Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering, and Political-Criminal Nexus in Africa

Obi N.I. Ebbe, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

This study investigates the origins and sources of narcotics drug in Africa, the types of narcotics drugs found in Africa, the users, the dealers, the transit nature of the African ports, and where else the drugs go from Africa. This research also looks at the economic conditions that led to the youths resort to drug smuggling, the legal aspects of narcotics drug control in Africa, the role of African political leaders in drug trafficking enterprise, and money laundering aspect of narcotics drug smuggling in Africa. The paper finds out that in the wake of high rate of High School and University graduates unemployment in Africa, narcotics drug trafficking became the only living option for many. Also in the eclipse of oil boom, the long drought that decimated livestock and the entire agricultural economy, and the subsequent recession that followed coupled with the greediness of the powerful, political-criminal nexus proliferated. The paper suggests solutions for the control of narcotics drug trafficking enterprise, and concludes that only through radical international cooperation will narcotics drug trafficking be ameliorated.

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