África: Criminal Unit to Confront Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo January 01, 2012
Drug trafficking is a major threat to the development of Guinea-Bissau and
has led to a sharp increase in illicit drug use in that country.
In order to help stem the flow of illegal substances, the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assisted the country in the creation of its
Transnational Criminal Unit. Founded in December 2010, the group is in the process
of becoming fully operational while it continues working to disband organized crime.
West Africa is considered a major gateway for cocaine smuggled from South
America into Europe. In 2009, an estimated 13 tons of the cocaine trafficked via
West Africa were consumed or stored in the region, causing serious health concerns,
Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime