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Moroccan security nabs Nigerian man over suspected cocaine smuggling

Nigerian arrested with Cocaine at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport by Moroccan police

PARIS, France ––Police in Morocco on Sunday said they have arrested a Nigerian who was attempting to smuggle cocaine at the Casablanca airport.  Police sources say the 35-year-old suspect was carrying 13 capsules containing 280 grams of cocaine in his underwear, the police said in a statement.

The suspect was transferred to a local hospital for medical examinations on suspicion of swallowing capsules of the illicit substance.

The probe which is led by the judicial police under the supervision of the public prosecutor is still underway.

Nigerians are generally known for drug trafficking. In subsequent years, Nigeria became a transit/trafficking point for category “A” drugs such as cocaine, heroin and other illicit substances intended for Europe, East Asia, and North American markets.

Nigerian criminal groups are also heavily involved in drug trafficking, shipping heroin from Asian countries to Europe and America; and cocaine from South America to Europe and South Africa. The large numbers of ethnic Nigerians in countries like India and Thailand give their gangs the opportunity to engage in these unlawful activities.

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Nearly four months after a Nigerian was executed in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug-related offense, two more Nigerians have been killed in a similar manner, sending fears to no fewer than 15 others being detained in parts of the Middle East country. Prison Sources in Saudi Arabia have confirmed that there are many Nigerians in prison for drug-related offenses.

On January 25, 2018, Zambian authorities said they arrested a Nigerian pastor for allegedly trafficking 26.29 kilograms of ephedrine, a medication and stimulant drug.

A spokesperson for the Zambian police said Prophet Isaac Amata, 42, is known for having predicted that President Edgar Lungu was going to win Zambia’s 2016 general elections, but he later became a drug trafficker.

Nigeria is not the only victim of the growing trade. Guinea-Bissau, a small country emerging from civil war and a string of coups, has seen its tiny export economy overrun by illegal drugs.

The alarming aspect is some Nigerian drug dealers have begun using passports from other West Africa nations like Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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