The Flow

Ghana blazing a trail in the fight against corruption

Ghana’s Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Woo has suspended seven of 12 High Court judges implicated in allegations of bribery stemming from a documentary made by an investigative journalist. Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas says he has nearly 500 hours of video evidence on tape, showing judges alleging asking for bribes and demanding sex. His documentary, shown…

FBI reveals that petty drug crime is number one offence category in the US

FBI stats reveal that in 2014 drug arrests were the single largest category of offenses with three times as many drug arrests last year as there were arrests for violent crimes. Interestingly, 45% of these were or 700,993 were marijuana related, and 88% for simple possession. Even though several states have legalised cannabis production, sale…

West African Police Information System launched by INTERPOL

WAPIS, one of the components of the Cocaine Route Programme has launched the first electronic police information system in Mali as well as in Benin and Niger.  The launch was attended by Mali’s Interior Minister, Général Sada Samaké, who emphasized its ‘internal security role’. Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by INTERPOL with…

New Study debunks the link between ivory poaching and terrorism

Over recent years there have been allegations that Al-Shabaab, the radical Somali Islamist group, is deriving considerable funds from elephant poaching and the ivory trade. Researchers from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) have examined the evidence and expose this as myth in a new study: ‘Illusion of Complicity.” There is little evidence of any…

Rising methamphetamine production point to gaps in the precursor control system in Mexico.

The number of methamphetamine laboratories dismantled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has fallen from 12,049 in 2013 to 9,306 in 2014. Yet, because the levels of meth consumption are believed to have remained stable the agency believes that production has shifted across the border to Mexico. One of the reasons for this, according…

Reported changes in coca paste/hydrochloride refinement methods

Cocaine prices appear to have stabilised in the major consumer markets. Falling demand, competition from New Psychoactive Substances and shifts in consumer preference have been suggested by way of explanation. But according to UNODC sources in Peru a different factor may be at work. Changes in the refinement method mean that a far lower amount…

Tags: Peru,PRELAC

New seizure by AIRCOP team at Lome airport

 The Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) at Lomé-Tokoin Airport has reported the seizure of just under 14 kilogramme of Schedule One drugs found in the luggage of a Togolese national. The traveler arrived from Sao Paulo via Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airline flight. Law enforcement officers in West Africa have become increasingly aware…

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Ethiopia is joining AIRCOP

The Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to the establishment of AIRCOP at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government has committed to providing a designated focal point for the project steering committee, to securing premises at the airport and…

Drug Courier Dies at Abuja International Airport

The Nigeria Guardian has reported that a 32 year man died at Abuja airport on 5 July in what appears to have been leakage from an ingested cocaine pellet. The man was booked on the Ethiopian Airline flight to China via Addis Ababa when he collapsed in the departure hall. The Port Health officials who attended to…

Seizures at Accra and Lome demonstrate high performance of JAITFs

A consignment of 277 kg of herbal cannabis destined for the UK was found in the Aviance air cargo village at Accra airport in late June. A few days later the team at Lome intercepted a courier coming in from N’djamena, Chad en route to the US with 8 kg of khat. In each case…