|A global cocaine trafficking hub in West Africa|
The Telegraph reports that cocaine trafficking was legal in Sierra Leone until 2008. As a result of this, and "airspace and coastline virtually unguarded" is has become a major hub of cocaine trafficking.
Serious Organised Crime Agency involvement
The Telegraph reports that "Britain remains Sierra Leone's biggest bilateral aid donor, giving £40 million [in 2008]" and that the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency has been in effective charge of seized cocaine.
Andrei Fursov stated in 2014 that "Cocaine is transferred to Sierra Leone, where it is exchanged for diamonds. With the diamonds they purchase arms. This triangle - Hezbollah, Syria, Iran - gets in the way of the Americans. They take the view, correctly, that eliminating Syria as an Arab partner of Iran, whether relations with Iran are good or bad, Iran will be weaker, and it will be easier to get an agreement with them. The removal of the Assad regime therefore became objective No.1 for the Americans. Likewise for Saudi Arabia and Israel."
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