Africa is often the forgotten continent for things like drug trafficking. But just look around the news, the African continent plays a critical role in the global illicit drug market. It’s growing. And no more so than in East and Southern Africa.
As global trade has exploded, African organized criminal networks have established relationships with other criminal organizations around the world from the PCC in Brazil to the Comancheros Bikie Gang in New Zealand.
Over the course of a few years, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime has produced three papers covering the major illicit drug markets in the region – cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine (crystal meth). These papers cover the movement and transiting of drugs but also the domestic markets – and the findings are that you find drugs everywhere, in coastal cities and rural villages.
In this episode, we talk about all three illicit drugs, the markets, those involved, and the users themselves.
Jason Eligh, Senior Expert, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
x2 Anonyomous researchers (Kenya, South Africa)
Happy Assan, Drug Researcher, Tanzania