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Libya Now The Port Of Choice For GIANT Ships Of Drugs

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

Libya is now a major drug trafficking juncture to Europe, after the 2011 U.S. and NATO interventions.

European officials seized over 280 tons of hashish valued at over 3.2 billion dollars between 2013-2015 off massive freighters that departed from Libya. The same officials told The New York Times that the old drug routes involved small boats shuttling back and forth across the Strait of Gibraltar between Morocco and Spain.

The NATO intervention in Libya spawned a civil war, a failed state, and the largest Islamic State affiliate outside of Iraq and Syria. The government collapse is allowing traffickers to take advantage of the vast swaths of ungoverned space. Investigators are particularly worried because the drugs appear to make their way through territory that ISIS has controlled in the past.

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