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The World Trade Center of Cocaine

28 JAN 2022 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

A week after InSight Crime revealed how the port of Santos in Brazil had become the “world trade center” for cocaine shipments, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), one of the world’s largest container transport firms, slashed its operations at the port, due to fears of criminal penetration. MSC and numerous other shipping companies have been the repeated victims of drug cartels sneaking billions of dollars’ worth of cocaine onto their cargo containers. InSight Crime’s report on the port of Santos was picked up by numerous media outlets in BrazilRussiaChinathe NetherlandsIreland and beyond. In its 2021 investigation, The Cocaine Pipeline to Europe, InSight Crime uncovered how drug traffickers infiltrate ports to access a staggering array of maritime routes and shift record amounts of cocaine to North America, Europe and beyond. 

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