Amazonas, Brazil: Police Operation Confiscates R$40 million in Pirated Goods

acritica.uol.com.br reported on August 25, 2013 that 200 civil and military police officers of Operation “Safe Centre” in Manaus, Amazonas seized more than R$40 million worth of pirated goods. The operation is designed to combat the trade of smuggled products as well as tax envision at businesses that sell these products. The products were confiscated in the galleries of BBC Baré, Destack and Central and Amazonas Hotel. Police arrested a businessman known as one of the leaders distributing and smuggling the illegal goods from Paraguay to sell in Amazonas. Read Article

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Smuggling Activity Results in R$19 million Seized

On August 19, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Highway Police in Mato Grosso do Sul have confiscated R$19 million worth of contraband goods this year, more than half being cigarettes. In total, 400 vehicles have been seized over the past two years for either smuggling or embezzlement. As police have tightened the border between […]

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Londrina, Brazil: Police Operation Combat Drug Trafficking in Border Region

odiario.com reported on August 14, 2013 that 70 federal police officers participated in Operation “Caturra” designed to combat drug trafficking in the region of Londrina near Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul. The investigation, which began in February of this year, has arrested 12 people in total while seizing 600 pounds of marijuana, 60 pounds […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Drug Seizures Increase

Globo reported on July 31, 2013 that the number of drugs seized in Midwest Paulista, São Paulo has increased. Drug traffickers continue to use trucks to transport large quantities. Police report traffickers hide drugs in gas tanks and in the tires. Particular highways have become major targets for police because the drugs enter from Paraguay […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Police Report Drug and Counterfeit Seizures in Border Regions

On July 24, 2013 ilustrado.com.br reported that within a year the Battalion Border Police in Paraná confiscated about 2 tons of drugs, counterfeit items valued at R$25 million, and more than five thousand packages of smuggled cigarettes valued at R$1.8 million. Many of the seizures have occurred in border areas of Argentina and Paraguay. Commander […]

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Parana, Brazil: Drug Traffickers Detained for Transporting 100 pounds of Drugs

odiaro.com.br reported on July 16, 2013 that the Federal Police in Mauá da Serra arresed two drug traffickers for transporting 100 pounds of drugs from Campo Grande to Curitiba. The suspects; a Brazilian and Paraguayan, showed suspicion when pulled over and questioned by police. The driver claims to receive U.S. $ 12,000 to deliver the […]

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Ponta Pora, Brazil: Drug Traffickers Detained for Smuggling Cocaine

Globo reported on July 3, 2013 that the Civil Police in Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul, detained three suspects part of gang led by the largest drug dealer in the Federal District of Brasilia. The suspects are accused of receiving and transporting cocaine from other countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, and Paraguay to the […]

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Porto Alegre, Brazil: Paraguayan Detained for Using Books to Transport Drugs

On June 17, 2013, Globo reported that a 29-year old from Paraguay, was arrested on Sunday (16) at the Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre. The man is accused for using books to hide and transport cocaine. The Federal Police seized 3.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a magazine as well as drugs found […]

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Brazil: Air Force and Federal Police Join Forces With Use of Drones

Globo reported on May 23, 2013 the first joint action by the Brazilian Air Force and the Federal Police to use drones to help monitor crimes in Paraná, alongside the border with Paraguay. With infrared cameras and thermal sensors, police can locate drugs in cars and boats from above; a more helpful way to track […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Police Operation Arrests 24 Suspects for Drug Trafficking

On May 23, 2013, Globo reported that a Civil Police operation in Toledo, Brazil, arrested 24 people for involvement in drug trafficking. Chief delegate Antonio Donizete Botelho, stated that investigations revealed that several individuals had a connection of buying marijuana and cocaine from Paraguay to sell in the region and in other cities in Paraná. […]

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Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil: Governor of Paraguay Visits to Increase Border Security

acritica.net reported on May 21, 2013 that the soon to be new governor of Paraguay, Pedro Gonzales, will visit Brazil today; May 22, to discuss with the Governor of Mato Gross do Sul, André Puccinelli, issues of industry, commerce, and agriculture. Pedro Gonzales wants to create a free trade zone as well as increase job […]

