HomeNewsBrief'Narco-Wives Gang' Trafficked Cocaine to Argentina Via Paraguay
BRIEF

'Narco-Wives Gang' Trafficked Cocaine to Argentina Via Paraguay

ARGENTINA / 11 JUN 2013 BY CLAIRE O NEILL MCCLESKEY EN

A group of Paraguayan women, who ran a drug trafficking ring in Buenos Aires' largest slum, trafficked drugs from Bolivia via Paraguay into Argentina, where sales brought in up to 1,000,000 pesos ($188,555) a month, one of the women told authorities.

The federal judge in charge of the case, Sergio Torres, added that the gang processed and trafficked cocaine, and may also have trafficked large quantities of marijuana.

The operation included a team of lookout boys, who were paid in "paco" (a cheap and highly addictive form of crack cocaine) to keep an eye out for police. The women also communicated at times in the indigenous language of Guarani to try and evade detection by authorities.

Authorities began calling the group "the narco-wives gang" after discovering that two of the suspects were left in charge of the criminal enterprise after their husbands were imprisoned, reported La Nacion

One June 10, the judge ordered the pre-trial detention of four of the women in the group on charges of drug sales and trafficking. Paraguayan news outlet Amambay Noticias reported that the women, who were arrested on May 17, are Paraguayan. 

InSight Crime Analysis

This is the second recent "narco-wives" case to gain attention in Argentina. The first gang, dismantled in April 2012, involved a trafficking ring headed by the ex-wives of two major Colombian drug traffickers, Pedro Oliveiro Gerrero, alias "Cuchillo," and Daniel "El Loco" Barrera. 

In addition to the novelty of a gang led by women, this case is notable as yet another example of Paraguay's vital importance as a transit point for drugs moving into Argentina, South America's second largest market for cocaine. In October 2012, police dismantled a gang they characterized as one of the largest drug trafficking rings in Buenos Aires, which smuggled cocaine and marijuana into the capital from Paraguay, using a bakery in Villa 21 as a front.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ARGENTINA / 29 JUN 2021

While the underworld in Rosario, Argentina, is dominated by large criminal groups like the Monos, a lower-profile group carved out…

ARGENTINA / 15 SEP 2022

Human traffickers in Argentina are using legitimate business to continue their illicit activities and elude authorities.

ARGENTINA / 24 SEP 2021

An influx of contraband chicken from Argentina into Paraguay has overwhelmed the local market and is threatening to put local…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…