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Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns

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The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective. Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the “soft” ... Read More »

New Zealand resident involved in people-smuggling to be deported

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A Pakistani man involved in a people-smuggling operation in America, who gained residence in New Zealand, is the subject of a fraud investigation and is going to be deported. But he has been told he can make a fresh application for residence. In 2005, the stepfather-of-two was caught by a United States border patrol crossing from Canada, driving a van ... Read More »

17 of the Biggest Drug Busts in US History Are Worth Billions

QUITO, ECUADOR:  Marijuana packages are displayed by Bolivian police 28 November 2000 in Quito confiscated during Operation Galaxy. Un policia antinarcotico vigila paquetes de marihuana que fueron incautados en una accion denominada "Operativo Galaxia" donde se desarticulo una poderosa banda internacional de narcotraficantes, en Quito 28 de Noviembre de 2000. La policia incauto aproximadamente 5.450 Kg de marihuana que transitaba en un camion en la ciudad de Quito, la cual tenia como destino final el puerto de Liverpool en Inglaterra. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

From Wall Street to the underworld, if there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that crime pays and pays big. Drug trafficking is probably the most lucrative illegal money maker, which the richest drug dealers of all time can attest to. Kingpins can make billions when their drugs hit the street, but the authorities do their best to prevent that from ... Read More »

Mitsubishi jet developer to raise $1.8bn to tackle excess debt

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TOKYO: The company behind the Mitsubishi Regional Jet aims to increase its capital by about 200 billion yen ($1.79 billion) to eliminate its negative net worth and fund the project, seeking a firm footing as it gears up to deliver the first plane in mid-2020. Mitsubishi Aircraft would seek the funds largely from parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in order to ... Read More »

Is Russia Smuggling Fuel To North Korea?

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This week United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley publicly accused Russia of “cheating” and “actively working to undermine” sanctions imposed by the U.N. on North Korea. In a scheduled meeting between the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council, Haley said that the U.S. government is in possession of “evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations.” Haley’s ... Read More »

Woman caught by customs for smuggling gold in rectum at Delhi airport

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A 53-year-old woman has been arrested by customs officials for allegedly trying to smuggle 900 grams gold into the country in her rectum, according to an official statement issued Tuesday. She was intercepted on her arrival from Bangkok on Monday. “Her personal search resulted in recovery of two pieces of gold, crudely given a cylindrical shape, from her rectum, total ... Read More »

BOC files cases against several smugglers, brokers

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Cases for smuggling and violation of customs laws have been filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against several importers and customs brokers, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Public Information and Assistance Division (PIAD) said. According to a statement from BOC, the five cases either involved wrong declaration of imported goods or importation of counterfeit items, with a total value ... Read More »

Thai military called in to halt garlic smuggling

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Thailand’s military has been called in to tackle garlic smuggling after local prices plunged. The country is facing an allium crisis as garlic is being illegally moved across its borders from neighbouring countries. Military officers are working with the customs department and the commerce ministry to try to stamp out the smuggling, Boonyarit Kalayanamit, director-general of the internal trade department, ... Read More »

SAfrican Airways flight attendant Priya Govender admits smuggling drugs into Perth from Johannesburg

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A SOUTH African Airways flight attendant has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle 6kg of cocaine through Perth Airport. Priya Govender was arrested in August after arriving in Perth on a flight from Johannesburg with the drugs hidden inside hollowed-out books in her bags. She was due to face trial in August for importing a commercial quantity of cocaine but ... Read More »

Dutch govt hires nearly 1,000 customs officials to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit

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The Dutch government has completed the hiring of nearly 1,000 new customs officers to prepare for a looming “no deal” Brexit, according to a senior official in the country. Pieter Omtzigt, the rapporteur on Brexit for the Dutch parliament, confirmed the recruitment had taken place – as weeks of turmoil linked to Theresa May’s new plan for exiting the EU ... Read More »

Corporate bonds: could this underused tool help Ukrainian businesses to expand?

