French Guiana struggles with scourge of cocaine smuggling
10 October 2022 | 6:20 am
Customs officials in mainland France are grappling with cocaine being smuggled in from the overseas department of French Guiana. At Paris's Orly airport, as many as one in four passengers on flights from French Guiana's capital Cayenne try to smuggle in drugs in exchange for cash.
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