News briefing – week beginning Monday 23 June

  • Costa Rica cooperated with US Coast Guard on cocaine trafficking, resulting in significant seizures
  • The UN reports a decrease in coca cultivation in Bolivia, falls to 11-year low
  • Ahead of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26 June, Ruth Dreifuss and Jorge Sampaio scan the debate on international drug policy
  • The West African Commission on Drugs (WACD) released a report detailing the extent of drugs in the region – from transit, production and use, calling for decriminalisation in some areas and enhanced sophistication of law enforcement in others
  • New methods of drug smuggling – concealed in baked goods
  • In light of the ongoing debate on drug policy, the Economist explains the difference between legalisation and decriminalisation
  • Saferworld released a report analysing the approaches and intervention strategies that have been applied to tackle Transnational Organised Crime