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Brazil raid arrests wanted pesticide smugglers

Brazilian police swooped on a group of 13 wanted for commercial trafficking of illegal pesticides, capturing 6.5 tonnes of agrochemicals at the end of November. The Federal Court in Campo Marau, Bahia state issued the warrants, official news agency Agencia Brasil reports. The investigation started there six months ago. Arrests were made in five locations, while a 14th arrest warrant was not carried out. The captured products were trafficked through Paraguay, according to Alexander Dias, leader of the investigation. He told Agencia that the products were neither proven as safe for users nor effective for pest control. The arrested persons will be charged with offences that could carry a penalty of four years’ imprisonment. Some 24 tonnes of illegal pesticides had been seized in Brazil this year by the end of October (see this issue).

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