Paraguay Seizes Record $500 Million Cocaine Haul Hidden in Charcoal

October 21, 2020 08:46 PM
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Paraguayan police said Tuesday, October 20, that they had seized a record 2.3 tons of cocaine at a private port near Asunción, with a market value of around $500 million, hidden in a charcoal shipment destined for Israel. 

The anti-narcotics unit in charge of the operation reported that the total amount of drugs seized in the Terport de Villeta port, some 30 kilometers from the Paraguayan capital, was 2,327 kilos. 

The authorities said that the cocaine was hidden in a shipment of six charcoal containers that were to be shipped to Israel. 

The police arrested two people identified as responsible for planning the export and the prosecution identified one of them as a former director of the state television channel. 

The seizure is the largest cocaine bust in Paraguay, considered a transit country for drug trafficking to Europe and other destinations. It surpassed a 2.2-ton seizure that took place in the northern department of Concepcion in early 2019. 

(Reuters)