Hounslow man admits selling cocaine to cops, gets 3 years

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A man from hounslow was jailed for 3 years for trying to sell cocaine to police officers.

Lukasz Czop, 20 of Hounslow, asked plain clothes officers ‘are you here to buy?’ when they found him hiding in a bush in on September 25.

After observing other individuals buying from Czop, police searched the area and found a crack pipe and a golf ball-sized cling film wrap containing cocaine and heroin.

Czop admitted posession with intent of Class A drugs and was sentenced to 3 years in young offenders’ institution.

PC John Taylor, of Hounslow Crime Squad, said: “I hope this sentence is an example to those who choose to continue in the path of crime that the police will target you and bring you to justice.”




MAROC (Douane marocaine): Tanger: saisie de 2 tonnes 400 de cannabis

Tanger-Med : Plus de 2 tonnes de cannabis saisies au port

Deux tonnes et 390 kg de cannabis ont été saisis au port Tanger-Med, mercredi. /DR Tanger-Med : Plus de 2 tonnes de cannabis saisies au port
Dernière mise à jour le 30/10/2014 à 11:13

Une tentative de trafic de 2 tonnes et 390 kg de résine de cannabis (chira) a été avortée, mercredi, au port Tanger-Med, a appris la MAP, mercredi soir, de source douanière.

La drogue, dissimulée dans des plaquettes dans le remorque un camion à destination du sud de l’Espagne, a été saisie lors d’une opération conjointe de contrôle menée par les services de police et de la douane, a précisé la même source.

La police a interpellé le conducteur du camion et son assistant, lesquels ont fait l’objet d’une enquête préliminaire avant d’être déférés devant la justice.

source: http://www.aufait.ma/2014/10/30/saisie-2-tonnes-chira-au-port-tanger-med_632969


ESPAGNE (Barcelone-Catalogne) – Trafic d’héroïne : Un réseau dirigé par un Marocain démantelé en Espagne

Trafic d’héroïne : Un réseau dirigé par un Marocain démantelé en EspagneUn réseau de trafic d’héroïne, dirigé par un Marocain, a été démantelé en Espagne, ce jeudi. /DR 

La police catalane a annoncé, jeudi, avoir démantelé un réseau de trafic d’héroïne dans le nord-est de l’Espagne lors d’une opération qui s’est soldée par 36 arrestations, dont celle de son chef présumé, un Marocain. La drogue saisie est évaluée à deux millions d’euros.

Cette organisation, qui vendait de l’héroïne à d’autres trafiquants ou directement aux usagers, transférait ses gains vers le Maroc, où ses dirigeants « achetaient des propriétés immobilières », explique la police catalane dans un communiqué.

Les agents ont découvert 35 kilos d’héroïne dont la valeur est estimée, sur le marché noir, à deux millions d’euros. « Cette saisie d’héroïne (…) est la plus importante qu’ait jamais réalisée la police catalane et la plus grande en Espagne en 2014″, poursuit-elle.

La production d’opium en Afghanistan, principal producteur du pavot qui permet de fabriquer l’héroïne, a augmenté de 49% en 2013 par rapport à l’année précédente, jusqu’à atteindre 5.500 tonnes, selon les chiffres de l’Office des Nations unies contre la drogue et le crime.

L’enquête en Espagne avait démarré en février lorsque les agents avaient repéré « un point important de vente d’héroïne au détail » à El Vendrell, à 70 km au sud de Barcelone, où le réseau de trafiquants était installé.

Les agents surveillaient un chargement d’héroïne en provenance des Pays-Bas attendu le 16 octobre en Catalogne, date à laquelle la police a lancé l’opération.

Sur les 36 personnes interpellées, 20 ont été placées en détention provisoire.

source: http://www.aufait.ma/2014/10/30/trafic-dheroine-reseau-dirige-marocain-demantele-en-espagn_633050


The wars of Africa are fueled by narcotics.

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Drugs, Crime, and Terror in Africa

The wars of Africa are fueled by narcotics. That is an exaggerated over-simplification, but what is less well known than it should be is that many of the internal conflicts of today’s Africa are driven in part, sometimes  a substantial part, by profits being made from the trafficking of hard drugs and precursor chemicals. The battles in Mali, in the Central African Republic, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia are influenced by criminal drug syndicates allied to al-Qaeda-linked insurgents. The Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria also has its narcotics component. “Follow the money” is an aphorism relevant for Africa as well as the Middle East.

