HomeNewsBriefGuinea Bissau's Top Military Leader Charged After 'FARC' Sting Operation

Guinea Bissau's Top Military Leader Charged After 'FARC' Sting Operation


New York prosecutors have charged the head of Guinea Bissau's armed forces with conspiring to traffic drugs and provide weapons for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), following a DEA sting operation.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antonio Indjai and his co-conspirators began meeting with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) informants posing as members of the FARC in June 2012.  He allegedly agreed to store and ship FARC cocaine and to purchase weapons, including surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), for the rebels.

Unlike several of Indjai's co-conspirators, who were arrested by U.S. authorities in international waters on April 2, Indjai remains at large in Guinea Bissau, reported Reuters. According to the AFP, Indjai is now the eighth Guinean charged by New York prosecutors.

InSight Crime Analysis

From the information now available, it appears Indjai and his co-conspirators did not make contact with genuine FARC operatives. Although this does not rule out a FARC presence in West Africa, it casts doubt on the widely publicized claims the FARC was using such connections to buy surface to air missiles and instead it appears it was the DEA posing as the FARC who requested the advanced weaponry.

The charges against Indjai, who led a military coup in April 2012 that overthrew the civilian government, show that drug-related corruption in Guinea Bissau has permeated the highest levels of government. Local human rights activists say that drug trafficking in Guinea Bissau has significantly increased in the wake of the coup, and the DEA characterized Indjai's rule a "sprawling drug and terror regime."

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.


What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.


Related Content

COLOMBIA / 13 APR 2016

Clashes between leftist guerillas and a neo-paramilitary organized crime group in the Colombian province of Antioquia may foreshadow the violent…


In the little over four years that Felipe Calderon has been president of Mexico, the Mexican government has registered 34,162…


Nestor Gregorio Vera Fernández, alias “Iván Mordisco,” is currently one of southern Colombia’s principal criminals. Until 2016 he served as…

About InSight Crime


Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…


InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…


Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…


Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…


Informing US State Department and European Union

1 APR 2022

InSight Crime Co-director McDermott briefed the US State Department and other international players on the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuela and the implication this has for both nations.  McDermott…