News briefing – week beginning 29 September

  • In the UK, a number of high profile drugs traffickers have been arrested, including Kevin Hanley, Johnny Kock, and several people implicated in the recent yacht seizure off the Irish Coast
  • Five kilograms of cocaine were seized and three members of an Albanian organized crime network were arrested by the UK’s National Crime Agency.
  • Eight people were found dead in a mansion in Cali, South West of Colombia allegedly linked to a drug trafficking feud.
  • Nine people have been arrested including seven members of the Peruvian police force in connection with a drug trafficking network spanning Peru and Bolivia.
  • The Group of Experts on Maritime Narco-trafficking met in Cartagena, Colombia to discuss new developments in maritime narco-trafficking and the challenges faced in dealing with new threats
  • Central American drug trafficking organisations have shifted from land routes to sea and air in order to evade authorities.
  • Two brothers who transported three tons of cocaine to Costa Rica from Panama were arrested following a joint effort by Panama’s National Police and Colombian anti-narcotics police.
  • The European Union signed an agreement with Kosovo in support of the fight against organised crime and corruption.
  • Europol’s Cybercrime Centre published the 2014 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA) to inform decision-makers at strategic, policy and tactical levels to fight cybercrime more effectively and to better protect online society against cyber threats.
  • The OSCE Mission to Serbia launched a project aimed at strengthening police capacity in Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in the fight against organised crime.
  • Cocaine proceeds are believed to be polluting Peruvian politics as cocaine and drug trafficking accusations are aimed at many local and gubernatorial candidates.
  • The head of an international narcotics trafficking syndicate, Alvaro Tardón, was sentenced to 150 Years in Prison for distributing over 7,500 kilograms of South American cocaine in Madrid and laundering $US14million.
  • A drugs survey undertaken in Britain reveals that drug use is on the rise as one in three British adults has taken an illegal substance.