Wildlife trafficking: organized crime hit hard by joint INTERPOL-WCO global enforcement operation
From 4 – 30 June, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO) coordinated Operation Thunderball, with police and customs administrations leading joint enforcement operations against wildlife and timber crime across 109 countries.
A joint worldwide customs and police operation has resulted in the seizure of large quantities of protected flora and fauna across every continent.
The intelligence-led operation identified trafficking routes and crime hotspots ahead of time, enabling border, police and environmental officers to seize protected wildlife products ranging from live big cats and primates to timber, marine wildlife and derived merchandise such as clothing, beauty products, food items, traditional medicines and handicrafts.
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