Peruvian Police Seize 1.3 Tons of Cocaine on Border with Brazil
By Dialogo April 19, 2012
The Peruvian anti-drug police have seized in the Ucayali region (on the border with Brazil) 1.3 tons of cocaine destined for sale in Europe, the police announced on April 17.
“Monday [April 16] afternoon, we seized more than 1,307 kilos of cocaine at a camp located in the province of Coronel Portillo, on the border with Brazil,” the Loreto Anti-Drug Directorate told AFP.
The agency indicated that over 30 bags of cocaine, armament, and communications equipment belonging to the drug traffickers were found at the site.
According to the police, the drugs were destined for Europe, where they would be worth over 20 million Euros.
In a report released in June 2011, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that Peru became the world’s largest producer of coca with 119,000 tons in 2009, displacing Colombia, which recorded 103,000 tons.
Peru is estimated to produce 304 tons of cocaine a year, which puts it in second place behind Colombia.