Africa Headline News World News

Guinea nabs 1.5 tonnes of cocaine

A police officer stands guard over a seized drug shipment at a facility in Cayambe. Photo: africannews.com

Around 1.5 tonnes of cocaine from a Sierra Leone-flagged ship has been seized at the port of Kamsar, by the Guinea government.

A statement by the ministry of defence on Wednesday says more than 60 bags, each containing 25kg of cocaine were discovered in the hold of a vessel by the navy during a routine patrol on Sunday.

According to the statement, all 10 crew were arrested.

Between 2019 and 2022, a minimum of 57 tons of cocaine were seized in or en route to West Africa, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Drug smugglers have often used West African countries as transit points to ship cocaine from South America to Europe.

Writing by Muzha Kucha