Its armed forces Senegal they proceeded this week to seize a huge amount -almost three tons- of cocaine, which was carrying a ship that was intercepted off Dakar, with a crew of ten, including a national of the country, sources in the Senegalese Navy told AFP yesterday.
The patrol car crew proceeded to confiscate “nearly 3 tons of pure cocaine on a ship that was intercepted 150 kilometers offshore” of Dakar, the Senegalese Navy also announced via X (the former Twitter).
The boat was carrying 2,975 kilograms of cocaine, a senior Senegalese armed forces officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The ship was intercepted overnight Sunday into Monday, the African nation’s armed forces said in an earlier statement, according to AFP and the Athens News Agency. It was escorted as a naval base to Dakar, where it arrived yesterday Tuesday; then the process of “identification and counting of seized items” began.
Among the crew members is a Senegalese national and an investigation is being carried out which is still “in progress”, a PN officer told AFP, without specifying the nationalities of the other sailors or where the vessel had sailed from.
The ship – named Ville d’Abidjan, as can be seen in the photographic material released by the PN – was intercepted “in international waters”, added the same source.
West and central Africa, long seen as mere transit zones for quantities of drugs produced in Latin America to European markets, have now become high-consumption regions, according to the United Nations Office on Narcotic Drugs and Crime Prevention (ONUDC).
More than 800 kilograms of cocaine were seized in January from a ship off Dakar by the Senegalese Navy.
Senegalese customs also announced in October 2022 the seizure of 300 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated value of almost 37 million euros, a quantity transported by a refrigerated truck coming from neighboring Mali.
Source: News Beast
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