The UN Office of Drugs and crime has published this report which provides a regional analysis of the key trends and emerging developments of the synthetic drugs and NPS market as well as options for response in Latin America and the Caribbean. It says that the latest developments include an expanding methamphetamine market, growing concerns around the non-medical use of ketamine, the emergence of fentanyl and MDMA manufacture, as well as new “ecstasy” trends such as higher-dosed MDMA tablets and new forms of presentation such as crystalline MDMA. The report also sheds light on the comparatively high prevalence of use of hallucinogens in the region and the high prevalence of use of tranquilisers among women.
On 19 January, RUSI published what it described as the first independent study to address the UK’s exposure and response to IWT-linked illicit finance, and offering recommendations to bolster enforcement action.
On 19 January, LBC reported that the NCA has launched the campaign in conjunction with independent charity Crimestoppers, Spanish and UK police to target the fugitives after a previous campaign led to 86 arrests. The article lists the 12 men involved.
On 19 January, HM Treasury advised that Al-Haramain Foundation (Indonesia); Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation; and Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation (Somalia) had been removed from its sanctions list; and that Quren Salih Quren al Qadhafi, the former Libyan Ambassador to Chad, had been added (this replacing a previous entry of the same individual).