UN reports ‘alarming’ trends in drug trafficking in Africa

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. drugs and crime chief says his office is registering “new, alarming trends” in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability to govern, security, economic growth and public health.

Yuri Fedotov told the Security Council on Wednesday that criminal networks have expanded their activities from transporting cocaine and heroin through Africa to Europe and other destinations and are now engaged in trafficking other opioids.

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