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Rice Chamber distances itself from cocaine in Belgium and asks the Government to take action

More than 5.1 tons of cocaine from our country were found in a container of rice in Belgium. The Paraguayan Rice Chamber denies links and denounces that its products and routes are used by the mafia.

Through a statement, the Paraguayan Chamber of Rice Industrialists (Caparroz) ruled on the more than 5 tons of cocaine coming from our country, detected in the port of Antwerp, Belgium.

“Our union or associates have no relationship with this finding or with drug trafficking,” expresses the clarification.

He adds that the export product is being used by the international mafia and malicious people, totally unrelated to the rice business, as a means of international drug trade, taking advantage of the usual routes used by exporters.

Ignacio Heisecke, vice president of Caparroz, regretted what happened and said that they do not have the faintest idea who could be the owner of the cargo.

“It catches our attention, because with the controls we have, it is not easy to introduce them into the containers,” said Heisecke in an interview with the Info + program by Gen-Nación Media.

He urged the authorities to take the pertinent measures with those responsible, in order not to dirty the country brand or harm the rice sector. He also stressed that, historically, anything found abroad was never attributed to any local industry.

La Caparroz brings together 14 industrial companies and in the last five years, Paraguayan rice has reached 61 countries.

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