Spanish Civil Guard dismantled an organisation allegedly trafficking drug to other European countries. The agents arrested 24 people and…

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News Briefing – Week of 18 January 2021

18/01 – Panamanian law enforcement authorities seized 600 kilos of cocaine hidden in a container in the port of Colon City, Panama.   18/01 – The Dirección Nacional de Control de Drogas (DNCD), in a joint operation with the Armada de República Dominicana and the Ejército, seized 191 packages presumed to be filled with cocaine…

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News Briefing – Week of 11 January 2021

11/01 – Europol and Frontex signed an agreement to exchange liaison officers.   11/01 – Argentinian authorities found 216 amazon parrots at checkpoint in Santiago.   11/01 – The Colombian Policía Antinarcóticos in coordination with the Armada Nacional, seized 1,539 kilograms of cocaine and another five kilograms of amphetamines on a merchant ship in Cartagena.…

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News Briefing – Week of 04 January 2021

04/01 – Workers from the Liège Port Authority discovered 1.28 tonnes of cocaine, worth around 100 million euros, in cement bags on an unloading dock on the banks of the Meuse.   04/01 – The Colombian Policía Nacional in cooperation with the D.E.A. Anti-Drug Agency, the United States Coast Guard and the Dominican Armada de…

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News Briefing – Week of 28 December 2020

28/12 – The Dirección Central Antinarcóticos (DICAN) of the Dominican Policía Nacional seized 2,708 grams of different types of drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and crack during operations on 27 December.   28/12 – Under the Operation “Alfil Caído”, the Chilean Carabineros seized 631 kilos of cocaine in the north of the country.   29/12…

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Newsbriefing – Week of 21 December 2020

21/12 – Law enforcement authorities from 15 EU Member States and the UK dismantled a major black market cigarettes racket.   21/12 – Operation KAFO II (30 November – 6 December), coordinated jointly by INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), targeted firearms trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel. It…

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