Drug gangs are now using airplanes to smuggle cocaine. It seems as though this method of running drugs has become a new trend in the world of drug smuggling. South American gangs are purchasing old airplanes and jets and then cramming them full of cocaine. The war on drugs has become an epidemic!Â Drugs areÂ consuming and quickly deteriorating the minds and bodies of our younger generation these days.
According to United States indictments, at least three gangs have struck deals to fly drugs to West Africa and from there to Europe. Scott Decker, a criminology professor at Arizona State University, stated, â€œThe new air route is remarkable because of the distances involved and the complexity of flying big jets.â€ Decker is a professor who studies smuggling methods.
Large airplanes can cross the Atlantic Ocean without being seen due to the fact that there is no radar coverage over the area. Somehow, that isnâ€™t surprising.Â It isÂ more thanÂ a 3,000 mileÂ flight from South America to West Africa. A Drug Enforcement Administration informantÂ stated that a trafficker fromÂ Sierra LeoneÂ said, "The sky's the limit."
The demand for cocaine in Europe has significantly risen over the past decade. It is reported that South American gangs are turning to airplanes because European authorities have been intercepting more boat shipments along the African coast.
ThisÂ latest fashion of using airplanes to smuggle drugs across the Atlantic Ocean is going to a create a new dilemma for authorities. With no radar coverage, and the simple fact that airplanes can land on virtually any flat piece of ground, apprehension of these drug gangs are going to be increasingly difficult. With informants already sharing information, it seems as though investigators have a pretty good start.