News briefing – week beginning 01 December

  • 300 kgs of cocaine valued at £40 million hidden in a shipment of bananas originating from Colombia was seized in Portsmouth, UK, following joint efforts by Border Force, Irish Police and the NCA.
  • 25 kgs of cocaine valued at £750, 000 was seized and ten people were arrested in Swansea, UK.
  • Cocaine valued at £100,000 was seized and two men were arrested in the greater Belfast area by the Police Service in Northern Ireland (PNSI).
  • 215 kgs of cocaine valued at £8 million were seized in the Caribbean following a high speed pursuit by Royal Marine snipers and crew on board Navy warship, HMS Argyll.
  • Drugs projected at $AUD1.5billion have been seized and six men were arrested by members of the Joint Organised Crime Group (JOCG) in Australia.
  • 1,000 people have been arrested in the UK, following a paedophile swoop by members of the National Crime Agency (NCA).
  • Two million suspected illegal cigarettes, originating from Poland, have been seized as six men were arrested following a raid by HMRC officers in Stanmore, UK, disrupting a major smuggling ring.
  • Two men have been convicted following investigations into the use of James Bond styled underwater scooters to smuggle cocaine valued a £16 million into the UK.
  • Australia is investigating the role of bitcoin, a virtual currency, in organised crime as online transaction with the currency increases.
  • According to a poll conducted by the CVVM agency, Czechs supposedly perceive organised crime and terrorism as the greatest threat to the country.
  • A research by the Home Office has revealed there are between 10,000-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.
  • 22 premises have been raided by Gardai in co-operation with Europol following operations targeting organised prostitution in the Dublin area of the Republic of Ireland.
  • A new Europol threat assessment is expected to focus efforts on tackling the rise of gang crimes in the EU.
  • FARC is allegedly working in connection with al-Qaeda to traffic cocaine into Europe.
  • China’s growing middle class is reportedly fueling poaching in Myanmar, Burma as endangered animals are being sold off for different purposes.
  • Colombia has proposed that drug trafficking is classified as a ‘political crime’.