The European Union and Albania signed an agreement last Friday to strengthen judicial coordination in the fight against organized crime in the Western Balkan nation. The deal represents a significant step in combating cross-border crimes including drug trafficking, human smuggling, and contract killings, according to a press release by Eurojust, the EU signatory.
Over the past 17 years, nearly 96 million large sea snails valued at US$900 million have been illegally poached off the coast of South Africa and trafficked by organized crime groups, a new report released Wednesday reveals.
US authorities arrested last Thursday more than 20 suspected members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, better known as MS-13, for assault, racketeering and drug dealing. The Department of Justice also unsealed two indictments against more gang members, charging them with kidnapping, murder and racketeering.
Drug production and markets are expanding to unprecedented levels and an increase in non-medical use of prescription drugs is leading to a worldwide public health crisis, according to a UN report released on Tuesday.
The United Arab Emirates are at war with drug traffickers as authorities have seized an unprecedented amount of narcotics and addicts are becoming younger, The National reported Tuesday.
After receiving a tip-off about a colla — a group that delivers illegal shipments — and a tobacco drop-off, police in a Spanish town bordering Gibraltar dispatched an undercover vehicle but it was blocked by a burning barricade and pelted with bricks, flares and Molotov cocktails, El Pais reported Wednesday.
Over the weekend, Spanish police seized more than 900 kilograms of cocaine and 15 tons of hashish, and dismantled an international drug trafficking group. Spanish drug gangs still seem unstoppable despite all this.
If Nicolas Maduro wins another term, cocaine cartels will further secure their foothold in the government, InSight Crime reported Thursday.
An Albanian court decided that the former minister of interior will have to remain under house arrest and face trial on charges of drug trafficking and corruption, Reuters reported Saturday.
Australian and Irish police have exposed a major drug trafficking network involving one of Ireland’s most notorious crime groups – the Kinahan cartel. The two-years long operation has led to the arrests of four Irish in Australia and New Zealand, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Sunday.
US prosecutors charged nine suspected members of the Kensington area “TruHittaz” drug trafficking group with 44 counts of conspiring to distribute and selling phencyclidine, also known as PCP or angel dust, and crack cocaine, according to a Department of Justice announcement on Friday.
A Denver federal court sentenced a member of the darknet drug-trafficking organization “ItalianMafiaBrussels” to three years in prison for importing controlled substances to the US, according to Wednesday’s US Attorney’s Office press release.
Colombian authorities arrested a former rebel leader on Monday who allegedly conspired to produce 10 tons of cocaine and import them to the US. The suspect was one of five former rebels with a seat in the lower house of Colombia’s Congress.
Suspected Bosnian crime boss, Naser Kelmendi, was sentenced to six years in prison in Kosovo for drug trafficking, but was acquitted of murder, organized crime, and other drug related charges, Reuters reported Wednesday.
A Manhattan federal judge sentenced on Thursday two nephews of the Venezuelan presidential couple to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States.
Police in Palermo, Sicily, arrested on Tuesday 27 members of a Cosa Nostra clan suspected of extortion, drug trafficking and illegal gambling. The years-long investigation that led to the arrests gave authorities a deeper understanding of the clan’s hierarchy and election system.
Albanian parliament rejected on Wednesday the prosecutors' request to arrest one of their peer and former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri, who is accused of being linked to a drug trafficking ring.
The cocaine would leave the Dominican Republic hidden among the in-flight meals on passenger planes flying from the La Romana airport of Santo Domingo to the Milan Malpensa airport in Italy.
The Philippine President said Wednesday he ordered police to kill his eldest son if allegations are true that he is part of a Chinese transnational drug syndicate.
A former Texas police chief of a small town close to the Mexican border pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he helped drug traffickers smuggle cocaine, broadcaster 710 Kurv News Talk reported.
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