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.

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

21 December 2015

Police cooperation focus of Ecuador Minister of Interior visit to INTERPOL

09 November 2015

INTERPOL supporting French investigation into athletics corruption

08 October 2015

Operation targeting drug trafficking nets couriers in Latin America and Africa

21 September 2015

West African Police Information System launched by INTERPOL

13 July 2015

Egyptian authorities seize guns, drugs and stolen art in operation targeting illicit goods

25 May 2015

INTERPOL Chief at Qatar forum outlines complex illicit drugs landscape

04 May 2015

INTERPOL issues global alert for potentially lethal illicit diet drug

08 April 2015

INTERPOL meeting supports fight against drug trafficking across Africa