News Briefing- Week of 23 of July

  • Intelligence sources said the Urabeños drugs gang had put a 200m-peso ($70,000; £53,000) price on the German shepherd’s head after she found almost 10 tonnes of the gang’s cocaine.
  • According to a new report from the watchdog agency Semáforo Delictivo and Lantia Consultores, executions linked to organised crime in Mexico have risen to record levels during the first six months of 2018, underscoring how shifting criminal dynamics continue to negatively impact levels of violence in the country.
  • Two Dutch nationals appeared in a British court on 28 July after two tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of £512 million ($672 million) was seized from a yacht in the English Channel.
  • Cocaine use at “middle-class parties” is helping to fuel drug-related gang violence on the streets of London, the Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned.
  • More young Britons are using hard drugs than at any point over the past 10 years, thanks in part to a dramatic fall in the price of cocaine, according to a survey conducted by the UK government.
  • At the opening ceremony of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) International Human Trafficking Conference on 25 July, the European Union (EU) has committed to remaining a key partner with Jamaica in combatting transnational organised criminal activity.