BUENOS AIRES – Six members of a Peruvian family were arrested on drug charges in Argentina, police said Sunday.
The suspects were detained during nine searches conducted by police during an operation in Floresta, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires.
Officers “dismantled an organization made up of six members with family ties who dedicated themselves to selling drugs out of a building they had taken over and converted into a distribution center,” the Gendarmerie said in a statement.
A total of 152 packages of cocaine, a kilo of substances used to dilute cocaine and cash were seized in the operation.
Judge Claudio Bonadio issued the search warrants as part of an investigatgion that started in 2014.
“The organization used a minor (nephew), nicknamed ‘El Jugador’ (The Player) to sell the drugs on the street,” the Gendarmerie said.
The boy sold drugs from the street corner outside the building to passing motorists, getting into vehicles to do the deals, police said.
The gang’s leader “met with buyers in the immediate area, transacting business from his own vehicle,” the Gendarmerie said.