Receita Federal performs the largest cocaine appreciation of the year in Porto de Santos

Action between the Customs of the Port of Santos and French Customs avoids the shipment of 936 kg of cocaine by ship to Europe.

Brasilia, 23 October 2017 - The cooperation between the Customs of the Porto of Santos and the French Customs, frustrated, today, the attempt to send 32 bags abroad, containing approximately 936 kg of cocaine.

The drug was packaged in two cargo units (containers) in a carregamento of pulp, the final destination would be Le Havre Port, in France.

This was the greatest appreciation of cocaine of the year and it was possible thanks to the performance of the auditors, physicists and tax analysts of the Division of Vigilance and Customs Control of the Alfândega da Receita Federal do Brasil do Porto de Santos, with the collaboration of the French Customs, which provides information that helps to select the container loads.

It is suspected the use of  the crime technique known as rip-off loading, in which the drug is inserted in a regular charge, without the knowledge of its owner.

In keeping with the legal attributes and prerogatives of each body, the learned drug was handed over to the guard of the Delegacia de Polícia Federal de Santos, who will continue with the investigations.

With this apprehension, they were already located in about 10 tons of cocaine this year.

On 21 February 2017, The Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed a Cooperation Agreement to facilitate mutual cooperation  to achieve the common objective of improving the security of the containerized trade supply chain to be implemented by a Program comprised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Customs Organization and national Authorities from the Container control Program (CCP) countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region ( LAC).

The CCP integrates activities including theoretical and practical training, ongoing maintenance, advanced specialized training and assistance through follow-up and onsite visits combined with mentoring to the Port Control Units. Regular steering committee meetings are also held, along with regional meetings of key stakeholders.

In Brazil, the program is being implemented in the Port of Santos, and the Brazilian CCP members have received the theoretical CCP training in December 2016 in Peru, Lima together with CCP members from Argentina and Peru. Furthermore, two Brazilian CCP members participated in the regional CCP meeting in Panama in November 2016.

In 2016, a total of approximately 121 seizures took place. A total of approximately 36500 kilograms of cocaine was seized in 47 different cases. A further 585 kilograms of marihuana has been seized in two different cases. A number of seizures took place related to precursors, arms and ammunition, protected flora and fauna, IPR goods, restricted goods, contraband, false medicines, undeclared money, false money and tax evasion.