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Drug Traffickers Are Using World Cup Merchandise to Move Their Product

The World Cup is going on right now, which means people around the world are uniting for their love of soccer (or football, if you're not an American). But it turns out some people are using the World Cup as an opportunity to move some illicit products.

Drug traffickers around the world are using World Cup merchandise to move their product. In Colombia, police found 14 soccer jerseys that were laced with a substance that turns into cocaine when treated. The jerseys were supposedly on their way to Spain, and contained around five kilos of cocaine, which is worth about a half million dollars.

In Argentina, a group called "Narcos de la Copa" were transporting drugs inside replicas of the World Cup trophy. Argentinian authorities seized 10 kilos of cocaine, 1800 doses of crack cocaine and 200 kilos of marijuana in their operation against the group.

Soccer and drug cartels are not unfamiliar with each other. For decades, cartels have financially supported local teams and even national teams with financial contributions. Pablo Escobar, the famous drug kingpin, was notorious for his support of the sport. And there have even been murders of soccer players by drug cartels after poor performances, the most famous being Andrés Escobar. 

(h/t Global News)


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