News briefing – week beginning 05 January

  • 2.5kgs of cocaine valued at 6 million pesos (~USD400,000) has been seized, following the arrest of a Mexican in joint efforts involving the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
  • A drug baron, Karl Wilson, has been jailed for 16 years for running a multi-million pound smuggling ring, moving heroin and cocaine from the Midlands to Scotland hidden in vinegar-soaked Asda coffee tins.
  • Drugs worth £140 000 have been seized as 11 people were arrested following “Operation Boomerang” targeting suspected career criminals in Consett, County Durham.
  • Two men have been arrested following the discovery of cocaine valued at £29 000 in police raids In Moray, Scotland.
  • Two men have been caught attempting to use a yacht to smuggle cocaine valued at £40 million into the UK.
  • The EU and Balkan countries are developing mechanisms to tackle organised crime, weapons trafficking and corruption.
  • UNODC blames corruption in Afghanistan for increased drug trafficking as counterfeit medicine soars in the country.
  • Criminality in the Dominican Republic has reportedly plummeted as organised crime threatens recent security efforts in the country.
  • Officials of the Paraguayan Joint Task Force (FTC) have taken down Albino Jara Larrea, founder and leader of narco-trafficking group, the Armed Peasant Association (ACA).
  • A gang of drug smugglers have been jailed for allegedly sailing cocaine worth £90 million into the shores of Britain, UK.
  • Cocaine valued at £55 million has been discovered at a plane crash site in Venezuela.
  • Drug consumption in Cuba has been purported to be on the rise.