The United States sent $50 Million in counter-narcotics assistance to the West African region in 2012. The amount of assistance increased from the $7.5 Million sent to the region in 2009.
The level of counterfeit-narcotics spending is increasing by the United States due to the rise in cocaine trafficking. Drug cartels in South America are using the region as a transportation hub for the cocaine that is being trafficked to Europe.
In 2012, the cocaine that was being transported through West Africa was valued at $1.25 Billion.
Source: Kyle Benjamin Schneps, “The United States and Drug Trafficking in Guinea-Bissau,” Council on Foreign Relations, Africa in Transition, June 20, 2013.