Niger officials said police seized more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of cocaine in the car of the mayor of a small town in the north of the country.
Niamey, Niger-Niger police said on Wednesday that they had seized more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of cocaine in the car of the mayor of a small town in the north of the country.
According to a statement from the Office of the Center for Combating Illegal Drugs in Niger, nearly 200 cocaine bricks were seized in Agadez over the weekend from the official vehicle of the mayor of Fachi, which is located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Agadez. trading center. Sell.
The statement said that the mayor and his driver were taken to Niamey, the capital of Niger, for questioning. Officials are pursuing another suspect who is believed to be involved in smuggling, adding that EU agents are also involved.
“Repeated drug seizures…fully illustrate the reality of this phenomenon in Niger. This does not reassure citizens…Terrorists make a living from a criminal economy,” said a worried Niger citizen Souleymane Mahamadou. “When politicians are involved in this kind of trafficking, it is even more worrying.”
The number of drugs seized in West Africa has been rising, which shows that international traffickers have made the continent an intermediate hub for drug smuggling between South America and Europe.
In October, the Senegalese navy seized more than 2 tons of cocaine from a ship.