News briefing – week beginning 10 November

  • Argentina is reportedly becoming a major drug-trafficking hub in Latin America.
  • Several Latin-American countries have adopted shoot-down laws, which allow countries to shoot down suspected drug trafficking flights, in an attempt to curb aerial drug trafficking.
  • Four people were arrested in the Kenyan port of Mombasa on suspicions of drug trafficking.
  • A group of four people were arrested and 18,000 pills of various categories hidden in a gas cylinder on a dhow were seized following Operation Gas Cylinder in Sharjah, UAE in conjunction with Dubai Police.
  • Four men have been arrested for smuggling of cocaine valued at £16 million into the UK; using “James Bond” styled underwater vehicles.
  • More Mexicans are allegedly being jailed in Peru for drug trafficking offences, indicating the country’s increasing involvement in the drug trade.
  • Three people have been arrested and cocaine valued at £11 million was seized in the largest ever cocaine seizure by Lancashire Police in the UK.
  • The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) unveiled the Russian Laundromat which is purportedly a system used to launder more than RUB945 billion from Russian Shell companies into EU banks through Latvia.
  • The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) released guidelines on ivory, supporting the employment of forensic technology to combat elephant poaching.
  • A report released by the Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJINI) commended the criminal justice agencies and other government departments in the fight against serious and organised crime in Northern Ireland.
  • Organised crime in Mexico is reportedly undermining the country’s energy reform programmes as associated security threats increase.
  • The UNODC reaffirmed its efforts in the fight against drug trafficking, corruption, money laundering and terrorism in Afghanistan through research and analysis of the problem in order to offer strong technical support to the government.