23 May 2023: Uruguay

Police in Uruguay discovered a drug ring that smuggled cocaine from South America to Europe hidden inside surfboards. Counter-narcotics police in Spain, Portugal and Italy, assisted and three Italian citizens were arrested. Officers were alerted to six surfboards by sniffer dogs in Uruguay. The boards were broken open and found to hold 50 kg (110 lb) of cocaine. One board was allowed by the police to continue to its intended destination to track down those receiving it. Officers said the boards were unusually heavy. When they passed through a scanner, the packages could be seen inside. A photo, shown here, which was released by Uruguay’s interior ministry, shows the cocaine from one of the boards after it had been cut open. Police said they believe the Italian smugglers entered Uruguay across the land border with Brazil.