Newsbriefing – Week of 11 November


The Italian Carabinieri (Carabinieri) and the Italian Finance Corps (Guardia di Finanza), supported by Italian Customs, Europol and Frontexseized 1 176 kg of cocaine worth €250 million in the Port of Gioia Tauro, southwest Italy. The shipping documents show that the container was destined for Germany. The drug was hidden in a case of bananas stored in a refrigerated container

 Anti-narcotics officers in Thailand have seized 176 kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the metal frames of electric treadmills bound for Japan. The UNODC estimates that the Asia-Pacific methamphetamine trade alone is worth as much as $61.4 billion in 2018, up from an estimated $15 billion just five years earlier.

 record seizure of 730kg with a street value of 52.2 M EUR of pure heroin was detected by the Slovenian and Hungarian authorities in the city of Koper.

 About 750 of cocaine has washed up all along the French Atlantic coast. It is not yet known why the drug has washed up and where it came from. The investigation is ongoing.

Border force officers found 200kg of drug packages that were concealed in meat in the back of a truck at Harwich Port in Essex. According to the NCA, the drug had a street value of £20m