- Title: Argentina seizes arms cargo while raising security for G20 summit
- Date: 5th November 2018
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (NOVEMBER 5, 2018) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF SEIZED RIFLES SEIZED PISTOLS SEIZED BULLETS SEIZED WEAPONS MORE OF SEIZED CARTRIDGES VARIOUS OF SEIZED WEAPONS GENERAL OF AUTHORITIES GATHERED NEXT TO SEIZED WEAPONS VARIOUS OF ARGENTINA'S SECURITY MINISTER PATRICIA BULLRICH LOOKING AT ARSENAL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINA'S SECURITY MINISTER PATRICIA BULLRICH, SAYING: "Argentina was warned there was a shipment of weapons of all sorts, weapons of war, rifles and a whole set of collectable weapons and machine guns that were on the way to Argentina. These weapons, impressive as we can see, came in a shipment. All the pieces were disarmed and evidently, a network (was working) behind that so that those disassembled pieces would end up being weapons that could go to different places." SOLDIER STANDING BY VARIOUS OF WEAPONS ARSENAL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINA'S SECURITY MINISTER PATRICIA BULLRICH, SAYING: "We have a hypothesis that part of these weapons - after having discovered a series of financial connections with Sao Paulo - could have been sent to Brazil, to infamous groups or factions in Brazil like the Comando Vermelho ("Red Command" gang) or the First Capital Command (gang)." VARIOUS OF SEIZED WEAPONS
- Embargoed: 19th November 2018 21:59
- Keywords: Argentina Brazil shipment of weapons security United States Group of 20 leaders summit ammunition Buenos Aires Bullrich
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA001958D5C7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Argentine officials said on Monday (November 5) they seized a shipment of weapons and ammunition that was sent from the United States and believed to be destined for Brazil as security tightens ahead of the Group of 20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires later this month.
The shipment, which included disassembled weapon parts for pistols, rifles and machine guns, was seized last week by border officers in what authorities called operation "Clandestine Arsenal."
The weapons cache may have been on its way to criminal groups like the Red Command and the First Capital Command, some of Brazil's most powerful drug gangs, according to Argentina's Security Minister Patricia Bullrich, who showcased the weapons to reporters during a press conference.
Argentina will host the G20 leaders summit from November 30 to December 1 in Buenos Aires. President Mauricio Macri's government plans to employ a security operation that spans land, air and sea.
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