(UPDATE) 2005 INCSR SUBMISSION FOR ITALY (PART I)

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031331Z Feb 06

UNCLAS ROME 000323

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR INL AND EUR/WE
JUSTICE FOR OIA, AFMLS, AND NDDS
TREASURY FOR FINCEN
DEA FOR OILS AND OFFICE OF DIVERSION CONTROL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SNAR, IT, EUN
SUBJECT: (UPDATE) 2005 INCSR SUBMISSION FOR ITALY (PART I)

REF: A. ROME 04029

B. STATE 209561

1. In accordance with Ref B instructions, Post submits an
update to the INCSR report (Ref A) transmitted in December
2005. The updated text and figures below reflect the latest
information from the GOI and should be included in the final
draft of the INCSR.

2. Ref A cable, paragraph five. The Accomplishments should
be modified as follows:

Accomplishments. Comparing data from 2004, seizures of
cocaine and hashish have increased, while those of heroin and
marijuana have decreased. In 2005, the Italian police seized
over 30,000 kilograms of narcotics, and apprehended 22,000
people. The major nationalities of those arrested were
Moroccan, Tunisian, Albanian, Algerian, Nigerian, Spanish,
Senegalese, and Colombian.

3. Paragraph six and seven, Seizure Breakdown, should read
as follows (includes additional text and details):

Jan-Dec. Seizure Breakdown (kilograms):

Heroin - 1,342
Cocaine - 3,661.6
Hashish - 23,048.9
Marijuana - 2,418
MDMA - 319,484 (tablets)

In June 2005, the Italian Carabinieri (military police)
concluded a two-year undercover operation targeting a
Colombian drug trafficking organization responsible for
directing maritime cocaine shipments from South America to
Europe. A total of 501 kilograms of cocaine were seized at
Italian ports during two separate undercover operations
(October 2004 - 161 kgs. and June 2005 - 340 kgs.) The
investigation also led to the arrest of 16 Italian and
Colombian nationals in Italy, Spain, and Costa Rica.

In October 2005, the Italian anti-Mafia prosecutors office
issued arrest warrants for 30 individuals who were identified
in an international narcotics investigation involving police
agencies in Italy, France, Spain, and Argentina. The
two-year investigation revealed this organization was
transporting large quantities of cocaine from Bolivia,
Paraguay, and Argentina to criminal associates located in
Spain and Italy. Drug seizures and arrests in all four
countries totaled over 1.5 tons of cocaine, 110,000 ecstasy
tablets and the arrest of about 60 persons.

Also in October, the Carabinieri busted an organized
crime-led international drug trafficking network based in
southern Italy. Over 40 individuals were arrested and about
100 others were put under investigation.

4. The remainder of Ref draft report is the same.
SPOGLI