Argentina: Security Forces Deal Consecutive Blows to Narcotrafficking
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 29, 2020
In only two weeks, the Argentine Gendarmerie and Naval Prefecture seized more than 1,500 kilograms of drugs and dismantled different narcotrafficking gangs.
On July 18, during a patrol on National Route 12, Gendarmerie officers chased a suspicious vehicle and found 698 kg of cannabis. The vehicle’s driver fled the scene.
On July 13, Gendarmerie officers disrupted a gang that operated in La Rioja province. They detained eight individuals (including the leader) and seized 23 kg of marijuana, six vehicles, 11 motorbikes, one revolver, scales, and cell phones.
In another operation on July 9, the Gendarmerie seized drugs hidden among bushes along National Route 12, in Corrientes province. “Seven hundred and twenty packages of marijuana weighing more than 683 kg were seized,” the Argentine Ministry of Security said in a press release.
That same day, the Naval Prefecture seized a shipment of marijuana from Paraguay in the city of Puerto Libertad, Misiones province. A Paraguayan vessel crossed the Paraná River, which marks the border between both countries, stopped 500 meters from the Puerto Carolina area, and returned to its country of origin. “Troops immediately went to that location and found, scattered along the coast, several packages containing 249 bags of marijuana weighing almost 190 kg,” the Prefecture said in a statement.
On July 6, Gendarmerie officers dismantled a gang whose two leaders operated from the Melincué prison, in Santa Fe province, where they are being held for narcotrafficking. The group would obtain drugs in the Buenos Aires province and sell them in the town of Venado Tuerdo, Santa Fe, through the leaders’ partners, Argentinian newspaper La Capital reported online.
To disrupt the organization, agents carried out 15 raids in Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. “We seized vehicles, cash, cell phones, cocaine, and marijuana,” the Gendarmerie said.