News Briefing – Week beginning on 5 October

During bilateral talks at State House in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania committed to join forces in the fight drug against trafficking, terrorism and poaching. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared that the two countries must work together to containe this global menace which jeopardise trade and economic development.

The National Banks and Securities Commission of Honduras ordered the “forced liquidation” of Banco Continental, accused by the United States of money laundering and supporting drug trafficking.

Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, Northwestern Nigeria, declared that the battle against money laundering will soon be won as the three tiers of government had intensified efforts to curb corrupt tis illegal activity in the country.

A major Jamaican suspect in a guns-for-drugs smuggling network was killed during a law enforcement operation in southern Haiti. Jamaican investigators declared that the fugitive had been based in the town of Old Harbor before fleeing to Haiti.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a passenger for attempting to smuggle out 23 wraps containing US$34,000 to Brazil. The passenger was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, during screening of passengers on an Etihad Airways flight.
A small plane transporting cocaine crashed and burst into flames in the Mexican state of Michoacan, an accident in which two suspected drug traffickers were killed. The initial probe indicates the aircraft crashed  probably due to the weight of the cocaine packets.