Federal Revenue of Brazil seizes 558 kg of cocaine in Port of Santos

Brasilia, 9 August, 2018 - The Customs of the Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of Brazil in the Port of Santos (SP), the largest port in the country, last Wednesday (8) located 558 kg of cocaine in a container about to be exported to Europe.  

The drug was hidden in a regular load of polyethylene, packed in bags suitable for the storage of powdered products and granulates, known as big-bags. Inside three of these big bags, 28 bags of raffia were found, which in turn contained several cocaine tablets, totaling 558 kg.

The destination of the cargo (and drugs) was the Harbor of Antwerp, in Belgium.

In recent years, operations in the Santos harbor have discovered the largest volumes of the drug.

With this seizure, almost 10 tons of cocaine have already been located this year.

By 2017, the agency discovered more than 11.5 tons of the drug hidden in containers that would go to Europe.

On 21 February, 2017 - the Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of Brazil (SRF) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an 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 Programme 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.

To know further:

Container Control Program - CCP

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