Monday, January 31, 2011

Mafia and Mexicans unite for drug push | The Australian

The head of the UN's Office of Drugs and Crime in Mexico City, Antonio Mazzitelli, believes Mexican drug cartels have struck deals with Australian members of the powerful Italian mafia, the 'Ndrangheta, to capitalise on the country's hugely profitable cocaine trade.

Mr Mazzitelli told The Australian that the Mexican cartels had turned to the 'Ndrangheta -- which was formed in the Calabria region in Italy's south and is now the most powerful of the Italian mafias -- to help them establish business in new markets.

Organized Crime in Central Europe -

The countries of Central Europe, especially the Czech Republic and Hungary, are used as centers for coordination, communication and conciliation between very powerful international crime syndicates, which have managed to install their headquarters in the heart of the European Union.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jamaica lacks resources to deal with drug trafficking, says PM - News - Go-Jamaica

The prime minister said while there have been efforts to enhance patrolling of Jamaica’s territorial waters; this isn't enough to play a significant role in disabling the drug trade.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Middle East Spectator: Unlikely Bedfellows: Are Some Saharan Marxists Joining Al-Qaida Operations In North Africa?

However, there is some evidence that stalled discussions over independence or autonomy for Western Sahara may have created a marriage of convenience among some elements of the independence struggle and AQIM. If accurate, these reports suggest that some members of the Algeria-based Polisario Front have joined al-Qaeda in trafficking drugs, arms and humanitarian aid in North Africa's desert borderlands.

BBC: Balkans – new entrance for Latin American cocaine to Europe - FOCUS Information Agency

London. Latin American organized crime groups involved in cocaine trafficking have found new transit area on the Balkans for cocaine trafficking between Latin American countries and Europe. These are the findings of the European Police Service Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
“Our findings are that the route through the Balkans is being used more and more often for cocaine trafficking from Latin America to the EU. It is important that new trend to become one of the priorities of the national authorities for combating drug trafficking”, director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Wolfgang Gotz told BBC.

Foreign gangs pose biggest challenge to PH anti-drug drive—US -, Philippine News for Filipinos

The Washington DC-based agency said 'traffickers increasingly take advantage of the Philippines' long and porous maritime borders to use the country as a transit point for high-grade cocaine and heroin shipments, primarily from India and Pakistan.'