Argentina: Traffickers Operate Freely in Ports, According to Auditor General

Posted on July 12, 2013 • Filed under: Argentina, Crime, Drug Activity

From on July 11, 2013- The Auditor General of Argentina, Leandro Despouy, reported that the Argentine state has deliberately given up control of drug trafficking activity in its airspace and ports, an accusation that the government has denied. Based on a 2011 report from the Auditor General’s Office concerning the deficiencies found in the scanning methods in the ports of Buenos Aires, Campana, and San Lorenzo Despouy accused Argentina of allowing the drug trade to operate uncontested which has made Argentina one of the leading drug exporters of the world. Director General of Customs, Maria Siomara Ayerán, denied Despoy’s claims and stated that Argentina acquired state of the art scanners and also trained 300 dogs in narcotics detection. The UN’s latest World Drug Report ranked Argentina and the third largest exporter of cocaine in the world after Brazil and Colombia.  Read Article

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