SPAIN 🇪🇸 (Lanzarote) : Gary Vickery was arrested on Wednesday 20 October at a bar in the town of Yaiza, south of Lanzarote, by officers from the Guardia Civil

A man wanted by the National Crime Agency for his involvement in the supply of class A drugs worth millions of pounds has been arrested in Lanzarote.

Gary Vickery, 38, originally from Dublin, previously admitted to having a leading role in conspiring to import class A and B drugs and money laundering.

In July 2021, he failed to attend court where he was due to be remanded in custody, and at the end of July a warrant was issued for his arrest. He subsequently failed to surrender to the court again at a further hearing in September 2021.

He was arrested on Wednesday 20 October at a bar in the town of Yaiza, south of Lanzarote, by officers from the Guardia Civil as part of a joint operation with the NCA.

Officers evidenced Vickery’s involvement in large scale drug shipments worth over £23 million at UK street value, as well as movements of cash, with two other men – Thomas Kavanagh, 53, from Tamworth and Daniel Canning, 42, originally from Dublin.

Kavanagh and Canning are both in custody awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiring to import class A and B drugs and money laundering. Canning also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition.

NCA Deputy Director Matt Horne said:

“Vickery was given ample opportunity to return to the UK following his guilty plea, but has failed to come back on every occasion.

“We will ensure those who cause harm to the UK though organised crime are held accountable, and this case highlights our tenacity.

“I’d like to thank the NCA officers here in the UK, and our international liaison team in Spain, who have worked closely with colleagues in the Guardia Civil to locate Vickery.”

Vickery is due to appear before a Spanish court this morning and extradition proceedings for his return to the UK are now in progress.

21 October 2021

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : toutes les dernières ‘Narconews’ au 22 octobre 2021

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

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DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

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Rome-Area Drug Traffickers Sentenced for Distributing Deadly Opioids that Killed Victims

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DEA to Hold 21st Take Back Event on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

October 20, 2021 PHILADELPHIA – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published by…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 ATLANTA – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. The Atlanta Field Division, which covers…

Drug Trafficker Gets 10 Years in Prison for $2,800 of Meth

October 20, 2021 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Deonta J. Thomas, 29, of Collinsville, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis Oct. 18 to 10 years imprisonment for distribution of methamphetamine. Thomas pled guilty to this offense on May 20, 2021. As part of his guilty plea, Thomas acknowledged that…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

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Wisconsin Man Sentenced to Six Years for Methamphetamine Charge

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DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 CHICAGO – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published by…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 NEW ORLEANS – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2021 PHOENIX – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. Last April, residents of Arizona turned…

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DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 19, 2021 HOUSTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published by…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 19, 2021 MIAMI – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 200 collection sites located throughout the State of Florida. Please visit…

Violent Guatemalan Drug Lord Receives Life Sentence in EDTX

October 19, 2021 SHERMAN, Texas – A Guatemalan national who operated an international drug trafficking ring received a life sentence, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. Wilson Wilfredo Luargas-Garcia, a/k/a “Primazo,” 44, was convicted on Sep. 18, 2019 to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine for distribution…

DEA Holds National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Turn the Tide Against the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

October 19, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. According to a report published…

Colombian Businessman Charged with Money Laundering Extradited to the United States from Cabo Verde

October 19, 2021 Miami, Florida – Alex Nain Saab Moran (Saab), 49, a Colombian citizen, will make his initial appearance in federal court in Miami, Florida, today after being extradited from the Republic of Cabo Verde. Saab is charged in an indictment with laundering the proceeds of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices…

New Jersey Men Indicted in Cocaine Conspiracy

October 19, 2021 ALBANY, NY – Richard “Richie” Sinde, age 56, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Robert “Bobby” Ingrao, age 74, of Lodi, New Jersey, were indicted last month for trafficking 9 kilograms of cocaine. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in…

Texas Physician Found Guilty for Unlawfully Prescribing Over 1.3 Million Doses of Opioids

October 18, 2021 HOUSTON – A federal jury convicted a Houston-area physician for unlawfully prescribing more than 1.3 million doses of opioids. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Parvez Qureshi, 56, of Houston, Texas, a medical doctor, conspired to and did unlawfully prescribe controlled substances from 2014 through February 2016…

