News briefing – week beginning 6 October

  • The World Anti-Doping Agency asserted that organised crime is the biggest threat to sport with 25 percent of world sport controlled by criminal groups
  • German authorities confiscated a 330kg heroin shipment valued at €50 million. It is believed to be the largest heroin shipment to Germany in decades
  • The African Union released a report, assessing drug trafficking and organised crime in West and Central Africa
  • Poaching of rhinos and smuggling of migrants topped the agenda at the conference of state parties to the UN Convention on Transnational Organised Crime
  • Two clandestine arms manufacturers were discovered in a joint operation between Mexican and US authorities in Guadalajara. This is the first of its kind in Mexico
  • A 3D Printer was confiscated and 31 people were arrested in connection with payment fraud and forgery, following a joint effort by Bulgarian and Spanish authorities as well as Europol European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
  • The Committee of Heads of Intelligence and Security of ECOWAS has called upon the organisation to strategise and increase its efforts in the fight against transnational organised crime
  • South American drugs traffickers are allegedly using submarines to transport drugs across the Atlantic
  • 820 kilograms of cocaine valued at US$24.5 million was seized in a speed boat off the Columbian Coast in a joint operation between the US and Panama
  • Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, the leader of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel was arrested by police authorities
  • 28 bodies which were discovered in mass graves in Mexico are believed to be connected to the drug war
  • Two drug trafficking gangs recruiting “mules” to transport drugs were dismantled following intelligence gathering and investigations by the Dominican Republican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD)