Wednesday, October 29, 2008

 

If $2.6Billion a year can destabilize regional European governments, wouldn't $6Billion a year destabilize the BC government?

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West Africa sending $2.6 billion in cocaine to Europe
Says seizures of drug double each year

Bloomberg
Published: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

PRAIA, Cape Verde -- West African smugglers are shipping $2.6 billion worth of Andean cocaine a year to European Union countries and becoming a powerful criminal network that threatens to destabilize regional governments, the United Nations said yesterday.

"The threat is spreading through the region, turning the Gold Coast into the Coke Coast," Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said in a report released yesterday at a conference here. "West Africa is at risk of becoming an epicentre for drug trafficking and the crime and corruption associated with it."

At least 45 tonnes of South American cocaine crosses the Atlantic and winds up in Mali, Nigeria and Senegal every year. Most of the haul, which the UN calls the "tip of the iceberg," is carried to Western Europe on commercial flights. African criminal gangs then distribute it around the continent from their main transit points in the U.K., France and Spain.

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About 1,350 couriers have been caught en route to Europe since 2004.


http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=584be6b6-8269-4e32-853d-f24b441e248b

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British Columbia's cash trade per annum in marijuana alone is $6Billion.

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