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October 18, 2021 CHICAGO – As part of a pledge to live drug free, several iconic buildings visible along the Chicago skyline, including Willis Tower, Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower, Prudential Plaza and 875 North Michigan will illuminate red lighting and display messaging in support of Red Ribbon Week on Saturday, Oct. 23…

Mt. Vernon, Washington man sentenced to 8+ years in prison for dealing deadly fentanyl

October 15, 2021 Seattle – A 22-year-old Mount Vernon, Washington, man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 100 months in prison and 4 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas W. Brown. Defendant Jiovanni Nunez supplied counterfeit oxycodone pills tainted with fentanyl to…

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BELGIQUE 🇧🇪 (Anvers) : les douaniers ont saisi plus de 2 tonnes 500 de coke dans un conteneur de bananes

Les Douaniers d’Anvers ont saisi, le 14 octobre dernier, 2.508,83 kg de cocaïne dans un conteneur frigorifié.

La cargaison de cocaïne, acheminée par bateau depuis Guayaquil en Équateur avec une escale au Panama, était dissimulée dans un conteneur frigorifié transportant des bananes.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Douane Française) : le transport de drogue, un marché en constante évolution

Extraits de l’article écrit par Gerard Feldzer

L’industrie de la drogue représente une véritable multinationale planétaire, où le transport joue un rôle clé. Dans le jeu du chat et de la souris que se livrent les trafiquants avec les douaniers, le moyen de transport représente un point névralgique où frapper. 

Face aux enjeux financiers et à l’amélioration constante des techniques de saisie des douanes, les trafiquants redoublent d’ingéniosité pour passer toujours plus de marchandises en limitant les risques qu’elles soient interceptées et de capture de passeurs. Les services des douanes doivent donc être prêts à constamment se remettre en cause pour s’adapter à une menace toujours en évolution.

Un trafic qui ne connaît pas la crise

Pour Ronan Boillot, directeur national des garde-côtes des douanes:

« Les saisies  depuis le début de l’année sont trois fois supérieures à celles qui ont été faites en 2020. Nous avons saisi à ce stade 2,3 tonnes de cocaïne et 4,2 tonnes de cannabis.« 

En effet, les voies d’entrée sur le territoire sont multiples, et les douaniers ne peuvent contrôler que 1% des conteneurs entrant sur le territoire français.

(Pour Marc Fievet, des solutions existent, mais les décideurs se refusent à les mettre en œuvre.)

Les avions sont enfin opérationnels

Pour répondre à ce défi, la douane française, notamment, ne cesse de s’améliorer… Elle s’appuie déjà sur 7 avions, (enfin compatibles avec les équipements de surveillance devant être installés à bord et sur la carlingue. Le radar, la boule optronique équipée de caméras haute définition et infrarouges, le scanner et les moyens de communication par satellite . En novembre 2016, cinq ans après la réception du premier appareil, aucun des sept nouveaux avions n’était opérationnel pour les missions prévues.)… et 7 hélicoptères, ainsi que plus d’une trentaine de bateaux, pour permettre l’interception et le contrôle des navires suspects.

Pour les repérer, la douane se base à la fois sur son expérience et son instinct, mais aussi sur l’intelligence artificielle pour identifier les trajectoires suspectes.

Une fois à terre, de nombreux moyens sont encore disponibles pour contrôler les conteneurs, vecteur principal de l’entrée de drogue en France. Quand un conteneur est identifié comme suspect, la douane peut le contrôler grâce à un scanner capable de vérifier un camion complet, voire un train en marche. 

Dans le grand marché de la drogue, les douaniers se sont lancés dans une course poursuite éternelle, face à un marché en constante évolution et à des trafiquants toujours plus imaginatifs.

Mais ils peuvent compter sur leur flair et leur expérience et ça, même le meilleur des robots n’en est pas encore capable !

Sans oublier les innombrables informations remontées et le travail d’intelligence de la DNRED.

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AUSTRALIE 🇦🇺 (Melbourne) : saisie de 450 kilos d’héroïne en provenance de Malaisie 🇲🇾

Les autorités australiennes ont annoncé samedi avoir saisi près de 450 kilos d’hermine qui ont été interceptés à l’intérieur d’un conteneur de tuiles envoyé de Malaisie à Melbourne.

Un ressortissant malaisien a été arrêté après une opération conjointe de la police fédérale australienne (AFP) et de l’Australian Border Force (ABF).

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 (DEA) : toutes les dernières ‘Narconews’ au 16 octobre 2021

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Jefferson County Man Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Meth Distribution Network

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October 13, 2021 WASHINGTON – DEA Administrator Anne Milgram and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams announced yesterday the arrest of Malek Mohammad Balouchzehi, aka “Malek Khan,” for conspiring to import heroin into the United States and distributing heroin for importation into the United States. Balouchzehi, a…

Two Individuals Sentenced in Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Distribution Case

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Nampa Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Methamphetamine

October 12, 2021 BOISE – A Nampa man pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. According to court records, Allen Eugene McLean, 20, of Nampa, sold another person methamphetamine on two different occasions. On June 23, 2020, McLean sold 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and on August 13, 2020, he sold 26.7 grams of methamphetamine…

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Takedown of Lane County Drug Trafficking Cell

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Statement from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram

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High-Ranking Gang Member gets Substantial Sentence for Drug Trafficking

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October 01, 2021 GREENSBORO – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 RALEIGH – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 CHARLOTTE – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 COLUMBIA – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 ATLANTA – Yesterday, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Poplar Bluff Man Sentenced for Carrying More Than a Kilo of Fentanyl Aboard Train

October 01, 2021 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for smuggling more than a kilogram of fentanyl in his luggage aboard a train that stopped in Kansas City, Mo., from Los Angeles, Calif., bound for St. Louis, Mo. Joseph D. Christie, 43, was sentenced…

Jury Convicts KC Man of Meth Trafficking at Camdenton Hotel

October 01, 2021 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been convicted by a federal trial jury of possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Anthony Martinez Harris, 48, was found guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 29, of one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. On Sept. 26, 2019, employees at…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

October 01, 2021 NEW ORLEANS – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

October 01, 2021 NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

Two Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Robbery, Other Charges

October 01, 2021 SAVANNAH, GA: Two McIntosh County men indicted as part of a major drug trafficking operation have been sentenced to federal prison for charges including armed robbery. John Hope Jr., 28, of Townsend, Ga., was sentenced to 111 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to…

Indiana Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Methamphetamine Distribution

October 01, 2021 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alfred A. Cooke III, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and Acting U.S. Attorney Tina Nommay of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Eric W. Johnson, 40, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 MIAMI – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 SAN DIEGO – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 NEWARK, N.J. – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of…

Department of Justice and DEA Announce Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 CHICAGO – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Federal Court Jury Convicts New Woodstock Man of Drug Conspiracy

September 30, 2021 SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ernest Shaw, Sr. of New Woodstock, New York, was convicted yesterday of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine, and 28 grams of cocaine base (crack) following a five-day jury trial in United States District Court in Syracuse…

Republic Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Trafficking After High-Speed Chase

September 30, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Republic, Missouri, man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Heath E. Yarger, 49, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to…

DEA Seizes Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities

September 30, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid found in most of the…

Indiana Man Sentenced To Over 17 Years for Gun and Drug Trafficking Crimes

September 30, 2021 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alfred A. Cooke III, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Merrillville, Indiana, and Acting U.S. Attorney Tina Nommay of the Northern District of Indiana announced that Nathan Wilkes, age 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced upon his plea of guilty to possession with…

Long Island Man Sentenced to 13 Years Imprisonment

September 30, 2021 Long Island, NY – Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Ira Hall was sentenced by United States District Judge Joanna Seybert to 13 years’ imprisonment for distributing cocaine and the unlawful use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking in August 2017. When Hall pleaded guilty…

Elmira Methamphetamine Trafficker Going to Prison for More than 19 Years

September 29, 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 Jamal A. Anderson a/k/a Jamel Anderson a/k/a Jemel Jefferson a/k/a James Jefferson a/k/a Mike Jefferson a/k/a Blaze, 40, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted…

Grocery Store Pharmacists Help Put St. Louis Man in Prison

September 28, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Derek J. Petty of St. Louis was sentenced today to a term of 91 months in federal prison. Petty was convicted by a jury in April of one count of conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. The evidence presented at trial proved that Petty’s co-conspirator…

