Benin seizes 18-kg cocaine shipment at port

Authorities in Benin seized 18 kilogrammes of cocaine found in a shipping container at the port of the commercial capital Cotonou, the head of the maritime military police Boris Tchilao said on Friday, Reuters reports.

Tchilao said that the cocaine was found in a shipment belonging to a local businessman on Thursday.

West Africa has for more than a decade been a major transit point for cocaine grown in Latin America on its way to Europe due to its porous borders and corrupt officials, according to Reuters.

Policing of maritime routes in the past few years has helped drastically reduce the volume of cocaine transiting through West Africa.