Mali drug squad uncovers new African smuggling route

2016-05-19 17:00
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Bamako - Mali's anti-drug squad on Thursday said it had made its biggest drug seizure in two decades, near Bamako, and had uncovered a previously unknown west African smuggling network stretching to Ghana.

"This is the biggest seizure in 20 years for us," Sadio Mady Kanoute of the security ministry's narcotics division said.

He added that 2.7 tons of drugs were seized on Monday near Bamako and at least two arrests have been made.

The discovery uncovered the existence of a major trafficking network between Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali, Kanoute said.

Other arrests were made in Ghana, according to another source within the unit.

"The drugs, found in a truck, had passed through Burkina. They were stuffed inside second-hand clothing and then hidden in a section of the vehicle between the engine and the trailer," he added.

It is believed some of the shipment had already been sold, Kanoute added.

Read more on:    burkina faso  |  ghana  |  mali  |  west africa  |  narcotics

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