Guinea steps up fight to stamp out increasing drug related crimes

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Guinea’s Prime Minister Ahmed Tidiane Souaré, said Friday that his government was determined to stamp out drugs and drug-related crimes
in the country. Addressing his maiden press conference, Souaré said efforts were being made to ensure that Guinea did not become a transit point for drug couriers, peddlers and barons. He said the government had made the “war” against drug trafficking a priority and explained that as a first step towards winning the war, the military personnel and civilians suspected to have allowed some drug traffickers land and take off from Boke, northern Guinea, by air had been arrested and were being prosecuted. He said that the suspects were arrested early this month. Earlier in the month of July, the Executive director of the UN office for fight against drugs and crimes (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, indicated, during a mission that Guinea was one of the countries used by drug traffickers as transit points into the West African sub-region. He said at the time that 10% of the unlawfully marketed cocaine (the equivalent of 1.000 tonnes), pass through several west African countries, including Guinea.

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