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Police in Paraguay seize 726 pounds of cocaine in private port; Bound for Italy

Anti-narcotics police in Paraguay seized 726 pounds of cocaine in the private port of Caacupemí, in Asuncion. According to El Nuevo Heraldo, the drugs were found hidden inside pieces of wood in containers bound for Italy. Police have identified and arrested those responsible for the shipment, though their identities have not been released to the […]

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Operations in Argentina lead to seizure of cocaine from Bolivia and marijuana

Two anti-narcotics operations in Argentina led to the capture of nearly 100 kilograms of cocaine and 82 of marijuana. The first seizure occurred at the Quiaca checkpoint on Route 9, where drug sniffing dogs were able to alert officials of a suspicious Peugeot vehicle. According to Diario La Nueva Provincia, 97 kilos of cocaine were […]

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Narco-trafficking along Paraguay-Brazil border an intense issue, experts say

Experts report that drug trafficking between Paraguay and Brazil has reached new levels of intensity. Weapons and ammunition trafficking is also an issue between the two countries. According to Diario Vanguardia, marijuana was the most trafficked item, followed by crack, cigarettes, and weapons, consecutively. These items were found in Brazil after extended operations near the […]

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15 billion pesos worth of marijuana seized in Argentina; Came from Paraguay, Brazil

Over 3.5 tons of high-purity marijuana, presumably from Paraguay, was discovered near Yapeyú, Argentina, along Route 14. The shipment entered Argentina from Brazil on a truck, Diario Epoca reports. The driver, a Brazilian, had left Bernardo de Irigoyen and was headed to the city of Rosario, in the Santa Fe province. The truck was supposedly […]

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City in Paraguay is key in the trafficking of women

The city of Alto Parana in Paraguay is one of the central areas involved in the crime of trafficking women. According to Diario Vanguardia, Paraguay is an exportation country when it comes to human trafficking. Alto Parana encounters particularly high rates of trafficking due to extreme poverty levels. Officials claim it is impossible to control […]

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Drugs seized in Paraguay; Shipment bound for Brazil

Officials in Paraguay seized a drug shipment hidden in a vehicle along Route 7 in Ciudad del Este. 350 bricks of cocaine had been transferred from a gray Nissan vehicle to a white Scania truck, Color ABC reports. Authorities believe the shipment was ordered by a criminal gang operated by Tomas Rojas, alias “Toma’i”. Two […]

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Paraguay: Drugs, documents, and vehicles seized in raid, but suspect escapes

2.030 kilograms of cocaine were found by police during a home raid in Minga Guazú, Paraguay. Three vehicles were also seized, including a white Hyundai truck with a double bottom. Several documents located in the house confirmed that drug trafficking operations took place in the residence, DN Press reports. However, the man wanted for these […]

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The “Border Gang” drug trafficking organization usurped in Argentina

A drug trafficking gang called “la banda de la frontera,” or the Border Gang was usurped after officials arrested four men and three women in La Matanza, Argentina. The organization is known to traffick drugs between Argentina and Paraguay. A large quantity of marijuana, two vehicles, firearms, and cash were seized during the operation, Online […]

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Three raids in Paraguay lead to multiple drug arrests

Three raids around Paraguay, in Villa Elisa, San Antonio, and Luque, led to multiple arrests for drug crimes. In Villa Elisa, five family were arrested, according to La Nacion. One, Reyes Santa Cruz, possessed 60 doses of crack cocaine, marijuana, and two firearms. Another raid took place in the Achucarro neighborhood of San Antonio, where […]

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Driver abandons vehicle containing half ton of drugs in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

A driver abandoned his vehicle at a shopping center in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, after police attempted to stop him. The vehicle was transporting 551 kilos of marijuana and 1 kilo, 65 grams of crack cocaine. According to Ultima Hora, the shipment of drugs was heading toward Foz de Yguazú as its final destination. The […]

