News briefing – week beginning 3 November

  • 700 kilograms of cocaine were discovered in a shipment from Guatemala by a Spanish freight company in Esparreguera.
  • 5.4 kilograms of cocaine valued at €378,000 was discovered by authorities in sweets consignments at Dublin airport
  • Another 5.4 kilograms of cocaine valued at HK$5.5 million were found in cans of pineapple at Hong Kong airport.
  • 13 kilograms of cocaine valued at £600,000 were seized and four people were arrested by police authorities in Brynhyfryd, Swansea.
  • 2,200 kilograms of cocaine were seized resulting in a dozen arrests by Colombian security officials, disrupting a major drug trafficking organisation.
  • 459 kilograms of cocaine were seized at the by officials of the Canada Border Services Agency.
  • 250 kilograms of cocaine bound for the UK were seized in the Caribbean following joint efforts by members of the NCA, MPS and French authorities.
  • 410 online dark marketplaces used for the sale, distribution and promotion of illegal and harmful items, including drugs were taken down resulting in 17 arrests, following joint efforts by the EC3, the FBI, the U.S – ICE and HSI.
  • One tonne of hashish, 44 vehicles, 21 properties, a sailing boat and €27 500 were seized and 24 people were arrested in Spain and Germany following joint operations coordinated by Europol.
  • Online shopping sites such as eBay and Amazon have allegedly been overrun by organised crime.
  • Organised crime syndicates have purportedly been involved in a credit card theft rampage and cyber heists which resulted in £25m being withdrawn from over 36,000 ATMs across 26 countries.
  • Authorities in Brazil have arrested dozens and seized USD $5.3 million in connection with planes used to transport cocaine from Venezuela to Honduras.
  • 9 drug laboratories allegedly owned by FARC were destroyed by soldiers with the Colombian national army.