Guinea-Bissau arrests eight people over 1.8 tonnes cocaine trafficking

According to the authorities, 1.8 tonnes of cocaine hidden in flour bags have been seized by the Guinea-Bissau Police. The drugs arrived at the northwest side of the country by sea and eight people; four Bissau-Guineans, three Colombians and a Malian were arrested.

This is the biggest drugs seizure in the country’s history. Guinea-Bissau has a population of just 1.8 million people and covers just 10,800 square miles, but its excessive remote islands and unpoliced mangrove creeks makes it an ideal territory for smugglers.

Police said the latest shipment was on its way to Islamist militants: “The drugs belong to the terrorist network Al Qaeda. The cocaine comes from Colombia. But the destination is the Arab Maghreb,” said Domingos Monteiro, deputy director of the judicial police.