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Spain’s Original Cocaine Cowboys Revealed in New Book

Snow on the Atlantic: How Cocaine Came to Europe provides an extensive dissection of how a sleepy corner of Spain grew to occupy a vital position in one of the...
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Colombia Cocaine Boom Likely Behind Rising European Port Seizures

Cocaine seizures at two of Europe’s biggest and busiest ports jumped by more than a quarter over the last year, underscoring the impact that the increase in...
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Inside the Mafia-Run Cocaine Network Shattered by European Police

In early December, authorities dramatically curtailed the power of the Pelle-Vottari clan -  a grouping within the formidable ‘Ndrangheta mafia — arresting...
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Spain Dismantles Cold-Blooded Wildlife Trafficking Ring

Authorities in Spain have dismantled a massive transnational reptile trafficking network, highlighting how the low risks and high rewards of wildlife trafficking...
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Spain Arrests Alleged Colombia Drug Kingpin Hiding in the Limelight

Authorities in Spain have arrested a Colombian with celebrity connections on accusations that he used his jet-set lifestyle as cover for his role...
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Albania’s Largest Cocaine Seizure Points to New European Routes

The unprecedented seizure of more than half a ton of cocaine at an Albanian port suggests Colombian crime groups seeking to cash in...
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Cocaine Ring in Russia’s Argentina Embassy Dismantled

An unprecedented seizure of nearly half a ton of cocaine at the Russian embassy in Argentina has exposed an international drug ring that...
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Huge UK Cocaine Seizure on Private Jet Signals Traffickers’ Growing Boldness

A foiled attempt to smuggle half a metric ton of cocaine in a private jet from Colombia’s main international airport to the United Kingdom suggests crime groups...
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European Cocaine Seizures Hint at New Possibilities for Colombia Traffickers

Major cocaine seizures in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador illustrate the European cocaine pipeline that has become a central part of the operations of Colombian drug...
Dr. Francisco José Mora Palma (right)
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Costa Rica Organ Trafficking Trial Links Illicit Transplant Network to Ukraine

New details have emerged regarding the inner workings of a sophisticated organ trafficking network with international ties operating in Costa Rica, suggesting that...
The Belgium port city of Antwerp
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Inside Germany’s Largest-Ever Cocaine Seizure: The Belgium Connection

The largest cocaine seizure ever in Germany points to the role of the port city of Antwerp in neighboring Belgium as a major entry point for drugs destined to...
Europol report tackles money laundering
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EU Money Laundering Analysis Offers Lessons for Latin America

A new report by the European police agency Europol examines why so much suspect financial activity results in so few money laundering prosecutions, and offers...