Argentine federal police stage 'mega' drug raids

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 11:03 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's federal government is making a huge show of force against drug trafficking, sending more than 3,000 federal agents to raid more than 80 drug "bunkers" in the city of Rosario, where the death toll is soaring from a bloody turf war.

The raids by federal police, Border Patrol, Coast Guard and Airport Security Police Wednesday were focused on the slums known as "misery villages" that surround Argentina's leading port city, where contraband frequently mixes with legitimate cargo bound for Europe and the rest of the world.

Security Minister Sergio Berni called it the biggest drug trafficking crackdown in Argentine history, and said it's aimed at bringing peace to a city that's being compared to Medellin, Colombia, for its drug gang warfare.

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