Thursday, July 08, 2004

Two Tonnes Of Cocaine, To Go

BBC reports on a cocaine ship which was intercepted off Ghana by the French Navy. The ship carrying more than two tonnes of Cocaine was destined for Togo, from which it was supposed to be transported onward to its final destination of Europe.

The drugs, with a street value of at least $50m, allegedly came from Venezuela and was destined for Europe.

South American drugs are increasingly coming via West Africa because of a crackdown in the US, officials say. In January, cocaine with a street value of some $140m was seized in neighbouring Ghana.

The Pitea was boarded in a joint operation by French and Togolese officials, based on Spanish intelligence.
Very worrying to see Africa becoming a transit point for drugs coming to Europe. Inevitably it will mix with terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Al Qaeda, both active in Western Africa.