News briefing – week beginning 12 January

  • Six Nova Scotia men have been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, following “Operational Hancock” an international investigation into illegal trafficking of drugs originating from Panama into the Port of Halifax, Canada
  • 150 grams of cocaine concealed in chorizo sausage bound for France has been seized following the arrest of three men by the Spanish Policía Nacionel en Zaragoza (Aragón)
  • Members of the Argentine Army have discovered 2 000 bales of marijuana (1 500kgs) wrapped in plastic bags in the town of Misión Tacaaglé, Province of Formosa
  • A new Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) has been set up to target organised criminal groups involved in the trafficking of persons into West Yorkshire, UK
  • Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China have set up a joint centre to combat drug trafficking along the Mekong River of Southeast Asia
  • The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has sought public collaboration in the fight against drug trafficking in the country
  • The Home office has approved the use of “Drugwipe” device which tests for cocaine and cannabis from saliva samples within three minutes
  • Drug dealers in the UK are reportedly using children as young as 12 years old to traffic drugs in a new form of human trafficking
  • Kosovo and Macedonia have made efforts to cooperate against organised crimes and terrorism across their borders
  • 60 Mexican Sinaloa Cartel members have been charged with drug trafficking following a three year long investigation
  • The US has unveiled a new plan to tackle drug trafficking in the Caribbean
  • Cocaine valued at £2.4 million has been seized by Border Force officers at the Dover port in the UK
  • Rochdale organised crime group members have been jailed following investigations into a £500 000 online credit card scam in the UK
  • A new form of cocaine, liquid cocaine is reportedly the new method of smuggling drugs
  • Kenya and Ethiopia are allegedly becoming heroin trafficking routes into Europe