Peru seizes 1,300 kg of cocaine hidden in tubes

LIMA,PERÚ-OCTUBRE 17. Alrededor de 1,300 kilos de cocaína incautó la Policía Nacional y el Ministerio Público en un megaoperativo realizado esta madrugada en el puerto del Callao. Foto: ANDINA/Vidal Tarqui

15:41 | Lima, Oct. 17.

Some 1,300 kilograms of cocaine were seized by Peru's National Police and Public Ministry as result of a "mega-operation" carried out at Callao Port, National Anti-Drug Agency (Dirandro) Head Hector Loayza informed.

This intervention also led to the detention of 17 suspects.

Loayza explained that narcotics were camouflaged in several tubes found inside a container heading to Mexico for a supposed sanitation project.

The illegal merchandise was intended to be then smuggled into the United States or Europe by the Sinaloa Cartel.

Likewise, he noted the drug was previously "neutralized" so that it could not be detected by sniffer dogs. 

The cargo was stored in a warehouse belonging to Exportaciones Neo company.

This operation was carried out simultaneously in Callao, Tingo Maria, Huanuco, and the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM).

It must be noted 120 cops and 24 prosecutors participated in said bust.


Published: 10/17/2017
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