The drug trade and its associated crimes continue to grow in most parts of the world.

Global abuse and accessibility to drugs have become increasingly widespread as trafficking routes have become shorter, more diverse and borders more easily crossed.

The drug trade involves growers, producers, couriers, suppliers, dealers and users and affects people in almost all of our member countries.

INTERPOL's response

Our criminal intelligence officers focus on the most commonly used and trafficked narcotic drugs – cannabis, cocaine, heroin and psychotropic substances – in addition to precursor chemicals.

The Organization's primary drug-control role is to identify new drug trafficking trends and criminal organizations operating at the international level and to assist all national and international law enforcement bodies concerned with countering the illicit production, trafficking and abuse of drugs by:

  • Collecting and analysing data obtained from member countries for strategic and tactical intelligence reports and disseminating these reports to the concerned countries;
  • Responding to and supporting international drug investigations;
  • Helping to coordinate drug investigations involving at least two member countries;
  • Organizing operational working meetings between member countries where INTERPOL has identified common links in cases being investigated in these countries;
  • Organizing regional or global conferences on specific drug topics: the aims of which are to assess the extent of the drug problem, exchange information on the latest investigative techniques and strengthen cooperation within the law enforcement community.

We maintain close liaison with national law enforcement agencies and with non-governmental organizations that have a counter-drug mandate. This constant communication is crucial in fulfilling our mission of aiding the international community in curbing illicit drug trafficking and sales.

28 September 2017

Drugs worth USD 360 million seized in INTERPOL-led operation

28 August 2017

Strengthening the global response to intellectual property crime

06 July 2017

Vietnam President and INTERPOL Chief discuss regional and global security issues

30 May 2017

New drug trafficking routes and smuggling methods identified in INTERPOL-led operation

17 May 2017

OSCE Secretariat and INTERPOL launch joint action plan to combat transnational crime

27 March 2017

UAE pledges EUR 50 million to support seven key INTERPOL projects

24 March 2017

Huge drugs haul underscores transnational organized crime threat – INTERPOL Chief

12 March 2017

Effective information sharing on violent extremism can save lives – INTERPOL Chief

07 December 2016

INTERPOL border operation targets organized crime networks across West Africa

22 September 2016

Global drug trafficking through Africa focus of operational INTERPOL meeting

19 September 2016

Conference looks to shape global response to intellectual property crime

12 July 2016

1,500 police in operation targeting crime networks across Eastern and Southern Africa

05 July 2016

Regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief mission to El Salvador

01 July 2016

Romanian Interior Minister discusses policing issues with INTERPOL Chief

25 March 2016

Namibian President discusses global security issues with INTERPOL Secretary General

15 February 2016

Drugs, criminals, guns and gold intercepted in INTERPOL border operation in West Africa

15 January 2016

Operation Cocair V tackles threat of drug trafficking into Europe

14 January 2016

INTERPOL issues Red Notice against Papa Massata Diack at France's request