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Latin American cocaine traded for arms in Africa

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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