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 […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 30 September

The poaching and smuggling of marine life are increasingly treated as organised crime in South Africa. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing have traditionally been dealt with as fisheries management issues by the government, resulting in low penalties for offenders. But regional initiatives like FishFORCE, training law enforcement officers and prosecutors, have resulted in greater awareness […]

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 […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 29 July

German customs have seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine valued around one billion euros in the port of Hamburg. The drug was being shipped from Uruguay to Antwerp, Belgium. This is Germany’s largest single seizure of cocaine. Joint international operation supported by Europol, INTERPOL and WCO led to the seizure of 18.000 cultural goods, including 10.000 […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 10 June

French and Romanian authorities dismantled a vast human trafficking ring with the support of Eurojust and Europol. 13 victims of sexual exploitation were saved, and 13 suspects were arrested. Russian customs have seized 400 kilos of cocaine estimated around $70M hidden in St-Petersburg port. The illicit drug came by ship from Ecuador and was hidden […]