News briefing – week beginning September 8th

  • The Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report stating that drug control is out of hand, calling for a shift towards decriminalisation and regulation of most illegal drugs, while cracking down on violent drug gangs.
  • Following a three-year investigation in New Brunswick, Canada, 28 people were arrested, disrupting a major organised crime and drug trafficking ring.
  • Peru destroyed 37 makeshift runways in the Amazon as part of an attempt to halt an increasing number of small planes from smuggling cocaine out of the country.
  • The Mexican army discovered and destroyed a coca plantation with a total of 1,639 coca plants in Chiapas. Mexico has not been previously known as a producer of coca.
  • In Lancashire, a drug supply chain was dismantled, and £1 million worth of drugs were seized drugs
  • 100 people were arrested in a Europol operation targeting organised crime groups, particularly those selling forged documents.
  • The Chinese government reaffirmed its zeal to eradicate criminal organisations in the country by targeting small groups and corrupt officials.
  • The Spanish Civil Guard arrested suspected drug traffickers and members of a criminal organisation from Manchester in the tourist centre of Magaluf.
  • The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime hosted an event to examine the rise of maritime narcotics trafficking and trial of drug traffickers apprehended in international waters. At present, there is no legal framework for prosecuting maritime narcotic traffickers.
  • 14 people including 3 politicians were arrested by the Bosnian police in connection with organised crime and tax evasion accruing to €6 m.
  • Zambia has been accused of being an organised crime state. This comes as Fred M’mebe; the Publisher of The Post newspaper is accused of willfully evading tax payment since 2011.
  • Drug trafficking within West Africa has been disrupted as a result of suspension of flights within the region to reduce the spread of Ebola.
  • A report by the Organisation of American States declares that the “war on drugs” is unpractical, reiterating the need for the decriminalisation or legalisation of certain illegal drugs.