The Flow

Drones, a new form of transportation for drug traffickers?

Small recreational drones flown autonomously by remote pilots have gained popularity.Used for photography, film-making and sports, most recreational drones are innocuous. Punitive anti-drugs strategies in Latin America may be creating a new market for drones though. For example, the destruction of landing strips in Peru by the military creates a need for new ways to…

News briefing – week beginning 19 January

News briefing – week beginning 19 January Two people have been arrested as an international drug trafficking ring was dismantled in Taipei, Taiwan following joint efforts and cooperation between officials from Taiwan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. 31 people have been arrested as 600 kilograms of drugs were seized by members of the Italian police…

News briefing – week beginning 12 January

Six Nova Scotia men have been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, following “Operational Hancock” an international investigation into illegal trafficking of drugs originating from Panama into the Port of Halifax, Canada 150 grams of cocaine concealed in chorizo sausage bound for France has been seized following the arrest of three men by the Spanish…

News briefing – week beginning 05 January

2.5kgs of cocaine valued at 6 million pesos (~USD400,000) has been seized, following the arrest of a Mexican in joint efforts involving the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. A drug baron, Karl Wilson, has been jailed for 16 years for running a multi-million pound smuggling ring,…

News briefing – week beginning 01 January

An alleged drug trafficker suspected of brokering deals between Colombian terrorists and drug traffickers and Mexican transnational criminal organisations, Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez, has been arrested by officials of the Colombian National Army. 339kgs of cocaine paste, used in the production of cocaine, were discovered by Honduran security forces in the Caribbean port of Puerto…

News briefing – week beginning 08 December

11 tonnes of opium and hashish have been seized by members of the border patrol police in the Jakigour area of Sistan-Baluchestan, Iran. A recent study revealed that cocaine consumption quadruples the risk of sudden death in people aged between 19 and 49. Nine men have been sentenced to prison following the smuggling of cocaine…

News briefing – week beginning 01 December

300 kgs of cocaine valued at £40 million hidden in a shipment of bananas originating from Colombia was seized in Portsmouth, UK, following joint efforts by Border Force, Irish Police and the NCA. 25 kgs of cocaine valued at £750, 000 was seized and ten people were arrested in Swansea, UK. Cocaine valued at £100,000…

News briefing – week beginning 24 November

20 kilograms of cocaine valued at £1 million, bound for the Fermanagh area of Northern Ireland, has been seized in a port in Holland by Dutch authorities. 54 kilograms of cocaine estimated at £8 million, hidden within a lorry-load of Christmas trees at the port of Harwich, UK was seized as one person was arrested by…

News briefing – week beginning 17 November

Cocaine valued at £5 million was seized from a light aircraft at an East Yorkshire airfield in the UK, following joint operations by members of the NCA and Border Force. Many Mexaican citizens believe that the 43 missing and possibly dead students in Iguala reveal the increasing connection between corruption and violence which indicate failures…

The Rise of Opium-poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan

Afghanistan poppy cultivation is estimated to have hit an all-time high despite the international counter-narcotics efforts. The US has spent an estimated USD $7.5bn in an attempt to curb the phenomenon. At present, opium-poppy is being cultivated on 209,000 hectares (516,230 acres) of land in Afghanistan, indicating a 36% increase from 2012. A report released…