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Panama seizes more than 31 tons of drugs

Panama, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Between January and March 2924, Panama seized 31.5 tons of drugs, the Ministry of Security (MINSEG) indicated on its account on X.

According to the report, the seizure of drugs is the result of 122 operations throughout the country, where 136 individuals were arrested, including 104 Panamanians and 32 foreigners, mostly Colombians.

Although the statement does not indicate it, the largest quantity of illicit substance seized in Panama consists of cocaine.

Last year, the security agencies seized 119,2 tons of drugs – causing hard blows to organized crime in the order of 27.2 million dollars -, a lower amount than the record figure of 138.4 tons in 2022, according to the MINSEG.

The government asserts that since it took office on July 1, 2019, until last year, 542,4 tons of drugs have been seized, 112 tons more than what was seized during the last two administrations.

Panama is a transit point for illicit substances that, coming from South America, especially Colombia, are destined for the United States and Europe.