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Vol 50 No 24

Published 4th December 2009


Drugs and thugs

Interpol is investigating the fate of a Boeing jet carrying some 10 tonnes of cocaine which landed in Mali on 2 November and may have been deliberately destroyed. The Boeing had taken off from Venezuela, according to Alexandre Schmidt, Director of the regional office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) West Africa, although its cargo was probably loaded in Colombia. Eye witnesses say the jet landed on a makeshift strip some nine miles from Gao, in an area controlled by insurgents, and unloaded cocaine and other drugs.

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