With the revelation of Olympics-branded cocaine baggies and a crack paradise miles away from the stadium, it’s clear that the gymnasts and divers aren’t the only ones flipping at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Now, 296 kilos of cocaine has been intercepted off of a bus headed to the Olympic festivities on August 14.
The bus, empty except for two men and the cocaine, was stopped on the Paraguay side of the Friendship Bridge, which connects Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, with Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, according to a report from Paraguayan news site ABC and first spotted by InSight Crime.
Paraguayan authorities were tipped off that something was amiss with the bus — which still had the logos of a transport company — when they noticed that it had no passengers.
The coke was separated into 274 separate bundles and concealed in “a meter-long, 20-centimeter-wide false bottom underneath a mini fridge.” Its suspected origin is Colombia and has been valued at $3 million on the streets of Brazil. The two men aboard the bus–ages 52 and 46–have been charged with drug trafficking and other offenses.