News briefing – week beginning Monday 30 June

  • Reports that Dominican Republic bears the brunt of trafficking through the Caribbean
  • More discussion on the need to legalise the drugs trade – this time focused on heroin and Afghanistan by the British Ambassador
  • InsightCrime analyses what the arrest of Tijuana cartel leader, Fernando Sanchez Arellano, means for the drug empire
  • With many cartel leaders being arrested, the Latino Post profiled remaining cartel leaders in Mexico
  • UNODC released the World Drug Report 2014. At the launch, UNODC director called for more attention on the health and human rights of drug users
  • MSU economist uses data on drug prices to map flows of cocaine in the US
  • New Zealand passes a new bill on Organised Crime and Corruption
  • Costa Rican authorities seize 2.4 tons of cocaine, bring this year’s total to 17 tons
  • Refugees International released a report detailing the impact of Mexico’s drug war on the local population, thousands forced to flee their homes
  • Peru enacts a new law giving police enhanced powers to investigate organised crime