News Briefing-Week of 13 of August

  • Costa Rica’s government is struggling to stall worsening violence driven by local criminal groups battling for control of domestic drug markets. Costa Rica is a key transshipment point for Colombian cocaine heading to the United States and Europe. Instead of making payments in dollars, transnational criminal organizations often pay local criminal groups in drugs. With more drugs remaining in Costa Rica, illicit drug consumption has increased, and local criminal actors have been quick to control increasingly lucrative local markets.
  • Police and emergency workers in the UK have warned addicts over the growing availability of a synthetic drug called Monkey Dust. It can be bought for as little as £2 ($2.54) per dose on the streets of Britain, where it is reported to have left many users in a state of psychosis.
  • The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has apprehended two persons for trafficking narcotics at the Aviance Cargo Village in Accra, Ghana. A thorough search  found 45 boxes which contained 625 compressed slabs of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa and two lunch boxes containing brownish substances suspected to be Hashish Oil, concealed among dried ginger for export.
  • The Marrakech criminal police arrested two Spanish nationals on the basis of a warrant from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking case.