Billion Dollar Drug Bust

June 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm Leave a comment

I heard of major drug busts. But a billion dollars. Here is the details as reported by Voice of America

“Police in Gambia have seized two tons of cocaine with a street value of about $1 billion, the largest-ever drug seizure in West Africa.

Police say the cocaine was discovered with the help of British investigators on June 4, inside a hidden room at a warehouse outside the Gambian capital, Banjul.

Authorities have arrested 12 people from various countries in connection to the drugs. The suspects include the Dutch owner and Venezuelan employees of a Gambia-based fishing company that served as a front for their drug operations.

The deputy director of Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, Neil Giles, said it was highly likely the drugs were headed for Europe or Britain. He said removing the cocaine and the profits it would have generated is a “major blow” to the drug cartel’s operations.

West Africa’s coast has become a major trafficking hub as drug cartels from Latin America seek to take advantage of the often weak and corrupt governance in the region.”

The only real effect of a bust is that it result in temporary spike in cocaine prices. People will still go to any lengths to get high and will result to violent crime to obtain drug money. It’s great that we got all of the drugs but I think the effort is futile. It will only result in more violent crimes because people will resort to violence to get dope money.

If the price of cocaine does temporarly increase, it might be make some people want to get sober because they no longer get access to cheap dope. In conclusion, I consider the raid to be futile in nature but it will possibily allow a few addicts to get sober because they can no longer afford the price of cheap blow.


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