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Cocaine could destabilize Guinea-Bissau

Cocaine trafficking could become the biggest source of income in impoverished Guinea-Bissau, dwarfing all other economic sectors combined, a top U.N official said. The influx of drug money, it is feared, could destabilize the coup-prone country. West Africa has increasingly become a transit point for South American cocaine on its way to Europe, and international narcotics officers say Guinea-Bissau is an important player. It has meant billions of dollars are flowing through a poor nation of 1.5 million with a small police force whose minuscule economy has traditionally been driven by cashew, fish and peanut exports that only total around $100 million annually. Full Story

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