14 Dec 2017

Mexico: murders of women rise sharply as drug war intensifies

“The number of women being murdered in Mexico has risen sharply over the last decade amid the country’s drug war, more than wiping out two decades of gains when the rate fell by half, a new study shows.” Source: Mexico: murders of women rise sharply as drug war intensifies |

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14 Dec 2017

Colombia’s main gang declares unilateral ceasefire

“Colombia’s biggest criminal gang has declared a unilateral ceasefire to help ‘bring about peace’. The gang, known as the Gulf Clan or Los Urabeños, said it would stop ‘offensive military actions from 13 December’.” Source: Colombia’s main gang declares unilateral ceasefire – BBC News

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14 Dec 2017

Brazil captures most wanted arms trafficker in Paraguay

“Brazil’s most wanted arms trafficker, an alleged weapons supplier for Rio de Janeiro’s biggest criminal gang the Red Command (CV), was captured in southern Paraguay on Wednesday, Rio authorities said, as they battle growing crime in the city.” Source: Brazil captures most wanted arms trafficker in Paraguay

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13 Dec 2017

Trafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in Sahel

“The UN has warned of a rise in trafficking of the synthetic opioid tramadol across West Africa, as one official revealed it is being found in the pockets of suicide bombers.” Source: Trafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in Sahel – BBC News

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12 Dec 2017

Coast Guard intercepts cocaine-filled submarine-like vessel

“A U.S. Coast Guard cutter intercepted a semi-submersible vessel filled with thousands of pounds of cocaine off the coast of Texas last month, according to an official statement.” Source: Coast Guard intercepts cocaine-filled submarine-like vessel

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07 Dec 2017

Arrest of Rio Drug Kingpin Unlikely to Break Gang Control

“One of Rio’s most wanted drug kingpins has been arrested in a massive security operation, raising questions about how his capture might affect criminal dynamics in Brazil’s second-largest city.” Source: Arrest of Rio Drug Kingpin Unlikely to Break Gang Control – InSight Crime

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07 Dec 2017

Rio police hail arrest of drug kingpin in 3,000-strong favela operation

“Security forces in Rio de Janeiro have arrested a drug kingpin blamed for a war between rival gangs in Brazil’s biggest favela.” Source: Rio police hail arrest of drug kingpin in 3,000-strong favela operation | World news | The Guardian

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06 Dec 2017

Peru’s coca area expands for first time in five years: U.N.

“The area planted with coca in Peru expanded 9 percent in 2016, ending a streak of four years of consecutive declines, as global demand for cocaine grows, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Tuesday.” Source: Peru’s coca area expands for first time in five years:

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06 Dec 2017

Colombia cocaine: Huge haul found in banana shipment

“Almost six tonnes of cocaine have been found hidden among bananas on board a ship in the port of Algeciras, in southern Spain. The seizure by police and customs officers is one of the largest of the drug to be made in Europe in the last two decades. “ Source:

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05 Dec 2017

Morocco thwarts 55,000 illegal migration attempts in 2017

“The Moroccan government has thwarted at least 55,000 attempts to smuggle illegal migrants into Europe this year alone, the Interior Minister has revealed. Around 100 people-smuggling networks were uncovered and dismantled.” Source: Morocco thwarts 55,000 illegal migration attempts in 2017 – Middle East Monitor

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