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Senegal probes drug claims against police director

Friday - 7/19/2013, 2:01pm  ET

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Senegal says it is investigating allegations that the national police director has been involved in drug trafficking.

A government statement published Thursday says President Macky Sall wants an investigation of Abdoulaye Niang to be completed soon so that "appropriate measures can be taken."

Abdoulaye Niang served as head of the anti-drug office for 12 years before his transfer to the police force last year. A report prepared by his replacement alleges that during that time, he was implicated in an international drug trafficking ring involving Senegalese and Nigerian dealers.

Niang has not commented on the allegations, first published in local papers this week, and could not be reached Friday.

West Africa is a transit point for Latin American cocaine bound for Europe, but Senegal has had few drug seizures.


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