Sunday, November 3, 2019

The world's biggest ever seizure of Europe-bound cocaine - Cape Verde

From the extreme comfort of its newly-built five star hotels, the Cape Verde islands off Africa's west coast are like paradise. The archipelago 600 miles into the Atlantic is 'Africa's best kept little secret'. The region's other little secret is the presence of international drug cartels.
The islands lie along the Tenth Parallel – a line of latitude called 'Highway 10' because it marks the shortest route between Latin America and Africa.
Cape Verde is a place to refuel ships, warehouse product, and pass it on for the final haul to Britain and Europe. Exactly how much product is coming down Highway 10 became clear in February, when 10 tonnes of cocaine were found on the Eser, an ageing freighter, docked at Cape Verde. It is the biggest haul of European-bound cocaine in history.