Latin American cocaine traded for arms in Africa
- Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
DAKAR, Senegal – Cocaine shipped to West Africa by Latin American drug cartels is now being traded for arms, the U.N.’s drug czar said Monday – an exchange of contraband that is especially dangerous in a region now home to cells of an al-Qaida-linked terror group. Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, says “there is more than just spotty evidence” indicating a link between drug traffickers and terror groups.
UN drug czar says Latin American cocaine is being traded for arms in West Africa