News briefing – week beginning Monday 28 July

• The New York Times started debate on the end of marijuana prohibition. • A French counternarcotics officer was arrested near the Spanish border after 51kgs of cocaine “disappeared” from Paris HQ • UK Border Force discovers 40kgs of cocaine aboard container vessel used to transport bananas • The US courier firm FedEx pleaded not […]

News briefing – week beginning Monday 21 July

Kentucky senator proposes tougher US cocaine-sentencing laws UK government survey shows significant increase in domestic drug use over 10-year period •A Puerto Rico-based cocaine trafficking ring faced drug charges in the US • Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security announced the dismantlement of a major heroin-trafficking group • In Los Angeles, a smuggler was sentenced […]

The EU makes new funding of €750 million available to support peace and security in Africa

Today the EU has adopted an action programme that will provide up to €750 million during the period 2014-2016 to support peace and security in Africa. The new funding had been announced by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, at the Africa- EU summit in April and will be channelled through the African Peace Facility […]

News briefing – week beginning Monday 30 June

Reports that Dominican Republic bears the brunt of trafficking through the Caribbean More discussion on the need to legalise the drugs trade – this time focused on heroin and Afghanistan by the British Ambassador InsightCrime analyses what the arrest of Tijuana cartel leader, Fernando Sanchez Arellano, means for the drug empire With many cartel leaders […]