International operation led by INTERPOL reveals scale of illicit goods trafficking

July 18, 2012

INTERPOL on July 17, 2012 released the following:

“More than 1,400 arrested or probed and millions of illicit goods seized in Operation Black Poseidon

LYON, France – An INTERPOL-led operation against illicit goods trafficking across Eastern Europe has revealed the extent and increasingly elaborate methods used by transnational crime groups to traffic illicit goods with more than 1,400 individuals arrested or under investigation and the seizure of 7.3 million trafficked goods.

The month-long Operation Black Poseidon (May 2012) involved INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine working with national police and investigators who carried out some 1,700 interventions at commercial locations including markets, as well as at ports and airports, in cooperation with prosecutors, customs and intellectual property crime experts.

Vasyl Nevolia, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kiev, Ukraine, said: “Operation Black Poseidon was important in removing potentially dangerous and sub-standard goods from circulation. It highlights the need for international police cooperation and what can be achieved through regional and global operations against organized crime networks.”

“The success and the increased awareness provided by Operation Black Poseidon demonstrates that the fight against intellectual and industrial property crimes has become a priority for Turkey’s police authorities, in addition to fighting terrorism and drug trafficking,” said Rafet Ufuk Önder, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Ankara, Turkey.

With officers from INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit coordinating the international operation both on the ground and at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, Operation Black Poseidon led to the seizure of illicit clothing, toys, foods, electronics, cigarettes and tobacco, agrochemicals and vehicle spare parts worth 123 million Euros.

“Operation Black Poseidon will have dealt a serious blow against the transnational criminal networks behind illicit trade, as well as protected the public from potentially dangerous substandard and fake goods, and raised awareness of the threat these represent,” said Simone Di Meo, Criminal Intelligence Officer with INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods programme and the operation’s coordinator.

The operation was carried out within the framework of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods initiative which aims to identify and dismantle the organized crime networks siphoning billions of Euros from the public purse through the trafficking of illicit goods.

“The high number of arrests and illicit goods seized during Operation Black Poseidon highlights the international scale of illicit trade and the benefits national police, customs and other law enforcement agencies derive from working closely together with representatives of regulatory bodies and the private sector to stop the criminal networks behind this crime,” said John Newton, the head of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit.

INTERPOL’s initiative combating illicit trade will assist police across its 190 member countries to not only target the transnational crime groups but also identify the routes used in transporting illicit goods, which are often also used for human trafficking and drug smuggling.

The key role that industry will play in supporting INTERPOL’s initiative was underlined with the decision by Phillip Morris International in June to pledge 15 million Euros over a three-year period to INTERPOL’s Fund for a Safer World to help the world police body develop a strong global programme against trafficking in illicit goods.”

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Interpol on Bali ‘drug mule’ case

March 27, 2012

the Telegraph on March 27, 2012 released the following:

“INDONESIAN authorities who arrested an Australian man on drugs charges in Bali have referred the case to Interpol.

Authorities are convinced Edward Myatt is a mule for a larger drug-smuggling syndicate.

Mr Myatt was arrested on February 27 at Ngurah Rai Airport after he was allegedly caught trying to smuggle 1.1kg of hashish and more than four grams of methamphetamines into Bali in his stomach.

Police yesterday said they planned to hand Mr Myatt over to prosecutors within weeks.

The 54-year-old, who could face the death penalty, will then be transferred from police headquarters in Denpasar to the notorious Kerobokan jail.

Authorities were working with Interpol in an attempt to establish links between Mr Myatt and an international drug-smuggling syndicate.

The head of the Bali drugs squad, Mulyadi, said that investigators did not believe Mr Myatt’s claim that he was working alone.

“We are co-ordinating with Interpol. We have sent his data to them.”

Authorities suspect Mr Myatt, who has visited Bali on at least five other occasions, had made similar drug runs in the past.

Mr Myatt has allegedly told investigators he bought the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $70,000, in Delhi from a man known as “Dr Steve”.

He then separated the drugs into smaller quantities and wrapped them in 72 plastic casings at his hotel before swallowing them and travelling to Bali, he said.

The Ballarat-born man has also allegedly told police he planned to use some of the drugs and sell the rest.

It is expected he will be charged under three separate articles of Indonesia’s anti-drugs laws, including possession, trafficking and distributing narcotics, which could put him in front of a firing squad if he is convicted.

While Mr Myatt was born in Ballarat, it is understood he has lived in the UK for a number of years. He has provided police with addresses in Balwyn, Melbourne and Yorkshire in England.”

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The author of this blog is Douglas C. McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.