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Via the BBC:  Paraguay drug seizures up by 39% in 2013

Officials in Paraguay say the amount of drugs seized in the country in 2013 rose by 39%.

Paraguay’s national counternarcotics body (Senad) said it had seized 461 tonnes of marijuana and 3.3 tonnes of cocaine, up from 176 and 3.1 tonnes respectively.

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According to a 2013 report by the US state department, Paraguay is a "major drug transit country and money laundering centre".

Of course, such records simply indicate that there is a lot of product out there to be seized.

And, here’s a factoid for future reference:

Paraguay is the largest producer of cannabis in South America, much of which is smuggled to Brazil.

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