Apr 21, 2023
Cocaine smuggling submarine reveals Europe's drug crisis
I'm about to climb into the first "Narco-sub" known to have brought cocaine from South America to Europe. It's thought hundreds of homemade submarines have been launched towards Europe, which is the biggest cocaine market after the US, and one that's growing rapidly after a Covid pandemic slump. "It's the first time in Europe that we found as much as one and a half tonnes of base cocaine paste." The United Nations drug agency says cocaine production increased by a third between 2020 and 2021, which was a record high and the biggest year-to-year increase since 2016. Belgium's cocaine crisis is Europe's cocaine crisis, and the UN is now warning rival international gangs are working together like never before.
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