An article from The Dispatch also contains an explanation of “black cocaine” and why authorities should worry about charcoal exports.  The latter point arises after a raid found Colombian cartels in the Netherlands turning charcoal-camouflaged cocaine briquettes (such as used for barbecues) back into drugs. It warns that charcoal — a key Latin American and African export — is fast becoming a cover for cocaine. “Black cocaine” is the compound used to turn cocaine into charcoal briquettes.  The ruse is not new, seizures go back to at least 2012.  The article warns that Hezbollah’s involvement in the Latin American drug trade was not a small sideshow by loosely affiliated individuals but a multibillion-dollar worldwide operation orchestrated by top officials within Hezbollah’s inner circle that involved close cooperation between the terrorist group and the cartels.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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