News Briefing – Week beginning on 31 August

Bolivian authorities surprised two alleged Brazilian drug smugglers at a clandestine airstrip near Santa Cruz as they were in the process of loading a plane with 400 kg of cocaine. Bolivian police reported that the two Brazilians were members of a criminal group called Red Command. One of the smugglers died in the shootout on the airstrip.

Akefly airline will not be allowed to fly between Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, and the Carribean islands of Aruba and Curaçao as the Dutch government wants flights with increased risk of drug smuggling to fly only to and through airports with adequate control facilities.

Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at Murtala International Airport in Lagos arrested a woman for allegedly trying to smuggle 2 kg of cannabis to South Africa.

A Bolivian Air Force pilot has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 400 kg of cocaine paste to Brazil. The drug was reportedly worth more than US$ 1 million.

Two Dutch nationals were arrested on a yacht off the coast of Kent where approximately 1,200 kg of cocaine were hidden. Border Force officers declared that the destination of the boat was unclear.

Three Colombian men were sentenced to six years for drug smuggling in a United State prison. Last December they were arrested by the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team while tranporting 76 kg of cocaine on their go-fast boat.