Earnings for a Cocaine and Cigarette Smuggler in Timbuktu

In Northern Mali, a cigarette smuggler is paid $200 (100,000- CFA Francs) for a single trip transporting tobacco across the Sahara Desert.  If the same smuggler is transporting cocaine, then the smuggler would be paid $2,000.

(All under the table jobs and criminal income.)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that up to 18 tonnes of cocaine is smuggled through West Africa on its way to Europe. The cocaine has a street value of $1.25 Billion.

(See the price of cocaine per gram worldwide.)

Source:  Afua Hirsch, “Cocaine flows through Sahara as al-Qaida cashes in on lawlessness,” Guardian, May 2, 2013.