Spain Fights to Lose Status as Drug Gateway

first_imgBy Dialogo April 24, 2013 Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal are countries used by traffickers to get cocaine from Latin America to Spain, she added. Colombian groups which dominated the trade in the 1980s have given way bit by bit to Mexican cartels, said Gratius. Spain seized 20.7 tons of cocaine last year, 24.9 percent more than in the previous year, and 325.5 tons of hashish, down 8.5 percent from 2011, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez-Diaz said on April 18. Spain, the main gateway into Europe for cocaine and hashish, has stepped up the fight against drug trafficking by rings which are shifting their tactics to keep their access to the lucrative European market. “Very often drugs no longer arrive directly from Latin America, instead they pass through Africa using the traditional routes for hashish trafficking,” she said. Drug traffickers’ interest in Europe has increased because demand from the continent for cocaine is growing, she added. “Traffickers have money on their side, a lack of scruples and they can develop their activities without limit.” A multiplication of police operations against drug trafficking in Galicia has diverted cocaine smugglers to the south of Europe, said Susanne Gratius, an analyst with FRIDE, a think tank specializing in European affairs, who wrote a report about the fight against drug trafficking for the European Parliament. That represents 41.21 percent of the total amount of cocaine which was seized in Europe last year and 73.69 percent of the hashish, according to the minister. In response, European nations have reinforced regional cooperation as well as their cooperation with police forces in Latin America to stop the flow of cocaine. A record 49.65 tons of cocaine was seized in Spain in 2006. “We are winning battles but it will be difficult to win the war,” said José Antonio Rodríguez, head of the anti-cocaine squad of the Spanish National Police Force’s anti-drug unit. Cocaine arrives in Spain from Latin America in Galicia, a northwestern region whose rugged coastline is dotted with coves and inlets, and in the southern port of Cadiz, and is then shipped overland by truck to France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. “We have found that groups in the region such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb cooperate with them and get paid to transport drugs to North Africa,” he said. Spain’s proximity to Morocco and its easy access to the Atlantic Ocean make it “a natural entry point for drug shipments for all of Europe,” said Rodríguez. Latin American drug rings can rely on the help of strong local networks in Africa to help move their narcotics to Europe, said Rodríguez. “Since then we have observed a clear downwards trend, which may be explained by changes in international trafficking routes,” the Spanish Police wrote in a report last year. Over the past decade the number of cocaine consumers in Europe has doubled while demand for the drug has plunged by 33 percent in the United States, she said. The make-up of drug rings sending cocaine to Spain has changed as well. Hiding cocaine in banana shipments remains one of the favorite tactics used by traffickers.last_img read more

Comments due Aug. 8 on NCUA’s annual one-third regulatory review

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Comments on the 2016 list of National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) review of regulations are due to the agency by Aug. 8, according to the agency’s Office of General Counsel.Published in this month’s The NCUA Report, the Office of General Counsel published the list of regulations the agency will review this year.In 2016, the NCUA will review rules and regulations related to:711: Management official interlocks;712: Credit union service organizations;713: Fidelity bond and insurance coverage for federal credit unions;714: Leasing;715: Supervisory committee audits and verifications;717: Fair credit reporting;721: Incidental powers;722: Appraisals;723: Member business loans;724: Trustees and custodians of certain tax-advantaged savings plans;725: NCUA Central Liquidity Facility;740 Accuracy of advertising and notice of insured status;741: Requirements for insurance;745: Share insurance and appendix; and747: Administrative actions, adjudicative hearings, rules of practice and procedure and investigations. continue reading »last_img read more

Bethpage Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspected hit-and-run driver was arrested for allegedly causing the death of a 59-year-old Seaford man in North Massapequa over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Francis Ossandon, 77, of Bethpage, was driving northbound on Hicksville Road when he struck a bicyclist and fled the scene at 6:26 p.m. Sunday, police said.The victim, Francis Llanos, was taken to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police found Ossandon at his residence and placed him under arrest.Ossandon was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

2018 WCQ: Le Roy quits Congo job after qualifying them into group stages

first_imgFrench coach Claude Le Roy has quit his job as coach of Republic of Congo after leading them into the third phase of the Africa zone 2018 World Cup qualifiers, he told AFP on Tuesday.”After two great years here I’ve decided to move on to other adventures,” the much travelled 67-year-old explained after a 6-4 aggregate win over Ethiopia saw them through round two of regional World Cup qualifiers.He leaves Congo in the twenty team third phase of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and on top of their qualifying group for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.Le Roy has led seven different African nations to eight Africa Cup of Nations finals and most recently led Congo to the semifinals of the 2015 edition.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Sly Tetteh Legacy Forum set for September 22

first_imgCAF president Dr Ahmad Ahmad will be the special guest of honour for the maiden Sly Tetteh Legacy Lectures in Accra on Friday, September 22 at the Tang Palace Hotel.The event put together by SportsLife, an amalgamated group of stakeholders in Ghana sports, to honour the memory of the late visionary football administrator, businessman, and philanthropist.The title of the lecture is: ”A Pioneering Force: The Legacy of Sly Tetteh.”The maiden edition of the lectures shall focus exclusively on the life of the man who gave the world Baffour Gyan, Michael Essien, Sulley Ali Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, and Derek Boateng among many others and his impact in football.Ghana FA president and Kwesi Nyantakyi who is also CAF vice president will be the main speaker for the occasion. Sly Tetteh passed on September 6, 2011. He was the founder of Ghana Premier League side Liberty Professionals.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman: Southampton and Swansea lead by example as ‘football businesses’

first_img1 Garry Monk and Ronald Koeman Ronald Koeman believes Southampton and Swansea are examples of how to conduct “football business” on and off the pitch.Both sides have captured the imagination in recent years, with the south Wales side winning the Capital One Cup and establishing themselves as a Premier League force after promotion in 2011.Swansea’s attack-minded philosophy and ability to replace outgoing stars is akin to that of Southampton, who have improved season after season since themselves returning to the top table three years ago.The teams go head to head in the league on Saturday at St Mary’s.Last term represented Saints’ best-ever Premier League campaign, just like Swansea, and both sides are looking to kick on after more impressive summer business.“Like us, Swansea in my opinion is an example how you have to do the football business,” Southampton manager Koeman said.“They have a very good coach and manager, they try to play attractive football.“They lost some good players, signed some other good ones and are still fighting for a high position on the table.“We can compare Swansea to our team and that’s maybe the reason it’s a difficult game for both teams.“Look back at last season and we won in Swansea and they won here. It’s close and it’s detail that makes the difference this Saturday.”last_img read more