The US Navy, in cooperation with Interpol and authorities in the West African island nation of Cape Verde, has six tons cocaine confiscated from a ship. The value of the confiscated drugs is estimated at $350 million (320 million euros), the US high command responsible for Africa said on Thursday. The drugs were seized on April 1 from the Brazilian-flagged ship in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa.
Seven crew members were arrested. According to the UN agency for combating drugs and crime (UNDOC), West Africa is one of the hubs of international drug cartels. According to UNDOC, dozens of tons are lost every year cocainesmuggled to Europe from South America via West African countries. The island state of Cape Verde, which is popular with tourists and has a population of over 500,000, is a central point on the drug route.