Supply reduction

Interdiction measures

According to ‘Europol’s organised crime report’, production and trafficking of drugs remain prime activities among criminal groups in the EU. No other field of organised crime delivers such an enormous profit (81).

‘Interpol at work 2001’ reports that increased international cooperation has resulted in a number of relevant law-enforcement operations. For instance, Project Exit, based on shared intelligence, resulted in large-scale ecstasy seizures in Europe. In addition, important shipments smuggled from European airports to North America were detected. The drug data sharing program, in which Interpol, UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and WCO (World Customs Organization) participate, exchanging intelligence, continued to play a key role in the fight against smuggling of synthetic drugs.

(81)  More details are given in Box 15 OL: Interdiction measures.