Left Menu
Development News Edition

Guinea-Bissau migration agency boss arrested for alleged cocaine trafficking

The head of Guinea-Bissau's migration agency has been arrested for suspected involvement in cocaine trafficking, the police said, becoming one of the most senior officials in the West African country detained in connection with drug smuggling.

Reuters | Bissau | Updated: 15-09-2020 15:45 IST | Created: 15-09-2020 15:41 IST
Guinea-Bissau migration agency boss arrested for alleged cocaine trafficking
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

The head of Guinea-Bissau's migration agency has been arrested for suspected involvement in cocaine trafficking, the police said, becoming one of the most senior officials in the West African country detained in connection with drug smuggling. Guinea-Bissau is a major crossing point for Latin American cocaine bound for Europe. Experts and diplomats say some military and political officials are heavily involved in the trade.

Migration agency boss Colonel Alassana Diallo was taken into custody last Friday, accused of taking 83 capsules of cocaine for himself after they had been seized at the Bissau airport, said Domingos Monteiro, deputy director of the judicial police. Monteiro said that after the drugs were seized by the judicial police in March, national guard soldiers burst into a police station to free the suspected dealer and take the cocaine.

The soldiers said they were acting on orders from their boss, Monteiro said. At the time, Diallo was head of criminal investigations for the national guard. Diallo's lawyer, Carlitos Diedhiou, confirmed his client's arrest but said he could not comment further on the case. He said Diallo would be questioned by prosecutors on Tuesday.

Military officers in Guinea-Bissau have often opposed efforts by the judicial police to crack down on smuggling and have intervened to free suspected traffickers. A former navy chief pleaded guilty in 2014 to conspiring to import narcotics into the United States after he was nabbed in a sting operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Guinea-Bissau police made two of their largest ever cocaine seizures last year, including a 1.8 tonne haul in September. In April, a court convicted 12 people of smuggling the drugs, but the two alleged kingpins of the operation remain at large.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Guinea’s elections hearken back to the autocracy and violence of its past

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Dalit, Tribal girls being raped, murdered in J'khand: Marandi

Senior BJP leader Babulal Marandi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on the Hemant Soren government in Jharkhand, alleging that the law and order situation has collapsed under the incumbent administration and Dalit and Tribal girls are...

FACTBOX-The 10 "Organising Principles" underpinning relaunched UK-EU talks

Britain and the European Union have agreed to resume talks on reaching a trade deal to govern their future relations, setting out a new set of organising principles for intensified talks to begin on Thursday. The principles, as set out in a...

India-Germany flights recommence under bilateral air bubble agreement: Puri

Flight services between India and Germany have recommenced under the bilateral air bubble arrangement, and Lufthansa and Air India will operate 10 and seven flights, respectively, per week, Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said...

Taps and reservoirs run dry as Moroccan drought hits farmers

Two years of drought have drained reservoirs in southern Morocco, threatening crops the region relies on and leading to nightly cuts in tap water for an area that is home to a million people.In a country that relies on farming for two jobs ...

Give Feedback