SGS scanning operations help Uruguay Customs discover an illegal consignment of cocaine with a street value of over $740 million.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Uruguay Customs, in collaboration with SGS Scanning operations, detected the presence of hidden drugs in a container of rice passing through a scanner in the Port of Montevideo.

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SGS Scanning operations help Uruguay Customs detect hidden drugs.

They alerted the Division of Investigations and Drug Trafficking of the National Naval Prefecture, who in a joint operation with the National Customs Directorate, seized 101 bricks of cocaine.

The consignment, one of Uruguay Customs’ biggest drug seizures, is estimated to weigh more than three tons and has an estimated market value of more than $740 million.

A spokesman for the acting institutions considered that the seizure arose "as a result of the strengthening of container controls”.

SGS provides governments worldwide with independent expertise and the operational capabilities to inspect cargo, containers or vehicles quickly, without disrupting the flow of legitimate trade, while promoting secure international supply chains.

For further information, please contact:

Barbara Soto
Governments and Institutions (GIS)
Business Development Director Scanner
t: +41 2273 99353

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