Guilty Plea from St. Louis Man who Trafficked Fentanyl

September 28, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Deaunta Miller of St. Louis pleaded guilty today for the crime of knowingly and intentionally possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration began an investigation into Deaunta Miller’s narcotics trafficking in June of 2020. During their investigation, agents conducted controlled purchases…

Southeastern Connecticut Drug Trafficker, Co-Conspirator Found Guilty

September 28, 2021 Brideport, Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and New London Police Chief Brian Wright, today announced that a federal jury in Bridgeport has found Anthony Whyte, also…

Hartford Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison

September 28, 2021 Hartford, Conn. – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Kendall Jones, also known as “Wolf,” 32, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release…

North Carolina Man sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Opioids through the Dark Web

September 28, 2021 SAVANNAH, GA: A North Carolina man who ordered and illegally sold highly addictive opioids through the Dark Web has been sentenced to federal prison. Wesley McKeehan, 34, of Salisbury, N.C., was sentenced to 26 months in prison after pleading guilty to Distribution of Oxycodone, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 28, 2021 Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit…

Armed Felon Pleads Guilty for Cocaine Distribution

September 28, 2021 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Anthony Wisham, 59, of East St. Louis, Illinois, pled guilty to two counts of distribution of fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, on Sept. 27, in federal court in East St…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 SEATTLE – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 PHOENIX – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 ATLANTA, GA – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 Newark, N.J. – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 LOS ANGELES – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 ST. LOUIS – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Washington Chief Issues Public Safety Alert: Dangerous Increase in Fake Rx Pills Containing Fentanyl

September 27, 2021 Washington, D.C. – Today, Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Division issued a Public Safety Alert warning Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. residents of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl in our area. This DEA Public Safety Alert…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 NEW YORK – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide…

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

September 27, 2021 CHICAGO – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge…

Three Individuals Sentenced in Southeast Idaho

September 24, 2021 POCATELLO, Idaho – Jesse Kirby, 45, Trevor Van Horn, 31, and Debra Trujillo, 63, all of Idaho Falls, were sentenced to federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Kirby to 110 months imprisonment, Van Horn to 100 months imprisonment…

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DNRED 🇫🇷 (opérations anti-stups internationales): le regard de Jean-Henri Hoguet, ancien patron de la DNRED (1987-1991), qui a « recruté » Marc Fiévet.

Pour Rue89, Jean Henri Hoguet ancien patron de la DNRED (1987-1991) a accepté de répondre, par mail, à quelques questions.
Jean Henri Hoguet ancien patron de la DNRED (1987-1991)

Sans fioritures:

Comment expliquez-vous l’absence de soutien des responsables politiques vis-à-vis de Fiévet ?

Les dits « responsables » se sentent éventuellement concernés par les actions qu’ils ont conduites ou autorisées ou qui sont intervenues durant leur mandat, mais rarement pour celles qui sont intervenues des années auparavant. A fortiori lorsque la majorité politique a changé.


Pensez-vous que cette affaire puisse remettre en cause le système des aviseurs ?

Plus qu’un aviseur, Fiévet était un infiltré. Il est clair que ne pas soutenir un infiltré ne peut que tarir le recrutement.

L’aviseur normal ne doit pas s’attendre à une protection particulière. Il donne une information, on l’exploite et si il y a un résultat il sera rémunéré en fonction de celui-ci. Tout ce qu’on lui garantit, c’est de conserver son anonymat.


Marc Fiévet estime que certains de ses signalements n’ont pas débouché sur une intervention des douanes…

C’est vraisemblable et c’est normal. Toutes ces affaires sont internationales, elles mettent en jeu de nombreux services et les informations doivent transiter par des chaines hiérarchiques relevant de plusieurs pays.Vous pouvez ajouter le facteur temps, souvent essentiel, le facteur météo, la chance ou la malchance, pour comprendre que donner une info et réaliser une affaire sont deux choses différentes.


Comment se situe la France, en matière de lutte contre le trafic international ?

