Argentine Gendarmerie Seizes More than 5 Tons of Marijuana
By Juan Delgado/Diálogo October 01, 2020
Between August 10 and 13, the Argentine National Gendarmerie (GNA, in Spanish) seized more than 5.5 tons of marijuana in operations carried out in Misiones province, on the border with Paraguay.
The first operation took place on August 10, Argentina’s Ministry of Security reported in a press release.
“A search began that allowed to find within the vegetation of the pine forest 100 bags with rectangular packages inside containing marijuana. About 200 meters from that finding, [security agents] found another 50 bags,” the Ministry of Security said in the press release. The marijuana seized totaled 4,570 kilograms.
“This operation was able to prevent this enormous amount of illegal drugs from entering the market, while continuing the search for those responsible in order to deepen the lines of criminal investigation and dismantle the entire narcotrafficking organization,” the Ministry of Security said.
The finding, according to reports from the news portal Infobae, was one of the largest stashes of marijuana seized by Argentine security forces in recent history.
Another operation was carried out on August 13 during patrol duties. According to a statement from the GNA, agents observed a suspicious truck and managed to detain the driver. During the inspection, authorities found boxes inside the vehicle containing 1,247 packages, totaling 973 kg of marijuana.