The new Cocaine Insights Report, launched by Europol and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), outlines the new dynamics of the cocaine market, which represents a clear threat to European and global security.
The fragmentation of the criminal landscape in source countries has created new opportunities for European criminal networks to receive a direct supply of cocaine, cutting out the intermediaries. This new competition in the market has led to the increased supply of cocaine and consequently to more violence. Previously dominant monopolies in the wholesale supply of cocaine to European markets have been challenged by new trafficking networks.
The report highlights the importance of money laundering investigations to trace the illegal profits and of the confiscation of assists related to criminal activities.