News Briefing – Week of 8 August

  • The UK National Crime Agency has reported two nationals from Turkey were sentenced to 22 and 20 years after being found with 3.2 tonnes of cocaine with estimated street value of £512 million. According to the NCA senior investigating officer investigation for this case involved  law enforcement agencies from different countries including UK, France, Turkey, Guyana and Tanzania.
  • International concerns have been raised over a deadly anti-drug policy of the Philippines’ new president. Duterte has ordered the police and military to kill people suspected of either using or selling drugs without due process. Hannah Hetzer, a Drug Policy Alliance senior international policy manager, has pointed out extrajudicial assassinations are likely to carry on unless the international community takes action.
  • A 42-year-old South African woman has been arrested at the Panama’s International Airport after being caught with five kilograms of cocaine. It has been reported that she was about to take a flight to Lisbon.
  • Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) from Nigeria have reported the arrest of three suspects who allegedly attempted to transport cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. According to reports, the cocaine likely originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil.