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Paraguay authorities arrest six suspected members of Sinaloa cartel, seizing 500 kilos of pure cocaine

December 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Paraguay authorities arrest six suspected members of Sinaloa cartel, seizing 500 kilos of pure cocaine

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Anti-Narcotics officers in the South American country of Paraguay arrested six suspected members of the Sinaloa Cartel and seized up to 500 kilograms of pure cocaine destined for the European market.

Officials with the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) in Gran Asuncion, announced the arrests of four Mexican nationals and two Paraguayans.

SENAD officials told the EFE News Agency based in Spain, during the operation, agents recovered over 200 kilograms “high purity” cocaine hydrochloride, which the suspects intended to ship to Europe.

Officers discovered the massive cocaine shipment at a house in the municipality of the town of Villa Elisa. Police arrested two Mexicans and a Paraguayan, at the residence. The official stated the other suspects were already in custody.

The source confirmed that the anti-drug agency obtained credible intelligence that the Mexican cartel “sought new trafficking routes” and had established a logistical hub in the Greater Asunción area, where operators would “receive a load (of cocaine) from Colombia, before sending the drug shipment to Europe.

The official added during the joint operation with the Drug Prosecutor’s Office, the 200 kilograms of “cocaine hydrochloride” seized in blocks in a closet, could convert up to 500 kilos of the drug, Proceso reported.

Paraguay authorities warned, despite the arrests, more members of the Sinaloa Cartel, who’s leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, currently remains jailed at a prison in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, awaiting extradition to the United States, continue to maintain an operational presence in the country.

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