Articles Tagués ‘drug smuggling’

NARCOTRAFIC (The Golden Age of Drug Trafficking): How Meth, Cocaine, and Heroin Move Around the World

Publié: 26 avril 2016 par Marc Fievet dans 36, Aeronarcotrafic, Amphétamines, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service., BAN, Cannabis - Hachis - Haschich, Cocaïne, Customs and Border Protection, DEA (USA), DG de la Douane française, DNRED, Douane française, Drogues, FSKN (Russie), Gendarmerie, GRC - RCMP (Canada), Guardia Civil, Guardia di Finanza, Guardia di Finanza (Italie), Héroïne, HM Customs Excise (UK), NARCOTRAFIC, Narcotrafic INFOS, Narcotrafic maritime, OCRTIS, Pays de transit, Pays producteurs, Police, Policia, Précurseurs, SERVICES ANTI-DROGUES, SERVICES ESPAGNOLS, SERVICES FRANCAIS, SVA, TRACFIN
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onudc1By Keegan Hamilton

Diplomats and top officials from governments around the world gathered last week at United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss what to do about the global drug problem. Over the course of four days and multiple discussions, the assembled dignitaries vowed to take a more comprehensive approach to the issue than in years past — but they also decided to keep waging the war on drugs.

The « outcome document » adopted during the UN General Assembly’s special session (UNGASS) calls for countries to « prevent and counter » drug-related crime by disrupting the « illicit cultivation, production, manufacturing, and trafficking » of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other substances banned by international law. The document also reaffirmed the UN’s « unwavering commitment » to « supply reduction and related measures. »

Yet according to the UN’s own data, the supply-oriented approach to fighting drug trafficking has been a failure of epic proportions. Last May, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) issued its 2015 World Drug Report, which shows that — despite billions of dollars spent trying to eradicate illicit crops, seize drug loads, and arrest traffickers — more people than ever before are getting high.






 La plage d'Ostende, sur la côte belge

March 3, 2015 | 8:40 pm

Authorities in Belgium pulled in a massive catch on Saturday after they recovered a ton of cocaine that was spotted floating 15 miles off the Belgian port of Ostend in the North Sea.

A pilot boat that transports personnel to and from ships noticed duffel bags laden with 16 sealed packages containing the drug while conducting maneuvers in the area. Maritime police used a tugboat with a crane to collect the contraband bring it ashore. The investigation has since been handed over to the prosecutor in Bruges.

The loot weighed in at more than 2,100 pounds and has an estimated street value of 50 million euros ($56 million). To evade customs, smugglers have been increasingly tossing illegal goods over the sides of shipping vessels to be retrieved by accomplices trailing behind. This is the third such discovery in recent weeks — 2,650 pounds of cocaine were found in the sea in December, along with another 1,770 pounds in January.

« As the chance of getting caught in the ports increases, criminals are trying out other, sometimes novel, methods in order to avoid the classic controls, » Belgian magistrate Ken Witmas remarked to local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. « More and more traffickers are trying it and this is a growing phenomenon with us. »

The « queen of Belgian seaside resorts, » as Ostend is affectionately known in Belgium, has become a transit point for French dealers who go there to buy drugs smuggled in from the Netherlands.

Former undercover French customs officer Marc Fiévet infiltrated several major international drug rings during his time in the field, during which he developed close knowledge of their distribution methods.




cocaineinunderwearNEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –  This is probably not Victoria’s Secret.

A woman returning from Jamaica was stopped by Customs and Border Protection agents at JFK airport on July 13, CBP said.

CBP officers noticed the handle rails of her luggage weren’t working properly, officials said.

Upon closer inspection, CBP officers noticed a white powdery substance in the rails which tested positive for cocaine, CBP officials said.

The woman was then searched, and officers found “an oval-shaped object wrapped in latex concealed in her groin area within her underwear,” CBP said.

The object contained a half pound of cocaine, officials said. Another 1.2 pounds was found in the luggage rails.

The cocaine had an estimated street value of $30,000.

The woman was arrested and faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.