News Briefing – Week of 30 November

Closing event of the AMERIPOL-EU event held in Bogota. Financed under the ICsP and part of the flagship Cocaine Route Programme, the projects objectives focused on strengthening the cooperation of law enforcement, judicial and prosecuting authorities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During a regional workshop on Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in Abuja, representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) declared that any bank conniving with government officials for money laundering will be closed down.

Colombian General Luis Eduardo Martinez is under investigation over allegedly connections with criminal organisations and paramilitary groups. He is in charge of the operation against the Urabeños, Colombia’s most dangerous drug cartel.

Following the 110th Plenary Assembly of the Argentinian bishops, the prelates warned of the gravity of the issue of drug trafficking that is affecting Argentina. The conference connected drugs trafficking with the culture of consumerism and the “globalisation of indifference”. The bishops emphasised that the most appropriate solution is deep cultural transformation.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has reiterated his rejection to marijuana legalisation, declaring that marijuana is a shortcut to more harmful substances. Nevertheless, he has stated his approval on a potential debate exploring possible alternative uses of the drug.

Laura d’Arrigo, diplomatic advisor at the French Interministerial Mission for Combating Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (MILDECA) has been elected Chair of the EMCDDA Management Board. Franz Pietsch, National drug coordination of Austria, Chair of the Austrian Federal Drug Coordination and Deputy Director for Public Health of the Federal Ministry of Healt, has been elected to the position of Vice-Chair.

Italian police busted a major drug trafficking ring operating in Venice and linked to the Calabrian mafia named ‘Ndrangheta. This mafia has close connection with drug traffickers in Latin America and it has a fundamental role in sorting drugs destined to other European countries.