Insight Crime on 1st August reported that more than a half a ton of cocaine was smuggled aboard a private jet that landed in Switzerland after departing from Uruguay, revealing that traffickers could be increasingly using Uruguay as a major exit point for drugs destined for Europe. The jet had departed Montevideo, and then made a stopover in Nice before landing in Switzerland. 3 passengers —nationals from Croatia, the Czech Republic and Montenegro — were arrested, with one suspected of being a top leader in what was described as a Balkan criminal group. Authorities also seized €2 million in cash and €1 million worth of luxury goods.
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