$1BN Major Cocaine Bust Made in Gambia, UK Bound!

June 9th, 2010 - 1:00 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Gambian authorities recently made a bust worth one billion dollars and arrested at least a dozen suspected drug traffickers, as well as collecting large quantities of cash and weapons in a huge cocaine ring. The drugs were said to be headed for the United Kingdom.

The first arrests in the case were made by Gambian investigators, who then called in British agents in to gather more forensic evidence. The impoverished nation of Gambia has slowly became a safe haven for drug cartels, mostly involving dealers from South America, Guinea Bissau and Gambia itself.

The joint security operation which led to the bust on June 4 ended in the Muktharr Trading Store where the huge amounts of cocaine were confiscated. The team involved consisted of the military, police, NIA, and National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), as well as the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, which is similar to the United States FBI. It was the largest bust ever in the country.

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