The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

U.S. Arrests Three Individuals for International Arms Trafficking

Friday, November 11, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On November 7, 2022, Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and other law enforcement officials announced the arrests of Elvis Guerrero, also known as Jemyni True, a/ka/ “Jemy,” and Trenton Michael Judkins for trafficking firearms from New York City to the Dominican Republic.[1]



[1]    U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Three Arrested for International Gun Trafficking and Obstruction of Justice, Press Rel. 22-348, Nov. 7, 2022.

 

Interpol Confirms the Arrest of 75 Black Axe Cultists in Crackdown

Friday, November 4, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

 On October 14, Interpol announced the results of an international crackdown against the Black Axe and other related West-African organized crime groups.  Codenamed Operation Jackal, the law enforcement episode is the first global operation specifically targeting Black Axe, a hacking group implicated in cyber-based financial fraud and other serious crimes, and ultimately yielded 75 arrests.[1]



[1] Interpol, International Crackdown on West-African Financial Crime Rings, INTERPOL, October 14, 2022 https://www.interpol.int/en/News-and-Events/News/2022/International-crackdown-on-West-African-financial-crime-rings.

 

INTERPOL and CARICOM IMPACS Conduct Operation with Respect to Illegal Trafficking of Firearms and Drugs

Friday, November 4, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 13, 2022, INTERPOL announced the completion of Operation VII, a joint firearms operation between INTERPOL and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).  The operation resulted in the seizure of 350 weapons, 3,300 rounds of ammunition, and record drug seizures across the Caribbean.[1]



[1]    INTERPOL, Hundreds of firearms and 12.6 tonnes of drugs seized in Caribbean operation, Press Rel., Oct. 13, 2022.

 

Five Russians and Two Venezuelans Indicted for Evading Sanctions, Money Laundering, and Smuggling

Friday, November 4, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 19, the Department of Justice released the indictment against five Russian and two Venezuelan nationals accused of global money laundering, oil smuggling, and trading with sanctioned entities.  Additionally, the Russian defendants are accused of helping Russia acquire sophisticated military technology from U.S., some of which has been traced to the battlefields in Ukraine.[1]

 

Global Financial Integrity Issues Report on PRC and Transnational Crime

Friday, November 4, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 27, 2022, Global Financial Integrity issued a report; Made in China: China’s Role in Transnational Crime and Illicit Financial Flows By Channing Mavrellis & John Cassara.  Simultaneously, GFI also held a webinar, discussing the report. This article summarizes the highlights the report.

Serbian Man Arrested in Budapest for Alleged War Crimes

Friday, November 4, 2022
Author: 
Kayla DeAlto
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 18, 2022, a Serbian man identified by authorities only by the initials S.S. was arrested by Hungarian authorities.[1] S.S. was arrested on an international arrest warrant filed by the Kosovan authorities for suspected participation in criminal events that occurred from March 26 to May 28, 1999.[2] The alleged criminal activity took place during a bloody war in 1998-1999 that ended with NATO intervention.[3] Ten Thousand ethnic Albanians were killed during the conflict and more than One Thousand Six Hundred are still missing.[4]



[1] The Associated Press, Serb Arrested in Hungary for Alleged War Crimes in Kosovo, ABC News (Oct. 18, 2022), https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/serb-arrested-hungary-all....

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] Id.

 

Uganda Court Sentences Repeat Offender Caught with Elephant Ivory to Life in Prison

Friday, October 28, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 20, 2022, the Ugandan Standards, Utilities, and Wildlife Court meted out a sentence of life in prison to Pascal Ochiba, who was convicted of illegal possession of wildlife products, including two pieces of elephant ivory weighing a total of 9.55 kilograms.  The sentence was Uganda’s strongest punishment ever for wildlife violations.[1]

U.S. District Court Dismisses Mexican Government’s Suit against US Gun Manufacturers and Mexican Government Files New Suite against Gun Distributors in Arizona

Friday, October 28, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

 On September 30, 2022, Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court in Boston dismissed the Mexican government’s lawsuit against U.S. gun manufacturers and a wholesale distributor, seeking to hold them liable for alleged illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico.[1]  On October 10, the Mexican government filed a new lawsuit against gun distributors in the U.S. District Court in Arizona.

Credit Suisse and France Settle Tax and Laundering Charges

Friday, October 28, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 25, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office of France and Credit Suisse reached a settlement, in which Credit Suisse has agreed to pay €238 million ($235 million) to the French government in exchange for settling potential charges of aggravated tax fraud laundering, illegal solicitation of clients, and related charges.[1]

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