Newsbriefing – Week of 23 December

6 tonnes of cocaine destined to Lomé, Togo, were seized in Uruguay. 4.4 tonnes were found and seized by the Navy and the customs authorities in four containers at the Montevideo seaport. In relation to this seizure, 1.5 tonnes of cocaine were further discovered and seized in a ranch.

The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro signed a new anti-crime bill which introduces harsher sentences against corruption, organised crime and gang violence.

Human and sex trafficking of Nigerian women to Europe is rising at alarming rates. This traffic is run by secret societies in Nigeria forming the “new mafia”. Yet, little is known about those organisations.

Armenia has become the 40ieth Member State of the Pompidou Group. The Pompidou Group is the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform.

Over 550 kg of heroin were seized in Belarus. This is the largest seizure of this drug in the country. The drug was most probably destined to the European Union.

Operation KAFO, a cross-border operation across West Africa, was organised from 11 to 17 November 2019. Jointly coordinated by the UNODC and INTERPOL firearms programme, it targeted the people and networks behind firearms trafficking in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. It involved 110 police and customs officer and prosecution services from all three countries.