Monday, May 11, 2009

MAOC-N: Europe's Response to Cocaine Invasion

The Lisbon, Portugal-based Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) (MAOC-N), founded by Britain, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, France, Holland and Italy in September, 2008, is Europe's leading organization addressing the flow of cocaine to it from Latin America.

An organization so new there currently is no Wikipedia entry for it, MAOC-N and it head, Tim Manhire, have been featured by the British Telegraph.

Recently, MAOC-N played a leading role in a widely reported $400 million cocaine seizure of a yacht, Dances with Waves, that was attempting to smuggle the narcotic from near Venezuela. The South Devon Herald Express provides a timeline of that operation.

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