Record Cocaine Seizures at São Paulo Airport in 2010

By Dialogo
January 10, 2011

The Brazilian Federal Police at the São Paulo international airport, in Guarulhos, seized a record amount of cocaine in 2010, nearly 1.8 tons of the drug, the agency reported on 6 January as it presented its annual report.

Between January and December 2010, the federal agents at the Guarulhos airport confiscated around 1,800 kg of cocaine, an increase of 38% over the amount seized in 2009 and a new record.

The official figures also indicate the seizure of 3.5 kg of marijuana, 19 kg of methamphetamine, and around 25,000 doses of LSD.

In addition, around 2 million euros, 650,000 dollars, and 40,000 reais were confiscated in antidrug operations.

Over the course of year, 343 people of 51 different nationalities were arrested at the border control posts on charges of international drug trafficking, the majority of them from Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, Spain, and South Africa. Two-thirds of those detained were men.

Another 407 people were arrested for other offenses, such as money laundering, theft, environmental crimes, or falsification of documents, basically passports.