It is clear to investigators that al-Qaeda in the Maghreb  (AQIM), the terrorist collective that operates in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Algeria, and Libya (and perhaps in Tunisia), finances itself by trafficking drugs across the Sahara from south to north, and from capturing and ransoming Europeans. In Somalia, al-Shabaab, another al-Qaeda terrorist affiliate, funds its operations by moving drugs into and out of East Africa, by ransoming captives, and by cutting down trees and shipping charcoal to Yemen and Saudi Arabia.  Seleka, the Muslim insurgent group (possibly backed from Chad) that captured and fractured the Central African Republic before being ousted by French and other militias, also made money from transshipping drugs from south to north. Hezbollah, which has always had side operations in West Africa among the Lebanese diaspora, also profits from narcotics dealings. Criminal enterprises are joining forces with terrorists and creating new types of hybrid organizations that are drug-driven.

Indeed, in the last decade, there has been increasingly big money made from moving cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, marijuana (hashish), and similar drugs first from Colombia and Venezuela into Africa and north to Europe and, more recently, from Pakistan and India through East Africa to Europe.  Once largely confined to West Africa, both the narcotics trade and personal use of such hard drugs has spread to eastern, central, and southern Africa. Almost none of Africa’s 54 nations is without a drug problem, the crime and criminal gangs that shepherd and promote it, the vast proceeds and corruption that accompany and facilitate both trade and abuse, and the social ills that follow.

According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about 30 tons or $2 billion worth of cocaine passes through West Africa from Latin America to Europe every year, up from about half that amount in 2010.  Those totals represent 35 percent of all cocaine smuggled into Europe.  About 2000 West Africans are arrested in Europe for cocaine trafficking, about 30 percent of the total number of foreigners caught in Europe for this offence.

Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia grow coca and transform coca leaves into cocaine. Where it was once flown directly to West Africa from Colombia, now most of the Europe-bound cocaine that passes through Africa is spirited across the Atlantic Ocean from Venezuela, where crime and corruption are rampant and controls lax. A decade or so ago, ship transport was in vogue. Propeller aircraft followed.  Now most of the cocaine from Venezuela to West Africa arrives by jet aircraft, sometimes even combined with otherwise legal cargo.

Lagos, Nigeria, Accra, Ghana, and Dakar, Senegal are three transshipment airports where corruption and criminal influence facilitates passage and local gangs take control.  But large amounts of cocaine also enter weakly-governed and impoverished Guinea-Bissau via unmonitored private aircraft from Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil.  Guinea-Bissau is widely regarded as Africa’s first narco-state, with politics, political life, and military activity and military preferment all being enmeshed in narcotics trafficking. The several military coups that have changed Guinea-Bissau’s governments in this decade were all motivated by control of the drugs trade. After one of those coups, in 2012, 25 tons of cocaine entered Guinea-Bissau from Venezuela. Several well-connected smugglers, including a high-ranking naval officer, are awaiting trial in the United States (to which country they were extradited.)

From Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal (and now Mali), a route across the Sahara in convoys guarded by AQIM has proved profitable. In part, it also led to the disturbances in Mali and the battles in Algeria. The exact linkages are known only to intelligence services, if then, but there is abundant circumstantial evidence that about 40 percent of Europe’s cocaine arrives in this manner, ultimately through Algeria and Morocco to Spain.  There are reports that Colombian gangs have established themselves, as well, in Guinea (where Ebola began this year) and the Gambia, as well as in all of the other West African countries.

Between 2005 and 2011 major cocaine seizures occurred in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana,

Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco and Cape Verde. The biggest hauls in those years were from Morocco, Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Liberia, but since 2011 the central entrepots of the cocaine transshipment trade have shifted to Nigeria, Ghana, and Guinea-Bissau. Exactly how much still moves across the Sahara is not known.

Heroin arrives in Africa, also en route to Europe, from the east, where it is produced. Although Afghanistan and Burma grow the poppies that are the ultimate source, opiate refining centers may be elsewhere in Asia, nowadays often Thailand, Pakistan, and India. Certainly, today, Kenya and Tanzania, using the Mombasa, Nairobi, and Dar-es-Salaam airports, and Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia, are key transshipment centers.  So are the ports of Djibouti, Mombasa, and Dar-es-Salaam. Dhows are employed as well as larger ships, and some element of the Somali piracy was originally intended to intercept and then control this profitable drugs trade. Most of the heroin is smuggled by courier or bundled with legal cargo, such as plantains, into Europe. A smaller proportion goes from East Africa to the United States and Canada.

