More Than 700 Kilos of Marijuana Seized in Uruguay

By Dialogo
January 14, 2011

Two Argentines and three Uruguayans were detained in Uruguay early in the morning on 12 January, as part of an anti-drug operation that resulted in the seizure of more than seven hundred kilos of marijuana, the Interior Ministry announced.

As part of the operation, coordinated by the General Directorate for the Suppression of Illicit Drug Trafficking, a car with one occupant transporting 702.675 kilos of marijuana, worth around 700,000 dollars, was stopped near the city of Young (in northwestern Uruguay).

Another car was stopped as part of the operation near the city of Trinidad (188 km northwest of Montevideo), with four alleged members of the same gang, two of them Argentines.

According to the statement issued by the Interior Ministry, the detainees are alleged to be members of an organization responsible for supplying the local illicit market with significant amounts of drugs and that was trying to bring this shipment of marijuana into the country’s capital.

The detainees were turned over to the judicial authorities.