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Authorities in Peru seize $85 million in cocaine package branded with image of soccer star Lionel Messi

March 23, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities in Peru seize $85 million in cocaine package branded with image of soccer star Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi has been the face of soccer, now seems to be the face of cocaine.

Authorities in Lima, Peru seized a massive shipment of cocaine in packages branded with the image and name of the global soccer icon.

Lima’s anti-drug police unit said Peruvian Authorities seized 1,417 pounds of cocaine during a recent drug bust discovered inside a shipping container destined for Belgium, the U.K. newspaper The Mirror reported.

In addition to Messi, some of the 288 packages also had the official seal of the King of Spain on the front.

Lionel Mess branded cocaine was discovered in a shipping container in Lima, Peru

Drug traffickers use Messi’s image to indicate the product’s quality.

The narcotics seizure is the second largest bust recorded in Peru this year.

In January, authorities uncovered a shipment of white powder concealed in a consignment of packaged asparagus.

According to the AFP News Agency, arrests had yet to be made in connection with Messi-themed drug bust but confirmed the cocaine shipment did arrive from the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley region, one of Peru’s largest areas known for cocaine production.

The South American country remains the world’s biggest producer of the drug ahead of Colombia.

It wouldn’t mark the first time Drug smugglers have “honored” Lionel Messi.

In Dec 2014, U.S. federal authorities arrested two men in Puerto Rico and seized cocaine packaged with the face of the Argentine superstar worth an estimated street value of $3 million dollars.

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