Wildlife smuggling is worth up to R348bn a year - and the finance sector can help stop it

2019-08-14 05:00

Despite our best efforts, the criminals are still winning. To turn the tide, everyone has a part to play – including the financial sector, says Kweku Bedu-Addo.

Europe fights the 'Uberisation' of cocaine trade

2019-06-07 10:33

Purity is at its highest in years, as competition between dealers leads to innovations in cocaine trade, EU agency says.

Over 1 500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

2019-03-05 12:13

Philippine authorities have found more than 1 500 live exotic turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.

Belgian port Antwerp netted record cocaine haul in 2018

2019-01-12 09:48

Belgian authorities said Friday they had seized a record haul of more than 50 tonnes of cocaine at the port of Antwerp in 2018.

Vietnam seizes over 1 ton of ivory smuggled in from Africa

2017-09-07 11:31

Authorities have seized more than a ton of smuggled ivory at a Vietnamese port where some 6 tons were seized last year.

A week of perlemoen busts: An explosion, a secret alcohol stash and 127 years in jail

2017-06-01 14:02

An explosion inside a home, the discovery of a stash of expensive alcohol, and some lengthy jail sentences have all marked a week of intense perlemoen busts carried out around the Western Cape.

Donkeys hides smuggled from SA to China for medicine

2017-02-26 21:26

A Johannesburg businessman was arrested last week after falsely declaring a shipment of 300 donkey hides at OR Tambo airport.

Abalone smuggling 'kingpins' get bail

2016-11-01 22:05

Two alleged abalone smugglers have been granted bail of R100 000 each after appearing in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court.

Reports on Chinamasa's son smuggling $7m to SA 'a naked lie'

2016-05-30 18:35

Social media reports that the Zimbabwean finance minister’s son was arrested at Beitbridge for allegedly smuggling $7m in cash out of the country have fizzled out.

Cambodia rescues tortoises, pythons

2016-03-29 20:44

Cambodian authorities rescued more than half a ton of live tortoises and pythons stolen by smugglers.


Someone in South Africa apparently tried to ship R1.4 billion worth of cocaine into Australia – by welding it into a giant yellow excavator

2019-07-17 15:59

The find represents the biggest ever drug interception in the history of Australia's federal police – nearly half, in a single haul, as much as police there seized in all of the previous year.

A Russian man was arrested after trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan, 5 lizards, and 2 geckos out of Indonesia in his luggage

2019-03-25 17:03

He fed the primate allergy pills and milk, so it would be unconscious during the journey to Russia.

Zimbabwe court refuses to drop charges against 7 Chinese caught with rhino horns

2019-03-01 17:06

Seven Chinese nationals being held in a Zimbabwe jail for money laundering and unlawful possession of rhino horn lost their legal bid to have their charges dropped.

Protecting South Africa's borders: Rocky roads and unrelenting conditions

2018-11-17 17:13

Despite unrelenting terrain, the beating sun and vast tracks of land to patrol, South African Defence Force soldiers have still managed to apprehend more than 6 000 people - allegedly for trying to illegally enter South African from Mozambique since January.

Chinese national charged with leading ivory smuggling ring

2017-07-24 22:13

A Chinese national has been arraigned in federal court in the US on charges he led a conspiracy to illegally smuggle $700 000 worth of goods made from banned rhino horn, elephant ivory and coral.

Thailand seizes 422 pieces of elephant tusks

2017-03-07 18:17

Thai authorities have seized 422 pieces of elephant tusks and arrested a Gambian man suspected of smuggling the ivory.

Donkey cart in river used to smuggle groceries to Zim

2016-12-29 14:00

Smugglers using a donkey cart in the Limpopo River to sneak groceries into Zimbabwe have been intercepted by police officers who spotted them from a helicopter.

No running high for drug smuggler nabbed in Italy

2016-10-29 11:48

How much jogging can one person do? On holiday? In Rome?

Canada turtle smuggler snapped with 57 months

2016-04-12 22:25

A Canadian man who repeatedly entered Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for smuggling.

Spain busts alleged people-smuggling gang

2016-02-27 22:51

Spanish police have broken up an alleged people-smuggling organisation that illegally brought large numbers of Chinese nationals into Britain, Ireland, France and Italy.

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