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Drug mule recruiter arrested in Paraguay; sent mules to Spain with cocaine

Marcela Gabina Franco Bogado (43), was arrested outside her home in the Santa Ana district of Asuncion, Paraguay. She is accused of recruiting youths to traffick drugs, particularly cocaine, to Europe in their stomachs and genitals, according to a Color ABC report. A mule captured in the capital’s airport in September 2011 with capsules of […]

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Chile: Three people arrested with marijuana, left from shopping mall

Police in Chile arrested three people with 115 kilos of marijuana along Route 68. The suspects had picked up the drug near a shopping center in Cerrillos, Emol reports. The police, working on a tip from witnesses who saw the drug exchange, followed the vehicle along Route 28 toward Valparaiso. The suspects attempted to flee […]

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Colombian and Venezuelan arrested in Paraguay for drug possession

Police in Paraguay arrested Colombian Ulisis Peñalosa (57) and Venezuelan Fernando Stimac (43) in Asunción for drug possession. According to El Tiempo, police discovered cocaine during a raid on two houses in the city, one in Villa Morra and the other in Santísima Trinidad. Police reported 266 packages of cocaine were found in the first […]

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Colombian mafia spreads throughout Latin America, increase in crime noticed

The Colombian mafia has been spreading its influence throughout Latin America, the Colombian Ministry of Justice and Law reports. Many mafia members flee to other countries in Latin America, especially Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Chile, in order to evade law enforcement or to protect their families. Such criminals perceive these countries to have legal […]

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693 kilos of marijuana seized in school in Paraguay, director arrested

Police discovered 693 kilos of marijuana in the Primero de Marzo school in the city of  Caaguazú, Paraguay, about 175 kilometers east of Asunción, on June 6, 2012. The drug was divided into 47 packages and stored in a closed restroom, La Nueva reports. Alcadio Ramírez, director of the school, was arrested during the seizure. […]

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Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay: Anti-terrorism agents investigate Arabs in tri-border area

Officials are investigating a group of suspicious Arabs in the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, ABC Color reports. Investigations began last year, when security agents began to suspect the Arabs of piracy, drug trafficking, and weapons trafficking. The proceeds of their activity were then transferred to banks in the Middle East. Argentine intelligence […]

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Five people taken into custody for drug trafficking in Tacuarembó, Uruguay

In an operation called “Maraya,” the anti-narcotics brigade in Tacuarembó, Uruguay broke up a drug trafficking gang by arresting five suspects on May 30, 2012. A trial is pending for the arrestees, Eric Paul Bravo Dos Santos (21), Enri Franco Bravo Dos Santos (27), a woman with the initials B.G.D.M (29), Julio César Techera (48), […]

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Paraguayans arrested while trafficking drugs in Argentina

Two Paraguayan men were arrested in the town of Recreo, Santa Fe, Argentina yesterday for transporting 190 kilos of marijuana hidden in the floor of their truck, according to telam.com.ar. The Ford Ranger pickup truck was stopped during a routine traffic check on Route 11 when police noticed the men were extremely nervous. After searching […]

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Repatriate sex trafficking victims in Argentina

District attorney, Teresa Martínez, of Buenos Aires, is working today with authorities from Paraguay to repatriate 23 women that were rescued from a trafficking network outside of Buenos Aires over the weekend, according to abc.com.py. The victims from Peru and Paraguay, ranging from 30 to younger than 18-years-old, arrived in Argentina hoping to find honest […]

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Paraguay, Cocaine seized at airport

A package was seized today at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Luque, Paraguay containing 3.957 kilos of cocaine hidden among leather car seat covers and a thermos used for drinking a South American tea called yerba maté. Abc.com.py reports that the package was headed for Spain when it was seized by the National Anti-Drug […]

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Dengue takes 29 lives in Paraguay

In a news conference this morning the Institute of Social Welfare (IPS) reported that there have been 11,103 confirmed cases of dengue fever in Paraguay so far this year, per abc.com.py. They also reported that the illness has caused 29 deaths. Of those that presented with dengue, 54% visited the doctor due to respiratory infections […]

