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    Cocaine seized in World Cup trophy replicas in Argentina

    Jun 24, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Some Argentines are taking advantage of World Cup fervor.

    The security minister of Buenos Aires province said on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) that police have broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in fake World Cup trophies.

    The so-called "Narcos de la Copa" took advantage of the global merchandising boom generated by the soccer tournament to move the drug without raising suspicions.

    "These merchants of death have endless ingenuity, but don't be fooled. They shouldn't be admired. On the contrary... they are now in jail," said minister Cristian Ritondo, according to a statement.

    Officials said 20 kilos of marijuana, 10 kilos of cocaine, 1,800 doses of crack-cocaine known as "paco," and 400,000 Argentine pesos (US$14,819) were seized.

    Four men and two women were arrested in the operation.

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