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Dear Visitor, The Cocaine Route Programme has become in November 2019 the Global Illicit Flows Programme of the European Union (GIFP). Building on the achievements of the Cocaine Route Programme, the GIFP is the new cooperation programme incorporating component projects dedicated to the fight against organised crime along the cocaine route and the heroin route. […]

News Briefing – Week of 1 June

1/06/2020 – As law enforcement focuses of the Coronavirus lockdown measures, a substantial increase in cannabis cultivation in Albania is anticipated. Recent seizures indicate that the Balkan route remains a favoured trafficking route for Europe destined cannabis. Albania is also about to conclude a draft law which allows for the cultivation of medical cannabis in the […]

News Briefing – Week of 25 May

25/05/2020 – Moroccan authorities are analysing seizures made in 2019. It is reported that 119 tonnes of cannabis were seized as well as 13.5 million cigarettes and 680 000 pills that indicate psychotropic substances.   25/05/2020 – The Colombian army discovered 516kgs of cocaine hidden in 5 plastic containers. It is believed that the now seized drugs were destined […]

News Briefing – Week of 18 May

The lock-down measures adopted in Morocco have disrupted the usual routes used to traffic cannabis towards Europe. Indeed, traffickers were previously relying on the commercial shipping vessels or high-speed boats crossing the Mediterranean. So as to avoid detection, they are favouring longer and more expansive routes however such methodology requires drug hand-overs at high sea.  Burmese authorities […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 9 March

Turkish authorities announced that 2384kgs of heroin has been seized as a result of international operational cooperation with five countries and EUROPOL. The seizures are the result of an investigation that followed a seizure of 300kgs of heroin in Genoa, Italy, back in 2018. The biggest seizure of 1105kgs was made in Kazakhstan, 703kgs in Germany, 350kgs […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 2 March

  Three laboratories that produced large quantities of yaba pills (metamphetamines), heroin and Ice were dismantled by the army of Myanmar. The laboratories were located in the heart of the Southeast Asian Golden Triangle. Several European countries, together with EUROPOL, participated in an operation led by France and Finland against criminal groups trafficking online and offline in misused and counterfeit […]

The Global Illicit Flows Programme well represented at the 63rd CND in Vienna!

 The first week of March 2020 saw over 1000 participants consisting of government officials, representatives of international and regional organisations, civil society organisations and experts in the field of drug policy gather at the Vienna International Conference Center under the framework of the UNODC 63rd Convention on Narcotic Drugs (CND). The CND provides a unique […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 24 February

  Several suspects of Montenegrin nationality are currently detained in Aruba. They were arrested following the interception of the vessel “Arresa” in which five tonnes of cocaine was discovered onboard. This seizure was the result of an operation led by the Netherlands and Colombia and involved several months of investigation that included Serbian, British and Montenegrin […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 17 February

  The first underground  factory producing counterfeit cigarettes has been discovered by the Spanish police in the province of Malaga. The illegal factory had the capacity to produce around 3500 cigarettes per hour. This discovery, which EUROPOL, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom contributed to, was made possible further to the arrest of 20 persons […]