EFEPedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay

At least 183 hectares of marijuana, with an estimated production of 600 tons of the drug, have been destroyed in the last eight days in an operation carried out by authorities from Paraguay and Brazil.

The operation, called "New Alliance XXXII," involves some 100 men from the National Anti-Drug Secretariat and the Brazilian Federal Police.

Local troops are assigned to eradication tasks in a wooded area of ??the department of Amambay, bordering Brazilian territory, whose Federal Police supports the displacement of their Paraguayan counterparts.

Lt. Col. Aldo Pintos, Paraguayan Special Force commander, said the operation began on May 16 and will end Friday.

Pintos said the cost of marijuana destroyed so far in Paraguay amounts to $18 million.

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