BUENOS AIRES – Six tons of marijuana hidden in a truck were seized and two suspects arrested in an operation over the weekend in Entre Rios, a province in central Argentina, a police spokesman told EFE on Monday.
More than 7,000 bricks of marijuana weighing a total of 6,084 kilos were confiscated, said the police chief of the city of Villaguay, Carlos Fabian Perez.
This was “the largest (seizure) ever made in an operation in the province,” Perez said.
The seizure was made on Saturday, when officers from the Entre Rios provincial police force spotted an overloaded truck from the northern province of Misiones.
The truck, which was headed to Buenos Aires, was carrying two Argentine men, ages 34 and 24.
Officers stopped the vehicle “because the cargo it was carrying exceeded what is allowed,” Perez said, adding that “police personnel noted that the driver was a bit nervous and ready to go.”
Officers called the “Villaguay police department for assistance” and “drug enforcement officers and a dog were sent, confirming the presence of the drugs in the truck,” the police chief said.
Investigators found that the truck, which had been reported stolen, had a false registration and its engine and body had been modified.
The suspects were taken to the city of Concepcion del Uruguay, where they were turned over to judicial officials.