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Africa’s ocean of organised crime

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The ocean is central to global illicit trade. Criminal networks plunder marine resources, scour shipping lanes for vessels to hijack, and traverse coastal state...

The Gambia redoubles efforts to scupper maritime drug trafficking

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The Gambia is a key transit point for South American cocaine being smuggled to Europe. In February, over 800 kg of cocaine that had...

ISS: Can smart ports curb drug trafficking?

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COVID-19 measures are making maritime routes the preferred target for drug smugglers. Seizures of large quantities of drugs such as cocaine, heroin and others at...

Akasha man jailed in US

A US judge sentenced Ibrahim Akasha, once a member of Kenya’s Akasha drug trafficking organisation, to 23 years in prison after he pleaded guilty...

Joining hands against drugs in West Africa

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Africa stands as a transit point in a global drug trafficking network that funnels cocaine and other drugs into Europe. The drugs...

Guinea arrests, checks foreigners in drugs clampdown

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Guinea has arrested about 20 Nigerians and started checking Latin American workers here in a crackdown on a growing wave of drug...

Uganda airport fights increasing drug trafficking

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A German, a Kenyan, a Nigerian and Ugandan national are being held by police in Uganda after being arrested at Entebbe international...

Global gangs exploit blind spots for drug trafficking

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International criminal gangs and traffickers are exploiting large geographic blind spots where radar, satellite or other surveillance is minimal or nonexistent, the...

Seven African nations unite against drugs

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A seven West African nation alliance has been unveiled aimed at fighting growing threat posed by drug barons frequenting the Latin American-West...

Poverty muddies response to W African drug trade

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West African drug trafficking is having a "very significant" impact on the region's economies but local responses have been contradictory as the...

Chavez tries to sniff out drugs dealers

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Powering through Caribbean swell in a heavy gray patrol boat and toting new Kalashnikov guns, soldiers scouring the craggy coves of Paria...

Israel to build barrier along Egyptian frontier

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved plans yesterday to erect a barrier along part of Israel's border with Egypt and install advanced surveillance...

UN agrees to hand over Bissau coup suspect

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The United Nations has agreed to hand over to Guinea-Bissau authorities a former navy chief accused of leading a failed 2008 coup...

Mali probes wreckage of suspected Boeing 727 drugs plane

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Malian authorities have launched an investigation into whether a Boeing 727 cargo plane, thought to have been carrying a large amount of...