In 2012 alone, authorities seized 200kg of heroin in Nigeria, five times the amount confiscated in 2011. Nearly 8000 offenders were arrested, but few of the kingpins in the trade. Nigerian gangs are widely believed to control a large, if not the largest, proportion of the heroin trade across all of Africa and on to Europe and North America. They have satellite operations in South Africa, especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and are assumed to be behind the spread of heroin sales to Mozambique and Malawi.

Marijuana has been grown and used in Africa for decades if not centuries. Nigerians now control a large segment of the intra-African trade, and also ship to Europe in quantity. But it is the harder drugs, with the bigger profits, that more completely fuel the coffers of terrorists and their criminal allies.

Qat or khat, the Somali mild-narcotic of choice, has also flooded Kenya in recent years and is being re-exported from East Africa to Somali communities and others in Europe. Additionally, its recreational use  is becoming a persistent problem and a contributor to crime in traditional rural and in urban Kenya, not only among Somali. It is grown for the most part in the highlands of the Yemen and Saudi Arabia and then shipped across the Red Sea.

Nigeria is a major source of locally produced methamphetamines for shipment to Asia. One clandestine laboratory shut down in 2011 was capable of turning out 440 lbs. of meths per week. In Malaysia, 1 kg of meth is worth at least $40,000, in Japan and South Korea as much as $200,000. Thus a week’s production would be worth from $8 to $40 million on the street in Tokyo, Seoul, or Kuala Lumpur.

Manufacturing methamphetamines depends on supplies of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine purchased mostly in and shipped from Asia through Africa to North America.  During a six month operation in 2010 by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, 35 suspicious shipments to Nigeria – a total of 53 metric tons worth approximately $80 million — was seized and confiscated.  Many more shipments doubtless went undetected, and into Nigerian and then Mexican laboratories. From Mexico, the methamphetamines were destined for consumers in the US and Canada.

Stopping (an impossibility) or reducing the pernicious reach of drug trafficking across Africa depends on better policing and better security controls more generally.  But improved law enforcement in turn depends on strengthened rules of law, curbs on corruption, and more transparency everywhere – in other words, better governance.  But achieving better governance – governments that improve the lives of their peoples rather than enrich those who lead weak administrations — is a difficult to accomplish objective.

In Africa, the drug trade preys and depends upon government and security force connivance.  Only responsible and tough minded leadership, as in Botswana, can provide incentives for honest policing and minimal corruption. Those betterments are not going to come to West Africa anytime soon, especially given rampant corruption and widespread poverty. Even Ghana, which is the best run and most prosperous West African state, has not managed to control its drug running gangs.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and others recommend legalizing and thus, potentially, de-criminalizing cocaine, heroin, and marijuana use (but not trafficking)  in Europe and Africa, thus reducing the consumer price, making the product taxable, and eliminating much of the incentive to ship narcotics clandestinely.  Even with some of the American states having recently permitted the sale of marijuana openly, the Annan proposal has not and will not find favor immediately in Africa and beyond. So drug trafficking across Africa will continue, will continue to profit the smugglers and their al-Qaeda-linked associates, and will continue to corrupt and distort the priorities of susceptible African leaders and governments.  Only when Africa’s emerging middle class demands reformed and more responsible governance will there be a chance to shrink the trade in drugs across Africa and their symbiotic relations with and fueling of conflict.

Robert I. Rotberg is Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center (Washington, D. C.), Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict.

source: http://robertrotberg.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/drugs-crime-and-terror-in-africa/


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On the use of private military and security companies in the War on Drugs (article)

Alcohol and Drugs History Society

Hobson, Christopher. “Privatising the War on Drugs.” Third World Quarterly 35, no. 8 (September 2014): 1441–56. On the growth and role of private military and security companies funded in the service of the War of Drugs for operations in Latin America.

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ESPAGNE (Port de Marin-Galicie): saisie de cocaïne dans une cargaison de bananes

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La police a affirmé mercredi avoir arrêté l’un des principaux trafiquants de drogue en Espagne après avoir découvert une cinquantaine de kilos de cocaïne cachés dans une cargaison de bananes en provenance de Colombie.

Les policiers, aidés par des chiens renifleurs, ont découvert 54 kilos de cocaïne de très bonne qualité cachée dans des caisses de bananes qui étaient déchargées d’un navire dans le port de Marin en Galicie.

