African gangs play big role in drugs trade

West African gangs based in Ireland are now ‘‘major players’’ in the commercial drugs trade, according to the state’s top customs drug officer. Michael Colgan, head of the customs drug unit, described the African organised crime gangs based here as ‘

17th March, 2007

West African gangs based in Ireland are now ‘‘major players’’ in the commercial drugs trade, according to the state’s top customs drug officer. Michael Colgan, head of the customs drug unit, described the African organised crime gangs based here as ‘‘highly sophisticated, clever and adaptable’’.

‘‘The development of west Africans as major suppliers of drugs, initially cannabis and now cocaine, coming into Ireland is the...

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