Interpol: Drug mules swallowing liquid cocaine condoms

2017-05-30 22:41
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Singapore - Traffickers are increasingly swallowing condoms filled with liquid cocaine to cheat traditional detection methods, Interpol says as it pointed to West African and Asian gangs driving the Asia-Pacific narcotics trade.

Interpol's Singapore office, which said methamphetamine remains the region's most trafficked substance, on Tuesday highlighted the rising trend in a report on an international anti-drug operation in May.

The campaign, called Operation Lionfish - ASEAN, involved more than 2 000 police and customs officials in 14 countries, said a statement from the Interpol Global Complex in Singapore which co-ordinated it.

It focused on drug trafficking through airports while a second phase will target land and sea borders.

Rising trend

The operation "revealed a network of West African and Asian organised crime groups behind trafficking in methamphetamine - one of the most smuggled drugs in the region," the statement said.

Of 59 seizures during the two-week period, nearly a quarter of the drugs confiscated was methamphetamine, of which nearly 80% was in crystalline form known as "ice".

Cocaine, cannabis, heroin and amphetamine stimulants were also among the drugs seized, it said, adding that smugglers were becoming more innovative.

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have identified a rising trend of liquid cocaine being trafficked, Interpol said.


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