The value of the cargo in the European market, its final destination, would exceed 15 million dollars
Three people were arrested in the framework of “Operation Albania”
Uruguayan police seized 444 kilos ofcocainethat had been thrown from a small plane in Tacuarembo.The fact was communicated through Twitter by the director of Security and Citizen Coexistence of the Ministry of the Interior, Santiago González, and represented a record for the department in terms of seizures.
The 14 packages seized had been thrown from a small plane, picked up by a truck and later transferred in a firewood truck. After an investigation, the department's police were able to stop the truck on Route 59 with the work of Rural Security officers.
Three people were arrested: the driver of the truck, the truck and who notified the two previous ones of the place where the drug had fallen. Two of them – 24 and 36 years old – were charged for 120 days for illicit trafficking in prohibited drugs. Meanwhile, another 20-year-old man was sentenced to 16 years in prison -seven effective prison terms- for assisting in activities related to drug trafficking.
This seizure occurred within the framework of Operation Albania -still active and led by the Narcotics Prosecutor, Mónica Ferrero- which already has raids in different Uruguayan departments.
In the Uruguayan market, the drug seized would exceed USD 3.5 million
The bricks of cocaine seized had the Youtube logo and words in Arabic, trademarks used to guarantee the quality of the product, reported El País. From the Ministry of the Interior they presume that the drug was of good quality and was going to be sent to Europe.
According to the Vice Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Maciel, the value of the cargo once shipped abroad would be more than USD 15 million. “We are talking that in the Uruguayan market, if this drug were left here, it would exceed US$3.5 million; if it were divided into doses in the national market, it would reach US$7 million,” he explained.
Maciel said that “it is a probability” that the drug would not remain in Uruguay, but That is just “a hypothesis”. Meanwhile, he assured that the origin of the shipment is unknown: “It is part of the investigation and intelligence procedure that is being carried out in coordination with the intelligence agencies of the other Mercosur countries, specifically with Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.” p>
González, for his part, referred to the current management of the Interior in dialogue with El País: “The person notifying the start of this operation is the Rural Security Brigade, which we created this year. With this, the presence of the State was returned to localities where there was only one tapera.”