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Corporate bonds are an investment instrument with considerable potential to become one of the key drivers powering Ukraine’s continued economic recovery. They can provide businesses operating in Ukraine with the resources to fuel development at a time when bank lending remains almost completely frozen. For investors, corporate bonds create the opportunity to preserve available funds and even earn despite the ... Read More »

Eldorado Gold seeks 750 million euros in damages from Greek state

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The Canadian company Eldorado Gold, whose sister company Hellas Gold runs mines in northern Greece, has sought 750 million euros in damages from the Greek state. The company sought the sum for losses it claims to have sustained due to delays in the state’s issuing of licenses for its plant at Skouries as well as lost profits. In a statement, ... Read More »

Finland to invest €16 million in small firms abroad

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Finland will invest EUR 16 million in small businesses that create jobs through Finn Church Aid’s (FCA) Investments Ltd, a new company established by FCA, said a government press release. The investment will be made in the form of loan, and according to the terms and conditions, the loans will be paid back with interest to the State of Finland ... Read More »

Exports and imports both up in July

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Data published by the National Statistics Institute (INE), excluding fuels and lubricants, showed that exports increased by 11 percent and imports grew by 11.4 percent (against the 7.3 percent and 8.6 percent rise, respectively, in June 2018). The deficit of goods’ trade was €32 million greater than the same month in 2017, expanding to €1.168 billion. Excluding fuels and lubricants, ... Read More »

Poles detained in UK for smuggling arms and drugs

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Dover Eastern Docks’ Border Force officers found 20 handguns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a variety of class A and B drugs in a lorry driven by Polish nationals 31-year-old Łukasz Kur and 32-year-old Rafał Anyszek. The two Poles concealed their illicit cargo under the stated photocopier paper with a delivery address in Cardiff, a place where the load was ... Read More »

Smugglers pave path for migrants from Africa to Europe

An aerial photo shows a boat carrying migrants stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar before being rescued by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Salvamento Maritimo sea search and rescue agency that saw 157 migrants rescued on September 8, 2018.
While the overall number of migrants reaching Europe by sea is down from a peak in 2015, Spain has seen a steady increase in arrivals this year and has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination for people desperate to reach the continent. Over 33,000 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea and land so far this year, and 329 have died in the attempt, according to the International Organization for Migration. / AFP PHOTO / Marcos Moreno

They scale barbed-wire topped fences and cross the sea in inflatable boats or jet skis — more than 36,000 migrants entered Spain this year seeking a better life in Europe. Almost all of them relied on smugglers to make the crossing. Ousman Umar, who made a five-year journey from Ghana to Spain, said it was “impossible” to travel thousands of ... Read More »

BRITISH NATIONAL CHARGED WITH HUMAN SMUGGLING IN HUNGARY

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A British national of Iraqi origin has been charged with human smuggling after attempting to smuggle thirty people from the Serbian-Hungarian border to western Europe the deputy spokeswoman for the Csongrád county chief prosecutor’s office said. According to the indictment, the man crammed the thirty migrants into the non-ventilated storage space of a truck which he had purchased in Budapest. ... Read More »

Oil rises on signs Opec not prepared to boost output

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Oil prices firmed on signs that Opec would not be prepared to raise output to address shrinking supplies from Iran and as Saudi Arabia signalled it was in no rush to bring prices down. Brent crude futures were up 98 cents a barrel to $79.03 a barrel at 1039 GMT, after hitting a high of $79.37. US West Texas Intermediate ... Read More »

33 kg gold smuggling case: Biratnagar High Court orders release of SP Khanal

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The Biratnagar High Court has ordered the release of suspended Superintendent of Police Bikash Raj Khanal, one of the suspects in the 33kg gold smuggling case and the murder of carrier Sanam Shakya, on general date. A division bench of Judges Nagendralabh Karna and Thir Bahadur Karki on Tuesday ordered Khanal’s release. The High Court overturned the Morang District Court’s ... Read More »

Dog-smuggling Kuwaiti couple gets jail sentence for airport attack

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A Kuwaiti man and woman convicted of assaulting customs officers at Sri Lanka’s main international airport were handed a six month jail sentence suspended for five years, an official said. The 32-year-old woman and her 29-year-old male partner, who were also fined 138,000 rupees ($860) were sentenced on Friday. They were arrested after they turned violent when they were informed ... Read More »