The Gambia Seizes 3 Tonnes Of Cocaine In Massive Bust

The Gambia has seized three tonnes of cocaine from a ship coming from Ecuador.

In one of the largest busts in West Africa, authorities seized at least 118 bags of cocaine from a container heading from the port of Guayaquil in Ecuador and through Algeciras in Spain.

West Africa has long been a passage route for narcotics operators. With their networks and distribution affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the peddlers have found new methods to aid the transportation of the narcotics.

Ousman Saidybah, Spokesperson of the Gambian Law Enforcement Agency said the container is owned by a Gambian national who holds a French passport. The owner has since been on the run after being declared wanted by the country.

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“This seizure is yet another confirmation that the Gambia, like other West African states, continues to be a storage and transit route for cocaine by international organised criminal groups, ” he said.

Although the destination of the cocaine is unknown, West Africa has been a key region in the business of narcotics in the past few years.

Cape Verde has in the past been one of the points where distribution is conducted.

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