Six personnes qui se sont rendues au port pour réceptionner la cocaïne ont été arrêtées ainsi que trois autres à Dilar qui faisaient partie du réseau de trafiquants à l’origine de cette livraison de drogue, selon un communiqué de la police. Les personnes arrêtées sont originaires d’Espagne, de Russie, de Colombie, du Pérou, d’Argentine et du Mexique.

Parmi les trafiquants arrêtés, la police affirme avoir mis la main sur Antonio Manuel B.I., un citoyen espagnol, décrit comme «l’un…

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Péninsule de la Guajira: la frégate Germinal participe à la saisie de 595 kg de cocaïne

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Dans le cadre de la lutte globale contre le trafic de drogue en haute mer, la frégate de surveillance Germinal et son hélicoptère Panther ont conduit avec les forces armées colombiennes composées de la frégate Caldas, d’un avion de patrouille maritime et d’une embarcation des garde-côtes, une intervention contre une embarcation rapide dans les eaux internationales au nord de la péninsule de la Guajira dans la nuit du 10 au 11 octobre 2014. Au cours de cette opération, 595  kilogrammes de cocaïne ont été saisis sur cette embarcation rapide et 3 narcotrafiquants ont été confiés aux autorités judiciaires colombiennes. Agissant dans le cadre de l’Action de l’État en mer, la marine française aux Antilles opère régulièrement avec ses partenaires étrangers de la Caraïbe dans le cadre de la répression internationale du trafic de drogue en haute mer. L’opération conjointe franco-colombienne était placée pour la partie française sous l’autorité du préfet de la Martinique, délégué du gouvernement pour l’action de l’État en mer et conduite depuis le centre opérationnel interarmées implanté à Fort de France par le contre-amiral Georges Bosselut, commandant supérieur des forces armées aux Antilles.

L’intervention a été déclenchée sur un renseignement des services colombiens suspectant un transport imminent de drogue au moyen d’une embarcation de type « Go Fast » au départ de Colombie et en direction des grandes Antilles. La frégate de surveillance (FS) Germinal a conduit l’interception et a mis en oeuvre de son hélicoptère Panther de la flottille 36F pour stopper le « Go Fast » transportant 595 kilos de cocaïne. A cette occasion le Germinal a bénéficié de l’assistance d’un avion de patrouille maritime colombien pour traquer l’embarcation suspecte et d’une vedette des garde-côtes colombiens pour l’arrestation des trafiquants. Durant l’opération la frégate colombienne Caldas a assuré sur zone la coordination des moyens colombiens.

Sur demande des autorités colombiennes et après accord du procureur de la République de Fort-de-France, l’embarcation, ses trois passagers colombiens et l’ensemble de la cargaison ont été pris en charge par la frégate Caldas et la vedette des garde-côtes colombiens pour la mise en oeuvre de la procédure judiciaire. Ces bons résultats obtenus dans la cadre d’une coopération internationale efficace témoignent de la volonté de la France de lutter contre le crime organisé et le trafic de produits stupéfiants, aux côtés de ses partenaires européens et caribéens. Ils manifestent l’efficacité de l’action interministérielle et judiciaire menée par la France et ses partenaires étrangers contre le trafic de produits stupéfiants en zone Antilles-Guyane.

Les 595 kg de cocaïne saisis le 11 octobre 2014 par les forces armées aux Antilles et les forces armées colombiennes représentent une valeur de près de 24 millions d’euros sur le marché. Cette opération a abouti à la 6e interception de drogues en mer par les forces armées aux Antilles depuis le début de l’année. Elle porte le bilan de l’année 2014 a déjà plus d’une tonne de drogue saisie en mer par l’action conjointe des services de l’État français dans la zone Antilles-Guyane.

Communiqué du ministère de la Défense – 14/10/2014



Nigeria: Drug Mule Left to Die At Madrid Airport

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A Nigerian drug mule has died in a Spanish airport after cocaine bags inside his body split open – because airport staff refused to touch him fearing he had Ebola.

The man collapsed in the customs area of the Madrid-Barajas airport outside the capital after arriving on a flight from Istanbul. Upon hearing that the man was from Nigeria, staff were too afraid to approach the man and left him in shivers on the airport floor.

The man, who had landed on a flight from Istanbul on October 18, died 90 minutes later from a massive drugs overdose, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper said. It later transpired that the man was suffering the effects of a cocaine overdose after several bags of the drug burst in his stomach. 

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A passenger accompanying the Nigerian later told police that he had flown from Madrid to Istanbul on October 14 and had not been…

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