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Cocaine Route Programme Achievements So Far

A brochure outlining the activities and achievements of the Cocaine Route Programme so far is now available: CRP Brochure EN CRP Brochure FRA CRP Brochure ESP

4th International Annual Meeting Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP)

UNODC continues countering drug trafficking in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean by implementing Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces in the framework of AIRCOP project. As part of its continued support to counter illicit trafficking in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, UNODC, in partnership with the World Customs Organization and INTERPOL and with the…

EU-CELAC High Level Dialogue on Drugs

The EU and CELAC (association of Latin American and Caribbean states) have been holding an annual ‘high level dialogue’ on drugs since 2007. A chapter in the inter regional dialogue is dedicated to drugs, and the EU is committed to exchanging viewpoints with so called producer and transit countries by subscribing to the principle of…

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A New Form of Organised Crime: People Smuggling Across the Mediterranean

Over the New Year, two boats were intercepted by authorities, carrying migrants that have paid criminal groups to transport them to Europe through illegal means. The practice highlights the adaptability of organised crime groups, but also their increasingly businesslike nature. Organised crime is continually adapting to changes in the global economy, capitalising on new opportunities…

Home Office Report on Drug Policy

The Home Office in the UK has published a report on approaches to drug misuse and addiction in other countries. The report concludes an 18-month study of international comparators in drugs policy, announced by the government in March 2013. As part of the study ministers and officials visited nine countries to see how governments and…

‘Drugs Uncovered’ – the Guardian

As the drugs policy debate gains momentum ahead of UNGASS 2016, many different perspectives are being put forward. This weekend the Guardian newspaper examined British attitudes to drugs in their ‘Drugs Uncovered’ series. The cornerstone of the series was the British Drugs Survey 2014. The survey revealed that the proportion of the population that have…

News briefing – week beginning 29 September

In the UK, a number of high profile drugs traffickers have been arrested, including Kevin Hanley, Johnny Kock, and several people implicated in the recent yacht seizure off the Irish Coast Five kilograms of cocaine were seized and three members of an Albanian organized crime network were arrested by the UK’s National Crime Agency. Eight…

News briefing, week beginning 22 September

200 kilograms of heroin, 1.3 tonnes of cannabis and 599 kilograms of cocaine were seized and 1150 people were arrested, following Operation Archimedes coordinated by Europol across Europe. Mexican drug cartels have begun trafficking cocaine directly from Southern America, displacing the Colombian middlemen. The European Union and the United Nations pledged their continued support for…

News briefing, week beginning 15 September

• Four kilograms of cocaine and 200 grams of cannabis were seized by French authorities in an official Vatican car. Two people were arrested in connection with the drugs. • Twelve members of a North England gang, that were arrested in 2013 with around £1m worth of cannabis and cocaine were sentenced to between two…

News briefing – week beginning September 8th

The Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report stating that drug control is out of hand, calling for a shift towards decriminalisation and regulation of most illegal drugs, while cracking down on violent drug gangs. Following a three-year investigation in New Brunswick, Canada, 28 people were arrested, disrupting a major organised crime and drug…