The drug raid in Paraguay resulted in a record-setting seizure of 36 tons of marijuana being incinerated. The country has been plagued by cartel violence, and the government is hoping that this operation will help reduce that problem.

Paraguay has incinerated record seizure of 36 tons of marijuana. The country’s president, Mario Abdo Benitez, ordered the destruction of the seized narcotics after it is determined that they would otherwise have been used for drug trafficking. Read more in detail here: recent organized crime arrests 2021.

On September 17, 2021, paraguayan SENAD agents burned 36 tons of marijuana in the Concepción department. (Photo courtesy of the National Anti-Drug Secretariat of Paraguay)

The Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) burned 36 tons of marijuana in the Concepción district on September 17, 2021.

In a statement, SENAD stated, “It was the biggest drug incineration ever carried out in our nation.” The previous high was set in 2014, when 26 tons of narcotics were seized in Capitán Bado, Amambay district.

The 36 tons were incinerated at the Concepción base of the Internal Defense Operations Command. The substance was discovered on July 23 during a routine flyover in the Paso Barreto area by members of the Paraguayan Armed Forces’ Joint Task Force.


On September 16, 2021, paraguayan anti-drug officers confiscated more over 35,000 ecstasy tablets at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. (Photo courtesy of the National Anti-Drug Secretariat of Paraguay)

Service personnel saw “the actions of a group of individuals putting suitcases into big trucks in a rural estate, in a partially forested area” from a helicopter, according to the Paraguayan news site ADN Digital. Four individuals were detained by service members who were storing the cargo, which was destined for Brazil.

“A portion of the cocaine had already been placed into a big truck to be smuggled into Brazilian territory later,” according to the Paraguayan daily ABC. Following the large-scale seizure, SENAD launched an inquiry to track out the drug’s source.

On September 16, SENAD stated, “After intelligence work, we launched Operation HORSE, seizing the owner of the cargo and his key accomplices.” Six raids were conducted in Pedro Juan Caballero, Horqueta, and Concepción. “The criminal group’s primary member, Rodrigo Florencio Pedrozo Aguero, alias Kavaj, is already under custody,” SENAD stated.

According to the EFE news agency, Paraguay is the largest marijuana producer in South America, with Brazil as the primary destination, followed by Chile and Argentina. “In general, local farmers are in charge of the crops, as well as monitoring and stockpiling,” according to EFE.

35,000 pills of ecstasy

SENAD officers also confiscated over 35,000 ecstasy pills at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport on September 16. On a trip from Frankfurt, the material was carried by a foreign passenger.

“The narcotics were allegedly destined for the Tri-border region,” according to SENAD. The tablets were concealed in the passenger’s two bags, according to a video published by the anti-drug organization.

“After there was an alarm, the special agents took him away to do an examination,” the Paraguayan daily ltima Hora said. “When they opened the bags of the foreign nationals, they discovered that the interior walls were packed with ecstasy tablets or MDMA.” The medicine has a market worth of approximately $800,000 in Paraguay, according to SENAD.

Paraguay has incinerated a record seizure of 36 tons of marijuana. The drug was seized by Paraguayan police officers in the country’s capital, Asuncion. Reference: organized crime news.

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