4th January 2021
AP — The Mexican army said Thursday that fentanyl seizures increased by at least 486% in 2020. Military and police forces said on the final day of the year that they had seized an estimated 1.3 tons of the synthetic opioid, compared to 222 kilograms in 2019. Read More
1st January 2021
Mexico is home to the world’s most powerful drug cartels, who have terrorized the country for years. But the country is poised to try something different in tackling the gangs by legalizing at least one of their products: marijuana. Mexico is set to become the world’s largest legal cannabis market… Read More
30th December 2020
Like a lot of businesses, the Sinaloa Cartel was knocked back on its heels as the coronavirus swept the globe and travel ground to a near halt. Government measures to contain the virus had fouled up its operations, interrupting the supply of chemicals for manufacturing synthetic drugs like fentanyl and… Read More
29th December 2020
The Appeals Court has reduced a €3.7 million fine imposed by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit on Satabank to €851,000 after it ruled that the fines had to be capped at 10 per cent of the bank’s turnover. While the court acknowledged that the Prevention of Money Laundering and Funding… Read More
29th December 2020
New York state is using its “Son of Sam” law to claw back the profits from a crime, a step it hasn’t taken since at least 2001. The law, which dates to 1977, prohibits convicts from making money from their crimes through lucrative book and movie deals. State legislators created… Read More
28th December 2020
By the end of March, one week into the UK’s first lockdown, recorded crime in Lancashire had dropped by a startling 40% compared with the four-year average. “At first there was some mild panic,” says DCI Eric Halford, of Lancashire Constabulary. “Most senior officers expected a surge in demand.”… Read More
28th December 2020
The figures are shocking – the trade in illegal art is worth $10billion and after drugs and arms it makes up the world’s third largest black market. But the problem with claims by Unesco, art dealers say, is that they are simply not true. It has led to a row… Read More
24th December 2020
Security agencies in Uganda have arrested a prominent human rights lawyer over alleged money laundering. Nicholas Opiyo, known for representing LGBTQ+ people, was arrested in a restaurant in the capital, Kampala, on Tuesday by plainclothes security and financial intelligence officers. Opiyo, executive director of rights organisation Chapter Four Uganda,… Read More
23rd December 2020
A major figure in the organised crime world who went undetected for two decades before being exposed by his lavish lifestyle has been jailed. Thomas Maher, 40, an Irish haulier who lived in Warrington, Cheshire, was described by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as a “professional facilitator” for crime gangs… Read More
22nd December 2020
When Chinese businessman Wang Xi first gambled at Sheldon Adelson’s Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore, he hit the jackpot, winning $3.7 million. After more wins in later trips, his luck turned sour and he racked up millions in losses. After one particularly tough day in the high-roller room, he… Read More