News briefing – week beginning 13 October

  • Dominican Republican authorities arrested seven people including an intelligence officer and seized RD$3 million in connection with a drug trafficking case.
  • Bolivia is allegedly becoming the new drug trafficking hub in South America.
  • Several Paraguayan politicians are reportedly linked to drug-trafficking cases, mafias and assassinations.
  • Portuguese authorities arrested two Ukrainians and seized 600 kilograms of cocaine valued at €21 million aboard a boat off the country’s southwesterly tip.
  • Mexican drug traffickers are allegedly diversifying into human trafficking as a result of government crackdown on the drug trade.
  • 10 police raids across Northern Ireland and Manchester have resulted in the arrest of 9 people and several seizures in connection with drugs trafficking.
  • 4 tons of cocaine valued at US$423 million was seized and 55 people were arrested following Operation Martillo conducted across Central and South America by the US Coast Guard and their Latin American counterparts.
  • 29 people were arrested in Canada in connection with drug trafficking, following a three-year joint-forces investigation tagged Operation J-Tornado.
  • Experts are focused on the application of the convention on organised crime in the fight against fake medicines.
  • Locals in Peru have reportedly rebuilt 49 of the 185 clandestine airstrips earlier destroyed by authorities.
  • An ATM used for bitcon, a digital currency, was seized by authorities in Brisbane as part of an investigation into an alleged drug trafficking network.