Mali’s Drug Problems Are Its Silent Enemy


While repeated attacks by extremist groups and inter-communal violence continue to fuel insecurity in Mali, the country is confronting another enemy – drugs. Earlier this year, the Mali anti-drug body – Office central des stupéfiants, or OCS – seized nearly three tons of cannabis hidden in a truck of goods reportedly coming from Ghana via Cote d’Ivoire. In October 2017, someone attempting to bring nearly 1.4 kg of cocaine into the country was arrested at Bamako International Airport. This follows a series of similar interceptions at that airport in 2016 and 2017. Also in October 2017, cannabis fields were discovered in the southern region of Sikasso. Mali’s Drug Problems Are Its Silent Enemy

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