Brazil highway police seize 24.5 tons of marijuana

Brazil's Federal Highway Police seized 24.5 tons of marijuana in a truck that evidently entered the country from Paraguay, a record drug seizure for the institution, authorities reported Tuesday.

To date, the largest seizure of pot made by the Highway Police had been 21.5 tons in 2010, and the total amount seized so far in 2015 had been 4.5 tons, the institution said in a communique.

The shipment was intercepted on Monday afternoon on a highway in the southern state of Parana, which borders on Argentina and Paraguay, but the size of the haul was only determined on Tuesday after authorities weighed it.

The pot was hidden among sacks of corn in the trailer of a truck that was searched at a police checkpoint on federal highway BR-487, near Alto Paraiso, a town in northwestern Parana.

The truck driver presented a cargo manifest claiming that the vehicle was transporting a...

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