Togo narcotics agents seize cocaine, make arrests

25/06/2011
Togo narcotics agents seize cocaine, make arrests

Members of Togo's anti-drugs squad have seized about 192 kilograms (425 pounds) of cocaine in two hauls at the port of Lome and made several arrests, national radio reported Friday.

The agents from the Central Office for the Repression of the Illicit Traffic in Drugs and Money-Laundering (OCRTIDB) made the seizures on June 11 and 15. They found the cocaine, which came from Brazil, hidden in two containers.

Two Nigerians who owned the containers were arrested.

Later, on June 17, two Togolese drug traffickers were arrested by police at Lome airport in possession of 48 kilograms of cannabis, the radio reported.

West Africa has become an important hub in the transit of drugs from Latin America destined for Europe, according to international agencies fighting the drugs trade.

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