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Narco links between South America and Africa

Why does this matter? Criminal organisations and ‘Cartels’ dedicated to drug trafficking in South America enjoy significant narco links across Africa apart from traditional markets like the United States. An informal business model has been established between South American Transnational…

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Ryuk Ransomware Attacks: Hospitals Targeted

Key Judgements KJ-1. Ryuk ransomware attacks vastly increased during 2020. From almost obscurity in 2019, Ryuk now accounts for a third of all ransomware attacks. KJ-2. UNC1878 is the threat actor behind the largest percentage of all Ryuk ransomware attacks…

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Cartel and Mafia Cooperation

  Why Does This Matter? Although official reports of cooperation between cartels and the Mafia date to 2012, Italian mafias continue to have a significant presence in South America. It is almost certain that the ‘Ndrangheta developed a network in…

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DisrupTor: Fighting the Dark Web Drug Trade

Key Judgments Operation DisrupTor is the latest in a string of operations targeting the dark web illicit trade marketplaces. Managing to secure over 500KG of illegal drugs, it has likely destabilised the drug trade online in the short-term. Despite the increase…

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Transit Hub: What Becomes of Angola’s Drug Business

Angola’s fight against drug abuse and trafficking is inefficient. There is a realistic probability that the drug business receives support from people within the Angolan government. There is a realistic probability that Angolan authorities will explore cooperation with relevant countries…

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Crime and Corruption in Moldova: An Intricate Web

An Intricate Web Question: What connects one of the largest Soviet-era arms dumps in Europe, with the War in Ukraine, some of the cheapest counterfeit cigarettes on the planet, a $1 billion bank heist, the attempted murder of a Russian…

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“Jihadi Drug”: Captagon Proliferation

Captagon Background Fenetylline, which was marketed as Captagon or the ‘Jihadi Drug’ during the 1960s and 1970s, was initially used to treat ADHD, depression and narcolepsy. In 1986 it was included in Schedule II of the UN Convention on Psychotropic…

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Organised Crime in Ukraine: A Crippling Problem

This article aims to shed light on organised crime in Ukraine and describe its connection to smuggling operations. A Crippling Problem Ukraine is a nation suffering from a particular problem, driven in part by economic inequalities and illegal opportunities, but…

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COVID-19 & Illicit Drug Trade

Over the past seven months, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an international interruption the global illicit drug trade. Global markets have had to endure disruption in supply chains and distribution lines resulting from shelter-in-place initiatives and work-force reduction. Illicit…

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The Expanding Tentacles of the CJNG in Colombia

Why Does This Matter Colombia’s cocaine industry is of crucial importance to the drug-trafficking industry. The pandemic created a criminal vacuum in Colombia which criminal actors took advantage of, including the Jalisco Cartel (CJNG). Although there was a presence the…

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