News briefing – week beginning 17 November

  • Cocaine valued at £5 million was seized from a light aircraft at an East Yorkshire airfield in the UK, following joint operations by members of the NCA and Border Force.
  • Many Mexaican citizens believe that the 43 missing and possibly dead students in Iguala reveal the increasing connection between corruption and violence which indicate failures of President Pena’s administration.
  • 104 cocaine capsules have been removed from Colombia’s ‘youngest ever’ drug mule who was allegedly being prepared to transport the drugs to Spain.
  • Cocaine valued at £500,000, hidden in ropes used to secure pallets of food from Jamaica, has been seized by Border Force officials at Gatwick Airport.
  • Mexico’s organised crime is supposedly responsible for increased Methamphetamine seizures in Spain and Australia.
  • A report by Eurojust, the EU’s judicial cooperation body, reveals that organised crime is allegedly behind cross-border environmental crimes such as trafficking in endangered species, illegal trafficking in waste and surface water pollution.
  • The Metropolitan Police in London, UK is tackling 200 organised online fraud groups and expected to create several “volume crime hubs” for reporting online fraud.
  • The first-ever data on organised crime in Canada from credit card fraud to murder is expected to be published in 2015 by the Department of Public safety.
  • Organised crime has been purported to be increasingly behind cyber attacks with links spanning most parts of the globe notably Eastern Europe.
  • A total of 739 kilograms of cocaine has been seized in two busts by agents of the National Air and Border Protection Service of Panama.
  • Bolivia and Peru have reportedly signed a joint agreement, agreeing to combat drug trafficking along their shared border.
  • Several international drug trafficking channels have been dismantled in the Guangdong province of the Republic of China, following a crack down on cross-border drug cartels by police authorities.
  • Organised crime syndicates in the UK are allegedly diversifying to trafficking in counterfeit and fake medicine.
  • Colombia soccer club, Envigado, has reportedly been involved in money laundering for drug trafficking cartel.
  • The Taliban has allegedly taken control of organised crime in Karachi, the economic capital of Pakistan.
  • The US backed “war on drugs” in Mexico is reportedly fueling the rising wave of drug related violence plaguing the country.
  • Drug trafficking in Mauritania has been purported to be on the decline.