US Drug Enforcement Administration may reopen office in Uruguay

Monday, September 24th, 2012


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reportedly set to reopen its field office in Uruguay, a strong suggestion that the country is now playing a bigger role in the trafficking of drugs to the US. Uruguay is not a major drug producer, but drug traffickers are increasingly using it as a transit zone for drug shipments from Brazil and Argentina. While cocaine seizures in Uruguay remain low – with just 237 kilograms confiscated in 2011 – there have been incidents involving the bulk transport of cocaine, pointing to the involvement of organized criminal groups.

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