News briefing – week beginning on 14 September

Brazil’s Supreme Court justices have been discussing the possibility of decriminalise the personal possession of marijuana. Six votes are needed for the bill to pass and three out of the 11 judges have already voted in favour.

According to the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) approximately 62 tons of cocaine were seized last year in the Caribbean. Seizing operations in the Caribbean are mainly conducted as part of the “Operation Martillo” based on the cooperation between the United States and 15 Caribbean and Latin American countries.

The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) jointly with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) signed a statement that would set forth the cooperation between the two agencies in the fight against drug trafficking at Nigerian airports.

Agents of the British National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested four members of a Dutch drug smuggling gang who were transporting cocaine, heroin and ecstasy worth US$60 million hidden in an ambulance in West Midlands.

Brazilian drug police arrested a well-known drug trafficker, Mario Sergio Machado Munes, who was once in business with Pablo Escobar. Machado had been sought by Brazilian federal police and Interpol for years.

Spanish authorities arrested ten alleged drug traffickers affiliated to a ring that imported cocaine from Latin America to Spain via ships. During the operation that led to the capture of the smugglers, the police seized 1,7 tons of cocaine.

The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested six alleged members of a money laundering syndicate specialised in laundering dollars. A bureau de change operator was reportedly involved in the crime.