En Europe , je crois que nous sommes parmi les gens qui comptent, comme les Britanniques. Il faut tout de même savoir que l’on estime que l’on n’arrête que 5 à 10% de la drogue et qu’il a été jusqu’ici impossible de faire mieux. Beaucoup de pays font plus mal ! C’est le problème de la demande qu’il faudrait traiter, car il est illusoire de croire que l’on règlera la question en jugulant l’offre, ce qui est impossible dans un monde de plus en plus ouvert, avec des États aux motivations souvent antagonistes. Croit-on résoudre l’alcoolisme en supprimant l’alcool ?


Que faudrait-il changer pour accroître l’action des douanes en la matière ?

Le problème ne concerne pas que la douane, mais aussi la police et la gendarmerie. Il faut développer le renseignement aux plans national et international. L’échange de renseignements se heurte à de nombreuses difficultés : égoïsme des services qui travaillent d’abord pour eux mêmes, rivalités entre services, confidentialité des sources, rémunération des indics,etc.

Après le triste exemple Fiévet, il faudrait se donner les moyens d’avoir des infiltrés, de s’en occuper, de leur fournir protection. Ce qui implique des moyens considérables, notamment juridiques. Je doute qu’on en prenne le chemin, car les efforts à consentir ne peuvent être garantis au niveau des résultats à en escompter.

Publié le 09 décembre 2007, par David Servenay

Dans la peau d’un narco infiltré au coeur de la mafia de Marc Fiévet et Oliver-Jourdan Roulot, éditions Hugodoc

Au service de l’État à travers la douane, 1954-1996 de Jean-Henri Hoguet, éditions l’Harmattan

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ACORES 🇵🇹 (opération Midas-Ballestrinque) : les agents du SVA 🇪🇸 arraisonnent le ‘sloop Goldwasser’ lesté de 2 tonnes 500 de cocaïne

La dernière cargaison saisie de 2.500 kilos de cocaïne est arrivée ce vendredi au port de Vigo où elle a été déchargée.

le Goldwasser

La cargaison de coke était transportée par un voilier, le Goldwasser, intercepté dans le nord des îles des Açores le 8 octobre après un arraisonnement par des agents de la « Policia Nacional » (GEOS) et un équipage d’assaut du navire de surveillance douanière du SVA Petrel.

La détection du narco-voilier est le résultat d’une opération conjointe du fisc et des équipes d’analyse britannique et française, de la police néerlandaise et …de la DEA .

L’opération « Midas-Ballestrinque » a permis le démantèlement d’une organisation basée sur la Costa del Sol et le Campo de Gibraltar. Il s’agit de la quatrième organisation démantelée depuis juillet dans le sud de la Péninsule auprès de laquelle trois tonnes et demie de cocaïne ont été saisies, selon des sources policières.

Une autre cargaison est tombée entre les mains de la police alors qu’elle se dirigeait vers la Galice il y a deux semaines.

4.248 kilogrammes se trouvaient à bord d’un bateau de pêche vénézuélien et 20 personnes ont été arrêtées, dont le chef de ce transport. Il s’agit d’un trafiquant hispano-marocain, sur lequel pesait une décision d’extradition et qui s’était réfugié en Catalogne où il se planquait. Cette enquête conjointe de la « Policia Nacional » et de la Police judiciaire portugaise, avec la participation de la Marine française, a permis de constater que les grandes organisations implantées en Amérique du Sud utilisent les anciennes méthodes des transporteurs galiciens pour accroître la sécurité de leurs opérations maritimes.

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OCEANO ATLANTICO : la Armada francesa abordó un barco pesquero venezolano con más de 4.200 kilos de cocaína con destino a Galicia

Un total de 4.248 kilos de cocaína han sido interceptados en un pesquero venezolano con destino a Galicia en el marco de una operación internacional que se ha saldado con la detención de 20 personas, tres de ellas como supuestas máximas responsables de la organización criminal propietaria de la droga intervenida.

Fuentes policiales han detallado que el pasado mes de junio de 2020 se comenzó a investigar una organización criminal dedicada a la introducción en Europa de importantes partidas de cocaína por vía marítima. Así, se sospechó que la dirigía un hombre hispano-marroquí que se escondía en algún lugar de Cataluña dado que le constaba una orden para su extradición por un delito de tráfico de drogas en vigor.

