News Briefing – Week beginning on 24 August

Europol coordinated an operation against a Nigerian drug trafficking gang with police forces in the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Sweden. The operation led to the arrest of 10 people and to the seizure of significant amounts of cocaine throughout Europe.

The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) will soon unveil the fourth strategic plan (2016-2020) in the fight against financial crimes, money laundering and financing of terrorism in the region.

The Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) of Malaysia broke down an international drug trafficking ring operated by Nigerians in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian police operated three raids in 10 hours, arresting three Nigerian citizens.

Approximately 400 Brazilian police officers raided several synthetic-drug laboratories in six federal states in Brazil, arresting more than 100 people in only one day . The operation was aimed to dismantle a large drug trafficking organizations with branches all over the country.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) declared that it would soon launch a new anti-narcotics campaign for curtailing drug trafficking in Nigeria and the surrounding area. According to sources, the campaign will focus on schools, motor parks, hotels, etc. to educate the public on the dangers of illicit drugs.

Members of the anti-smuggling unit at OR Tambo Airport in South Africa found 143 kg of cocaine hidden in 147 hair product bottles. The consignment arrived from Brazil and the cargo information indicated that it was in transit to Cotonou in Benin and other countries of Western Africa.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach seized about 200 kg of cocaine stashed inside a shipment of tires coming from South America. The drug was valued at approximately US$ 8 million.