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Growing presence of Hezballah in Latin America worries U.S. officials

The U.S. House of Representatives released a report this month focusing on Lebanese and Iranian terrorist groups, specifically Hezballah, that have established networks in South America at the Triple Frontier between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and in Venezuela, reports infobae.com. The Triple Frontier is already a haven for organized crime and trafficking, and the Islamist […]

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Prison fight in Asunción, Paraguay results in death

A fight that occurred earlier this morning in the infamous Tacumbú prison in Asunción, Paraguay resulted in the death of an inmate, according to abc.com.py. Police are investigating the situation, but have still not identified who participated in the fight and who actually killed the other inmate. Read Article

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Full moon biking event in San Bernardino, Paraguay

This Friday, the 15, and Saturday, Xtreme Adventure will be hosting an event in Paraguay that calls for citizens to bike together under the full moon, according to abc.com.py. Residents of the popular tourism town, San Bernardino will be meeting in summer village tonight at 8:30 p.m. to begin biking. Members can participate for 70 […]

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Paraguayans suffer carbon-monoxide poisoning from hotel heaters in Argentina

Four Paraguayans were admitted to the Gumersindo Sayago Municipal Hospital in Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba over the weekend with carbon-monoxide poisoning, according to abc.com.py. The tourists inhaled the poisonous gas from heaters in their hotel room. They were admitted to the hospital with nausea, headaches and stomachaches but discharged the next day. Read Article

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Troops sent to Ñacunday, Paraguay to evict squatters

The National Paraguayan Police announced today that they are sending 4,000 officers to the Ñacunday area in response to conflicts and protests that have arisen in the area between farmers and peasants on their land, according to ultimahora.com. The farmers began a demonstration yesterday using armored farm equipment after discovering that the government had suspended […]

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Brazil, Paraguay, Itaipú Binational Dam announces open door policy

Officials and legal advisers to the Itaipú Binational Entity, the hydroelectric dam between Paraguay and Brazil, have announced today that they will keep their doors open in terms of the information available about the company to the public, per abc.com.py. This announcement has arrived in the wake of claims that the company has been unconstitutional […]

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Wikileaks, Brazil pays off Paraguay to “keep them happy”

Documents revealed by Wikileaks this week show that Brazil gave $1.7 million to the Paraguay Armed Forces in 2005 to keep military and political officials in the country happy, according to abc.com.py. The money was meant to ease complaints Paraguay had about the management of the bi-national dam and power plant, Itaipú. As stated in […]

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30% of students absent today per drivers strike in Asunción, Paraguay

The public transportation drivers strike taking place in Asunción, Paraguay today has already caused huge delays for commuters and street blockages, and has now become the reason 30% of all public school children in the city were unable to attend school today, according to abc.com.py. The Department of Education has been dealing with an unusually […]

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50 Paraguayans receive scholarships for postgraduate studies in Spain

The Carolina Foundation announced today it has awarded scholarships to 50 Paraguayans for postgraduate studies in Spanish universities, according to abc.com.py. The director of the foundation traveled to Asunción to meet with the students who will start taking classes in Spain in October or January. Since the start of the foundation in 2001, 13.5 thousand […]

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Wikileaks reveals Brazil skeptical of Paraguay’s fight against trafficking

A classified U.S. diplomatic document written in June 2005 and released today by Wikileaks states that Brazilian diplomats are distrustful of Paraguay’s commitment to the fight against trafficking along their border, according to abc.com.py. Brazil is extremely devoted to securing their borders with Paraguay and the Triple Frontier between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil against drug, […]

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Paraguayan journalists protest media censorship

As Paraguayan journalist, Sandra López, awaits a verdict in court today for charges of defamation and slander against businesswoman and Baila conmigo contestant, Zuni Castiñeira, fellow journalists are holding a “silent” protest on the sixth floor, according to abc.com.py. About 30 journalists with tape in the shape of a cross over their mouths have joined […]

