Uruguay seizes record amount of cocaine

Captagon pills are displayed along with a cup of cocaine. (File photo: AFP)

Uruguayan authorities have opened an investigation into a record cocaine seizure described as “the biggest blow to drug-trafficking in the country’s history,” the navy said on Friday.

The navy seized four soy-flour containers packed with bags of cocaine at Montevideo’s port.

An inventory of the first container found “3,089 bricks of cocaine each weighing 1.1 kilograms,” Navy spokesman Diego Perona told journalists.

That figure was later revised to 3,500 bricks, and the amount of cocaine found in just the first container already represents the largest seizure on Uruguayan soil.

“The drug has been detected in four scanned containers,” added Perona.

Uruguay is increasingly being used as a transit point for Latin American-produced cocaine heading to Africa and Europe.

The previous record was three tons found in a container destined for Africa at Montevideo’s port in November.

If all four containers hold the same amount it would mean more than 15 tons of cocaine.

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