The Flow

News briefing – week beginning 8 June

A French soldier has reportedly been arrested while carrying 27kg of cocaine through an airport in Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana, about to board a military transport aircraft bound for Paris’s Charles De Gaulle airport. A man has reportedly been arrested at Newark airport in New Jersey, USA, for attempting to smuggle cocaine from…

News briefing – week beginning 1 June

A survey by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has found that London’s sewage contains the highest concentration of cocaine in Europe. According to the same survey, Britain also has the highest rate of cocaine use among young adults in Europe. 4.2% of people aged 15 – 34 admitted to having…

News briefing – week beginning 25th May

Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Silk Road marketplace on the dark web, through which more than US$200 million worth of drugs has been sold online, has been jailed for life in the United States. The Spanish police, in conjunction with the country’s navy, have seized almost 2 tonnes of cocaine headed from the Caribbean. Reportedly,…

News briefing – week beginning 18th May

Diosdado Cabello, Venezuela’s parliamentary speaker, has denied involvement in cocaine smuggling, following US reports that he is under investigation for trafficking and money laundering. A plane carrying over a tonne of cocaine crashed into the Caribbean following a pursuit by the Colombian air force. The use of caterpillars which feed on coca plants has been…

News briefing – week beginning 11 May

The Colombian government has halted the use of the herbicide glyphosate, and said it will find alternative methods of destroying coca crops The UK’s Border Force has seized approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine at the Port of Dover, hidden inside the bodywork of a Volkswagen van Ecuadorian authorities have seized 2.2 tonnes of cocaine at…

News briefing – week beginning 4 May

Police in Berlin reportedly found more than 386kg of cocaine, which was shipped to 14 different Aldi supermarkets, inside banana boxes. It is the largest ever seizure of cocaine in Berlin to date. The Colombian government has announced it will stop using glyphosate, a herbicide deemed “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization (WHO), to…

News briefing – week beginning 27 April

UK authorities have seized a record £500 million worth of cocaine from a ship in the North Sea. Nine Turkish nationals have been charged with drug trafficking offences. Colombia’s Health Ministry has recommended banning the herbicide spray that kills coca crops, glyphosate, following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) classification of it as a carcinogen in…

News briefing – week beginning 20 April

German customs officials have reportedly found 257 kilograms of pure cocaine in a shipment of peanuts from Argentina. Around 21 kilograms of cocaine, estimated to be worth around US$600,000 has reportedly been found washed up on Destin beach in Florida. Pierre Lapaque, a top UN narcotics official, has said that Africa is “the market of…

News briefing – week beginning 13 April

Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that the nexus between terrorists and criminals has strengthened over the last decade. A Coast Guard cutter reportedly arrived in San Diego with more than 14 tonnes of cocaine, following 19 separate seizures. This included a 10.5 tonne seizure…

News briefing – week beginning 6 April

A kingpin of the Sinaloa drug cartel, ‘La Señora’, responsible for large supplies of cocaine, has been arrested in Cancun, Mexico. Peruvian anti-drug police have released details of how narco-traffickers move cocaine through the Amazon. Bolivia has fired seven state prosecutors following investigations following complaints of irregularities, including corruption. The Colombian Navy has reportedly seized…