Niger Republic mayor arrested after 200kg cocaine was found in official car

West Africa, most often a transit route for illegal drugs on the way from South America to Europe...
Niger Republic mayor arrested after 200kg cocaine was found in official car

Agency Report

Police in northern Niger have seized more than 200 kg of cocaine worth around $8.7 million that was being transported in the local mayor’s official truck, two police sources said on Monday.

The mayor and his driver, who were in the vehicle at the time, were arrested with 199 bricks of cocaine at a checkpoint on the road heading north out of the desert trading hub of Agadez on Sunday, the sources said.

A statement from Niger's Central Office for the Repression of Illicit Drug Trafficking confirmed that there had been a record seizure of more than 200 kg of cocaine in Agadez, but did not give details.

West Africa, most often a transit route for illegal drugs on the way from South America to Europe, has registered a series of record busts in recent years.

Reuters

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