For many decades, the Caribbean Sea has been the primary maritime route for smuggling illicit drugs into the USA. With the USA being the world's largest market for illegal drugs, the Caribbean's access to the long Florida coastlines makes it an ideal smuggling route for producers across the Caribbean, Central and South America. Which Drugs … Continue reading Drug Trafficking in the Caribbean Sea
Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is the focus of media attention. However, this area is also home to many other threats with equally high human and economic costs. Illegal fishing, drug trafficking, pollution, illegal immigration... there is no shortage of issues that weaken the region, but they do not all receive the same media … Continue reading Piracy is not the Only – None the Main – Topic in the GoG
Sunday the 6th of June, 2021, the boarding team of the French multi-purpose frigate (FREMM) Languedoc (D653) seized more than 400kg of narcotics on a cargo ship. On June 6th, 2021, during a surveillance flight, the French frigate's helicopter deployed to secure the Strait of Hormuz identified a potential narcotics smuggler.After initiating the boarding procedures, … Continue reading Narcotics in Indian Ocean: Over 400 kg Seized
Drugs, broken labour laws or expired contracts: purgatory seems endless for the crew of the Indonesian-flagged container ship Meratus Jayakarta. It started on March 19 2021, with the seizure of 2.04 kilos of heroin (worth 30 million Rupees) by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Section (CANS) of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) while sailing off Mauritius’ coast. … Continue reading The Meratus Jayakarta: a Ship of Misfortune
Narco-Submarine Because of huge profits generated by drug trafficking, traffickers have financial means to invest in advanced technology, such as submersibles. On March 12th 2021, the Spanish Police seized the first “Narco-Submarine” made in Europe. For several years, Colombian cartels used “Narco-submarine” as a common way to transport drugs out of their country. These submarines … Continue reading Spanish Police Seized the First “Narco-Submarine” made in Europe
Drug seizure in Indian ocean. French frigate FS Nivose, deployed into the combined Task Force 150 (a global coalition to fight against terrorism), seized once again drug this month. The 14th of April,the frigate found drug on a fishing boat sailing off Somalian coast. This the seventh time this month. The french boarding team, while … Continue reading One more drug seizure by the French Navy
The smuggling of illicit goods, in particular fish the Totoaba that is as lucrative and much less dangerous in terms of penal sanction than the traffic of cocaine. In 2018, according to an article published in The Guardian, the Mexico City police found 416 swim bladders in the suitcases of a Chinese tourist. The man … Continue reading TOTOABA: When Mexican Cartels Diversify Into The Smuggling Of Fish Swim Bladders.
The French navy has seized six tons of cocaine on a Saint Kitts and Nevis-flagged cargo ship traveling from South America to West Africa. This seizure is the largest one this year in the area. « Najlan », the 105-meter long cargo, was under close surveillance since leaving South America a few days ago.This arrest was made … Continue reading Record drug seizure by the French Navy in the GoG