08/04/2015 – Swiss citizen arrested with 3.7 kg of cocaine

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A 36-year-old Swiss citizen was arrested at the Montevideo international airport when a routine inspection by anti-drug unit officers uncovered 3.7 kg of cocaine hidden beneath a false bottom in his suitcase. Along with Venezuela and Colombia, Uruguay is considered a transit country for the smuggling of cocaine from the Andean countries to Europe. Uruguayan law provides for a sentence of 20 months to 10 years in prison for drug possession.