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Brazil border Cup operation nets 40 tons of drugs

May 23, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — A military operation meant to secure Brazil’s 10,600-mile (17,000 kilometers) border ahead of the World Cup has netted 40 tons of narcotics, the government said Thursday.

The drugs seized were mostly packages of marijuana but also some cocaine bound for Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

In a statement, the Defense Ministry said that “Operation Agata 8” yielded more than twice as much drugs as last year, when the government sent soldiers ahead to secure the border before the Confederations Cup.

On May 11, 30,000 troops were deployed in planes, helicopters and patrol boats to catch drug traffickers and arms smugglers and beef up security for the monthlong tournament next month. The majority of the seizures were in towns near the neighboring countries of Bolivia and Paraguay.

Brazil shares borders with 10 South American nations, some which are major coca growers.

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