Sunday, July 6, 2008

Togo's zero tolerance towards drugs

For the second time in the past 10 days, Colombian police say they have arrested a kingpin of a major cocaine cartel.

According to the police, Oscar Veral Carcia commanded a "group of hired assassins" working for the infamous Norte del Valle cartel.

'Capachivo' - as he is also known - is on Washington's most wanted list of cocaine traffickers.

Drug trafficking is also a problem across the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa.

Police in the west African state of Togo, are cracking down on drug traffickers and implementing a policy of zero tolerance when it comes to this growing problem.

Last month, 24 million dollars worth of narcotics were seized by the Togolese security forces and destroyed.

Drug trafficking through Africa is not a new phenomenon; however West Africa is increasingly becoming a hub for smuggling narcotics because of lax policing.

The small nation of Togo is battling a rise in drug-related crimes as Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports.