EU Authorities Seized Over €2.8 Billion Worth of Illicit Drugs In 2019, says Report


Authorities in European Union Member States tackled illicit drug trafficking worth over €2.8 billion in 2019.

About €2 billion in criminal assets were frozen and over a thousand weapons, mobile phones, laptops and cars were seized, the report stated.

EU Authorities Seized Over €2.8 Billion Worth of Illicit Drugs In 2019, says Report  EU Authorities Seized Over €2.8 Billion Worth of Illicit Drugs In 2019, says Report 19
EU Authorities Seized Over €2.8 Billion Worth of Illicit Drugs In 2019, says Report

The European Union (EU) Member States tackled illicit drug trafficking worth over €2.8 billion in 2019, according to EUROJUST data.

Approximately €2 billion in criminal assets were frozen and over a thousand weapons, mobile phones, laptops and cars were seized, the report stated.

As per the data, a total of 2 686 suspects were arrested or surrendered to other Member States, through action days, coordination meetings and other judicial support provided by Eurojust.

EU Authorities Seized Over €2.8 Billion Worth of Illicit Drugs In 2019  EU Authorities Seized Over €2.8 Billion Worth of Illicit Drugs In 2019, says Report 19
EU Authorities Seized Over €2.8 Billion Worth of Illicit Drugs In 2019

According to the data, the volume of drugs involved in Eurojust cases comprised of 788 133 kilos of synthetic drugs, 28 585 kilos of cocaine, 9 224 kilos of heroin and 41 283 kilos of cannabis.

In total, 21 323 victims of crime were concerned in cases referred to Eurojust by Member States in 2019. 800 agreements were made on the most effective Strategy to prosecute suspects.

The report specified that the Eurojust organised 27 coordination centres in 2019, during which major coordinated judiciary and law enforcement actions were taken, at the request of and in close cooperation with authorities in Member States.

The total number of cases grew by 17% in 2019 to 7 804, of which nearly half were newly opened, the report stated.

This figure is more than double the number of cases dealt with in 2014 (3 401).



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