Guinea-Bissau: Largest drug seizure in country’s history on election eve

Guinean-Judiciary-Police.jpgThe Guinean Judiciary Police seized about 800 kilos of cocaine on the outskirts of the capital, Bissau, on Saturday (09). Four suspects were arrested.

On the eve of the country’s legislative elections, Guinea-Bissau’s Judiciary Police (PJ) made the biggest drug seizure in its history on Saturday: about 800 kilos of cocaine.

According to information from Lusa, the drug was hidden in a false bottom, several 30-pound bags in black packages, and followed in a lorry loaded with fish. It will have arrived in the country by sea and was placed in the truck that was in a warehouse near the capital.

“It was a crazy day, we did not sleep, no one believed in us, in our information, but we did it,” he told Lusa, one of six operatives who had been in charge for two months.

The cocaine now seized, “with a high degree of purity,” weighed 789 pounds. Information from the Guinean PJ indicates that in 2007, 650 kilograms were seized, which makes it the biggest seizure ever.

In the police operation, which lasted two weeks, four suspects were detained: one Senegalese, two Nigerians and one Guinean.

Guinea Bissau is holding 10 March parliamentary elections where some 761,000 voters are expected to choose the new parliament, and it is hoped that the election will end a political crisis lasting more than three years.