MAURICE 🇲🇺 (Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit) : le cannabis arrivait de la Réunion 🇫🇷

Un trafic de drogue démantelé dans l’axe Réunion-Maurice. Une embarcation avec quatre personnes à bord a été interceptée en haute mer à Rivière-Noire par les membres de l’Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (Adsu) dans la journée du jeudi 1er juillet.

Lors de cette opération, environ 70 kg de cannabis ont été saisis, dont la valeur marchande est estimée à Rs 42 millions, mais selon l’ADSU à Rs 108,8 millions, qui se base sur la valeur du gandia local. La brigade antidrogue soupçonne fortement que cette embarcation revenait de l’île de la Réunion.

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NARCO-TRANSPORT : les narco-drones dans le collimateur de l’OFAST 🇫🇷

Une dizaine de personnes ont été arrêtées à Orléans et en Espagne. Les enquêteurs pensent qu’ils testaient le transport par les airs de cannabis depuis le Rif marocain jusqu’aux plages andalouses.

Pour les enquêteurs de l’Office antistupéfiants (OFAST), les trafiquants – une dizaine de personnes arrêtées à Orléans et en Espagne – en étaient encore à la phase de test. Objectif : transporter par les airs plusieurs dizaines de kilos de résine de cannabis depuis le Rif marocain jusqu’aux plages de la Costa del Sol, à plus de 150 kilomètres au nord, à l’aide d’un drone, un Mugin 4 450 VTOL.

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ITALIE 🇮🇹 (Milan) : la police intercepte un semi-remorque espagnol lesté de 700 kilos de hachich

La police de la circulation de Milan a saisi jeudi matin près de 700 kilos de haschich. L’opération s’est déroulée au petit matin, lorsqu’une patrouille de la sous-section de Milan Ouest a arrêté un Espagnol de 30 ans à la barrière d’autoroute Assago sur l’axe Gênes – Milan, qui devra désormais répondre de détention illégale de drogue dans un but de trafic.

Arrivé à la barrière de l’autoroute, l’homme, à bord d’un semi-remorque immatriculé en Espagne, à la vue des policiers, a effectué une manœuvre visant apparemment à échapper au contrôle,  attirant alors l’attention des policiers qui l’ont invité à se garer sur le parking adjacent à la barrière de péage.

Le conducteur du véhicule lourd a semblé particulièrement nerveux en fournissant des informations controversées sur le lieu de livraison des marchandises transportées, et pour cette raison, il a été emmené aux bureaux de la sous-section de police de la circulation de Milan Ouest où le contenu  de la semi-remorque a été contrôlé.

Sous des palettes pleines de bonbons, des cartons de différentes tailles ont été retrouvés, sans aucune indication, non notés parmi les marchandises transportées.

Il se composait de 23 cartons avec 6 305 bâtons de haschich.
Le conducteur espagnol a été arrêté et conduit à San Vittore.

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EUROPOL 🇪🇺 : coordinated action cuts off access to VPN service used by ransomware groups

Takedown of DoubleVPN makes it harder for criminal hackers to cover their tracks

This week, law enforcement and judicial authorities in Europe, the US and Canada have seized the web domains and server infrastructure of DoubleVPN. This is a virtual private network (VPN) service which provided a safe haven for cybercriminals to attack their victims. 

This coordinated takedown, led by the Dutch National Police (Politie), under jurisdiction of the National Public Prosecutor’s Office (Landelijk Parket), with international activity coordinated by Europol and Eurojust, has now ended the availability of this service.

Servers were seized across the world where DoubleVPN had hosted content, and the web domains were replaced with a law enforcement splash page. This coordinated takedown was carried out in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).

DoubleVPN was heavily advertised on both Russian and English-speaking underground cybercrime forums as a means to mask the location and identities of ransomware operators and phishing fraudsters. The service claimed to provide a high level of anonymity by offering single, double, triple and even quadruple VPN-connections to its clients.

DoubleVPN was being used to compromise networks all around the world. Its cheapest VPN-connection cost as little as €22 ($25).

International coordination

International cooperation was central to the success of this investigation as the critical infrastructure was scattered across the world.

  • Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) supported the investigation from the onset, bringing together all the involved countries to establish a joint strategy. Its cybercrime specialists organised over 30 coordination meetings and four workshops to prepare for the final phase of the takedown, alongside providing analytical and crypto-tracing support. A virtual command post was set up by Europol on the action day to ensure seamless coordination between all the authorities involved in the takedown.
  • Eurojust facilitated the judicial cross-border cooperation and coordination, to ensure an adequate response in order to take down the network. For this purpose, and since October last year, six dedicated coordination meetings took place, organised by Eurojust, and set up a coordination centre during the action day, during which the operation was rolled on the ground by the various national authorities involved.

The leading Dutch Public Prosecutor Ms Wieteke Koorn stated:

This criminal investigation concerns perpetrators who think they can remain anonymous, while facilitating large-scale cybercrime operations. By taking legal action, including the special investigatory power for digital intrusion, we want to make it very clear there cannot be any safe havens for these kind of criminals. Their criminal acts damage the digitalised society and erode the trust of citizens and companies in digital technologies, therefore their behaviour has to be stopped.

The Head of Europol’s EC3, Edvardas Šileris, commented:

Law enforcement is most effective when working together and today’s announcement sends a strong message to the criminals using such services: the golden age of criminal VPNs is over. Together with our international partners, we are committed to getting this message across loud and clear.

 

Participating authorities and agencies: 

  • The Netherlands: National Police (Politie), National Public Prosecutor’s Office (Landelijk Parket)
  • Germany: Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt), Prosecutor General’s Office Frankfurt am Main – Cyber Crime Center
  • United Kingdom: National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Canada: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • United States: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Secret Service (USSS), US Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Sweden: Swedish Police Authority (Polisen), Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten)
  • Italy: State Police (Polizia di Stato, Servizio Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni Roma, Compartimento Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni Lombardia), Public Prosecutor’s Office of Milan (Procura della Repubblica di Milano)
  • Bulgaria: General Directorate for the Fight against Organised Crime of the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs (Главна дирекция « Борба с организираната престъпност » при Министерството на вътрешните работи на Република България)
  • Switzerland: Cantonal Police Ticino (Polizia Cantonale del Cantone Ticino), Public Prosecutor’s Office Ticino (Ministero Pubblico del Cantone Ticino)
  • Europol: European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
  • Eurojust

EMPACT

In 2010 the European Union set up a four-year Policy Cycle to ensure greater continuity in the fight against serious international and organised crime. In 2017 the Council of the EU decided to continue the EU Policy Cycle for the 2018 – 2021 period. It aims to tackle the most significant threats posed by organised and serious international crime to the EU. This is achieved by improving and strengthening cooperation between the relevant services of EU Member States, institutions and agencies, as well as non-EU countries and organisations, including the private sector where relevant. Cybercrime is one of the priorities of the Policy Cycle.

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UK NCA 🇬🇧 (Drug trafficking) : Three jailed for running ‘industrial’ million pound cannabis farm in Coventry nightclub

Three men have been jailed for running a huge three-floor cannabis farm in an abandoned nightclub in Coventry.

National Crime Agency officers, supported by colleagues from West Midlands Police, raided the property on Trinity Street on 15 October 2020.

They had to smash through several reinforced doors to access the interior, which they found contained around 1500 cannabis plants spread across the building’s three floors. NCA experts value the haul at over £1 million.

As well as the plants officers recovered sophisticated planting, growing and irrigation equipment, valued at around £150,000.

The electricity supply at the property had been bypassed, with the equipment inside directly and illegally connected to the commercial supply from the street outside.

Three men were arrested, Albanian nationals Andi Cani (aged 24) and Adrian Lleshaj (29) and Vietnamese national Cao Van Vu (31).

Cani and Lleshaj attempted to hide on the roof of the building as officers entered, but were captured with the assistance of West Midlands Police drone unit, who were working with the NCA.

In interviews with NCA investigators, all three men admitted having paid people smugglers to assist them in entering the UK illegally.

