Three Arrested in Brazil with 24.5 Kilos of Cocaine for Crack

By Dialogo
February 01, 2012

On January 30, the Brazilian police arrested three individuals who were transporting 24.5 kilos of cocaine for manufacturing crack, a highly addictive derivative of the drug.

The shipment, seized during an operation in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, was hidden in a vehicle, the Federal Police stated.

In December 2011, the Brazilian Government launched an offensive against what it called “a crack epidemic,” as a consequence of the tenfold increase in users between 2003 and 2011.

During January, 18 traffickers of that substance were arrested in Rio Grande do Sul, on the border with Uruguay, according to a police statement.

The majority of the cocaine that circulates in Brazil comes from Bolivia and Peru, two of the world’s leading cocaine producers, according to authorities.