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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
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Cocaine Superhighway Brings Drugs and Violence to Europe

By Max Ramsay, Lyubov Pronina and Cagan Koc (Bloomberg) — On a chilly night in March, harbor police at Belgium’s Antwerp port nabbed three youths

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Monday, April 8, 2024
The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 50 work together to intercept a self-propelled semi-submersible drug smuggling vessel (SPSS), in the Atlantic Ocean, March 22, 2024. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
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U.S. Forces Take Down Narco Sub in Atlantic Ocean

A specialized U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement unit embarked on USS Leyte Gulf, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, successfully intercepted and seized

April 8, 2024
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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Montevideo is pleading for the DEA to return as cocaine exports to Europe surge.
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Surging Cocaine Violence Has Uruguay Clamoring For DEA Help

By Gabriel Stargardter and Lucinda Elliott MONTEVIDEO, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Uruguay’s main port received two cargo scanners

February 18, 2024
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Thursday, January 25, 2024
A containership arrives at the Port of Rotterdam
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European Ports Alliance: EU Launches Effort to Combat Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Ports

The European Commission, along with various EU Member States and agencies, have launched the European Ports Alliance Public Private Partnership to combat drug

January 25, 2024
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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
A diver inspects the propeller of the M/V Berge Torre in Turkey.
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Cocaine Found Tied to Anchor on Berge Bulk Ship in Turkey

Turkish authorities have seized nearly 52 kilograms of cocaine that was found wrapped in plastic and tied to the chain of a ship’s anchor. The operation

November 15, 2023
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Friday, October 27, 2023
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James pose with more than $445 million in illegal drugs seized by Coast Guard and partner agencies in Port Everglades, Florida, Oct 26, 2023. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
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U.S. Coast Guard Offloads $450 Million Worth of Drugs in Florida

The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 33,200 pounds of cocaine and 12,400 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $448 million, at Port Everglades on Thursday.

October 27, 2023
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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Mexico Asks China For Help Stopping Fentanyl Shipments
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Mexico Asks China For Help Stopping Fentanyl Shipments

By Matthew Bristow (Bloomberg) Mexican diplomats and law enforcement officials visited China last week for talks over how to curb the smuggling of chemicals

October 21, 2023
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Thursday, October 19, 2023
A containership arrives at the Port of Rotterdam
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EU Enhances Fight Against Drug Trafficking via European Ports

The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive EU Roadmap to intensify efforts to combat drug trafficking and criminal networks in European ports.

October 19, 2023
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Friday, September 29, 2023
Matthew bulk carrier underway during drug bust
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More Arrests Made in High Seas Drug Bust Off Ireland as Plot Thickens

Seven individuals have been arrested in connection with a major cocaine seizure in the high seas off the coast of Ireland this week. A specialized unit of the

September 29, 2023
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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
An Irish Defence Force helicopter flies above the deck of the Matthew bulk carrier
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Irish Forces Raid Bulk Carrier and Find ‘Significant Quantity’ of Cocaine

Irish military forces raided the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier M/V Matthew on Tuesday and discovered a “significant quantity” of

September 27, 2023
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Friday, August 25, 2023
Spanish police make record cocaine bust. Photo: Spanish Police
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Spanish Police Seize Record 9.5 Tonnes of Cocaine Hidden in Banana Shipment

MADRID, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Spanish police have made a record cocaine seizure, finding 9.5 tonnes of the drug hidden among boxes of bananas in

August 25, 2023
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Friday, August 11, 2023
A containership arrives at the Port of Rotterdam
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Record 8 Tons of Cocaine Seized at Port of Rotterdam

AMSTERDAM, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Customs officials in Rotterdam seized a shipment of more than 8,000 kg (16,635 pounds) of cocaine

August 11, 2023
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Tuesday, July 18, 2023
U.S. Coast Guard Offloads 5 Tons of Cocaine and Pot in San Diego
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U.S. Coast Guard Offloads 5 Tons of Cocaine and Pot in San Diego

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Steadfast (WMEC 623) on Monday offloaded over 11,600 pounds of cocaine and 5,500 pounds of marijuana worth $158

July 18, 2023
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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visits the border community of Eagle Pass, Texas
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U.S. Presidential Candidate DeSantis Calls for Coast Guard, Navy to Interdict Mexico-Bound Ships in Fentanyl Fight

Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, the current Governor of Florida, is calling for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard to block Mexican ports to help

June 27, 2023
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Friday, June 16, 2023
Australia Accuses Master and Chief Engineer of Smuggling Cocaine in Ship’s Ballast Tank
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Australia Accuses Master and Chief Engineer of Smuggling Cocaine in Ship’s Ballast Tank

The Australian Federal Police has charged the Master and Chief engineer of bulk cargo carrier for their alleged roles in the smuggling of nearly a ton of

June 16, 2023
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Saturday, June 3, 2023
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Greek Police Find 3.2 Mln Euros Of Cocaine In Banana Containers

ATHENS, June 3 (Reuters) – Police in northern Greece have seized dozens of packages of cocaine stashed in containers laden with bananas that

June 3, 2023
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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
U.S. Coast Guard Seizes $80 Million of Heroin in Gulf of Oman
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U.S. Coast Guard Seizes $80 Million of Heroin in Gulf of Oman

The U.S. Coast Guard seized $80 million worth of heroin during a May 10 ship inspection in the Gulf of Oman. Using the USCGC Glen Harris, a fast response

May 10, 2023
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Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Columbian Drug Smuggler Dubbed the ‘Prince of Semi-Submersibles’ Sentenced to Federal Prison
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Columbian Drug Smuggler Dubbed the ‘Prince of Semi-Submersibles’ Sentenced to Federal Prison

A Colombian national who was dubbed the “Prince of Semi-Submersibles” by Colombian media has been sentenced to 20 years and 10 months in U.S.

May 9, 2023
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Thursday, April 6, 2023
A containership arrives at the Port of Rotterdam
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Europol Reveals How Organized Crime Infiltrates Major European Ports

Joint analysis report reveals how criminal networks exploit misappropriated container reference codes to smuggle drugs and illegal goods into the EU. Europol

April 6, 2023
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Sunday, March 5, 2023
International Drug Bust Nets $677 Mln Of Cocaine Off The Coast Of South America
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International Drug Bust Nets $677 Mln Of Cocaine Off The Coast Of South America

SYDNEY, March 4 (Reuters) – A joint U.S. and Australian law enforcement operation busted an international drug ring after intercepting 2.4

March 5, 2023
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