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Brazil Police Seize 18,000 Ecstasy Pills

BRAZIL / 28 JUL 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

Federal Police found 18,000 ecstasy tablets in north Brazil, in the country's largest synthetic drug seizeure so far this year, according to O Globo newspaper.

Authorities arrested two Brazilians and one Guyanese national in the operation, which was carried out Wednesday afternoon.

The pills were confiscated by police in the state of Roraima, in north Brazil, near the borders with Venezuela and Guayana. Police said that the goods had been brought from Guayana, and were meant for distribution in the southeastern Brazil.

Brazil has become an important drug market, as well as a transit country for the drug trade. According to the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC),·Brazil is now the largest cocaine consumer in South America, while more than three percent of university students reported trying ecstasy in 2009.·

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