A record amount of cocaine worth $1 billion has been seized in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, the state authorities reported on Friday.
The 4,417.7 kilogrammes of cocaine was destined for Lome in Togo, West Africa, the government added.
Uruguay's authorities spoke about "the biggest drug confiscation in the history of the country".
🔴 COCAINA | Incautación histórica de cocaína en Uruguay: son más de 5 toneladas. Un Empresario y su hijo se entregaron y están ante la Justicia, más 2 empleados fueron detenidos y son trasladados a Montevideo 🇺🇾 pic.twitter.com/Pt5qvCZhjk— Edward Holfman (@EdwardHolfman) December 27, 2019
Another tonne of cocaine was seized later in the southwestern department of Soriano, where security forces arrested the owners of the loading dock - a father and son.
This is not the first big cocaine haul seized in Uruguay, as in late November more than three tonnes of the drug were confiscated in the country's capital.
Earlier in August, about 4.5 tonnes of cocaine destined for Belgium were sized in the port of Hamburg, Germany.
In May, Uruguay's authorities detained a private jet that flew from Carrasco with 603 kilogrammes of cocaine.