The trio pleaded guilty to producing a controlled drug and today (29 June) a judge at Warwick Crown Court sentenced Vu to 40 months in prison, Lleshaj to 35 months, and Cani to 28 months.

All three will face deportation after serving their jail terms

NCA Branch Commander Mick Pope said: “These men were involved in producing cannabis on an industrial scale. It is certainly the largest and most sophisticated cannabis factory ever found by the NCA. “They were responsible for maintaining and storing drugs and equipment worth over a million pounds, which shows the wider criminal network behind this operation clearly trusted them. “The takedown of this facility will have had a huge impact on the wider organised crime group, depriving them of potentially millions of pounds in profit, which would have been used to fund further criminality and exploitation.

“Our investigation continues.”

June 29 2021

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : les dernières ‘Narconews’ au 04 juillet 2021

Indictment Targets Large-Scale Drug Trafficking Operation in Coastal Georgia Area

July 02, 2021
SAVANNAH, GA: More than a dozen defendants are charged in a major drug-trafficking conspiracy alleged in a 22-count indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Georgia. Operation Snowplow II follows a series of indictments starting in June 2018 of 14 defendants in Operation Snowplow, an Organized.
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Florencia 13 Gang Member Sentenced to 160 Months in Federal Prison

July 01, 2021
SPOKANE, Wash., – Aleandro Leon, age 24, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced on June 30, 2021, after having pleaded guilty to: being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, conspiracy to provide prohibited objects to an inmate in prison; and inmate in possession of a prohibited object. Chief…
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St. Louis Man Sentenced for Fentanyl Distribution

July 01, 2021
ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Court Judge Stephen R. Clark sentenced Corey Clark to 50 months in prison on Wednesday. The 52-year-old St. Louis resident pleaded guilty in March to one count of possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of being a felon in possession of…
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Iowa Man Sentenced to 19 Years in Federal Prison

July 01, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Ottumwa, Iowa man was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in violation of federal law…
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Waterbury Man Sentenced for Role in Heroin and Fentanyl Trafficking Ring

June 30, 2021
HARTFORD, CONN. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Francis Aybar-Peguero, also known as “Grena,” 29, of Waterbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to…
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Three Sedalia Residents Indicted for Drug Trafficking, Illegal Firearms

June 30, 2021
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Three Sedalia, Missouri, residents were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine after law enforcement officers seized 28 firearms from a residence during the investigation. James Jacob Johnson, 23, Amber Marie Lawson, 36, and Eric Ryan Janes…
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Twelve People Charged Following Investigation of Drug Trafficking Ring

June 30, 2021
SEATTLE – Twelve people are in custody today following a second round of arrests in an investigation involving armed drug trafficking, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. The indictments and arrests today are a follow-up to the April 7, 2021, takedown involving 24 defendants. Most of those arrested today…
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Honduran National Extradited and Sentenced for Importing Cocaine

June 30, 2021
DALLAS – A Honduran man was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez. Oscar Ruiz Colon, 41, pleaded guilty on Feb. 4, 2021, to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine knowing it would be…
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Jacksonville Man Sentenced to More than 10 Years for Leading Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

June 29, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Paublo “Chandito” Rondon Quinones (30, Jacksonville) was sentenced to 10 years and 1 month in federal prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. Quinones had pleaded guilty on January 24, 2019. As part of his…
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Sixty Defendants Charged in Nationwide Takedown of Sinaloa Cartel Methamphetamine Network

June 29, 2021
SAN DIEGO – An indictment was unsealed today in federal court charging 60 members of a San Diego-based international methamphetamine distribution network tied to the Sinaloa Cartel with drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses. During the last month, hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents and officers…
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Mt. Vernon Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl

June 29, 2021
SEATTLE- A 22-year-old Mount Vernon, Washington, man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. Defendant Jiovanni Nunez supplied counterfeit oxycodone pills tainted with fentanyl to an associate, who distributed them in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. The pills are connected to at least two…
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Anne Milgram Sworn In As DEA Administrator

