News briefing – week beginning 20 October

UNODC is expected to collaborate with Fiji in its efforts against drug trafficking, corruption and terrorism as the Pacific region is considered vulnerable to transnational organised crime The alleged leader of Portsmouth drug trafficking organisation, Antwan Black, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison; disrupting drug supply in the region Detectives from the […]

News briefing – week beginning 13 October

Dominican Republican authorities arrested seven people including an intelligence officer and seized RD$3 million in connection with a drug trafficking case. Bolivia is allegedly becoming the new drug trafficking hub in South America. Several Paraguayan politicians are reportedly linked to drug-trafficking cases, mafias and assassinations. Portuguese authorities arrested two Ukrainians and seized 600 kilograms of cocaine […]

Could Medicinal Cannabis Provide the Solution to South America’s ‘Pasta Base’ Problem?

On April 3 2014, Uruguay’s undersecretary for public health used a UN-hosted conference on women, drug policy, and incarceration on the Americas to propose a novel method of tackling drug addiction. ‘Jail is not a very suitable place for someone to safely overcome drug addiction’, said Leonel Briozzo, before suggesting that marijuana (legalised in Uruguay […]

News briefing, week beginning 22 September

200 kilograms of heroin, 1.3 tonnes of cannabis and 599 kilograms of cocaine were seized and 1150 people were arrested, following Operation Archimedes coordinated by Europol across Europe. Mexican drug cartels have begun trafficking cocaine directly from Southern America, displacing the Colombian middlemen. The European Union and the United Nations pledged their continued support for […]

Operation Archimedes

On 23 September, EUROPOL successfully concluded Operation Archimedes, a nine-day counter-organised crime intervention that focused across Europe and into source countries. All 28 EU member states took part, with Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Australia, Colombia and the US also contributing. With 20,000 law enforcement officers involved, Archimedes was the largest joint operation held in the EU. […]