08 Oct 2018

Antwerp’s war on drugs steps up a gear

“Criminal gangs are offering big money to dock workers, police and customs officers that are prepared to help them smuggle cocaine via Europe’s second biggest port. Speaking on Friday morning, the interior Minister Jan Jambon (Flemish nationalist) told journalists that ‘If the drugs cartels have been able to buy dock

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24 Aug 2018

Hong Kong arrests 4,283 in crackdown on organized crime

Hong Kong police arrested over 4,200 people over a three-month crackdown on organized crime, the biggest such operation in recent years. The operation worked to cut sources of funding to criminal gangs and involved the search over over 6,300 locations across the city, during which gang-connected discos, karaoke bars, gaming

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24 Aug 2018

China and Vietnam bust major drug smuggling ring

China and Vietnam arrested over 480 people in a join effort against a major transnational heroin smuggling network operating in the region. China has increased drug policing efforts as drug abuse continues to rise across the country.  Source: China and Vietnam bust major drug smuggling ring | Asia Times

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17 Aug 2018

US, Mexico plan to target drug cartels’ $29bn fortune

U.S. and Mexican law enforcement are increasing collaboration on efforts to target cartel finances, estimated to have around $29 billion in annual revenue. Cartels have been linked to around 150,000 murders since 2006.  Source: US, Mexico plan to target drug cartels’ $29bn fortune | USA News | Al Jazeera

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18 Jul 2018

Peru declares state of emergency on Colombian border, arrests 50 in narcotics sting

Peru declared a state of emergency on Monday to reassert state control over the border area with Colombia. In the ensuing operations, Peru arrested over 50 people, most of them Colombian drug traffickers, in the region where Marxist FARC rebels that did not demobilize following the 2016 agreement are suspected

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06 Jul 2018

Drone activity soaring at the US-Mexico border

Drone sightings at the U.S.-Mexican border are on track to double during fiscal year 2018 over the previous year. Only 1 of the 36 sightings from this year has resulted in a drone seizure, and the one seizure was attributed to counter-surveillance operations by narcotics smugglers. The U.S. Customs and

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18 Jun 2018

One US Coast Guard ship, 80 days, 6 seizures, seven tons of cocaine

Highlighting the massive scale of the international drug trade, a single coast guard cutter intercepted 6 smuggling operations and seized 7 tons of cocaine over a period of 80 days in the Pacific Ocean. The drugs seized are valued at an estimated 206 million USD. While the seizures are presented

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