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  • Guinean Navy seizes 1.5 tonnes of cocaine with support from MAOC-N

    Guinean Navy seizes 1.5 tonnes of cocaine with support from MAOC-N

    In the early hours of April 2nd, 2023, the Guinean Navy intercepted a fishing vessel named ALIMAN 1 off the coast of Conakry, Guinea, seizing more than 1.5 tonnes of cocaine found onboard the vessel, which was flying a flag from Sierra Leone. The drugs, believed to be ultimately destined for the European market, were…


  • MAOC-N supports French seizure of 4.7 tonnes of cocaine off West Africa

    MAOC-N supports French seizure of 4.7 tonnes of cocaine off West Africa

    On April 5th, 2023, the high seas patrol Premier L’Her of the French Navy seized more than 4.7 tonnes of cocaine on board a vessel named MED SEA LION, a freighter flying the flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The drugs, which were ultimately destined for the European market, were apprehended off the African coast,…


  • The Ambassador of the United States of America to Portugal visits MAOC-N

    The Ambassador of the United States of America to Portugal visits MAOC-N

    The Ambassador of the United States of America to Portugal Randi Charno Levine was recently received by the Executive Director and the Head of Operations of MAOC-N at its headquarters in Lisbon. Ambassador Levine was briefed on some of the Centre’s past and current operations combating the emergence of new maritime drug trafficking routes and…


  • MAOC-N mourns the loss of a Spanish fellow Officer

    MAOC-N mourns the loss of a Spanish fellow Officer

    The Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) expresses its deepest condolences to the family and fellow officers of the Spanish Customs Surveillance Service (SVA/DAVA) officer who recently passed away during a maritime operation in the Atlantic.


  • MAOC (N) High Level Military and Law Enforcement Conference on West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea

    MAOC (N) High Level Military and Law Enforcement Conference on West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea

    On the 8th and 9th of March, MAOC (N) organized a high-level conference on West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, bringing together high-level officers from relevant countries within the sub-region and Europe, to openly discuss and examine the existing challenges regarding maritime interceptions and the boarding of vessels suspected of engaging in illicit drug…


  • MAOC-N supports Spanish cocaine seizure on two sailing vessels

    MAOC-N supports Spanish cocaine seizure on two sailing vessels

    Last week, the Special Operations Vessel ‘Fulmar’ of the Spanish Customs Surveillance Service conducted two maritime operations which resulted in the seizure of 1.100Kg of cocaine in the Atlantic. This operation is a result of joint efforts by the Spanish Customs (DAVA), the National Police and the Guardia Civil in close cooperation with international partners…