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Tax analysts seize more than R$ 170,000 in medicines

Tax analysts from the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service seized more than R$ 170,000 worth of medicines. The cargo consisted mainly of testosterone and anabolic steroids, and totaled 1,639 items, according to the Receita Federal, and was located on a bus that crossed the border between Brazil and Paraguay in March.

Upon unpacking and inspecting the bus, RFB officials found the cargo with the goods that had entered the country illegally. The products were detected in the false bottom of a bus from Ponta Grossa, which entered Foz do Iguaçu from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, on March 30 and was detained on the BR-277 highway in Santa Terezinha de Itaipu.

Prohibited drugs such as those found can cause serious damage to people's health and, for this reason, their sale and import are regulated and/or prohibited. The owner or driver of the bus could be indicted in a police investigation for illegally transporting the drugs. If convicted, the penalty will be imprisonment for 10 to 15 years, according to the Penal Code. (With information from the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service)

The role of Tax Analysts

As an essential activity for the protection of society and the State, the Tax Analysts of the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service who work in Customs form the front line in the routine fight against smuggling, embezzlement, currency evasion, international drug and arms trafficking and other cross-border crimes at land border crossings, airports and ports throughout the country.



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