Guinea-Bissau, for example, is a scale for commercial flights medium ranges, but the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, has started sending drug shipments through these aircraft adds.
Research, signed by Alexander Smoltczyk, details how the authorities of Guinea-Bissau have been surpassed to this phenomenon. High levels of corruption and the support of the army “have led to the creation of a narco-state, where police represents justice, but not the power.”
“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Boeing 727 suspects are already reaching the coast of West Africa with shipments of more than ten tons of drugs,” says the average German.
The lack of infrastructure and make aerial surveillance aircraft go unnoticed by Osvaldo Vieira International Airport, adds.
With some accounts, the reporter also documents the lifestyle that keeps the inhabitants and how the movement of cocaine has provided a livelihood.
“To be a narco-state, Guinea-Bissau seems rather peaceful, and even sleepy at times. There is no drug or decapitated traitors to the side of the road. Daily trade of drugs is carried out virtually without violence”, says reporter.
According to the text of the German magazine, after the cocaine arrives in Guinea-Bissau, it is transported out of the country where people and multiple routes are also smuggled weapons.
First, explains Alexander, Venezuelans (main operators in the area) have used boats to travel to Cape Verde and even to the coast of the Canary Islands. Fishers are often forced to carry boxes occasionally too; it is easy to pressure when their families are alone on land.
The northern land route passes through Senegal, Mauritania, Sahara and reaches Eastern Morocco. This area, according to the text, is full of risk situations that give nightmares to any Western intelligence agency as Tuareg tribes and other smugglers Islamist groups or white slavers. But with enough money you can establish a viable transit route, which are well equipped as before were used for the exchange of slaves.
The third route is the “swallowers”. For 800 euros Nigerians are willing to swallow capsules containing drugs and traveling to Cape Verde in Lisbon or commercial flights.
A kilo of cocaine costs about 12,000 Bissau euros. In Europe you can get this amount by 30,000. Although it might be easy to capture the suspects, the police force has failed to do anything about it.
In July 2008, a commercial flight was forced to make an emergency landing due to hydraulic system failure. However, when police tried to register the ship showed a group of soldiers stopped him.
Based on testimony from local police, Smoltczyk reports that soldiers surrounded the aircraft preventing someone could address it or registering their cargo.
“No trace of the cargo or crew ever could be found (…) According to Spanish police, on board the ship had half a ton of cocaine and three Venezuelans including Carmelo Vasquez Guerra collaborated course of Joaquin Guzman Loera, leader Sinaloa Cartel.
But traffic takes place not only in this country, drug use has increased among military officers, politicians and other wealthy individuals.
Michael Daniels, a Franciscan priest has seen them all, and is one of the few foreigners brave enough to speak openly.
“People in Bissau are too poor to pay for cocaine or crack,” he says. Military leaders are convinced that Guinea-Bissau is just a transit country for drugs. They see smuggling as a smart way to get a share of world trade, narrates.
It is speculated that some even see it as a subtle form of revenge on the former colonial powers, such as Portugal. “But the market has emerged among the rich,” says Brother Michael. The children of the ruling elite have long since learned to inhale a streak of “coca” he explains, and this is becoming a generation of addicts.