Aussie sailors found 1,032 kilograms of heroin hidden between sacks of cement on a dhow—a slim fishing boat—sailing between Somalia and Kenya.
Maybe one the largest heroin seizures ever in Africa, the operation highlights the continent’s growing role as a hub for the international drug trade—a trade that intersects with the trafficking of people and weapons. The profits often flow to terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.
Heroin is probably only the third most important drug being trafficked in Africa. The illicit trade of cocaine garners the most media attention, but in terms of global importance, cannabis actually tops the list.