News briefing – week beginning 16 February

  • Former US President Bill Clinton has apologised to Mexico, saying the US war on drugs has ‘backfired’, and has fuelled spiralling violence.
  • Colombian police have reportedly discovered 3.5 tonnes of cocaine in the northern port town of Cartagena.
  • US authorities have reportedly dismantled a ‘major drug trafficking network’, alleged to have shipped 130 kilograms of cocaine from the Rio Grande Valley to Houston every week.
  • Authorities in Ecuador have reportedly seized ‘a ton of cocaine’ headed for the Galapagos Islands.
  • Two Colombian men have been jailed in Ireland for distributing an estimated €2.24 million of cocaine within the country.
  • A drugs gang charged with ‘flooding’ Tyneside, UK, with an estimated £4.8 million worth of cocaine have been jailed.
  • 25 people have been indicted in Puerto Rico on suspicion of running a drug trafficking network, alleged to have been operating since 2010.
  • A Ghanaian man is being held in India after being found in possession of 160 grams of cocaine.
  • Abimael Coneo Martinez, an aide to the leader of Colombia’s Usuga Clan, an organised crime group, has been arrested. The group allegedly fights to assert control over Colombian drug trafficking routes.
  • It has been claimed that within the past year, Honduran authorities have destroyed 150 clandestine ‘narco airstrips’.