Drug Smuggling Caught in Southeast Asian Countries

March 3, 2016 | Brainwave Science


A total of 158 Nigerians are waiting to be executed over drug trafficking offenses in China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, the Nigerian Senate revealed on Tuesday. Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa noted that Malaysian authorities have again issued a strong statement that 40% of the foreigners being arrested from drug offenses were Nigerians.

The Nigerian youth are disguising as ‘university students,’ colluding with drug syndicates to undermine the visa system and gain entrance to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, and other drug traffic routes. Upon arrival, “the [students] abandon [their] education agenda and get busy with their illicit and illegal drug activities; trading in opiates, cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and amphetamines,” said Senator Ashafa.

In 2011 and 2012, Nigeria topped the list of countries involved in drug trafficking and drug use in West Africa and the list of drug couriers arrested in Europe. In a similar vein, the lure of Asia is the lucrative hub of the illicit global drug trade, producing one-quarter of the world’s heroin, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Many Southeast Asian countries have resorted to instating the death penalties for drug traffickers as nations struggle to combat the highest threat to their national security.


In recent years, new developments in technology and communications equipment have created massive opportunities for criminal organizations to grow their business. New forms of digital communications technology, such as smartphones, the Internet, and social media, have made it easier for criminal networks to coordinate their activities without detection, even to track their targets. Transnational criminal organizations have embraced these simple technological advancements not just to recruit new members and expand their social networks, but also to build and operate criminal networks without the geographic proximity once required for communication.

Alliances between criminal networks that transcend borders make it even more difficult for law enforcement to detect illicit trafficking. The greatest challenge for law enforcement personnel is to definitively identify leaders of these criminal networks and to intercept trafficking at critical border points. While land-based trafficking through ports of entry remains the most common trafficking strategy, transnational criminal organizations are increasingly shifting resources to maritime and air trafficking, all of which have proven challenging to monitor or intercept. Enhanced border security regimens and more importantly, the collection of quality intelligence on drug cartel operations, are imperatives to combat traffickers’ advanced methods of concealment to evade detection.


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When the key to transnational organized crime is accurate information, which requires a proactive collection valuable intelligence, iCognative plays an instrumental role to reveal concealed information from drug trafficking suspects. The system is able to distinguish innocent suspects from perpetrators after the trade has been executed, using specific information related to the crime. The fundamental value of iCognative, however, is the unique ability detect and identify before the criminal activities have been carried out. To do this, information about the plotting and planning of the crime in the form of words, images, and phrases are shown to a suspect. In a simple, safe, and non-invasive procedure, brainwave responses emitted from the suspect are analyzed to produce either an “Information-Present” or “Information-Absent” results. iCognative’s powerful technique allows law enforcement officials to corroborate victims’ or witnesses’ testimonies with dramatic reductions in time and money spent while maintaining the highest levels of accuracy.

The human brain is a powerfully reliable and accurate mode of analysis as it characteristically functions in a way that false negatives and false positives cannot be induced. Countermeasures also take no effect. The ability to detect whether information is known to a person at a proven accuracy rate over 99% is a powerful asset for law enforcement organizations combating transnational organized crime. Even if technological devices such as smartphones and computers are uncovered, a very limited amount of evidence can be gained from these devices due to encryption barriers.

With this highly advanced method of intelligence collection based in neuroscience, iCognative is at a revolutionary threshold to become the normative method in revealing critical intelligence a suspect will choose to indefinitely conceal. Counternarcotic efforts are vital to stop the flow of drugs in Southeast Asia, but they must be paired with the adoption of viable technological solutions and smarter intelligence collection discipline.