Interpol operations in 13 Latin American countries seized 200,000 weapons, made 4,000 arrests and dismantled drug labs

"Trigger VI" began in September 2019 in Brazil with the investigation and intelligence phase, but only moved into action between March 8 and 28 last year in coordination with local police and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Interpol dealt a "major blow" to arms trafficking in Latin America in an operation that led to the seizure of more than 200,000 firearms, explosives, and other components in 13 countries in the region, 4,000 arrests, and the dismantling of drug manufacturing laboratories.

Dubbed "Trigger VI", the international police organization's operation also opened new lines of investigation into other crimes that will be developed in the coming months, said Ricardo Villegas Pávez, one of the coordinators of the operation, to the EFE news agency.

"It is one of the most important operations . . .

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