Paraguay: Narcotics Agents Destroy More than 9 Tons of Marijuana Bound for Brazil
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 06, 2020
The Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) has strengthened operations against narcotraffickers who send drugs to Brazil. On June 19, agents raided a rural property in Yby Yaú, Concepción department, and destroyed more than 9 metric tons of marijuana bound for the neighboring country.
On site, agents seized 122 kilograms of marijuana divided into 14 bags, 500 kg of marijuana hidden underground, and 7 kg of seeds. Authorities also destroyed 3 hectares of marijuana crops, equivalent to 9,000 kg of the drug.
“This means the destruction of 9,622 kg of marijuana that was apparently prepared for the Brazilian market,” SENAD said in a press release. The Paraguayan Ministry of Justice ordered the destroyed plantations to be incinerated.
In a joint operation on June 18, the Paraguayan Navy and SENAD arrested a minor who was attempting to send 65 kg of marijuana to Brazil, when service members were patrolling the riverine area known as the San Miguel district.
“The minor was apparently waiting for a vessel to take a marijuana shipment to Brazil on the Paraná River,” SENAD reported. Part of the drug was pressed, while the rest was vacuum-packed chopped marijuana.
On June 14, narcotics officers seized a marijuana cache at another rural property in Yby Yaú that was also being prepared for shipment to the neighboring country. “In a wooded area, they saw a group of people who opened fired against the agents as soon as they saw them, and then escaped,” SENAD said.
Agents found 906 kg of pressed marijuana, divided into 39 bags.