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16 dead in bus accident, Paraguay

A fatal accident between a Scania truck and a San Luis company bus early this morning resulted in the death of at least 16 people, according to abc.com.py. The accident took place at Route 2 near Pedrozo and Ypacaraí around 2 in the morning. The bus, headed to Asunción, was carrying 26 passengers. Read Article […]

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Injuries keep Argentine President from Mercosur Summit in Paraguay

President Cristina Kirchner will not be traveling to Paraguay today for the Mercosur Summit per medical advice discouraging flying after she tripped and hit her head at an institute opening last Wednesday. According to lanacion.com.ar, the Presidential Medical Unit issued a statement saying the president will not be traveling as a precaution, but that she […]

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Seize 1.2 kilos of Paraguayan marijuana in Brazil

Brazilian federal police officers today seized 1.2 thousand kilos of marijuana, more than a ton, that had been brought into the country from Paraguay, according to abc.com.py. The drugs were transported in 2 cars on the Tabaí-Canoas road in Montenegro, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Investigators believe the shipment was destined for Canoas, Brazil. Read […]

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Video: Investigation into the trafficking of women in Paraguay

A special report from cuatro.com television in Spain invertigats the business of trafficking women for sex from Paraguay to Europe, per abc.com.py. The interviewers talk with prosecutors, members of the business who have been arrested, reveal details of the business and visit Alto Paraná, Paraguay, one of the most dangerous places in the world. The […]

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Brazilian brothers killed in Ponta Porá

Two Brazilian migrants living in Paraguay were killed this morning near the town of Ponta Porá, Brazil, according to ultimahora.com. According to police, the brothers were riding a motorcycle 50 meters away from the border cities of Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay and Ponta Porá, Brazil when they were shot and killed by three people. One […]

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Argentina, Paraguayan man killed outside dance club

A Paraguayan man was killed early this morning outside a local dance club in Melchor Romero, La Plata, Buenos Aires, according to elcomercial.com.ar. The 30-year-old man had many head injuries caused by a blunt object, but no bullet or stab wounds. The club is located in a largely Paraguayan community. Family and witnesses will testify […]

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Project to repair traffic lights in Asunción Paraguay

Old, broken and faulty traffic lights in the capital city of Asunción are the cause of accidents for hundreds of motorists, according to abc.com.py. Of the 180 traffic light intersections in the city, 56 of those are more than 30 years old. At some intersections the lights just don’t work, and it is left to […]

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Argentine government disbands massive drug trafficking network and seizes 242 kilos of marijuana

The Argentine Naval Institution seized 242 kilos of marijuana at the end of last week from Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Misiones and arrested 7 people that were part of a drug trafficking network working out of Buenos Aires. According to abc.com.py, the network transported the drugs at the Triple Frontier from a supplier in Pedro […]

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Paraguay, Misdiagnosis of dengue leads to unnecessary surgery

A 22-year-old woman with dengue fever who underwent unnecessary surgery last May at the Regional Hospital of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay is being kept alive by mechanical respiration, according to diariovanguardia.com. She was misdiagnosed after being hospitalized with symptoms of Dengue and severe abdominal pain. The doctors who wrongly operated on her refused to disclose […]

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Paraguay focuses on women’s and indigenous rights at UN conference

In an agreement made yesterday at a United Nations conference in Geneva, Paraguay accepted recommendations to review abortion laws and indigenous rights proposed during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in February, according to abc.com.py. During the most recent UPR, a basic examination of human rights issues that takes place every 4 years, it was suggested […]

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Paraguay, half of Brazilian Santos fans arrested last month to be released

Of the 58 Brazilian Santos fans and 3 bus drivers arrested in Paraguay for theft, vandalism and battery after a soccer game last month, only 27 will be released and deported to Brazil at this time, according to abc.com.py. The decision made by the Paraguayan Directorate of Immigration this week states that the remaining 31 […]

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Paraguay, couple arrested with 94 kilos of marijuana

