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Transnational drug trafficking gang dismantled in Chile

Christian Fernsby |
Chilean police, with support from other countries in the region, dismantled a transnational drug trafficking organization and seized more than a ton of drugs, authorities said.

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During an operation in the Metropolitan Region, where the capital is located, agents raided nine homes and arrested three Chilean nationals and six Colombians, including a woman identified as the leader of the gang.

In total, more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, almost a kilo of cocaine base paste, 662 units of ecstasy and 236 grams of ketamine were seized, as well as three cars, a motorcycle and cash.

A handmade laboratory for cloning credit cards was also found. The seized drugs were brought from Colombia and were intended to be sold in the capital, according to Carabineros' director of order and security, Esteban Díaz.

Police from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru also participated in the operation to dismantle the criminal organization.

A report by the Attorney General's Office, released last September, revealed the presence in Chile of international drug trafficking clans, which would have a significant involvement in the production and distribution of drugs in the country.

Among the foreign criminal organizations, the document mentioned the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel New Generation, both from Mexico, and the Gulf Cartel from Colombia.

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