To say drug trafficking is the most widespread and lucrative organized crime across the world is like stating the obvious. Large trafficking organizations dominate the illicit drug market which makes it relatively impossible for policy makers to eradicate drug trafficking worldwide.
According to United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, the dynamics of illicit drug trafficking have shifted to the extent that West Africa is no longer just a transit point but a growing destination with more than a million users of hard drugs. In fact, the U.N Security Council recently called for greater regional cooperation against traffickers after observing that nothing less than $1.2 billion worth of cocaine passes through the region’s porous borders each year.
For the past five years, 65% of West African drug barons arrested in Europe were Nigerians. The most populous black nation of the world has been enmeshed in illegal drug trafficking since the1980s. Despite stringent efforts by successive governments in the country to curb the menace, drug barons have continued to grow in leaps and bounds. The burgeoning narcotics trade has remained unloaded. Even after the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) was established in 1990 to clamp down on them, the agency’s effort of fighting the scourge is not enough to discourage the dealers.
As active and as vigilant the drug enforcement agency is in the country today, drug traffickers seem not to be sleeping in finding ways of beating the eagle eyes of the NDLEA. Those who know informed us that these days, Nigerian drug barons have concocted new methods to transport cocaine and heroine to various destinations.
It was learnt that the traffickers now convert cocaine and heroin into liquid. Sources within NDLEA say some of the seized drugs were dissolved in water and absorbed into towels and a T-shirt. Others were industrially packed in tin foods, body cream pack and a host of other industrial products that are sealed to represent a particular brand.