Boondoggle

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A “Cocaine Iceberg”

That definitely does not sound good.

God, I hope that is not cocaine...

At least 50 tonnes of cocaine from Andean countries pass through West Africa every year, heading mostly to the streets of France, Spain and the United Kingdom, where they are worth some $2 billion.

This is probably the tip of the cocaine iceberg,” said the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, at a high-level conference in the Cape Verde capital, Praia.

Cocaine seizures have doubled every year for the past three years, with the 2007 total amounting to 6,458 kilogrammes, and major seizures this year include a 600 kilogramme cocaine bust at the airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone, this summer, according to a report launched by UNODC at the Praia meeting.

An iceberg of cocaine is definitely worse than an iceberg of marijuana, I must say.

(sort of x-posted on Dispatch)

(Image from flickr user Zaptel under a Creative Commons license.)

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October 30, 2008 - Posted by | UN | ,

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