Angolan woman arrested in Casablanca, Morocco for trafficking cocaine
November 28, 2018 | Brainwave Science
A woman who flew in from Sao Paulo was taken into custody shortly after she landed in Casablanca, Morocco. The 46-year-old woman of Angolan descent was taken to Rochd University Hospital Center for medical examination.
Morocco has been witnessing a high inflow of cocaine from South America. A 541-kilogram shipment from Brazil was intercepted earlier this year. The shipment was bound for Casablanca. In 2017, the Rabat Police seized 2.4 tons of contraband. Due to strict checking for drugs along the US-Mexico border, Drug cartels in Latin America have begun to smuggle drugs through Africa and Europe instead.
The drugs arrive in the coastal port cities of North and West Africa and are then transported into Europe across the Mediterranean. The traffickers view this route as a safer alternative than attempting to transport the drugs across the heavily-watched US-Mexico border.
Morocco is a popular transit point for the traffickers because of its proximity to Spain and the rest of Europe, which is just across the narrow Strait of Gibraltar.
Mules are usually poor people from developing nations in Africa. The mules are often caught but, the investigators find it difficult to eliminate the top bosses in drug operations.
In 2018, Moroccan police have arrested a Frenchman with 3 kilograms of cocaine, a Lithuanian man with about 8.5 kilograms, and a woman from Sierra Leone with 1.5 kilograms, all at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport.
Africa is the new route of drug trafficking from Latin America. The African intermediaries who introduce drugs in Europe belong to criminal organizations related to governments with direct links to terrorism and arms trade. According to the Police community of Americas (Ameripol), 30% of the cocaine destined for Europe passes through the African route. Africa has become the key point on the world drug map for the past five years.
Drug Trafficking investigators can benefit enormously by the information possessed by the arrested drug mules. Most of the information is tacit and cannot be vocalised. Here, interrogation, DNA, fingerprinting and polygraph tests fail to gather crucial information. We all agree that the mules have gone through an experience from meeting the handler, then hiding and transporting the contraband, to hand it over at the destination. This experience is embedded in their memory in the form of faces, dates, places, names etc. However, it is extremely difficult to efficiently extract this information through an interrogative technique.
If all this information is extracted and effectively corroborated with accounts of other mules, then the modus operandi can be uncovered and the criminals involved can be identified.
It is great news that a modern tool provided by Brainwave Science, called iCognative can not only help improve the intelligence-gathering process but also deliver immensely accurate results. iCognative is designed for investigative agencies which want to move ahead from traditional investigative methods. iCognative is a highly customizable technology which is not only applicable to Human And Drug Trafficking but also to disciplines such as National Security, Immigration Control, Counter-Terrorism, Border Security and Law Enforcement. Using this technology, investigators can determine if the subject has awareness of specific crime-related information is stored in a testee’s memory or not.
The test is usually 45 minutes long, where the brain responses are recorded and analysed. In the test, gathered evidence related to drug trafficking, such names of the towns and ports of transit, pictures of the contraband, pictures of known handlers. CCTV footage of mules etc is flashed on a screen. The subject observes these and his brain responds differently depending on whether the subject is aware of the stimuli or not. The test can help enormously in solving the case of drug trafficking throughout Africa. There is no interaction between the administrator of the test and the testee. This makes the test immune to the subjective opinion of the test administrator. The test is known to report no false positives or false negatives. The system is 99.9% accurate in its analysis and results. The system indicates at the end of the test as to whether the information is ‘present’ or it is ‘absent’ in the testee’s brain.
Brainwave Science’s iCognative is a very cost-effective technique which can significantly stop drug trafficking through Africa and Europe. Agencies tackling drug trafficking must use iCognative, to narrow down to the real culprits, and also reverse-engineer the entire criminal networks behind this menace.
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