Drug Trafficking Poses a Major Problem for Europe

April 7, 2016 | Brainwave Science


A European Union report published Tuesday, said the bloc’s citizens spend more than €24 billion ($27.3 billion) every year on illegal drugs such as cannabis and heroin. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates that 22 million EU residents have used cannabis last year, generating about €9.3 billion in sales. The report said drug sales to EU consumers could have actually reached as much as €31 billion a year.

Europol chief Rob Wainwright said the drug trade “becomes entwined with other forms of crime, and even terrorism, it represents a key threat.” He continued, “I think the rather seismic security consequences of what happened in 2015—terrorist attacks coming at the same time as this unprecedented migration crisis—created, of course, an environment indeed for opportunistic exploitation by criminals.”


Drug trafficking and sales disrupt public order, fuel violent crime, undermine the economy, seek to corrupt, infiltrate, and control state institutions, and destroy social fabrics—a major threat to international peace, stability, and security. Proceeds from the illigict drug trade are used to finance international criminal and terrorist networks, as well as armed insurgent activities.

Successfully dismantling cartel networks requires a correct identification of drug routes, chains of distribution, channels of diversion and smuggling of chemical precursors, laundering and re-injection into criminal and terrorist activities. When quality intelligence is a pivotal part of closing the investigation, existing methods such as surveillance and tips prove time-consuming and costly. Reactive intelligence collection disciplines gravely limits law enforcement’s capability in seeking new leads and solving crime.


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