June 29, 2021
WASHINGTON – On June 28, Anne Milgram was sworn in as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland following confirmation by the U.S. Senate June 24. As DEA Administrator, she leads an agency of more than 10,000 people, including nearly 5,000 Special Agents and…
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June 29, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Washington Division, is alerting all area residents to an increase in drug overdose deaths tied to counterfeit pills containing the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl. Manufactured by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, and marketed as a medication such as…
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Eleven Members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club Charged

June 28, 2021
NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Toby C. Taylor, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Acting Union County Prosecutor…
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DEA Finalizes Measures to Expand Medication-Assisted Treatment

June 28, 2021
WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced an important step to improve access to medications for opioid use disorder, especially in rural areas where those suffering with opioid use disorder may have limited treatment options. Under the final rule published today, DEA registrants who are authorized to dispense methadone…
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Fentanyl Dealer Going to Prison for More than 10 Years

June 28, 2021
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division announced today that Devonnte White, 29, of Huntersville, North Carolina, who was convicted of possessing with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, was sentenced…
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Pacific Beach Resident Sentenced for Distributing Fentanyl that Caused Two Overdoses

June 25, 2021
SAN DIEGO – Pacific Beach resident Maya Kol was sentenced in federal court today to 15 years in prison for selling fentanyl powder that caused the death of one man and sent another to the hospital over Labor Day weekend in September 2018. Two other men—including the source of Kol’s…
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Clearwater Drug Distributor Sentenced to More than 15 Years in Prison

June 25, 2021
TAMPA, Fla –Jorge Ramirez (41, Clearwater, Fla.) was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. Ramirez had pleaded guilty on August 25, 2020. According to information presented during Ramirez’s sentencing hearing, Ramirez was convicted in state court (Pasco County) for…
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Buffalo Man Going to Prison for Selling Fentanyl that Led to Five Deaths

June 25, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division announced today that Robert Moore, 43, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of distribution of fentanyl causing death, was sentenced to serve 270 months in prison by…
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St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine, Fentanyl and Weapon Charges

June 25, 2021
ST. LOUIS – Richard Lawrence Davis, 38, of St. Louis, Missouri, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. In September 2019, investigators identified Davis as a distributor of narcotics, including cocaine and…

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Paris XVIII ème) : un réseau de trafiquants de drogue démantelé à la Goutte d’Or

Les enquêteurs ont commencé, il y a trois mois, à s’intéresser à cette équipe, soupçonnée de fournir parfois jusqu’à 250 clients dans la journée. Ils ont été alertés par des riverains excédés par la présence de trafiquants qui vendaient quotidiennement, entre midi et 20h, du cannabis et de la cocaïne dans des halls d’immeuble de la rue. Un deuxième point de vente est ensuite découvert rue Polonceau.

Neuf suspects arrêtés

Suspectés de tenir des points de deal dans le quartier de la Goutte d’or, ils ont été interpellées mardi par la police

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Chambéry) : neuf interpellations en un weekend pour trafic de stups

Neuf personnes ont été interpellées à Chambéry par la police dans trois affaires distinctes de trafic de stupéfiants, le weekend du 26 juin.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Côte d’Azur) : deux trafics de drogue démantelés à Nice généraient un chiffre d’affaires estimé de plus de 600.000 euros par mois

En 15 jours, une centaine de policiers ont tout démantelé lors de deux descentes, 24 individus ont été interpellés, près de 30 kilos de drogue (résine de cannabis, herbe et cocaïne) ont été saisi et 86.000 euros en liquide ont été trouvés. Des armes également ont été saisies dont quatre pistolet mitrailleurs. 

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Hautepierre – Strasbourg) : le réseau de trafic de cocaïne et d’héroïne n’a pas résisté à la Police et aux 150 gendarmes

Les gendarmes ont saisi plusieurs kilos de drogue et de l'argent liquide

Un réseau de trafiquants de drogue a été démantelé à Hautepierre, à Strasbourg. Les gendarmes ont mené une vaste opération mardi dans ce quartier de la ville. Ils ont saisi 6 kilos et demi d’héroïne, 1.3 kilos de cocaïne et 40.000 euros en liquide. Plus 150 gendarmes venus de Strasbourg et de la brigade de recherches ont été mobilisés, appuyés par la police. 

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