On June 25, 2021, agents of the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) carried out a major operation to incinerate more than 10 tons of narcotics in the municipality of Mundo Novo, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS).
In early 2021, the PF had already destroyed more than 9 tons of drugs in the Guaíra region, Paraná, at the border with Paraguay and MS. Now, in a similar operation in the same region, the PF incinerated 9 tons of marijuana, 16 kilograms of skunk marijuana, 131 kg of crack, and 492 kg of cocaine.
The PF Chief of Police in Guaíra, Mário Sérgio, pointed out that, “because Guaíra is located in the border region, it has higher rates of drug trafficking, but the Federal Police has a very strong presence there.”
As part of the process, during the week of June 20-26, authorities carried out several operations in strategic locations, both on the highways that cut through the region, as well as on rivers and the Itaipu Lake.
In the early hours of June 20, during a joint operation between the PF and security forces in Pato Bragado, Paraná, authorities seized more than 740 kg of marijuana, while the cargo was being unloaded on the shores of Itaipu Lake.
In another joint operation, this time in Guaíra, which involved the PF, the Paraná Military Police, and Brazilian Army service members, an additional 473 kg of marijuana were seized on a vessel that crossed the Paraná River between Paraguay and Brazil.
In 2020, the PF incinerated more than 60 tons of narcotics.