The Flow

Could Medicinal Cannabis Provide the Solution to South America’s ‘Pasta Base’ Problem?

On April 3 2014, Uruguay’s undersecretary for public health used a UN-hosted conference on women, drug policy, and incarceration on the Americas to propose a novel method of tackling drug addiction. ‘Jail is not a very suitable place for someone to safely overcome drug addiction’, said Leonel Briozzo, before suggesting that marijuana (legalised in Uruguay…

Assessing the Illegal Proliferation of the Coca Plant

This article first appeared on the RUSI website. On 9 September, Mexican authorities located 1,639 healthy coca plants growing on a plot of land close to the Guatemalan border.  It represents the first coca plantation ever to be discovered on Mexican soil, and was followed by media speculation that Mexico might supplant Colombia as the…

Operation Archimedes

On 23 September, EUROPOL successfully concluded Operation Archimedes, a nine-day counter-organised crime intervention that focused across Europe and into source countries. All 28 EU member states took part, with Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Australia, Colombia and the US also contributing. With 20,000 law enforcement officers involved, Archimedes was the largest joint operation held in the EU….

News briefing – week beginning September 1st

• 2,800kgs of cocaine were unloaded off the US Coast Guard Cutter Legare and put on display in Miami this week. The haul was the result of a successful two-part US Coast Guard operation which targeted “go-fast” vessels operating off the coasts of Panama and Colombia. • Police in Costa Rica seized an SUV containing 400kgs…

News briefing – week beginning 25 August

Research published in the US vividly demonstrated the effect which cocaine has upon blood vessels in the brain. •A corrupt Portsmouth dockyard worker was among the 10 individuals imprisoned this week for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the UK disguised in crates of bananas and pineapples. • Peruvian authorities seized 6.5 tons of cocaine from…

Documentary – ‘Rosario – Violence, Drugs and Football’

Drug use has grown significantly in Argentina, creating a different type of drug war. This 3-part documentary by Vice News reveals the impact of drugs in Rosario, Argentina’s 3rd most populated city. In Rosario, drug dealers have penetrated the police, economy and even football supporter groups, making drug use widespread.

News briefing- week beginning 18 August

Canadian police seized 37.5kgs of cocaine concealed inside a shipment of machine parts originating in Panama. • California’s state assembly gave final legislative approval to a bill proposing to lower the penalty for the sale of crack cocaine to the same as that for powdered cocaine. • Costa Rican police arrested 6 drug traffickers at…

News briefing – week beginning Monday 11 August

•California Assembly votes  to reduce penalties for the sale of crack cocaine •South African cabinet minister under investigation for alleged involvement with cocaine-smuggling syndicate •Argentine Supreme Court Judge announces national rise in drug-trafficking operations •An international drug-smuggling and money-laundering ring was dismantled in the Dominican Republic •A 78-year old US doctor was found guilty of…

News briefing – week beginning Monday 4 August

• A leading French narcotics officer was charged in connection with the disappearance of captured cocaine from the French police HQ • 127kgs of cocaine were seized aboard a Spanish navy vessel returning from Colombia • The European Commission announced additional funding for the AIRCOP initiative • The former Haitian president was banned from leaving…

News briefing – week beginning Monday 28 July

• The New York Times started debate on the end of marijuana prohibition. • A French counternarcotics officer was arrested near the Spanish border after 51kgs of cocaine “disappeared” from Paris HQ • UK Border Force discovers 40kgs of cocaine aboard container vessel used to transport bananas • The US courier firm FedEx pleaded not…