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Paraguay sweet bust: record cocaine stockpile discovered in sugar shipment

Paraguay seized more than 3,400 kilos of cocaine near the capital city of Asuncion as it was being stashed in a load of sugar for international shipment, police said on Wednesday, calling it the country’s biggest-ever drug bust.

National Police Commander Luis Arias told reporters that the illegal stimulant, made with coca leaves grown in South America’s Andean region, was found in a warehouse in the Asuncion suburb of Fernando de la Mora. It was being prepared to be shipped out disguised in a load of organic sugar, he said.

“We are talking about more than 3,400 kilos of cocaine,” Arias said. “This was the culmination of an investigation by the anti-narcotics police, working with prosecutors, that took almost a month.”(REUTERS)

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