The Living Force
Inside Belgium's war on cocaine gangs making Antwerp Europe's drug smuggling capital
Jan 31, 2023
Jan 31, 2023
Excerpts from Health Canada today (June 1, 2022):
B.C. receives exemption to decriminalize possession of some illegal drugs for personal use - Canada.caThe federal Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health and BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions are announcing the granting of a time-limited exemption for three years under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) so that adults in the province of...www.canada.ca
But today, we’ll be looking at the opposite argument: That B.C.’s decriminalization plan could well just make everything worse.
Four Brazilian drug smugglers were apprehended by French authorities at the port of Marseilles for trafficking 95 kilograms of cocaine. Disguised as tourists aboard the cruise ship COSTA FAVOLOSA, the individuals were aged between 26 and 31.
The vessel had embarked from Savona, Italy, and had a scheduled stop in France before continuing its journey to Morocco.
On May 2nd, while conducting routine bag checks for passengers disembarking, authorities at the port of Marseilles grew suspicious of a couple posing as travelers. Their attention was drawn to the couple's unusually large bag, intended for a brief excursion onshore during the port call.
Upon realizing that their bags were subject to inspection, the couple hastily retreated back onto the ship. Later, the woman reappeared, carrying a small bag. When approached by the authorities, she impulsively threw the bag over the rail and into the harbor.
The bag was promptly recovered, yielding 8.4 kilograms of cocaine. This discovery provided sufficient grounds for the authorities to search the woman's cabin. The search uncovered additional information about two other smugglers and revealed that a Brazilian drug cartel had orchestrated the operation, covering the expenses for the cabins and the smugglers' needs. In one of the cabins, a suitcase containing 86.4 kilograms of cocaine was found, bringing the total confiscated amount to 95 kilograms, with an estimated value of approximately $5 million.
Further investigation by the police revealed that two of the smugglers had already transported an undisclosed quantity of cocaine to an Airbnb apartment before being apprehended. Unfortunately, by the time the authorities arrived at the location, the suitcase had disappeared, although the suspects were eventually tracked down and arrested.