Drug Ring that Supplied Uruguayan Soccer Fans Disbanded

By Dialogo
September 11, 2012

A drug trafficking network that was supplying radical supporters of a local soccer team in Uruguay was dismantled in an operation that seized more than 200 kilos of marijuana and arrested 18 people, reported the Uruguayan Ministry of Interior, on September 9.

“Operation Piscis” resulted in “18 people arrested; the seizure of 205 kilos and 200 grams of marijuana; 1,033 grams of hashish; 770 grams of cocaine base and 73 LSD stamps,” the statement pointed out.

Additionally, authorities also seized about 130 dollars, seven vehicles and 14 firearms in an operation that culminated during the weekend in Montevideo, and the neighboring departments of Canelones and San José.

The operation began in March to “confirm and gather evidence on the supply networks and distribution of illicit drugs in the metropolitan area” of the capital, as well as arrest the “hooligans,” who are radical followers of the soccer clubs in the country, the report added.

In August, the Uruguayan police dismantled another drug ring network that was operating in the north of the country and seized 72 kilos of marijuana from Brazil, and 30 kilos of cocaine that arrived from Argentina.

The seizures occurred at a time when the country’s Parliament is discussing a bill of law promoted by President José Mujica, who seeks to legalize the production and sale of marijuana in order to deal with drug trafficking.