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  • MAOC-N supports Spanish seizure of 500kg of cocaine on board a go-fast, South of the Canary Islands

    MAOC-N supports Spanish seizure of 500kg of cocaine on board a go-fast, South of the Canary Islands

    On January 5th, 2024, the Spanish authorities, in a joint operation by the National Police, the Civil Guard, and the Spanish Customs (DAVA), successfully intercepted and seized over 500kg of cocaine on board a go-fast in the Atlantic Ocean. After an intense search exercise, the Spanish patrol boat CONDOR of the Customs Surveillance Service was…


  • MAOC (N) in 2023

    MAOC (N) in 2023

    In 2023, MAOC-N supported and coordinated operations leading up to the seizure of over 92 tonnes of drugs – including a yearly record amount of cocaine – showcasing the effectiveness of international cooperation and intelligence sharing in tackling transnational drug trafficking. The Centre is looking forward to another productive year, in collaboration with the MAOC-N…


  • MAOC-N supports French seizure of 1.2 tonnes of cocaine mid-Atlantic

    MAOC-N supports French seizure of 1.2 tonnes of cocaine mid-Atlantic

    On December 18th 2023, following information from the French National Directorate of Intelligence and Customs Investigations (DNRED), the Surveillance Frigate VENTÔSE of the French Navy intercepted mid-Atlantic a sailing vessel suspected of illicit drug trafficking to Europe. This intervention led to the seizure of nearly 1.2 tonnes of cocaine. This operation, coordinated through MAOC-N, was…


  • MAOC-N supports another successful Senegalese operation in the Atlantic – 690 kg of cocaine seized

    MAOC-N supports another successful Senegalese operation in the Atlantic – 690 kg of cocaine seized

    According to information gathered by various partners and shared through MAOC-N, a go-fast vessel was located off the coast of Senegal, after having loaded a significant quantity of cocaine from another vessel coming from South America. With the valuable support of the French Navy aircraft F50M stationed in Dakar, the Senegalese Navy quickly made itself…


  • The German Ambassador to Portugal visits MAOC-N

    The German Ambassador to Portugal visits MAOC-N

    On 11/12/2023, the Executive Director of MAOC-N hosted the Ambassador of Germany to Portugal at the Centre’s headquarters in Lisbon. Ambassador Julia Molnar visited the Centre following Germany’s recent accession to MAOC (N), which is expected to take place formally in the course of next year. The ambassador was briefed on the Centre’s activities and…


  • Spanish authorities seize 2500kg of cocaine in the Atlantic, supported by MAOC-N

    Spanish authorities seize 2500kg of cocaine in the Atlantic, supported by MAOC-N

    On December 6th, 2023, the Spanish authorities, in a joint operation by the National Police, the Civil Guard, and the Spanish Customs (DAVA), successfully intercepted and seized 2500kg of cocaine on board a Polish-flagged vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. After information was gathered that the 12.5-meter-long cabin cruiser was loaded with a significant amount of…