News Briefing – Week of 2 November

Two French pilots who fled from Dominican Republic as accused of alleged cocaine trafficking, were arrested in France. Dominican Republic’s prosecutor general announced tht he had requested an international arrest warrant for the two pilots.

UNODC and other stakeholders called the Federal Government of Niigeria to review its drug laws, focusing more on the rehabilitation of offenders, rather than just on their punishment.

During a speech, the Irish Minister of Drugs announced plans to open injection centres for drug users in Dublin in 2016. According to the Minister the decriminalisation of marijuana, cocaine and heroin possession would encourage drug addicts to receive treatment.

Police authorities discovered ten blocks of cocaine weighning approximately 1.5 kg each in a container ship at Durban harbour in South Africa. According to the authorities, the ship was coming from Spain.

Authorities from the Dominican Republic declared that, due to the increased efforts made by the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD), drug traffickers are diverting their shipments to Haiti. This shift was justified by the increasing amount of seizures near the Haitian border.

The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) seized two bullion vans used which contained 41 bags of illicit drugs.

Colombian authorities, with the support of the US DEA, intercepted a fastboat with 744 kg of cocaine on board, south of the coast of Guatemala. In another operation, the Colombian navy was able to seize 616 kg of cocaine in Colombian waters, off the Nariño department coast.

Argentina is investigating a judge of Salta province accused of corruption as he allegedly pardoned and released a drug trafficker in exchange of bribes. Five other people were arrested as connected to this investigation.

Two drug traffickers wanted in Brazil and Venezuela and by Interpol were arrested in Colombia. One of the subjects was the leader of a criminal organisation dedicated to the trafficking of cocaine, who used routes through the continent to smuggle drugs from Peru to Brazil.