The phrase food crime usually entails mixing watermelon and lentils or decorating a glass of milk with hot dogs. But an organized crime group in Spain may have given it a new meaning when it poisoned 27 people with illegally poached clams.
The trafficking of animals, illegal logging and mining and the dumping of hazardous materials diverts hundreds of billions of dollars every year to the financial accounts of organized crime groups, a new study published on Monday by Michigan State University found.
Authorities in 29 countries joined forces and seized 18,000 items and arrested 59 people involved in the trafficking of cultural goods, Europol said on Monday.
Global trafficking gangs are targeting victims in refugee camps across the Middle East and Asia, according to a UN report released on Monday.
Thousands of minors have been exploited throughout the European Union and busting criminal networks trafficking children is one of the block’s top priorities, Europol said in a report released on Thursday, the EU Anti-Trafficking Day.
A court in Hong Kong doled out a three-month sentence on Monday to a woman for importing a 29-ton shipment of endangered Honduran rosewood, the news portal Coconuts HK reported.
University students in Colombia are preparing for a 32-hour hackathon where they will create apps to tackle human trafficking in the country, Reuters reported.
More than 25,000 cultural and archaeological artifacts worth a total of € 40 million (US$46.7 million) were seized from 40 houses in Italy, Germany, UK, and Spain on Wednesday, Europol reported.
Zimbabwe is investigating its extravagant former first lady’s alleged ties to an ivory poaching and smuggling syndicate after a wildlife photographer discovered links to Grace Mugabe’s friends, Al Jazeera reported Saturday.
A Thai tattoo worshipper’s Facebook photo of the torso of a fully inked old man playing boardgames with other retirees on the side of the road led to the arrest of a former Yakuza boss on Wednesday.
A Cambodian woman was arrested for allegedly trafficking more than 20 victims to work illegally as domestic servants in Malaysia, the Phnom Penh Post reported Monday.
Illicit financial flows are allowing wealthy countries to profit from Africa’s wealth to the tune of tens of billions of dollars, according to a joint report by several campaign groups released Wednesday.
A joint operation between Spanish and Moroccan authorities smashed apart Europe’s “most active” cocaine smuggling operation, resulting in two dozen arrests and the seizure of more than 2.5 tonnes of cocaine at sea, Spain’s interior ministry said Tuesday.
Spanish police announced Monday the arrest of 30 people involved in a transnational group that sold refitted guns from Eastern Europe over the Internet.
Italian police arrested 14 Albanian citizens on Wednesday who were allegedly part of a ring involved in the trafficking of women and drugs across Europe.
A jury in New York found two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro guilty on Friday of attempting to import 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.
Italian police said on Thursday that they seized an estimated US$ 84 million worth of highly pure cocaine tied to buoys floating in the sea. The drugs were suspected to have been thrown overboard from a ship that was later intercepted while sailing into the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro.
A joint European police operation has led to the seizure of more than three tonnes of hashish off Italy’s coast, dealing another blow to a Polish-led criminal network that has been under investigation for two years, Europol said Wednesday.
British authorities intercepted a fishing trawler off the southwest coast of England on Thursday, finding more than a tonne of cocaine and arresting three men, the country’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Spanish police said Wednesday they had dismantled an Albanian-Bulgarian network smuggling heroin and other drugs from the Balkans and Turkey to the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, arresting seven members of the group.
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