Interpol says over 14,000 people have been arrested and 8,000 weapons seized in an anti-firearms operation across Central and South America. The operation swept up over 200 tonnes of cocaine and other drugs worth $5.7 billion, as well as 370 tonnes of drug precursors (chemical ingredients).
In a statement released yesterday, Interpol says the operation, dubbed “Trigger IX”, was the biggest firearms operation they had ever coordinated.
Beyond the people arrested and guns seized, police and other authorities also laid their hands on 305,000 rounds of ammunition. A 100,000-round haul in Uruguay “trafficked internationally by two European nationals” was “the country’s largest-ever such seizure”.
The body said its actions had helped uncover other crimes including “corruption, fraud, human trafficking, environmental crime and terrorist activities”.