Newsbriefing – Week of 29 October

  • A report by Euromonitor International shows that the illicit market of alcohol is a growing source of income for criminal organisation in Latin America. According to the report, the annual illegal sales of alcohol amount to $4.8 billion.
  • Colombia Attorney General has proposed a new disruption policy to fight increasing drug production in the country, a primary source of income for Colombia’s organized crime groups. The proposal includes promoting bioengineering projects to curb the production of cocaine, limiting the supply of energy to greenhouses to disrupt cannabis growing operations, and adopting measures to stop the use of cash and companies that offer foreign currency transfers or remittance services in areas of illicit crop cultivation.
  • Ghanaian authorities show their committment to addressing maritime crime, including illegal oil bunkering, drug, arms and human trafficking, during the Our Ocean Conference which was held in Bali on October 29 and 30.
  • The White House announces that President Donald Trump will postpone his visit to Colombia planned on December 2nd because of a busy schedule. It’s the second time this year that the US President cancels a visit to Colombia, the latest one being in April. Over the years, the US have been Colombia’s closest ally in fighting drug trafficking and the newly elected president Ivan Duque shares the US’ critical view of the threat posed by Venezuela.