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Paraguay not equipped to fight drug trafficking.

Americas Security News .- images Paraguay

Americas Security News .- images Paraguay

According to a report published by paraguayan newspaper ABC , Mr. Luis Rojas the nominated new head of Paraguay’s anti-narcotics agency SENAD has admitted the scale of the country’s drug trafficking problem, and said officials had decided to “lie less” about the scale of drug trafficking in the country.

According to ABC, Rojas affirmed three statements:

a) Paraguay is not well equipped to deal with drug trafficking,

b) Paraguay only controlls approximately 2 percent of the country’s airspace,

c)  Paraguay lack a legal framework granting them powers to intercept suspected drug flights.

e) Paraguay has problems to control the country’s role as a transit route for Bolivian cocaine travelling to Brazil and other destinations.

The incoming drug czar also acknowledged that the issue goes beyond the fact that Paraguay is the region´s biggest marijuana producer.

Rojas was appointed by the new president of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes.

During the electoral campaign Cartes was accused  of being involved in smuggling, money laundering, and the drug trade, for which he allegedly has been investigated by security forces in Paraguay and the United States.