The couple was pulled over at the Villa Florida checkpoint by drug agents of the Federal Police Wednesday night, according to abc.com.py. Police discovered 111 bricks of marijuana, about 94 kilos worth (207 lbs), in their medium sized Mitsubishi truck. The drugs came from San Pedro de Ycuamanduju and were being transported to Encarnación. Read […]

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Spanish police dissolve Paraguayan human and drug trafficking network

Police led an operation today in Spain that broke up a human and drug trafficking network in Málaga and Fuengirola that was forcing illegal immigrants from Paraguay to become prostitutes to pay off their debt to the company for flying them to Spain. According to abc.com.py, the network was run by a Spanish man and […]

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Brazil deploys troops to Triple Frontier

As part of a military operation called Frontera Sur, Brazil has deployed troops to the cities Foz de Iguazú and Guaíra along the southern tri-border the country shares with Argentina and Paraguay to help fight crimes like drug trafficking and the smuggling of people and goods. Of Brazil’s 4 thousand men army, 800 are stationed […]

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Argentina, Paraguayan girl attacked by classmates

A 13-year-old Paraguayan girl was attacked by children at her school while waiting at a bus stop in La Plata, Argentina, according to larazon.com.ar. The girl was surrounded by 5 students from her school, including a 14-year-old girl from her class, who pulled her hair, kicked and pushed her all while calling her a “dirty […]

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Argentina, Rescue 13 women forced into prostitution

Operations in Santa Fe and Córdoba over the weekend led to the rescue of 13 women who had been forced into prostitution at whiskey bars in Isla Verde, Monte Maíz and Santo Tomé. Of the 13 women, 3 were from Paraguay, 4 from the Dominican Republic and the other 6 from Argentina, according to lanacion.com.py. […]

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Paraguay will export soybeans by way of railroad to the Triple Frontier

Paraguay has received the necessary finances to begin planning the construction of a railway to transport soybeans from the mountains of Curupayty to the Missiones and Barranqueras ports in Argentina, near the Triple Border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The South Korean government has agreed to help the Paraguayan Railroad company with a study to […]

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Paraguay invests $40 million to modernize armed forces

Paraguay will invest 40 million dollars to modernize their armed forces as announced this week by Defense Minister, Cecillo Pérez Bordon. The money will buy new weapons, aircraft, machinery, equipment and construction and engineering work. The Navy will be getting ships, patrol boats, transport planes and a new radar system. Details of the investment were […]

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61 Brazilian soccer fans arrested in Paraguay for theft and vandalism

Police arrested the 61 Brazilian Santos fans and their bus drivers after a semifinals soccer game of the Copa Libertadores against Paraguayan team Cerro Porteño yesterday. On their way home to Brazil after the tie game, the fans attacked local fast food joints in San Lorenzo, outside Asunción, with firecrackers, sticks and stones, damaged equipment […]

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860 kilos of Bolivian cocaine confiscated in Puerto Fenix, Paraguay

The cocaine was seized during a surprise raid today by police and anti-narcotics prosecutors at Puerto Fenix in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay. According to neike.com.py, the shipment came from an area near Ciudad del Este, Bolivia and was probably heading to Mozambique, Africa. The man caught carrying the shipment was Ángel Tomás Aguayo Saldívar. Read […]

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Paraguay, Rap Guaraní

The indigenous Guaraní culture in Paraguay is kept alive today through music.

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Network that produces documents for foreigners in Paraguay, Triple Frontier under investigation

A network that provides documentation for Chinese and Arab citizens on the Triple Border of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil is under investigation by the Antiterrorism Police. The investigation focuses on a series of seemingly fraudulent transactions starting in 2009 that relates to providing documentation to Chinese, Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi and Pakistani citizens. Interpol of Asunción […]

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Paraguay, A documentary of sexual slavery

With more that 2 million women subjected to sexual slavery, it has become the third most profitable illegal business behind drugs and arms trafficking. In Focus has created a documentary centered on the “Triple Frontier.” This tri-border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil is one of the most prominent for the sex slave industry because of […]

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