News Briefing – Week beginning on 22 September

Argentine customs agents found about 30 kg of cocaine absorbed into grains of rice headed to Africa and then be transported to Europe. This seizure reflects the growing importance of Argentina as a shipping point for cocaine from Latin America to Western countries.

Drug trafficking in Honduras has reportedly dropped 72% thanks to military intelligence work. According to sources, now Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua all see more drug shipments than Honduras.

Peruvian prosecutors announced they have re-opened a money laundering investigation against Peru’s first lady Nadine Heredia. Heredia is accused of having received thousands of dollars several years ago, around the same time her husband, President Ollanta Humala, allegedly received illicit funds from various Venezuelan companies.

Three months after the subscription of a peace deal in northern Mali, the government announced the indefinite postponement of local elections, pointed to poor security, drug trafficking and the absence of government in several areas.

Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly in a speech in which he talked about economic and social exclusion, which lead to human trafficking, drugs and weapons trade, terrorism and international organised crime.

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a student and four other people for suspected drug trafficking. They were detained at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport of Lagos, transporting 10.225kg of cocaine. Two of the suspects were coming from Brazil while three others were on their way to South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met in Quito for the diplomatic parley to normalise relations after a month-long spat over Venezuela’s closure of their shared border. According to Santos’ declarations, drug trafficking and contraband are the reasons that obligated the two countries to work together.