Benin seizes 18 kg of cocaine in Cotonou


Authorities in Benin seized 18 kilogrammes of cocaine found in a shipping container at the port of the commercial capital Cotonou, the head of the maritime military police Boris Tchilao said.

The cocaine was found in a shipment belonging to a local businessman, Tchilao said.

With its porous borders and corruptible officials, West Africa has for more than a decade been a major transit point for cocaine grown in Latin America on its way to Europe.

Policing of maritime routes in the past few years has helped drastically reduce the volume of cocaine transiting through West Africa.