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Major cocaine cargo seized in paraguayan-brazilian border.

Drugs were hidden in the truck loading

Among the arrests this weekend, the Border Operations Department (FOD) seized the largest quantity of cocaine ever recorded in Mato Grosso do Sul.

Approximately one tonne of the drug was found on Saturday (16), around 23 hours, into a truck during a police blockade, which had logistical support from the State Highway Military Police (SRP).
The Mercedes Benz truck, model L1618, with plates Guaira (PR), stopped at the operational base of the district Amandina , highway BR-276, at the Ivinhema region, carried in the truck, according to the driver, 800 kilos of cocaine. The drug was hidden in the cargo timber. After being sent to the department’s headquarters in Dourados, the drug was weighed and counted, totaling 899 kilograms and 318 grams of cocaine.

According the commander of the DOF, Colonel Joel Martins dos Santos, the police were doing surveillance across the border strip.

The team conducted a thorough examination and inspection of the truck, and after three hours of work, the narcotic was found. “This large seizure made ​​by our department, almost a tonne of cocaine, is very significant and represents the experience and commitment of the officers of the Department, informed the commander of the DOF.

The cocaine could have been bolivian, with destination Europe. the cocaine allegedly came through the cities of Pedro Juan Caballero (Paraguay) and Ponta Pora (Brazil).

Pedro Juan Caballero and Ponta Pora.

Ponta Porã is a municipality located in the brazilian state of Mato Grosso do sul. Its population is 68,317 (2006) and its area is 5,329 km².  It has a dry border with the city of Pedro Juan Caballero in Paraguay.

In regard to illegal drug trafficking, the border towns of Ponta Pora in Brazil and Pedro Juan Caballero in Paraguay are a growing threat of transnational security.

Specially, Pedro Juan Caballero and its surrpundings are under an increasing multinational threat from the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The EPP has close links with the brazilian terrorist organization PCC and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The root of these alliances and consequent violence is largely drug related. Paraguay is a major producer of marijuana, which the country exports in large quantities to neighboring countries, including Brazil.  Paraguay is also a transit territory for bolivian and peruvian cocaine.

Drugs routinely pass through both sides of the porous border in and around cities like Pedro Juan Caballero and Ponta Pora en route to the slums of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and also to be exported to Europe.