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ISS: Why Nigeria’s bandits are recruiting women for gunrunning

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Women are increasingly involved in banditry-linked arms trafficking in Nigeria’s north-west. Between December 2022 and February 2023, police arrested several female gunrunners in Nigeria’s...

Cigarette smuggler arrested at Groblersbrug border

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) Commissioner in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, has applauded members of the Groblersbrug Border Post for their alertness and...

Multinational approach delivering results in countering smuggling in Arabian Sea

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Despite the growing effectiveness of maritime operations along the route from Iran to Yemen, drug and weapons trafficking remains a serious threat with consequences...

Hawks, SARS seize R30 million worth of illicit cigarettes

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National Hawks Head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has commended the Directorate’s Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for seizing R30 million worth of suspected illicit...

SAPS pounces on illicit cigarette smugglers

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Police in Limpopo have pounced on six suspects who were caught loading illicit cigarettes from a gas tanker onto two cargo trucks in Toitskraal...

ISS: Instability fuels North Africa’s illegal tobacco trade

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The trafficking of tobacco is a multibillion-dollar business worldwide. One of the major global smuggling routes flows through the Balkans in Eastern Europe to...

Explosives smuggler handed 15-year sentence

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) in Limpopo has welcomed the 15-year prison sentence handed to explosives smuggler, Alois Kamwaza. The Musina Magistrate’s Court...

SARS operations net millions in illicit goods

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Several joint operations have seen the South African Revenue Service (SARS) confiscate millions of rands worth of illegal or illicit goods. The joint operations were...

Long known as Africa’s ‘narco-state,’ Guinea-Bissau’s reputation will be tough to...

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The former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau has been dogged by unrest and instability since its independence in 1974. The government was overthrown about six...

Huge cigarette bust for Op Corona soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers, along with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), have seized more than R5 million worth...

French frigate seizes 3 tons of narcotics in the Arabian Sea

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The French Marine Nationale ship (FS) Jean Bart intercepted over 2 900 kg of illicit drugs on 12 February in the latest successful Combined...

Cigarette prices soar during lockdown, according to latest UCT study

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Recent research has shown that the average price of cigarettes has increased by nearly 250% compared to pre-lockdown levels and that the sales ban...

Increase in Namibia liquor smuggling

Namibian police report an increase in people smuggling beer and whisky from neighbouring Angola and Zambia, using illegal border crossings to beat a ban...

Hashish destined for Africa intercepted

Lebanese police seized 25 tonnes of hashish set to be smuggled to an African state in the country’s biggest drug bust, Lebanese security forces...

Rice smuggling leads to Nigeria/Benin border closure

Nigeria partially closed its western border with Benin to curb rice smuggling threatening attempts to boost local production government said. Government wants Nigeria to be...

Security crackdown ends Sabratha’s reign as people smuggling hub

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Departures of migrant-laden boats to Italy from Sabratha, formerly Libya's biggest people-smuggling hub, slowed to a trickle thanks to a security crackdown...

Pasta and petrol: smuggling crackdown in Tunisia

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Tunisian Zubair Abdel-Moula lost his work selling smuggled fuel on the streets of a poor southern town after government tightened controls with...

More African ivory smuggled into China

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More African ivory is smuggled into China as Myanmar and Beijing's ban on trade in ivory failed to dampen imports, a report...

Fuel smuggling under the spotlight in Libya

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Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) is considering using a chemical marking system to help trace oil products smuggled out of the country,...

SAPS arrest vehicle and cigarette smugglers

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) have once more intercepted motor vehicles, including a luxury SUV, from being smuggled out of the...

Italy busts Tunisian migrant smuggling ring

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Italy has broken up a criminal ring smuggling migrants from Tunisia to Sicily on speedboats less than a year after a similar...

Cameroon unrest fuels cocoa smuggling

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Unrest in Cameroon's English-speaking regions, the central African nation's cocoa-growing heartland, is fuelling bean smuggling into neighbouring Nigeria, farmers and buyers said. Cameroon...

Joint operations room for migrant smuggling on the way

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Libya's UN-backed government agreed with Italy to establish a joint operations room to tackle migrant smugglers and traffickers as part of efforts...

Italy breaks up Libyan fuel smuggling ring

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Sicilian police want nine people, including a suspected mobster, arrested for running a Libyan fuel-smuggling ring in which at least 30 million...

Human smuggling groups seeks legitimacy with Tripoli

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An armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange...

Feature: Trafficking networks can destroy a state from within

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In the early 2000s, West Africa became the preferred point of entry for traffickers moving narcotics from South America to Europe. This brought...

Ivory smuggling syndicate bust

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Seven smugglers involved in illegal ivory trade between Uganda and Singapore have been arrested following an 18-month investigation by African and Asian...

Indonesia to probe arms smuggling claims against Sudan peacekeepers

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Indonesia will on Wednesday send a team to Sudan to investigate allegations its peacekeepers stationed there with the United Nations tried to...

Rhino horn smuggler arrested

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A 48-year-old Chinese national was arrested at the O.R Tambo International Airport for allegedly smuggling rhino horns which are estimated to value...

Italy sets trial for suspected African human-smuggling boss

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A Sicilian judge on Wednesday ordered a trial for an Eritrean man accused of running a people smuggling network that sent thousands...

Italy sets trial for suspected African human-smuggling boss

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A Sicilian judge on Wednesday ordered a trial for an Eritrean man accused of running a people smuggling network that sent thousands...

Italy sets trial for suspected African human-smuggling boss

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A Sicilian judge on Wednesday ordered a trial for an Eritrean man accused of running a people smuggling network that sent thousands...

Italian police smash suspected people smuggling ring

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Italian police on Monday arrested 25 Eritreans, 12 Ethiopians and an Italian who they said belonged to an organisation that had smuggled...

Feature: Interpol on people smuggling

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People smuggling implies the procurement, for financial or material gain, of the illegal entry into a state of which that person is...

Spanish police arrest 30 accused of robbing drug traffickers

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Spanish police arrested 30 people accused of robbing, kidnapping and torturing drug traffickers, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. Police detained 21 Moroccans,...

Kenya charges 9 foreigners over 377-kg heroin haul

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Nine foreign nationals were charged in a Kenyan court on Thursday with trafficking the biggest ever single seizure of drugs at the...

Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin seizes A$132 million of heroin off...

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The Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Darwin on Tuesday seized 449 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of A$132 million...

Arab Spring fallout fuels Mediterranean smuggling rise

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The chaotic fallout of the "Arab Spring" is fuelling a surge in the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people across the Mediterranean,...

Access to shipping companies’ data could help turn the tide against...

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Every year nearly half a billion shipping containers are transported across the globe. These movements are the lifeblood of global trade and...

Kenya burns tusks to counter growing ivory smuggling

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Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki set fire to five tonnes of contraband ivory a symbol of his and Africa's renewed commitment to fight...