Senegal seizes over 700kg of cocaine


Senegalese customs authority have seized 798 kg of cocaine hidden inside new cars on a ship travelling from Brazil.

The cocaine was discovered overnight Sunday inside 15 cars on a ship which anchored at the port in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.

Last Wednesday, 238kg of cocaine smuggled from Brazil in a similar manner was seized.

Drug smugglers use West Africa as a transhipment point for cocaine en route from South America to Europe.

Last week, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said 3.4 tonnes of cocaine were seized in Africa in 2017.

In January, Cape Verde seized 9.5 tonnes of cocaine in one of the region’s largest ever hauls. Two months later, Guinea Bissau recorded its biggest seizure of cocaine when it intercepted 789 kg stashed away in a fish truck.

Senegal’s largest seizure came in 2007, when authorities seized almost 2.5 tonnes of cocaine worth more than $300 million.

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