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Cocaine worth $1bn seized in The Gambia

Cocaine worth $1bn seized in The Gambia

At least two tonnes of cocaine with a street value of some $1bn has been seized in The Gambia, bound for Europe.  West Africa has become a major transit hub for drugs to Europe

In addition to the huge haul of drugs, the Gambian authorities have arrested a dozen suspected traffickers, and seized large quantities of cash and arms.

Gambian investigators made the first arrests then called in British agents to gather forensic evidence.

West Africa has become a major transit hub for trafficking Latin American drugs to markets in Europe.

Drugs cartels are taking advantage of the region’s poverty and weak security and judicial systems.

Agents from the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency – the rough equivalent of the US FBI – helped discover the haul of highly concentrated cocaine behind a false wall in a warehouse basement an hour’s drive from the Gambian capital, Banjul.

Numerous revealing computer records were also found.

One investigator closely involved told the BBC: “We’re excited about this one – we’ve got all the elements here.”

The BBC’s Mark Doyle in Banjul says some of the Gambian officers involved in the bust are clearly pleased, if saying nothing in public for now.

BBC News

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  • God bless you Yankay. Sierra leone is full of political hypocrites, A whole bunch of them have been enjoying this cocaine game years back. Sierra leone is always blessed and good governance will prevail by no means, let them cry, shout and write all false stories about our country
    We shall achieve our goals by God’s will.

    10th June 2010
  • Imagine what will have happen if this discovery is made in Sierra Leone . Folks hungry for power would have been busy politicizing it . Oh poor Sierra Leone you read more trash about it than the entire west Africa combine . Courtesy of it “son” and daughters who find comfort in ridiculing it to the world at large . This bring me back to Nanette Thomas question .Are we cursed, because the land is blessed.Or are we facing the iniquities of our fore-bearers sins??????

    9th June 2010

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