La acción conjunta permitió comprobar que un barco pesquero que remolcaba una embarcación de alta velocidad se encontraba en el punto de entrega de la mercancía ilegal, supuestamente para proporcionar seguridad a la operación de trasvase. Así, observaron que el pesquero navegaba hacia el punto de encuentro.

Precisamente, la utilización de este tipo de lanchas resulta indetectable en esas latitudes y ofrece una mayor flexibilidad para evitar la acción de los cuerpos policiales.

Durante la operación tuvieron lugar problemas de comunicación que impidieron que el barco controlado desde España interceptase la cocaína transportada por la embarcación de alta velocidad. Por ello, la Armada francesa abordó la embarcación que ocultaba la droga, lo que permitió detener a ocho personas de nacionalidad venezolana e intervenir 177 fardos cuyo peso alcanzaba los 4.248 kilogramos.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (DGDDI) : la DNRED recherche un (e) Chef(fe) de la division Ciblage et Contrôle de la Contrebande

Descriptif du poste

Rattaché(e) au directeur de la DRD (administrateur supérieur des douanes), son chef, il ou elle :
– pilote et anime le service et en évalue la performance ;
– coordonne son action avec celle des autres services de la DNRED ;
– participe au suivi de certains dossiers transversaux nécessitant l’expertise de la division ;
– propose des mesures visant à adapter les productions de la division en matière d’orientation des contrôles :
– représente la DNRED auprès de différentes instances (publiques ou privées) y compris à l’étranger et en anglais pour les questions relevant de la compétence de la division.

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ESPAGNE 🇪🇸 (Murcia) : les agents du SVA saisissent 4.360 kilos de cannabis lors de l’opération « Racel »

Les agents du SVA (Service de surveillance douanière) de Murcia ont saisi 4 360 kilos de haschich dans le port de la municipalité de San Pedro del Pinatar.

Les suspects, deux espagnols et un marocain, sous surveillance des hommes du SVA, ont été arrêtés au moment où ils transféraient la cargaison de haschich d’un bateau de pêche dans un camion frigorifique.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Canteleu – Seine-Maritime) : la garde à vue pour Mélanie Boulanger était-elle indispensable ? Assurément non !

Mélanie Boulanger, maire PS de Canteleu (Seine-Maritime), explique ce lundi avoir « passé le pire moment de sa vie » après avoir été placée en garde à vue dans le cadre d’une affaire de stupéfiants.

En milieu de journée ce lundi, Mélanie Boulanger a dit qu’elle venait de « vivre le pire moment de ma vie ». « Mon histoire est celle d’une élue de la République qui, comme tant d’autres élus, se retrouve seule, sans réponse, lorsqu’ils sollicitent les pouvoirs publics pour les aider à lutter contre la délinquance et les trafics de stupéfiants ».

Elle a également dénoncé « les rumeurs » liées à une « violation du secret de l’instruction ». « Je ne m’explique pas le régime de la garde à vue. Le régime de la garde à vue n’était pas justifié car il n’était pas nécessaire pour établir ma probité et mon combat de maire contre la délinquance. »

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Douane française – DNRED) : l’honneur perdu du ministre Charasse et de ses dirigeants

Le Directeur général de la Douane française François Auvigne, un énarque inspecteur des finances, est totalement responsable de cette dérive juridico-administrative.

Sa couardise avérée et son refus d’assumer les engagements pris auprès de Marc Fievet par les dirigeants de la DNRED et par les envoyés douaniers venus rencontrer Fievet au Canada, confirment que chez ces gens-là, l’honneur n’existe pas .

Chargé de mission auprès de Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ministre de l’Economie et des Finances, à qui Fievet avait écrit de sa prison canadienne de Renous, François Auvigne avait envoyé Messieurs Gatard de Marseille et Roux de Washington DC pour convaincre Fievet de Plaider coupable au Canada en faisant préciser que l’on arrangerait sa situation dès son retour en France

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (DNRED – ministre du Budget) : lorsque Michel Charasse pètait les plombs

Pour arriver à cette réunion publique, après avoir dû trouver des chemins de traverse, les gendarmes ayant établi des barrages, le contact avec Michel Charasse fut plutôt frais. C’est à la suite de cette visite que je partis pour rencontrer Nicolas Sarkozy.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (DNRED de la Douane Française) : quand politiques et hauts-fonctionnaires n’assument pas les opérations qu’ils ont montées

LIRE ou RELIRE

Un document stupéfiant sur le monde des stups et des narcotrafics. Au cœur des réseaux internationaux du trafic de drogue, dans un univers où les bénéfices se chiffrent en millions de dollars. Une plongée palpitante également dans les coulisses d’une sale guerre. Celle que livrent les États aux trafiquants, avec des méthodes surprenantes.

