Amount of Money a Drug Mule Can Make Smuggling Drugs into Spain

According to security officials in Peru, drug traffickers offer people between $6,670 to $9,300 (€5,000 to €7,000) to smuggle illegal drugs into Spain. A kilogram of cocaine sells for $45,000 in Europe. In 2012, at least 248 foreigners were arrested at Peru’s Lima airport attempting to smuggle drugs to the United States, Europe and Asia.… Continue reading Amount of Money a Drug Mule Can Make Smuggling Drugs into Spain

Cigarette Smuggling from Gibraltar to Spain

A carton of cigarettes costs around 20 Euros in Gibraltar, a British territory located on the Southern end of Spain. In Spain, that same carton of cigarettes is sold on the black market for double the price. In a media report, cigarette smugglers stated that they are paid $13 (€10) per box oof 500 cigarettes.… Continue reading Cigarette Smuggling from Gibraltar to Spain

Human Smuggling Fee From China to Europe in 2013

In August 2013, a human smuggling gang operating in Spain and France was broken up by police. The smuggling gang was charging Chinese migrants over $53,000 (€40,000) per person to be smuggled into Europe. The migrants would eventually settle in the United Kingdom or the United States. Included in the fee would be fake passports… Continue reading Human Smuggling Fee From China to Europe in 2013

Cocaine and Hashish Seizures in Spain in 2012

Police agencies in Spain seized 20.7 tonnes of cocaine and 325.5 tonnes of hashish in 2012. The amount of cocaine seized was roughly 25 percent higher than the amount seized in 2011. The amount of hashish was down 8.5 percent from 2011. The amount of cocaine seized in Spain represented 41 percent of all cocaine and 73 percent of… Continue reading Cocaine and Hashish Seizures in Spain in 2012

Top Countries in the EU Where Fake Toys Were Seized in 2011

In 2011, criminal justice agencies in the European Union seized 2.1 million counterfeit toys.  According to a breakdown by Toy News, five countries in the EU accounted for 57 percent of those seizures. Top five EU member states where fake toys were seized in 2011: 1. Romania:  319,174 counterfeit toys seized. 2. Germany:  308,506 counterfeit… Continue reading Top Countries in the EU Where Fake Toys Were Seized in 2011

Pirated Ebooks Impact in Spain

Pirated ebooks in Spain caused the book industry  to lose up to $467 Million (€350 Million) in revenue, according to a report by the Federation of Publishers’ Associations and the ISBN Agency of Spain. Book publishing in Spain is a €3 Billion industry. (More statistics on pirated books and ebook piracy here.) Source:  “Piracy Taking… Continue reading Pirated Ebooks Impact in Spain

Cocaine Use in Switzerland Highest in Europe

A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.

Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.

In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.

Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.

Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.

Earnings of Pickpockets in Barcelona

In an interview with the BBC, a pickpocket working in the Spanish city of Barcelona claimed that he is able to make up to $6,132 (5,000 Euros) a week by pickpocketing tourists. They take cameras, cell phones and laptops and send them back to Romania where the merchandise is sold on the black market. There… Continue reading Earnings of Pickpockets in Barcelona