News briefing – week beginning 11 May

  • The Colombian government has halted the use of the herbicide glyphosate, and said it will find alternative methods of destroying coca crops
  • The UK’s Border Force has seized approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine at the Port of Dover, hidden inside the bodywork of a Volkswagen van
  • VICE has published an interview with Pierre Lapaque, the West and Central Africa representative for UNODC (the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime). Lapaque recently claimed that Africa will become the “market of the future” for illegal drugs
  • The State Office of Criminal Investigation in Styria, Austria, has announced that it smashed an international cocaine trafficking ring, arresting 30 people and seizing drugs worth an estimated €2 million