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ISS: Mauritius battles a growing synthetic drugs problem

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For decades Mauritius has been a popular destination for traffickers of traditional drugs such as heroin and cannabis. Despite the hefty prison sentences the...

Australian Navy seizes drugs in the Gulf of Aden

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The Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Toowoomba has interdicted over 3 000 kilograms of illegal narcotics including hashish and heroin in the Gulf of...

French frigate seizes five tonnes of drugs in the Indian Ocean

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The French frigate Courbet has seized five tonnes of drugs in the Indian Ocean in the last three weeks. On Friday 13 December, La Fayette-class...

Royal Navy makes large drug seizure in Arabian Sea

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The Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose has, with the assistance of the French frigate FS Jean Bart, seized a large haul of...

FS Nivose seizes hashish in the Arabian Sea

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The French warship FS Nivose, part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) has seized more than two and a half tons of hashish from...

ISS: Global war against drugs reaches Kenya

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The first sentencing of a Kenyan on drug trafficking charges took place in New York on 16 August. Baktash Akasha, son of Akasha Abdalla,...

Organised crime and poor policy behind Africa’s looming drugs crisis

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Africa faces a substantial increase in illegal drug use fuelled by organised crime and ineffective policy. In the next 30 years, sub-Saharan Africa will...

Police canine awarded service medal for drug detection

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A South African Police Service (SAPS) canine, a Sable German Shepherd named Savage, has been awarded a service medal for his role in detecting...

ISS: Can Cape Verde keep drug traffickers out?

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In early 2019, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) police found 9.5 tons of cocaine on a Panama-flagged vessel – the biggest such drug seizure made...

Female traveller arrested for drug smuggling

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Police on Monday arrested a female traveller at the Beitbridge port of entry after South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs officers intercepted her attempting...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...