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Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Spain’s National Police force, head of the anti-drug, said that Spain has become the main gateway into Europe, for cocaine and hashish trafficking and Latin American drug rings can rely on the help of strong local networks in Africa to help move their narcotics to Europe.
Rodriguez said in a statement: “Traffickers have money on their side, a lack of scruples and they can develop their activities without limit. We have found that groups in the region, such as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb cooperate with them, they get paid to transport drugs to North Africa, Spain is closed enough to Morocco and its easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, make it a natural entry point for drug shipments for all of Europe”.
From northwestern coast of Galicia and from the southern port of Cadiz, the drugs arrive in the country, from Latin America and after it is shipped overland by truck to France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez-Diaz, reported that last year, that Spain seized 20.7 tonnes of cocaine, 24.9 percent more than in the previous year and 325.5 tonnes of hashish, down 8.5 percent from 2011 which mean 41.21 percent of the total amount of cocaine, that was seized in Europe last year and 73.69 percent of the hashish.
Susanne Gratius, specialized in European affairs said: “Very often drugs no longer arrive directly from Latin America, instead they pass through Africa using the traditional routes for hashish trafficking, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal are countries used by traffickers to get cocaine from Latin America to Spain”.
She added that in the 1980′s the Colombians dominated the trade, which now been substituted by Mexicans and the consumers in Europe are at the moment growing, which increased the drug traffickers interest for the demand of cocaine.
In US the demand for drugs has reduced by 33 percent and in Europe have doubled.
The traffickers are always looking for new tactics to bring in the drugs and even live animals have been used, including a Labrador dog which had been stuffed with packages of cocaine inside its body, but the favourite tactics to hide the drugs stay the banana shipments, because the perishable goods, have to leave quickly.