Paraguay seizes 42 tons of marijuana

 Paraguay seizes 42 tons of marijuana
# 20 September 2013 03:14 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Paraguay seized 42 tons of marijuana and destroyed 24 hectares of cannabis crop in the northern department of Concepcion, the country's National Anti- Drug Secretariat (Senad) said Thursday, APA reports quoting AP.

Senad said in a statement that the anti-drug operation lasted " seven continuous days" till Thursday and had the help of a helicopter from the Paraguayan Air Force.

The operation centered in the zone of Sargento Jose Felix Lopez, where authorities detected "large extensions of marijuana crops and encampments used as cannabis collection and processing centers. "

A total of "24 hectares of marijuana were eradicated, that if harvested, would have provided approximately 72 tons of drugs ready for sale," said the statement.

The Senad uncovered 43 makeshift camps used to collect and process the plant, which together contained 42,420 kilograms of cut marijuana.

Senad said the operation took out of circulation at least 114 tons of marijuana, representing "an economic loss of some 4 million U.S. dollars" for drug traffickers.

The marijuana produced in this zone is transported "mainly to Brazil," according to the statement.

The Senad also made incursions into neighboring areas detecting several parcels of land cultivated with illicit crops.

Paraguay is considered as one of the largest marijuana producers in South America.

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