Une vie trépidante au cœur de la lutte contre les trafics de drogue. Pour le compte des douanes françaises, il est devenu le meilleur des agents infiltrés. Remontant patiemment les filières, jusqu’à se hisser au sommet d’une des principales organisations mondiales du trafic.

Prenant tous les risques, croisant la route du milieu, corse, sicilien, des cartels colombiens, de l’IRA et du GAL. Bien d’autres encore.


Mal lui en a pris car il a payé cet engagement, au risque de sa peau, par une condamnation à perpétuité au Canada, et de 20 ans de prison dont 10 de sécurité en France.

Enfin libre après plus d’une décennie derrière les barreaux, l’aviseur demande des comptes. Et entend présenter l’addition à ceux qui l’ont lamentablement abandonné à son triste sort. Dans ce livre trépidant, il révèle son histoire hallucinante, celle d’un scandale d’état.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (DNRED) : lorsque Marc Fievet offrait son livre à Nicolas Sarkozy

La police m’avait pourtant fait partir !

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ÉTATS-UNIS 🇺🇸 : 4 Mexicains dans le collimateur de la DEA

Le gouvernement des États-Unis a annoncé mercredi des sanctions contre quatre Mexicains du cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), les frères Aldrín Miguel Jarquín Jarquín et José Jesús Jarquín Jarquín, ainsi que César Enrique Díaz de León Saucedo et Fernando Zagal Antón, qu’il accuse d’avoir dirigé les opérations de trafic de drogue.

Le directeur du Bureau de contrôle des avoirs étrangers du Trésor, Andrea Gacki, a souligné l’importance de lieux stratégiques tels que le port de Manzanillo, dans l’État mexicain de Colima, dans le trafic international de drogue. « Ce port sur la côte Pacifique est utilisé comme un point d’entrée majeur pour la cocaïne colombienne et les précurseurs chimiques importés d’Asie, y compris ceux utilisés pour synthétiser le fentanyl pour la distribution finale aux États-Unis« , a déclaré Gacki.

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EUROPE 🇪🇺 (Belgique) : Anvers est la porte d’entrée ouverte du trafic de cocaïne en Europe

Le Reportage de la Rédaction par Benjamin Illy

Dans son dernier rapport, Europol, l’agence européenne de police, constate que l’épicentre du marché de la cocaïne en Europe s’est déplacé vers le Nord, notamment vers Anvers, en Belgique. Son port gigantesque est très perméable et année après année les saisies de drogues y battent des records.

Quand on arrive aux abords des entrepôts et des conteneurs à perte de vue, micro en main, pour parler de trafic de drogue aux employés du port d’Anvers, la réponse est souvent la même : « Non, non je ne veux pas parler ». Sujet sensible donc.  

Selon le rapport publié début septembre par Europol, plus de 65 tonnes de cocaïne ont été saisies sur le port d’Anvers en 2020. Un chiffre multiplié par environ 14 depuis 2013.

Et pour 2021, même si l’année n’est pas terminée, le record est déjà battu. Les douanes belges nous l’annoncent : 80 tonnes ont été saisies depuis le mois de janvier. Les principaux pays expéditeurs sont la Colombie, l’Équateur, le Brésil notamment, l’Amérique du Sud plus globalement. La drogue s’échappe ensuite vers les Pays-Bas, puis le reste de l’Europe.

Un travailleur du port corrompu peut gagner 100 000 euros pour déplacer un conteneur

La clé du trafic est la corruption, confirme Joris Van Der Aa, journaliste à Gazet Van Antwerpen (GVA), un journal belge néerlandophone. Depuis vingt ans, il couvre les affaires criminelles liées au trafic de drogue à Anvers. C’est une référence et une encyclopédie en la matière. Il nous raconte que les mafias « payent des gens« , dockers, agents de sécurité, personnels qui interviennent sur les quais, « de temps en temps le chef d’une entreprise ». 

