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Indian Ocean Commission helps Africa’s island states fight sea crime

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The Baba Ali, a Seychellois fishing vessel, was passing through the Seychelles exclusive economic zone (EEZ) when authorities intercepted it in May 2021. Through an...

Drug cartels target West Africa as vital route to move cocaine

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Cabo Verdean police intercepted a boat in early April suspected to be involved with international drug trafficking. The Brazilian boat contained more than 5...

US, Cabo Verde authorities interdict large cocaine shipment

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US Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines embarked aboard US Navy Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), with support from the Environmental...

SARS Customs seize drug powder worth R21 million

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs division has made three seizures at the OR Tambo International Airport of catalytic converters and crushed powder...

Long known as Africa’s ‘narco-state,’ Guinea-Bissau’s reputation will be tough to...

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The former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau has been dogged by unrest and instability since its independence in 1974. The government was overthrown about six...

ISS Africa: Drug trafficking – is Benin under siege?

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Almost 42 tons of cocaine transited through or were intercepted in West African coastal states between 2019 and 2021, says the United Nations Office...

Northern Cape police pounce on R1 million drug lab

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The police’s war on drugs produced positive results this week when detectives from the Northern Cape Organized Crime Unit confiscated drugs worth approximately R1...

Gold, diamonds and drugs: Portuguese peacekeepers suspected of smuggling

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Portuguese police have clamped down on a crime ring that allegedly involved the country's UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) using military...

19 firearms, drugs seized in Western Cape operations

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Western Cape police last week scored major successes when 19 illegal firearms, 790 rounds of ammunition and drugs worth R2 million were confiscated during...

Another big drug seizure for French frigate in the Indian Ocean

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The French frigate FS Languedoc has recorded its second drug seizure in the Indian Ocean in a week, confiscating more than 3.6 tons of...

French Navy frigate seizes $5.2 million worth of narcotics

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French Marine Nationale frigate FS Languedoc, operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), seized more than 1 600 kg of illegal drugs...

Free State man nabbed on N3 for drugs worth R3 million

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A man suspected to be dealing in drugs was arrested on the N3 freeway during a crime prevention roadblock on Thursday. Members of the Welkom...

Livestock, drugs and vehicles recovered by soldiers on Op Corona duty

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South African soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty have recorded more successes, recovering several stolen vehicles, drugs and livestock. Unusually for Operation Corona...

Senegalese Navy intercepts drug trafficking ship

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Senegal’s Navy has intercepted and seized a ship 240 km off its coastline that was found to be transporting a large quantity of hashish. In...

Hawks intercept R243m drugs haul

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An intelligence driven operation on Tuesday morning saw police successfully slam the brakes on a R243 million drugs consignment in an Isipingo depot, in...

Three to appear in court over R5.5 m drug bust

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Two men and a woman are expected to appear in court on Wednesday after they were caught in possession of drugs estimates to be...

ISS: Regulating khat could disrupt East Africa’s illegal drug economy

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Different laws and controls among countries in the region allow for a thriving smuggling market. In March 2020, Somalia suspended flights to its capital due...

High value drug bust for French frigate in the Arabian Sea

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The French frigate FS Guépratte has seized 626 kg of methamphetamine worth more than $17 million during the latest Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-narcotics...

Police arrest 100 gang members who smuggled drugs into Spain on...

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Spanish police said on Saturday they had arrested 100 members of a gang which ferried hashish and marijuana from Morocco to Spain in high...

Five drug seizures in one week for Combined Maritime Forces in...

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French Marine Nationale ships have recorded five seizures of illicit drugs in just six days whilst participating in a counter-narcotics focused operation under the...

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