News Briefing – Week of 4 July

  • Romanian police reported the identification of 5 tons of cocaine hidden in banana containers that arrived at the Black Sea port from Colombia. Reportedly four Lithuanians and one Colombian were arrested and allegedly the main goal was to transport cocaine to the Netherlands.
  • The Atlantic has analysed who will control Colombia’s cocaine after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia sign a cease-fire agreement. According to the article, the lack of FARC’s presence could create a vacuum for another criminal group that may seek to fill.
  • The Chargé d’Affaires of the Peru Embassy in Ghana, has informed that his country will partner with Ghana in the fight against drug trafficking. In the last years, Ghana has become a transit point for cocaine from producer countries in Latin America.
  • The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) has reported that the area of land for coca leaf cultivation in Bolivia has declined from 20,400 hectares in 2014 to 20,200 in 2015.
  • Botswana Deputy Officer Commanding Narcotic, Fauna and Flora Investigations Detective Superintendent, pointed out that drugs have become a serious problem in this African country. Reports have indicated the most abused drugs in this African are dagga and cocaine.
  • A 25-year-old Irish football fan was aprehended after revenue officers discovered 11 kilograms of cocaine worth €750,000 in his luggage. Allegedly, he arrived at Dublin Airport returning from Euro 2016.