Monday, January 10, 2022

947 kg of cocaine landed in Paraguay

Busted red-handed is Fernando Enrique Balbuena, son of former MP Elvis Balbuena. Balbuena directed and coordinated the buying and selling of cocaine. Drugs were transported by the Paraguay and Parana rivers with the final destination Europe.
Value of the cocaine is estimated at $60m. A Ukrainian was also arrested. Paraguay has become a logistical node for cocaine trafficking through the 3,400 km Paraná-Paraguay waterway, which has an outlet to the Atlantic.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned in January 2021 that the waterway was being turned “into a new avenue for drug trafficking.”