Security service officials state that Paraguay is the largest producer of marijuana in South America. Most of the cannabis that is produced in the country is exported to Brazil. In 2013, the criminal justice system seized 461 tonnes of marijuana in Paraguay. The amount seized was significantly higher than the 176 tonnes of marijuana seized… Continue reading Marijuana in Paraguay
The PCC (First Command of the Capital), a criminal organization in Brazil, makes $60 Million a year through drug trafficking and other racketeering activities. Based on data collected from various criminal justice programs, a report found that the crime syndicate has over 11,000 members with 6,000 in prison. The leaders of the group operate out… Continue reading Prison Gang Racketeering Profits in Brazil
A foreign tourist working as a drug mule in Paraguay is able to make up to $3,970 per trip smuggling drugs out of the country. A local Paraguayan earns about $200. Security officials in the country stated that drug trafficking gangs prefer to use foreigners who enter the country on tourist visas because they usually… Continue reading Foreign Drug Mules in Paraguay
An estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants from Bolivia and Paraguay and 45,000 from Peru live in the Sao Paulo area of Brazil. Security officials in Brazil report that many of the illegal immigrants in the country use the services of human smugglers to enter the country and then fall victim to labor traffickers. Police highlighted a… Continue reading Illegal Immigrants in Brazil
According to federal police, up to 70 percent of the illegal drugs and contraband cigarettes that are smuggled into Brazil enter through illegal ports and entries around the Itaipu Dam and the Parana River on the border with Paraguay.
5,900 tons of marijuana is produced each year in Paraguay.
40 tons of cocaine and up to 15 percent of the world’s marijuana supply is trafficked through Paraguay each year.
Cigarette smuggling from Paraguay leads to 90 percent, or $1 Billion worth of cigarettes, to be smuggled into the black markets of Brazil and Argentina.
At the start of 2010, Mexico was the largest Marijuana producing country in the world, followed by Paraguay.
The United States estimates that up to $6 Billion in black market revenue is laundered each year through the Paraguay city of Ciudad del Este. The city is part of the Tri-Border area of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.