Senegal: Ringleader of foiled June-drug-trafficking at Dakar port surrenders to justice
The mainstay in the busted trafficking of nearly 800 kg of drug in June at Dakar port has surrendered himself to authorities as Mexican and Brazilian cartels threaten to kill him over the foiled operation, reports say.
At large since late June when security forces seized 798 kg of cocaine hidden in 15 brand new cars put in a consignment from Brazil, Ibrahima Thiam aka Toubey, believed to the ringleader of the trafficking, turned himself in to the Justice.
Toubey reportedly on Monday admitted to his involvement in the busted illicit operation. He has been detained and charged for belonging to a crime syndicate in view of committing an offence.
Toubey decided to surrender to authorities to avoid being killed as his Brazilian and Mexican partners threaten to kill him.
Besides Toubey, security forces have detained two other members of the ring, namely V.Diop and M. Ndiaye, both of them forwarding agents at the port.
The two men are suspected for stealing 80kg of cocaine that went missing from the June seizure.
15 people had already been detained as part of investigations.
Aside from the 798kg, customs also seized additional quantities of cocaine in the same month of June, making the total seizure to reach 1,027kg.
Authorities in 2007 made their biggest ever confiscation after they seized 2.4 tons of cocaine in Mbour, in Thiès region.
Several Latino Americans, including Colombians, Ecuadorians and Venezuelans were arrested and sentenced to prison.