|File:Location Cape Verde AU Africa.svg|
|Formation||5 July 1975|
|Location||West Africa, Africa|
|Member of||African Union, La Francophonie, Organisation of African Unity, UN|
|African island nation. Independence from Portugal in 1975.|
"By the 1990s, Cape Verde had become a hub for fast-growing narcotics traffic, echoing its past importance as a trans-Atlantic staging post for the slave trade, ocean-going steamers and early commercial aviation. Its jagged coastlines and 300,000 square-mile maritime zone resemble a smugglers’ paradise."
2019 Cape Verde Drug bust
In 2019, 11 Russian sailors were arrested after Cape Verde police found 9.5 or 9.6 tons of cocaine after their Panama-flagged vessel docked at the port of Praia for legal reasons following the death of a crew member.
This is reported to have an estimated value of $720 million, or the equivalent of 41 percent of Cape Verde’s annual GDP.