Les employés peuvent-ils dire non aux trafiquants ? Il précise que « parfois des travailleurs du port sont menacés ou intimidés, mais dans la plupart des cas ils sont payés. Un travailleur qui met un conteneur sur une place favorable pour les trafiquants, peut gagner cent mille euros »

Le trafic au Port d’Anvers a des conséquences en ville, avec une montée des violences. Joris Van Der Aa note ces dernières années des dizaines « de jets de grenade, des tirs sur des maisons ». Il s’agit de règlements de compte entre groupes criminels, « des groupes albanais, italiens, la Moccro Mafia -mafia des Pays-Bas composée de ressortissants marocains- est aussi présente à Anvers ». 

Des personnes décapitées, des salles de torture, quand 80 à 90 % de la drogue arrivant d’Amérique du Sud échappe aux autorités

La police fédérale belge mobilise en ce moment 20 % de ses effectifs sur des affaires de trafics de drogue. Un constat : le niveau de violence augmente sous l’influence directe des cartels sud-américains. Ils ont déjà importé ici leurs méthodes de corruption pour faire circuler la marchandise, mais l’inquiétude d’Eric Van Duyse, porte-parole du Parquet Fédéral de Belgique, va plus loin : 

On a découvert des photos, des images, des vidéos, qui glaçaient le sang. De personnes décapitées, de salles de torture, une criminalité dont on imaginait parfois qu’elle pouvait exister mais on n’avait jamais de preuve. Là, nous avons une série de preuves éclatantes. Cela a débouché rien que sur le territoire belge sur plus de trois cents interpellation. 

Un coup de filet, mais le travail est loin d’être terminé, sur le port d’Anvers. Les douanes belges le reconnaissent : 80 à 90 % de la drogue arrivant d’Amérique du Sud leur échappe. Les quantités sont phénoménales. 40 % de toutes les saisies de cocaïne en Europe sont réalisées à Anvers. 

Opération des douanes dans le port d'Anvers le 9 juin 2021.
Opération des douanes dans le port d’Anvers le 9 juin 2021.• Crédits : Stéphanie Lecocq / EFE / EPAMaxppp

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BRÉSIL 🇧🇷 (Rio de Janeiro) : les douaniers saisissent 5 tonnes de cocaïne destinées au Mozambique 🇲🇿

Les douaniers, aidés par des agents de la police fédérale ont d’abord trouvé 4,3 tonnes de cocaïne dans des conteneurs, à destination du Mozambique, en Afrique.

La drogue était cachée dans des boîtes de savon en poudre.

Au moment du déchargement du premier conteneur, une autre équipe de douaniers et de la police fédérale a localisé un autre conteneur contenant environ 700 kg de cocaïne emballés dans des boîtes de savon en poudre.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (SURV de la Douane – BSI de Millau) : saisie au péage du viaduc de plus de 600 kilos de pollen de cannabis

Plus de 600 kilos de pollen de cannabis ont été saisis mercredi 29 septembre lors d’un contrôle effectué par les douaniers de la BSI de Millau sur un poids lourd arrivant d’Espagne et se dirigeant vers la Belgique.

Les deux chauffeurs routiers qui conduisaient le poids lourd ont été écroués ce lundi 4 octobre par le tribunal judiciaire de Rodez et seront jugés le 18 octobre prochain.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (DNRED – CELTICS) : ciblé et suivi, le minéralier « TRUDY » était lesté d’une tonne de cocaïne

Intercepté par les douaniers, le ciblage réalisé par la CELTICS de la DNRED (peut-être conforté par un signalement de la DEA) a déclenché l’arraisonnement du cargo qui a été intercepté dans le détroit du Pas de Calais.

Le minéralier restera à quai, au moins jusqu’à jeudi, pour les besoins de l’enquête.

Le minéralier restera à quai, au moins jusqu’à jeudi, pour les besoins de l’enquête.

Ce minéralier battant pavillon du Liberia, était parti du Brésil pour livrer du vrac à Anvers.

Après vérification par les douaniers, ce sont 1127 kilos de cocaïne qui ont été saisis.

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