SEACOP second transregional meeting against drug trafficking in Bogota

SEACOP organised a transregional meeting of Maritime Intelligence Units (MIUs) in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in Bogota, Colombia, from 2 to 4 July 2019. The event aimed at promoting communication between the different regions affected by the cocaine route, as well as improve cooperation to better intercept vessels suspected of transporting illicit drugs. […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 24 June

Senegalese customs have seized over a tonne of cocaine hidden inside cars on a ship in Dakar port. The ship was traveling from Brazil to Angola. Authorities first seized 238 kilos of cocaine, before discovering an additional 750 kilos of the drug. Drug seizures are on the rise in West African countries, which are used […]

CORMS represented at the 34th Annual Meeting of Airport Cooperation Group

On 19-20 June, the Pompidou group held the 34th Airport Cooperation Group held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. 29 countries were represented. Representatives donor funded projects in the field of airport cooperation were represented, including the Cocaine Route Programme through CORMS and AIRCOP, but also UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme initiative. For two days, the […]

COLIBRI held its first Steering Committee

On June 14th, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) hosted the first COLIBRI Steering Committee at its headquarters in Brussels. The meeting was attended by representatives of the WCO, the European Commission as well as the COLIBRI and CORMS project teams. This meeting was the opportunity to discuss COLIBRI’s achievements since the start of the project […]

CORMS attends COPOLAD 4th Annual Conference in Suriname

From 18-19 of June, CORMS took part in COPOLAD (Cooperation Programme on Drugs Policies) 4th Annual Conference in Suriname. The conference brought together over a hundred participants from 45 European, Latin American and Caribbean countries to exchange on drugs policy. This year’s topic was Inter-institutional coordination in drugs policy. The conference focused on addressing the […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 17 June

German authorities have seized 670 kilos of heroin in a truck at the Polish border worth €50 million. The drug most probably came from Afghanistan and was disguised as Turkish sweets. The illicit drug was heading towards Belgium. This is the largest heroine seizure ever made in Germany’s law enforcement history. Operation Tayrona has led […]

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 […]

Newsbriefing – Week of 3 June

Spanish Police arrested eleven suspects after custom officers seized one tonne of cocaine concealed inside fake stones. The organised crime group was working with the stone industry to smuggle large quantities of drugs from Colombia into the port of Barcelona, to be later distributed throughout Europe. Belgian authorities dismantled a major illegal cigarette factory and […]