Recent major seizures of cocaine headed to North Africa indicate that the region is becoming a hub for trafficking. Traffickers are eager to get increasing cocaine crops to major markets in Europe and the Middle East, and the shift to North Africa is likely due in part to tighter enforcement in West Africa. Libya's regional neighbors in North Africa have similarly seen a rising tide in cocaine seizures. REUTERS/Joe PenneyIncreased counter-narcotics efforts in West Africa, a traditional cocaine transit point, are likely leading cocaine traffickers to rely more heavily on maritime routes through North Africa, as soaring South American cocaine supplies are increasingly smuggled aboard shipping containers to reach both a swelling European market and a nascent Middle Eastern one. However, compared to Morocco or even Algeria, Libya is a particularly unusual cocaine transit point, especially through a direct South America-Libya connection.
Source: The North Africa Journal January 11, 2021 17:39 UTC