Brazilian Federal Highway Police Seizes About 10 Tons of Marijuana

By Dialogo
March 05, 2015



Brazil’s Federal Highway Police (PRF) seized about 10 tons of marijuana off a truck near the city of São Paulo on February 27, making it possibly the largest bust of its kind in the State of São Paulo’s history.

Police officers pulled over the truck, which had entered the country from neighboring Paraguay, to conduct a search in the municipality of Itapecerica da Serra. Officers became suspicious when they noticed the truck’s license plate indicated the vehicle was from the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu. However, the plate was placed over a tag that showed the vehicle had been registered in the Paraguayan town of Ciudad del Este, which borders Brazil.

The truck’s driver presented paperwork claiming the truck was carrying corn, but officers discovered the vehicle contained bricks of marijuana.

Police arrested the truck driver on narcotrafficking charges.

To put the seizure into perspective, in all of 2014, law enforcement officers seized 12.8 tons of marijuana in the State of São Paulo.

Nicaraguan Army's counter-narcotics successes since 2000


The Nicaraguan Army seized 26,761 kilograms of narcotics and captured 725 suspects on drug-trafficking charges nationwide during the past five years, General Julio César Avilés Castillo, the Army’s Commander In Chief, said on February 28.

During that time, Army Soldiers also dismantled 43 gangs, seized 2,105 illegal firearms and more than 615 vehicles used to transport drugs.

In addition to capturing criminal suspects and seizing drugs and other contraband, the Army has also conducted 715 drills to strengthen the Central American nation’s preparedness for natural disasters, according to Gen. Avilés Castillo.

“Protecting our people is the continuing emphasis of the Army, which will continue to fight drug trafficking and organized crime to help ensure national security,” he told reporters.

In one of the Army’s latest counter-narcotics operations, Soldiers destroyed 11,768 marijuana plants between January 28-30.

The marijuana was being cultivated on a property in the municipality of Waslala in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN). It belonged to five narcotraffickers who opened fire on Soldiers when troops arrived.

Troops returned fire and injured two of the narcotraffickers, Military authorities said.

The Colombian Armed Forces and National Police seize cocaine hydrochloride


The Colombian National Army’s Jungle Brigade No. 27 of the Sixth Division teamed up with the Colombian Navy, Air Force, and National Police to seize 430 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army reported on its website on February 26.

Troops and police seized the cocaine hydrochloride from a cove in the southwestern Department of Putumayo. The cocaine hydrochloride was destined for drug cartel operatives and members of narcotrafficking groups who would have shipped it abroad, according to the Army’s preliminary investigation.

The cocaine hydrochloride, which belonged to the FARC’s 48th Pedro Martínez Front, had a street value of about $12 million.

The Army did not immediately disclose any arrests. Troops with the Jungle Brigade No. 27 will continue to patrol the area and pursue the FARC’s 48th Pedro Martínez Front and its leadership.


Brazil’s Federal Highway Police (PRF) seized about 10 tons of marijuana off a truck near the city of São Paulo on February 27, making it possibly the largest bust of its kind in the State of São Paulo’s history.

Police officers pulled over the truck, which had entered the country from neighboring Paraguay, to conduct a search in the municipality of Itapecerica da Serra. Officers became suspicious when they noticed the truck’s license plate indicated the vehicle was from the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu. However, the plate was placed over a tag that showed the vehicle had been registered in the Paraguayan town of Ciudad del Este, which borders Brazil.

The truck’s driver presented paperwork claiming the truck was carrying corn, but officers discovered the vehicle contained bricks of marijuana.

Police arrested the truck driver on narcotrafficking charges.

To put the seizure into perspective, in all of 2014, law enforcement officers seized 12.8 tons of marijuana in the State of São Paulo.

Nicaraguan Army's counter-narcotics successes since 2000


The Nicaraguan Army seized 26,761 kilograms of narcotics and captured 725 suspects on drug-trafficking charges nationwide during the past five years, General Julio César Avilés Castillo, the Army’s Commander In Chief, said on February 28.

During that time, Army Soldiers also dismantled 43 gangs, seized 2,105 illegal firearms and more than 615 vehicles used to transport drugs.

In addition to capturing criminal suspects and seizing drugs and other contraband, the Army has also conducted 715 drills to strengthen the Central American nation’s preparedness for natural disasters, according to Gen. Avilés Castillo.

“Protecting our people is the continuing emphasis of the Army, which will continue to fight drug trafficking and organized crime to help ensure national security,” he told reporters.

In one of the Army’s latest counter-narcotics operations, Soldiers destroyed 11,768 marijuana plants between January 28-30.

The marijuana was being cultivated on a property in the municipality of Waslala in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN). It belonged to five narcotraffickers who opened fire on Soldiers when troops arrived.

Troops returned fire and injured two of the narcotraffickers, Military authorities said.

The Colombian Armed Forces and National Police seize cocaine hydrochloride


The Colombian National Army’s Jungle Brigade No. 27 of the Sixth Division teamed up with the Colombian Navy, Air Force, and National Police to seize 430 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army reported on its website on February 26.

Troops and police seized the cocaine hydrochloride from a cove in the southwestern Department of Putumayo. The cocaine hydrochloride was destined for drug cartel operatives and members of narcotrafficking groups who would have shipped it abroad, according to the Army’s preliminary investigation.

The cocaine hydrochloride, which belonged to the FARC’s 48th Pedro Martínez Front, had a street value of about $12 million.

The Army did not immediately disclose any arrests. Troops with the Jungle Brigade No. 27 will continue to patrol the area and pursue the FARC’s 48th Pedro Martínez Front and its leadership.
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