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Argentina: Cocaine Seized in World Cup Trophy Replicas

This June 21, 2018, photo, released by the National Security Ministry, shows fake World Cup trophies stuffed with cocaine, and the product itself on display next to the trophies, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Some Argentines are taking advantage of World Cup fervor.

The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police had broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in fake World Cup trophies.

The so-called "Narcos de la Copa'' took advantage of the global merchandising boom generated by the soccer tournament to move the drug without raising suspicions.

"These merchants of death have endless ingenuity, but don't be fooled. They shouldn't be admired. On the contrary ... they are now in jail,'' said minister Cristian Ritondo, according to a statement.

Officials said 20 kilos of marijuana, 10 kilos of cocaine, 1,800 doses of crack cocaine and 400,000 Argentine pesos ($14,819) were seized.

Four men and two women were arrested in the operation.