Heroin Worth Estimated £40m Seized at Felixstowe Port, UK; 2 Suspects Arrested in Rotterdam

Published on August 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 06: Border officials have shown the scale of a huge heroin haul that was discovered under bathrobes in a shipping container. Thought to be one of the UK’s largest narcotics finds, nearly 400kg (62st 13lb) of the Class A drug was discovered at Felixstowe docks, Suffolk. The shipment was unloaded and the empty container was allowed to continue…

August 15, 2019
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Turkish-Cypriot Tensions Rise As Turkey Explores Natural Resources in Eastern Mediterranean

Published on August 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 07: Two Turkish drill ships are continuing operations in the eastern Mediterranean and another ship will join them this month, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, as a dispute over natural resources there fuels tensions between Turkey and Cyprus. EU member Cyprus and Turkey have argued for years regarding the ownership of fossil fuels in the eastern Mediterranean, where…

August 15, 2019
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InSight Crime Analysis: PCC-‘Ndrangheta, the International Criminal Alliance Flooding Europe with Cocaine

Published on August 13, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 08: InSight Crime has released the following analysis: The recent arrests of two members of the ‘Ndrangheta in São Paulo have further highlighted the increasingly close partnership between the Italian mafia and Brazil’s PCC — two of the world’s most powerful criminal groups. On July 8, Brazilian federal police arrested Nicola and Patrick Assisi in São Paulo on…

August 14, 2019
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Germany Seizes Another 1.5 Tons Of Cocaine Hidden in Sports Bags in Container On Vessel

Published on August 13, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 09: Following the recent record seizure of cocaine shipment at the Port of Hamburg, local customs officers have discovered a further 1.5 tons of cocaine on board a containership. The cocaine was found during a search of an unnamed boxship last week, Oliver Bachmann, a spokesperson of German Customs Authority, said in a statement. A total of 1,575…

August 14, 2019
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Hundreds of Kilos of Cocaine Intercepted in Two Seizures at Port of Rotterdam; 5 Suspects Arrested

Published on August 13, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 9 & 12: This weekend two containers with hundreds of kilos of cocaine were intercepted in the port of Rotterdam. Five men have been arrested. The narcotics have a street value of between 25 and 40 million euros, writes RTV Rijnmond . The police assume that the two finds are separate from each other. The narcotics have been destroyed….

August 14, 2019
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Over 50 Kilos of Cocaine Seized at Greek Port of Thessaloniki

Published on August 7, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 03: Officers from the Thessaloniki Port Authority’s narcotics squad have seized a 52-kilogram shipment of cocaine coming into the northern Greek city via container, authorities reported on Saturday, August 3. The narcotics were hidden in the refrigeration system of a container that was carrying bananas from Latin America and spotted when the shipment was being X-rayed. A specially…

August 7, 2019
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International Cooperation Leads to 368kg Cocaine Seized and Three Arrested in Port of Genova, Italy

Published on July 30, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 30: Eurojust has supported the coordination of judicial cooperation among Colombia, the USA, France, Spain and Italy, leading to 368 kg of pure cocaine being seized in the Port of Genova, and the arrest of three Italian men. The cocaine has an estimated street value of EUR 100 million. In addition to the narcotics, cash in excess of…

July 30, 2019
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Cocaine Traffickers Call Police After Getting Stuck in Shipping Container During Heatwave in Antwerp, Belgium

Published on July 29, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 25: Two men became trapped in a shipping container full of cocaine in the port of Antwerp on Wednesday, the hottest day ever recorded in Belgium. As the heat rose, they made a desperate call to the police emergency line, Antwerp prosecutors said. It took officers two hours to find the container in the huge port, western Europe’s…

July 29, 2019
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Russia Holds Largest Naval Parade in Years, Including a Chinese and an Indian Vessel, The Day After a Crackdown on Anti-Government Protesters

Published on July 29, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 28: Russian President Vladimir Putin led Russia’s first major naval parade in years on Sunday, in St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland. The parade, the biggest in years, included 43 ships and submarines and 4,000 troops. It also included China’s destroyer XIAN and India’s frigate TARKASH. (TASS) The parade occurred one day after a violent police crackdown…

July 29, 2019
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Cocaine Worth €2.5m Found in Horsebox that Came Off Ferry in Rosslare, Ireland

Published on July 23, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 19: Customs officers seized over 35kgs of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than €2.5 million, attempted to be smuggled through Rosslare Port in a horsebox. The seizure by customs officials was made with the assistance of a sniffer dog named Timba, after Revenue officials stopped to search an Irish registered horsebox. The horsebox was transporting eight horses,…

July 23, 2019
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