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Brazilian Customs seizes 234 kg of cocaine in export cargo

03 marzo 2016

In the first two months of 2016, Brazilian Customs has seized 234 kg of drugs valued at a total of R$ 80 million (20 million USD) at Guarulhos Airport Customs in São Paulo. The first seizure occurred on 28 and 29 January 2016 and was followed by seizures on 3, 19, and 22 February 2016.

Of particular note, on 19 February, the Guarulhos Airport Customs in São Paulo with the support of the Enforcement Division of Brazilian Customs and their drug detection dogs identified a suspicious cargo at the airport export warehouse. The cargo was destined for Africa and consisted of 40 cardboard boxes that were supposed to be sardine cans. However, 11 boxes were loaded with packages containing cocaine. The total drugs seized in these packages were approximately 70 kg and were turned over to the Federal Police.

On 22 February 2016, another cargo with similar features and same destination was also inspected, and again drugs were found. Likewise, the cargo included cardboard boxes containing sardine cans and others containing only cocaine. Approximately 90 kg of cocaine were seized and turned over to the Federal Police.

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