News briefing – week beginning Monday 21 July

•A Puerto Rico-based cocaine trafficking ring faced drug charges in the US

• Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security announced the dismantlement of a major heroin-trafficking group

• In Los Angeles, a smuggler was sentenced to 5 years in prison after cocaine was found concealed inside his surfboard

• UK border police seize £1.3 million worth of cocaine on board Slovakian-registered lorry at entrance to Channel Tunnel

• Bank of America agrees to £16.6 million payout in response to US treasury’s drug-related money laundering charges

• 7 members of various Colombian security forces arrested for alleged connections to drug-trafficking groups.

• A former Australian soldier was granted early release from his drug-trafficking sentence after a report found he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder