SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 3 August 2021, Tuesday |

Senegal records second large cannabis seizure in a month

Senegal’s Army said on Monday it had intercepted over 8 tones of cannabis after stopping a boat at the weekend, in the second large seizure off the West African nation’s Atlantic coast this month.

Interpol says drug kingpins are sending larger shipments in response to COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures, which have restricted their ability to more frequently move smaller quantities of drugs via individual couriers.

West Africa is seen as a frequent stopping point for drugs including cocaine and cannabis from South America and elsewhere heading to North Africa and Europe.

Senegal’s army said on Twitter it had stopped a vessel with three Turkish crew members on Sunday and found 8.3 tones of hashish on board. It did not provide further details.

Earlier this month, Senegalese authorities intercepted another boat smuggling over 8 tones of cannabis resin. In March, authorities in Niger seized 17 tones of cannabis resin, the largest bust in the country’s history.