News Briefing – Week beginning on 6 July

Alhaji Sule Lamido, former Governor of Jigawa State in Nigeria, was arrested in Abuja for alleged money laundering. In November 2014, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the two sons of the governor, over alleged misappropriation of billions of naira belonging to the Jigawa State Government.

South Africa customs officials discovered more than 26 kg of cocaine in a bag at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. According to the tag on the luggage, the drugs, valued approximately US$561,000, were allegedly destined to London.

South African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested 15 people and seized drugs worth over US$280,000 In East London, Eastern Cape. The suspects were charged with dealing in drugs, possession of items suspected to have been stolen and possession of drugs.

A 19-year-old student was sentenced to 18 months in prison for allegedly attempting to smuggle 25.4 kg of heroin into Nigeria from Qatar. The man was arrested on 5 April 2014 by operatives of the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos state.

Costa Rica’s new strategy against money laundry and terrorism seeks to expand anti-money laundering control to non-financial sectors and some private transactions. The new strategy has been presented at the opening session of a two-day meeting of the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT).

A new Intendance for the Supervision and Regulation of Non-Financial Entities has been created in Panama to monitor business sectors generally used by money launderers when they are unable to exploit the financial system.

The Czech National Drug Centre cracked down an international group that was operating in the area of drug smuggling, namely in the transportation of methamphetamine from Turkey and Armenia to Japan. Seven people have been accused and detained.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time in 15 years. Mexican officers declared they found a 1.5-km tunnel from Guzman’s cell to another building outside the prison.