RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s Federal Highway Police seized on Thursday 4.3 tons of marijuana and 23 handguns found in an abandoned truck in the southern state of Parana, authorities said.
The vehicle sat for several days at a gas station next to route BR-163 in Toledo, a town near the border with Paraguay and Argentina.
Officers found the drugs, guns and 500 rounds of ammunition hidden under a consignment of beans, the Federal Highway Police said in a statement.
Police searched the cargo compartment after finding what appeared to be phony invoices and receipts in the cab, which raised suspicions that the truck was carrying contraband.
Authorities are still searching for the truck’s owner, according to the police statement.
Parana has become the main gateway for smugglers to bring marijuana, guns and other contraband from Paraguay into Brazil.