News Briefing – Week beginning on 17 August

Peru’s Congress approved the resumption of the aerial interdiction practice, which would allow police forces to shoot down flights suspected of transporting cocaine and other illicit drugs in Peruvian air space. According to President Ollanta Humala, this law would act as a deterrent in the fight against drug trafficking.

Since January 2015, more than 36 kg  of cocaine and heroin have been found in flower shipments at Miami port. Most come from either Colombia or Ecuador. Some of the drugs are hidden in the boxes the flowers are shipped with, but the majority is injected within the flowers themselves.

The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), an institution part of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to host an anti-money laundering summit in Lagos, Nigeria.

Following a massive operation against a money-laundering ring, Mexican authorities seized a big hotel in La Cruz de Loreto. The property was seized in response to a request from the Finance and Public Credit Secretariat, as part of an intelligence-sharing operation with the United States.

A Honduran man pled guilty of smuggling cocaine through an underwater tunnel that began in Mexicali, Mexico and ended in Calexico, California.

A Metro Police Officer has been arrested in Durban, South Africa for possession of drugs with an estimated street value of US$ 2,500.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested two men at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, for cocaine trafficking. The two Nigerian citizens were travelling from Brazil, transporting approximately 2.5 kg of cocaine.