9/3/2017 – Marijuana remains most commonly seized drug

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Following the legalization of the consumption and cultivation of cannabis in 2013, illegal trade in marijuana has not declined in Uruguay, but rather has increased dramatically. In the past, marijuana was the drug most frequently smuggled into Uruguay, primarily from Paraguay. According to the authorities, marijuana was also the most frequently seized drug in 2016. A total of 4.3 tonnes were seized between January and mid-December 2016 (compared to 2.5 tonnes in 2015), followed by cocaine, at 144.4 kilograms.