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Peru Seizes 1 Ton Cocaine Headed to Europe

PERU / 18 AUG 2011 BY RONAN GRAHAM EN

Peru's National Police have announced two operations that intercepted more than a ton of cocaine, which was intended to be shipped to Turkey and Spain.

In the first operation, carried out Monday in Lima, police seized close to 900 kilos of cocaine after a raid at a residential property in the district of Villa Maria del Triunfo. There, police arrested one Colombian national and one Peruvian.

Police later raided another property in the Miraflores area of Lima, where they arrested two Colombian females.

All four have been implicated in a plot to ship cocaine to Turkey.

In the second operation, in the port city of Patia, in the north-western region of Piura, police seized 113 kilos of cocaine, stored in a container which was to be sent to Valencia, Spain. Following that operation, police announced the arrest of two men, both Colombian nationals.

In a press conference at the headquarters of Peru’s anti-drug agency (Dirandro), General Carlos Moran Soto, head of the agency, said all the detainees will be investigated to determine whether they are members of international drug cartels.

The head of Peru’s National Police force, Raul Becerra, has valued the combined seizures at $2 million, with a street value of $60 million in Europe.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), cocaine production is on the increase in Peru, which is now one of the world’s largest producers of the drug.

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