A record 32 tons of marijuana were seized by the Brazilian police from a tractor-trailer that was hauling a shipment of corn.
The historic bust took place Wednesday afternoon on a hotel parking lot in Iguatemi, a city in the west-central state of Mato Grosso.
The massive shipment has an estimated value of $52million in the United States.
A police officer in Paraná, Brazil, helps unload the historic 32 tons of marijuana that were seized Wednesday
The marijuana was hidden inside a trailer that was transporting a massive load of corn grains
An agent from the Brazilian Federal Police flashes a thumbs up after busting a tractor-trailer with $52 million worth of marijuana
Federal Police agents carried out the search after they noticed the 38-year-old truck driver was nervous.
The driver confessed to the cops that he was scheduled to transport the loaded trailer to Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state which borders Argentina and Uruguay.
The man, whose identity was not made public by the police, added that he was set to receive about $7,200 for dropping off the cargo in the city of São Leopoldo.
The Federal Police said the driver said he was expecting to be paid $7,200 for dropping off the trailer filled with 32 tons of marijuana, a new record bust in Brazil
Bags containing marijuana were mixed in with a massive load of corn grains
The previous record for a marijuana bust in Brazil was in November 2015 when the police stopped a truck driver who was ferrying 24 tons in Incaraíma, a city in the southern state of Paraná.
Cops became suspicious of the driver when he presented an invoice indicating he was delivering soy beans.
However, one of the boxes broke, causing grains of corn to fall to the ground. The police officers used a sniffer dog, who detected the marijuana.
The driver knowingly admitted he was transporting the drugs and was arrested.
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