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  • Hell-on-Sea: how a drugs gang took over a sleepy Devon town February 16, 2020
    For more than a decade, a group of criminals brought drugs, fear and violence to DawlishRetired couples and a smattering of teenagers bunking off school watch the grey swell of the Channel under a pale winter sky. The gaudy amusement arcades of penny-pushers and flashing gambling machines are almost completely deserted. The bored-looking staff in […]
    Tom Wall
  • Italy to strengthen anti-mafia task force after bomb in Foggia January 16, 2020
    Sacra Corona Unita tried for the second time to blow up a key trial witnessItaly’s interior ministry has announced that it will strengthen its anti-mafia task force in the city of Foggia after the increasingly powerful local mob tried for the second time to blow up a key trial witness.Minister Luciana Lamorgese’s office said she […]
    AFP in Rome
  • Cocaine seizures in England and Wales at highest level since 1973 December 5, 2019
    Official statistics show almost 10,000kg of class A drug was confiscated in 2018-19The amount of cocaine seized annually by law enforcement authorities in England and Wales has reached its highest level since records began in 1973, according to Home Office statistics.Almost 10,000kg (pdf) of cocaine was confiscated in 2018-19, up from 3,338kg the previous year, […]
    Mattha Busby
  • UK organised crime gangs profit most in Europe from darknet drugs sales – report November 26, 2019
    EU drugs agency estimates UK dark web vendors sold illegal drugs worth more than £24mOrganised crime groups based in the UK generate more money from selling illegal drugs on the dark web than in any other country in Europe, according to the EU’s drugs agency.Darknet vendors in the UK were estimated to have sold drugs […]
    Mattha Busby
  • Secret bunkers and mountain hideouts: hunting Italy's mafia bosses November 22, 2019
    The Cacciatori unit searches the rugged landscape of Calabria for fugitives who have dug themselves deep into the earthOn the slopes of the Aspromonte mountains, Pasquale Marando, a man known as the Pablo Escobar of the Calabrian mafia, the feared ’Ndrangheta, built a secret bunker whose entrance was the mouth of a pizza oven.Less than […]
    Lorenzo Tondo in Vibo Valentia, Calabria
  • 'We live in a narco-state': murder of Dutch lawyer prompts fear and fury September 19, 2019
    Lawyers in gangland cases given emergency protection after unprecedented killingLawyers and prosecutors in major gangland drugs cases in the Netherlands have been given emergency protection after the unprecedented murder of a top defence lawyer prompted police and the media to claim that government naivety was turning the country into a narco-state.Derk Wiersum was gunned down […]
    Jon Henley
  • Venezuela's Guaidó pictured with members of Colombian gang September 14, 2019
    Opposition leader plays down images but analysts say they could prove highly damagingJuan Guaidó, the Venezuelan politician fighting to topple Nicolás Maduro, is facing awkward questions about his relationship with organised crime after the publication of compromising photographs showing him with two Colombian paramilitaries.In an interview on Friday, Guaidó played down the significance of the […]
    Tom Phillips in Mexico City and Joe Parkin Daniels
  • Diabolik, king of football’s far-right ultras, died as he lived … violently August 10, 2019
    The death of Fabrizio Piscitelli, the notorious former boss of Lazio’s Irriducibili, ended a 30-year career of thuggery, crime and extremismLast Wednesday evening, the most famous face of Rome’s criminal underworld was sitting on a bench in the Parco degli Acquedotti – the “park of the aqueducts” – in the south-east of the city. Fabrizio […]
    Tobias Jones
  • Tanzanian investigative journalist in court over money laundering August 5, 2019
    Erick Kabendera also faces charges of leading organised crime and failure to pay taxA Tanzanian investigative journalist has appeared in court charged with organised crime and money laundering.Erick Kabendera, who was arrested by plainclothes policemen last week, appeared in court charged with leading organised crime, failure to pay tax amounting to 173m Tanzanian shillings ($75,000) […]
    Ruth Maclean West Africa correspondent
  • Dutch police are being infiltrated by criminal gangs, report says July 16, 2019
    Dozens of officers suspended or sacked recently for corruption may be ‘tip of iceberg’Dutch police unions have called for extra training in resisting approaches from criminal gangs after a report concluded that the recent firing of dozens of officers for corruption and security breaches could prove “the tip of the iceberg”.The Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper […]
    Jon Henley Europe correspondent