Newsbriefing – Week of 16 September

In a new report, Human Rights Watch documents the rising violence linked to illegal deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon. Over the past five years, 28 environmental enforcement agents and indigenous people opposed to illegal logging have been killed by organised crime groups who profit from deforestation. More than 300 people have been murdered in the last…

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Newsbriefing – Week of 9 September

Venezuela’s state prosecutor opened an investigation into Juan Guaido’s pictures with members of a Colombian organised crime group. Analysts say the images have the potential to cause severe harm to the Venezuelan opposition leader’s credibility, especially at the international level, and his quest to force Maduro out of power. Frontex co-led an international operation against…

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Newsbriefing – Week of 12 August

Spanish authorities dismantled an organised crime group involved in international money laundering. The Spanish-based criminal group laundered more than 70 millions euros on behalf of Asian and Colombian drug trafficking organisations responsible for smuggling cocaine into Europe. Authorities dismantled an organised crime group in Spain and Portugal involved in drug trafficking. The drug would arrive…

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Newsbriefing – Week of 5 August

Customs seized 1.5 tonnes of cocaine on a container ship in Hamburg, Germany. The ship came from Rio Grande, Brazil, and was heading for Antwerp, Belgium. The haul value is estimated at about 350 million euros. This comes a month after Germany seized a record 4.5 tonnes of cocaine in Hamburg. Conservative candidate Alejandro Giammattei…

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Newsbriefing – Week of 8 July

Joint INTERPOL-WCO operation against wildlife trafficking resulted in the seizure of large quantities of protected flora and fauna in 109 countries. The intelligence-led operation identified trafficking routes and crime hotspots enabling police and customs to seize protected products ranging from live animals to clothing and traditional medicine. In total, nearly 600 suspects were arrested, and…

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