Paraguay Seizes Masks Made Of Cocaine Destined For Italy

By Dialogo
May 18, 2009

Paraguayan narcotics agents at an airport in Asuncion seized several craft masks made of cocaine, which totaled 40 kilos of drugs that were to be sent to Italy, official sources reported today. The National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) reported in a communiqué that the 18 masks seized the day before at the Silvio Pettirossi airport on the outskirts of the capital were made of cocaine covered with a synthetic material. He reported that the objects, simulating clay crafts made by aborigines, were seized after a SENAD-trained dog detected the cargo, which was distributed in two boxes, the contents of which were examined today before court judge Ruben Riquelme. "The peculiarity of this case is that cocaine is apparently mixed with some chemical that gives it a cinnamon-like color," the anti-drug agency said. He added that the illegal cargo, whose owner is unknown so far, was bound for the Italian city of Treviso.