Drugs worth almost 100 million euros have been seized in Africa and the Middle East during an enormous worldwide police activity in March and April, Interpol said on Monday.
Interpol worked with customs and police authorities from 41 nations and captured 287 individuals on the African mainland and in the Middle East.
In Niger distribution centers, specialists held onto 17 tons of cannabis pitch, worth around 31 million euros ($37 million). The medications were bound for Libya and it was the biggest medication bust throughout the entire existence of West Africa.
“We are seeing a marked increase in drug traffickers using Libya as a transshipment point, including for drugs from as far as South America,” said Brigadier General Adel Abulkasem Al Sharwy Bentaleb, Head of Libya’s INTERPOL National Central Bureau. “While many of these drugs are neither produced nor consumed here, this has not spared us from the violent crime inevitably wrought by such activity, which we are determined to combat alongside INTERPOL.”
In the interim, in South Africa, police held onto 973 cocaine blocks worth around 32 million euros from a fishing vessel and captured 10 individuals, Interpol said. It was additionally one of South Africa’s biggest medication busts.
Also, more than 4.5 million tablets of Tramadol, an amazing narcotic redirected from its clinical reason, 10,000 steroids and 200 kilos of amphetamines were recuperated during the activity. Police likewise discovered living pangolins, vehicles, harsh jewels and booty cigarettes.
“The striking results of these two operations demonstrate the sheer scale of the trade in illicit drugs and its international nature,” said Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General of Interpol.
“Drug trafficking is a threat that we collectively face and the massive seizures achieved in Operation Lionfish show what is possible when law enforcement fights back together,” added Secretary General Stock.
Africa has recorded many record busts as of late and is viewed as a travel course for illicit medications from South America to Europe.