News Briefing – Week of 16 November

Following the increasing efforts of the Argentinian government to combat aerial drug trafficking, traffickers have allegedly started using amphibious aircrafts into the country. According to the Argentine Anti-Drugs Association, several planes depart from Pilar in Paraguay and arrive on Parana and Uruguay rivers in Argentina. The Colombia Armed Forces dismantled a massive cocaine processing lab allegedly…

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News Briefing – Week of 9 November

Bolivian Defense Minister signed an agreeement to buy radar equipment designed to detect drug planes. The equipment was purchased from the French company Thales Air System. This agreement could help the government reduce Bolivia’s role in the “cocaine air bridge” from Peru to Brazil. Indigenous groups on the Caribbean coast of Honduras are denouncing distress…

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News Briefing – Week of 2 November

Two French pilots who fled from Dominican Republic as accused of alleged cocaine trafficking, were arrested in France. Dominican Republic’s prosecutor general announced tht he had requested an international arrest warrant for the two pilots. UNODC and other stakeholders called the Federal Government of Niigeria to review its drug laws, focusing more on the rehabilitation…

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News Briefing – Week of 12 October

The British Government has started delivering fundings to Peru for the establishment of a new surveillance centre to intercept phone calls of up to 100 drugtraffickers. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested a Kenyan Airways profiler at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos for allegedly exporting 3.1 kg of cannabis to Dubai. Former…

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News Briefing – Week beginning on 5 October

During bilateral talks at State House in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania committed to join forces in the fight drug against trafficking, terrorism and poaching. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared that the two countries must work together to containe this global menace which jeopardise trade and economic development. The National Banks and Securities Commission of Honduras…

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News Briefing – Week beginning on 29 September

Victor Ramon Navarro, one of the most important and ruthless cocaine warlords in Colombia, was killed in Catatumbo, during an airstrike followed by a ground operation organised by the Colombian Army. Diezani Allison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum, was arrested in London as accused of money laundering. The former minister’s arrest would be the first high…

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News Briefing – Week beginning on 22 September

Argentine customs agents found about 30 kg of cocaine absorbed into grains of rice headed to Africa and then be transported to Europe. This seizure reflects the growing importance of Argentina as a shipping point for cocaine from Latin America to Western countries. Drug trafficking in Honduras has reportedly dropped 72% thanks to military intelligence…

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News briefing – week beginning on 14 September

Brazil’s Supreme Court justices have been discussing the possibility of decriminalise the personal possession of marijuana. Six votes are needed for the bill to pass and three out of the 11 judges have already voted in favour. According to the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) approximately 62 tons of cocaine were seized last…

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News Briefing – Week beginning on 7 September

Ecuador’s National Council for Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (Consep) has announced a new four level system to differentiate between drug users, microtraffickers and large scale traffickers in terms of prison sentences. Significant changes have also been applied on the amount of heroin and cocaine a person can possess for personal use. Colombian security forces intecepted…

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