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20 February, 2017

Bolivia confiscates ‘criminal’ US weapons cargo

The seized weapons were shipped in November 2016 from the Everglades port in Miami

The National Customs of Bolivia confiscated a large cargo of military weapons from the United States on Friday, launching a criminal investigation of the case.

The seized weapons were shipped in November 2016 from the Everglades port in Miami, HispanTV reports. They entered Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia after being transported through the Dominican Republic, Peru and Chile.

We must see what was the purpose of this internment in Bolivian territory and who are the members of this criminal organization,” Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero told reporters.

Romero added that he found it “striking” that the cargo passed “so many controls” without being detected.

The weapons cargo was found in the double bottom of a trailer vehicle. It contained 34 long arms, including rifles and machine guns with telescopic sight, Bolivia’s National Customs reports. Police also discovered 41 pistols and cell phones worth US$46,000.

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